Cyanogen OS 12 now available for the OnePlus One

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Owners of OnePlus One handsets might want to start tapping the Software Update button on their devices because Cyanogen’s OS 12 Lollipop update is busy rolling out after passing certification a few days ago. That’s right, the wait is (finally) over, and now you can choose whether to continue using Cyanogen’s firmware or the OxygenOS ROM developed by OnePlus. We have more details and the OTA link after the break.

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Samsung publishes kernel source code for Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge

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So, you’ve just got your hands on a Galaxy S6 or S6 Edge smartphone and you’re already wondering how you can remove some of the bloatware, install a custom recovery or maybe even install firmware developed by a third-party such as Cyanogen. Thanks to Samsung publishing the kernel source code for both handsets, this possibility is now a step closer.

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Samsung will release a theming tool for Galaxy S6 sometime in April

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While we’ve known that the Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge smartphones will allow users to customize the handsets thanks to the Themes option first seen in the Galaxy A series of phones, it hasn’t been clear exactly how 3rd party theme makers would be able to distribute their offerings for the S6. Until now, thanks to Reddit member, gedankenreich, receiving a reply from Samsung on the matter.

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Download the 12 stock wallpapers of the Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge

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So, the Samsung Galaxy S6 is getting closer and closer to becoming available in the retail shops, but what if you are in the middle of a contract or can’t afford to get the Next Big Thing? Well, you can always choose to give your current phone a fresh lick of paint by installing some new wallpapers. On that topic, we have the stock wallpapers of the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge handsets available for download after the break.

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Samsung enlists fashion designers to create the Rich Accessory Collection for the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge

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It’s just over a couple of weeks since the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge handsets were announced, and as yet, the hype machine has shown no signs of abating. Today the Korean giant announced a new selection of phone cases, covers and pouches called the Rich Accessory Collection, produced by fashion designers to complement the S6’s aesthetics.

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Cyanogen updating theme features for Cyanogen OS 12

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Cyanogen has posted some new information about some upcoming theme related features that will be included in the upcoming Cyanogen OS 12 release. One of these new features is a new tool called App Themer that will let users customize the theme of specific apps. This capability will be useful if a user has installed a theme that for some reason does not play well with a given app. As an example, Cyanogen describes a theme that uses white text which does not work with an email client with a white background for the message body. The new App Themer will enable users to fix that one app by changing its theme without abandoning the overall theme. Read more

ZTE lets you unlock the Grand S3’s lock-screen with eye-recognition

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There’s a variety of ways to unlock your smartphone or tablets these days. You can simply swipe away the lock screen, tap in a passcode, trace a pattern or biometric methods such as fingerprint and facial recognition. As if that isn’t enough choices, ZTE has another option for you. Eye-recognition. The function is called Eyeprint, and we have more details after the break. Read more

New 64-bit chips for mid-range devices coming from Qualcomm

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Previously, Qualcomm’s only 64-bit chip was the Snapdragon 810 processor, but we’ll be seeing some of that power move down to the mid and low-range chips, the 600 and 400 series chips.

With four new chips, the 620, 618, 425 and 415 were announced today. The 425 and 415 will be in octa-core configurations, and while the 425 will be set to run at 1.7GHz, the 415 will be at 1.4GHz. 

While the new 600 series chips, the 620 and 618, are only running ARM reference cores, the 620 is an octa-core chip and will include the X8 LTE modem and the next-gen Adreno GPU.

Hit the break for the full presser.

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