As we wait for battery technology to improve, many turn to battery accessories to give their devices that extra ‘push’ that they need to get them through the day.
Xtorm has a new solution that most will probably find extremely useful. The company has launched a solar battery pack accessory for the Galaxy S4, which promises to add an extra 3000mAh of battery capacity to your handset.
The design is a bit bulky, but you don’t have to keep it attached at all times. When your phone needs a boost, simply plug it in and let it do its thing— of course keeping it plugged in will ensure that you’ll have a near-full battery at most times, but for aesthetic reasons, it’s understandable that you’d want it to be disconnected at some times.
The Xtorm GS4 Solar Power Pack will hit store in Europe for about €50, or just under $70 USD.
If you’ve really got your heart set on a Red HTC One Mini you’re in luck. The folks over at Phones 4U in the UK, who already have a red HTC One, have just announced they’ll be offering the flashy mini variant starting in November. The offer, for now, is exclusive for Phones 4U customers only so you’ll just have to be patient if they’re not your carrier. However, if flashy colors aren’t your thing, you can pick up the One Mini in silver and black over at EE, T-Mobile, Orange and Vodafone for free on contract at just £26/mo ($41.94/mo).
If you’d like to pick up a SIM free device you’ll be looking in the price range of around £389.95 ($629.07). If you’re feeling froggy and want to jump on the Red One Mini, check out the link below to Phones 4U and don’t forget to check out the press release for the more granular details.
As usual, the boys over at CyanogenMod are keeping busy working on making your Android experience the best it can be. Recall at the Big Android BBQ 2013 event, the team announced that they’ll be offering their popular custom ROM’s in a couple of different flavors. The team was pretty bent on arguing the fact that it’s not the carriers who should be dictating software based decisions to OEM’s but that it should be left to the user to do so. As a result, the team revealed that their new versions will cater respectively to both the beginner and the advanced user who’s looking to liven their devices up a bit.
The team tossed out some pretty hefty stats claiming that there are 8.2 million active CyanogenMod users out there and there are 38 million downloads for over 100 different devices. In addition, the popular custom ROM maker says there are over 3,000 different contributors assisting with development. So, what’s the difference between the two versions? Hit the break to compare the “Community” and the “Pro” versions and feel free to let us know what you think in the comments below. Read more
More and more information has been getting out about Amazon’s upcoming smartphone— we now have details suggesting the device will feature real-word 3D object recognition, much like Google’s “Goggles” application.
Amazon’s version, however, would link images of 3D objects to product pages on Amazon, obviously prodding users to purchase the item they’re looking at.
In Amazon’s patent application for the service, it is called “user guided object identification.”
This will obviously all depend on actual user implementation— it could just be a cool little gadget, or something that people actually use to shop. My guess is the former…
By now, taking a screenshot on an Android device is almost second-nature. Simply press the down volume button + power button simultaneously. However, taking a video of the device’s screen presents a trickier problem.
CM developer Koushik Dutta is currently working on a solution that will allow users to do so on their Android devices, by pressing the up volume button + power button simultaneously. Audio and touch indicators are added in for extra utility.
The new feature can present many helpful additions, including allowing developers to demo their app’s features, and also for users to report bugs/errors, or record instructional content.
The feature should be on CM 10.2 soon. Check out Koush’s video after the break.
The revolutionary Oculus Rift virtual gaming system should be making waves when it’s released— it markets itself as the one true virtual-gaming headset that immerses the user in the experience.
Oculus’ CTO, John Carmack, (the lead programmer on many pioneering video games including Doom, Wolfenstein 3D, etc.) said, “The way I believe it’s going to play out is you will eventually have a head-mounted display that probably runs Android, as a standalone system, that has a system-on-a-chip that’s basically like what you have in mobile phones.”
While the company plans to release their consumer version at some point next year, a new dev kit will be available soon. We’re looking to see how this new project pans out— it looks like it’ll definitely be something to keep an eye on. Check out a video after the break.
Koushik Dutta, one of the top developers at Cyanogen Inc., has been working for quite a while now on bringing AirPlay mirroring to Android through its ROM.
In the video after the break, Koush was able to mirror the HTC One to a Nexus 10. He still has some work to do, but he’s definitely making progress. Check it out for yourself!
Well isn’t this an interesting idea. According to Bloomberg’s sources, Windows Phone’s head honcho Terry Myerson met with some people over at HTC last month, and they weren’t just talking about any old thing. They were exploring the idea of loading the Windows Phone operating system alongside Android on a handset. Since talks are private at this time, neither a spokesman from Microsoft or HTC would comment on the matter.
Things start to become very interesting when seeing the lengths at which Microsoft may be willing to go. Apparently Myerson discussed cutting or even eliminating the license fee for HTC to use the Windows Phone operating system. With Windows Phone holding just over three percent of the market since the second quarter, there is curiosity to see how Microsoft manages to expand. As per the sources, it is unknown whether or not Android and Windows Phone would run simultaneously or give users the option as to which operating system they would run.
When CyanogenMod reorganized itself as a new company (Cyanogen Inc.), one of their main goals was to make sure their product was extremely easy to install so that it doesn’t have to be limited only to those that have experience with flashing. That’s why Cyanogen is trying to release a Cyanogen Installer which will let you quickly get the software on your device in no time at all.
To get this project off the ground, Cyanogen has started a beta-testing program for testers willing to try it out. However, this isn’t your basic sign-up list— you have to meet the following criteria to be selected.
- A camera to record yourself doing the installation
- Have a supported device (maguro, crespo, toro, toroplus, grouper, flo, mako, manta, skyrocket, hercules, i9100, i9300, d2att, d2spr, d2tmo, jfltexx, quincyatt, quincytmo, t0ltetmo, m7ul)
- Submit bug reports and feedback
If you meet all of this criteria, go to Koushik Dutta’s Google+ post (source link) to let him know you’re interested.
Source: +Koushik Dutta
Amazon is looking to make their upcoming Kindle Fire HDX their best e-reader yet, and recently added some more features that are sure to make for some great selling points.
Along with Fire OS 3.0 (based on Android 4.2.2), the device will have more options on its Prime Instant Video subscription plan which will allow users to download video content. This contains tens of thousands of videos from NBC, Viacom, Sony, Warner Bros. and CBS. Downloads will be ready to view for up to 30 days, and will be viewable for up to 48 hours after the user begins watching. This will be great for those on long plane rides looking to stay up to date with their favorite shows— it is only a matter of time before other developers start offering offline viewing on their respective apps. (We’re looking at you, Netflix and Hulu.)
Details on how the platform works have not been released yet, so we’ll just have to wait and see for now. Hit the break for the official presser.