If you own an NFC-equipped device like the Galaxy S III, then you’ve no doubt utilized the interesting TecTiles technology at some point, which definitely needed some improvements and all. Well Samsung has worked behind the scenes and presented a new TecTiles that’s better than ever. TecTiles 3.0 now allows users to write multiple actions to one tag (as opposed to having one action for each tag), customize your profiles and even create a private TecTile that only a specific smartphone can read. The update is pretty extensive and lengthy– so if you’re interested in checking out the specific details, hit the break for the full presser from Sammy.
The latest OTA update for AT&T’s HTC One X broke the current methods for rooting the device, but of course it never takes the folks over at XDA too long to find another work around when it comes to rooting. This method will use two different exploits to modify your CID and allow you to unlock your bootloader and root the device.
Of course, as with anything that has to do with rooting, this procedure is can be harmful for your device so please read up before you attempt to do this! Check out the source link if you’re interested!
I know the Optimus G on AT&T and Sprint is on many an Android fan’s wish list this fall. However, this bit of news may curb that enthusiasm just a bit. Our pals over at Android Central have personally written LG and received this response from LG themselves:
The Optimus G doesn’t support an unlocked bootloader.
Straight and to the point. I can’t say that this comes as a huge surprise, it’s just a little perplexing why manufacturers continue to do this. But there it is, right there in black and white. How will this decision affect your decision on a new device, if at all? LG Nexus anyone?
source: Android Central
It’s no secret that the upcoming Optimus G is going to have a cool— and I mean really cool multitasking feature, but most of us want to know how in the world the manufacturer came up with its spin on multitasking. Well LG took some time and had its stud senior research engineer Sebastian Hochan Song explain the idea behind QSlide and how it is tasked with having “multitasking to the extreme”. As already seen before, QSlide allows for two videos to be displayed on one screen simultaneously, but the really cool aspect about the multitasking feature is how it came to be— and let’s just say that kids can truly inspire anything and everything innovative. I won’t give out the exact details of the inspiration behind QSlide’s creation, so you’ll need to check out the video for yourself once you hit past the break.
Swype has issued an update to its beta keyboard software which adds several new features and enhancements over the previous version. Users can now sync their personal dictionaries across multiple different devices, eliminating the need to re-teach abbreviations or names to each device. In an attempt to cash in on social features, Swype is introducing “hotwords”, a new addition which adds globally trending words to your dictionary.
Also new, is a smaller, more convenient split keyboard for tablet users. Customization serves as a main focus in the newest version of the keyboard too, with the company now allowing users to choose between ten unique keyboard themes. Add this to the plethora of backend overhauls and enhanced support for Japanese and Chinese users, and the new iteration is definitely the one of the best option on the market. Now, if only it we’re actually available on the Play Store.
Source: The Verge
Excellent news for unlocked Galaxy Nexus and Nexus 7 owners like myself who enjoy the pleasures of fiddling with those respective devices. The Google Development team has officially released the official Android 4.1.2 build JZO54K factory images for the unlocked Galaxy Nexus (“takju”) and the Nexus 7, respectively. This means that should you happen to take your general tomfoolery too far and create an “oopsies”, you’ll be able to restore the device back to normal as if nothing ever happened. And who wouldn’t want the ability to bring their device back to its original state?
Full details and links to the factory images are available once you hit the source link below.
source: Google Developers
Samsung continues their connected devices push by adding the Galaxy Camera. A variation of the Galaxy Camera made it through the FCC with 3G connectivity and looks like it will be on the AT&T network. This likely won’t be the only variation released in the US and there is already one available for pre-order in the UK. There is a likelihood that the camera will also be available on other LTE networks, but those devices just haven’t made it to the FCC yet. With the imminent arrival of the Galaxy Camera, Samsung hopes to start a new era of Smart Cameras. It is not known when the Galaxy Camera will be available on this side of the pond, but if Samsung has their way, it will be the first of many more android powered devices on the horizon.
CyanogenMod is about to become a little bit better for all by bringing its own OTA update system to the masses. Many of you are scratching your heads and wondering what this means, right? Well if you’re a CM ROM user, you’re well-aware that in order to grab an update, you would traditionally use ROM Manager which allows users to quickly and efficiently pull updates manually to their ROMs. The only catch with ROM Manager is that it’s not open-source, unlike the CM ROM itself. So the CM team decided enough is enough and developed its own open-source updating method within its own builds.
The newly developed OTA update solution works in a simple way too. While it won’t include push notifications (that feature requires Google Apps framework), the updater will automatically check for updates at user-defined intervals and pull the update once something is available, pulling its info from get.cm. The awesome thing is the updater will allow users to pull updates whether they’re the official, alpha or nightlies builds.
At this stage, we only know it’s currently being worked on and will be on its way soon— though when soon exactly is is anyone’s guess.
source: Android Police
The AOKP team has just released the third build for its highly popular aftermarket firmware. Based on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, the software features some incredibly powerful additions not found in AOSP. Currently builds are available for some of the most popular devices, including the Crespo4G, i9100, i9100g, i9300, and Toroplus. Due to lack of maintainers, Wingray and Stingray devices have been given the axe, and will no longer be supported. However, if you don’t fall into that category and are anxious to get your device onto the latest build, hit the download link below.
Download AOKP Build 3
In celebration of the launch of Granny Smith for Android, Mediocre Games has constructed the ultimate apple collecting machine. With some left over wood lying around, a carpentry wizard managed to build a fully-functioning Granny Smith emulator, complete with actual physical buttons.
“For the Granny Smith release party, I wanted to make an old school arcade machine, and since the game is controlled with virtual buttons it should make a nice experience to play it with physical buttons.”
The game is run via an ASUS Transformer TF300T, with Zeemote wireless joysticks acting as the main form of interaction. The entire process is fairly in-depth, but the result is a one of a kind piece of Android gaming heaven. For a full walkthrough, be sure to hit the source link below.