Sapphire to be incorporated into manufacturing of flagship smartphones in 2014

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Sapphire isn’t just for jewelry, folks. HTC and LG could begin using sapphire in its smartphones’ home buttons to implement fingerprint scanning devices into their 2014 flagship devices— these devices are of course the HTC One 2, and the LG G3.

There isn’t much more information regarding the fingerprint scanners, but we do know they will be there— the only hope is that they’ll be a tad bit better than the scanner on the latest iPhone.

Source: DigiTimes

HD Widgets and Dayframe Prime on sale on Google Play for just 99 cents

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App developing team Cloud.TV has two of its most popular apps, HD Widgets and Dayframe Prime, on sale in the Play Store for 99 cents.

If you’re looking to customize your device a bit, then these two apps will certainly do the trick.

With HD Widgets, you’ll get a whole variety of great-looking widgets for your device that are fully customizable. Dayframe Prime will essentially turn your device into a digital picture frame, as it can connect to a number of picture services such as 500px, Instagram, Tumblr, Facebook, Google+, Flickr, Twitter and more to provide nice photos to display on your device.

Get the apps fast if you’re planning on getting them at any time in the future— this is the cheapest they’ll probably ever get! Hit the break for links to the apps in the Play Store.

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KitKat comes to Nexus Q in unofficial update from XDA developer forums

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Remember that bizarre orb-like device that Google unveiled with the original Nexus 7 back in June 2012?

Although we’ll most likely never see another version of that awkward little orb, the Nexus Q, there is some good news for those that actually own one.

While the device originally shipped with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, there wasn’t another update for it as Google pretty much marked it internally as a failure— or at least marked it as a device that needed a bit more R&D.

Now, XDA forum member hharte has released a nearly perfect build of Android 4.4 KitKat based on CyanogenMod. Current issues include WLAN and audio w/ Google Music. Either way, there isn’t really any reason why you shouldn’t want to upgrade to this experimental version of KitKat. Hit up the developmental thread in the source link below to get going.

Source: XDA-Developers

CyanogenMod hits 10 million installs in time for launch of CM-powered Oppo N1

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The folks over at CyanogenMod have a little celebrating to do tonight. The popular Android ROM just hit 10 million installs as of 3:44 p.m. Eastern U.S. time, and the team expects the growth to continue.

It took nearly four years for CyanogenMod to become a cornerstone of the Android rooting world, and it doesn’t look like it’s slowing down with the Oppo N1 coming on the 24th of this month. Congrats to the CM team and best of luck in the future!

Via: XDA-Developers
Source: CM Stats

Updated Apex Launcher comes to Play Store with new KitKat details

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Each time stock Android gets a new look, launcher developers usually adjust their designs to match the much sought-after “vanilla Android” experience. Apex Launcher has done the same, and today, version 2.2 has hit the Play Store with a transparent notification bar as well as other KitKat details.

Also included is the quick search bar, folder icons, an icon font-selector, and some key bug fixes.

Get the updated application for free from the Play Store or buy the Pro version for only $4. Hit the break for the link to the app.

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Updated Nova Launcher includes elements of 4.4 KitKat in new version 2.3 update

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Nova Launcher is one of the more widely used launchers on the Google Play store, and for good reason. Updates are of plenty, and the developers continuously bring great content to devices.

Today, Nova Launcher received update 2.3, which adds the genuine KitKat “look and feel” to the launcher— this includes the KitKat scroll indicator, KitKat folders, and more. Beta testers have been using these features for a while now, so the rest of you can finally get your hands on it!

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Samsung Galaxy S4 Crystal Edition made available in Thailand

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Samsung recently launched a Crystal Edition of the Galaxy S III mini in Germany, and now it will be launched another Crystal Edition device, this time with the Galaxy S4, in Thailand. The device will be available in limited quantities (3,500 units) and comes with studded Swarovski crystals on the back and is essentially the same phone as the Exynos variant of the device.

The price is 20,300 baht, or $630 USD, making it more expensive than the standard 17,400 baht, or $540 USD. It makes sense, because there are crystals on the back.

It’s pretty unlikely that we’ll be seeing the phone in closer markets anytime soon, but if you want one, hurry up before it’s out of stock.

Source: SamMobile

Action Launcher adds quick-access home screen to its intuitive UI

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Action Launcher was pretty much just your basic launcher when it was first released, but it has certainly grown a lot since that point.

First of all, the launcher features a “Quickpage,” which gives instant and easy access to a home screen card by simply swiping to the side of the screen. “1-Swipe,” another new addition, gives you access to both Quickpage and the previously added Quickdrawer by simply swiping to the left or right.

The best part about these new features is that you can use them alongside other launchers. The update also adds some nice KitKat additions including the new folder design as well as the status/nav bars.

The pro version is on sale for half-off right now for $2 and adds some customization features to the free version. I’ll certainly be giving it a long look when my new Nexus 7 comes in the mail tomorrow! (Can you tell I’m excited?) Hit the break for the link to the app in the Play Store.

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New custom ROM for Chromecast released on XDA-Developers

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A diamond in the rough tends to pop up on XDA-Developers every week weeks, and this time it’s ddggttff3‘s PwnedCast ROM for the Google Chromecast. The ROM is based on the 13300 stock image, is rooted, and features its own OTA system. It also has a dedicated recovery and a custom kernel. If you have a rooted Chromecast, hit the break to link over to the XDA-Developers post with instructions and more details.

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