Paranoid Android 4′s Beta 3 is released, brings series of new features to Nexus devices

AOKP Paranoid Android

Paranoid Android has locked itself in as one of the premiere Android custom ROMs, and we have some good news for those of you who are fans of the PA team.

The third Beta version has been released for Paranoid Android 4, which is compatible with a series of Nexus devices including the Galaxy Nexus, Nexus 4, Nexus 7 (2012 and 2013), Nexus 10, and Nexus 5. You can find the download link for the ROM through the source link below.

The updated version brings a series of new features, which are included in the official changelog after the break.


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Leaked screenshot from Nokia Normandy reveals freak-hybrid OS combination

Nokia Normandy

The Nokia Normandy has appeared in multiple leaks over the past few weeks, and today @evleaks showed us what the UI might look like.

Running a modified version of Android, the device also seems to sport a very similar Windows Phone-style interface as well. Of course none of this is confirmed, but this is all we have for now.

The handset will also supposedly support dual-SIM capability, and there will be options to significantly change the aspects of the home screen. Personally, I think it looks a bit too busy and crowded, but that’s just me.

Source: @evleaks

‘Nextbit’ team of superstars promises to “build something bigger” for mobile

Nextbit

If you haven’t heard of Nextbit, we won’t blame you. However, you might want to keep an eye on the up-and-coming company in the future.

Supported by a team of former tech giant employees including Google, Apple, Amazon and Dropbox, the company just received an $18 million dollar investment from Accel and Google Ventures as it looks to “build something bigger.”


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Support for Ubuntu Touch ending on Galaxy Nexus, 2012 Nexus 7, Nexus 10— Nexus 5 support will not come

Ubuntu touch

Ubuntu Touch, the popular operating system’s mobile version, will be stopping support on several high-end Nexus devices— the 2012 Nexus 7, the Nexus 10, and the Galaxy Nexus. Canonical, the commercial entity behind Ubuntu, hopes to scale down focus in order to improve Ubuntu’s current version, 14.04. Making one operating system work seamlessly on multiple devices is a lot of work, and for a project so early in its life, this may be a good idea.

Plans for support on the Nexus 5 have also not been announced, so don’t expect that to come any time soon either.

Although support is being dropped in the short term, this marks an effort by Canonical to continue pushing for the long-term growth of Ubuntu Touch. The more solid and stable the product, the better.

Source: LaunchPad

Meizu MX3 to run Ubuntu as well as Android 4.2.2

Mx3 ubuntu

Meizu’s upcoming phone, the MX3, will apparently run Ubuntu as well as Android. This dual-boot feature will be extremely useful especially for developer-types who like to make use of both operating systems for programming.

How do we know this? The Meizu Weibo website recently leaked photos of the device running Ubunto— the information comes just a few days after Canonical founder Mark Shuttleworth said that there is a Ubuntu device in the works that would be coming from a high-end manufacturer.  

The device is expected to come to the United States in Q3 and will also run Android 4.2.2.

Source: Phone Arena

Samsung’s Galaxy S5 could include head-tracking gesture controls

Samsung Galaxy S5

Smart Stay and Smart Pause are just two of Samsung’s interesting and unique features that are included on many of their devices, but the functionality of these tools have sometime been questioned. Although the concepts are great, they sometimes do not work as well as advertised…

Either way, the addition of these features have proven to be successful for Samsung, especially in the marketing department, and the company is showing no signs of slowing these additions down. According to a recent patent application filed by Samsung, the Galaxy S5 will reportedly include head-tracking gesture controls. The device will be able to carry out functions determined by a wink or nod of the head. SamMobile offered an example: the phone could be able to go to the last webpage in a browser if the phone detects a head movement to the left, or the browser could go to the next page after a move of the head to the right side.

It all seems a bit silly, and I’d have to guess that people would look a bit ridiculous jerking their heads around and winking at their phones to control their devices. The idea is cool, but is it practical? We’ll just have to wait and see.

Source: SamMobile

Hisense announces series of Android-powered UHD televisions at CES

Hisense

Yesterday at CES, Hisense announced a new line of Android-powered Ultra High Definition (UHD) televisions, including the H8c series and Hisense H9 3D series.

The H8c will be available in 65-inch, 55-inch, and 50-inch models, and the H9 will be available in much larger sizes, including 85-inches and 75-inches. The H9 also comes with Bluetooth 3D glasses, an RF remote with NFC, and Smart Interaction capabilities including voice/gesture controls.

Both televisions will ship with versions of Android 4.2 and will include features such as Netflix, Vudu HD Movies, Amazon Instant Video, Pandora, Chrome, and YouTube. Best of all, the TVs are Google Play certified so you’ll be able to easily download other applications as well using your Google account.

A third television, the H8s, has a curved UHD display and a 3840 x 2160 pixel resolution. This TV has the same features as the other two series TVs, including built-in HDMIx4, 3 USD ports, the AirBridge Digital Media Player and Receiver, and the Merlin Air Mouse remote control.

Hit the break for the full press releases the new televisions for Hisense.


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OnePlus to launch first phone, ‘OnePlus One,’ will run version of CyanogenMod

OnePlus

The folks that walked away from Oppo started up manufacturer ‘OnePlus,” shortly after leaving their previous jobs. Today, the company announced that it will be finally producing its first device, which will run a version of CyanogenMod and will be available in the first half of 2014 in “select markets.”

The goal is to “put the best software on the best hardware.”

The company won’t simply be creating the device and then loading up CyanogenMod on it— the company will apparently be getting tons of input on the hardware from the CM team, which is always a good sign.

The phone, expected to be called the OnePlus One, and should also have some extra software features built-in.

Details are a bit shady on this one but expect more to come out in the near future.

Source: OnePlus Forum

Sapphire to be incorporated into manufacturing of flagship smartphones in 2014

HTC Onea

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