Oculus Rift dev kit to be available soon, consumer model expected to run Android

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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.

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Koush, Cyanogen Inc. developer, shows off AirPlay mirroring on Android in new video

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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!

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Microsoft may have asked HTC to put Windows on their Android phones

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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.

Source: Bloomberg

CM Installer Beta Testers sign-up list open

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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.

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Amazon upgrades Prime Instant Video with downloading option for offline viewing

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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.

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Paranoid Android to shake up business model with ROM for KitKat

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All good things must come to an end— but sometimes, it’s for the better. The Paranoid Android team has announced that they’ll be making some changes in the way that they design/distribute their ROM for Android 4.4 KitKat.

First up is an availability change, with stability in mind. In order to create a highly stable ROM, Paranoid Android (or any developer for that matter) should focus on fewer devices. By now, we all know that all devices are not created equal, and because of that, we’re going to see Paranoid Android’s ROM on higher-end devices that they choose to develop around. This is not to say that their ROM won’t work on your device, but it just won’t be specifically designed for it, and may be less stable than it is intended to be. (Nexus 5 is quite clearly the focus here.)

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Google Play screenshot reveals possible changes to Android 4.4 status bar

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With Google’s newest version of Android tipped off for an October release, there’s bound to be details trickling out up to the final announcement. There is now new information regarding one of the possible cosmetic changes to Android. Yesterday, Google Korean IME (the Korean keyboard) was updated and provided a screenshot that revealed a change in color to the icons in the status bar. Thankfully someone saved the screenshot before it was removed from the Play Store listing. Currently the status bar is blue; however, the screenshot (above) has a gray color. This would be the first major change to the status bar since the change from Gingerbread’s green to the blue in Ice Cream Sandwich.

What is noteworthy, if this change is really going to be made, is that this would move the status bar toward the feel of the status bars on both iOS and Windows Phone. iOS features whites and so does Windows Phone; however, Google may simply allow multiple color options.

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Cyanogen Inc. is the new company for CyanogenMod, hopes to compete with Apple, Google

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The team at CyanogenMod announced today that they have formed a new company, Cyanogen Inc., to keep the mobile platform moving forward. The formation of the new company actually took place earlier this year in April, after several months of pitching the idea to potential investors. Part of the impetus for this move was to remove the barriers and challenges present in trying to scale the kind of growth the CyanogenMod community was experiencing.

Steve Kondik, the CTO for the new company, says the goals are “straighforward”:

* Organize, lead, and support our community
* Create amazing user experience centered around how YOU work
* Security solutions that really work
* Stay committed to building the features our users need
* No junk
* Constant updates
* Available on everything, to everyone

Cyanogen indicates that they still recognize their biggest asset is the community and they intend to continue to support the community. The change in structure will help put the next steps for CM within reach. That includes becoming a player in the market on the level of Google and Android by offering a mobile platform that avoids the problem of closed platforms like iOS for Apple and some of the issues that Google’s Android is subject to, like bloatware.

What do you think of this move by the CyanogenMod team? Do you think they will succeed in gaining a significant portion of the mobile operating system market?

source: Cyanogen Inc.

One-click root now available for LG G2 on both Verizon and AT&T

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XDA-Developers user djkinetic has established a one-click root method for the LG G2 which will work on both Verizon and AT&T variants of the device. Full instructions are available, and it will give you all the information you need to fully set up tools like SuperUtility on your device.

This is great news, especially given the exceptional internals in the G2— this phone is a hacker’s dream. Hit the source link if you’re up to the task.

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Motorola’s new tablet (and other devices) will include many features of the Moto X

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It isn’t news that Motorola will be releasing a new tablet relatively soon, but we don’t really know what to expect from the company. CEO Dennis Woodside offered some insight into the new device, and said that “a new set of products” will implement both design and technology built into the Moto X.

This probably means that we’ll be seeing the Moto Maker once again, in products other than the Moto X. We’ll also probably see software features such as Touchless Control and Active Display as well. Some features might be left out, such as the Quick Capture camera feature, as it wouldn’t make too much sense in a tablet.

Expect to hear more about Motorola’s upcoming products in the coming weeks.

Source: Engadget