If you have been worried that the continual gains in computing horsepower in smartphones was reaching the point of uselessness, you can breathe easier as Disney Research has discovered a new technology for touchscreens that will surely chew up computing cycles. The team in Pittsburgh has created a way to communicate tactile information creating a sensory illusion of 3D objects or textures when a user is touching a screen. » Read the rest
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!
Some new screenshots suggest support for SMS messaging is close to being included in Google’s Hangouts messaging platform. Support for SMS messaging was one of the glaring omissions when the new Hangouts app was released earlier this year, though Google has always maintained their plan was to unify messaging protocols including SMS. As part of the support for text messaging, it appears Hangouts will also support MMS, although it is not clear whether users will be able to send videos as MMS using Hangouts. In addition to the SMS and MMS integration, the new version will also allow sharing of videos via the Hangouts platform. » Read the rest
Well there it is. What could be the service manual for the Nexus 5 has surfaced. It confirms a lot of what we were already assuming along with some interesting notes. Hence its presumed name, the screen will be nearly 5-inches with a 1080p display (IPS TFT, too). On the inside, the new Nexus will be no slouch. Powering it is the Snapdragon 800 processor clocked at 2.3GHz and 2GB of RAM to manage tasks. Hit the break for more details, highlights from the manual, and the full manual itself. » Read the rest
According to frequent leaker @evleaks, MotoMaker for the Moto X will drop its exclusivity with AT&T next month. He says that Verizon will join MotoMaker on November 11. Since launching the device in August, Motorola says it has been shipping about 100,000 of them every week. With Verizon coming into the mix, Motorola will likely face a higher demand from customers on the nation’s second-largest network. If you’re on Verizon, are you interested in using MotoMaker to build your own device?
Moto Maker for Moto X coming to Verizon on November 11th.
— @evleaks (@evleaks) October 5, 2013
One of the main complaints Apple fanboys will make about Android is that it’s more susceptible to malware, and thereby a more risky choice for a phone, for obvious security reasons.
Google is now making an effort to quell these false claims, and recently released some graphics showing how hard it is to actually have malware damage your device and infiltrate your secure information. Note that their numbers only include devices that have Google Play Services— many phones without Google Play, such as those from China and Russia, are more at risk for malware.
Google’s Android Security chief Adrian Ludwig says that there are many layers of Android security constantly at work, and because of this, only .001% of all malware is even able to attempt to evade security, let alone actually get through.
The numbers get lower and lower as you pass through the multiple layers, as you can see from the graphic above.
This is not to say you should always be careful, especially when sideloading applicatoins, or if you have an untrusted app store on your device, which are the most common ways to get any type of malware on your device.
Wireless charging has been getting more and more attention as of late, and yesterday we showed you that remote wireless charging was even possible. Today, we have news that Qualcomm has joined the Power Matters Alliance and has plans to develop the standard for hybrid wireless charging.
This news comes only a month after Qualcomm joined the Wireless Power Consortium (WPC). Qualcomm will reportedly take on a “senior leadership role” at the Power Matters Alliance, and will work on ways for PMA devices (PowerMat) to receive wireless power using both low-frequency induction and high-frequency resonance.
If they are successful, more devices will be compatible with a wider range of wireless charging docks/stations/mats.
It’s all good news for consumers, who will have many more options on the market very soon.
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
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.)
Whether or not Android 4.4 Kit Kat will support 64-bit processing, hardware manufacturers like Samsung are preparing for it regardless. After Apple’s iPhone 5S was announced to make use of it, a Samsung executive explained that their next round of devices will support 64-bit processing. Now a Korean media source is reporting that Samsung is almost finished developing a 64-bit Exynos processor. While this new processor is expected to be packed into a future device like the Galaxy S5, it is also believed that Samsung’s tablets will be powered by it as well.