Google’s augmented reality game, Ingress, has reached a critical mass with a relatively large following even before it’s public release earlier today.
Although the game was set aside as a minor gaming project for Google’s Niantic Labs at its beta launch, we’re finally starting to see what all of this actually means.
John Hanke, a key leader on the project and a co-creator of Google Earth, likened Ingress to a “concept project” that could eventually turn into a platform to allow anyone to create an alternate reality game of their own.
Today the CyanogenMod team announced their secure messaging system that is being integrated into their CM 10.2 nightlies (will soon follow into their CM 11 branch). Dubbed as WhisperPush, the system-wide secure messaging system is powered by TextSecure. This basically encrypts your SMS messages both locally and over- the-air when sending to other TextSecure users.
The source is of course made available to the public. Check out the link below for CM’s official word on the matter and for further information.
Developer-wiz Koushik Dutta of CyanogenMod has made a bit of a discovery in the Android 4.4.1 patches.
It looks like Google is preparing to add Android mirroring to Chromecast in the near future. However, Dutta pointed out that the API isn’t available to anybody except Google and the OEM. This essentially means that developers won’t be able to tool around to come up with new ways to integrate the feature. Similar solutions like Android mirroring on Chromecast won’t be able to be built into things such as Apple TV.
The API could become available to everyone in the future, but for now we’re pretty much left in the dark.
Source: +Koushik Dutta
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.
Chromecast isn’t only just for streaming video and music content to the big screen— now, people are finding that it makes for a pretty nice tool to stream games to your TV.
A very simple tic-tac-toe game for Chromecast has just been developed, and the app is available on both Android and iOS. Simply grab another player who also has the app installed, and easily display the game on the big screen for all to see.
It’s nothing mind-blowing for now, but the concept is certainly pretty cool and will make for some interesting innovations in the future. Hit the break for the link to the game in the Play Store.
When Google introduced Android 4.4 KitKat to the world, one of the benefits they touted was Project Svelte, a concerted effort to minimize the memory footprint to encourage the system’s deployment to older or less powerful hardware. Trying to make Android run easier on more hardware is not the only way Google is trying to reduce fragmentation and in effect “flatten” the world. They are also working on efforts that blur the line between the desktop and mobile platforms like Android and iOS. The latest example is news that Google is poised to enter the beta stage in January 2014 with “Mobile Chrome Apps,” a project to build a toolkit for developers so they can more easily deploy the apps they have built for Chrome on the desktop over on mobile operating platforms like Android and iOS. Read more
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.
Upon the official release of CM 10.2, the CM team has announced that they will cease development of CM 10.2 and mainly focus on CM 11 (KitKat). They will still provide nightlies and updates for 10.2, but will mainly just be bug fixes rather than new feature implementations.
While Jelly Bean is still alive in the CM world, the ICS branch will officially be retired and no longer continued.
If you haven’t already opted in to the new Google Maps, you might want to now. Along with so many great new features and an updated UI, you can now easily embed a map with easy access to the HTML snippet.
Click on the gear icon on the bottom right and then go to “embed map.” Once the map is embedded, users can sign into the maps to see their own relevant content such as saved places— they can also save a place from your own embedded map so they can see it later on on their device. Usage limits are non-existent as well.
Source: Google Geo Developers
We first saw Project Butter in Android 4.1, which had the goal to make Android’s system processes “buttery smooth” by making the operating system faster, more reliable, and less prone to crashes.
However, Project Butter didn’t do much on the memory footprint reduction front for Android. So, with the goal to make the newest features and design elements of Android work on almost any device, Android introduced Project Svelte in 4.4 KitKat.