Qualcomm plans to help develop standard for hybrid wireless charging as it joins Power Matters Alliance

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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.

Source: Engadget

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.

Source: +Koushik Dutta

 

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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Samsung’s 64-bit Exynos processor nearing final development

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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.


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Global rollout for BBM for Android delayed, Blackberry makes statement

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Many have been anticipating the eventual release of BBM for Android this weekend, as the popular messaging platform will never soon be available to many more smartphone consumers.

However, in what was supposed to be a weekend filled of fanfare for the arrival of the application, we have seen nothing but the exact opposite.

Android users have been waiting hours upon hours for the app to be released but nothing has been released so far.

Blackberry made a statement yesterday regarding the delayed rollout.

Prior to launching BBM for Android, an unreleased version of the BBM for Android app was posted online. The interest and enthusiasm we have seen already – more than 1.1 million active users in the first 8 hours without even launching the official Android app – is incredible. Consequently, this unreleased version caused issues, which we have attempted to address throughout the day.

Our teams continue to work around the clock to bring BBM to Android and iPhone, but only when it’s ready and we know it will live up to your expectations of BBM. We are pausing the global roll-out of BBM for Android and iPhone. Customers who have already downloaded BBM for iPhone will be able to continue to use BBM. The unreleased Android app will be disabled, and customers who downloaded it should visit www.BBM.com to register for updates on official BBM for Android availability.

After yesterday’s explanation, an update was expected for Sunday. Guess again, BBM fans. Blackberry still has nothing to show except for a new tweet, sent out earlier today.

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.

Street View brought inside the Moto X assembly plant

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Yesterday we showed you an image that revealed the inner workings of the Fort Worth, TX factory where the Moto X is assembled and shipped. We also received news yesterday that the plant is currently shipping 100,000 Moto X phones every week— if they can keep up the pace, that’s 5 million annually.

Motorola is certainly proud of their new facility, and to continue the celebration of the company’s new beginning, they brought Google Street View into the factory to give us all an even more in-depth look. Check it out after the break.


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Image reveals the inner-workings of the Fort Worth, TX factory— home of the Moto X

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Ahh, good ol’ products made in the USA. (Not to be confused with Usa, located in Ōita Prefecture, Japan.) Here we have a picture of what the inside of the Forth Worth, TX factory looks like, which pumps out thousands of Moto X’s each and every day. The 455,000 square-foot facility formerly manufactured Nokia products, but now sees the Moto X from its birth to the point when it gets shipped out.

Source: Engadget

 

Google releases “World Wide Maze” Chrome Experiment game in celebration of Chrome’s 5th birthday

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Google’s at it again with yet another Chrome Experiment, allowing you to connect your mobile Chrome browser to your desktop Chrome browser quickly, seamlessly, and yes, awesomely.

This game, known as “World Wide Maze,” lets you roll around on your favorite websites (latitudinally), as if it were a maze. The game is pretty sick, I must say, and you should definitely go ahead and give it a try.

Source: World Wide Maze 

 

 

Android distribution numbers released once again, Jelly Bean shows steady growth, ICS decreases

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Here we are again, checking out the latest distribution charts for Android— we certainly have some interesting developments for this month’s numbers. First, you’ll notice that the prehistoric versions of Android OS (Donut and Eclair) are no longer on the chart! Why is this? Not because nobody has them running on their devices anymore, but because data for the chart is now gathered from the Google Play Store app, which only runs on devices with Android 2.2 or greater. Either way, devices running the older versions of Android only account for around 1%.

Now, for this month’s improvements in Android fragmentation— combined, Jelly Bean is currently loaded up on 45.1% of all Android-powered devices, up from 40.5% from last month.  For the first time ever, Ice Cream Sandwich actually showed a decrease, going from 22.5% to 21.7%. Sure, it’s not a lot, but the decrease certainly shows that OEMs are doing a better job upgrading their devices to Jelly Bean.

Gingerbread shrunk a bit as well, going from 33.1% to 30.7%, and Froyo followed suit, coming down to 2.4% from 2.5%.  We’ll be back next month with the latest Android distribution numbers. Hopefully we’ll get to see a new KitKat section on the chart!

Source: Android Developers