Patent Reveals Google’s Plan To Bring Backside Controls To Future Devices

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Google has brought many great concepts to reality and an application published by the US Patent & Trademark Office, shows off Google’s invention of simple backside device touch controls. Apple introduced the idea of backside touch controls on tablets in a patent from 2006 and Google seems to have explored the idea in significantly more detail. It could eventually make its way to future devices such as phones, tablets, e-book readers, Chromebooks, and more. To make backside touch controls on devices more responsive, Google mentions there could be visual, audible, and/or tactile feedback to let the user know an action was completed. Google’s patent application was originally filed in Q3 2012 under serial number 593117.

Source: Patent Bolt

HTC Sense 5 ROM Hits The Droid DNA

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HTC Sense 5 was debuted in the Taiwanese company’s latest flagship device, the HTC One, and brings a much updated UI. While HTC hinted at a few phones receiving Sense 5, the Droid DNA was left out. Since it’s a fairly new device, the upgrade will happen at some point, but if you can’t wait, a developer by the username newtoroot has you covered. Porting Sense 5 to the Droid DNA has begun and a ROM is available. Everything is working except MMS and Zoe which is HTC’s new feature that allows you to snap still images and record HD video simultaneously. » Read the rest

GMusicFS (0.9.1) Beta allows third-party music player apps to read/play Google Music files

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Google Music lovers now have another option for playing their cloud based music. GMusicFS, a beta music app developed by XDA member bubbleguuum, exposes cloud Google Music as a FUSE filesystem. The app enables music players such as Poweramp, PlayerPro and n7player to read and play Google Music files on a rooted Android device.

Keep in mind this is an initial beta release, and has only been tested on the Nexus 4 and Nexus 7 running stock 4.2.2, and on an older device (not specified) running CM10 (4.2.1 Jelly Bean equivalent).

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Google Joins Board of Directors at NFC Forum

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The Near Field Communications Forum (NFCF) was established in 2004 as a non-profit industry body designed to encourage advancements in NFC technologies. We have seen this technology slowly making its way into mainstream smartphones from all major manufactures (except Apple) over the past few years.

Google joined the NFCF in March 2011 as a “principal” member, and has not advanced up the board structure…until now. Google has upgraded its status on the Forum to “top-tier sponsor level“. This basically means that Google now has a say in the running of the consortium. Google has a vested interest in advancing NFC technology. After all, their Wallet app for Android would be useless without it. Google Wallet allows consumers to tap their phone to an NFC enabled reader and wirelessly transfer funds straight to the vendor, making transactions quick and painless (on select handsets). » Read the rest

Android 4.2.2 leaks (JDQ39) for the Verizon Galaxy Nexus for your downloading pleasure

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Remember that leak of Android 4.2.2 (JDQ39) we saw over the weekend for the Verizon Galaxy Nexus? Well thanks to a little help from XDA member oldblue910, the download is now available for you to install. Now it’s unlikely that this is the final version of the build, but that doesn’t mean you can enjoy a little 4.2.2 goodness. You don’t need to be rooted, but if you are, you need to be running 100% stock Android 4.1.1 (JRO030) in order to apply the update.

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Android 4.2.2 based CM10.1-m2 build now available

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It’s been awhile since we’ve heard anything major out of the Cyanogenmod team, but if you’ve been itching for something new to flash, you’re in luck. They’ve just announced that CM10.1-m2, which is a build more stable than a nightly but still not quite a full stable release, is available for a handful of devices. Popular devices like the Nexus lineup, Galaxy S III, and HTC One X are among the first to get the builds, but others are sure to follow.

If you like to stay on the more bug-free types of ROMs, this is going to be one you’ll possibly want to test drive. If you’re the type who has to flash something new every day… well, you were going to try this one out regardless. Be sure to post your bug reports to help get the kinks worked out for the final builds.

source: CM Blog

Roll Your Own Android: Android 4.2.2 Code and Binaries pushing to Android Open Source Project (AOSP)

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Great news for Nexus users, AOSP is pushing Android Jelly Bean 4.2.2 binaries for several devices in the Nexus product lineup.  The build, JDQ39 (tag: android-4.2.2_r1), is the same as the one currently being rolled out to Nexus devices.

As listed on the Google Developers site, binaries are available for the following devices:

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Chrome Super Sync Sports is a BIG (and small) Hit

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Who says innovation isn’t any fun?  Certainly not the geeks working over at the all inspiring Googleplex!  Once again Google finds a new way to amaze and excite us in the worlds of both mobile gaming using wireless sync.  How does it work?  Google has developed a way to use a combination of HTML5, CSS3, WebSockets and the Google App Engine to allow players to enjoy a game utilizing the Chrome Browser without additional plugins.  Amazing, right?  You bet it is!

The technology behind the gameplay is only the beginning, because it’s both smooth and responsive over a high speed internet connection.  I found the game to be reliable and entertaining, and at the same time physically and mentally challenging.

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Android Team Working On Experimental Linux 3.8 Kernel And Why It’s Good News

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Google appears to be working on an experimental Linux 3.8 kernel for Android after creating a new public kernel repository. It’s built from the standard Linux kernel with modifications added by the Android team.

There are several reasons this experimental kernel is good news: Support for the Flash-Friendly-File-System, support for open source NVIDIA Tegra and Samsung Exynos DRM drivers, and a lower memory footprint. Having a smaller memory footprint is by far one of the most anticipated as you really can’t go wrong with additional memory for apps.

As far as what version of Android this 3.8 kernel will debut in, we aren’t quite sure yet. Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean on the Nexus 4 features the 3.4 kernel while version 3.0 and 3.3 are in other Jelly Bean powered devices.

Source: Android Central

Samsung announces new wallet app, but not for making payments

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Many people who hear the word “wallet” connected to an app’s name may immediately jump to the conclusion that it can be used to make payments. That makes sense since Google has been playing up their Google Wallet app despite the reluctance of carriers to allow it on smartphones. Samsung announced today their own “Samsung Wallet” app that is in development to address some of the other stuff kept in a wallet besides credit or debit cards. The new app will keep track of tickets, boarding passes, and discount or loyalty cards. Samsung also indicates the app will have built in location awareness so it can let you know whether you have a card or discount available when you are near the retailer that issued the card. » Read the rest