Spicing up your homescreen to your liking has always been one of Androids selling points. The sky, along with your imagination, is always the limit when it comes to decorating your Android device. Thankfully, we have plenty of talented and artistic developers out there that create beautiful widgets and skins for our devices. A new Zooper Widget theme that I recently stumbled upon certainly has that creative style that I think you all can appreciate. The app is called Zoopreme and is available on the Google Play Store for $1. If you’re already familiar with Zooper Widget Pro, then this will be very easy to apply.
Google usually list the Android distribution numbers, but decided to skip July’s. However, now it’s August and Google has updated them again. Lollipop is now installed on 18.1% of Android devices which is up from 12.4% in June.
Starting today, there are new methods for Android developers looking to test their apps with users. Google says it will be an easier, more convenient way for developers to beta test their apps upon release.
One of the great things about flashing a custom Rom on your Android device is being able to backup and restore your apps via the custom recovery or by using an app such as Titanium Backup, it’s especially helpful if you’ve had to factory reset your device or if you’ve swapped over to a new device. Now it seems like un-rooted users will also be able to automatically backup and restore their apps thanks to a feature called ‘Auto Backup for Apps’ that is present in the latest Android M Preview. Read more
Samsung has just announced they have a new image sensor with 1.0μm-pixel-based 16 megapixel CMOS image sensor for mobile devices. Basically it’s a smaller chip. The real question is will it be in the Galaxy Note 5?
We are getting closer and closer to Android M reaching the market with every update and today is the first update for the developer preview. The update includes the latest platform code, and near-final API’s for you to validate your app. They have also refined the Nexus system images and emulator system images with the Android platform updates. Plus it has Google Play services 7.6.
For most computer users, developers and all the work they do to write code for apps is invisible, so it should be no surprise that a new tool from Google designed for developers is flying under the radar. The tool is a new code repository call Cloud Source Repositories and is a move by Google to get into the source code repository hosting market where they will be competing against companies like GitHub, Atlassian, Microsoft and Amazon. Read more
After enduring widespread criticism for its over-heating Snapdragon 810 processors, Qualcomm has come out fighting by releasing a funny video(below) to remind us of some of the positives about its range of silicon. One such positive is that certain Snapdragon processors give super-quick auto-focusing abilities to their host devices.
It’s getting closer to June 15th, the international launch of the Xperia Z3+ (Z4 in Japan), and it seems like its Qualcomm processor is still suffering from the overheating issues that have plagued the Snapdragon 810 chip since release. This is despite Qualcomm developing a v2.1 of the processor, incorporating a revised design with improved thermal management.
Facebook’s solution for mobile users in emerging markets, “Facebook Lite,” is now rolling out in select regions.
The app is designed to work efficiently on slow networks with minimal bandwidth capacity. The download is only a 1MB file, so you could imagine there are quick install and load times. Features in the app include core Facebook functions, including status updates, News Feed, photos, notifications, etc.
Asia’s first on the list to receive the app — next up is Latin America, Africa and Europe.
Source: Facebook Newsroom