One of Sony’s development research employees recently unveiled their latest project dubbed as EvolutionUI. It’s essentially a phone UI that gets “better” in time the more you use it. In essence, think of it like a video game as you receive “achievements” of sorts. I’m not exactly too keen on the idea, and by the looks of the comments in the video, many share my sentiments. Nonetheless, it is something new and worth a look at. Check out the video below after the break and let me know what you think of it. Even if you may not like it, do you see any upside to it? My guess is it may fare well towards users that are just starting to use a smartphone.
With Sprint releasing the Harman Kardon edition of their HTC One M8, it left a slight bad taste to current HTC M8 users that have already bought the device. Although in due time, I figured there would be a dev(s) out there that would be able to port the software of the HK edition into regular HTC M8′s. As always, that didn’t take too long as a dev from the trusty XDA site by the name of baadnewz has done just that. If your phone is rooted and has a custom recovery, you can turn your M8 into the HK edition with a few steps. Users that have tried it are already reporting a much improved audio experience while listening to music through their headphones.
Sadly, the only part of the HK edition that wasn’t able to be ported was the support for FLAC files, although that shouldn’t be too much of a problem considering most 3rd party music players on the Play Store offer that support. Check out the XDA thread if you wish to give this a shot!
Super-developer Koushik Dutta is back with another awesome update to his AllCast application.
According to a Google+ post on his page, in the app’s next version, root users will be able to cast to any device that AllCast supports, through Google Music. The Fire TV is on such device.
The Google Music app will be able to see all of the user’s casting devices, which can be selected and streamed to from there.
Dutta said that the update is “coming soon.” Hit the break for his demonstration video.
The Galaxy S5′s fingerprint scanner isn’t only useful for its users to unlock the device — many app developers have taken advantage of the technology as well, the latest being LastPass.
The popular password storage system has added biometric security in its latest update for the Galaxy S5, leveraging the device’s fingerprint scanning abilities.
Now, users can swipe their finger on the screen for a faster and more secure way to log into accounts (instead of using the master password each time).
The update is available through LastPass’ Premium Service and is available for download now. Hit the break for the Play Store download link.
As Google continues their march toward release of the modular Project Ara smartphone, one of the things they will need to make the device successful are apps, especially those that are unique to the modular platform. At the second day of their Project Ara developers’ conference, they have announced a developers’ challenge that will launch in May and run through September with a $100,000 prize.
Although just recently surfacing publicly, Google has been working on their Project Tango smartphones for a while now. Not all of that research and development on the 3D world sensing phone was confined to the Google campus though. Turns out Google has been working with the NASA Ames Research Center to integrate the Project Tango technology onto a robotic platform called SPHERES. The SPHERES platform is intended to be a zero-gravity autonomous unit.
Xbox Smartglass hit mobile phones just a few years ago to provide a second-screen experience while users played their Xboxes, and Microsoft recognized it was time to move along in its natural progression.
The Xbox One Smartglass Beta app has hit the Play Store, and it allows users to send feedback to the developers and preview new features.
Hit the break for screenshots of the app as well as a link to the app in the Play Store.
The Play Store from Google TV had eliminated the YouTube app from its offerings last month, which seemed like a complete head-scratcher at the time.
As it turns out, Google wanted to spend some time working on fixing bugs in the app— the process was finally completed today.
Along with the return of the YouTube app comes improved stability and customizable closed captions.
Source: Android Police
The Tizen Software Developer Kit (SDK) is now available for developers to get their hands on. This allows developers to design applications specifically for the Tizen-powered Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo.
In addition to making the Tizen SDK available, Samsung provided a list of apps currently available. They include: Atooma, Banjo, Dacadoo, EasilyDo, Feedly, Focus Trainer, Glympse, iHeartRadio, iwunta (Cloudwear), Life360, Runtastic, Sleep Genius, Spritz, Strava, Vivino, CNN, Conde Nast, eBay, Expedia, Flick Dat, MapMyFitness (Under Armour), MyMusicCloud, and News Republic (Mobiles Republic).
Hit the break for the official press release.
With support for Google Play Games being extended to the iOS platform, developers will need tools to enable this throughout their games. That will be coming forthwith as Google prepares to rollout a new SDK for developers in conjunction with the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco. Laying the groundwork for that, Google has started rolling out an update to Google Play Services that includes new APIs.