Top 6 Reasons Why Android OEMs Should Expect Dismal Growth In 2015

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As we close on 2014, and approach 2015, it doesn’t hurt to take a step back and reflect on what was accomplished and what didn’t work out so well during the year. 2014, without a doubt, showed off some great new tech like Android Wear, and virtual reality is finally showing tangible signs of life. Even Apple decided to finally do something new (for itself) and make a reasonable phone size.

2014, as it’s winding down, is also showing some rather dangerous indications of what might be in store for Android OEMs in 2015. Sharp declines in sales, market stagnation and ridiculous patent warfare may bleed over into the new year, and I doubt anyone is going to come out victorious in the end. Read more

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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Install Google Now on your Ice Cream Sandwich device via GNow Gandlebars application

While Google Now has only been available for Jelly Bean devices (officially), that hasn’t stopped people from finding numerous ways to get it onto their Ice Cream Sandwich devices. Google Now has been available for Ice Cream Sandwich devices for some time now thanks to the folks at XDA. Back then you just needed to have a rooted device and being able to sideload an .apk file and changing some things in your build.prop.

Now there’s a newer method that utilizes an application called GNow Handlebars. Your ICS device still has to be rooted, and all you have to do is install the application and follow the simple steps:

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How to unlock Google’s newest Easter egg: ‘BeanFlinger’ daydream

If you have a Nexus 4 or a Galaxy Nexus that has been updated to Android 4.2, then now is your chance to unlock one of Google’s hidden Easter eggs within the OS. If you recall, Android 4.2 offers a new feature called “daydreams” which is essentially a screen-saver type of function. There’s five stock daydreams available, but there’s a hidden fifth one that’s unlockable if you access the Jelly Bean “Easter egg” animation where you repeatedly tap on the Android version within settings.

Once that’s done, the “BeanFlinger” daydream will be unlocked. You’ll be able to find it under Settings > Display > Daydreams. If you have an Android 4.2 device that supports Daydreams, then this should be available to you.

As always, have fun!

Is the next wave of Google Nexus products advancing?

 

According to a leak from UK based phone retailer Carphone Warehouse, our Nexus 7 storage problems are soon to be over. The image above clearly lists a 32gb version of the flagship Google tablet and although it doesn’t say how much the new version will cost, I’m willing to bet it’ll be around $300, which is still less than its rival, the 32gb iPad. So it finally seems Google is listening to our complaints.

There’s more news too. Right above the aforementioned Nexus 7 leak is a line that reads: “Invisishield for Samsung Nexus 2″. Woah. This is hardly the first time a Galaxy Nexus successor has been mentioned, but so far most of the previous rumors have been proclaimed as bunk. Now we actually have a semi-reliable leak to drool over as we anxiously await Google to unveil the next iteration of the pure Google experience, and as we have seen from the early iPhone 5 leaks, these accessory manufactures are generally pretty reliable when it comes to leaks.

This single photo of a blue and yellow inventory system has officially started me salivating for the next wave of Google products to drool over.

Source: Droid-Life

Download and Install the latest Jelly Bean Build (JR003O) for your Verizon Galaxy Nexus

Earlier today we told you that a lucky XDA member received a Jelly Bean OTA update for the Verizon Galaxy Nexus. You can download the test build and install it yourself, but you have to go back to stock (build IMM76K) to make it happen. Just follow the steps below.

  1. Make sure you’re running stock (If you’re not then you can use WugFresh’s Nexus Root Toolkit to restore/install stock)
  2. Unlock the device and install a custom recovery (Wugfresh’s Toolkit can do this as well)
  3. Flash the IMM76Q Package via the custom recovery
  4. Flash the JRO03O Package via the custom recovery
If you need any help or want more info, hit up the source link below.

source: Androidcentral Forums

 

Say Hello to the Ultimate Backup Tool that Doesn’t Require Root

If you currently own a rooted Android device, or flashed a custom ROM, chances are you’ve taken at least one nandroid based or titanium based backup of your system settings and application data. As you know, in order to take either of these backups, root access is required.

What about if you want to unlock your bootloader after you’ve been using your device for several months? Since it’s unlikely that you would already have root access, you were forced to lose this precious data.

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The inevitable has happened, Verizon’s Samsung Galaxy S III’s bootloader has been unlocked

 

The second I saw this story on the XDA thread, I envisioned many Verizon Samsung Galaxy S III users giving Verizon the proverbial middle finger. This locked bootloader issue with Verizon’s Samsung Galaxy S III has certainly made a full circle. It started off with many angry customers when Verizon formally announced that the bootloader will be locked on their Galaxy S III, but soon after there was hope as a couple of miss-informed Verizon and Samsung reps told various people that an update for the S III would be out soon that would unlock the bootloader. Verizon quickly denied that rumor and left us all with the hopes of XDA soon finding a way to crack Verizon’s lock on the bootloader.

Well folks, that day has come as the XDA developer by the name of AdamOutler has released instructions on how to unlock your Verizon Galaxy S III’s bootloader. Before I give you all the instructions, it’s important to first read AdamOutler’s precautionary statement first:

Let me make this clear. If Samsung updates your device’s bootloaders, using this tool could potentially brick your device. Once you apply this, never accept a factory update without first flashing the Odin Packages in the Original Post of this thread. As a general rule, you want to be the last guy to apply any Samsung update. Run custom. 

As of the date of this posting, this works great on Linux and it should work wonderfully on Mac too. If you’re using Windows, I recommend downloading Windows Ubuntu Installer(WUBI) to install Ubuntu from within Windows. 

First you’ll need to download the file needed for this:

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