Well this is an interesting deal. Qualcomm has partnered with Cyanogen in order to bring their best software enhancements from Cyanogen OS to Qualcomm’s Reference Design (QRD) devices.
These reference devices will utilize the Snapdragon 200, 400, and 600 Series and is meant to assist device makers of lower cost handsets for developing markets. The Cyanogen OS brings their own launcher and enhancements to Android’s personal information management apps such as the dialer, messaging, contacts, and calendar.
One of the most inconsistent things I’ve noticed on my Note 4 is that some web sites are hard to read. With varying formatting, it can sometimes be a process having to zoom in and out, moving the page back and forth, etc. Well Chrome for Android has your back as it now has a hidden reader mode. Reader mode will strip away that annoying formatting. Here’s how to enable it.
Want a quick way to root your Nexus device?
In the past, one such option has been CF-Auto Root — until now, that option hasn’t been available for Lollipop users.
But with a recent update by XDA Senior Recognized Developer Chainfire, Nexus devices running Android 5.0 can join in on the fun. Hit the break for details:
Helium Backup is probably the best way to back up your app data on your Android phone or tablet, especially if you’re not rooted, which is the majority of you. We featured it in our best ways to back up apps guide, but back then it was called Carbon.
The only issue with the app itself is that you need to initiate it through your desktop with a Windows application, then the mobile app will do the rest. That’s not the developer Koushik Dutta’s fault. It’s just how Android works in that it needs adb in order to save these backups, and the desktop app just streamlines it for you. Things are still the same, but if you’re a Chrome user, you can grab the Chrome app instead of using Windows. What makes this interesting is that you can now use a Chromebook since the Chrome OS now supports the connection of Android devices via the USB port. Of course you can still use the Chrome app on your Windows or Mac computer.
So far, LG has only pushed the Lollipop update to the G3 in Poland, but that won’t stop others from enjoying it. If you have the European model (D855), Skin1980 from XDA has a surprise for you.
He put together a flashable Zip that’s even rootable. You will need the TWRP recovery installed and you will need to do a factory reset. If this is something that interests you, hit the source link below for full instructions, and be sure to consider giving Skin1980 a donation because I’m sure this took a lot of work.
It seems like just about every day there is some sort of hack involving an online service. Today’s hack is from Dropbox.
A user posted files on Reddit that contained a bunch of usernames and passwords for Dropbox accounts. The poster said there were close to 7,000,000 more, but asked for Bitcoin donations to reveal them.
When Sony announced their new Xperia Z3 smartphones during IFA 2014, one of the new features included was PS4 Remote Play. This new feature meant owners of the new devices could use their Sony smartphones as a second screen for the their Sony PS4 gaming platform. Even better than that, users could continue to play PS4 titles remotely on their mobile device. This was some great news for gamers who had PlayStation 4 devices if they were going to invest in a new Sony smartphone. Unfortunately, a Sony spokesperson said the company had “no intent to bring remote play to any device other than Xperia” meaning a lot of PlayStation 4 owners would miss out on the feature. That may have changed now thanks to a new port developed by XDA member XperiaPlaystation who has figured out how to get it working with a much larger population of Android devices. Read more
The Nexus Root Toolkit from Wugfresh has become insanely popular since the interest in unlocking bootloaders and rooting devices has expanded to “normal” consumers.
Now, those with an LG G Watch will be able to root and unlock the device just as easily as Wugfresh’s Nexus solution provides.
If you own a Nexus 5 or a Nexus 7 (2013 WiFi), then you might have already taken the plunge and flashed the Android L Preview factory images. If you have, you might be happy to know that root has been achieved thanks to XDA developer savoca.