Over on the XDA Developers site, forum member pcelli figured out how to get a Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch working with his Nexus 5 smartphone. This had to be done on an unofficial basis as up to now Samsung has only enabled support for the Galaxy Gear with other Samsung devices. Although there have been some hints indicating Samsung may eventually break down the wall around that particular garden, getting a Galaxy Gear to work with a non-Samsung device may never be officially supported.
Mad Catz’s Android-powered MOJO gaming console has been successfully rooted, and as a result, users will be able to access the Google Play Store, as well as thousands of other applications.
It obviously involves flashing a custom boot image using your computer (no overwriting the existing ROM), so be careful if you don’t have any rooting experience.
Gibson Security has found a security issue in Snapchat, the popular photo/video messaging platform, which could allow hackers to easily exploit the program’s API to steal data, as well as scam/stalk Snapchat users.
The security team had presented the issues to Snapchat in August and says that they still have not been addressed, and warn that they pose serious privacy risks for users.
Phone numbers of users can easily be discovered, and dummy accounts can be created in bulk. The code of the exploit is now available to the public, so pretty much anyone with any hacking experience could exploit it. Gibson Security says that the bug can be fixed with “ten lines of code.”
Source: Gibson Security
Researcher Mordechai Guri at the Ben-Gurion University’s Cyber Security Lab in Israel recently discovered a major vulnerability in Samsung’s Knox security platform on the Galaxy S4. The flaw “could allow malicious software to track emails and record data communications.”
While Samsung is still investigating the claims, a Samsung spokesperson said that the allegations are not as serious as they might seem.
Remember that bizarre orb-like device that Google unveiled with the original Nexus 7 back in June 2012?
Although we’ll most likely never see another version of that awkward little orb, the Nexus Q, there is some good news for those that actually own one.
While the device originally shipped with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, there wasn’t another update for it as Google pretty much marked it internally as a failure— or at least marked it as a device that needed a bit more R&D.
Now, XDA forum member hharte has released a nearly perfect build of Android 4.4 KitKat based on CyanogenMod. Current issues include WLAN and audio w/ Google Music. Either way, there isn’t really any reason why you shouldn’t want to upgrade to this experimental version of KitKat. Hit up the developmental thread in the source link below to get going.
When Google announced the Nexus 5 and Android 4.4 KitKat, one of the “new” apps that was launched was a new phone dialer that came with some unique features. The dialer came with an updated UI, featured Internet-based caller ID, and perhaps most notably, the ability to search for businesses and contacts, both on the device and from the Internet, from within the dialer. For now, it looks like Google is limiting the availability of this new dialer to Nexus devices and Google Play Edition smartphones. If you really want to get a copy of the dialer, it is now available if you meet a couple minimum requirements including root and an Android 4.4 ROM, either official or custom.
The dialer is available as both a flashable ZIP file to be installed via a custom recovery or as an APK file that is placed in /system/priv-app. For the latter option, you will need to be able to change the permissions of the APK file. Some users who have tried the install have reported the app icon does not show up in the app tray. It appears the solution to this problem is to use Nova Launcher and its feature that allows you to run a specific activity within an app. It also appears the default dialer needs to remain active in order for users to receive calls, but this could vary by device.
If you want to give the dialer a try, hit the source link to get the files and detailed install instructions.
Today the CyanogenMod team announced their secure messaging system that is being integrated into their CM 10.2 nightlies (will soon follow into their CM 11 branch). Dubbed as WhisperPush, the system-wide secure messaging system is powered by TextSecure. This basically encrypts your SMS messages both locally and over- the-air when sending to other TextSecure users.
The source is of course made available to the public. Check out the link below for CM’s official word on the matter and for further information.
Upon the official release of CM 10.2, the CM team has announced that they will cease development of CM 10.2 and mainly focus on CM 11 (KitKat). They will still provide nightlies and updates for 10.2, but will mainly just be bug fixes rather than new feature implementations.
While Jelly Bean is still alive in the CM world, the ICS branch will officially be retired and no longer continued.
If the price of $180 wasn’t enough of an enticement to make you grab a Moto G, maybe its ease of being rooted might. Thanks to the famed Android developer Modaco, you can now root the popular budget device using any computer, whether it be a Windows, Mac or Linux.
To carry out this process, your bootloader does need to be unlocked. Also, doing any of this may invalidate your warranty so do this under your own precaution. Otherwise, hit up the source link for download links and instructions on how to achieve this process!
As the over-the-air update KRT16S has been rolling out to Nexus 4 owners bringing Android 4.4 KitKat to their devices, some users have discovered some problems with their smartphones after the update. Reports indicate some users are having trouble with core functions like the dialer not working, different Quick Settings toggles not working and even the Home button being rendered inoperable. For the small number of users impacted by these problems, a couple different solutions have been identified that may give them some relief.