Future handsets from Samsung will offer support for enhanced themes

SamsungThemeIt’s no secret that Samsung has been toying with the idea of offering the ability for users of its smartphones the ability to theme their devices. Much like that of third party launchers, users would be able to set a general scheme complete with themed icons for TouchWiz. It looks like the company will be making theming a priority in future devices with Samsung’s next Galaxy flagship, the S6 leading the charge.

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Got Milk? Samsung Wants You to Have It on TV and the Web

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Samsung’s Milk Media products will live in the shadows no more. Its Milk Music service, a station-based streaming client akin to Pandora, was launched in March 2014 exclusively on Samsung phones.

At CES, however, Samsung, announced its intention to bring Milk far and wide, and Milk Music is now available for download on Samsung TVs. A web player will be launched this spring.

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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

Screenshots showing Android 5.0.1 on the HTC One (M8) surface

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Hardware manufacturers are scurrying to update devices to the latest version of Android. Doing so as quickly as possible makes for some great publicity. HTC imposed a 90-day guarantee for Lollipop on the One (M8); however, where there is time, there are leaks. Screenshots taken from the handset running Android 5.0.1 (behind Sense 6.0) were published online by developer LlabTooFeR.

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Android 5.0.2 factory image for Nexus 7 (2012) is available

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Have the 2012 model of the Nexus 7? Then go ahead and install the latest version of Android. On the Android Developers site, Google posted the Android 5.0.2 factory image for people that like doing things themselves. The factory image posted, though, is only for the WiFi variant (“nakasi”) and Google has yet to post any Lollipop factory images for the mobile data-enabled variant (“nakasig”). The Android 5.0.2 factory image is build LRX22G.

New to the whole process of installing a factory image? We put together guide with plenty of details so you can do it easily.

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AOSP available for additional Sony devices released in 2014

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Owners of select Sony devices have the choice to manually install a newer version of Android. The company brought a version of the Android Open Source Project (AOSP) to all of its 2014 devices that feature Qualcomm processors. This means that people owning the Xperia E3, Xperia T3, Xperia T2 Ultra, and Xperia M2 can download and install Android 4.4.4 KitKat. Before jumping ahead and getting started, you should know that the camera and modem are not working at this time. What does that mean? You cannot take photos and make calls. Those are two very important features, so maybe waiting for Sony to issue an update is a better idea.

Last month, Sony revealed that it had Android 5.0 Lollipop running on some of its devices.

Source: Sony

Nymi Band Discovery Kit Released, Unlock Devices With Your Electrocardiogram

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What is one of the things we all dread the most? For me, it’s seeing a pop-up that reads, “Your password has expired, please change it.” And each website or device has different criterias, some like only alpha-numeric, some require special characters, while others require at least one capital letter. Oh, the humanity! Read more