Android 4.3 firmware for Google Play Edition Galaxy S 4 leaks— for developers only!

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We’ve known about the Google Play Edition Galaxy S 4 for a while now, but had pretty much assumed at this point that it would launch with Android 4.2.2… up until now. SamMobile has received the firmware for Android 4.3 to the Google Play Edition Galaxy S 4 and has since placed the file on their site— and it’s completely stock. Android 4.3 has only a few minor improvements over Android 4.2.2, but keep in mind, all of this is coming before Google even announces the new version of their mobile OS.

We (and SamMobile) advise you not to install this firmware to your standard Galaxy S4 (GT-I9505/GT-I9500) as you might brick your device. If and when we receive firmware for other versions of the device (and other devices), we will let you know. For now, this firmware is ONLY for developers.

So for all you developers out there, the information (and files) from SamMobile you’ll need to get the firmware is after the break. » Read the rest

Custom ROM built from Google Play Edition HTC One arrives

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Are you a jealous GSM HTC One owner that wants a stock Google experience after seeing the new Google Play edition devices that were released earlier this week? Well, you’re in luck. Rooted HTC One users can now flash a rom that runs the same Android 4.2.2 that the new devices run, thanks to XDA Developers user bigxie. To flash the rom, you will need an unlocked and rooted HTC One running a custom recovery. Once flashed, your HTC One experience will be almost exactly like the Google Play edition experience, complete with the new camera app and everything.

Source: XDA Developers

CyanogenMod developer starts work on Secure Device-to-Device Messaging

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While it is rare for Android users to envy anything related to iOS, CyanogenMod developer Koush openly expressed his love for iMessage in a Google+ post, also revealing that he plans to build a plugin somewhat similar into future builds of CyanogenMod. The plugin will be built into the framework, working with any SMS app to send encrypted messages to compatible devices running CyanogenMod (7 million users and counting) and falling back to standard SMS when necessary.

Not much else is known about this feature but its another step in the right direction for the CM team, who’ve been hard at working making their ROM more and more secure. For now we can only ponder possible features of this plugin, but Koush is looking for feedback so hit the source to let him know what you want to see.

Source: CyanogenMod Google+

 

Logitech releases Hamony Ultimate Hub to turn your phone into a universal remote

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Logitech just released a small puck-shaped receiver that communicates with your phone, allowing you to turn your Android or iPhone into a universal remote. It’s already included as part of the Logitech Harmony Ultimate and Logitech Harmony Smart Control products, and now it’s available as a standalone item. After you purchase the receiver for $100, users must download the free application, which can consolidate up to eight different remotes. The system is compatible with over 225,000 home theater devices and it turns Wi-Fi signals from your smartphone into IR and Bluetooth commands. Check out the full presser after the break.  » Read the rest

Android 4.2.2 test build for Samsung Galaxy S III leaked

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As the summer solstice was drawing to a close, SamMobile released a leaked test version of Android 4.2.2 firmware for the Samsung Galaxy S III. According to sources, Samsung is still testing the Android 4.2.2 build and may still be in the process of adding features such as the Samsung Galaxy S 4‘s camera features. The official release of Android 4.2.2 for the Galaxy S III is expected some time in July or August. » Read the rest

Humble Bundle weekly sale features 3 top-notch Android games

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Pay-what-you-want services are taking over every form of media and why not? It allows consumers to decide what various goods and services are worth to them personally. Of course as with any payment model it has its shortcomings, and developers have come up with some crafty services, one such service being the excellent Humble Bundle. For the uninitiated, the Humble Bundle is a pay-what-you-want service that bundles top-notch eBooks, music apps and games and the more you pay the more awesome stuff you get.

This week the service is hosting a bundle of excellent indie-Android games and with an average donation of $5.86, its a great opportunity to save a bunch of money and support developers and charity at the same exact time. The games in this bundle include:

Anomaly Warzone Earth Mobile Campaign ( normally $3.99)
Sleepwalker’s Journey (normally $0.99)
Funky Smugglers (normally $0.99)

And if you donate a more generous amount you get:

Anomaly Warzone Korea ( normally $3.99)

On top of all that the bundle includes wallpapers for every game in the bundle and a 3D Print figure of the Mech from Anomaly 2. Bust out the wallet, do yourself and the Android community a favor and grab some really cool games. When your done with that feel free to thank us in the comments.

Source: Humble Bundle

 

Sony now allowing 3rd party firmware for their SmartWatch platform

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Lately Sony has been very “developer friendly” with their Android devices such as the Xperia Z, and that trend won’t stop as Sony recently fully opened up their SmartWatch platform to all developers. Per Sony:

We are now taking the next step to open up SmartWatch. Previously, you’ve been able to create apps for SmartWatch with the Sony Add-on SDK, but now we hope to see even more innovation as we’re making it possible for advanced developers to create and flash alternative firmware, by sharing technical details and instructions.

Doing so does come with some limitations as you will no longer be able to use SmartConnect or any compatible SmartWatch app that’s available in the Google Play Store. So keep that in mind. For more info, hit the source link!

source: Sony

Steve Kondik, founder of CyanogenMod, seeks to protect Android devices with a system wide ‘Incognito Mode’

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I’m sure by now most of you are familiar with the recent news of the NSA scandal and what we once thought was private data now being accessed by the government. Obviously this doesn’t sit well with most and with smartphones being in most people’s pockets nowadays the threat of your data being exposed is dangerous. Steve Kondik, the founder of the popular 3rd party custom Android ROM CyanogenMod is figuring out a way to give Android an “incognito mode” so that it ensures no personal data can be leaked. Per Kondik:

I’m working on a new feature that will hopefully make it’s way into CM. It’s called “Run in Incognito Mode”. It’s a simple privacy feature designed to help you keep your personal data under control.

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Verizon’s FiOS Mobile TV and VOD comes to Android

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Verizon took to its web site today to announce that it would be bringing an Android app to its FiOS customers. The app will allow you to stream 75 different TV channels, access Video On Demand, and manage your DVR programs. You’ll also be able to view your Flex content as well as have access to over 40,000 different titles. You can even use the app as a remote for your FiOS box when you’re relaxing at home.

From what we can see and from what Verizon says most Android devices are supported. Those include the Droid RAZR M, Galaxy S 4, and Galaxy Note 10.1. The Moto Droid X and Galaxy 10 (don’t worry we’ve never heard of it either but one can assume that they mean the Tab 10.1) are even supported. So if you’re an owner of any of these devices and use the service you should hit the break for your download link and QR codes.

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Latest Android distribution reveals Ice Cream Sandwich down only 1.9%, Jelly Bean up 4.6%

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The number of phones upgrading from Ice Cream Sandwich to Jelly Bean is slowing down, as most high-end Android devices are pretty much all shipping with Jelly Bean at this point, or are stuck with Ice Cream Sandwich with no plan for upgrade. The number will eventually come to a steady halt, and this month, the numbers only decreased by 1.9%.

Jelly Bean is up 4.6%, a pretty decent jump up from 3.4%, which I predicted in last month’s distribution update. The total Jelly Bean number of 33% will keep on increasing as more and more devices ship with the latest version of Android, and will keep moving up when 4.3 launches later this year. This month’s total distribution count can be found after the break. » Read the rest