CyanogenMod About To Release Community and Pro Editions For a Better User Experience. Also Adds New Features

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As usual, the boys over at CyanogenMod are keeping busy working on making your Android experience the best it can be. Recall at the Big Android BBQ 2013 event, the team announced that they’ll be offering their popular custom ROM’s in a couple of different flavors. The team was pretty bent on arguing the fact that it’s not the carriers who should be dictating software based decisions to OEM’s but that it should be left to the user to do so. As a result, the team revealed that their new versions will cater respectively to both the beginner and the advanced user who’s looking to liven their devices up a bit.

The team tossed out some pretty hefty stats claiming that there are 8.2 million active CyanogenMod users out there and there are 38 million downloads for over 100 different devices. In addition, the popular custom ROM maker says there are over 3,000 different contributors assisting with development.  So, what’s the difference between the two versions?  Hit the break to compare the “Community” and the “Pro” versions and feel free to let us know what you think in the comments below.  » Read the rest

+ KitKat Team is Holding Android KitKat Count Contest, Prize Is Still Unclear

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Didn’t we say “to those who wait, good things will come?” No, well we meant to. And for all of your hard earned patience here’s a little tidbit of joy for you while you wait for 4.4′s release. And though it’s not so much informative as it is fun, we still believe it’s an indication that KitKat and the Nexus 5 are still just around the corner. As of now, if you head over to KitKat G+ page you can be a part of the count down tease their holding in which you can try to guess how many android plush toys you can see in the pic with KitKat branding on them. Winner gets…….? No one knows at this time. It could be a giant android plush toy or dare we say it, a Nexus 5? And while that’s pure conjecture at this time, it sure would be cool as hell if it were the case. Well, there’s only one way to find out right? Hit the source link below and give it a go. The team will be picking the first 10 correct answers. Feel free to speculate as to what you think the prize might be in the comments below.

source: @KitKat (G+)

Koush develops video recording utility to record device’s screen

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By now, taking a screenshot on an Android device is almost second-nature. Simply press the down volume button + power button simultaneously. However, taking a video of the device’s screen presents a trickier problem.

CM developer Koushik Dutta is currently working on a solution that will allow users to do so on their Android devices, by pressing the up volume button + power button simultaneously. Audio and touch indicators are added in for extra utility.

The new feature can present many helpful additions, including allowing developers to demo their app’s features, and also for users to report bugs/errors, or record instructional content.

The feature should be on CM 10.2 soon. Check out Koush’s video after the break.

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T-Mobile’s HTC One getting Android 4.3 on Monday

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Remember when HTC America president Jason Mackenzie said T-Mobile’s One would be updated to 4.3 this week? Well, unfortunately there was a setback and Mackenzie clarified on Twitter that the update is “coming out Monday.” There it is folks. Get your HTC Ones ready for Monday, unless there’s another setback.

Source: @JasonMacHTC

Microsoft releases Remote Desktop app for Android/iOS alongside Windows 8.1 release

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Along with the official release of Windows 8.1 today comes Microsoft’s new Android/iOS Remote Desktop application. That’s right, there is now a “Microsoft-official” way to access your desktop remotely via your device.

Some might say that it’s hard to control your PC on a tiny phone screen, but the tile-view in Windows 8 certainly works great on the phone, as well as many Windows 8 apps. (For obvious reasons, it works better on Android tablets and iPads, due to the bigger screens.)

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Google Play Music Update 5.2.1233L Now Available, Adds “I’m Feeling Lucky Radio” Feature

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It wasn’t long ago that Google rolled out a version of the Play Music app which allowed genre-based radio on our Android devices and now they’ve just kicked off another phase of the application offering an “I’m feeling lucky radio” feature.  The apk, version 5.3.1233L, will slowly be rolling out to all devices (if not already) and will allow one to have the app suggest and play music based on your previous selections. The auto generated radio station will be a welcomed addition as many who aren’t sure what they’re in the mood for can allow the app to choose for them based on what they like most. As of now, it’s being reported that a “mix of everything” functionality is kind of missing and it tends to only play mostly from the genre you play most but we have high hopes for the app and that the functionality will be quickly integrated. Do you think the app has what it takes to be a Slacker and Pandora killer? With the All Access feature and now the I’m Feeling Lucky Radio functionality, we think it certainly has the potential to claim a stake in the market. Feel feel to drop your opinion in the comments below.

Update: The apk should be available for updating via the Play Store now if you haven’t received it already.

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Android 4.4 KitKat website has JavaScript file with code for countdown clock

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The official Android 4.4 KitKat and Nexus 5 announcements will most likely come hand in hand, and it won’t be long before they’re outed to the public. While we don’t know for sure when it will happen, (although October 28th has been pointed to quite a few times) we do know that Google will have a countdown timer on the KitKat website to let us know when all the magic is going to happen.

The KitKat website references a JavaScript file named kitkat.min.js— in that file, you can find code for a countdown timer. The code doesn’t have any specific date in it yet, but we’re sure Google will add it in when the time is right to get the countdown started.

Be patient, friends. The chocolaty goodness will come soon enough.

Via: PhoneArena
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Moto X on Verizon finally receiving camera update, soak test invites begin

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Verizon has been getting plenty of negative feedback because it has been taking them so long to get the Moto X’s most recent update out to customers. Heck, even US Cellular was able to push it out last week.

Today, we have information suggesting that Verizon may finally be sending out soak test invitations for the new update, which will enhance a few features, fix some bugs, and improve the camera enormously. If this is the big one everyone’s been talking about, they’ll join AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and US Cellular as the carriers that have pushed out the update.

If you are a Moto X customer on Verizon and a member of the Moto Feedback Network, you should be receiving an invitation relatively soon. Let us know when you get it and if it’s the update we all have been waiting for.

Source: Android Central

 

Google “Mobile Meter” app will allegedly reward users for allowing usage tracking

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mobile_meterGoogle is the king of finding out information about you, right? Well, it might start paying off. Engadget has learned that Google is preparing a project, known internally as “Mobile Meter,” that “compensates users if they allow their mobile behavior to be monitored.” This is a good way for Google to get the data they want, while providing an incentive for users to give away their information. The program will be completely voluntary, and participants will be required to give their consent before joining.

We’ll keep providing you information on Mobile Meter as more is learned.

Source: Engadget

“Final” I9505XXUEMJ3 build of Android 4.3 for Samsung Galaxy S 4 leaked

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Today, SamMobile has yet another Android 4.3 leak for us. This time, for the Samsung Galaxy S 4, we have a final build of 4.3, named I9505XXUEMJ3. Being final means that future versions will not have anything big added or removed, besides maybe a few bug fixes and improvements. According to SamMobile, the official update should begin rolling out within one to two weeks.

You can head to the source link to download the leaked build for yourself.

Source: SamMobile