Xiaomi apologizes for uploading Address data without permission

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Xiaomi VP Hugo Barra has apologized to users who were concerned with the fact that contact data was collected from address books without permission. The issue arose from a cloud messaging service from Xiaomi similar to iMessage. The specific problem was the service uploading phone numbers to servers without asking for permission (like other Android applications). Xiaomi has added an OTA update as an opt-in for the service and has promised to encrypt numbers as well. 
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Google+ app gets ability to cast your stream to Chromecast

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Google+ for Android received an update today — in addition to the usual bug fixes, you’ll now have the ability to cast your Google+ stream to Chromecast.

You’ll be able to manually flip through posts on the stream or you can automatically play through the stream. The posts fill up the whole screen, but it looks like GIF-support is not included for now.

The update is pushing out now, so be patient. If you’d rather not wait, head on over to the source link and grab the download files.

Source: Android Police

 

OnePlus One receives Android 4.4.4 update

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Today, the OnePlus One began to receive the Android 4.4.4 update, which comes full of fixes for all of the bugs you may have been experiencing. The update brings a fix to the camera called Clear Image. According to OnePlus, “Once you switch on the new Clear Image mode in the Camera app, nothing but awesomeness will be captured.” All pictures should have more detail, and low light shots will be clearer with less noise. To solve the yellow tinting of the screen, the update brings a cooler calibration of the screen.

With the help of the proximity sensor, the phone will no longer switch displays once in your pocket. The touch keys are more illuminated and the device should be much more stable. The issue that prevented vibrations from being deactivated during quiet hours has been fixed too, and now song info will be updated on the lock screen. 
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Rovio releases teaser trailer for Angry Birds Stella, will be released September 4

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Rovio’s next installment of the Angry Birds craze, Angry Birds Stella, has been announced for a September 4 launch on all major mobile platforms.

The company has released a new trailer to create some buzz before the game is released. Check it out after the break. Rovio is also rumored to be working on Angry Birds Transformers, which will come out some point later this year or possibly next year.
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Moto X eventual update to Android L confirmed by Motorola’ VP of Product Management on Google+

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It was a bit obvious already, but Motorola has confirmed that the Moto X will be upgrading the device to Android L when it is available.

The phone is only (roughly) a year old, so it’s well within its two-year support window. Either way, if anyone was questioning it, Punit Soni, Motorola’s VP of Product Management, has confirmed the news on Google+ to a follower. Hit the source link to see for yourself.

Via: GSM Arena
Source: Google+

 

LG pushing update to G Watch to fix charging pin residue issue

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In the past few weeks, owners of the LG G Watch have complained about residue buildup on the charging pins. Of course the issue is only appearing on just a minority of the units, but it’s an issue that LG is responsible for fixing nonetheless.

LG has responded swiftly, and is now pushing out a software update (the build number has moved from KMV78V to KMV78Y) to disable the current in the charging pins while the watch is not in the charging dock.


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OnePlus dropping ColorOS in China for own ROM

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We learned recently that the OnePlus One’s international version would be dropping the much-loved CyanogenMod for its own home-grown ROM, and it seems that the Chinese model won’t be left out of the move to an in-house OS. China’s model has been running Oppo’s ColorOS since the device was released, but CEO Pete Lau has decided to switch to a ROM developed by OnePlus’ own software team that recently moved to Taiwan.


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Verizon Galaxy S5 receiving update which brings bevy of bug-fixes, breaks root access [Update - T-Mobile too]

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Verizon’s Samsung Galaxy S5 is receiving an update (software version KOT49H.G900VVRU1ANE9) which is bringing a bunch of bug fixes to the device, but also seems to be breaking root access to the device, according to a number of users around the web.

The update keeps the phone at Android 4.4.2, and update’s Verizon’s Caller Name ID, Message+ and Cloud apps.


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Android gobbles up 85 percent of global smartphone shipments in Q2 2014

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According to new industry data from Strategy Analytics, Android is doing pretty well.

The numbers show that the operating system shipped on roughly 85 percent of all smartphones in Q2 2014 — the total shipments came out to 295 million units worldwide.

This can’t be good news for Apple, Microsoft and Blackberry, although their numbers are most likely much better when the statistics are including only American shipments.

To see the full report, hit the source link.

Source: Strategy Analytics