CyanogenMod support released for Amazon Kindle Fire HD 7″ and 8.9″

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Official CyanogenMod Nightlies support has arrived for the Amazon Kindle Fire HD 7″ and 8.9″. Currently the builds show up as experimental, but regular nightlies are set to be released starting today. These ROMs are running CyanogenMod 11.

As is the usual case with ROMs on Android, users should exercise extreme caution. Sometimes these files aren’t stable, although sometimes they are. Users should make sure that they know what they’re doing before they attempt to install anything.

Source: CyanogenMod (7″) and CyanogenMod (8.9″)

Verizon rolls out an update for the HTC One M8

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Earlier this month, Sprint released an update for its new HTC One M8 and was the first U.S carrier to do so. Verizon is now following the lead by releasing an update for its HTC One M8 as well carrying the build number 1.55.605.2.

The update is a minor one that fixes bugs and improves performance, improves Bluetooth connectivity, brings new copy/paste feature to the Gallery and much more. However, unlike Sprint’s update, Verizon’s update lacks HTC M8’s extreme power saving mode.

Here’s the complete changelog of Verizon’s update:

AT&T alters GoPhone plans by providing more data and free tethering

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Good news for AT&T GoPhone plans customers as the company has now announced that starting from April 25, the new GoPhone plans will now provide more data and free WiFi tethering, all at no extra cost.

The changes to the plan includes an increased mobile data from 2 to 2.5 GB with free WiFi tethering and unlimited talk at $60 per month. In addition, GoPhone plan with 250 MB data is now increased to 500 MB and costs $40 per month along with free 500 minutes of talk. And lastly, a new plan with 1 GB of data and unlimited talk for $45 per month is now available at most Wal-Mart stores globally.

Photo samples taken from OnePlus One’s camera surface online

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After OnePlus’s Photomania contest, one of the lucky winners took the opportunity to post a set of high resolution photos taken from the OnePlus One camera in different conditions.

The images have an impressive amount of detail along with a decent bokeh. They boast a massive resolution of 8160 x 6120 and weigh approximately 10MB in size. It must be noted that the person who shot these pictures wasn’t a professional photographer, he was rather an ordinary person who got lucky by winning the contest and put the device’s camera to test.

Take a look below at some of the sample pictures and you’ll find more by going to source link provided at the end.  

Verizon LG G2 can now be upgraded manually to KitKat

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Who likes waiting for a carrier to update a device to the latest version of Android? Especially when that carrier is Verizon. Big Red is notoriously slow when it comes to updating devices. And while the LG G2 still does not have the Android 4.4 KitKat upgrade being rolled out over-the-air (OTA), it can be done manually through Verizon’s Software Upgrade Assistant. The program, though, can only run through a Windows PC; however, having a Windows partition on a Mac reportedly works.

Simply connect your LG G2 to a USB port on a computer and install Verizon’s Software Upgrade Assistant. From there, it should instruct you how to get KitKat running on your G2. Make sure your device has enough space as the update may be rather large.

Amazon Appstore holding an Easter egg hunt full of deals and rewards

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Amazon is getting in on the holiday weekend by holding an Easter egg hunt with the Appstore. Don’t worry, you will not have to search far and wide as it is rather simple to be rewarded. When you hit the source link below, there will be a ton of applications involved in the hunt. While many of them are free, there are some paid apps that will net you some Amazon Coins with a purchase. The $0.99 price returns 50 coins while $4.99 apps reward 250 of them.

Source: Amazon

Samsung’s Milk Music will soon implement ads, $3.99 monthly to remove them [Updated]

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All good things must come to an end. Samsung’s Milk Music service is no different. In fact, it was sort of given that this day was coming. Samsung will be splitting Milk Music into Basic Service and Premium Service packages. Basic Service keeps everything free, but has advertisements prior to a song playing. The Premium Service package keeps everything ad-free with some unannounced exclusive features. This, however, costs $3.99 per month.

Project Ara showcases its current look

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Project Ara is still in its development stage, but a prototype is expected to be completed by the end of this month. The team has recently provided an inside look at where its progress stands. And now it has given The Verge a look at what Project Ara may end up looking like when complete. The images show a modular phone along with some shots of components connected, such as a display and a front facing camera.

Hit the break for the gallery.

How to setup and use Sense TV on the HTC One (M8)

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Just like last year’s HTC One (M7), this year’s One (M8) sports an IR blaster. It’s part of the power button, so you might not even notice it’s there. This makes your One (M8) a very convenient remote control for your home theater system. It can control your TV, cable/satellite box, and an AVR receiver. You can even configure different rooms so when you’re laying in bed, just use your phone to change the channels.

In order to do all of this, HTC has provided their own Sense TV app. Not only does Sense TV assist you in configuring all your equipment, but it also serves as your TV guide. It will tell you what’s on TV now with nice cover art and even recommend shows to you based on your interests. Just tap on a show and your cable or satellite box will magically tune to the appropriate channel, or you can simply get more information about the show or movie.

Xiaomi teases their first tablet

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Today Xiaomi started teasing a new device to be released on April 23rd. The device hints at the company’s first tablet, which looks set to have a similar design as the Lenovo Yoga Tablet.

Xiaomi is a relatively new company, but has been climbing the ladder pretty quickly. In fact, just last year they appointed former Google Android project VP Hugo Barra.

There’s no info regarding the specs of the device just yet, but that should be released in the next few days.

Source: Weibo
Via: Pocket Droid

LG L65 joins the L Series III as another mid-range smartphone

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The LG L65 that leaked recently is now official. The 4.3-inch IPS LCD display has a resolution of 800×480 and the design language stays true to the other L Series III devices. Under the hood, paired with 1GB of RAM, is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 dual-core processor that is clocked at 1.2GHz. The camera on the back has 5MP and the front has 0.3MP. The microSD card slot expands the storage by 32GB since there is only 4GB built-in. Powering this little guy is a 2100mAh battery.

The device runs Android 4.4 KitKat and is ready for sale in Russia for RUB 7,490 (or roughly $210 in USD).

Source: LG (Russian)

Google to launch $100K developers’ challenge for Project Ara

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As Google continues their march toward release of the modular Project Ara smartphone, one of the things they will need to make the device successful are apps, especially those that are unique to the modular platform. At the second day of their Project Ara developers’ conference, they have announced a developers’ challenge that will launch in May and run through September with a $100,000 prize.

MetroPCS has the Samsung Galaxy S 5 online and in-store starting today

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Here is an intriguing option for MetroPCS customers. Today, the carrier has announced it will begin selling the new Samsung Galaxy S 5. The device does carry a rather hefty price tag, though, when buying through MetroPCS. To go with plans starting at $40, MetroPCS is selling the Galaxy S 5 for $649 plus tax. But then again, it does cost that much just about everywhere else without a two-year contract.

Smartphone cameras to rival DSLRs in 12 to 18 months according to HTC

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Smartphone cameras have certainly gotten better and better over the years, but the thought of rivaling DSLRs seems far away at this point in time. However, we might be closer than you think, according to HTC camera expert, Symon Whitehorn.

Whitehorn recently had an interview with Vodafone and had some very interesting things to say regarding future camera tech. One big step towards this would be the implementation of optical zoom. Manufacturers have wanted to implement this, but more refining is needed. Whitehorn thinks that we will have huge advances in phone optics in the next 12 to 18 months.

HTC hires former marketing head at Samsung to be an adviser

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Poaching is something very common in the mobile industry. A company comes along and plucks an executive out of another company to work for them. It happened to Android’s VP of product development, Hugo Barra, when Xiaomi swooped in and stole him from Google. Now, it looks like HTC is doing the poaching to Android’s biggest force.

HTC has hired Paul Golden, Samsung’s former head of marketing. His role will be as an adviser to Cher Wang, the chairman. Golden will not be a full-time employee just yet. For now, he is being contracted for three months of work. What marketing can be done in three months is beyond me, but that is why it is likely Golden’s stay gets extended for a longer period of time.

Source: Bloomberg