Moto E already rooted with unofficial TWRP recovery


The Moto E ships with close to stock Android and an unlockable bootloader, so it was pretty obvious it wouldn’t take long before the device was rooted and ready for custom ROMs. Thanks to XDA, you can now root the device and install an unofficial TWRP recovery on the device.

The root process is pretty simple and uses Chainfire’s SuperSU updater and can be done with the stock recovery or TWRP. Flashing the recovery takes a bit longer, but it’s still relatively painless thanks to Motorola keeping the Moto E an open device. However, Motorola hasn’t released the source code for the Moto E kernel, so touch screen support is a bit weird in recovery, but that’s a small price to pay.

You can get the complete (and short) instructions at the link below.

source: XDA Developers

Koush releases AllCast Receiver in the Play Store


Koush, of ClockworkMod fame, has released a companion to his AllCast app. This companion app, the AllCast Receiver, does what the name says and acts like a receiver for photos, videos and music files you send via AllCast. Essentially the app takes another phone or tablet and allows you to stream from another device. It also allows you to stream this media to Fire TV, Ouya, Android TV stick, or Google TV devices. Those interested in checking out the app can hit the break for a QR code and download link. Enjoy!

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Apple and Samsung working on settlement talks once again


According to Korea Times, the legal battle between the tech giants of Apple and Samsung may be coming to an end. Of course we’ve seen that before, only to also watch it crash and burn, but according to the Korean news publication, both companies have resumed talks to settle patent disputes out of court and if all goes according to plan, will end the multi-year battle between the two companies as early as the end of summer. Both are discussing royalty payments and the possibility of cross-licensing to avoid future court battles.

This news does come of last week’s announcement that Apple would be dropping patent disputes with both Motorola and Google. Should the two companies come to an agreement in ending the great patent wars, this will bode a different direction for all companies involved as there are also discussions about a cease fire (cease litigation) for a certain period of time on future disputes.

source: The Korea Times

Samsung to add biometric sensor functions to Knox


Samsung is looking to add biometric functions to its mobile security system, Knox and in doing so expanding these sensors to budget phones as well.

“We’re looking at  various types of biometric [mechanisms] and one of things that everybody is looking at is iris detection,”  Rhee In-jong, Samsung’s senior vice president, told analysts and investors in Hong Kong. Rhee is the lead in the development of the Knox software.

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T-Mobile’s HTC One M8 gets Extreme Power Saving Mode in latest update


The T-Mobile variant of the HTC One M8 has received an update today that enables Extreme Power Saving Mode. The feature was announced when the device launched, but had to be approved by carriers before being pushed out to devices. For those unfamiliar, Extreme Power Saving Mode begins in at a default of 10% battery remaining. It throttles back the CPU, dials down screen brightness, turns off haptic feedback, switches off data when the screen is off, and only allows ‘essential’ apps (e.g. phone, messaging, mail, calendar, and calculator) to run.

The update is a big 229 MB and also improves battery life and Wi-Fi performance.

Source: Android Central


AT&T set to acquire DirecTV for $48.5 billion


AT&T has officially announced it will acquire DirecTV. After some speculation that a deal was incoming, the final number for the transaction is $95 per share. This translates to about $48.5 billion. The Board of Directors of both AT&T and DirecTV approved and the entire acquisition process is expected to close in about twelve months. More news is expected Monday morning with a formal presentation.

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Chrome Web Store now has an interface for mobile devices


It may not be fully functional, but it now exists. A user of Google+ discovered that the Chrome Web Store has an interface built specifically for mobile devices. The mobile interface shows details about the app or extension along with the gallery.

Right now, everything is basic and categories do not yet exist. In fact, a homepage isn’t even there. Instead, you have to be redirected to the Chrome Web Store to see information regarding a specific app or extension. This means that Google is presumably working on making a fully working mobile site for the Chrome Web Store.

Give it a try and let us know what you think.

Source: +François Beaufort
Via: Google Operating System

Heathrow Airport says Samsung went off course with rebranding statements


Last week Samsung issued a press release indicating they were “taking over” Terminal 5 at London’s Heathrow Airport. The branding campaign supposedly included special signage promoting the Samsung Galaxy S 5 that would appear in place of current signage, wayfinding, website and digital screens in the terminal for a two week period. Heathrow officials have issued a clarification of the campaign in response to complaints of possible confusion indicating the campaign is not as extensive as Samsung made it sound.

A Heathrow spokesperson says, “Heathrow Terminal 5’s signage and passenger wayfinding has not changed. Samsung have rented advertising space in Terminal 5 with a tongue-in-cheek campaign using the line: ‘Terminal Samsung Galaxy S5’.” According to the officials, the advertising spaces that Samsung has acquired for the marketing campaign are existing surfaces. Probably the biggest different compared to prior campaigns is that Samsung has apparently secured rights to all of the surfaces in the entire terminal for the two week period that starts on May 19th.

source: Android Central