Paranoid Android to shake up business model with ROM for KitKat


All good things must come to an end— but sometimes, it’s for the better. The Paranoid Android team has announced that they’ll be making some changes in the way that they design/distribute their ROM for Android 4.4 KitKat.

First up is an availability change, with stability in mind. In order to create a highly stable ROM, Paranoid Android (or any developer for that matter) should focus on fewer devices. By now, we all know that all devices are not created equal, and because of that, we’re going to see Paranoid Android’s ROM on higher-end devices that they choose to develop around. This is not to say that their ROM won’t work on your device, but it just won’t be specifically designed for it, and may be less stable than it is intended to be. (Nexus 5 is quite clearly the focus here.)

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Privacy Guard to update to version 2.0 in CM 10.2, will give you true control over your apps

Privacy GuardCyanogenMod’s update to version 10.2 will bring plenty of welcome improvements, and one of them is an updated Privacy Guard app to version 2.0. This app currently allows users to manage app permissions, not only displaying what apps have access to what information, but letting the users control which information they will voluntarily share with their apps.

Privacy Guard 2.0 will integrate “AppOps,” which lets the system remove permissions and return empty data sets when permissions are denied for an app. You will be able to easily switch on/off individual permissions for things such as location, reading contacts, SMS/MMS, etc. A notifications feature has also been added which will let you know when you are using an app that has permissions blocked that it requires to run. It’s definitely a good troubleshooting tool for when your app suddenly doesn’t work anymore after it doesn’t have the ability to use your device’s GPS, for example. The UI has also been changed a bit to make it simpler to navigate the app. It’s definitely a nice addition to CM 10.2 and we’re looking forward to seeing what other goodies are in store from the CM team.

Source: +CyanogenMod

Next generation Samsung phones to be designed under Project Team F


It is widely believed that Samsung will adopt a metal chassis with the Galaxy S 5, and presumably the Note 3. ETNews is reporting that they are being designed under a Project Team called F. The first such device is scheduled for March, which would indicate the Galaxy S 5, followed by the Note 4 later in the year. Of course there will be likely variants of the Galaxy S 5 just like there was with the Galaxy S 4.

A metal housing will be adopted and they will push the camera to 16MP. As to flexible displays, they are saying some of the devices will adopt it, which would make the Galaxy S 5 and Galaxy Note 4 safe bets.

Next year is going to be very interesting for Samsung as it appears they are adopting the Apple way in that they are redesigning every two years.

source: etnews
via: rbmen

More DROID tablet clues via Verizon’s @DROIDLanding Twitter account


As we continue to wait to see what Motorola may be planning as far as a new tablet device, our latest clue comes from their exclusive partner for DROID devices, Verizon, and the @DROIDLanding account on Twitter. Verizon has used the account in the past as a way to build up buzz for forthcoming device releases. Over the course of the past week Verizon has been tweeting using the account, asking fans to submit their #DROIDtheory in response to a video that is linked in the tweet. As an inducement, Verizon is offering those responding a chance to attend their next commercial shoot in October. Read more

Could an HTC One with an octa-core and 3GB of RAM be in the works?


With Samsung already making octa-core devices, who is going to be next? The latest comes out of a Greek site called Tech Community. They have a screenshot from a device that is supposedly an HTC One. In the screenshot, under the processor field, you see “Octa-core”. Now some sites are saying this is fake because it just lists “Octa-core” and nothing else, but my DROID DNA has just “quadcore” under the same processor field. You will also notice 3GB under RAM, which would make it the first device from HTC to sport that much RAM.

The first question is what brand processor will this phone have? Samsung is the only company offering an octa-core chip at the moment, and they can’t make enough for themselves, so it’s highly unlikely they would offer any to HTC. Qualcomm isn’t planning on offering an octa-core anytime soon, so who? The only company that could possibly make it would be MediaTek. MediaTek has already announced they will have a true octa-core ready for manufacturers by the end of the year.

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HTC infringes on Nokia patents U.S. trade panel judge rules


As if supply chain troubles are not enough of a challenge for HTC, on Monday a judge with the U.S. International Trade Commission determined HTC has infringed on two Nokia patents. In the preliminary ruling, the judge ruled HTC violated two patents owned by Nokia that relate to signals sent and received by mobile devices like smartphones and tablets. The next step in the process is for the full ITC panel to take up the judge’s preliminary ruling and make a final decision sometime in January 2014.

Mark Durrant with Nokia indicated the company “is pleased that the initial determination of the ITC confirmed that HTC has infringed two of our patents.” The products involved in the case, filed in 2012, include the HTC Amaze 4G, the Inspire 4G, Flyer, Jetstream, Radar 4G, Rezound, and the Sensation 4G. Nokia’s complaint asks the ITC to ban the products from the U.S. market.

source: Reuters

HTC troubles continue to mount as case supply problems impact production


HTC appears to have more troubles with their supply line, this time a casing shortage for the HTC One Mini being the culprit. According to sources, the shortage, caused by some type of design difficulty, is resulting in HTC not being able to meet demand for the smartphone even though only about 200,000 devices per month are in the pipeline. Earlier this year HTC dealt with supply issues that eventually led to delays in the release of the HTC One. HTC sales have already been described as “disappointing” and the belief is that the firm is likely to post a net loss for this quarter.

source: Reuters

LG wants to sell 10 million G2 phones


LG has confirmed a lofty goal of 10 million units for its new flagship, the LG G2. Globally, 10 million phones is a pretty big number, but if LG markets the device well, it definitely stands a chance. LG announced this news at an event in Taiwan, where it plans on selling 20,000 units just this month.

If LG can hit that number, it will make a sizable dent in the flagship smartphone market that’s currently dominated by Apple and Samsung. It’ll be nice to see if a third manufacturer can step in and really shake things up.

source: Phone Arena

EA releases free-to-play FIFA 2014 to the Play Store

FIFA 2014

EA really enjoys the free-to-play model for games (the download is free, but a ton of the content is made available through in-app purchases) and they’re keeping up that trend with the release of the Android version of FIFA 2014. The massive 1.35 GB game is incredibly detailed and realistic, and contains 33 leagues, over 600 licensed teams, and more than 16,000 players. That’s an impressive statistic for a mobile game.

The game itself has been completely optimized for touch-screen controls and tablets, so it won’t be a clunky shadow of the bigger versions of FIFA 2014. It also comes with many of the modes from the bigger games that make FIFA so popular, including EA’s Ultimate Team in which you buy and trade player cards to build your ultimate team. Three of the modes in the game (Tournament, Manager, and Kick Off!) require an in-app purchase to be unlocked. Read more

Federal Aviation Administration to relax rules on cell phones and tablets during flights

airplane mode

The Federal Aviation Administration, or FAA, is the company behind the strict rules about not using your phones or tablets during a flight. However, those rules are likely to be loosened soon as technology becomes increasingly popular. Several anonymous members of the FAA’s panel have said that things like listening to music or podcasts, watching videos, or reading e-books would be freely allowed during flights, although sending emails and using Wi-Fi during takeoff will still likely be prohibited.

Still, this is a good change to adapt to how much technology influences our daily lives. Any frequent flyers out there excited about the possibility of these rule changes?

source: New York Times