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CyanogenMod 10 Nightlies Now Available for Nexus 10

For all you Nexus 10 owners who are looking for some fun new features to play with, now’s your chance. The CyanogenMod team has just uploaded their first Nightly ROM for Google’s big 10-inch tablet. If you’re ready to get your High-Resolution hacking on, hit up the source link below to download CyanogenMod’s nightly ROM. Remember, nightly ROMs are alpha test builds and can often have several bugs. If you’re looking for some help unlocking, rooting, and flashing, check out this post for the Nexus 10 Rooting Toolkit. Be careful; only YOU are responsible if something happens to your device! Happy hacking!

Source: CyanogenMod

Best Android weather widgets for decorating your home screen

Disclaimer: There are tons of great weather apps in the Google Play store and tastes may vary depending on what you’re looking to get out of your weather widget. I’m basing my criteria for a good weather widget on design, customization options, app responsiveness, and accuracy of weather information. So based on those criteria, you’ll find some of my favorite weather widgets listed below. Read more

Polk Audio introduces trio of headphones targeted at Android users

Polk Audio is now making available a trio of headphones they are marketing specifically for Android users. The headphones are part of their UltraFit series and can be distinguished from the other sets in the series by the lower case “a” in their model number.

The top of the line model is the UltraFit 3000a. This set is a deep ear-canal model that Polk describes as an “extreme high performance sports headphone system.” Like the other models, the 3000a features Polk’s SecureFit system that hooks over the ear to help hold the headphones in place. Polk also provides controls and a microphone inline that can be used to control music or switch to phone functions. Retail pricing has been set at $99.95. Read more

Best Android phones for smaller hands

 

It’s pretty obvious that handset makers think the bigger the phone, the better. We’ve seen phones slowly climb in screen size, up from 3.5 inches to 4 inches to 4.7 inches, and now even past 5 inches. These bigger screens are fantastic, but it’s easy to see how people who prefer smaller phones may feel a little left out. So the point of this guide is going to help you find the right size phone on your carrier without carrying around what you consider a small tablet. Read on to find our best pick after the break. Read more

$100 Android/Linux Dual Boot Tablet To Start Shipping January

Peacock Imports promised Android/Linux dual boot devices to backers who pledged $99 or more on  indiegogo.com, a kickstarter-like site. They received 517 backers and easily met the $49,000 goal with a total of $72,707. The campaign ended yesterday but PengPod is taking pre-orders on the 7-inch  (PenPod 700) and 10-inch (PengPod 1000) tablets as well as the 3.5-inch miniPC (PengStick). Pre-orders are live now and will ship in January 2013.

All three devices are powered by a 1.2ghz Cortex A8 ARM single core processor and have hdmi and USB ports. The tablets have front facing cameras and a 3300 mAh battery for the 7-inch and 6000 mAh for the 10-inch. For comparison’s sake, the Nexus 7 comes with a 4,325 mAh battery and the Nexus 10 comes with a 9,000 mAh battery. The PengPods and PengStick will run Android 4.0 and KDE Plasma Active to help with the Linux touch interface. Android will be installed on internal memory while Linux will boot from an SD card.

Source: PengPod

Ice Cream Sandwich update for Xperia P, Xperia U, Xperia go, and Xperia sola, brings performance updates and bug fixes

Today, Sony began rolling out an update to Ice Cream Sandwich for the Xperia P, Xperia U, Xperia go and Xperia sola devices that’ll come packed with ‘bug fixes’ and ‘performance tweaks.’ It’s unclear what exactly those tweaks are, but who among us doesn’t like a little tweaking?  Read more

New cartoon by Google employee could hint at Android Key Lime Pie for next release

As we noted in a recent post, Android has come a long way in the last five years, and we have truly seen an evolution of the operating system. As a spoof of this concept, Google employee Manu Comet posted a little drawing to his Google Plus page.  In it we see our little green friend evolving from a weak, frail, hunched-over blob, into a happy, healthy, upright and robust robot. In each phase of the evolution process he is eating the dessert that coincided with that particular Android release. Most interestingly, the last evolutionary phase of the process has our little green friend eating a slice of Key Lime Pie (long speculated as the next release of Android). This is by no means an official confirmation from Google, but it is pretty strong evidence to that end.  We don’t know what kind of features we will find in Key Lime Pie, or how much of a jump it will be from 4.2, but seeing all the great new features Google has cooked up in each of its recent releases gives us hope that we have a lot to look forward to! Now the waiting game…

Source: Google +

Better Maps Headed to Your Apps

Soon, we should all see better maps within some of the apps that we use. Today, Google launched an update to their Maps API that developers will use to incorporate Google Maps into their apps. This new API version will benefit both developers on the front-end as well as users on their end. It’ll allow developers to create their map features with less code and also provide them with the ability to incorporate satellite, hybrid, terrain, traffic and indoor maps into their apps, much like Google Maps currently does. It’ll, in turn, offer end-users more robust options in their applications when viewing maps. The overall goal is to make in-app maps look very similar to Google Maps for a seamless experience for all, and this update is getting us closer.

source:  Google Blog

Gmail 4.2 update now live for non-Nexus devices

Google released an update to the Gmail app in the Play Store, bringing it up to version 4.2. That brings the application up to speed with the version that ships with the Nexus 4, Nexus 7, Nexus 10, and updated Galaxy Nexus. Some of the improvements include auto-fitting text in emails and pinch-to-zoom within emails. Pinch-to-zoom must be enabled by going into settings and checking Auto-fit messages. They’ve also added some cool new swiping features to archive and delete messages. Those features are only available on Android 4.0 and above, though, so if you’re below that, you’ll still get some performance improvements, but not the new gestures and swiping. Hit the break to get your hands on the update. Read more

Swiftkey reveals ‘Flow Through Space’ feature in new SwiftKey Flow keyboard

Not too long ago SwiftKey showed of its new keyboard, appropriately titled SwiftKey Flow. There’s still no word on beta invites, but today we’ve got a new video showing a pretty unique, new feature in the keyboard. While typing out words, you can trace down to the spacebar and then keep going with the next word. No need to lift your finger at all for your sentences. Couple that with SwiftKey’s fantastic prediction engine, and I imagine this new keyboard is going to be a huge success. Hit the video after the break to see the feature in action. Read more