Google IO 2015 Coverage

Crafty User Successfully Ports Chrome OS Onto Nexus 7 Tablet

 

It’s no secret that that new Samsung Chromebook is one sweet little toy, especially since it features that awesome Chrome OS. But don’t you get the idea that the awesome Chrome OS would be even more awesome on our tablets instead of Jelly Bean? Well that’s what a crafty indie developer Hexxeh believed and took it upon himself to create a fully functional port of Chrome OS onto his Nexus 7 tablet.  Now while the port has its fair share of bugs and is incomplete at this time, you can clearly see in the video below that it does in fact work— and pretty well at that with the Nexus 7 and connected keyboard.

Naturally the port isn’t ready for anyone yet, but the fact that it’s in the wild makes way for big optimism for the cool OS appearing on not just Nexus 7 owners, but tablet owners everywhere. You can check out the video in its entirety below.

 

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source: Hexxeh
via: Droid-Life

Sprint rumored to be prepping a revamped Galaxy S II in Titanium for $99.99

Rumor has it that Sprint is gearing up to release a refreshed version of Samsung’s Galaxy S II (yes, two). The leaked render shown above reveals an all-touch candybar styled smartphone, reminiscent of last year’s Epic 4G Touch. Interestingly, we also spotted this very same device earlier today in a set of Sprint roadmap leaks, ultimately leading us to believe that this smartphone is indeed coming sometime in the future. Details are still scarce, but we’d expect the “Titanium”-colored S2 to hit store shelves this holiday season.

Source: Android Central

Samsung Galaxy S III reaches 30 million sales worldwide

Samsung has repeatedly made it clear that its flagship Galaxy S III has proven to be one of the company’s most successful ventures in the mobile space. Even the Korean manufacturer’s oversized Galaxy Note II has managed to make a significant dent in the mobile market.

Just two months ago, sales figures for the GSIII were pegged at 20 million total units. Today however, the company announced that it has moved an astronomical 30 million Galaxy S IIIs worldwide. Undoubtedly, the device will continue to be a prominent player in the market for many months to come, but with the LG Optimus G already available and Google’s very own Nexus 4 looming on the horizon, other non-Sammy options may just be more enticing.

Via: The Verge
Source: Samsung Poland

Google to fix “smishing” vulnerability recently discovered by NCSU researchers

Smishing, or SMS-phishing, is an old scamming technique that baits users into putting in personal information on fake websites by sending bogus text messages. It hasn’t been too common in the past few years, but some researchers at NC State University have found a vulnerability affecting several Android versions that could make phishing popular again. The exploit identified affects Gingerbread, Ice Cream Sandwich, and even Jelly Bean. Read more

Sprint prepping ZTE Flash to join slew of devices for Nov. 11th launch

Last summer we broke the news about a new ZTE smartphone that appeared to be headed for Sprint. ZTE, one of the top five Android device manufacturers in the world that mainly concentrates on the Chinese market, recently made headlines when members of a US House of Representatives intelligence committee concluded they were one of two companies that could be a threat to the U.S. due to spying activities. That unwanted attention may have played into the decision to drop “ZTE” from the name and market the device as the Sprint Flash. Read more

How to enable hidden developer settings on Android 4.2

Like Mitt Romney’s move to the center, Google continues its move to make Android more appealing to mainstream consumers. Google has hidden the Developer Settings menu in Android 4.2. Access to these settings is essential for developers and the relatively small percentage of power users looking to try out the latest Android advancements ahead of schedule (Android Sphere for the GNex anyone?) or jump on a popular custom ROM like CyanogenMod. For most smartphone users, however, it’s a menu they’ll likely never access… on purpose.

Android Central has discovered a relatively easy way to bring the menu back.  Go to “About phone” and tap the “Build number” line seven times. You’ll restore the Developer Settings menu and will get an extra life the next time you play Super Mario Brothers.

Source: Android Central

 

Motorola sends invites for Droid RAZR M soak test; Is a Jelly Bean update looming?

Looks like we’ve got some great news for you Droid RAZR M users! Motorola has sent out invites to their feedback community for a soak test for the RAZR M. This can only mean that an update is impending and should be expected out to the masses in due time.

Hi,

Thanks for joining the Motorola Feedback Network. We are inviting owners of the Droid RAZR M on Verizon to participate in an early preview of a new software release, and provide feedback.  If you are not currently using a Droid RAZR M, please excuse and ignore this email.

Before you register, please successfully login to our Motorola Owners’ Forums at forums.motorola.com. Be sure you can see the message “signed in as {your user name}” at the upper left hand side of the page. You will be asked to verify this step during the registration process.

Click this link — *retracted* – to take the enrollment survey if you wish to take part. Note that you must be a member in good standing of the Motorola Owners’ Forums to be included. The registration window could close without notice so please respond as quickly as possible.

This is a confidential test under the terms of the Motorola Feedback Network. Do not post any details or information about this on any public sites or provide copies of this email or any information about the test to others.

Thanks — please understand that start times are always fluid. We ask for your patience if you register but don’t hear from us right away.

Matt
Motorola Owners’ Forums
Motorola Feedback Network

Any RAZR M users out there excited for this great news?

source: Droid Life

Verizon’s Droid DNA render caught in black and red; Could December be its possible launch month?

Verizon is just about set to release HTC’s latest juggernaut in the HTC Droid DNA, which was also previously known as the DLX and Butterfly J over in Japan. The people over at evleaks have released a render shot of the DNA proudly touting Verizon’s signature red accent around the trimming of the device.

If you’re not quite familiar with this device yet, you can expect a 5″ screen with a whopping 1080p display alongside Qualcomm’s quad-core Snapdragon S4 processor. This phone is sure to be one hell of a device.

While there’s no news as to when the device will release, we are expecting it to arrive sometime before the holidays, possibly around early December. As soon as we get a launch date, we’ll be sure to inform you.

Any Verizon customers saving their upgrade for this bad boy?

source: evleaks

Nyko PlayPad and PlayPad Pro controllers now available at GameStop

Back in June, Nyko and NVIDIA announced a joint project to bring wireless controllers to Android devices. I’ve been patiently awaiting the day until the controller’s release. According to GameStop’s website, it now looks like the day has arrived as you can pick up the PlayPad and PlayPad Pro for $39.99 each. Gaming on our devices these days has become a fairly large industry, and with games becoming increasingly more detailed and rivaling console games, it’ll only gain in popularity. Read more

Mophie releases first non-iOS smartphone case for the Samsung Galaxy S III

Smartphone cases are one of those things that folks either love or hate. I prefer my phone to roll naked. I just don’t like cases whatsoever. I don’t like the feel of them, the added bulk, weight, the look of them… I could go on and on.  I know, I know. You’re crazy to spend the money on a high-end device and not protect it with a case. Fact is, in owning three different smartphones over the span of the last three years, I’ve dropped my device a grand total of three times. Yes, I’m careful with my phones as one should be. It’s just not worth it for me to attach something to my phone that I don’t like in the first place. This new case might change all that for me however.

You may have heard of Mophie cases before. Up until now, they’ve dealt solely with iOS devices, and what makes this case different than others is that not only does it provide protection for your device, it boosts battery life also. I’m not talking about a few extra hours either. This case boosts battery life on the Galaxy S III by over 100% delivering over 2300 mAh worth of additional juice. That’s obviously a pretty big deal. Getting the additional juice will come at a price though, to the tune of $100. It will definitely make for a sweet stocking stuffer this holiday. Hit the break for the full presser. Read more