If you’re a fan of the rooting/hacking/modding scene you’ve inevitably heard about the famous CyanogenMod ROM. The great customizations found on this ROM are unbelievable. The problem is, it can often take a long time to get a fully stable build out to users. To remedy this situation, the Cyanogen team has come up with a new strategy, release a (mostly) stable build once a month called the “M-Build“. The M-Build will be almost entirely free of bugs and ready for daily use. Yesterday, CyanogenMod and friends released their first set of M-Builds based on Android 4.2 for a series of popular devices. Check below the break to see if your device is supported. I installed an M-Build on my Nexus S last night and it’s running great! If you’ve got one of the devices listed below, get to it! You’ve got nothing to lose! Be sure to read our Rooting dictionary for beginners if you’re new to all of this.
A few days ago we started our watch for a new tablet device from Sony to complement their Sony Xperia Z smartphone. The wait did not take long as Sony has announced plans to release the Sony Xperia Tablet Z to the Japanese market this spring. The 10.1-inch tablet will have a full 1080p HD screen running on top of a quad-core Snapdragon S4 cpu running at 1.5GHz.
Sony has packed some other nice features into the tablet including an 8.1MP camera that incorporates some of their technology like Exmor R for mobile for grabbing stunning photos, notably in low light situations. Sony also incorporates S-Force Front Surround 3D sound, NFC capability, and a level of water- and dustproofing. The device will run Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and is LTE capable. Initial color choices include black and white.
Sony has not released a specific date of availability nor have they released any information regarding other global markets where the device may eventually be released.
source: Sony Mobile Communications
We already know about the Galaxy Note 8.0, but in the not so surprising news of the week, it looks like Samsung is prepping Galaxy Tab 3 tablets as well as a high end tab for the first half of this year. The Galaxy Tab series has been their bread and butter, and this year won’t be any different. Going under the codename “Santos” we are hearing that the Tab 3 will again come in two sizes. We can expect the same standard 10.1-inch variant and something around 7-inches. It could end up being upgraded to 7.7-inches, but nothing is final. The only spec detail that was revealed is that they will each sport a 5MP rear camera. We also have the model numbers: GT-P3200, GT-P3210, GT-P5200 and GT-P5210. If you’re doing the math, you noticed there are 4 models and that’s because we can expect to see WiFi-only and 3G (or 4G) versions.
Next up is the is the flagship tablet, which will be the GT-P8200. It’s currently going under the codename “Roma” and will also sport a 5MP camera and come in two storage options, 16GB and 32GB. Unfortunately nothing else was given. Hopefully we will see the new Exynos 5 Octa in this bad boy and I would expect to see a display similar to the Nexus 10. Who knows, maybe it will sport the new Youm flexible display.
Last but not least, we already told you most of the specs of the Galaxy Note 8.0, but the processor is now confirmed to be a 1.6GHz quad-core.
As far as pre-announcement rumors, I think it’s safe to say that last year’s One X didn’t get quite the attention that this year’s “M7″ is getting. For whatever reason, it seems as though leaks for the upcoming HTC “M7″ are coming in on a daily basis. Could it be that HTC is trying to create a little hype? Yesterday we saw a render that was as close to the real thing as possible, but today we have real pictures of what looks like the final phone. It really doesn’t look much different than the render we saw yesterday, but since it’s a real phone in hand, it adds credibility. There’s also a bonus in that we have more images of Sense 5.0.
While HTC certainly isn’t happy about this tidbit of news, we know that you all will be: the mysterious HTC M7 smartphone that we have been harking about is finally out in full view and ready for us to drool over– despite us seeing another possible rendering recently. As you can see, the render above highlights the device’s sleek and jet black design… which is something that we were already expecting before. In addition, the display and Sense (5.0) UI seems to match up not only in the overall design and layout, but the iconography as well. The great thing is about this design is that while HTC is expected to launch the smartphone in various markets around the world, there should be minimal cosmetic differences of the smartphones— save for items like carrier
tramp stamps branding.
All in all if this rendering is indeed legit and the real deal, it appears that HTC will more than likely have yet another hit on its hands. We just hope that the world is ready for another hit when the time comes.
source: HTC Source
Coinciding nicely with a recent overhaul and a slew of functionality improvements, Facebook for Android has received yet another update today. This time users can expect support for voice messaging and quicker image rendering. Facebookers can now also share their friends’ stories directly on their own timelines, something that previously could only be done through the desktop site. Grab the full update from the Play Store via the download link below.
It appears as though Opera is preparing to release an entirely new mobile browser for Android tablets and smartphones next month. According to Pocket-Lint, Opera Ice will feature baked in WebKit functionality, something the company’s previous offerings have noticeably lacked.
Like we’ve grown accustomed to with other browsers, Opera Ice will be relying heavily on gestures for controlling key aspects of navigation. The redesigned browser will also feature tabs in the form of icons on the homepage, allowing users to easily access their favorite sites.
Sony may be in the process of adding some screen calibration functions to their forthcoming Sony Xperia Z and Sony Xperia ZL smartphones. This will likely be a nice feature for those users who are interested in doing some fine tuning of the overall screen display for their device. A screen capture of the settings reveals the ability to adjust white balance, color saturation and color hue.
The screen captures come from a Sony Xperia ZL handset. Assuming the function remains available on production units, it seems likely it would also be available on the Xperia Z.
source: Xperia blog
Fans of classic arcade games may be pleased to know Namco Networks has released a new title, Galaga Special Edition, in the Google Play Store. Namco describes the game as being based on the classic title, but with some new twists like better graphics and special weapon power-ups. The game contains 25 levels plus boss battles. The game is free, but several early adopters are complaining the ads that help maintain that price point are extremely annoying and intrusive into the gameplay itself. Check out some screenshots after the break and a download link if you are interested in trying out Galaga Special Edition.
The Samsung Galaxy Camera has gotten its first major software update which brings some significant improvements and goodies to the camera. In addition to bringing the Galaxy Cam’s Android software to version 4.1.2, the update brings a few new “smart” shooting modes including a dawn, food and snow settings which all aim to enhance whatever picture or image you are trying to capture— as well as some additional minor bug and lag fixes. While the update is available for users now— it will need to be flashed manually, so it’s advised that Galaxy Cam users take extreme caution in doing so. Or users can ummm, you know… wait for the update to be pushed out over the air and all.
The complete update file can be found at the source link below.