As we can see from the picture above, the white status bar icons are back and identical to the now-removed Korean Keyboard IME screenshot from last week. The antennae toting piece of pie is still there. We also see what appears to be Google Authenticator icons. All of this, debunking the previous screenshot with the transparent icons. If not to debunk it further, the gents over Android Police were able to confirm the accuracy and legitimacy of the leaked bug report.
We had another busy week at TalkAndroid so here’s a recap of all the top stories. Last week, the Cyanogen corporation was formed and this week we found out their first partner is going to be OPPO. Surprisingly there wasn’t much news about the Nexus 5, but the HTC One Max continues to capture some buzz. However late in the week, news about HTC working on a Butterfly 2 has us very excited. Samsung reminds us they have been making gold phones before the iPhone ever existed. They also seem to be the first company applying a “regional SIM lock.” Is it a big deal? What about the Moto X? Could it be one of the best phones this year now that Motorola has fixed the camera issues? It’s time to get caught up and get ready for another exciting week.
Apps – New
Unofficial iMessage App Hits Android, But I Wouldn’t Download It (Pulled from Play Store)
If you’re looking for a simple way to track how far you walk, run, or cycle, then I highly recommend Moves. Rather than having to input what you’re going to be doing, Moves uses the accelerometer in the background to detect how you’re moving.
What makes the app by developer ProtoGeo so appealing is the user interface. Your travel is recorded into an easy-to-read downward stream, and thanks to Foursquare’s data, you can select the places you have been. Icons will appear in the stream based on these locations, and will get longer based on the duration of your stay. The top of the screen is where you can see how long you have walked, cycled, or ran. If you’re interested in this intuitive new app, hit the break for download links.
If you’re interested in preordering the new MOGA Power series controllers on Amazon, the pages are officially live to place an order, with one drawback; they won’t be shipping until November 14th. That’s quite a bit later than the October shipping date for the controllers ordered through MOGA’s official shop by about a month. The upside is that you do get Prime shipping if you’re a member, and free shipping is always a plus.
The MOGA Power Hero is the updated version of the Pocket controller. It packs an 1800 mAh batter and refined analog sticks and a d-pad. The Power Pro is a beefier option with a 2200 mAh battery and a controller that rivals console input devices. They’ll run $59.99 and $79.99, respectively, which is par the course for nice controllers on consoles and computers.
Are you interested in shelling out that kind of cash for a controller like this for your device? You can check out the Amazon preorder pages below.
While LG may be readying a device with a massive display, they could also be working on dual-SIM variant of the LG Optimus G Pro. Hi-Tech.Mail.Ru leaked a few details on the device along with a possible press image (above). The Russian site suggests that the 5.5-inch, 1080p display from the current device would remain; however, the camera would be lowered down to 8 megapixels from the 13 megapixels on the Optimus G Pro.
The reasoning for the “Lite” name is unknown because the device will still have many of the LG G2’s fancy software features. The rumored G Pro Lite will have Guest Mode, QSlide, and KnockOn. Also, the battery size is said to remain at 3,140mAh. And while it’s not stereo sound, the rumor is the device will have dual speakers to improve sound for both high and low frequencies. The expected release date in Russia is set for the middle of October.
Google has always been famous for their hidden Easter eggs in not only a lot of their products, but in their search engine as well. I’ve always loved the “do a barrel roll” Easter egg, which is an obvious reference to the classic game, Star Fox 64— try it out for yourself.
In September 1998, the Internet changed forever, as Google search went live to the public. Now, a new Easter egg from Google will give you a great sense of nostalgia— search “Google in 1998,” and you’ll get a fully functional Google search engine from 1998.
Check it out now and see what we mean! It’s pretty awesome.
When CyanogenMod reorganized itself as a new company (Cyanogen Inc.), one of their main goals was to make sure their product was extremely easy to install so that it doesn’t have to be limited only to those that have experience with flashing. That’s why Cyanogen is trying to release a Cyanogen Installer which will let you quickly get the software on your device in no time at all.
To get this project off the ground, Cyanogen has started a beta-testing program for testers willing to try it out. However, this isn’t your basic sign-up list— you have to meet the following criteria to be selected.
- A camera to record yourself doing the installation
- Have a supported device (maguro, crespo, toro, toroplus, grouper, flo, mako, manta, skyrocket, hercules, i9100, i9300, d2att, d2spr, d2tmo, jfltexx, quincyatt, quincytmo, t0ltetmo, m7ul)
- Submit bug reports and feedback
If you meet all of this criteria, go to Koushik Dutta’s Google+ post (source link) to let him know you’re interested.
Source: +Koushik Dutta
With hectic schedules, it can be hard to keep track of everything in your news feed. That’s why we created the TalkAndroid Daily Dose. This is where we recap the day’s hottest stories so you can get yourself up to speed in quick fashion. Happy reading!!
If you’re a CyanogenMod user, you’re probably familiar with their cLock widget. The widget that allows you to display the time, basic weather information, and upcoming calendar appointments on your lock screen has made its way to the Play Store under the name “Chronus.” It’s a pretty sleekly designed widget that is a free download.
You can download the widget through the link after the break.