Well, that was fun while it lasted. The CyanogenMod Installer that debuted in the Play Store on November 12 has been pulled. It was a surprise that Google approved the app in the first place, since they’re now saying the app was pulled because it “encourages users to void their warranty.”
Google didn’t actually pull it themselves, but instead forced CyanogenMod to pull the app before Google would be forced to do it “administratively.” According to the company, demand existed, with “hundreds of thousands” of installations of the app, proving that “the need for an alternative Android experience exists.”
Despite it not being in the Play Store, you are still able to sideload the app through CyanogenMod.com.
While there’s not much flair to them, as they’re just transparent and simple looking, these Android Christmas ornaments are still quite the novelty. You can grab yours for $7.95 through newPCgadgets. Check out the source link to get yours!
The Android Christmas Tree Ornament is constructed from 3/16″ clear acrylic and is 3 1/2″W x 3 1/2″H. The quality acrylic design will ensure that they last for many holiday seasons to come.
Major League Baseball has released a new app into the Play Store that puts you behind the plate to become the best player in the league. MLB Franchise MVP allows you to choose from more than 120 teams from Class A, Double-A, Triple A, and Major League baseball. Every position on the field is yours to take, ranking up along the way to enhance your skills. This is a free-to-play game; therefore, you don’t have to spend anything, but you’ll move along quicker once you spend a few bucks.
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In their latest “Android Design in Action” video, Android’s design team is showing off some of their favorite apps by design. Among the apps featured are Foursquare, Airbnb, Libra, Timely, Etsy, and Google’s own Chrome and Newsstand. Members of the team discuss the design of all of these apps. One of the more interesting explanations is for Newsstand (6:15 mark) as it merges Google Currents and Play Magazines into one app.
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As this week of Thanksgiving in the U.S. quickly transforms into a week of unbridled commercialism, the latest deal we have learned about comes to us from Motorola. They have posted on their Google+ page a teaser about an upcoming deal for Cyber Monday. For any Moto X bought off contract, including Moto Maker and Dev Edition, Motorola will be offering a $150 discount. That will bring the price down to $349. Motorola advises potential buyers to stay tuned for details. We will definitely keep our eyes open for more information as this will probably be a high demand deal and Motorola says supplies are limited.
source: +Motorola Mobility
Samsung is starting to push out an update for the Galaxy Gear that adds extended notifications, Smart Relay functionality, and a handful of bug fixes. We’ve talked a bit about the better notifications, which includes being able to see full notifications from any app on your Gear and control for those notifications in the Gear Manager app. This includes things like Hangouts, Twitter, and tons of others.
Samsung is also adding Smart Relay functionality, which allows you to “perform actions seamlessly” between Gear and phone. There’s also improved gesture support for the lift and pause gesture that turns the clock on with the Gear, so that’s helpful. Overall, it’s not a major update, but it addresses some of the quirks of the Gear to make it just a little better for users. The update should be rolling out in the US this week.
Everyone knows Samsung is working on a Galaxy S5. We don’t need rumors and leaks to tell us that it will happen eventually. One thing that we aren’t too sure about, though, is the Galaxy Gear. When it launched, it was panned with mediocre reviews and it was definitely lacking a few killer features, although Samsung has updated it to try to bring a little more functionality for users. Samsung has defended the Galaxy Gear and they’re very positive about the device, even if it didn’t sell millions and millions of devices, and it looks like they’re already planning on a Galaxy Gear 2.0.
According to rumors, Samsung wants to launch the new Galaxy Gear alongside the Galaxy S5 next year. Obviously the newer Gear will have a handful of newer features, but one area Samsung really wants to address is the thickness of the watch. I can imagine battery life will probably be something else they’ll try to improve to really convince mainstream buyers to want one. Since we’ve heard a few different things about when the Galaxy S5 will be released, the new Gear launch date is up in the air as well, but I wouldn’t be surprised to see Samsung launch the devices together like they did with the Gear and Note 3.
What do you think Samsung will change in the newer Gear? Let us know in the comments.
Yesterday Google started a phased rollout for a new version of the YouTube app on Android taking the version number up to 5.3. Immediately noted in the update were some slight changes to the user interface. However, digging into the apk for the update revealed several new features that appear to be on the horizon for YouTube including the framework for the YouTube subscription service, an offline video mode, some background music listening options, and “uninterrupted playback.” Read more
Although not as successful as they had hoped, the HTC One was highly regarded by the tech community, including myself. HTC had a clear winner in terms of design so they figured they would build upon that by “enlarging” the phone into a phablet since the demand continues to grow for phones that are large and in charge. The HTC One Max looks just like the One, only much bigger. HTC wasn’t able to compete with the likes of the Galaxy S 4 in the 5-inch category so will they be able to compete with the Galaxy Note 3 in the phablet category? HTC is hoping a few extras like a fingerprint scanner and a microSD slot will entice you, but is it enough and does the greatness of the HTC One translate to a much larger version? Hit the break to find out.
Forget about Amazon’s Nexus 7 deal for today because Staples is offering a $50 coupon on tablets that are priced at $149.99 and above. And yes, the Nexus 7 is included. You can use the coupon in stores and online. If you decide on picking up a Nexus 7 with 16GB, you’ll only have to pay $179.99. A good deal if you ask me, but it works for today only. Hit the source link to grab the coupon.