Ouya software platform to hit other consoles in future

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The importance of developing an ecosystem for rising platforms these days cannot be stressed enough— Ouya certainly has the right idea, as the Android-based game console manufacturer as announced that it will be pushing its software to other hardware in the future. Although the move will likely decrease sales on the Ouya gaming system, the reach of the software platform will certainly be able to branch out.

In an interview with “AListDaily,” Ouya CEO Julie Uhrman discussed her plans. Hit the break for the details.

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CyanogenMod About To Release Community and Pro Editions For a Better User Experience. Also Adds New Features

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As usual, the boys over at CyanogenMod are keeping busy working on making your Android experience the best it can be. Recall at the Big Android BBQ 2013 event, the team announced that they’ll be offering their popular custom ROM’s in a couple of different flavors. The team was pretty bent on arguing the fact that it’s not the carriers who should be dictating software based decisions to OEM’s but that it should be left to the user to do so. As a result, the team revealed that their new versions will cater respectively to both the beginner and the advanced user who’s looking to liven their devices up a bit.

The team tossed out some pretty hefty stats claiming that there are 8.2 million active CyanogenMod users out there and there are 38 million downloads for over 100 different devices. In addition, the popular custom ROM maker says there are over 3,000 different contributors assisting with development.  So, what’s the difference between the two versions?  Hit the break to compare the “Community” and the “Pro” versions and feel free to let us know what you think in the comments below.  » Read the rest

New Google Glass update adds browser and other functions to device

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Google has updated Glass to a newer version of software with a handful of new features, including some additional voice commands and a brand new browser. The voice commands are extremely helpful, as Glass users will now be able to use verbal commands to make Glass narrate content such as text messages. Telling Glass to “read aloud” will cue it to read the contents of a text out to you, and you’ll now be able to tell Glass to create a reply text for you, completely hands free. You can also scroll through your Gmail contacts and compose texts by scrolling through and tapping a contact’s picture from Glass’s main menu. It isn’t as fancy as the totally voice controlled texting, but a nice feature nonetheless. » Read the rest

Galaxy S IV to feature “eye scrolling” similar to Smart Stay and Smart Rotation

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The latest bit of news to come before Samsung announces their Galaxy S IV has to do with software, not hardware. Similar to the fingerless gesture rumor we heard about, Samsung has something planned that will allow you to scroll your phone’s screen with your eyes. So if you’re reading a news article and your eyes reach the bottom of the page, the page will automatically scroll down so you can continue reading without touching the screen. Pretty high tech stuff.

Now, this isn’t new for Samsung, as they invested quite a bit into using facial recognition in the Galaxy S III with their Smart Stay and Smart Rotation features, and they’ve filed for patents related to eye scrolling built into mobile phones, so this is definitely something that we could see on March 14th.

source: NY Times

Nexus 4 now receiving Android 4.2.1 update, fixes December bug while baseband remains unchanged

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In very similar Nexus news to what we found this morning, the Nexus 4 is now beginning to receive the 4.2.1 update as well. This update most notably fixes the infamous December bug. No other changes have been uncovered as of yet. The good news is that the baseband has remained unchanged so far thus still allowing LTE capabilities for the select few. This update will be come by way of over-the-air so obviously not everyone will get it at once, but it should only take a few days for it to roll out to all devices. Are you a lucky owner of the elusive Nexus 4 that has also received the update? Let us know of any other changes you may find.

 

source: XDA Forums

Thanks to an LG Nexus system dump, a couple Android 4.2 features have been uncovered

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Thanks to an Android 4.2 system dump obtained via an LG Nexus by Android Police, several new features of 4.2 have been unearthed for all of us to see. Keep in mind that these are builds that aren’t by any means final and could very well change once the LG Nexus is actually released. These are features that may or may not be in the final builds, but it looks like it is what we should expect once we officially see Android 4.2.

Ron Amadeo from Android Police wrote up a great article on this and detailed each new feature. He carefully detailed SELinux, Always-On VPN and Premium SMS Confirmation. All of these should make its way into 4.2.

If you have some free time and would like to see what Google has been up to for 4.2, then head on over to the source link and give Ron’s post a read!

source: Android Police

Motorola DROID RAZR M, RAZR i, RAZR HD and Atrix HD all receive root method

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As with any other Android device, root is eventually achieved. The Motorola DROID RAZR M, RAZR i, RAZR HD and Atrix HD have all received root thanks to XDA user djrbliss. The process that exploits root in these devices is called Motofail2Go and is a virtual one-click root process.

You’ll need a Windows PC, Motorola’s latest USB drivers and the program itself. If you’re brave and willing to give this a shot then head on over to the source link for instructions and more information regarding this rooting process.

source: XDA

T-Mobile’s Samsung Galaxy S III to Receive Maintenance Update; Removes Universal Search Feature

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An update for T-Mobile’s Samsung Galaxy S III is due out and includes several improvements, and possibly a feature being removed that will cause some controversy. Here’s a little of what you can expect from this maintenance update:

  • Resolve an error, ‘Enter Mac address’ after entering the correct MAC address in the Mobile Hotspot
  • Resolve issue where the contents of the home screen folder would not rearrange alphabetically
  • Resolve issue where name does not populate when trying to add a contact with nameID information, must manually add.

 

You can also expect the addition of a brightness slide bar in the notification shade, a new radio/modem and a new kernel that’s been on the new batches of S III’s that have been recently arriving at T-Mobile. While there’s no full proof verification on this, there is a strong possibility that this update will take away the Universal Search feature out of the S III. If you don’t remember, this is the feature that Apple has been trying to take away from numerous Android devices so it wouldn’t surprise me if Samsung took it out as a precaution.

As we get more details on this impending update, we’ll be sure to let you all know.

source: TMONEWS

Casual User Exposes Major Security Flaw On Galaxy S III, Courtesy Of Samsung Kies Desktop Software

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It’s no secret some Android devices may have a security hole or two, but what about a device’s software application on a desktop computer? Well apparently, Samsung’s Kies desktop software contains a security vulnerability which could allow  malicious applications to be installed and may affect devices such as your brand-new Samsung Galaxy S III smartphone. As highlighted in Andre Moulu’s blog post, what looks like an official or legitimate app could be downloaded from the Play Store (Angry Birds Cheats, Japanese Squid Girls, etc.) for use. As a user installs the certain apps, the apps could manipulate and overtake the install_packages permission found inside the Samsung Kies application. Once the action is done, the malicious app or apps could then have an even further effect by installing more applications without the user being fully aware.

The scary thing is how simple the security vulnerability is pronounced. It seems the vulnerability was easy to pull off using little more than a few lines of Java and more specifically— this is a common vulnerability found in many system applications that come pre-installed on users’ devices thanks to custom UIs. Let’s hope Samsung (and all of the other smartphone manufacturers for that matter) will take note of this and take preventative measures to protect their devices… and quickly.

If you’re ready to see the vulnerability in action, be sure to hit the break in order to see the video.

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New Samsung CEO Doesn’t Waste Any Time And Calls For Software Improvements

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There’s no doubt that Samsung has established its position as one of the top smartphone manufacturers, but being on top means it can’t be stagnant. In keeping up with ever-evolving technology and advancements, new Sammy CEO Kwon Oh-hyun took some time to address his new company and it’s ummm… potential software-related shortcomings. Oh-hyun states:

 

“a particular focus must be given to serving new customer experience and value by strengthening soft capabilities in software, user experience, design and solutions.”

 

To dumb everything down: he’s basically saying that he wants to improve the overall look, feel and capabilities of its software. This should come as no surprise as users can point out the latest TouchWiz software which looks rather bland to say the least— despite the fact it’s skinned over Android 4.0. In fact, he probably believes the software on Sammy devices in general are behind, despite the fact Sammy has cutting-edge technology on its devices. Oh and don’t forget… Sammy does have some aces in the hole too such implementing software for its NFC tags, it’s own IM client and of course that possible social networking service we seem to keep hearing about.

Whatever it is the new CEO is envisioning, let’s all hope we see the fruits of his labor sooner than later. After all, Sammy needs to do whatever it takes in order to keep its position on top.

source: Wall Street Journal

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