We have had CM12.1 unofficial roms for several devices for a while now, but CyanogenMod has finally released 12.1 official nightlies on several devices. This brings Android 5.1 along with some added features. Devices that have official builds include Nexus 7 wifi, Oppo Find 7s, Moto G, HTC One XL, HTC Droid DNA, Condor, and a long list of other devices. Devices are continually being added to the list as well. So far no nightlies are available for the most recent flagships like the S6 and M9, but those should come along soon as well. Head to the link below to see if your device is supported.
I have never really understood or had a reason for using wireless charging. I guess it is kind of neat that you can set your phone down on a pad and not have to worry about plugging the phone in. The only thing is you still have a wire coming from the wall and your phone still has to sit in that one place while it charges. It is only slightly more convenient.
What IKEA has up their sleeves seems much more appealing than a simple QI charge pad. They are gearing up to release some furniture with built in wireless charging! This is awesome. The one piece of furniture that really peaked my interest is a lamp with a built in table that will charge your device. I set my phone down on the end table all the time. It would be pretty awesome if when i did my phone would start to charge! IKEA has been working on this project for some time now. IKEA says it will release the furniture in the Spring. They will also have wireless charging cases for non wireless charging phones. The case will enable your non wireless charging capable phone to work with the furniture. Head to the link below for more info.
If you love a dark theme you will love the BlackKat theme by theme developer "DJDarkKnight". This theme is a full theme which means that every element is touched including Framework and System UI. This means that notifications, nav bar, apps, and more will be themed. This theme is inverted which means it takes all the white or light elements and makes them dark or black! This gives your device an instantly new look and feel. The theme only works if you are currently running CyanogenMod or any rom that uses the Cyanogen Mod theme engine. To get all the inverted goodies that go with this theme also download the Blackoutapps updater app. Head to the link below to grab this theme.
Do you get tired of looking at the same old Twrp screen? The look of Team Win Recovery Project has barely changed since the very first version was launched. One cool thing about TWRP is that you can add themes to it. This is an easy way to freshen up your TWRP and make your Rom flashing experience even better! Developer "z31s1g" has released a few themes for TWRP including a Light, Dark, and Play Store themed version.
Recovery gone App: Designed to mimic the look and feel of an Android app.
Customisable UI: 15 different accent colors, center clock option, different navbar button layouts...
Added functionality: ability to flash image files (recovery, radio, boot), ability to change the recovery splash screen, bookmark function for file lists, Aroma File Manager support, theme changer...
This is supported for many screen sizes! You should be able to find a theme that will fit your device. Head to the link below for download links.
The day has finally come! Jcase, Beaups and the rest of TheRoot.ninja team has finally released the S-OFF method for the HTC One M9. With S-Off you will be able to flash anything on your M9. When I say anything I mean anything. This also means that you can do some serious damage to your HTC One M9 so you will want to be careful to not flash the wrong thing. Security Off will allow us to flash proper firmwares. Without S-Off you would have to flash those separately from your Rom which can be a major pain.
The method for S-Off comes by way of the Sunshine S-Off app. Basically all you will have to do is launch the app and press some buttons! It really is that easy. The app will test your device for compatibility once it has determined your device is compatible it will give you the option to buy a license. The license will set you back $25 which is a small price to pay to gain full access to your device. The fee goes towards further developing the app for future devices. Jcase had to purchase 10 M9's just for testing. That doesn't include devices that were bricked in the process so you can imagine development costs add up quickly. Grab the Sunshine S-Off app from the link below....
If you are an avid Google Wallet user, like myself, then you should be happy to know that funds stored in Google Wallet are now FDIC. With mobile based payments being the way of the future companies want customers to feel a sense of security using their software. Google Wallet has evolved to a level that it has taken the place of Western Union, in that you can send family and friends money, as well as one of the goto payment solutions.
We are still continuing the discussion of whether China manufactured flagship phones are going to be able to compete here in the states. With concerns ranging from quality control, software support, unfair competitive advantages, this is an intriguing discussion as this could be a turning point in flagship devices in America so feel free to voice your opinions here (Can China s high end phones compete in the...
We're back for another episode of Android in the News - Week in Review. Our 18th weekly episode for April 17, 2015 kicks things off with new smartphones and an intriguing report from Microsoft. Here are the news stories for this week:
We'd also like to share that we upgraded our audio equipment, so sound quality has been improved. We haven't worked out all the kinks yet, but we are very happy with the initial results and once we iron out all the tweaking, the show will have a noticeable bump in quality. Thanks for watching and be sure to tune in next week for something special!
The latest team-up between Disney, Lucasfilm and Twitter might just have Star Wars fans scrambling for the phones to Tweet something. Twitter just released some new Star Wars emoji. For now, the emoji are only limited to a small few, but here's a quote with more of the details,
We've also included a couple of extra (off topic) Star Wars flavored goodies in the thread below. The first video is a new glimpse at the BB-8 (soccer-droid) from the new Star Wars movie. It turns out JJ Abrams' Tweet that he is actually a real practical effect and NOT CGI is true. We actually get to see him on stage at the Star Wars Celebration Con in Anaheim, and he is amazing!
The second video is a funny new meme which mixes the Matthew Mcconaughey Interstellar emotional reaction scene with the newest Star Wars trailer to dramatic and hilarious effect. Enjoy!
You might glance out your window and look for flying pigs and shivering devils... the unthinkable is occurring. Bing has actually continued to gain valuable search marketshare against the behemoth that is Google. Bing's U.S. search market share recently rose to over 20%. Specifically, Bing rose to 20.1% share of all desktop searches last month. This is an increase from the 18.6% share from last year.
In contrast, Google's search marketshare lowered from 67.5% in March 2014 to 64.4% in March 2015. There's even more to the story than just that, though. The dirty little (not so) secret of the search industry is that Yahoo continued their agreement with Microsoft to use the Bing search engine for their searches. This means that if you combine Yahoo and Bing proper, than the Bing search algorithms cover more than 30% of the total market.
Could Microsoft actually pull a "search engine" coup on Google in the coming few years? We can't say that stranger things have happened, but that would definitely be a bizarre turn-around...
Do you folks remember the massive Sony leak which occurred late last year? Hackers release over 30,000 internal documents from Sony's primary corporate database. It turns out some tenacious internet bloggers with a great deal of time on their hands poured through those documents and found some juicy intel, which wasn't yet revealed. What they found may confirm yesterday's rumor that Sony plans to release an all-metal design case and fingerprint power button sensor on their Xperia Z4.
As you can see from the image above (and several in the source link below)an unnamed Sony smartphone has an all-metal body and a conspicuously large power button. What do you think? Does this make you want to hold out for a Sony device later this year?