It's our twentieth Android in the News - Week in Review episode! This one's another very special episode. We have three hot topics discuss, plus a bonus topic which is the contest winner announcement! Be sure to watch the video to find out if you were the winner of the $50 Amazon Gift Card! Here are the threads talked about in today's news recap:
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Before reading further just know that fantasy defense games are life changingly addictive! In fact just don't even read any further if you are not already addicted to one. I thought Clash Of Clans was for uber geeks. I even laughed at a few coworkers who play it. Then one of them spoke up and told me I was no longer allowed to laugh if I had never played it. He told me to feel free to laugh and poke fun if I tried it and wasn't hooked. Needless to say I was hooked.
Kingdom Rush is not COCs but it is a defense game. In this game you will defend your kingdom against attacking forces. COC includes offensive attacks while Kingdom Rush is all about defending your own base.
★ Epic defense battles that will hook you for hours!
★ Command your soldiers and see them engage in hand to hand cartoon battles!
★ 8 specialized tower upgrades to customize your strategy! Mighty Barbarians, Arcane Wizards, Forest Rangers to name a few.
★ Over 18 tower abilities! Have your Sorcerers summon earth elementals and polymorph your enemies!
★ Over 50 different enemies, from Goblins to Demons each with their own skills! (Beware of the mountain Trolls!)
Sony devices have had custom roms like Cyanogen and AOKP for a while now. The way they have been able to do this is by packaging the boot ramdisk and recovery together into one single boot image. Without actually being able to boot the recovery partition development was harder for these devices, and it was more difficult to recover from a sticky situation.
A few days ago Sony released a set of special bootloaders that enable booting from the recovery partition. This means that developers can now access the recovery without having to modify the build system. This will also make porting roms across devices a bit easier. Devices that will receive the new bootloaders include Xperia T2 Ultra, Xperia T3, Xperia M2, and Xperia E3. Other devices will be added later.
One of the coolest features of touchwiz is the scrollable customizable quick toggles in the notification panel. When you swipe down the notification panel you will see 5 toggles you can scroll to the right to reveal another 5 toggles. You can actually change and reorder these toggles. Re organizing these quick settings is almost too easy. Pull down the notification drawer, hit the edit button (looks like a pencil) then drag and drop your quick settings to reorganize. Swapping and reorganizing these quick settings will make using your device that much easier!
Last week a reddit poster shared a that his T-mobile Galaxy S6 Edge had received an OTA update bringing his device up to Android 5.1.1. He also posted a photo which showed that his bootloader was locked, or at least that is what he thought he was seeing. Their was a message in the bootloader "Custom Binary (RECOVERY) blocked by FRP lock. FRP simply means that Factory Reset Protection is prohibiting the phone from flashing a custom recovery. This is a security feature included in the latest version of Android which makes it difficult for a thief to take over your phone.
You can re-enable the bootloader unlock in developer options from your settings menu. This turns out to be no big deal. You can feel comfortable about accepting the latest ota update and know that you will still be able to mod and rom on your device.
The 5.1.1 update has just now started rolling out to the (2013) Nexus 7! To install this you can manually flash the image. To flash the image you will need to have the SDK setup on your PC and be able to run a few simple adb commands. Of course you could always just receive the OTA update when it makes its way to your device. Then again "just taking the OTA" sounds easier than it actually is if you are rooted with custom recovery. You will first need to install the stock recovery, and reenable any stock files you have modified or changed. If you are running a custom rom you will have to revert back to the stock rom before accepting the OTA.
For those of you who have a custom recovery installed there is a much easier way to install the latest 5.1.1 version of Android on your Nexus 7! Scrosler of ScottsRoms the guy famous for the Clean Rom series has just released his Stock Rooted build of Android 5.1.1 for the Nexus 7. This is not a custom rom at all so don't expect any custom features. This is 100% stock. It is rooted and has busybox installed. Prior to installing the rom you will want to be sure to update your bootloader, and be on the...
Here's some undeniably cool off topic high-tech news for your Friday afternoon pleasure. Tesla Motors officially announced they are creating a spin-off division called Tesla Energy which will sell home batteries for a very affordable price.
For weeks we were teased that Tesla was planning to unveil their home battery product, but the final official announcement kicked off and surprised everyone for being even more affordable than originally thought. The home solution is called the Powerwall and there will be two options available. The cheapest option is a 7k/Wh model for $3,000.00 USD, and the second option is a 10k/Wh model for $3,500.00.
The Powerwall is only a few feet high, a few feet across & 6 inches thick, and it weighs 100kgs (220lbs). The device can be mounted on the outside of your house, or in your garage (or really anywhere you decide in your home). The above price for the device does NOT include the installation, so you will need to hire a professional electrician for that.
There are a couple of things worth noting about the Powerwall. One is that you can add more than one battery to your house if you want to maximize how much energy it can save you based upon your personal electricity usage. The other is that it can be used even if you don't have a solar energy sub-system, yet it can still save you around 25% or more on your electric bills.
The way it handles this feat is by charging itself during non-peak hours (like at 3am for...
Is it too soon for this? Nah! A digital artist decided to share his Galaxy Note 5 concept art. It uses the new Galaxy S6 design as the base-line so it could be pretty close to an accurate look. The Samsung Galaxy Note 5 isn't due until September later this year (based upon Sammy's past history), but it's fun to speculate on what it might look like.
Overall it's a solid design, although it assumes much. It's too bad the artist didn't decide to share a glimpse at the Galaxy Note 5 Edge. What do you folks think? Good work, or just obvious?
You can check out several more images in the thread below.
The latest version of Lollipop (Android 5.1.1) is finally starting to rollout to devices. To go along with that, Factory images for 5.1.1 (build number LMY47V) on WiFi versions of the original Nexus 7 (2012), Nexus 7 2013, and Nexus 10 tablets are available on Google’s factory images page.
Google's top end tablet, the Nexus 10 has started receiving an OTA rollout of the latest version of Lollipop. That would be Android 5.1.1, build# LMY47V. We don't have the full changelog just yet, but this update basically just squashes a few more bugs and improves performance and stability.
Sound off if you own this device and have received the update yet.