You know you have arrived when the Cyanogen Mod maintainers begin to pump out roms for your devices! Xiaomi is making a name for themselves overseas, but have yet to make their way to the mainland. If you have somehow been able to get your hands on one of these devices via the many firesales they have you will probably be happy to know that there is now an unofficial version of CyanogenMod bringing the latest and greatest version of Android to this device.
This means that you can get rid of the heavily themed MIUI overlay that comes with the device. MIUI was designed to mimic the look and feel of iOS, but has theme options so you can really make it look like you want. However CM tends to be much cleaner in some cases. Head to the link below to grab CM for the RedMi 1S.
Well known Themer "Dustin B" has updated his Cobalt Icon pack. The update contains some all new themed icons, as well as some tweaked themes for existing themed icons. This icon pack is one of the most unique I have ever seen and it truely has something for everyone. Icons are themed with that trademark DustinB style that has been incorporated into Cobalt themes since the beginning of time.
This icon theme pack will work with most custom launchers, and brings over 1000 hand themed icons to your home screen. This pack is a steal at $1.99. If you don't already have it head to the link below for the download. If you do already have it go and grab the update!
Mskip has done and excellent job with keeping his root toolkits up to date. The Nexus lineup has recently received the update to Android 5.1. If you have taken the update you may be looking for a toolkit which can quickly and easily grant you root on your freshly updated device. Mskip has just released the auto update to his Nexus 5 toolkit which will bring full support for all versions of Android including the latest 5.1 version. This means you will now be able to use his tool to root 5.1!
He has also added the 5.1 stock image to the toolkit which means you will be able to quickly and painlessly recover your nexus 5 from a brick by flashing the latest stock image. This also means that if you have somehow missed the OTA you can simply flash the stock image to update your device. Head to the link below for the udpate.
Samsung has capitalized on the big phone market (aka phablet) and we have seen other manufacturers follow from Apple to Google. There is a leak image of the LG G4 Note phablet which is a phablet that will sport a stylus similar to the Samsung note devices. Leaked images here: Leaked images claim to show LG s upcoming G4 Note phablet 9to5Google
In this video we take a look at the addictive time waster game Adventure Capitalist. This game allows you to work your way from the bottom up climbing the ladder of success through well thought out investments. Earn money through investments, hire managers to watch over your various monopolies, and become filthy rich.
TWRP is by far my favorite custom recovery. It is the recovery that is updated most often, and has the most features. I also just love the touch user interface with the big buttons that make flashing roms and other mods supper simple on a device with no hardware buttons. Team Win Recovery Project received a major update today which brings many improvements. The newest build is 22.214.171.124. Some of the main enhancements include keyboard and scroll bar enhancements, and an update to the AOSP 5.1 base.
If you are running Android 5.1 this is definitely the recovery you want to be using since it will handle the files and flash paths which have been changed in Lollipop correctly. A full list of changes can be found below.
Fix daylight savings time rules for USA and Europe (_that)
Allow mulitple overlays for popup boxes (Dees_Troy)
Today I have the pleasure of bringing you some incredibly awesome Droid Turbo news! The root method that was teased last week has now been officially released to the masses. The only drawback or shall I say drawbacks is the fact that the method will set you back $20, beyond that the method is incredibly complicated, and the chances of bricking your phone are great! The big news here is that the Mofo root method will allow you to flash any image to your device! This means that you can obtain root by flashing a prerooted system image.
Another major drawback to this root method is the fact that this does not disable write protection! Without the write protection being disabled you won't be able to do things as simple as removing bloatware, most Xposed framework modules will not work, and you wouldn't be able to do things like replace the boot screen image. The whole "writes any image" that is advertised here is a bit misleading as that would lead you to believe that we were somehow able to circumvent the bootloader. You might even think this means custom recovery is on the way.
What this root method really does is it allows us to modify the /system partition slightly allowing for root only. Apparently some things will work without write protection. You should be able to use apps like titanium backup, and there is atleast one Xposed module that will allow for free wifi tethering when write protection is enabled. At any...
If the current rumors are accurate, one of the main complaints against the Samsung Galaxy S6 could be fixed with their Galaxy S6 Active version. The latest intel suggests it will come with the missing microSD slot that many Samsung Galaxy fans are missing in the latest flagship. It might even have a removable battery.
To be clear, here at HQ we are skeptical of both claims, but for information's sake we are sharing this. Here's the quote with the details,
It was a matter of time before we seen more manufacturers throw their hat in the ring to capitalize on the smart watch craze. One such company, Olio, is looking to bring a since of style to the game in a watch designed to work for both iOS and Android. Olio took its cue from Motorola going with the stylish rounded (flat-tire) look and wireless charging. But do not think this watch will come cheap at least not compared to the typical android watch out there, this watch will set you back $600. But I must admit I like the look and can see this being a go for watch collectors out there.
The new LG Watch Urbane LTE is LG's latest smartwatch designed to take wearables to the next level. While the device is technically not an Android Wear product, it's still a startling innovation in this field.
The Urbane LTE will actually let you place and receive phone calls and browse the web with its LTE data connection. It sports its own SIM card in order to facilitate this. The device will go on sale in South Korea starting tomorrow (March 27th). It will be available for 650,000 KRW ($590). Here's a refresher on specs:
1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor
Circular 1.3 inches OLED display
4GB eMMC internal storage
9-axis (gyro / acceleration / compass)
Barometric pressure sensor
Heart rate sensor
GPS, Wi-Fi, NFC, Bluetooth
Comes in silver color
There's currently no word on International availability, but we will keep you apprised if/when that changes.