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Ban lifted, OnePlus can sell the One in India once again

Posted by wicked December - 25 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off

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Have you ever heard the theory of winning a battle, but losing the war? A judge in India has lifted the sales ban on OnePlus One Android smartphones in India, but is it enough to ‘win the war?’

OnePlus experienced a major let down a short while ago when an agreement between Cyanogen and Micromax led to the ban of sales of the OnePlus One in India. Today’s decision does not fully overcome the problems for the OnePlus team and its customers, instead, we are seeing a temporary lift of the sales ban, and nothing more.

The decision to lift the ban comes from the opinion that fellow smartphone manufacturer Micromax, with its ‘exclusive right to use Cyanogen’s custom Android software’ within India, is not actually in competition with OnePlus in the market. Micromax primarily produces phones for the low end market, where OnePlus has been deemed to target the high end market.

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What comes next, you ask? Well, everything will be kicked back to the original judge in a couple weeks, giving all parties some time to look over the situation. We have no idea as yet how things will go when it all lands back in court, where OnePlus will, again, need to try to convince the judge to let them continue sales in the country.

In terms of the ‘war,’ many will see this victory as too little to make a difference. OnePlus can sell the One in India now, however, even if the decision goes their way in a couple weeks, owners of the One will still not be receiving updates to their system – a continuation of the Micromax agreement, check out our initial coverage for more details.

These are tough times for OnePlus in India, do you think this victory will start the ball rolling for success in the country?

FXP Team Delivers Lollipop to Various Xperia Devices!

Posted by Will Verduzco December - 25 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off

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From all of us here at XDA-Developers, we’d like to wish you Happy Holidays! If you celebrate Christmas, we hope you found many fun tech-related toys under your tree. And if so, we hope you make your device-specific forum your home away from home. But even if you don’t celebrate the holiday or if you didn’t receive any new tech toys, there are still quite a few reasons to be happy today–at least 12 of them.

Just moments ago, the FXP team released highly functional Android 5.0 Lollipop builds for 12 Sony Xperia devices. These are the Sony Xperia Z Ultra, Z1, Z1 Compact, Z2, Z2 Tablet, Z3, Z3 Compact, Z3 Tablet Compact, T2 Ultra, T3, M2, and E3. For those unaware, the FXP (Free Xperia Project) team has been delivering highly functional and incredibly polished AOSP-based ROMs to various Sony devices for the past several years. And while it is no major surprise that these builds eventually landed on the aforementioned devices, the timing is quite the Christmas miracle since we’re not too far removed from Lollipop’s initial release to the AOSP. Moreover, this update provides a much needed speed boost for some of the older devices that made the list due to Lollipop’s incorporation of ART as its default runtime compiler.

You can learn more by watching the video above and by hitting up the source link below. Now stop wasting time, and head over to your device specific forum and get flashing!

[Source: FXP Blog]

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Turn Your Camera Into a Live Puzzle Game

Posted by wicked December - 25 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off

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The classic sliding puzzle game hasn’t changed much, if at all, over the years. Dating all the way back to 1880 with the first sliding puzzle game dubbed the Fifteen puzzle, its only ‘advancement’ has seemingly been making its way onto the computer screen with a convenient reset button. The core mechanic of the game has stayed the same throughout the years, being able to slide tiles along certain routes to end up with a final configuration–perhaps a picture, or a shape, or a pattern.

With this said, XDA Forum Member PacmanAddict has added his own little twist to the classic sliding puzzle with a game called Live Puzzle. This game makes use of your phone or tablet’s camera to generate a sliding puzzle in which the tiles are made up of blocks from the live camera image feed. As said before, the main mechanic of the game stays the same, but instead of a picture or shape, you have to put back together what your camera sees, thus, creating an additional challenge of having tiles constantly moving. There are five puzzle sizes, ranging from 2×2 to 6×6, but it’s recommended that you play modes bigger than 3×3 on a larger screen, such as on a tablet.

This new twist certainly adds to the challenge of a classic puzzle game. If you would like to give this a go, head over to the Live Puzzle application thread to get started, and let us know your highest scores and comments in the comments below.

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Samsung Begins Production of 8 Gb RAM Chips

Posted by wicked December - 25 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off

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With the release of Android 5.0, our favorite mobile operating system has become 64-bit ready. Hardware used in some recently released mid-range devices like the HTC Desire 510 is already capable of processing 64-bit code. One of the main advantages of 64-bit computing is the ability for individual processes to address 4 GB of RAM and more. All top smartphones run 3 GB of RAM, but soon most flagship phones and tablets will have 4 GB of RAM. This will undoubtedly be spurred along, as Samsung has just recently begun production of 8 gigabit (1 Gigabyte) LPDRR4 memory chips designed for mobile devices.

These new 8 gigabit (1 Gigabyte) chips are produced at a 20 nm microarchitecture. These chips will be able to process the data faster and consume less energy. The RAM’s throughput speed will increase to an impressive 1.2 gigabytes per second, which is in effect faster than older generation DDR3 modules in traditional desktop computers. Production of smaller 2 and 3 gigabit versions of these chips also begun earlier this month. According to Samsung, 2 Gb chips use 40% less power than the LPDDR3 chips already in use in publicly available smartphones.

These new 8 Gb chips will start to leave the factory early in 2015. It’s very likely that we will start seeing flagships with 4 GB of RAM popping up in Barcelona at Mobile World Congress 2016 in early February. OEMs can start to stretch their muscle thanks to higher density RAM modules and a 64-bit architecture. We can also be sure that this increased RAM size will definitely be a factor that is heavily emphasized in commercials.

[via Samsung Tomorrow]

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Holiday Greetings from Android Community

Posted by wicked December - 25 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off

Perhaps not everyone celebrates Christmas or Hanukkah, but it’s hard not to get swept up in the holiday spirit all the same. It’s also a perfect opportunity to greet friends and loved ones and thank them for their love and support. So from the editorial staff here at Android Community, we thank you, our dear readers and followers, for your continued patronage and support. And though we will take a short break to be with our own families and friends, we will be right back to give you the latest news and tips from the Android world.

HAPPY HOLIDAYS FROM ANDROID COMMUNITY!

And in case you’re stumped thinking what to do or get this season, be sure to check out Gaming tag portal as well as our brand new Deals section for ideas and inspiration. Be sure to check back in the coming days as we cover the events that will lead to CES 2015, happening in just a few weeks!

Petalite Flux with 2600mAh battery recharges itself in 15 minutes

Posted by wicked December - 24 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

There are lots of portable charging systems on the market today to help you keep your smartphones and other Android devices topped off and full of power. The catch is that it can take hours to charge some of the portable battery packs before they are of any use to you on the go. A new portable charging system called the Petalite Flux has surfaced and it promise to be blazing fast.

The Petalite Flux needs only 15 minutes on the dock to charge itself completely. Once it is charged completely it has enough juice inside to charge a smartphone with a 2600mAh battery inside to 100% capacity. To charge the Petalite Flux in only 15 minutes, you do have to have its special power dock with you.

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It can be charged from a normal USB port or wall adapter, but that will take two hours. The device ships with a micro USB adapter that is perfect for most Android devices and an Apple Lightning connector. The USB port only provides 1A, so it won’t charge tablets needing more amps.

Inside the small Petalite Flux device is a lithium iron phosphate battery, this is the secret to the fast charging capability. The project is on Indiegogo now seeking $30,000 in funding and has raised a bit more than its goal with 24 days to go. A Petalite Starter Kit will set you back $68 with shipping in June 2015.

SOURCE: Indiegogo

ZTE Speed Now For Sale On Boost Mobile

Posted by wicked December - 24 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

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Sprint’s prepaid wireless service, Boost Mobile, announced today that you can pick up the ZTE Speed for $100 off contract. The ZTE Speed doesn’t offer much in terms of specs, but getting Android 4.4 KitKat on a budget phone definitely isn’t something to scoff at.

The ZTE Speed offers a 4.5-inch LCD screen and sports a 1.2 GHz quad-core processor. This smartphone also features Bluetooth 4.0 and runs on Sprint’s Enhanced LTE network. As far as memory is concerned, there’s 1 gigabyte of RAM and 8 gigabytes of storage capacity.

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If this is a phone that catches your interest, see the link below that’ll direct you over to the ZTE Speed’s product page on Boost Mobile’s website.

Source: Boost Mobile

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CM, Micromax and OnePlus – Sales Ban Lifted

Posted by wicked December - 24 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

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It’s less than a week since our recent in-depth analysis of the legal battle over the Indian market, with which Cyanogen Inc, OnePlus and Micromax are embroiled. In light of the holiday season, I shall keep this update short, but the Delhi High Court has today overturned the original sales ban imposed as a result of Micromax’s legal petition, in an apparently early Christmas gift to OnePlus.

The original court order against OnePlus, preventing it from selling its mobile phones, was found by the High Court to not meet the requirements for such an interim injunction (without the full hearing of evidence from both sides), since the two companies were not competing for the same market territory as each other.

In what appears to be a major win for common sense, the panel of judges recognised that Micromax positions its devices at around one third of the price of the OnePlus handset (8,000 Rs versus 22,000 Rs), and that they were therefore not in direct competition for the same customers. The judges also stated that it was not correct of the previous individual judge to pass the sales ban without giving time to both sides in the case to file their arguments.

In an interesting development, however, the court set a deadline of two weeks, at which point a written statement against the original claim should be made by both Cyanogen and OnePlus, as they feel a proper debate is necessary on the technical matters of the case, including the software on both devices (as OnePlus had argued the two phones were not running the same software).

In a moment of lighter tone, however, the judgement appears to refer to Cyanogen Inc as a “villain”. It’s certainly clear from these court proceedings that Cyanogen are likely to find themselves brought into this lawsuit, having seemingly been instructed to file a statement themselves (in addition to OnePlus). That’s not in itself unexpected, given the manner in which negotiations were carried out. It is unclear whether or not anyone from Cyanogen will appear at the court hearing in 2 weeks’ time, or if their filing will only be by paper.

Either way though, it does appear that the “villain” may be about to meet its comeuppance for the unprofessional manner in which it conducts business with its partners. Perhaps a New Year’s resolution is in order? Honouring agreements, respecting partners, and working in the interests of collaboration are beneficial for all concerned in a business relationship.

From your impromptu XDA legal column, I’d like to wish everyone a peaceful break, and all the best for 2015. We’ll be returning to this when the court documents are made available in full, for a more thorough look-through, and to follow any further (and likely) legal action taking place elsewhere in the world. After all, OnePlus’ legal fees are certainly not going to be inconsiderate after all these court dates!

[Source: India Times]

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Santa begins his journey, the Santa Tracker app is live

Posted by wicked December - 24 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

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Earlier this month, Google updated its Santa Tracker app for 2014, bringing new games and features to the mix. Now December 24th is here, and so we want to remind you that the Santa Tracker is online and ready to go. In fact, the big fat man has already begun his journey and was somewhere in Turkey during the time of this writing.

Google’s Santa Tracker not only lets you show your kids exactly where Santa is at any point in time, but it also lets you beam over the experience to the bigscreen for viewing on Chromecast or the Nexus Player. There’s even Android Wear support this year.

The Google Santa Tracker not only works via an Android app, but there’s also a web browser version for those that would prefer to go that route. For those that aren’t into Google’s take on Santa tracking, it’s also worth noting that the “NORAD tracks Santa” app is up and running as well.

Zerolemon is the battery your Galaxy Note 4 deserves

Posted by wicked December - 24 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

Still one of the biggest problems facing digital people is this: Why are smartphone batteries still so easy to run out? Despite the advances that some brands have made in providing us with devices that last just a few hours under heavy use, we still cannot live without our battery extenders. Zerolemon now brings us a battery case for your Samsung Galaxy Note 4 and it might just be the (temporary) solution for you.

Your Note 4 will not be the most fashionable looking device when you use Zerolemon, but long after your friends’ own smartphones have run out of juice, you will be the last phone standing. At 10,000 mAh, it is the most high capacity battery case for the Note 4, with three times the capacity of your device’s own original battery. It is a little bulky compared to other cases, but would you rather have a slim, decorous casing but with your smartphone lasting just a few hours? Bulk/battery over comfort/design, we say.

The battery case will not interfere with your smartphone’s features and your activities (except that it’s heavier, but who are we to complain?) as it has all the necessary port openings so you can still charge, use your headset, take pictures, and all the other external buttons are exposed. It also has NFC support so you can continue using your S Beam and Google Wallet to your heart’s content. Of course, the actual battery life it can give your smartphone depends on how you use it, your phone configurations, what apps you use, etc.

The battery also comes with a 180-day warranty so you can test it out for 3 months to see if it really does work. And it’s also covered by Amazon’s 30 Days Full Refund Guarantee. Other reminders is that you will not be able to use this on the Galaxy Note 4 Edge and to be able to use it, you need to remove your device’s back cover and replace it with the battery case provided. You can get the Zerolemon Galaxy Note 4 battery on Amazon for $59.99.

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SOURCE: Zero Lemon