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Get Your XDA 2015 Custom Avatar and Signature Images Here

Posted by wicked October - 22 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

Custom XDA 2015 Avatar and Signature Images

As stated in our motto, XDA Developer is for developers, by developers. The community comes foremost, with contributions made in various forms, such as ROMs, mods, open source apps, and much more. Each user contributes in one way or another–be it in the aforementioned ways or by testing, reporting bugs, flashing unstable builds, and so on.

In the spirit of giving back to the community, XDA Senior Member thenookieforlife3 has consolidated a thread where services such as custom avatar and signature image design are offered at no cost, with a single request being all that’s needed to get such a custom set. The signature and avatar images come in a variety of themes, including light and dark variations of XDA’s 2013 and 2015 themes, with your username and forum title emblazoned across them. Optionally, thenookieforlife3 also offers custom colored images with slight variations.

Head over to the custom signature and avatar images thread to get started with acquiring your shiny new image sets. Do consider thanking or donating to thenookieforlife3 if you take a liking to his work and are satisfied with it.

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Sim City ventures into city building with Build It app

Posted by wicked October - 22 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

Who among us have never enjoyed a SIMs game (and maybe you still are addicted to it!) or an entertaining-at-the-start-but-might-get-repetitive-eventually city building game? A new game from EA combines the best of both worlds as they soft launch SIM City Build It, which is what its name says it is. You get to build a whole city from the ground up, but without the complication of having your (sometimes annoying) sims around and you do it from the convenience of your mobile device.

It looks like it and it feels like it, but it is definitely not a straight-up mobile version of the sim city game. At least, not yet. It is simply a city building game where you get to place roads, buildings, water works, the whole urban planning shebang, but without any simulation or drama from characters. You play it just like you would any other city building game on Android, but with the visual style of the most recent Sim City PC game, complete with a full out 360 degree 3D view of the city, which you can zoom in and out of (and even spin!)

You will need to supply your city with basic necessities like water, electricity, etc, because you still need to keep your residents happy (even though you don’t see much of them here). You also need to solve other city planning problems like traffic congestion, fires, pollution, etc. Basically, as the “mayor” of the city (and the sole player of the game), the buck stops with you. But you do get to interact with “friends” and other cities and you can trade your resources with them.

The good news? Sim City Build It is free to download from the Google Play Store. The “meh” news”? There are in-app purchases so you need to be careful if you’re concerned with your credit card health. The bad news? This game is still in soft launch and is only available in Canada.


First phone app for hearing impaired to come to Android soon

Posted by wicked October - 22 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

According to statistics, there are over 70 million people in the world who are suffering from profound to severe hearing loss. And obviously, they would find it extremely difficult or impossible to use mobile phones to make and take calls. But a new technology might just make it possible and its creators are raising funds to build make it a reality. It’s called RogerVoice and it’s an app that will make your calls for you and then translate in real time and give you a text transcript of what your caller is saying.

Using the VoIP platform and integrating it with automatic speech recognition (ASR), the call will not pass through any third-party who will do the transcription for you. It’s a program built from the ground up and is considered the first of its kind. Hearing impaired people will now be able to use their mobile phones to communicate with loved ones or in work-related situations. And everything remains private since there is no human go-between listening in to the call; everything is automated and there is no waiting time as well. It should work on any mobile device (just Android for now) and also supports multiple languages including Spanish, Portuguese, French, Italian, German, Greek and Japanese among others.

It not only benefits the hearing impaired community but even regular hearing people will also be able to use the app. It will of course help you communicate with your friends or colleagues that are hard of hearing. But it can also serve as an instant transcribe of your call, especially if it’s for business purposes. You can also easily store and archive these communications and it has an easy search function for reference. If it works properly, this will truly be a great step towards technology benefiting those who have disabilities.

They have already met their target of $20,000 to be able to start the development, but they’re still looking to raise more to reach their other milestones, like developing an iOS version and also text-to-speech features. If you believe in this project, you can visit their Kickstarter page to invest in RogerVoice.


SOURCE: Kickstarter

Galaxy Note 4 teardown shows Sony IMX240 camera inside

Posted by wicked October - 22 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

The Galaxy Note 4 might be Samsung‘s latest high-end contender but, for the first time after a long while, the OEM isn’t bragging about its own camera technology inside. Instead, a recent teardown revealed that Samsung’s best is borrowing components from its competitor, sporting a 16 megapixel camera sensor made by Sony, specifically the Sony IMX240.

Of course, this isn’t exactly scandalous, as OEMs are known to use components made by others, even by industry rivals, to make their own. This is just how the business goes. That Samsung would be using Sony’s imaging technology isn’t exactly new either. Or at least we’ve heard it before. Way back last year, there was already a rumor that the Galaxy S5 would use Sony’s camera inside. The flagship, however came instead with Samsung’s own technology, which is what makes this revelation somewhat interesting.


Even before the Galaxy S5 went out, Samsung was already singing the praises of its ISOCELL imaging technology. It claims to be able to reduce bleeding and improve light absorption by creating walls between cell, isolating them from one another, hence the name. The Galaxy S5 debuted with a 16 megapixel sensor with this technology and with the Galaxy Note 4 also packing a 16 megapixel sensor, it was merely presumed that they are similar. For whatever reason, however, it seems that Samsung has ditched that and gone with the Sony IMX240 instead. Whether that points to a change in beliefs about its ISOCELL technology is something we’ll have observe in the future. For now, however, Samsung is curiously silent on that front.

That said, this tidbit doesn’t really speak much about the Galaxy Note 4′s camera capabilities, aside from the fact that it has larger than usual 1/2.6-inch sensor. Its photography prowess still has to be properly tested and documented, perhaps by something like DxOMark, who crowned the iPhone 6 as the king of the smarpthone camera hill shortly after it awarded the title to Sony’s Xperia Z3. And we are definitely still waiting for iFixit to give the Galaxy Note 4 a proper teardown treatment.


VIA: phoneArena

Google Announces “Inbox,” A New Email Experience to Help You Get Things Done

Posted by Kellex October - 22 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

Google just announced a brand new email experience called Inbox. Inbox, created by the Gmail team, is an email app that bundles similar emails together so that you can quickly swipe them away. Inbox will highlight important info from messages, like flight itineraries, event info, photos or documents, so that you may not even need to fully open them at this particular moment. Inbox also lets you set reminders, snooze items, and may even assist you along the way by providing useful information for tasks it sees that need to get done.

It sounds a lot like Mailbox, which is awesome, because I have given my life over to the task-oriented approach of Mailbox. Return to Google, I may.

Here are some of the features you will find in Inbox, according to Google:

Bundles: stay organized automatically
Inbox expands upon the categories we introduced in Gmail last year, making it easy to deal with similar types of mail all at once. For example, all your purchase receipts or bank statements are neatly grouped together so that you can quickly review and then swipe them out of the way. You can even teach Inbox to adapt to the way you work by choosing which emails you’d like to see grouped together.

Highlights: the important info at a glance
Inbox highlights the key information from important messages, such as flight itineraries, event information, and photos and documents emailed to you by friends and family. Inbox will even display useful information from the web that wasn’t in the original email, such as the real-time status of your flights and package deliveries. Highlights and Bundles work together to give you just the information you need at a glance.

Reminders, Assists, and Snooze: your to-do’s on your own terms
Inbox makes it easy to focus on your priorities by letting you add your own Reminders, from picking up the dry cleaning to giving your parents a call. No matter what you need to remember, your inbox becomes a centralized place to keep track of the things you need to get back to.

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Inbox is currently an invite only ordeal, but you can email [email protected] to get on the list for an invite. Or, if your friends were invited, they can invite you.

Inbox will exist on the web, but also has Android and iOS apps.

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Via:  Google

Google Announces “Inbox,” A New Email Experience to Help You Get Things Done is a post from: Droid Life

Epic Dragons turns the table, makes players defend dragons

Posted by wicked October - 22 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

Crescent Moon Games, who has given Android titles such as Ravensword Shadowlands and Aralon Sword and Shadow, are back with another game called Epic Dragons. Mighty and epic as that may sound, this game is anything but. The dragons are not ferocious beasts but cute cel-shaded ones. And the gameplay isn’t entirely epic but a tower defense with a slight twist. In this game, you get to be the one that plans out how these dragons will defend themselves against pitiful humans that want to hunt them down.

We’ve seen this reversal of roles before, particularly in the last installation of the popular Anomaly series, Anomaly Defenders, except Epic Dragons takes out the gore and brings in the cuteness. Well, depending on your definition of cute. Does a Chinese stone dragon qualify? As the unnamed master of dragons, you get to choose out of 9 dragons with 6 abilities to decimate the human invaders. The game plays out over 60 levels spanning 3 worlds, but don’t let those numbers deceive you, because Epic Dragons expands to something so much more with a feature that could potentially put it on top of other tower defense games.

Crescent Moon Games ingeniously ships a World Creator with the game itself, allowing players to create their own twisted levels to not only challenge themselves but also to challenge their friends. They can put up those maps online for other players to also enjoy or hate. The higher ratings your maps get, the more in-game rewards you reap, which you can, of course, trade in for in-game goods. This is not only good for replayability, it is also great for saving real-world money.

With those features, it’s almost a surprise, but a welcome one nonetheless, that Epic Dragons is free to play from Google Play Store. Of course, it has in-app purchases, ranging form $0.99 to $29.99, but you may not need that given the barter system mentioned before. With cel-shaded graphics that aren’t bad, Epic Dragons looks like a promising game that will appeal not only to players but also to creators. Now to wait and see if it will be able to deliver.


Download: Epic Dragons on Google Play Store

Pin Your Photos on Android Lollipop with Photo Pinner

Posted by wicked October - 22 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off


In the last few weeks, we have been talking quite a bit about Android 5.0 Lollipop. This imminently upcoming version of Google’s operating system is really innovative and brings lots of interesting features that can soon be enjoyed by many. Google put forth lots of effort to make this version of Android a big step forward comparing to Jelly Bean and KitKat.

One of new features added to Lollipop is screen pinning, which prevents others from looking at your pr0n stash personal data. You can pin the dialer and allow others to make a call. It’s an incredibly handy feature with loads of potential. XDA Recognized Contributor Quinny899 wrote an application that can be used to pin the photos to your screen. Photo Pinner also supports pinch-zoom and full screen view.

This application works only with Android 5.0, so at the moment can be used only with the Developer Preview of Android Lollipop, which officially limits you only to two possible devices. However, the app will soon  be usable on other devices once Android 5.0 is ported to your device.

Do you own a Google Nexus 5 or Google Nexus 7 (2013) and are you using the latest Developer Preview of Android 5.0? If so, head over to the Phoito Pinner thread to give this application a shot.

The post Pin Your Photos on Android Lollipop with Photo Pinner appeared first on xda-developers.

Pixel People lets you build a community in Utopia

Posted by wicked October - 22 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

Ah Utopia. We would like to live in such a society, but some say it is impossible to ever achieve something like it. But a new Android game will allow you to build a society in it, albeit only digitally and pixel-wise. The city building game is called Pixel People and if you liked Tiny Tower and all its iterations, then you’ll enjoy this game which lets you simply build a community in a place called, you guessed it, Utopia. Oh, and you need to be okay with the idea of cloning.

Yes, we do mean cloning, since you need to splice together the genes of different kinds of pixel people in order to create your own ideal, thriving society. You will be able to create as many as 280 different kinds of people to populate your Utopia and more than 100 buildings of different businesses and industries to help your city earn money. And of course, pixel people are just like any other people in that they “fall in love” and this will benefit you as you earn bonuses for every 11 “love hearts” that you are able to collect.

To be able to sustain your city, you need money of course (the virtual kind). Just like in Tiny Tower, you earn money by placing residents in buildings that you build. You can even build a “Google Tech Park” that is exclusive for Android mayors. Just like with any society, Utopia has its “secrets” and its up to you to unlock these and get surprised. Oh, and yes, there are also animals hidden around the city for you to discover (but not to clone unfortunately).

Pixel People is free to download from the Google Play Store. However, there are in-app purchases within the game for as high as $24.99, so be careful if you have a “I need to buy this item to get ahead of this game” problem.


Samsung Galaxy S5 Plus now available in the Netherlands

Posted by wicked October - 22 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

No loud announcement this time, Samsung released the Galaxy S5 Plus in Netherlands. This year’s flagship Android phone is now available in the country complete with a 2.5 GHz Snapdragon 805 processor. This isn’t the first time Samsung is rolling out the S5 Plus as it was also launched in Singapore but under a different name: Galaxy S5 4G+.

The only difference between the Galaxy S5 and Galaxy S5 Plus is the processor used. The S5 Plus version also has the same 5.1-inch Super-AMOLED display, 16MP ISO-CELL rear camera, 2GB RAM, microSD card slot, 1080p resolution, and a 2800mAh removable battery. The Android phone also boasts of an IP67 rating so it’s one tough device. The Snapdragon 805 chip allows the Galaxy S5 Plus to support up to 300Mbps LTE speed. Other specs include the following: 3G, 4G/LTE, NFC, DLNA support, Bluetooth 4.0, WiFi, and of course, a heart sensor.

As with the regular Galaxy S5, the S5 Plus will be offered in Blue, Silver, Black, and White. No information on pricing yet.

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Note that Samsung also released a similar Galaxy S5 LTE-A in South Korea with the same Snapdragon 805 processor and most of the specs except this one has 3GB RAM instead of 2GB.

VIA: Android Beat

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 teased with Android 5.0 Lollipop

Posted by wicked October - 22 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

Samsung just teased the new Galaxy Note 4 bearing some more sweetness via Twitter. No more chocolatey goodness of KitKat, only sweeter this time with the Android Lollipop.

The Android 5.0 will soon come to the new phablet from the South Korean giant. Neither Samsung nor Google have announced the exact release of update but we’re guessing before the year ends. The Android L we’ve been anticipating is almost ready and is expected to roll out in several Android phones and tablets in the coming months.

Only the Android 5.0 Lollipop SDK was released for the developers to test and develop apps for the new version of the mobile platform. First handsets to sport Lollilop are the Nexus 6 and Nexus 9.

So when can we get our hands on the Android Lollilop? Nothing is certain yet but rumor has it that the HTC One M7 and HTC One M8 will be the first two to get the update in late November or early December. HTC Sense devices and models HTC Desire EYE, HTC One M8 dual SIM, One M7 dual SIM, One E8, One E8 dual SIM, and Butterfly 2 will receive theirs on January or February. Other models like the HTC One Mini 2, Desire 816, HTC One Max, One Mini, and Butterfly S will get the update later in March to May.

Motorola confirmed that it would release Android 5.0 Lollipop to the Moto X (1st Gen. & 2nd Gen.), Moto G (1st Gen. & 2nd Gen.), Moto G with 4G LTE, Moto E, Droid Ultra, Droid Maxx, and Droid Mini. No information on schedule yet.

We also learned NVIDIA SHIELD tablet will be getting a taste of the Lollipop. We heard the rumor that the Galaxy S5 Google Play Edition might arrive with Android Lollipop too. As for the Samsung Galaxy Note 4, we have no idea. We just know it will get a taste of the sweet Android Lollipop.

SOURCE: Samsung Mobile

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