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Google commits to updating Chrome for Windows XP users for another 8 months

Posted by wicked April - 17 - 2015 - Friday Comments Off

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Windows. You either love it or you hate it, and if you love it, there’s a roughly 1-in-10 chance that you love it so much you couldn’t bear to move away from Windows XP. An operating system so old that even Microsoft has quit supporting it. Luckily, Google feels different about the 11% of worldwide computers believed to still use Windows XP.  The search giant has announced that it plans to continue supporting the ageing operating system with new builds of its Chrome browser.

The announcement of a further 8 months worth of support in the form of Chrome builds means that Windows XP users can breathe a sigh of relief, at least until the end of 2015. Still, at least it means that they are able to browse the internet “as safe as possible on an unsupported operating system.

Google has urged Windows XP users to upgrade to a secure operating system, with Linux and rather unsurprisingly, its own Chrome OS were mentioned as viable alternatives. Google does recognize though that not everyone is in the position to upgrade the operating system. This can be due to a variety of reasons ranging from lack of finances, the need to use certain programs that are only compatible with Windows XP to simply not being technically able to install a new OS.

If you are still using Windows XP, how do you feel about another 8 months worth of Chrome builds?

 

Source: Chromium Blog
Via: OMGChrome

 

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Amazon kills off its Test Drive service, announces it the day after the fact

Posted by wicked April - 17 - 2015 - Friday Comments Off

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Amazon’s Appstore has been around a while now, providing a viable alternative to Google’s Play Store, as well as a couple of quirky features. One of which was the ability to try out apps in your browser before making the decision to install it on your device.  That feature was called Test Drive, and according to Amazon’s announcement, it has been swiftly pulled from service as of April 15th.

Amazon has said that although 16,000 apps had been launched via the Test Drive service, there has been a significant decline in customers in recent times. This has been attributed to the increase in popularity of free-to-play business models with In-App-Purchase options. Although the Test Drive service is discontinued, apps that have used the service will still be available, although the Test Drive function has been removed. You may have noticed that Amazon gave zero notice that it was planning on killing off the Test Drive function, basically announcing it a day after they’d already removed it from service. Did you ever use the test Drive service? If so, will you miss it?

 

Source: Amazon

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Android News, Rumours, and Updates 2015-04-14 12:24:02

Posted by wicked April - 14 - 2015 - Tuesday Comments Off

Cyanogen 12

Owners of OnePlus One handsets might want to start tapping the Software Update button on their devices because Cyanogen’s 12S Lollipop update is busy rolling out after passing certification a few days ago. That’s right, the wait is (finally) over, and now you can choose whether to continue using Cyanogen’s firmware or the OxygenOS ROM developed by OnePlus. We have more details and the OTA link after the break.

Cyanogen’s 12S update sports material design cues, and you can customize your experience thanks to the inclusion of a new feature called App Themer. The Boxer powered email client is also included, bringing premium features to all cyanogen OS users such as Exchange support, multiple accounts and canned responses for quick replies. The email app also includes customization options and gestures.

The Cyanogen 12S update is an over-the-air update, although some quick thinking by Google Plus user, Haider Ali Tariq, has ensured that the OTA is available to download here. Let us know if you chose to continue with Cyanogen or if you installed the OxygenOS firmware.

 

Source: Cyanogen

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The TWRP custom recovery is now available for the Galaxy S6

Posted by wicked April - 13 - 2015 - Monday Comments Off

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Samsung only released the kernel source code for the Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge smartphones a short while ago, but there’s already some good news for would-be hackers and tinkerers. The Team Win Recovery Project (TWRP) team has just announced the availability of its custom recovery for the Galaxy S6.

Currently, the build has only been tested on the T-Mobile variant of the Galaxy S6, but it’s believed that the customer recovery may also be compatible with other versions so long as the bootloader isn’t locked like it is on the Verizon and AT&T handsets. Naturally, as with all hacking and modding activities, you should follow the instructions to the letter. It’s advisable to get a copy of the stock recovery before flashing the TWRP recovery to your phone and your handset will also need to be rooted before-hand.

Seeing as no one wants a bricked smartphone, you should proceed with caution when tinkering with your handset. If you aren’t sure what a custom recovery is, stop what you are doing and read the instructions again, making sure you understand them fully and ensuring your handset is compatible. Once the TWRP recovery is installed, the path is clear to install custom ROMs, mods and hacks as and when they become available.

Source: TWRP
Via: AndroidPolice

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Samsung publishes kernel source code for Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge

Posted by wicked April - 13 - 2015 - Monday Comments Off

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So, you’ve just got your hands on a Galaxy S6 or S6 Edge smartphone and you’re already wondering how you can remove some of the bloatware, install a custom recovery or maybe even install firmware developed by a third-party such as Cyanogen. Thanks to Samsung publishing the kernel source code for both handsets, this possibility is now a step closer.

The source code for the following models can be found at Samsung’s Open Resource Release Center:

  • SM-G920F
  • SM-G920K
  • SM-G920L
  • SM-G920S
  • SM-G920t_NA
  • SM-G925T_NA
  • SM-G925F
  • SM-G925K
  • SM-G925L
  • SM-G925S

Just because the source code has been released doesn’t mean that there will be a wide choice of custom ROMs or mods available right from the word go. The use of the Exynos processor in the Galaxy S6 handsets also means that AOSP development will be a little slower than you might find with handsets using Qualcomm’s offerings. Remember to be patient with the developers, the custom goodies will arrive soon enough.

 

Source: Samsung Open Resource Center

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Chainfire publishes preview of FlashFire, the successor to Mobile Odin

Posted by wicked April - 10 - 2015 - Friday Comments Off

FlashFireIf you’ve ever rooted, flashed a custom rom, kernel or mod on a Samsung smartphone or tablet, there’s a good chance that you’ve used a tool developed by Chainfire at some point. You can count the SuperSu app, Triangle Away  and 500 Firepaper apps among his many creations, and now we have a new app called FlashFire which is currently in Beta status. Chainfire says the new app is the spiritual successor to Mobile Odin.

FlashFire Landscape

Mobile Odin is a tool for flashing Roms, OTA’s, kernels and other mods without having to install a custom recovery on your device. Flashfire continues that tradition, and has so far been used to update various Samsung devices from Android 4.xx to 5.xx as well as block-level OTA’s on Nexus devices. It should be noted that the FlashFire app is currently in Beta status, and as such is in its testing phase. The only way to gain access to the app is by joining the Google Plus community, after which you will be able to download the app from the Google Play Store. Unless you feel you can help with testing and feedback though, you should probably wait until the full release.

If you have Mobile Odin Pro installed on your device, then the Pro version of FlashFire will be unlocked. As yet though there are no Pro features available, so it’s a placebo effect for the moment. That said, it’s nice to see a developer reward his loyal supporters. It should go without saying that the FlashFire app is not a game or something to be played with. If you aren’t sure what all the jargon means or what exactly the app does, its probably best to wait until Chainfire makes it available to the general public with a full description and detailed instructions. You can read more about its functions as well as post feedback and questions about the app here.

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FlashFire 1

Source: XDA

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Samsung announces new tool to help developers with VR

Posted by wicked April - 3 - 2015 - Friday Comments Off

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Samsung has announced a new tool intended to help developers get on board the virtual headset train. The Gear VR framework, or GearVRf, is an open source framework that developers can utilize to prepare videos and apps for use on Android-powered virtual reality devices.

Samsung indicates one benefit to the GearVRf for developers is the use of familiar programming languages like C++ and Java. The framework handles all the heavy lifting related to OpenGL and the Oculus renderer. The new GearVRf also handles much of the 3D graphics issues one might encounter during development. This should make it easier for developers to drop in existing images, videos and 3D models. With the platform being open source, Samsung hopes developers will modify and add to the code to meet their own unique needs.

source: Samsung

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Qualcomm spokesman says there is no Snapdragon 815

Posted by wicked April - 1 - 2015 - Wednesday Comments Off

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In a very brief exchange between Qualcomm’s Senior Director of Public Relations Jon Carvill and website FudZilla, Carvill delivered a very specific message: “There are no plans for a Snapdragon 815 processor.”

It had been reported around the web, including here at Talk Android, that Qualcomm was working on a cutting-edge successor to the Snapdragon 810, the 810 making its debut in many of the flagship Android OEM devices this 2015. Sadly, though, the 815 was just a myth; however, Qualcomm did shed light on its next processor, the Snapdragon 820, during this past MWC.

The Snapdragon 820 is expected to arrive at the very end of 2015 or the beginning of 2016, just in time for the annual premier of flagship smartphones. It was mentioned that the 815 was using a FinFET transistor, and you’re in luck, the real-deal 820 will be as well. Qualcomm also is designing a custom core to go with the 64-bit SoC dubbed Kyro. The chip will be based on ARMv8, but also designed by Qualcomm.

Source: FudZilla via GSM Arena

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Google introduces new analytics tools to help game developers

Posted by wicked April - 1 - 2015 - Wednesday Comments Off

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Following up on an announcement a few weeks ago at the Game Developers Conference, Google is make the new Play Games Player Analytics tool available to all developers through the Google Play Developer Console. The Analytics tool will help developers manage their business to revenue targets, identify hot spots using metrics to develop new game updates, and understand how players are progressing, spending and churning.

Google is making the Analytics tool available for no additional effort for developers who are using Google Play game services in their titles. All they need to do is visit their Google Play Developer Console to access the reports generated by the tool. If a developer is not using Google’s game service, they can add this tool with a few lines of code added to their game, although it appears this will also add Google Play game services to a title.

Besides the basic reports and metrics, developers can also get access to a Sources and Sinks report if they enable Events from Google Play game services.

The revenue target tool gives developers the ability to set a daily goal for revenue. The report will then show Target vs Actual data. A Business Drivers report gives developers benchmark data so they can see how their game stacks up against the competition. Other reports will show player retention statistics and another will help developers identify which parts of a game players are struggling with or where they enjoy spending their time.

The Sources and Sinks report can be used by developers to analyze the in-game economy they have created in their titles. The data will show how players are earning rewards and how they spend them.

For game players, this should mean even better games and game updates hit the market as developers have more information and data to support their development strategy.

source: Android Developers Blog

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Opera Browser Beta

When it comes to Android, you have a ton of options to choose from when deciding which browser to use on your smartphone or tablet. Opera is a name that been around for quite a while, and it has pushed an update for its Opera Browser Beta app with some must-have features that will help it keep pace with the competition.

We have the change log below as well as the download link and QR code. While there are no major improvements, the small changes and fixes as a whole should be noticeable if you are a long-time Opera user.

Change log:

  • Tab synchronization: new view for synced tabs, new layout in Tab manager
  • Improved Text wrap
  • 64-bit support
  • New progress bar
  • Opera Turbo replaces Off-road mode
  • Upgrade to Chromium 42
  • Various stability and usability improvements.

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