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Send Links to Any Nearby Device with CaastMe

Posted by wicked January - 31 - 2015 - Saturday Comments Off

CaastMe

There already are many solutions on the Google Play store if you want to send a link to one of your devices — but what if you wanted to do it quickly without having to install any software or logging in to a website on the recipient end? Most apps require you to do either or both, which can be a hassle (or even a security risk) in some cases.

Luckily, XDA Forum Member wyemun has developed CaastMe. Inspired by how WeChat and WhatsApp use QR codes, the developer took it up as a challenge to code the website and Android app in less than a day. Don’t be fooled by the short time it took, though, as CaastMe is actually very polished and simple to use.

You probably want to know how it works at this point. After you’ve installed CaastMe, only two steps are actually required:

  • First, go to http://caast.me/ (this works on desktop browsers as well as some mobile browsers, although you may need to enable the “View desktop site” option if you have any display problems). A QR code will appear on your screen.
  • From your mobile, share the link you want to CaastMe. This will instantly open your camera, allowing you to scan the QR code. As soon as you do that, you’ll be redirected to the link you just shared.

You can also view the screencast below if you’d like to see it in action. If that’s not enough, you’ll be pleased to know that sharing other data (such as images) is planned for the future.

If you’re looking for a hassle free way to share links that doesn’t involve installing software everywhere or dealing with logins, head over to the CaastMe forum thread now to grab it and give it a try.

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Note 4 CM12 Nightlies, Microsoft Investing in Cyanogen – XDA TV

Posted by wicked January - 30 - 2015 - Friday Comments Off

Jordan

CyanogenMod 12 Nightlies are now available for the Samsung Galaxy Note 4! That and much more news is covered by Jordan when he reviews all the important stories from this week. Included in this week’s news is the announcement of factory images for the YU Yureka and be sure to check out the article talking about Microsoft investing in Cyanogen, Inc! That’s not all that’s covered in today’s video!

Jordan talks about the other videos released this week on XDA TV. XDA TV Producer TK released a video comparing the Amazon Echo and Google Now. Then TK reviewed the must have app AROMA File Manager. Finally, TK gave us an App review of Quality Time. Pull up a chair and check out this video.


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Microsoft To Invest in Cyanogen’s Future OS War?

Posted by wicked January - 29 - 2015 - Thursday Comments Off

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Reports indicate that Microsoft is investing in the rogue Android forker Cyanogen. The funding round is said to be upwards of $70 million, and could allow for a cooperation between Cyanogen and the Silicon Valley giant in the ongoing battle of mobile operating systems. This could be a strategic movement in coordination with other investors given Cyanogen’s expression of rebellion against Google’s tightening control over Android, as the custom ROM maker has recently spoken out against the “tyranny” of Google in regards to their own platform.

As of now, no in-depth analysis on the situation have been made, and market researchers and analysts will  soon be jumping on the discussion. But what would be an obvious ideal motive is probably the fact that Cyanogen’s dominance on the alternative ROM market and their experience in software development could help Microsoft chip away at Google’s service monopoly.

The tipping point for both Cyanogen and Microsoft seems to have been Google’s policies to standardize their services across the Android platform. As of 2014, OEMs are required to pre-install Google apps, Google Search and have the Google services functioning by default in all of their handsets – if they want them to have the option to access these services, that is. What this means is that all handsets come with Google’s e-mail, browser, and YouTube applications out of the box and ready for the user, thus diminishing the possible competition of other options. Services like the Play Store and Google Search also have to be the default solutions, and this severely weakens alternative app stores or voice assistants.

These last two points are of a very punctual importance to both Cyanogen and Microsoft. Cyanogen has expressed that they want to have their own application store in the next 18 months. This is an area where Google’s control is exemplary, as competitors like the Amazon App Store don’t see anywhere near the same number of customers – primarily due to the fact that the Play Store comes pre-installed. As for Microsoft, the predominance of Google services hurts their own. The Google Account requirement that unifies their services directly competes with their own alternative, and Microsoft’s Search Engine has been trying to chip away at Google’s ever since its inception without much success. This last service in particular has bled Microsoft out of 5.5 billion dollars in just a few years.

Cyanogen’s alliance with Microsoft is another indication of Cyanogen’s plans of expansion that had begun with their hardware affiliations with OnePlus. Since then, they also have forged tight relationships with Micromax in India and are now releasing the Yureka line of phones. However, Cyanogen has been linked to a shady move that cost OnePlus its selling rights in India for a short while, as they had signed an exclusivity deal with Micromax yet hadn’t informed OnePlus of the process. We covered the court documents extensively in this report and have discussed the situation back and forth, and it is clear that this is a stain on Cyanogen’s reputation, if not an indication of poor business practices.

To further justify this industry relationship, it could be said that Cyanogen’s sense of rebellion against Google could have notified Microsoft of their personal agenda and game plan against them. In an event by The Information on the future of Android, Cyanogen’s CEO Kirt McMaster pungently declared Cyanogen plans on breaking free of Google’s – and perhaps even Android’s – shackles. He stated that “[today] Cyanogen has some dependence on Google [but] tomorrow it will not”. Then he continued discussing Google’s hold over the OS, and how Cyanogen provides an open alternative. Cyanogen believes that Google’s measures hurt the individual developer and the smaller companies, and he commented that these will split from Google in the future, saying that “there will be services that are doing the same old bulls*** with Android, and then there will be something different [and] that is where we’re going here”. This seems to suggest that they might be looking to expand outside of the OS if needed.
With Microsoft’s OS development experience and capital such an alliance – if concreted – could be able to produce a worthy competitor. Cyanogen has been known to boast about their OS and their development process, even going as far as saying that Samsung “couldn’t build a good OS if they tried”. This sparked a lot of controversy seeing as Cyanogen hasn’t truly built an OS, but rather modified one, even if they did use a combination of community and homegrown additions and modifications. Such a statement, along with all of the recent developments, show that Cyanogen is somewhat reluctant to admit that their success is strongly founded on the complexity and openness of the OS, and the community, that they base their ROMs on, as their achievements are not just from their own work, but Google’s too. With Cyanogen’s recent angst against the big names in the industry, it could just be that they have a game plan of their own to try and win out the OS war that they are not significant participants of just yet.

We don’t know exactly what a relationship between Cyanogen and Microsoft could bring. Given Windows Phone’s pitiful global market share, and with mobile devices becoming the primary platform for internet services, it is clear that a service largely reliant on these would try to increase their hold on the mobile ecosystem. And with Google’s policies of default Google Apps and services, Android’s 80% market share sees the Mountain View company getting into many of the whole world’s pockets. This direct threat to Microsoft’s revenue would undoubtedly mobilize them, and with Cyanogen’s underground yet impressive user base, they could flank Google from the inside out, by subverting a big part of Android away from their market hold.

Can Cyanogen become a worthy rival of Google’s Android? Will Microsoft see its services trump Google’s in the near future? That has to be seen, but considering that there’s many competitors rising and falling, history isn’t stacked in their favor. Even Samsung’s own Tizen (a company with much more capital, experience and engineers than Cyanogen) hasn’t seen a very strong beginning with its recent release in India. But disregarding all politics, Cyanogen’s ROMs are a staple in custom ROM development and XDA’s history. Their vision of Android has been a preferred alternative for millions of people, and with such a loyal fan base for a headstart, the future of the OS war remains unpredictable.

What do you think will happen between Microsoft, Cyanogen and Google? Leave us your opinion in the comments down below!

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Have Some ‘Quality Time’ – App Review

Posted by wicked January - 29 - 2015 - Thursday Comments Off

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Our phones are jam packed with features. You can crush candy, you can send emails, you can take photos, you can make phone calls and you can surf the internet. However, sometimes that’s just too much. Sometimes we need to take a break from our device, but it is not always and easy as it seems.

The team of developers at ZeroDesktop Inc. offer up an app that gives you some quality time away from the distractions on your phone. In this video XDA TV Producer TK reviews Quality Time.  TK shows off the application, its uses, functionality and talks about his thoughts of the application. Check out this app review.



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Amazon Echo vs Google Now – Digital Assistant Showdown!

Posted by wicked January - 28 - 2015 - Wednesday Comments Off

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Two weeks ago, we talked about the must have item from Amazon, the Echo. In the comments there was a lot of discussion about which digital assistant implementation was actually better: Amazon Echo or, the Android standard, Google Now. Is it dependent on whether you want it to me mobile or not? Is it physical hardware versus software?

In this episode, XDA TV Producer TK compares Amazon Echo to Google Now in a Digital Assistant Showdown. In this cage match two will enter, how many will exit? Could it be two? Can there be two kings of the digital assistant world each providing their own value depending on the situation? Is there a clear winner? Check out this video to find out!


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Must Have App Review: AROMA File Manager

Posted by wicked January - 27 - 2015 - Tuesday Comments Off

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Here at XDA we spend a lot of time in our recoveries. Some of our tweaks, hacks, and mods require you to make changes to system files. That requires some pretty deep access. You can get to that access from recovery, like TWRP. However, the recovery file manager doesn’t feel like the Android file managers.

XDA Recognized Developer amarullz offers up an app that lets you have a fully functional file manager in your recovery. In this video XDA TV Producer TK reviews AROMA File Manager.  TK shows off the application, its uses, functionality and talks about his thoughts of this must have application. Check out this app review.


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The Androids Are Marching On The UK

Posted by wicked January - 26 - 2015 - Monday Comments Off

March of the Droids

XDA has always been about the community, and as such we are constantly on the lookout for ways to bring awareness to events happening around the world. This year Birmingham University, United Kingdom, is the location for the 4th Annual March of the Droids, an Android Enthusiasts dream. For one day only, March 21st, you can join major OEMs from around the world, a major UK network provider, and other companies who support the Android community, in celebrating and learning about your favorite mobile operating system.

Tickets for the one day event are a very reasonable £20, and with Birmingham being a nice central location in the UK, there’s hardly a reason why you shouldn’t make time to attend!

march of the droids

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One M8 Lollipop, Blackberry CEO Net Neutrality – XDA TV

Posted by wicked January - 26 - 2015 - Monday Comments Off

Jordan

The HTC One M8 has gotten its first Android 5.0 Lollipop based Sense 6 ROM! That and much more news is covered by Jordan when he reviews all the important stories from this weekend. Included in this week’s news is the announcement of the Android 5.0 update for the LG G3 and be sure to check out the article talking about the Blackberry CEO demanding equal platform development! That’s not all that’s covered in today’s video!

Be sure to check out the other videos released earlier this week on XDA TV. XDA TV Producer TK released an video comparing Helium and Titanium Backup. Then TK reviewed Smart Unlock. Finally, TK gave us an XDA App review of Unclouded. Finally, if you missed it be sure to check out Jordan’s Review of the Nvidia SHIELD Tablet. Pull up a chair and check out this video.


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TWRP for G Watch R, Andromium Mobile Desktop – XDA TV

Posted by wicked January - 23 - 2015 - Friday Comments Off

Jordan

TWRP is available for the LG G Watch R! That and much more news is covered by Jordan when he reviews all the important stories from this week. Included in this week’s news is the announcement of the Android 5.0.2 OTA for the Google Nexus 10 and be sure to check out the article talking about fixing the Google Nexus 9’s volume and power button depression! That’s not all that’s covered in today’s video!

Jordan talks about the other videos released this week on XDA TV. XDA TV Producer TK released an video comparing Helium and Titanium Backup. Then TK reviewed Smart Unlock. Finally, TK gave us an XDA App review of Unclouded. Be sure to check out the article describing the experience we had at the 2015 AT&T Developer Summit and Hackathon. Pull up a chair and check out this video.


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Clear Your Data Skies with Unclouded – XDA App Review

Posted by wicked January - 22 - 2015 - Thursday Comments Off

Unclouded cover

How many times have you tried to upload something to your Google Drive or Dropbox, only to find you have no more space? With all these different services and files the sky is often clouded with cloud storage. It may be helpful to understand which files are using a big portion of your storage and how much storage you have left.

XDA Senior Member cgollner offers up an app that allows you to clear the skies in your cloudy data life. In this video, XDA TV Producer TK reviews Unclouded.  TK shows off the application, its uses, functionality, and talks about his thoughts of the application. Check out it out!



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