Faiz Malkani · Jan 30, 2015 at 08:05 am

Sony Refreshes Walkman App with Material Design

The paper-and-ink revolution is taking the Android sphere with the storm, as initially developers taking the plunge and now OEMs following suit. The latest app to get a Material Design overhaul is Sony's music player app, Walkman, with the update also packing equalizer support and numerous bug fixes

Jimmy McGee · Jan 30, 2015 at 06:00 am · no comments

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

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...

Mario Tomás Serrafero · Jan 30, 2015

Stylish Black Azure Theme for CM12

This black, grey and blue goodness will make your CM12 pop with cold contrast and neat transparencies. If you enjoy looking at your phone after acquiring a new theme, book a day off work because XDA Recognized Themer cerj's beauty will have you staring for a while!

Mario Tomás Serrafero · Jan 29, 2015

S-View Clocks for Note 4

Do you want a classy clock for your classy S-View cover? XDA Recognized Themer sibinn has provided us very elegant clocks that flow with the leather theme of the Note series. S-View owners can't miss it!

Faiz Malkani · Jan 30, 2015 at 03:26 am

Smart Lock for Chrome Now Available for Chromebooks

Android 5.0 Lollipop introduced a useful feature titled Smart Lock, which kept your device unlocked while it was paired with a trusted device, used by a trusted face or located at a trusted place. Today, Smart Lock for Chrome comes to Chromebooks, keeping them unlocked in trusted environments.

Tomek Kondrat · Jan 30, 2015 at 03:13 am

Alibaba Breathes New Life Into Game-Console Maker Ouya

After a successful KickStarter campaign, Android console Ouya failed to become a contender in the cheap console market. Production costs forced Ouya to look for some new areas of the market but bad days could be over as the company received $10 million funding in from Alibaba.

GermainZ · Jan 30, 2015 at 02:36 am

Use JSON to Dynamically Load Layouts with json2view

You normally use XML layouts for your applications, but what if you need a simpler way to test different layouts or dynamically generate them? json2view allows you to do just that -- all you need to provide it with is a JSON document, and it'll take care of the rest at runtime.

Mario Tomás Serrafero · Jan 29, 2015 at 10:10 pm

OnePlus Teases Their New ROM, OxygenOS

OnePlus went back to the drawing board to create a ROM that they promise will be open, customizable, and free of unnecessary bloat. Inspired by the purity, simplicity and power of oxygen, they tell us that together we will do great things to once more become those who never settle.

Mario Tomás Serrafero · Jan 29, 2015 at 06:52 pm

1% Battery Mod Themes for M8 Lollipop

If you have the battery-themer mod "1% battery", this collection from XDA Recognized Themer skeleton1911 has neat battery icons that will make you look at your phone's battery icon more often, and not because of battery paranoia. Simply flash them in recovery and you are good to go!

Mario Tomás Serrafero · Jan 29, 2015 at 06:46 pm

No Timeline for Wi-Fi Direct Vulnerability , Says Google

CoreSecurity and Google have an ongoing dispute over the nature of a Wi-Fi Direct vulnerability found in various firmware versions, including KitKat devices. The bug allows attackers to manually reboot a user's device through an Unhandle Exception. Google maintains it is not critical and so far refuses to provide a fix.

Mario Tomás Serrafero · Jan 29, 2015 at 06:34 pm

Android First Mobile OS to Ship 1 Billion Devices In a Year

Another milestone for Android! According to Strategy Analytics' latest research, smartphone shipments in 2014 managed to hit 1.3 billion units - 30% more than in 2014. And Android accounts for 81% of that number, with over 1 billion units shipped, over 5 times the number of iOS devices.

Mario Tomás Serrafero · Jan 29, 2015 at 04:28 pm · 2 comments

Microsoft To Invest in Cyanogen’s Future OS War?

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...

Faiz Malkani · Jan 29, 2015 at 02:40 pm

Microsoft Releases Final Builds of Office for Android

Late last year, Microsoft released a preview of Office for Android, initially as an invite-only program and then an open one, and today, the Office Blog announced the final release of the suite - Word, Excel and Powerpoint - unbundled and published as individual apps on Google Play.

Mario Tomás Serrafero · Jan 29, 2015 at 02:29 pm · 2 comments

Samsung Cutting Bloat, Trimming TouchWiz

Reports keep iterating over the rumors that Samsung has been trimming down TouchWiz for its upcoming devices. After years of customer complaints, particularly from power users, Samsung seems to finally have taken initiative towards cracking down the stutters that often plague some of its devices, particularly older ones or those that see a long life without clean-ups. But even handsets like the Galaxy S5 managed to be outperformed by low range devices. Android enthusiasts as a whole took disdain in Samsung's...