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04.07.14

Android News: CyanogenMod Rebranding, Source Code Releases, Games, Devices, and Tablets

Posted in News Roundup at 4:11 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

CyanogenMod

Source Code

Ballnux/Samsung

Google

  • Google’s alleged Silver program would showcase the best of Android at carrier stores

    Google could have big plans in store for the way that it and other smartphone makers sell and advertise their best Android phones. According to a series of slides allegedly shown inside of Google and leaked to Android Police, Google is developing a program called Android Silver, which would find carriers dedicating a section of their store to some of the top Android phones, each of which would come with some significant advantages over phones that weren’t offered as part of the Silver program.

  • Android makes changes to Google Play Developer Program policy
  • Google to Launch Improved Android Camera App, Report Says

    Citing “sources aware of Google’s plans,” Engadget said Google is currently testing the new app, which will be pushed to Android users as a separate update, and won’t be part of the forthcoming Android 4.4.3 update.

  • Google gives a sneak peak at Project Ara development

    Project Ara (Phonebloks) and modular pieces of tech in general are gaining steam. So far, we’ve known that we will be able to swap specified parts of our smartphones, which will result in longer lives for our phones and less waste as a result of our tech lusts. Today, Google revealed some of the work that was going on behind the scenes with their ATAP (Advanced Technology and Projects) group. The Ara team members (read ‘nerds’) took the time out to demonstrate the sliding ‘blocks’ of their prototype or very early build of the devices, and they have not deviated a whole lot from the initial drafts, but there were significant bits of information included.

KitKat

  • Android 4.4 KitKat gobbles 5% of all Android devices

    The latest flavor of Android is slowly eating up more Android devices, according to the latest stats from Google.

  • KitKat developer tablet previews 2.7GHz Snapdragon 805

    The Intrinsyc Mobile Development Platform Tablet (“MDP/T”) uses an updated Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 SoC running Android 4.4 (KitKat). According to a TrustedReviews overview of the Snapdragon 800 family, the 805 is set to ship this summer, but Intrinsyc says it’s shipping the MDP/T now for $799. So consider this a sneak preview, or as Intrinsyc calls it “early access” to the Snapdragon 805.

Humble Indie Bundle/Equiso/Games

Embedded/Devices

Tablets

  • ‘Akash tablets’ to hit market soon

    Under the ministry of human resource development, government of India’s one laptop per child (OLPC) project ‘Akash tablet’ will be available in market in 3-4 months at a cost of around Rs 2,500. The tablet which will be the first of its kind to have a dual book and dual board as it will use both Android as well as Linux operating systems will perform the job of both, a tablet and a computer. It will be the cheapest tablet in the world.

  • Tablets A Bulk Commodity
  • Intel: Small Cheap Computers The New Normal

    Small cheap computers naturally fit with GNU/Linux because they are easier to sell without M$’s “tax”.

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