3 years ago

More devices get stable CyanogenMod 10 builds; CM10.1 to be based on Android 4.2


Yesterday we brought you news that the first "stable" builds of CyanogenMod 10 had begun rolling out. Today a whole bunch of devices have stable CM10 builds waiting for them over at the official download site. Devices like the U.S. Galaxy S3 and Galaxy Note, HTC One X and S, and Sony Xperia T are now supported, among many others -- 32 at the time of writing. If you're running a nightly build of CM10, you may want to double-check the list to see if your phone or tablet has stable code waiting.

What's more, an official statement by the CM team has announced work on CyanogenMod 10.1, which will be based on Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. The latest version of Jelly Bean was open-sourced last night through the Android Open-Source Project.

Download links for CM10 stable can be found at the sites below.

Source: CyanogenMod, get.cm

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3 years ago

SuperSU app updated with preliminary multi-user support [root app]


If you've rooted your Android phone or tablet, no doubt you've used SuperSU. It's a great app used to control the permissions of other apps, and a must-have if you want to walk the dark side.

The advent of multi-user support for Android tablets breaks a lot of things, including the way root permissions is granted when more than one user is on the same device. Tonight's update of SuperSU is the first step to fixing that. Chainfire, the developer, says it's not nearly complete but it's a start. This update allows the primary owner to control root access, and block access for secondary users. It a nice safe way to proceed until everything gets sorted.

If you're using SuperSU, hit the Google Play link above to update.

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3 years ago

Google+ now implementing Play Store direct download links for apps


It's just been brought to our attention that Google+ has rolled out a new feature that integrates Google Play links directly into stream posts. Now when you link to an app in the Play Store, other users viewing the post can directly install it on their devices without having to be redirected to the Play Store listing first.

This is a pretty sweet feature considering how expansive the Android Google+ community is. Anything that helps users share apps between each other is good for everyone. Not to mention that this shows off the great potential and versatility that Google is trying to implement with all of its products and services.

 Thanks, @DSaifAndroid!

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3 years ago

Official Gangnam Style app for Android features live wallpaper, catchy ringtone


For those that aren't absolutely sick of the Gangnam Style fad yet (we know at least a few that still aren't), Cellfish has launched an officially-licensed Android app. It includes a live wallpaper that features a now-famous elevator scene, the ability to turn your ringtone into the that of the popular song, and even includes a soundboard for those times that you really want to beat a meme to death. Finally, a cartoon version of Psy can also pop up on your screen and dance whenever a new text or e-mail comes in. 

I love Gangnam Style and all, but small doses, people. For those that have yet to get enough of it, you can find the Psy Gangnam Style live wallpaper and ringtone app in Google Play for $1.99. 

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3 years ago

Arcane Legends Android MMO now available globally


After a soft launch in Canada and Australia, Spacetime Studios' free Arcane Legends online game is now available to download in the U.S. I played around with it a fair bit, and it's got some great real-time hack-and-slash action, classic RPG progression, and all of the online multiplayer stuff you'd expect, like cooperating on quests, building guilds, and so on. 

If you do end up giving it a shot, we've got a little present for the warriors in the house: Lloyd's Might Arm of Will. It's got a frost particle effect, because we're super-cool. Or something. Look, just go to the STS Nexus button at the top menu bar of the starting home screen after you've made your character and gone through the tutorial, hit the Enter Promo Code button under the Offers tab, and punch in androidcentral111312. Blammo, instead swordage. 

Just be warned that the servers are getting hammered pretty hard, since it's launch day for these guys. Any fantasy MMO fans out there? Anyone put time into Gameloft's Order & Chaos? How does it compare? 

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3 years ago

Google Voice is broken in Android 4.2


We're hearing lots of rumblings about Google Voice issues with Android 4.2, starting with the early Nexus 4 review units that went out, but that could've been blamed on pre-release software. Well it seems that the final 4.2 software has the same bits that make the Google Voice app crash as well. Going to the Google Voice app, hitting the button to create a new message and attempting to add a recipient causes a complete force close of the app -- every single time.

Now, this is likely an issue in Google Voice itself, which if we had to choose would be the preferred place to find the error simply because it can be updated quickly in the Play Store. Its still unfortunate to see an update completely break one of Google's own first-party apps. Hopefully the fix is coming soon. In the meantime, if you're a heavy Google Voice user you may want to hold off on that 4.2 update for your Galaxy Nexus.

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3 years ago

Completely new UI coming to imo instant messenger


Following a general tidying up of its app just a month back, imo instant messenger is getting a complete UI overhaul today. The app is transitioning to a darker UI that is primarily black with red accents, accompanied by white backgrounds in the conversation view. Ease of use is the main goal with this update, with a combined conversation and contacts tab as well as improvements to the "imo network profile". The new UI looks very clean and in some ways mimics the design of stock Android's apps.

The update is scheduled to be live this afternoon at the Google Play Store link above. In the meantime, we've got a few more screenshots of the new UI for you after the break.

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3 years ago

YouTube update allows video pushing from your device to your Google TV


Google brings word today of an imminent update to the YouTube Android application for mobile and Google TV, that brings a much welcomed feature with it. Apparently they've been working on it since 2010, and it's now ready for the prime time. The updated app hasn't been seen in the Play Store yet -- at least, not by any of the AC staff around the globe -- but when it does drop, you'll be able to send videos from YouTube on your mobile device, to your Google TV. Sweet. 

With your devices on the same WiFi network, they will be automatically paired, no setup required. When you've found a video you want to watch, tap the TV icon at the top and the video will instantly start to play on your Google TV. 

But, that's not all. Your mobile device then becomes a remote control, allowing you to pause, scroll or skip from your device. Additionally, because the two are connected via the cloud, you're free to browse YouTube for more videos to watch  without interrupting what's currently playing on your TV. And, as with the Nexus Q, multiple devices can connect to the same TV allowing for a collaborative playlist. 

This kind of added functionality is definitely welcome, although it does leave us with further worry for the future of the Nexus Q. Google has stripped some pretty hefty chunks of its functionality here for use with Google TV instead. It's hard to imagine Google would try and market two devices with the same functionality. It also seems like the YouTube Remote application may well soon disappear, with the core functionality of this app now seemingly being integrated into the main YouTube client. 

When the update drops for you, hit up the comments below and let us know your experience.

Source: YouTube Blog

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3 years ago

CyanogenMod 10 stable builds starting to show up for various devices


Update: Stable builds for many more devices are now showing up on the CM download site. Hit the source link to view the growing list. Additionally, an update by the CM team on Google+ confirms that CM10 stable builds are rolling out, and namedrops the next major version of the ROM, based on Android 4.2, as CyanogenMod 10.1.

Original: We've yet to see any official announcement, but the CyanogenMod download site is currently populating with stable builds of CyanogenMod 10. The Jelly Bean-based custom ROM reaches the milestone as the Galaxy Nexus and Nexus 7 get their Android 4.2 updates, and Nexus 4 and 10 go up for sale around the world.

At the time of writing, stable CM10 is available for the Sprint and Verizon Galaxy S3, LG Optimus Black and Samsung Galaxy S2 Skyrocket. More are likely to follow in the coming hours and days, so we'll be keeping an eye out for the official announcement.

If you've tried one of the stable CM10 builds, hit the comments and let us know how you're getting on!

Source: get.cm

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3 years ago

GSM Galaxy Nexus Android 4.2 update download link live


That didn't take long, did it? After the first Nexus devices shipping with Android 4.2 have started going for sale in certain parts of the world, the Android 4.2 OTA for the GSM Galaxy Nexus is starting to roll out. Once one knowledgeable user gets their hands on the OTA, they make the direct download link available for everyone else, and that's what we've got now courtesy of the users over at XDA. According to the poster, this .zip can be flashed over either "yakju" or "takju" devices without issue. We've flashed it over takju, personally without issues.

Eager users with GSM models of the Galaxy Nexus on stock Android 4.1.2 can download and apply the update at their convenience, provided they have a few of the right tools and a little know-how. We have a great guide available that explains how to do just that right below, just substitute in the file names included in 4.2. There's also no shame in waiting for the OTA to hit your device.

How to manually update your Nexus to the latest Android Version

Source: Google Direct Download; XDA

More: Google Galaxy Nexus Forums

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3 years ago

First look at the lockscreen widgets in Android 4.2


Lock screen widgets work, and they work well – but there also are some troubling security concerns

Finally, we get our first real look at the new lockscreen widgets in Android 4.2. This is a feature that was teased at the outset, but our prerelease units have now been updated with them, and it's time to put them through their paces.

Actually, this update does more than just add the ability to add lock screen widgets. It changes the way you use the lock screen itself. Previously, you'd slide the unlock button to the left to quickly access the camera from the lock screen. That's gone. The camera app itself sort of serves as a widget. Slide one panel to the right, and there it is.

Also, we've now got a clock widget, free of charge. As we've already got the world clock enabled (see our clock app walkthrough for that one), it's visible on the lock screen by pulling down. Huzzah.

But the meat of this update is in the widgets you can choose to add. Calendar, Digital Clock, Gmail, Messaging and Sound Search. They're all there, ripe for the choosing. 

And that's where the big question of security comes in.

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3 years ago

GoPro app for Android now available


GoPro has launched a free companion app for their rugged mountable HD cameras. The Android app provides access to the whole suite of settings, and offers a live preview of what the camera sees, which should help with framing when you're about to leap out of an airplane, wingsuit to the slopes, land on a snowboard, pop a backflip off the first jump, and chug a Mountain Dew mid-air.

Before getting all extreme, be sure your phone is running Android 4.0 and up and that your GoPro camera is loaded with the most recent software. Also, the Hero 3 cameras aren't compatible just yet. though updates are on the way. For the time being, only Hero 2 cameras with Wi-Fi BacPac accessories work. 

Any GoPro owners out there? What do you use the camera for? Will a mobile app really help things along? 

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3 years ago

Google Play Music now live in selected European countries


Google Play Music services are now live in some European countries. Warner Music Group artists now available worldwide.

Today isn't just Nexus Eve, at least, not in Europe anyway. Today also sees the long awaited arrival of Google Play Music on these shores! Customers in the UK, France, Germany, Italy and Spain can now not only make use of Google's cloud storage service -- officially, at least -- but also purchase music right from within the Google Play Store. With the recent announcement that the Warner Music Group artists joining the catalog, we've got all the major players to choose from.

That's not all though. Perhaps as reward for waiting so long, Europeans also get to try out Google's new 'iTunes match' type service. Uploading all your music to the cloud isn't going to be for everyone, and whatever your internet connection, it takes some time. With this service going live -- initially only in Europe -- there is actually a viable alternative to uploading all your music manually. 

It's been a long time in coming, but a huge missing piece in Google Play's ecosystem here in Europe is finally with us. Hit us up in the comments below and let us know your thoughts and experiences with Google Play Music.

Note: If you're not yet seeing the Music tab in the Google Play Store app, head to Settings > Apps > All > Google Play Store, and hit "Clear Cache," then "Force Stop." Upon returning to the store, your Music tab should appear under "Apps." Thanks to Paul O'Brien of MoDaCo for the tip!

Source: Google Play Music

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3 years ago

The Nexus 4 sold by T-Mobile doesn't have Wifi Calling


There's been a lot of back and forth about the specs of the Nexus 4 being sold by T-Mobile. We already gone over one hurdle confirming that all Nexus 4's are HSPA+ 42, and now we're going to clear the air on Wifi Calling. We've been saying since the end of October that Wifi Calling will not be included, and we're happy to report that we can confirm this independently. We've reached out to T-Mobile directly, and a spokesperson has confirmed for us that indeed there is no Wifi Calling on-board on the Nexus 4.

Let's all reflect on the fact that this is actually a good thing. Not having carrier software included on the Nexus 4 coming from T-Mobile reaffirms the idea that this is the exact same model being sold by Google in the Play Store. Users who buy their phones from a carrier shouldn't have to be second class citizens to those who buy directly. This is a good move by Google (and T-Mobile) and it will save a lot of frustration down the road when it comes to software support.

More: Google Nexus 4 Forums

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3 years ago

Google Play Music updated with gapless playback support


It's almost as if someone at Google was listening to the podcast... After an interesting question about gapless playback in Google Music on our 115th show, Google Music has been updated to support it. This means that during playback of an album, there will be a seamless transition between the songs. This was a deal-breaker for some audiophiles out there, but was still a nuisance to everyone else. Gapless is the way to go.

This update has also brought with it the ability to keep thumbs up/down, Last Added and Playlists on the device locally, as well as auto-generated Instant Mixes on your in your Recent tab.

And ahead of tomorrow's Google Play Music launch in Europe, the Play Music app now shows up directly in on-device search results from European devices.

Head to the Play Store link above to download the app or grab the update.

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