Encrypted SMS between any devices running CM or the TextSecure service hitting CyanogenMod builds soon
TextSecure is a service for Android and iOS that offers complete encryption and secure messaging between devices using it, and by all accounts it's a great service for those that need it. Security is important, and some people have a need to know that the only person reading their messages is the person they are addressed to.
The only issue with TextSecure is that you're required to use the application itself to handle your messages. This is where the folks at CyanogenMod want to step in and change things. By building the service into the operating system itself, users should be able to use any messaging app and still enjoy the encryption WhisperPush has to offer. Messages sent to any device running a compatible version of CM, or any device running the TextSecure app will be able to hold a completely secure session. That's pretty slick.
The service is hitting the 10.2 nightly builds tonight, and after testing and seeing how the servers act with the extra load, WhisperPush will be enabled in CM 11 as well.
Option to send group messages to individual recipients also included
Hangouts is making the subtle jump to version 2.0.2, bringing fixes for the way the messaging app handles MMS. Although the issues haven't necessarily been widespread, many who have updated to the latest Hangouts and began using it for text messaging have been running into issues sending and receiving MMS. While this update doesn't specifically go into what the issue was or how it's being fixed, folks who have been having trouble with MMS in Hangouts should be doing better after the update.
MMS isn't just used for pictures though, it is also used for group messaging. Tied into this update is also a new option to turn off MMS group messaging if you'd prefer to have your messages sent to multiple recipients individually.
You can grab the latest update from the Play Store at the link above.
Same roaming plan structure gets you 120MB for $30
AT&T announced today that it has started a partnership with Rogers in Canada to offer roaming LTE data at the same rates it previously offered for lower speeds. Those "Data Global" add-ons weigh in at $30 per month for 120MB of roaming data, $60 for 300MB or $120 for 800MB. The only difference now is that when traveling in Canada, you can burn through those relatively small data caps faster with access to the Rogers LTE network.
If it was going to partner with any carrier for the widest LTE network and fastest speeds, Rogers was probably the best bet for AT&T. The carrier claims that 70 percent of Canadians now have access to the Rogers LTE network, with 95 new LTE markets going live just this year. It's a far cry from unlimited free roaming offered by T-Mobile in over 100 countries, but for those who jump up to Canada often the access to LTE will be important.
Start up your Moto X or Moto G today and you may find you have a festive surprise waiting for you. Motorola has updated both devices' boot animations with a special holiday version, which according to a quick analysis of the APK involved will run from today until Jan. 6.
If you're running a Moto X you'll need to be on the latest KitKat update to see the animation. Moto G owners can update their Motorola Boot Services to the version with the new animation using the Play Store link above. Enjoy!
Last chance to get an off-contract Moto X for $150 off the standard price
Update: Once again the Moto X has sold out at the promotional price in just under 10 minutes. Hit the comments and let us know if you were able to pick one up.
Original story: After Wednesday's sale sold out almost as quickly as it started, Motorola's giving customers one last chance to pick up a Moto X off-contract for $150 off the regular price. Hit up motorola.com/holiday2daysale to reserve your spot.
If you're successful you'll receive a code within a couple of hours, and you'll then have seven days to complete your customizations through Moto Maker, meaning you don't have to rush through the process. Good luck!
OK, folks. The long wait for T-Mobile's Samsung Galaxy Note 2 to get Android 4.3 has finally come to a close. It'll need a few minutes of your time — and about 614 megabytes of your storage — but it's finally here.
Doesn't look like TMo has updated its documentation just yet (look for it here), but folks in the forums are sussing it all out as we speak, so head on over there to see what's what.
If you missed out on Amazon's cut-price LG G2 deal last week, another British retailer is offering the device with an even lower price tag. Expansys is offering the unlocked European G2 for £349.99, with an LG Quick Window cover — valued at £34.99 — thrown in for free. Considering the G2 packs a Snapdragon 800 CPU, one most impressive displays out there and a 13-megapixel OIS camera, you're getting lot of smartphone for your 350 quid.
"In my opinion, at this very moment, the G2 is the best Android phone on AT&T if you want a phone filled with features. It doesn't look as good as the HTC One. It doesn't have the Samsung name behind it like the Galaxy S4. But it does have the best hardware available if you're into specs, and it's the only Android phone I've used that allows you to actually use all these features without affecting the performance."
Downsides include only 16GB of fixed, non-expandable storage and a decidedly plasticky exterior. Nevertheless, it's still a good deal — hit the source link to check it out.
A quick heads up for those of us rocking the Moto X or (eventually, once they're on Android 4.4) one of the new Droids — Motorola has updated its Active Display app, which should help alleviate some of the lag we've been seeing on the lock screen feature. The changelog reads thusly:
Fix for the 1- (or) 2-(second) deley seen when swiping down or up to unlock from Active Display screen.
So get your update on and let us know if you're seeing an improvement.
Of all the various Android phones to have been blasted into space, the humble Nexus S is perhaps the most prolific. The handset first took a trip into the stratosphere in late 2010, followed by a return trip on the space shuttle Atlantis the following year. Now, just in time for its third birthday, Samsung's first Nexus is heading towards the stars once again as part of NASA's PhoneSat 2.4 project.
The endeavor, part of the space agency's plans to develop low-cost satellites, puts heavily modified Nexus S circuitry inside a four square-inch cube weighing just 2.2 pounds. A two-way S band radio allows NASA engineers to control the device from the ground, and solar panels on the cube's exterior provide the unit's power. The smartphone then acts as the satellite's brain, with sensors such as the magnetometer (compass) helping to correctly align the PhoneSat with the earth. The whole package cost NASA just $7,500 using off-the-shelf parts, according to Vice's Motherboard blog.
Further PhoneSat launches are expected in 2014, including plans to eventually network eight of the devices together in orbit.