Cyanogen investment may be ploy to weaken Google control of Android
Microsoft may be planning to make an investment in an Android-related startup, a report claims. According to sources of the Wall Street Journal, Microsoft will allegedly take part in a funding round as a "minority investor" of Cyanogen, creators of the CyanogenMod Android ROM, with rumors that the round will bring in a total of $70 million to the ROM maker.
CyanogenMod-based smartphone has rear 13MP camera, replaceable covers
OnePlus has formally launched its first CyanogenMod-based Android smartphone, a device the company teased last week. The OnePlus One has a 5.5-inch 1920x1080-resolution display packed into a case that measures 8.9mm (0.35 inches) thick, weighs 162 grams (5.7 ounces), and will offer a variety of StyleSwap back covers including wooden and denim options.
Clean front of OnePlus One shown days before launch
The OnePlus One has allegedly surfaced in leaked marketing shots posted on a forum, days before its expected launch. The images, which are renders rather than photographs, appear to show not only what could be the final form of the smartphone, but also a collection of the StyleSwap back covers the company will also be producing.
Unlocked sub-$400 smartphone uses CyanogenMod, 13MP Sony Exmor camera
OnePlus has revealed it will be launching its first Android smartphone next week, at the same time as a photograph surfaced, allegedly showing the rear of the device. The OnePlus One, running a customized version of CyanogenMod's Android ROM, will be available to buy in 16 countries and will be priced at under $400, under 350 Euro, or the local equivalent, with the device set to be revealed on April 23.
Screen video recording app from CyanogenMod team enters beta
The latest build of CyanogenMod brings Android 4.4 to a number of devices, including a number that have yet to receive the KitKat treatment. The team has also announced that it is adding automatic encryption of text messages to its builds, as well as introducing a new app that records a video of actions performed on the smartphone's display.
Camera can be pointed towards rear or front of Oppo N1
Chinese mobile phone manufacturer Oppo has launched its teased smartphone, complete with unique camera module. The Oppo N1 allows its top-mounted 13-megapixel camera unit to rotate around 206 degrees, allowing the same camera to be used for front-facing, rear-facing and alternative angled photographs.
Steve Kondik passes comment on Galaxy S4, admonishes TouchWiz
The founder of CyanogenMod has left his position at Samsung Mobile, after 19 months on the job. Steve Kondik, also the lead developer of the Android ROM community's ported offerings, made a number of comments about the Galaxy S4 on his Google+ page, at the same time as updating his employment information.
Domain owner found impersonating team members, earning referrals
The website for CyanogenMod transferred from a .com to a .org, following the domain holder's demand for money. The move follows the Android ROM community's discovery that the domain holder had been attempting to make money on the domain and project, which lead to the Cyanogen team receiving a demand for $10,000 in exchange for control of the domain.
Support extended to LG Optimus Hub, Optimus Pro
Developers have continued to expand the list of devices supported by CyanogenMod, adding several LG devices and Samsung's Epic 4G. The unofficial custom firmware can now be installed on LG's Optimus 3D, Optimus Hub and Optimus Pro, while the Optimus Black has been added back onto the list of supported devices for the CM7 build.
Kindle Fire modified to run buggy Android 4.0.3
Those on the XDA-Developers forums have brought a rough build of Android 4.0 to the Kindle Fire tablet. The early build is meant to hash out a number of problems and features that still don't work with the help of the community. The About screen shows Android 4.0.3 is onboard, which was placed there with a CyanogenMod 9 root.
Google Nexus S gets Google Wallet thanks to hack
Enterprising members of the XDA Developers forum have found a new hack to bring Google Wallet functionality to the original Nexus S smartphone. User Venumx got the credit for the hack, though it was shared by got2best. Officially, Google Wallet only works on the Nexus S 4G smartphone for Sprint.
HP TouchPad sells to staff Sept 28 as CM7 updates
HP has signalled that its steeply discounted TouchPad sales are imminent through a leaked staff memo just as work has advanced on hacking Android into the tablet. A notice from Personal Systems Group head Stephen DeWitt has told HP workers that they will have "one last chance" to buy the TouchPad, on September 28. The company is expecting shortages and a glut of orders, TechCrunch saw; staff will be limited to one tablet each and may have to wait up to 10 days for shipments due to the "extraordinarily busy" warehouses.
CyanogenMod 7 running in basic form on TouchPad
The CyanogenMod crew's plans for an Android port to the HP TouchPad got closer late Sunday after it reported very preliminary success. Partly in an attempt to get more TouchPads for development, the firmware hacking team showed RootzWiki a demo (video below) of both the Android 2.3 lock screen from CyanogenMod 7 and its basic home screen running on the normally webOS-based design. Not even the touchscreen driver is working so far, although 2D graphics acceleration, a tablet-optimized interface and more were already working.
HP TouchPad clears out at high speed
HP's decision to slash the TouchPad to $100 has triggered the biggest rush on webOS devices since the Palm Pre launched two years ago, according to reports. In those US and Canadian stores still selling the TouchPad, several checks by Electronista readers and further investigations on social networks has found many stores already having sold out of their stock. HP's own store already lists it as out of stock, although whether that's permanent or temporary is still unclear.
CyanogenMod lead developer hired by Samsung
The CyanogenMod lead developer has just been hired by Samsung Mobile, Gadget University reported, citing his updated Facebook status as evidence. Steve in the comments on the Facebook thread said his new position has nothing to do with CyanogenMod, however. The aftermarket firmware has exceeded 500,000 downloads and gives more than 50 Android devices extra control beyond what Google allows.
Hulu Plus hits Android with fragmentation
Android caught up significantly on Thursday with the addition of Hulu Plus (free, Market). Coming a year after the iOS version, it lets users stream the full Hulu TV and movie catalog over both cellular and Wi-Fi. The service costs the same $8 per month.
Android trojan jMSMHider attacks non-stock ROMs
A new instance of Android malware was found late Wednesday that attacked those running custom firmware on their phones. The jSMSHider takes advantage of most unofficial ROMs using a publicly listed key from the Android Open Source Project to trick them into loading apps without permission, according to Lookout Internet Security. Infected code carries a hidden arsenal that talks to an outside server and can send or receive SMS messages without permission, install other apps, or load web links in the web browser without informing the user.
Google said ignoring random SMS bug in Android
Google still hasn't patched a bug in Android that sends text messages to random recipients, users have complained as recently as Friday. The flaw will often take a message intended for one recipient but send it to another person in the contact list, often without letting the sender know until afterwards. Messages will often show as part of a conversation thread for the intended person even when the flaw occurs.