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Oppo N1 running CyanogenMod 10.2 hands-on

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The Oppo N1 is the first smartphone offered with CyanogenMod out of the box. It’s a great milestone for the CyanogenMod team and we have installed the custom Android ROM on the N1 to see what the experience is like.

Currently, the CyanogenMod 10.2 version is available for the N1, which is based on Android 4.3 Jelly Bean. However, Oppo and the CyanogenMod team promise that version 11 will be out soon. Read more »

Google and Nvidia to partner with Audi for an Android in-car entertainment system

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The Wall Street Journal reports that Google and Audi plan to announce a partnership for car infotainment systems running on Android. The two companies will reveal their joint plans at CES 2014, which kicks off next week.

The in-car entertainment system in question would run from hardware that’s built into the car’s dashboard and won’t be relying that much on the owner’s smartphone. Read more »

Samsung reportedly sold 40 million tablets in 2013

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According to a report in Korean media, Samsung has sold 40 million tablets in 2013. The number falls right in line with the manufacturer’s expectations which were revealed during an analyst day in November.

Samsung has reportedly sold 12 million tablets over the past three months alone. Read more »

Sony Xperia Tablet Z Wi-Fi gets treated to an Android 4.3 update

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Hot on the heels of its Xperia Z1 and Z Ultra siblings, the Wi-Fi-only Sony Xperia Tablet Z got treated to an update to Android 4.3 Jelly Bean. Carrying the model number 10.4.B.0.577, the new OS version is now seeding to devices around the world.

With a size of 792MB, the update for the Sony Xperia Tablet Z is quite substantial. Read more »

LG will bring the Knock feature to the L Series II smartphones

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LG announced that it will bring the Knock feature to the L Series II family of smartphones. Formerly known as KnockON, the useful gesture allows users to turn their smartphone on by tapping on its display twice.

The second generation LG L Series devices will get treated to the feature via a global maintenance release update. Read more »

Unofficial CyanogenMod 11 release for Sony Xperia M out now

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Good news for the Sony Xperia M users out there! An unofficial CyanogenMod 11 based on Android 4.4 KitKat has been made available on XDA Developers and even though some features are still in development, the Xperia M devices can now taste some KitKats.

It is unclear if the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean-running Sony Xperia M will ever get an official KitKat ROM, so it’s good to see someone out there is already working to deliver this experience to the affordable smartphone. Read more »

Stable CyanogenModded Android 4.3 available on the Oppo N1

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Recently launched, the Oppo N1 flaunts its Color OS atop Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean but as Oppo has a collaboration partnership with the CyanogenMod team, the device also has ready access to their beefed-up Android builds. Starting today, owners of the N1 can enjoy a stable CM10.2 ROM, which is based on Android 4.3 Jelly Bean.

Running on a great variety of hardware, Google’s Android allows a variety of looks and features across the board. CyanogenMod has the most popular lineup of customized Android ROMs for devices by various manufacturers. Oppo made sure to work closely with the CyanogenMod group when making its Oppo N1 and as a result their smartphone allows one of the easiest ways of installing the custom CM ROMs. Many times installing CyanogenMod would require you to either root your device and/or lose some functionality, but in this case the functionality of the Oppo N1 remains all intact. Read more »

8.4-inch Samsung tablet found on FCC site, believed to be Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4

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One of the easiest ways to confirm whether or not a rumored device is legit is to see if it has passed through the FCC certification process, and judging on the info found on the FCC site, Samsung has a new tablet in the works with model number SM-T320.

Information from other sources corroborates that and even gives us its screen size – the odd 8.4 inches. Rumors say that this device would go by the Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4 moniker, but that’s hardly confirmed.

What today’s FCC leak confirms, however, is the existence of the device plus the usual tidbits about the tablet having Bluetooth, as well as Wi-Fi connectivity. Yup, that’s hardly much at all. But it gets more interesting. Read more »

Samsung Germany New Year’s Bonus cashback starts today

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Starting today, Samsung Germany is offering their Neujahrsbonus cashback bonus program to all customers who purchase one of the participating Galaxy devices, including the Note 3, S4, S4 mini, Tab 3 8.0, and even the Galaxy Gear smartwatch.

Now that’s Christmas is behind us, this seems like another great reason for celebration by any potential Samsung device purchasers in Germany. Read more »

HTC details the process behind issuing Android updates in an infographic

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There is a long and complicated process behind issuing Android updates to devices. A lot happens behind the scenes between Google releasing the source code and the update being pushed to your device. The process is even longer if yours is a carrier branded device.

Unfortunately, most people aren’t aware of this process, which results in unrealistic expectations when it comes to how soon we can receive the latest Android updates on non-Nexus devices. Fortunately for us, HTC has released a giant infographic that details every step in this process for our reading pleasure. Read more »

NVIDIA Tegra Note 7 now receiving Android 4.3 update

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NVIDIA has started rolling out the Android 4.3 Jelly Bean update to its Tegra Note 7 tablet. The new firmware comes with a couple of new features along with a few improvements to enhance the overall experience of the slate.

The Tegra Note stylus now has better support for left handed users and is a lot sensitive. The addition of DirectStylus option under the setting’s menu, stylus removal and insert notifications are some of the new features on-board. Read more »

Humble Bundle 8 adds Bad Hotel, Solar 2, and The Bard’s Tale

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Those familiar with Humble Bundle would know that other than having a great bunch of games for a really low price, they usually also tend to add more games later at no extra cost to those who purchased the bundle by paying over the average amount.

Humble Bundle has now updated their latest bundle for Windows and Android with three new games: Bad Hotel, Solar 2, and The Bard’s Tale. This is in addition to Little Inferno, Gemini Rue, AaaaaAAaaaAAAaaAAAAaAAAAA!!! for the Awesome, Jack Lumber, Hero Academy and Anomaly 2 already present in the bundle. Read more »

Canonical releases Ubuntu and Android dual boot developer preview

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Canonical has managed to give Ubuntu enthusiasts a nice Chrimasts present. Developers and advanced users can now download a special preview image of Ubuntu Touch which can dual boot Android.

Yes, you can now have both Ubuntu Touch and Android on a single smartphone with the option to easily switch between the two. Canonical says the image is suitable only for those who are comfortable with flashing custom firmwares on their devices. Read more »

Get $5 store credit on purchase from Amazon Appstore

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Amazon is giving away $5 store credit to app shoppers this holiday season. And all you have to do is download an app from their Appstore.

To get the $5 store credit, all you have to do is go to the Amazon Appstore app on your Kindle Fire or any other compatible Android device and download any app, including a free one. You’ll soon get an email informing you that $5 credit has been added to your account, which can then be used to purchase more apps or games from the Amazon Appstore. Read more »

XOLO Play Tegra Note review

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After releasing the Android based portable gaming console, Shield, NVIDIA is now entering the popular 7-inch tablet category with the Tegra Note. Just like the Shield, the Tegra Note tablet focuses on gaming but also bundles in stylus functionality at a very attractive price point.

Unlike the Shield, NVIDIA won’t be selling the Tegra Note tablet directly. Instead, it will be manufactured for NVIDIA by OEM partners across the world and sold under their own brands. What we are looking at today is the XOLO Play Tegra Note, which is manufactured and sold by XOLO for NVDIA in India and is similar to the Tegra Note tablet offered by other OEMs such as Gigabyte, EVGA and ZOTAC in other markets. So let’s take a closer look at NVIDIA’s first tablet. Read more »