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CyanogenMod 11.0 M2 now available for 65 devices

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CyanogenMod has just issued a new M2 release of the popular CyanogenMod 11.0 ROM based on Android 4.4.2 KitKat.

The new M2 release is available for 65 Android devices and you can get it either from the dedicated download portal or via your CM Updater on your CyanogenMod-running device. Read more »

Vine releases web profiles and full screen mode

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If you’ve been waiting for a way to interact with Vine on the web, rather than from a smartphone, you’re in luck. Vine has just released web profiles for its huge user base of over 40 million people.

Although users cannot upload clips from their web browser, they are able to like, share, and comment on Vine videos through the web site. Read more »

BBM for Android adds voice chat and channels

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Blackberry Messenger, or, BBM as the cool kids call it, received a warm reception when it was initially for Android, raking in over 10 million downloads within its first 24 hours.

BlackBerry has now a few new BBM features available on the Android version of their application: specifically Voice Calling and Channels. They’ve also ported over 100 new emoticons (your inner teenage girl is squealing, isn’t she?), increased the BBM group size, and added new ways to find friends within the app. Read more »

Samsung releases two exclusive new Windows Phone apps

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When you talk about Windows Phone devices these days, you can only think of Nokia, with others such as Samsung and HTC having nearly been wiped from our memory. But turns out Samsung still cares about the handful of Windows Phone devices it made (or perhaps this is the reason).

Samsung has launched two new apps that are exclusive to its own Windows Phone 8 devices. The first one is called Share Box, which works over DLNA and lets you share multimedia content with other DLNA compatible device. The second app is called Samsung Link, which will allow you to play content stored on other registered devices remotely over an internet connection. Read more »

Google putting the Bump app to sleep in a month

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Back in September, Google acquired Bump, the smartphone data-sharing software developer, and now they are shutting it down. Bump’s CEO and Founder, David Lieb, announced in his blog that his two services, Bump and Flock, will be terminated officially on January 31st of this year. The apps will be removed from both the Apple App Store and Google Play, so users have until that time to export all of their data.

Bump was introduced in 2009, allowing smartphone users to share photos and contacts by simply bumping their phones together. Paypal adopted the technology briefly by allowing customers to transfer money via the software. Bump then ventured out with their own mobile payment application, and then released Flock; which was capable of aggregating pictures from various devices into one photo album. Read more »

98% of Google Play Store revenue comes from in-app purchases

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One of the biggest selling points of Android over iOS is the fact that there are more free apps available in the Play Store than the App Store. Sure, with free apps there are in-app advertisements and the occasional annoying pop-ups that users need to withstand. However, most people seem willing to deal with it, considering the growing popularity of Android. Now, new research from analytics firm, Distimo, indicates that this strategy is working, because a whopping 98% of all Google Play Store revenue comes from in-app purchases of free titles.

What about the the other 2%? Well that is divided equally between paid only apps and in-app purchases within paid applications. What kind of apps are people most likely to spend money on? Games. 90% of gaming revenue is made from in-app purchases. 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 »

Nokia scraps Here Maps from the App Store because of iOS 7

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Nokia has taken down its Here Maps app from Apple’s App Store. It is no longer available for download and won’t come back in a while. The only way to access the Here services on the iOS is through here.com.

There is no fallout between Apple and Nokia, at least we didn’t hear of any, but Nokia says the reason is in the iOS 7 recent changes. 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 »

The 12 days of free Apple AppStore and iTunesStore gifts start today

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Who said that Apple couldn’t be generous? The California tech giant known for charging premium prices for their products are getting in the Christmas spirit after the fact and are giving away one free gift every day from December 26th until January 6th 2014.

We already told you about the app a while ago (along with the fact that it’s only available for iOS7 devices and that it covers US users for the first time this year), but the good news is that the free gifts start coming today. You will need to download the Apple 12 Days of Gifts app onto your iOS device or Mac computer to get access to the free content. 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 »

CyanogenMod team releases demo video for Oppo N1

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To say that CyanogenMod has made some waves this past year would be an understatement. The team started as a community of hackers that provided fast and more feature-packed custom ROMs, which retained the stock Android look free of-charge. Now, after being asked by Oppo to release a special edition of their mods for their newest phone, Cyanogen is fast becoming a recognizable power in the Android world, and the first video on their official Youtube page shows off their very own edition of the Oppo N1.

The video showcases all of the features that set apart Cyanogen’s build of Android from other versions. Advanced camera options, a better privacy guard, the option to control CPU behavior, added themes, and other features are all laid out in the video. There is no out of the box root access, which is understandable as the phone will not pass the Android Compatibility Test suite, but don’t be surprised if Cyanogen creates a one-click app for the device that will be readily available. Read more »

Gameloft Windows Phone game sale has begun

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So you’re a Windows Phone user and have been itching to deck your device with some cool Gameloft games, but you don’t want to pay full price? Well you’re in luck, as the mobile game manufacturing giant has slashed the prices of some of their most popular titles just in time for the Holiday season.

You can pick up The Dark Knight Rises, Order & Chaos, N.O.V.A 3, Modern Combat 4, and the Amazing Spider-Man for $2.99, and Assassin’s Creed – Altair’s Chronicles, Brain Challenge HD, Uno, and Let’s Golf 2 for $1.99. Read more »

Google Play Music app gets updated for iOS 7

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Google has released an update to the recently launched Google Play Music app on iOS. The latest update brings minor UI changes to keep it in sync with iOS 7 design guidelines.

Other than the refreshed UI, the update also features the I Am Feeling Lucky radio function, which produces an auto playlist based on the music you listen on your phone. Read more »