Thursday, September 19, 2013

Android Gmail Quickoffice Integration

Along with today's announcement of Google's free Quickoffice app, Google has started to use Quickoffice to open Microsoft Documents even when Quickoffice is not installed which can be seen in this screenshot.

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

New Swiftkey Beta for Android

Our favorite third party keyboard, Swiftkey, announced a new beta today called Swiftkey Cloud. Why the Web 3.0 name? Like many things Android, Swiftkey is now synchronizing your personal predictions to the cloud. This should be a very well received feature to everyone who owns more than one Pure Android device since your predictions will be on all your devices now.

Another new feature is "Trending Topics" predictions. Swiftkey will now know who and what the internet is talking about and offer up predictions to you. So, your phone will now know to insert "Baby" after the word "Royal". "Zimmerman" after "George". So on and so forth.

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The New Droids Are Almost Pure Android

Off-white Pure we would say. The New Droids come in two different sizes (5" and 4.3") and three different colors (Black, Black, or Red). They are very slick Android Devices. We approve.

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Monday, July 1, 2013

Amazon expands GameCircle sync service to all Android devices

Amazon expands GameCircle sync service to all Android devices (via Pando Daily)

On July 1, 2013Amazon has expanded its GameCircle sync service to all Android devices, the company has announced. GameCircle allows gamers to keep their data in sync across devices for when they want to jump between, say, a smartphone and a tablet. […

Monday, June 24, 2013

The Android Powered Samsung Galaxy NX Camera is Official

Samsung Galaxy NX mirrorless camera official: Interchangeable lenses, Android Jelly Bean and 4G LTE (via NHC Smartphone News Radio)

True to JK Shin’s promise, Samsung is indeed introducing a new Android-powered mirrorless camera: the Galaxy NX. Although it runs Google’s mobile OS (version 4.2.2 Jelly Bean) and bears LTE radios, the NX is not quite a direct sequel to the Galaxy Camera, the company’s glorified point-and-shoot…

Sunday, June 23, 2013

CyanogenMod's Founder's new Privacy Guard for your piece of mind

How CyanogenMod’s Founder is Giving Android Users their Privacy Back (via Surut Personal)

New "Incognito Mode" enables more granular privacy settings than in stock Android. What if you could privately use an application and manage its permissions to keep ill intending apps from accessing your data? That’s exactly what Steve Kondik at CyanogenMod—the aftermarket, community-based firmware…

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Android Fragmentation? I think not.

Android’s Fragmentation Issue Isn’t Hurting It (via slashdot)

Apple’s developer Website offers a new, handy graph of iOS fragmentation—which is to say, the mobile operating system isn’t fragmented much at all. A full 93 percent of iOS users are on iOS 6, the latest version; another 6 percent rely on iOS 5; and a mere 1 percent use an earlier iOS: Compare…

Friday, June 21, 2013

Rooting and Installing CyanogenMod on a Barnes & Noble Nook Tablet

The newer Nook HD Tablets are getting the official Play Store via an OTA update, but the older Nook
Tablets are still left with the boring, basic Nook Store. Here are the steps I do to root and then install CyanogenMod on 8 and 16gb Nook Tablets.

You need to download a few files first:

  3. Latest CyanogenMod
  4. Latest Google Apps for Jelly Bean (jb)

The first thing you need to do is extract the contents of file #1 and write the extracted img file to a Micro SD. If you are using Microsoft Windows then click the file named Win32DiskImager.exe, select the NT16or8gbV47SDimagefile.img, select your drive letter for your SD card. 

If you are using Linux, then open up the terminal and CD into the directory where NT16or8gbV47SDimagefile.img is located. Once in the correct directory issue this command to write the .img to the Micro SD:

sudo dd if=NT16or8gbV47SDimagefile.img of=/dev/sdX
You must replace the X in sdX with the appropriate letter for your SD slot.  There are many ways to get the correct letter but I use the program Gparted.

Ok, so now you have an SD card that will root your Nook Tablet. Let's boot into Recovey. Turn off your Nook if it is on, and connect the USB wire to your computer. Your Nook will now turn on and enter into ClockwordMod Recovery. Using the Volume Keys to move up and down and the N key to select, click on Install zip from SD. You will now see a zip file called Highlight that file and press the N.

If all goes well, the operation will complete. You are now rooted. Press the Power button to go back to main Recovery menus and select Reboot and press the N key. Your Nook will appear normal. It is not. Press the N key and you will see a new option for Home screen. Clicking the new Home icon will take you to an Android looking desktop. Yay! We are not done yet.

Now, install ES File Explorer from the Play Store. Open the app and browse your Micro SD card. Look for a folder called Apps. In this folder you will see a file named Nook Recovery Flasher.apk. Click this file to install it. Once installed, click on Flash CWM Recovery. Now you do not need the SD card you made earlier to boot into Recovery. It is now part of the system.

Remove the SD card and connect it your computer and format it so that it is empty.

Copy the files #2, #3, and #4 that you downloaded from above to the SD card and insert it back into the Nook Tablet.

Remember how to boot your Nook into Recovery mode? Do it.

Select Install zip from SD again and install ONLY This will upgrade your recovery. Without upgrading, you will not be able to flash CyanogenMod. Once the operation is complete, use the power button go back to reboot the Nook. Boot it to Recovery one more time.

Now you can select the latest CyanogenMod file you downloaded to install it. After that, select the latest Gapps you downloaded. Reboot the Nook and you are good to go!!!

NOTES: If you're Nook will not boot after flashing CM in final step, boot back in to Recovery and do a factory reset. (this factory resets your new CM install) and reboot. This should let you back in.

If a file you downloaded from a above will not flash, download again.

Make sure you are downloading the correct Google Apps.

Longing for your touch: Samsung and Asus use Android to justify touchscreen computers

Longing for your touch: Samsung and Asus use Android to justify touchscreen computers (via Pando Daily)
By Nathaniel Mott On June 21, 2013Computers used to be so simple. You turned them on, waited for the operating system to load, and then clicked your way around a few applications — many of which probably came pre-installed on the device — with a mouse or trackpad. Unless you were using virtualization…

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Google cracks down on Play store security with ban on off-market updates

Google cracks down on Play store security with ban on off-market updates (via The Inquirer)
SOFTWARE DEVELOPER Google is cracking down on its Play store security, and has banned "off-market" application updates. In a bid to crack down on the malware and privacy issues long associated with its Android mobile operating system, Google has changed its policy to stop developers from issuing app…

Monday, April 29, 2013

Google Released Google Glass Source Code

Google releases Linux kernel source code for Glass (via The Inquirer)
WEARABLE COMPUTING FIRM Google has released the source code for its Glass augmented reality eyewear just days after the device reportedly was rooted. Google has been shipping its wearable Glass spectacles to the first batch of developers and 'buzz creators' with the firm hoping to plough feedback into…

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Swype Comes to Google Play!

Nuance Announces Availability of Swype on Google Play (via Business Wire Canada)
April 24, 2013 08:00 AM Eastern Daylight Time  BURLINGTON, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nuance Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ: NUAN) today announced, based on incredible consumer demand, that it has launched the latest version of its successful living, learning Swype keyboard for Android smartphones and…

Friday, April 26, 2013

NASA Launches Three Android Phones Into Space

NASA launches three Android smartphones into space (via The Inquirer)
THE UNITED STATES National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has launched three Android smartphones into space to see what they can do. NASA calls it the Phonesat project, and it aims to demonstrate "the ability to launch the lowest cost and easiest to build satellites ever flown in space…