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CyanogenMod will now be known as LineageOS after company decides to close down major operations

CyanogenMod will now be known as LineageOS after company decides to close down major operations

It is indeed with a very heavy heart that we are posting this, but as you all must be knowing by now, our favorite CyanogenMod have officially decided to call it a day. In case you haven’t heard, Cyanogen Inc.is going through some big changes. The company is consolidating all of their efforts to a single Palo Alto office in California in order to better work their future endeavors. But with that also came word that some key personnel will be taking exits. Actually, “some key personnel” would be a vast understatement — Steve Kondik, for whom Cyanogen was a brainchild, is leaving the company. Thankfully, Cyanogen Inc. isn’t looking to screw over the development community with this move. While the company will be shutting down their efforts on CyanogenMod (not Cyanogen the OS) at the end of this year, they will make the source code available for anyone who wants to continue building on it. So, of course, a new team arrives to take that task: meet LineageOS. We’re not sure where LineageOS will go from here. We know the team consists of some folks from the original CyanogenMod project who either didn’t or couldn’t join in for the corporate hell ride, but we’re not sure who, exactly. We don’t even know for sure if Steve Kondik will be joining in, though a Tweet with the hashtag “Lineage” on his timeline seems to suggest as much. In any case, CyanogenMod is gone, and if you want to continue following the spiritual successor to that then here are the accounts you’ll want to pay attention to: @LineageAndroid on Twitter Lineage on Facebook +Lineage on Google+ LineageOS.org Source:...

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Huawei Mate 9 – A step ahead in smartphone world

Huawei Mate 9 – A step ahead in smartphone world

Huawei has recently launched its powerful new smartphone – The Mate 9, in Germany, where the consumers have shown tremendous excitement towards this innovative device. The phone lives up to its attractive slogan: “A step ahead”, as it leads the way to numerous futuristic technologies. The Mate 9 is equipped with a groundbreaking UX and second generation Leica dual-lens camera with Hybrid focus and Hybrid Zoom. It runs on a HUAWEI Kirin 960; Octa-core processor (4 x 2.4 GHz A73 + 4 x 1.8 GHz A53) + i6 co-processor the world’s first device to feature the ARM Cortex-A73/A53 Octa-core CPU and Mali G71 Octa-core GPU. The CPU delivers the best multi-core performance among all smartphones. It also has an innovative ‘Emotion UI’ EMUI 5.0, which is Huawei’s most beautiful software experience to date, it is also the most intuitive. The HUAWEI Mate 9 analyzes and adapts to its user’s behavior patterns to create a personalized experience that is clean, fluid and inspired by natural environments. Huawei’s Mate Series sets the standard in lightning fast performance and exceptional style. Designed for today’s on-the-go business user, Huawei once again delivers the fast, intuitive and reliable experience, users expect from their smartphones. Co-engineered through a landmark partnership with Leica, the second generation Leica dual-lens camera captures professional-quality images in all lighting conditions, The Mate 9 has a powerful 8MP front camera, AF, F1.9 Main: Dual, 20MP Monochrome, Plus a 12MP RGB, F2.2 OIS (Optical Image Stabilization) with 4K video shooting, for amazing clarity, detail and many other features. Other features include; 5.0 Memory, 64GB ROM, 4GB RAM, along with microSD card slot, that supports up to 256GB (using secondary SIM slot). It is equipped with a large 5.9 inch FHD display, featuring a 2.5D glass, and exceptionally high resolution and high contrast. The device is powered by a 4000 mAh battery enhanced with supercharge technology. It is sleek, light-weight and compact with a sophisticated design. It weighs only 190 grams, with only 156.9mm height, 78.9mm width and 7.9mm depth. The Mate 9 is a Dual SIM device, with NFC-supported Connectivity; Wi-Fi 2.4G/5G, 802.11a/b/g/n/ac with Wi-Fi Direct support BT4.2, BLE support USB Type-C (Hi-Speed USB). The sleek fashionable device is available in numerous fashionable color options, like: Space Gray, Moonlight Silver, Champagne Gold, Mocha Brown, Ceramic White and Black. The wait is about to over this most awaited device will be launched in...

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Google starts rolling out a new refreshing UI for the Play Store

Google starts rolling out a new refreshing UI for the Play Store

Google is known for its regular updates and since the introduction of Pixel, the first ever phone made by Google the company showed off a new Play Store UI in a support video for their  flagship device. Now, users are reporting that the new UI is slowly rolling out to devices. This update includes new colors and a revamped install page. The first change you’ll notice is on the home page of the Play Store. A new shade of green has taken over for the Android-y shade we’re used to seeing. The big featured carousel across the top has been shrunk down and moved underneath the “Apps & Games” bar. However, some screenshots show the carousel has been removed completely. Moving on to the install page, the “Install” button is much bigger. The ratings and installs information looks completely different. They’ve removed the category icons, which makes it easier to read. The “More Information” section has been moved lower on the page, and developer info has been slightly reworded. All in all, these are simple changes that make the Play Store a little easier to use. So what do you guys think of the new updated interface? Share your thoughts with us in the comments below. Cheers!! Source:...

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Introducing the OPPO F1 Plus FC Barcelona Edition

Introducing the OPPO F1 Plus FC Barcelona Edition

If you’re an FC Barcelona fan, then Oppo have got a real treat for you guys. After successfully launching the Oppo R7 Barcelona Edition, the Chinese OEM is all set to add another member to the recently crowned La Liga champion’s family – the limited FC Barcelona edition Oppo F1 Plus which is almost identical to the Oppo R9 but is recognized in some countries as the F1 Plus. The device features a blue-and-red color scheme, and an 18K gold-plated club insignia on the back giving it an absolute premium look . The FC Barcelona-themed UI is also a part of this offering, and OPPO has also released an exclusive case sporting laser-printed signatures from Barcelona’s top players, namely: Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez, Neymar, Andres Iniesta and Ivan Rakitić. “The F1 Plus is all about snappiness, style and speed, so there’s no better partner for it than the phenomenal FC Barcelona. We’re proud to bring users one of our most eye-catching devices ever, while paying tribute to the world’s greatest football club,” said Sky Li, OPPO Vice President and Managing Director of International Mobile Business. The OPPO F1 Plus FC Barcelona Edition sports identical specifications to the regular OPPO F1 Plus model, it comes with a 5.5-inch fullHD display, a 13mp rear shooter and a whopping 16mp front camera, 4GB of RAM, a 2850 mAh non-removable Li-Po battery and 64GB of internal storage. The device is powered by the Media Tek Helio P10 64-bit octa-core processor and it ships with Android 5.1 Lollipop out of the box with OPPO’s custom Color OS 3.0 on top of it. The Oppo F1 Plus will be available in three colors: Blue, Red and Grey (The three official colors of FC Barcelona) The Oppo F1 Plus Barca Edition will become available in China, Singapore, Indonesia and a couple of other markets in mid-June with pricing yet to be confirmed by Oppo. So what do you guys think about Oppo’s new (sporty) beast? Share your thoughts with us in the comments below....

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Android N Developer Preview is Official [Hands On Video]

Android N Developer Preview is Official [Hands On Video]

Google surprised everyone when they launched the preview build for their next Android operating system, “Android N” two days back. So, we grabbed our Nexus 6P and gave it a whirl. Android N has brought with it a number of cool new features, including a visual overall of the notification panel and the systems settings. Even though the OS is in beta, it is very snappy, which to be honest I’m surprised, but really happy about. So rather than you guys reading what’s new, watch the hands on video below: Android N Developers Preview from Talk Android Phones on Vimeo. So, guys what do you think about Google’s next Android OS? Any guesses on what the “N” stands for? If you think I missed anything in the review. Do let me know in the comments below....

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The next Android OS is called Android 6.0 Marshmallow [Official]

The next Android OS is called Android 6.0 Marshmallow [Official]

We are just a month away from Google showing off its new Android 6.0 operating system code named Marshmallow.  They will do so, with the launch of the two new Nexus devices. One is made by LG (Nexus 5 2015) and its brother will be bigger like the Nexus 6 but built by Huawei. Google had kept a lot of people guessing what their next Android OS will be named, when early this year, Android M as introduced. If the preview builds are to be considered. Android 6.0 Marshmallow brings with it a number of changes, visual and internal. The first thing you will notice when you turn on an Android 6.0 running device is the new boot animation, next you can see that the app launcher  has changed, it now comes with a search option which could turn out to be very handy, if you have many app screens. Home screen rotation is finally here (though some app launchers have done this job for us in the past). Also, Quick settings tab can now be arranged. Now talking about internal changes, Android 6.0 will let users give the power to choose which permission you want which app to have. So, if you do not allow an app to use your mic, it wont be allowed to use it. Finger print scanning is also built in the OS’s architecture, which means improved finger print scanning in supported devices. Lastly there is a cool new function which lets you decide what notifications to show on the status bar. For example if you always have your bluetooth on, and do not want the icon to take the space then simply remove it.  This means a much cleaner looking status bar. Now it is just a matter of waiting until Google shows off the final build of Android 6.0 Marshmallow to the world in...

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