Friday, December 6, 2013

162 Context Is Some Things

KitKat is on the charts, CyanogenMod news, HoloUI on your homescreen but different, and more!

  • Image Comics now available as part of Google Play Books
  • Google filed for a patent to create an algorithm for canned replies based on e-mail context
  • CyanogenMod 10.2 final builds start rolling out - focus shifting to Android 4.4 KitKat
  • Google Cloud Platform released for general availability for developers to build on top of Google’s infrastructure
  • KitKat sitting at about 1.1% of Android devices
  • HBO shows now in Google Play UK (i.e. Game of Thrones, Boardwalk Empire, etc.)
  • Gmail and Google Calendar data can now be downloaded for backup or data migration
  • Google+ Auto Awesome now allows adding twinkles or falling snow to pictures with lights or snow


  • CyanogenMod Installer removed from Google Play for “encouraging” users to end warranty - app still lives on as installable as an unknown source
  • Official FIFA app released for up to date info on FIFA 2014
  • YouTube app released for Nintendo 3DS
  • AllCast Beta now availalbe in Google Play - requires joining beta community to use
  • Google Calendar updated with Maps integration and search improvements
  • Google Play Movies & TV updated to allow downloading SD videos for offline viewing
  • Google Play Music updated to support saving files to external sd card
  • Imgur gets updated tablet UI along with HoloUI sliding menu
  • Assassin's Creed: Pirates released - $4.99
  • Bing updated to allow custom wallpaper daily
  • Google Play Store getting up to include social activity feed and minor UI improvements
  • PwnedCast is a new ROM for Chromecast - features auto-updating ROM, root and KyoCast support
  • Archos Quecha - 5” screen, 1.2ghz quad-core processor, 1gb RAM, 5mp rear camera, 2mp front camera, 4gb storage (microSD slot available for additional storage), shock/mud/dirt/water/sand resistant
  • Oppo N1 (aka the first CyanogenMod phone) to release for $599 off contract December 10
  • Chromecast Build 14651 pushing out to fix bugs and update the home screen
  • Nexus 4 & 5 get update to Android 4.4.1 - presumed to fix/update camera
  • Nexus devices start getting CyanogenMod 11 M1 builds
  • HiSense H6 Smart TV launched - run Android 4.2.2, 40”/50”/55”, 120mhz refresh rates, 1gb RAM, 8gb ROM
App Review - Action Launcher
  • HoloUI style launcher with stock home screen style
  • Get all apps and widgets by swping left to right
  • Get quick shortcuts by swyping right to left
  • Quick Search and Google Play Store links on the home screen
  • Swype down on apps with widgets to “launch” widget
  • The Android Realm App Review
  • Google Play - $Free