We've recently covered some odd releases for CyanogenMod on Android, where the custom ROM was resurrecting some forgotten devices from the dead with updates that their original manufacturers wouldn't dare release for them. This isn't the case with these additions / upgrades to the CM lineup.
Good news for HTC One M9 owners on T-Mobile! Your Android 6.0 cravings should soon be satiated. HTC VP of Product Management Mo Versi has announced on Twitter that an OTA is set to go out on Tuesday, February 16th.
BBC's micro:bit is an ARM-based embedded system with an accelerometer, magnetometer, Bluetooth, USB, 25 LED lights, and 2 programmable buttons, that is part of a BBC initiative to enhance computer education in the UK. The small board should be given for free to all year 7 students in the country to help them write software and build new computer things. It has a dedicated website to get started and desktop applications to connect to computers.
But now students will also be able to try their code on-the-go and wirelessly from their phones thanks to the new Android app. Developed by Samsung (which has partnered with the BBC as part of its Corporate Citizenship program), the app has four main sections to discover others' code on the micro:bit website, write your own code, connect to your micro:bit, and flash new code to see it execute.
It's almost Valentine's and what more of a perfect gift could WhatsApp give its users than dozens upon dozens of brand new emojis they can use to express all of their emotions and deep feelings? Those cool drawings had been donning the WhatsApp beta for over two months but they're now ready to deck the emoji panel of every WhatsApp user through an update to the stable Play Store release of the app.
Phone manufacturers are having a harder and harder time getting our attention when it comes to drumming up interest for new releases. LG decided that cheeky marketing would be best when announcing cases and covers for phones that don't officially exist yet. In contrast, Samsung has decided to be just plain baffling. In the "Seven Days of Unboxing" promotion, Samsung lets someone see the new phone (which is almost certainly a Galaxy S7 and/or S7 Edge) for 30 seconds, after which they get to make an artist's interpretation for the audience.
When a manufacturer open sources the code that makes their device work, it's an occasion worth noting. This is one of the strengths of Android, the availability of files that enable developers and tinkerers to create software that can replace the firmware that our devices ship with. It's one of Android's differentiating factors compared to iOS and Windows Phone.
Verizon is continuing to tweak its offerings to better compete with the upstart T-Mobile, this time offering bonus data for anyone who signs up for its larger data plans. For a limited time, you can get 2GB of extra data each month when you sign up for the XL or XXL data buckets. If you've got more than one phone on your account, they each earn the bonus 2GB.
The UE Boom 2 is one of the finest Bluetooth speakers you can buy. Great sound, long battery life, distinct styling, and a waterproof exterior make it stand out in the crowded group of competitors in the portable speaker arena.
It's also one of the pricier speakers on the market, normally selling for the premium of price of $200. With the support of a strong brand name and stellar reviews, the Boom 2 almost never dips below this price.
It happens to be on sale today. At least in a couple of color variations. The royal and baby blue 'Brainfreeze Edition' is currently priced at $166.42, and the obnoxiously bright pink and orange 'Tropical Edition' is even lower at $161.16.
Sony is becoming less and less of a factor in the smartphone world, but their camera sensor modules are second to none. You can find Sony's Exmor camera sensors in more or less every high-end phone on the market these days, including Samsung's Galaxy line and the iPhone. So when the company announces a new high-end sensor, it's kind of a big deal. That's the case today: Sony's camera division has revealed the IMX318, a new sensor with more megapixels, tiny dimensions, and a host of built-in features.
The IMX318 uses 22.5 megapixels, which is a modest bump over the previous 20MP design.