This story is about American hardware and software company Apple and Swedish telecom infrastructure company Ericsson. Neither of these companies makes Android hardware (though Ericsson dabbled in it with its ex-partner Sony), but the outcome might affect all manufacturers that release phones in the United States. That said, it's about patents and lawsuits, so get ready for a snore-fest over the next few paragraphs. Don't say we didn't warn you.
Pixel Battery Saver promises to save a little power by shutting off pixels in a grid pattern on AMOLED displays. For a long time, that's what it did for thousands of users, but now it has been sold to a third party. Pixel Battery Saver was updated as "Complete Virus Protection" yesterday evening before being pulled from the store. It's back now, but this is still just a huge mess.
We've been waiting a long time to see smartphones with screens made from synthetic sapphire, an expensive material that justifies its cost by being nearly impervious to scratches from all but the hardest materials. So far we've seen it on a single Kyocera "tough" phone and not much else, but Chinese manufacturer OPPO is hoping to bring it to a more mainstream device. Say hello to the R1C, a phone that hangs out on the higher portion of the midrange, and is scheduled to hit China later this month.
In Worms, sheep are used as suicidal explosives. The helpless animals run in the direction they're released in, turning around only if their path is blocked. Seeking freedom, their plans are inevitably thwarted when the automatic timer runs out or a player triggers their detonation, bringing their life to an end.
In Flockers, a Lemmings-style puzzle game from Worms-developer Team 17, the sheep have had enough. Rather than continue this hopeless existence, they make a break for it.
Spoiler Alert begins on the last, and paradoxically easiest, level in the game, where you defeat the final boss and then rescue the princess in familiar but not quite copyright infringing fashion. At that point you play the game in reverse, going backwards through hundreds of levels that the tiny chili pepper hero has played, but you haven't. It's an odd approach to a platform game, and one that has to be played to be fully understood.
Motorola has consistently impressed with its Moto Display feature, and the Nexus 6 has a similar Ambient Display mode. If you don't have either of those devices, AcDisplay is a good way to get similar functionality, and it's getting a big update today to v3.0. There may be some bugs with such a significant jump, so the new version is only going out to a small segment of users. Lucky for you we've got the APK below.
Update: Oppo N3 owners can now fire up TWRP as well. A recovery image for the device has appeared over on the site, where it awaits your fastbooting commands.
So you've never heard of the Team Win Recovery Project? Then you probably haven't been flashing many custom ROMs to your Android devices. This custom recovery, affectionately known as TWRP, is a favorite among enthusiasts for doing precisely that. Now version 2.8.4 has rolled out, bringing with it the kind of improvements that will only appeal to people who like to get their hands dirty.
Android developers gain a lot of advantages from working on a platform with a wide variety of libraries, open source projects, and other resources to help get their work to the finish line. Unfortunately, if a problem can’t be solved by checking out the SDK samples or reading a few dozen StackOverflow questions, it can be pretty hard to find good alternatives when they are most needed. Before giving up on the tricky problems, or possibly before attempting them, check out Android-Libs.com – a registry of open source code, libraries, handy websites, utilities, and other tools that may be useful to Android developers of all types.
Picking a wearable to buy can be a daunting task. While the choice was quite limited a few years ago, with mostly just Fitbit, Jawbone, and Nike on the scene, the field has widened considerably since then. Withings, Misfit, Pebble, and various other companies have entered the market and offer strikingly similar albeit slightly different approaches to wearable gear. That's not to mention the various choices offered by each company alone — Fitbit for example has the One, Charge, Charge HR, and Surge to pick from.