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Emails From Indian Court Docs Show Cyanogen / OnePlus Relationship Ended Poorly, Cyanogen CEO Is Kind Of A Jerk

According to documents found by XDA detailing the proceedings of the Micromax v. OnePlus lawsuit in India - resulting in the barring of sale of the latter's phone there - the falling out between Cyanogen and OnePlus was far uglier than previously reported, but probably as ugly as some of us imagined.

A series of emails between Cyanogen Inc. CEO Kirt McMaster and OnePlus Global Director Carl Pei were revealed as part of discovery in the proceedings, and they show a less than amicable relationship was evolving between the two as the Micromax deal finalized.

From : Carl Pei Date : Nov 17, 2014 at 8.26 PM Subject : Re : Cyanogen end.

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[Hallelujah] Since Hangouts 2.5, You Can Now Listen To Voicemail In The Background Or With The Screen Off

Ever since Google integrated Voice with Hangouts, listening to voicemail has been a highly-focused affair. Unlike traditional voicemail, which we're conditioned to hold up to our ear like a phone call, voicemail in Hangouts comes with a play button that encourages us to treat it more like the audio file that it is. This is the same way Google Voice has treated it on the web for forever.

The downside is that turning off the screen or backing out of Hangouts has, until recently, caused the message to immediately stop playing. With the release of version 2.5, that apparently changed.

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Android Wear 5.0 OTA Rollout Has Completed

According to Wayne Piekarski, senior developer advocate for Android, Wear, and Glass, the rollout of OTA updates to Android Wear 5.0 is complete now, meaning all users should have - by this point - had the opportunity to download and install the update if their watch is paired with a phone.

Piekarski reminds watch face makers that time is ticking to migrate their faces to the official Watch Face API. Google says watch faces not using the official API will have support dropped after January 31, 2015.

The OTA updates for Android Wear 5.0 have been rolled out to all users yesterday, so everyone should have been given the opportunity to install the update on their device if paired with a phone.

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RunKeeper Updated With Support For GPS On Android Wear Devices

Most of the things happening on Android Wear smartwatches are entirely dependent on the connected phone, but there is support for the watches to be a little more independent. The Sony SmartWatch 3, for example, has its own GPS chip that was enabled by the Android 4.4W.2 update. Now the popular fitness app RunKeeper has been updated to take advantage of it.

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BubbleUPnP Now Does On-The-Fly Local Transcoding When Casting Content In Unsupported Formats, No Server Required

If you're a user of the popular media hub / DLNA / UPnP service BubbleUPnP, the Android app has just received a significant functionality enhancement you may be interested in.

Previously, if you wanted to cast a video or audio file not natively supported by Chromecast, you had to have a BubbleUPnP Server install on a computer on your local network so that the media could be transcoded before casting. The reason for this limitation was twofold: battery consumption on the Android device and the limited processing power of older phones. But a recent update to BubbleUPnP for Android will transcode casted audio and video on the device (the phone/tablet, not the Chromecast) locally if need be.

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The Nexus 6 Doesn't Ship With A Turbo Charger In Australia Yet, But Put Down Your Pitch Forks—There's A Good Reason

The Nexus 6 is a big phone with a big 3200mAh battery. Fortunately, it comes with a Motorola Turbo Charger that can breathe hours of life back into the phone in minutes. The thing is, Ausdroid has reported that folks in Australia are finding that their handsets aren't coming with the speedy charger in the box. Instead, there's a weaker charger in its place. What gives?

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The issue results from electrical standards in Australia, which the version of the Turbo Charger designed for the global market doesn't meet. While Motorola works this out, customers are receiving redemption offers to get their Turbo Charger once everything is good to go.

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Samsung's ChatON Service To Go Full Dodo By The End Of Q1 2015

Samsung's finally giving up on its flub of a chat platform, ChatON, early next year. Speaking to Engadget, Samsung confirmed that the app which no one asked be installed on their phone would be going offline on February 1st in all markets except the US, where it will shortly convalesce until some point before the end of Q1 2015. At which time, ChatON will die, and let's be real, probably go on to be reborn as some other not-very-good Samsung software product in a year or two, like a sort of crappy phoenix.

The ChatON app has somewhere south of a half billion installs, 98% of them likely owed to the fact that's it's a non-removable system app on pretty much any Android thing Samsung sells.

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Asus ZenWatch Review: The Best Value Of Any Android Wear Device So Far

We've now seen the entire first generation of Android Wear watches, many of which have their own angle—a reason for being, if you will. The Sony SmartWatch 3 is great for outdoors, the Moto 360 is pretty and round, the G Watch R is rounder, and the original G Watch is cheap (sometimes). The Asus ZenWatch is the last device to hit the market, but just like the others, it now has the Android Wear 5.0.1 update. I decided to wait until the update was pushed out before posting this review because this will be the first chance we've had to dive deep with a Lollipop watch.

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Intuit Releases A New TurboTax App With Modern Looks To Help You Manage This Year's Taxes

Intuit has released a new version of TurboTax into the Play Store that shouldn't look jarring on your Lollipop-powered device. Despite focusing on something as dense and complicated as taxes, the app is rich with color and comes with plenty of whitespace. This is about as friendly as taxes can look.

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[Deal Alert] Packt's Full Catalog Of Android Development-Related eBooks (And Other Topics) Are Currently Just $5 Apiece

I'm no Android developer, but I figure if I wanted to get started, I'd check out some videos and pick up a couple of books. That leads to the obvious question: where are these things? Packt, a publisher of both eBooks and good old-fashioned print ones, is currently offering its full catalog of development-oriented works for $5 each (in digital format only). It's also offering a few videos at the same price.

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