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A behind the scenes look at CyanogenMod’s new Theme Engine

It has been but a year since but a year since CyanogenMod let out its theme engine, alongside the launch of CyanogenMod 11S on the OnePlus One. The Android ROM community, however, is hardly one to rest on its laurels and is once again working on a new theme engine in time for a Lollipop-based CyanogenMod 12 release. CM Theme Engine co-author Clark Scheff gives an overview of how the engine works and some of the idiosyncrasies theme designers have to consider.

LG G3 discovered to have hidden App Ops feature

Remember App Ops? Maybe not, especially after the heyday of Android Lollipop. It popped up, accidentally according to Google, around Android 4.3 as a way to let users make fine-grained changes to each app's permissions, without requiring root. Google eventually closed off access to App Ops in subsequent updates and we've never heard from it since. Until now. Apparently, LG has the same functionality hidden in the G3, which some have now been able to access, much to the rejoicing of power users.

Xbox One SmartGlass Beta finally gets OneGuide support

Looks like Microsoft is cooking up something tasty for its Xbox One faithful. It has just updated the beta version of its SmartGlass app with one very important feature: OneGuide. Now users in selected areas will be able to look up what's showing on TV right from the Android app itself. Thought just a small addition, it heralds the arrival of even more features expected to come really soon now.

Meizu unveils Meilan m1, new m1 Note variant, LifeKit platform

Meizu made quite a splash yesterday when it unveiled not one but three new products. Well, two and a half to be precise, as one is just a different variant. That variant is the new Meilan m1 Note for China Telecom, this time bearing a Snapdragon 615 instead of a MediaTek. Completely new, however, is its smaller sibling, the Meilan m1, with a 5-inch screen instead of the larger 5.5. And last but not the least, Meizu is expanding into your homes with a new LifeKit platform for smart appliances.

An unlikely couple: Android Community Deals mini giveaway [DEALS]

It's January already, isn't it? You might think it were still Christmas time becuase of this mini bundle of free goodies we have from Android Community Deals. If you remain undecided whether to dive into the world of Android app development, we have a free mini course for you. And if you've been dreaming of owning your very own pair of Beats branded headphones, without coughing up a single dollar, now might be the perfect time to try your luck.

Never run out of space with IDrive 1TB Hard Drive, 10TB Cloud Bundle [DEALS]

If you've always been a worrywart when it came to your smartphone's remaining free space, even with, say, a 128 GB microSD card, then do we have the deal for you. With this latest Android Community Deal, you don't get one but two sweet storage solutions courtesy of IDrive. Not only do you get a 1 TB wireless hard drive to keep your files close to you when you need it, you also get a year's worth of 10 TB cloud storage for even more space when you need it.

Android Community Weekly Digest: Jan. 25, 2015

It's been quite a start to the year, with CES kicking off 2015. Things are relatively more quiet now in the mobile world, the calm before the storm that will be MWC 2015. For this week, we turn our attention to some existing and upcoming accessories for your mobile devices, but that doesn't mean we don't have a few juicy tidbits about devices and businesses. Welcome to this year's first Android Community's Weekly Digest, covering the period from January 19 to January 25, 2015.

OnePlus expands reach to Indonesia starting January 27

After its rather tragic launch in India, Chinese startup OnePlus is turning its gaze to Southeast Asia, starting with Indonesia. The OEM has just announced the upcoming availability of the OnePlus One in the world's largest archipelago. But like in India, it isn't doing it alone. OnePlus is partnering with e-tailer Lazada to bring the much hyped and much desired smartphone to the region. Hopefully this time, with fewer if not no legal headaches.

Level Up! Dragon’s Quest V, The Witcher Battle Arena, and more

It's been a while since our last Level Up! games roundup, so let's dig right into the past weeks' highlights. Of course, we have a bunch of new games for you, including some from rather big franchises like Dragon Quest and The Witcher. Naturally, some updates are also waiting for the more comic games of Angry Birds and Goat Sim. We even have some sweet deals for those who want to go beyond simple game playing and dive into the world of game making. Welcome to 2015's first Level Up! digest.

AlarmPad update adds an easier way to set alarms

Android has its own alarm app and so do many OEMs but that hasn't stopped many from making their own spin on the app. One of those is AlarmPad, which features many addon features, including syncing alarms across devices and dismissing them using NFC tags. The app has just gotten a major update that not only imbues it with Material Design, it also adds a new and faster way to add a one-off alarm.
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