Author Archives: John Hoff


CM12S arriving for OnePlus One in March, maybe OxygenOS too

Carl Pei, co-founder of China-based phone manufacturer OnePlus, let it be known through Twitter today that CM12S – that is, the Lollipop version of Cyanogen’s proprietary software for the OnePlus One – may be arriving mid to late March. And with a view to the quite public separation of Cyanogen and OnePlus, he also said that OxygenOS – the company’s self-developed version of Android – may arrive within the same timeline.

GravityBox for Xposed finally arrives for Lollipop

GravityBox can make a claim for the title of “most loved Xposed module” and most people would probably agree. If you have at any point in time tweaked your Android device using the Xposed Framework, then you will (at the very least) have heard of GravityBox. Simply put, it was a module that gave your stock ROM features that seemingly only custom ROMs could put out. But Android 5.0 Lollipop came and broke Xposed Framework compatibilities, leaving GravityBox users in limbo of whether they should jump to Lollipop.

EA soft launches Need For Speed: No Limits in select regions

Before it has even launched, Need For Speed: No Limits – the newest installment of the famous car racing game franchise – has already been making waves all over the intarwebs because of a controversial new feature within the game – which is the gas/fuel limitation. Quietly, gaming giant Electronic Arts (EA) has soft launched the game in a few regions, with the fuel feature supposedly in the game.

App now allows Android Wear to play with iOS, sort of

One of the very real issues that any owner of an Android Wear device – that is, mostly Android-powered smartwatches to you who have been living under a rock – is the fact that their smartwatch is rendered practically useless if and when they decide to jump from an Android smartphone or tablet to another platform. In our case, the problem is jumping to iOS. Android Wear doesn’t play with iOS devices, until now, that is.

Action Launcher 3.2 now out on Google Play, massive changelog in tow

Developer Chris Lacy has made Action Launcher 3.2 available for everybody today – an initial launch to a beta channel was made early in February. Now, the app is indeed up on Google Play where everybody can gawk at the massive changelog that the app carries. All good news for users you see, as Action Launcher brings out a number of new features, as well as some fixes and minor changes within the app.

LG rumored as planning to enter the high-end processor market

It is rumors like these that give fuel to the whispers that Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 810 just might not be up to scratch. Word is out that LG is not giving up on being a player in the processor industry, even after the high-profile failure of its second effort, the NUCLUN processor for the LG G3 Screen. It seems set on a new high-end processor, even as it has seemingly committed to Qualcomm for its 2015 flagship offerings.

ZRRO is an Android gaming console with unique touch controls

ZRRO – you apparently pronounce the name as “zero” – is a gaming console powered by Android, and is currently looking to crowd-fund its way into existence via Kickstarter. The catch is this – that the controller gives you a more natural way of controlling your game apps, that is through swiping and finger touches – something most people are very much used to nowadays.

Qualcomm announces four new mid-tier Snapdragon chipsets

Until recently, Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 600 and 400 tiers were marked with significant performance downgrades coming from the standard Snapdragon 800 series. But with the continued upgrading of mobile data infrastructure worldwide and the demand for better processor performance, Qualcomm is releasing four new chipsets – the Snapdragon 620, 618, 425, and 415 – with upgraded processor sets and high-speed LTE connectivity.
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