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Microsoft not riding on Cyanogen’s next $110 million funding round

Software giants Microsoft were reported to be interested in Cyanogen’s efforts of creating a non-Google Android system, an alternative to the versions available right now that need Google core apps to work properly. In January, it was reported that Microsoft was willing to splurge as much as USD$70 million in the effort. But in the last few days, with Cyanogen passing the hat again to generate at least $110 million in a latest funding round, it seems that Microsoft is not too excited to pony up the cash.

SkyDragon, the first HTC One M8 custom ROM with Sense 7, Lollipop

The HTC One M8 continues to receive a lot of support from the custom ROM development community, but we think this newly-released SkyDragon ROM for the HTC One M8 deserves notable mention. The developers claim to be the first ROM to integrate the new and unreleased Sense 7 UI. They also claim to be the first Lollipop-based ROM for the One M8.

New phones get CM12 nightlies: the 2014 Moto X, Moto E, Oppo N3

Even as the corporate side of Cyanogen pushes to be profit-making and be picked up by some OEMs as the Android OS of choice for their devices, the ROM-making “CM Team” continues to put out CM12 – their Android Lollipop-flavored AOSP-based version of the CyanogenMod after-market Android software – for more and more devices out there. Today, we announce 3 more to get nightly builds – the new Moto X (2014), the Moto E, and the Oppo N3.

Chainfire’s Recently gives more control to Lollipop recent apps list

When Lollipop became active, there was a big change to the devices “recents” list – which is Android parlance for your “overview” or “multitask” or “recent apps” list, whatever you may call it. Lollipop just lists every app you ever opened in no particular order, which is annoying to some people who need the recents list for effective multitasking. This is where Chainfire’s “Recently” app comes in.

Samsung Galaxy S6 has the best OLED display on a smartphone

When it comes to OLED displays, no one will probably come close to the efforts of Samsung to develop its Super AMOLED technology. The Korean gadget giants produce two generations of their top OLED displays per year, and they are highlighted in the company’s flagship devices. This was the case with the Galaxy Note 4 – touted as the device with the most realistic display when it came out – and is the same with the new Galaxy S6, having the latest generation of Samsung OLED technology.

Android ‘multi-window’ feature still possibility, mentioned in commit

Many users have longed for a multi-window capability in Android – that is, to be able to open at least two apps or more at a time, scaling the apps down to occupy lesser space on the screen and relegating them to “windows”. Rumors of the feature have been bandied about, and a lot of tweaked Android ROMs and UIs have made their own approximations of the feature, but never officially from Android.

Possible Sony Xperia Z4 front housing leaked, no waterproofing

Now that we’re over the MWC 2015 chaos, maybe it’s time to put our attention to the devices that will be coming up within the year, more specifically, Sony’s new flagship smartphone, the Xperia Z4. There was a crazy rumor that it was going to be unveiled in January – so soon after the launch of the Xperia Z3 – but that proved false. In fact, it didn’t launch as expected at the MWC as well.

Get HTC’s BlinkFeed on your Android device, with plugins

One of HTC Sense UI’s most defining features is BlinkFeed. If you own an HTC One device then you know what we’re talking about here, and beaming with pride at the moment. For others who do not know what it is, well, you’re missing out. But maybe that gets fixed today, with these installables from our friends at XDA that should bring BlinkFeed to our non-HTC devices.

The Moto Turbo now available in India

If you remember the Motorola DROID Turbo – we’re pretty sure you remember, nobody forgets a phone like that – then most of you international readers will be glad to know that the robust phone is now making its way to other international markets. It was initially a part of the DROID partnership between Motorola and Verizon, but it was soon released in Latin America. Now – renamed the Moto Turbo – it has made its appearance in India.

Click ARM One is a modular tablet device, limited edition for pre-order

We all know of Google’s attempt to change the world of smartphones with Project ARA, a modular smartphone that is gaining good and positive momentum even as you read this. Then there’s “Blocks”, who wants to be the Project ARA of smartwatches. But a modular tablet project amazingly flew under the radar when it seems like the next big idea – but now we’re seeing it in the “Click ARM One”.
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