Author Archives: John Hoff


Rejoice! Xposed Framework for Android 5.0 is finally here

It was a sad, sad day for modders when Android 5.0 was launched and people started realizing that Lollipop broke KitKat’s long-standing compatibility with Xposed Framework. It made modders and tweakers actually want to go outside (for once) and take long walks under the falling autumn leaves. So it is with great rejoicing that Xposed Framework is back – after a fashion – and that it is ready to start taking on Lollipop challenges.

OxygenOS for OnePlus will be closed-source, CyanogenMod reacts

The final line of the story of the ugly breakup between OnePlus and Cyanogen is yet to be written – it’s a very public spat that is now fodder for tech blogs and industry pundits alike. OnePlus is now pushing for what has now been revealed as a closed-source software in OxygenOS as replacement for CyanogenMod (CM), which was the software of choice at the beginning when the OnePlus One smartphone began to ship.

LG Watch Urbane is a luxury smartwatch coming to MWC 2015

As the wearable Android device trend starts to plateau from its initial hype, South Korean manufacturers LG is continuing its drive to capture a big piece of that market with a shiny (read: metallic) new wearable device still based on the Android Wear foundation. This stylish new piece, to be unveiled soon at the Mobile World Congress 2015, is called the LG Watch Urbane – a metallic luxury smartwatch.

3D Robotics’ Tower app opened to developers

3D Robotics is one of – if not the – largest drone manufacturers in the US, and it has made a move today that will possibly improve its already awesome Tower flight control app – that is, make it open source. There are already a few ways that you can control your drones through Tower – like the Tower Wear app for wearables for instance – but this move just offers developers new ways to add features into the app without having to starting from scratch.

Space Sketchr + Project Tango makes 3D digital drawings

We’ve talked about Project Tango before – Google’s high tech tablet that is able to render stuff in 3D because of its multiple cameras. Google recently made the ultra-high tech tablet available to app developers, looking towards a strong app ecosystem for when it releases the tablet to market. That’s a good decision, we think, as apps like Space Sketchr are stretching the ideas of 3D execution and application.

Gunner Z arrives for Android, turret zombie blasting promised

BitMonster, makers of the turret zombie blasting game Gunner Z has now brought that specific game from iOS over to Android, opening up full zombie blasting action for Android users. You might assume you know how a zombie game usually works, but Gunner Z just adds a lot of fun into it.

Possible Sony Xperia Z4 makes Geekbench appearance

With the launch date of Sony’s upcoming new flagship – the Sony Xperia Z4 – still not known to the public, leaks of the specs of the yet-to-be-unveiled have been many. Maybe appearances in benchmarking databases would give us some sort of certainty, and here we have one of those – an unknown Sony device makes an appearance at Geekbench, giving us a look at its specs.

The Score is a groundbreaking dedicated eSports news app

In a highly connected and digital world, it’s a wonder that eSports – that is, competitive video-gaming – has not really come into its own yet, and continues to remain a domain that is mostly known in computer nerd/geek/aficionado communities and little much else. That is to say, it has not yet grown into the awareness of mainstream societies that there are actually players who video-game for a living. Enter this new app – The Score – which is groundbreaking in a lot of ways as it brings up-to-date eSports news to everyone on Android.
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