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.

Have a lights and sounds show on your headphones with Glow

It used to be that we're already satisfied if our headphones play good music. But lately, we've been wanting more than just a decent sound experience from them as manufacturers started introducing smart headsets and a whole slew of wearable technology. A new Kickstarter project can now give you a lights and sounds show right on your headphones with Glow.

Sony Music Unlimited to end as partnership with Spotify begins

As far as music streaming is concerned, Spotify seems to still be the king (Taylor Swift brouhaha and all) despite similar services cropping up left and right. They're further expanding their market with the recent announcement of a partnership with Sony, in effect killing the Japanese OEM's own music service called Music Unlimited. This may be a bit of bad news for those attached to that particular brand, but great news for Sony users who have yet to discover the joys of Spotify.

Outlook enters preview stage for Android

Microsoft announced this week that the official preview for Outlook for Android is now available to download. The app is available for Android tablets and smartphones. Microsoft figures that the reason users will want to move from the native Android mail app they are using now is because Outlook for Android is more like working with email on a desktop than other apps out there.

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.

Peak wearable now with smartphone notifications, data export

If you're constantly being berated for always picking up your smartphone because you're waiting for an important message or you're on a run but you need to get a call without breaking your stride, this means it's time to get a wearable. There are so many options out there now, as compared to a few years ago, and so you need to research which one should fit your lifestyle. Peak is one of those clamoring for your attention, and if it's notifications and lifestyle monitoring you're after, then this might be a pretty good deal.

Android Wear messaging app adds FlickKey

Did you know you can type on your smartwatch? Even on a small screen, users can still reply to messages using voice recognition or simply by typing. But with the size of the screen, typing can be very limited. It's not easy to type letters on such a small screen but Wear Messenger messaging app is adding the FlickKey Keyboard for Android. This solution aims to attract more people to jump into the bandwagon of smartwatches.

Google Search movie results updated, now shows Material Design elements

Most people don't care much about how search results look on their  mobile devices. What matters most is that results shown are relevant and helpful. But it would be nice if all results are displayed nicely like the refreshed Google Search results for movies. An update was recently released for the Android app as announced on Google's official G+ page. Actually, not much information have been posted but the GIF image below showcases the nice user interface of the updated Android app.

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.
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