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Rockchip develops Light Work OS, mimics Windows OS

Manufacturers of tablet devices are trying to beat the drop and looking for features that can give them an edge in a cutthroat tablet market. One of Rockchip’s solutions could be an effective, if not necessarily an original one – that is, offer an Android version that mimics Windows OS so that it can become more “work friendly”. The result is what the Taiwan-based chipmakers call “Light Work OS”, and it is set to be featured in a tablet device soon.

MIUI 7 beta now rolling out via OTA or Fastboot download

Recently, Xiaomi announced that it would (finally) give a refresh to the long serving MIUI 6 user interface. If you don’t know about MIUI, this is the preferred Android UI for Xiaomi devices, designed by Xiaomi themselves. It’s a little bit too much eye candy for me personally, but a lot of other people like the sleek and sweet style of MIUI. The refresh comes in the form of MIUI 7, all compatible for the Xiaomi Redmi 1S, Redmi 2, Mi 4i, Mi 3, Mi 4, Redmi Note 3G and Redmi Note 4G.

CM 12.1 nightly builds now out for the Xiaomi Mi 3, Mi 4

So you own a Xiaomi device – say last year’s Mi 3 or the current gen Mi 4 – and you would really like to know how the device runs on Android Lollipop. Through official channels – that is, through Xiaomi’s official MIUI software, that’s not going to be possible at the moment. Good thing the guys behind CyanogenMod have now put out nightly CM 12.1 builds for these Xiaomi devices.

Install Xposed Framework on your LG G4 without custom recovery

Ok, so anyone who has plans of using Xposed Framework to spruce up your Android device’s OS will know that installing it would be a pain in the nether regions. It’s difficult enough to install via custom recovery (and root is required) that most people won’t bother. Unless you have an LG G4, where the installation just involves flashing the framework file. It’s that easy. Who knew?

MIUI 7 announced, lots of new features but still Kitkat, sort of

China-based device manufacturers Xiaomi has one of the fastest growing user base in the world to date, and with its robust phones and phablets (at very affordable price points), it is keen to also share its version of the Android platform to its users. MIUI 7 – the newest version of Xiaomi’s preferred UI for its phones – has just been announced by the outfit in an event in India, and will drop to users by August 24.

New features coming to CyanogenMod, via Cyanogen Platform SDK

While newer and more flashy custom ROMs are coming out and hitting the big time, the big daddy of them all – the CyanogenMod ROM based on AOSP (Android Open Source Project) – is chugging steadily along. The “preferred” custom ROM of people who want an experience closest to stock Android, the CyanogenMod team continues to add more power tweaks to the custom ROM that just confirms their massive advantage from the newer ROMs. Here are a few more new tweaks that will be coming to your CM builds shortly.

Android Auto to receive 3rd-party ROMs, might not be safe for everyone

More exciting things are coming Android Auto's way. (Or is it?) Why, the AVIC Development Mod can soon change the functions of an SD card in a Pioneer AVIC unit. This means it can be anything that is compatible, now allowing Android Auto to receive third-party ROMs and modify user interfaces or themes. We never really doubted that Android Auto can be altered because you know, almost anything today can be hacked, modified, or customized.

Remix OS now out for Nexus 9, Nexus 10 tablets, still Android 5.0.2

We talked about the Remix OS in conjunction with the campaign for the Remix Mini, which was asking for crowdfunding for a true Android PC-like experience. The Remix Mini hardware was really nothing to write home about, but it was the Remix OS that was the star of the show – giving people a true multi-window, multi-tasking environment that stock Android is not able to give. And the good news now? Remix OS is now available for the Nexus 9 and the Nexus 10 tablets.

Google teases details of new boot verification system, possible Android M feature

We have a few things we know about Android M, the mobile operating system that will come out of Google’s production line pretty soon. But what we have here are some new warning messages that Google posted on its Nexus support site, and because we haven’t seen this on the current crop of Android devices yet, something tells us we should watch out for this on the next iteration of Android.
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