Facebook has just made available a new set of cryptographic API for developers on Android. Aptly named Conceal, this Java library will allow app developers to encrypt data, even large ones, on disk in the most resource efficient way.
Google may have introduced a fancy new integrated phone directory in Android 4.4 KitKat, but that has not exactly sat well with everyone, particularly those who adhere closely to the more open source nature of the Android Open Source Project. Fortunately, there might soon be soon be an alternative now that OmniROM is hard at work on an equivalent, or even better, dialer.
As customary this time of year, OmniROM takes stock of what it has managed to fulfill this year and gives its users a sneak peek at what it's cooking up for 2014. Unsurprisingly, it's not a long list, but considering how young the project is, it's success is quite impressive.
The fact that Android, at the end of the development process, is an open source product might be lost on end users, but that open nature does have benefits that trickle down even to those that don't make use of custom ROMs based on the Android Open Source Project (AOSP). In particular, this culture of openness, sharing, and cooperation has hardened and continues to improve the Android platform's security.
If you've been on the look out for tech news today, you're probably well aware of the big splash that Motorola made with its Project Ara reveal. But Motorola's modular smartphone project won't be yet another walled garden and has enlisted the community-centric input of Phonebloks. Now Phonebloks instigator Dave Hakkens is telling all about this curious collaboration with the Google-owned company and his own plans for the future.
We don't know what number or name the next version of Android will be, but if all signs are pointing in the right direction we'll likely see Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie here soon from Google. There's no question they're hard at work on the next major release, possibly set for later this year, and today we're seeing some interesting tidbits on the Kernel side.
Google just announced that it has added 79 more patents to its Open Patent Non-Assertion Pledge (or OPN, for Open Patent Non-assert) to help foster open source innovation. Although these currently cover only patents related to servers, future patents may include those that benefit consumer products such as Android.
Sony has launched their latest Android Open Source Project. This one is for the Xperia Z, however a similar project was launched for the Xperia S back in August of 2012. In fact, the reason behind the Xperia Z AOSP project was due to what Sony is calling the "great interest" they saw for the Xperia S. Reasoning aside, this basically means the software from the Xperia Z will be open and available for developers to use.
The Tweet Lanes Twitter app originally launched back in July 2012. The interesting part here, the app launched with quite a bit of hype, both from the developer and from the users. The app touted itself as being "Pure Twitter" and "Pure Android" and there was little to disagree with as it was a solid app. The bad news arrived later on when the developer, Chris Lacy, decided to stop active development on the app.
Those OUYA Dev Consoles began shipping last week. And in addition to the consoles shipping, the developer SDK was also released. We were given a brief look at the console last week. If you remember back, that look came courtesy of the folks at OUYA who unboxed the unit and gave everyone a look at those translucent consoles.