Did you watch Apple's VP draw on his wrist during the Apple Watch announcement and wonder "why can't my Wear watch do that?" In typical XDA fashion, one enterprising forum member has brought similar functionality to Android Wear with a twist; it works on phones and watches alike, with other platforms on the way! The app is called Pinsy, and its release debut is a strong proof of concept with plenty of room to grow. You may remember the developer behind this project, XDA...
KitKat Conquers NovaThor: Early CM11 for the Galaxy SIII Mini
It’s less than two weeks since Android 4.4 was released. Many developers successfully brought its sweetness to various unsupported devices. Android is capable of running on many different Systems-on-a-Chip like Qualcomm Snapdragon or Samsung Exynos, and sometimes it’s not easy to create a fully working custom ROM without proper drivers and documentation.
iswas one of the more problematic SoCs available in many mid-range devices such as the Samsung Galaxy S III Mini or Sony Xperia U or P. Well, “was” because the company simply disappeared from the market like Texas Instruments, the creators of OMAP used in the Samsung Galaxy Nexus. Despite this, XDA Senior Member New Macław and his developer team created an almost fully working Android 4.4 build for the device.
The newest build is still considered beta, but a greater number of features are already working. Developers are working to fix remaining bugs like camera and SD mounting, which are common bugs in most Android 4.4 builds. It’s worth mentioning that the build’s first release was announced just yesterday, so the developers are working amazingly fast.
More information can be found in the ROM thread.
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Wear is said to not offer enough for mass adoption, even though its been in the market for over 9 months. I personally have a Gear Live which I purchased 8 months ago, and my experience with it has had its ups and downs throughout my time with it. For the longest time, I was not able to recommend the platform to anyone. Since then, a lot of updates have hit Wear watches, some improving battery life, others changing the...
SlimRoms' website has been experiencing technical difficulties for the last month or so, but it's good to know the team is working hard and is still on top of things. The SlimRoms GitHub repos are getting updated with some major changes showing up. Most notably, some projects are getting a new 5.1 branch: lp5.1! A new, revamped and open source website is also in the works, with a look inspired by material design. We also got a tip about an...