Google announced today that it will be bringing ads to the Play Store, and while that will surely annoy the majority of us, it isn't the only thing that sucks about the Play Store. From the lack of clear communication with developers to ridiculous restrictions, there are a handful of very annoying things about Google's approach. Let us know what bugs you the most about the Play Store.
Small Phones Can Have KitKat Too–Xperia Tipo Gets an Unofficial CM11 Port
Over the years, Sony has released several devices with low-end hardware. But the lack of a good camera and a limited number of cores hasn’t proven to be an insurmountable burden when porting Android 4.4 KitKat to devices such as the Motorola Defy and Google Nexus One.
The Sony Xperia Tipo is one of these low powered devices. Released in June 2012, it is a small 3.2” phone with 800 MHz Cortex A5 processor and Adreno 200 GPU. It is also a very popular device on our forum. But despite this, it hasn’t received much developer attention. Now thanks to XDA Senior Member srl3gx, the Tipo has received unofficial CM11 KitKat goodness. We also can’t forget about XDA Recognized Developer FXP, who first ported CyanogenMod to this device.
So far, CM11 is not fully usable, as GSM, Bluetooth, WiFi, vold, and camera don’t work. However, these things should be ironed out soon, and the Xperia Tipo and hopefully other legacy Xperia phones like Miro, J or E will be fully stable while running KitKat.
If you own a Sony Xperia Tipo and want to check the progress of this project, please make your way to the development thread and give it a try.
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Every day, the majority of us use the internet through several different internet service providers, but what we may not think about whilst using this service is how much control these companies have over our experience. AT&T recently launched their rival to the Google Fiber service and subsequently looked for a way to further monetize on their offering. For an extra $29 on top of the $70 monthly charge, you can buy your privacy back from them. Otherwise expect online adverts...