March 31, 2014 By: Jimmy McGee
If you haven’t gotten the Android 4.4.2 KitKat over the air update for your HTC One Max, we have a mirror! That and much more news is covered by Jordan, as he reviews all the important stories from this weekend. Included in this weekend’s news is the announcement that Jcase and beaups have rooted the new HTC One M8—and in the process, they’ve S-Off-eds the M7. Jordan also talks about how HTC Sense 6 has been ported to the Evo 4G LTE! That’s not all that’s covered in today’s video!
Jordan talks about the exciting news from XDA Senior Recognized Developer Dees_Troy, who released a Bluetooth tethering ROM for the Omate TrueSmart and the announcement that the LG G2 received a mod for 120 fps and 4k Ultra HD video recording! Pull up a chair and check out this and other XDA Developer TV videos.
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As we’ve touched upon in the past, MediaTek-based devices are more often than not a world of hurt for aftermarket developers. No, the devices built upon MediaTek platforms aren’t inherently bad. Rather, MediaTek themselves willfully fails to comply with GPL requirements by requiring a paid “Source Code License” in order to obtain code that should be freely available under the GPLv2 license terms.
The Omate TrueSmart was launched earlier this year at CES 2014. But while the device has been otherwise highly regarded, it is unfortunately based on the MediaTek MTK6572 SoC. Because of this, development for the device has been an uphill battle. But when talented developers like XDA Senior Recognized Developer Dees_Troy are on the task, not even MediaTek can get in the way of device modification and enhancement.
While the Omate TrueSmart offers solid functionality out of the box, the stock ROM lacks certain features that power users would find handy such as full native Bluetooth tethering to your smartphone. In addition to the working Bluetooth tethering, the ROM features a fully working settings app that allows users to modify account settings, various build.prop tweaks, and root via SuperSU.
Adding Bluetooth tethering functionality has proven difficult, as no freely available source code exists. But using source code for a different device based on the same MTK6572 SoC, Dees_Troy managed to get it working on the TrueSmart. Unfortunately, Bluetooth tethering had to be slowed down in order to prevent the driver from crashing. And even when slowed down, the operation is still somewhat unstable and may disconnect from time to time. However, this is still a very major step forward for development on the TrueSmart.
If you own a TrueSmart and wish to get a bit more out of it with a custom ROM, head over to the original thread and give this build a try!
March 19, 2014 By: Jimmy McGee
XDA Developer TV Producer AdamOutler is known for his famous XDA Unboxings. In an unboxing the XDA way, Adam tears apart an innocent device all the way to its bare components. He then points out some of the components and what they do. He’s done this to large devices, small devices, iPhone knock-off devices, just about anything.
In this episode, AdamOutler shows off the Omate TrueSmart Smartwatch and unboxes it—but he doesn’t stop at opening the box, he strips it down to its bare bones. He then shows you around inside the device and talk a bit about the device. So what are you wating for? Check out this video.
January 22, 2014 By: Jimmy McGee
During CES 2014, XDA Developer TV Producer TK got a chance to get his hands on the Omate TrueSmart smartwatch 2.0 and interview the founder of Omate about the watch. Be sure to check out that video. Also, TK got a chance to do a full review of the Omate device as well. There is a lot of interest in this device, and a lot of new smartwatches are in a the works. Some have even already been released.
In this episode of XDA Developer TV, TK compares three different smartwatches. He compares the original Pebble smartwatch, perhaps one of the first and more popular options; the Samsung Galaxy Gear, which is being promoted heavily by juggernaut Samsung; and the Omate Truesmart, perhaps one of the most promising standalone smartwatch device. Check out this video to see the pros and cons of each device.
The Omate TrueSmart 2.0 is a new contender in the smartwatch category of wearable tech. The great thing about the TrueSmart smartwatch 2.0 is that it’s shipping to KickStarter backers right now in the form of a developer edition, and has community support from Team Win Recovery Project (TWRP) and developers, such as Lokifish Marz, Dees Troy, Daniel Ortiz, and Kurt Huwig.
At this time, production is ramping up and more units are ready to start shipping. The company recently received FCC approval to ship to the US. During our CES 2014 coverage (check out the interview and Hands On from CES 2014 here), CEO of Omate Laurent Le Pen provided XDA with a 1GB + 8GB US Model for evaluation purposes. Though being a developer device, it is likely that more fixes will be incorporated before the standard edition starts shipping.
January 12, 2014 By: Jimmy McGee
The spectacle that is the International CES show has come to an end for yet another year. While there are bound to be more Android announcements at the upcoming Mobile World Congress, there are still some things announced this week to look forward to—and some things that were announced that you won’t look forward to.
Let’s start with the unexciting. The mobile device manufacturer with a name that is not pronounced how it is spelled, Huawei, released an updated version of the Ascend Mate phone. Adding in 4G LTE connectivity, the creatively named follow-up, Ascend Mate 2 4G sits squarely in the middle of the road. With a Mediatek chip running four cores and sporting a 6.1” 720p screen, this device won’t be making the list of juggernaut phones for 2014. As a favor to you, we got hands on with the device to show you what you won’t be missing.
To follow in this pattern, let’s talk about the LG G Flex. While the G Flex has been announced and available internationally for a while now, LG announced US carrier versions. As the name implies, this device is flexible and sports a curved design. This devices still disappointingly rocks Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean, and is really nothing more than a bent LG G2. However, we can’t blame LG, as they were not the only ones who think the future of consumer electronics is bending your old products.
To be honest, we are a little disappointed by this company’s announcements. Sony has made some great devices, and unfortunately they are content with just making some small tweaks. This year they released a duo of phones: the Xperia Z1S and the shrunken Z1 Compact. If you shorten the name, you could call it the Z1C—though Sony won’t call it that, and you have a familiar naming convention. Not only is the naming convention similar, so is the approach to product design: Take an existing device and tweak it. The Z1S is Sony’s attempt at capturing some of the delicious US market share. The device will only be available with T-Mobile. The Z1S is basically a Z1 made of plastic with pre-installed Sony apps, like the PlayStation app. The Z1 Compact is the Z1 only smaller. And since it also features a 720p resolution on its smaller screen, the screen density goes down. Some say the screen is better than the bigger brothers, but that’s in the eye of the beholder. If you want to know more about Sony’s devices check out our video.
Sony is not the only one to announce a hardware “refresh.” Android device powerhouse Samsung released newer versions of the Samsung Galaxy Camera, a new big Note, and a trio of new Galaxy Tabs. The tablet updates are all Pros: The Note Pro 12.2, the Galaxy Tab Pro 12.2, 10.1 and 8.4. These tablets introduce a new navigation idea called Magazine UI, which reminds us of Windows Phone live tiles. There was a lot of information about these devices. And since a picture is worth a thousand words, check out our video to learn even more.
Perhaps the most exciting announcement of CES 2014 turned out not to be a device at all, but rather a mobile chipset. Nvidia announced their new 192-core Tegra K1 chip. This Tegra chip features the same architecture as Nvidia’s desktop GPUs, while sipping only 5 watts. This allows for some tremendous eye candy. To check out some of that eye candy, check out the video.
A big thing this year was the so called wrist revolution. There were many smartwatches at this year’s event. From the LG LifeBand Touch, which is a better fitness tracking device than smartwatch, to the stylish new MetaWatch and huge Neptune Pine; smartwatches might be the next big thing. Our favorite from this year is possibly the svelte all-in-one smartwatch, the Omate TrueSmart. Check out our videos to learn more about the different type of smartwatches.
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Another CES has come and gone. And while there was some news of impending mobile devices, nothing really stands out and the must have device of this year. However, don’t think that means there will be no good smartphone releases this year. You will just have to wait for them. They may be announced at Mobile World Congress or some other event. We wait eagerly for the next must have device to be announced, so save your money, and join us. Just don’t hold your breath.
January 12, 2014 By: Jimmy McGee
This year at the International CES 2014, XDA Developer TV Producer Jordan saw a lot of smartwatches—everything from the Neptune Pine to the new MetaWatches, and much more. You can see all of this on his channel. However, he wasn’t the only person in attendance, nor are these the only Smartwatches on display.
XDA Developer TV Producer TK was on site, and he got his hands on the Omate TrueSmart. This watch is not just a notification panel for your smartphone. It, like the Neptune Pine, is a standalone mobile device. TK sat down and talked with the Laurent Le Pen at Omate. In the video below, you will see this interview and a demonstration of the Omate TrueSmart. Check out this video to see what the Omate looks like.