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...
Want to Test Your App But Don’t Have a Phone? Sony Wants to Help
We recently told you about numerous things Sony has been doing in an attempt to embrace the independent developer community. Starting with official ICS test builds then providing instructions to build kernels for their Xperia S, they are now at it again.
On their Developer World Blog, they just recently announced a new program that they are calling the Device Loaner Program. Essentially, if you are an Android developer and would like to test your application against a physical device but cannot afford one, just hit up their program. The quick details are as follows:
The Device Loaner Program was created with you, the developer, in mind. For the smaller studios and independent developers with limited resources, this is a perfect program to take advantage of. With it, you can immediately borrow an Xperia™ smartphone for up to 30 days. The service is completely free, and initially aimed at the U.S. and Canadian market. If you’re a developer outside of these markets, please be aware that you’ll be paying for international shipping fees, plus applicable customs/duties for your particular destination.
They currently are offering up pretty much their entire Xperia line, from the new Xperia S to the Arc, X10, and even the LiveView. No other manufacturer is currently going to such lengths to provide the independent developer community with the means to further their product. If you are interested, visit the Device Loaner Program and sign up.
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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...