Pixel C Tablet Available! Firefox OS Discontinued, Cyanogen Preloading Cortana on OnePlus One??  – XDA TV

Pixel C Tablet Available! Firefox OS Discontinued, Cyanogen Preloading Cortana on OnePlus One?? – XDA TV

It’s Friday, December 11, 2015, and let’s talk about what happened this week over at XDA-developers.com.

First up, the day a lot of people have been waiting for, Google finally has the Pixel C tablet featuring the Nvidia Tegra X1 processor on sale starting at $499 for the 32 gig model, or $599 for the 64 gig model. That’s an absolutely ridiculous amount of power for that price point, so I’ll be curious to see how many of you are interested. Keep in mind it’s an additional $149 to add the bluetooth keyboard accessory. And with a new device, an older one leaves, as Google has discontinued the Nexus 6. You’ll still be able to find them outside of the Google Store for a while, I’m sure, but Google’s moving on to bigger and better things.

HTC made an announcement on their blog that they’re going to be launching the second generation of the HTC Vive developer kit at CES, which, unfortunately, I’m going to have to miss. But as a result, it’s going to be commercially available starting in April of 2016. They haven’t mentioned any pricing information, or any of the changes coming with the second generation, but I can’t wait to hear more.

Android verion 6.0.1 released this week. Obviously not a massive update, but it brings in about 200 new emojis, so, um, woo? The navigation buttons have been changed a bit on tablets to make them easier to reach with your thumbs, and apparently the update also enables band 12 on the Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P, while also bringing the shortcut to double tap the power button and open the camera on the Nexus 5, 6 and 9. Factory images are available for the last couple of generations of Nexus devices, and an OTA URL for the Nexus 6P has been captured. The Nexus Player also received an OTA bringing in some performance improvements and bug fixes. Chromecast Audio received an updated, bringing along Hi-Res audio as well as the ability to group Chromecast Audio devices together and stream to them all simultaneously.

Meizu came out this week with their plans to update some of their older devices to Flyme 5. So the MX4, MX4 Pro, and M1 Note are all going to receive the update, and it should happen over the air sometime before February, so be on the lookout.

Motorola has started rolling out Android 6.0 to the 2015 Moto X Pure, and in a surprising turn of events, they’ve announced that the 2015 Moto E is actually going to be receiving Marshmallow… in Canada, Latin America, Europe, and Asia, except China. So, no love for the US… that’s a bit confusing. Well, I’d be willing to bet there will be a port available for the US variants also, not too long after it drops.

In a not terribly surprising turn of events, Mozilla announced this week that Firefox OS has officially been discontinued. Definitely sad to see another mobile OS fail, but at least they’ll continue focusing on developing Firefox itself on other platforms.

Sony released a blog post this week detailing the locations and pin layouts of the UART ports on a range of their Xperia devices, which should make development work on them significantly easier. Just a word of warning, though, don’t go diving in trying to use UART without knowing what you’re doing or why you’re doing it, or you could very easily brick your device. Sony also announced a new batch of devices getting official AOSP recovery support, on the Shinano platform, including the Xperia Z2 and Z3 series devices.

Official CM 13 nightlies have become available for the 1st generation Android One devices. Speaking of Cyanogen, sometime this month apparently the OnePlus One is going to get an OTA update to version 12.1.1, bringing in a “deep integration” of Microsoft’s Cortana. Not exactly sure how I feel about that, to be honest.

XDA Recognized Developer Santhosh M ported AOSP 6.0 over to the YU Yureka.

The HTC HD2 received a port of Android 6 as well thanks to XDA Senior Member macs18max.

According to a post from Chainfire, apparently people are having issues modifying files in the System partition on Marshmallow, due to about 15.6 megabytes of space being reserved, so if you’re planning on doing any sort of modifications, be extremely careful, or you could end up with corrupted files and potentially bootloops as a result. Chainfire also updated SuperSU Beta to add in support for automated boot image patching, so specific boot images wouldn’t be needed anymore, although it should be mentioned that it’s still an experimental feature, so be careful and read through the beta thread.

And XDA Member Spudowiar released a bootloader unlock method for the third generation Kindle Fire HD, the 2013 model, so if you’ve got that device, be on the lookout, as there may be some custom ROM development in the works for it moving forward.

Finally, new forums were added this week for mobile VR headsets, tethered virtual reality headsets, and the first two member-led forums were added for Tasker tips and tricks, and unboxings and first impressions. It looks like quite a few of my own videos have been added in there, and TK is the moderator, so you should definitely check that one out.

But you know what? That’s going to be about all from me for today. You can find the links to all the stories I talked about in the video description, as well as the links to my YouTube channels. Make sure to stay tuned for more exciting content coming out soon, give us a “Thumbs up” down below if you liked this video and subscribe to receive our content as soon as it becomes available. Thanks for watching, and I’ll see you next time.

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As the resident token curmudgeon Senior Moderator of the XDA Forums, get off his lawn. Member of XDA since the Windows Mobile days Jimmy McGee heads up the YouTube channel for XDA dubbed XDA TV. Technology Geek by trade and security analyst by training, he has a lot to say about things found on the internet, some of which can be safely ignored.