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All you need to know about CyanogenMod.

Introduction

Many of you have heard about Cyanogen after arriving of OnePlus One to Sri Lankan market. Few of you might already familiar with custom ROMs such as CyanogenMod, Paranoid Android, and many other. In this article you may learn more about CyanogenMod and related information to make best out of your smartphone. 🙂

What is CyanogenMod?

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 CyanogenMod is an open source smartphone operating system based on Android. It will allows your smartphone’s hidden features to activate and bring the best outcome. Technically speaking, original android firmware might not allow your smartphone to USB or Bluetooth tethering, Wi-Fi hotspot, or many other features that your smartphone already could do. It also can increase your phone’s performance and reliability compared to the original firmware. The hardware components can might have that ability but the software does not. Therefore, CyanogenMod will activate those features and unleash the beast out of your smartphone.

 Why Do I want It?

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 You may be having an old phone or you may be having a great phone. For both, Cyanogen works fine to get what you ever want from your smartphone. I personally got involved with CyanogenMod because I didn’t have money to buy a new phone at that time and my phone (Sony Ericsson Walkman – W8) didn’t get the Android 4.0 ICS update. Therefore I had to install CyanogenMod ROM to get the best out of my smartphone. It significantly increased my phone’s performance and features that I can access. Plus, it gave a new look for the phone.

 Even like new smartphones like OnePlus, Samsung, LG and Nexus can get most out of it by installing CyanogenMod ROMs. When I was using my OnePlus One with Oxygen OS, I had a problem with changing the notification light color for certain applications. It wasn’t a problem when I had Cyanogen OS. Mainly you get bored looking at the same interface or wallpaper every day. Cyanogen allows you to apply various themes and even change the interface and gives a brand new look to your smartphone.

 How Can I Get It?

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 Now here is the catch! You won’t be able to get CyanogenMod installed to your smartphone and unleash the beast that easily if you haven’t got the brains to yourself. Well, at least you could read, research, understand, and follow the instructions to the letter. And you need to understand that if you are using a new phone with a warranty, it can void warranty. Of course unless or otherwise you are using an awesome smartphone like OnePlus. 😀 (I don’t know about Sri Lankan warranty so you should better check with the buying agreement before you advance forward)

CyanogenMod site prefers 5 easy steps to install for certain smartphones. You can check whether your smartphone is eligible of installing CyanogenMod with these 5 steps by following the link here : https://wiki.cyanogenmod.org/w/CyanogenMod_Installer

If so you can advance forward.

Follow the link and follow the 5 easy steps : http://beta.download.cyanogenmod.org/install

What If My Phone Is Not On The List?

Don’t worry! Most smartphone’s will not be on that list. Therefore you need to do some research to find a site where you can get instructions to root your phone. After that you can flash CyanogenMod ROMs and enjoy the benefits.

Here is one link : http://www.xdadevelopers.com/

Type your device name and search it. There will be tabs where you can get information such as Forums, Root info, ROMs, Kernels, and Tools and Utilities. These tabs will be differ to phone to phone so don’t be alarmed.

In Root Info tab, you can learn how to root your device and grant access for flashing custom ROMs. Please be advised to take extreme precautions before you advance and follow the instructions to the letter. I or they will be not responsible for bricking your phone. Do at your own risk! 😀 (If you got brains nothing would go wrong… 😀 )

After rooting your phone, (I assume that you will also have installed a custom recovery mode such as TWRP or CWM while rooting) you can go to the link below and search for the latest CyanogenMod ROM according to your smartphone.

All CyanogenMod ROMs for all devices : http://download.cyanogenmod.org/

You can download either a stable ROM or a nightly ROM. Stable ones are less features but more stable ROMs. Nightly ones are with more features with some minor glitches. I have installed nightly versions for my OnePlus One and I can assure that they are as good as the stable ones but with more stuffs included.

Then you may need GAPPs (Google APPs) for some versions of CyanogenMod ROMs. Note that Cyanogen can run without GAPPs but you may not be able to go to Playstore and download APPs. Therefore I recommend you to download GAPPs too and install.

Here is the link for GAPPs : http://wiki.cyanogenmod.org/w/Google_Apps

How Can I Install?

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 Installation can be vary from device to device. You can search on Google, “how to install CyanogenMod for (device name) or how to flash CyanogenMod for (device name)”. It won’t be that hard after having a rooted device with a custom recovery. Specific instructions will be given by the site where you have got instructions to root your phone and flashed a custom recovery. There you can learn how to flash or install a custom ROM with the TWRP or CWM.

Important Notes!

Please note that I haven’t give you specific instructions or methods to root and flash custom ROMs. Each phone has it’s unique way of rooting so I will not be able to instruct you each and every one of them. Do some research and find an easy way to do it. I did like that. Nobody gave me or teach me how to do these. I did them myself with the help of the internet and my brain. 😀 If I can, you guys can too. May be you guys have friends those who already know about stuff like these. Get help from them too.

If you have an old phone try to flash that first before going to an expensive phone. You may brick your phone if something goes wrong. So, be knowledgeable before you step into the Cyanogen world. 😀 I hope you unleash your beast without a hustle.

Adios Amigos!

EnjoyCM!

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Introduction

Many of you have heard about Cyanogen after arriving of OnePlus One to Sri Lankan market. Few of you might already familiar with custom ROMs such as CyanogenMod, Paranoid Android, and many other. In this article you may learn more about CyanogenMod and related information to make best out of your smartphone. 🙂

What is CyanogenMod?

1

 CyanogenMod is an open source smartphone operating system based on Android. It will allows your smartphone’s hidden features to activate and bring the best outcome. Technically speaking, original android firmware might not allow your smartphone to USB or Bluetooth tethering, Wi-Fi hotspot, or many other features that your smartphone already could do. It also can increase your phone’s performance and reliability compared to the original firmware. The hardware components can might have that ability but the software does not. Therefore, CyanogenMod will activate those features and unleash the beast out of your smartphone.

 Why Do I want It?

2

 You may be having an old phone or you may be having a great phone. For both, Cyanogen works fine to get what you ever want from your smartphone. I personally got involved with CyanogenMod because I didn’t have money to buy a new phone at that time and my phone (Sony Ericsson Walkman – W8) didn’t get the Android 4.0 ICS update. Therefore I had to install CyanogenMod ROM to get the best out of my smartphone. It significantly increased my phone’s performance and features that I can access. Plus, it gave a new look for the phone.

 Even like new smartphones like OnePlus, Samsung, LG and Nexus can get most out of it by installing CyanogenMod ROMs. When I was using my OnePlus One with Oxygen OS, I had a problem with changing the notification light color for certain applications. It wasn’t a problem when I had Cyanogen OS. Mainly you get bored looking at the same interface or wallpaper every day. Cyanogen allows you to apply various themes and even change the interface and gives a brand new look to your smartphone.

 How Can I Get It?

3

 Now here is the catch! You won’t be able to get CyanogenMod installed to your smartphone and unleash the beast that easily if you haven’t got the brains to yourself. Well, at least you could read, research, understand, and follow the instructions to the letter. And you need to understand that if you are using a new phone with a warranty, it can void warranty. Of course unless or otherwise you are using an awesome smartphone like OnePlus. 😀 (I don’t know about Sri Lankan warranty so you should better check with the buying agreement before you advance forward)

CyanogenMod site prefers 5 easy steps to install for certain smartphones. You can check whether your smartphone is eligible of installing CyanogenMod with these 5 steps by following the link here : https://wiki.cyanogenmod.org/w/CyanogenMod_Installer

If so you can advance forward.

Follow the link and follow the 5 easy steps : http://beta.download.cyanogenmod.org/install

What If My Phone Is Not On The List?

Don’t worry! Most smartphone’s will not be on that list. Therefore you need to do some research to find a site where you can get instructions to root your phone. After that you can flash CyanogenMod ROMs and enjoy the benefits.

Here is one link : http://www.xdadevelopers.com/

Type your device name and search it. There will be tabs where you can get information such as Forums, Root info, ROMs, Kernels, and Tools and Utilities. These tabs will be differ to phone to phone so don’t be alarmed.

In Root Info tab, you can learn how to root your device and grant access for flashing custom ROMs. Please be advised to take extreme precautions before you advance and follow the instructions to the letter. I or they will be not responsible for bricking your phone. Do at your own risk! 😀 (If you got brains nothing would go wrong… 😀 )

After rooting your phone, (I assume that you will also have installed a custom recovery mode such as TWRP or CWM while rooting) you can go to the link below and search for the latest CyanogenMod ROM according to your smartphone.

All CyanogenMod ROMs for all devices : http://download.cyanogenmod.org/

You can download either a stable ROM or a nightly ROM. Stable ones are less features but more stable ROMs. Nightly ones are with more features with some minor glitches. I have installed nightly versions for my OnePlus One and I can assure that they are as good as the stable ones but with more stuffs included.

Then you may need GAPPs (Google APPs) for some versions of CyanogenMod ROMs. Note that Cyanogen can run without GAPPs but you may not be able to go to Playstore and download APPs. Therefore I recommend you to download GAPPs too and install.

Here is the link for GAPPs : http://wiki.cyanogenmod.org/w/Google_Apps

How Can I Install?

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 Installation can be vary from device to device. You can search on Google, “how to install CyanogenMod for (device name) or how to flash CyanogenMod for (device name)”. It won’t be that hard after having a rooted device with a custom recovery. Specific instructions will be given by the site where you have got instructions to root your phone and flashed a custom recovery. There you can learn how to flash or install a custom ROM with the TWRP or CWM.

Important Notes!

Please note that I haven’t give you specific instructions or methods to root and flash custom ROMs. Each phone has it’s unique way of rooting so I will not be able to instruct you each and every one of them. Do some research and find an easy way to do it. I did like that. Nobody gave me or teach me how to do these. I did them myself with the help of the internet and my brain. 😀 If I can, you guys can too. May be you guys have friends those who already know about stuff like these. Get help from them too.

If you have an old phone try to flash that first before going to an expensive phone. You may brick your phone if something goes wrong. So, be knowledgeable before you step into the Cyanogen world. 😀 I hope you unleash your beast without a hustle.

Adios Amigos!

EnjoyCM!

Android – M is released

Google has announced that they have released next developer version of world’s most popular mobile operating system, “Android – M” starting from this month. The have made this announcement in Google IO annual developer conference held at San Francisco. Just like the last years Google IO annual developer conference held at the same venue, Google has kept the Android users guessing about the name of the new version. All we know for now is it starts from “ M “.

So far with Android’s alphabetical order of sweets we have,

Alpha (not a sweet)

Beta (not a sweet)

Cupcake

Donut

Eclair

Froyo

Gingerbread

Honeycomb

Ice Cream Sandwich

Jelly Bean

KitKat

Lollipop

M ????????????

Lots of guessings are going around the internet. Most highlighted ones among those areMilk shake, Moon pie, Marmite, Mentos, Melon , Mint and Marshmallow. Like most of others I personally I prefer Milk shake one and I have a hunch it will be the name because last year also my hunched worked 😉

One thing you will have to remember about this version is that Google has only released the developer preview not the consumer version. Meaning if you are an Android developer you can download Android – M and can play with it. As this is the developer preview Android – M can be very unstable and developer preview cant be tested on any Android compatible device. So far Android – M supports for  Nexus 5 (hammerhead) , Nexus 6 (shamu), Nexus 9 (volantis) and Nexus player (fugu). For more technical information on Android – M visit Android developer site. To get an idea about installing Android – M developer preview see this. Rumours has it that the final version of consumer preview will be released by October or November this year. Some of the consideration in Android – M are as follows.

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Quality battery life

it seems that in Android – M, Google has focused more on the battery life of the device. Considering with Android kitkat and lolipop, 15% battery saving was achieved in lollipop. Still Android was not fully able to control the power draining unwanted applications running in the background. But with Android – M, they have introduced an intelligent power saving mechanism called Android doze.

Google photo

With introducing Android Photo smart app you will be able to organize your photos and videos without laying a finger on them. Google Photo is intelligent enough to organize your photos and videos the way you want. With Google Photo, you will get unlimited storage of high quality photos (up to 16MP) and videos (upto 1080p). With Google Photo storing, sharing and organizing will be easy as never before.

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Improved privacy and security

Just like in lollipop version they have again not forgot about the security features. Normally when we download an app from the play store, app permission to use the device features and components is granted there. But with Android – M, these app permissions will be granted when you are using the app not when downloading. The reason behind this is somewhat unclear to me. But hey, it`s Google we are talking about here. There must be a good explanation for this.n Plus they have also standardised the fingerprint sensors used with Android OS. With these enhancements online mobile payments can be done in a very simple and secure fashion. Their next focus is iris authenticated online mobile payments. It seems like all of our sci-fi fantasies will come to true with Google.

Mobile platform considerations. iOs vs Android vs Windows mobile

Mobile phones are everywhere. Every nook and corner you can easily find a mobile phone, most probably a smart phone. There was a time that you worry about your phones appearance rather than its functionality and inner workings. Flippable, side kick, colored screen phones were most peoples choice back then. Now the things have changed. It matters what kind of phone you are using or on what kind of OS its running, what kinds of apps its supporting or does it has a good hardware spec. These are really important matters to consider whether you are a developer who wants to build mobile apps or a user who want to buy a good smart phone to use. This is  a really good overview of iOs,Android and Windows mobile that can be a good starting point to free from the “best mobile OS dilemma”. Inforgraphy credit goes to nerdgraph.

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Google unveils the first Android One Smart Phones

At an event in India yesterday, Google unveiled the first set of devices under their Android One program. Android One is basically a set of specifications and rules for device makers to make low cost Android phones. Also only the stock Android versions are allowed to be loaded on these device ensuring that no performance draining customisations will be added. By manufacturing phones adhering to these guidelines, Google ensures a low cost phone that runs the latest Android version with satisfactory performance while having the ability to stay updated as newer versions are released.

Three phone models under this framework were released at a cost of INR 6399. This approximates to about LKR 13,600 which is actually at a higher cost than some of the smartphones available in the Sri Lankan market (Micromax and Dialog Phones). Although the price is higher this phone does have the advantages of better performance and support for version upgrades. Google mentioned having Sri Lanka in its road map for Android One, and at that time we would able to see the take up of it in the local market.

Android L : Four new features that you need to know

A month ago at the annual Google I/O, Google announced a major update for their mobile operating system called Android L (most probably Google might call it Lollipop and Android 5.0 at the final release). Since 2008 Google tend to update their Android OS annually with a project in focus, in 2012 Google introduced “Project Butter” for Android Jellybean which pushed the OS to run at 60fps. In 2013 Google introduced “Project Svelte” for Android Kitkat which made the OS to run at low specs phones even with 512MB RAM. But this year Google came out with several updates at once for their latest OS Android L. Here I’m going to point out four major features in Android L, so let’s start one by one.

 Material design

Google introduced Material design, it’s visual language in Android L. Material design facilitates a unified visual experience for users which lets them know how Android OS UI behaves. Google is calling this update as the biggest update ever made since 2008. Material design features a new theme, new animation capabilities, 3D views and it has real-time shadows.

 ART runtime

ART the new runtime was introduced in Android 4.4 as an option which can be turned on and off in developer tools. However in Android L, Google replaced Dalvik with ART and sets ART as the default runtime. Comparing to the older version Dalvik, ART has many improvements. According to the Android police blog, the new runtime is 20% faster in CPU floating operations, 10% increase of speed in RAM operations, improved garbage collection and increase in battery life. Checkout the chart below.

ART Runtime performance

 Project Volta

Android L OS’s second biggest project is “Project Volta”, this project is mainly focused on battery saving. When Google was doing some testing suddenly they found out that a device needs 2 minutes of battery power to wake up a device. Ars technica did some testing on Android L’s battery life, according to them Android L is 36% more efficient than the older version Android 4.4.4.

Project Volta

 Notifications

In Android L Google did some big changes for notifications and the status bar, now you can have notifications on the lock screen and you can prioritize them too. A new notification feature called “head’s up” which Displays notifications as a floating popup so you can accept or ignore calls, see notifications while you are playing games or doing something important without leaving the current screen.

(Image Credits : android.com, androidpolice.com)

Forgot your Windows 8 Password?

Forgot your Windows 8 password? Can’t access to your account?? Need to recover your personal and valuable data??? And you don’t have any hopes left????

Not any more unless you got some brains and willing to get it all back. Let’s get in to the business shall we? 😀

Step 1. Get a Linux Live Cd or bootable USB*

*If you don’t have one, we’ll create one. 😉 Download the software from this link: http://www.linuxliveusb.com/ and download the Ubuntu OS from this link: http://www.ubuntu.com/download/desktop then create a Linux CD or USB. And of course you have to use another PC or a laptop for that since you cannot access to your one.

Step 2. Boot from the Linux CD or USB**

**Click: Try Ubuntu or Try Linux

Step 3. Go to C:\Windows\System32***

***Click: Left corner, a folder like icon. Then to where your OS has been installed. Not the recovery drive. Not the OEM drive. Simply where the system files are.

Step 4. Rename “Utilman.exe” file to “Utilman1.exe”

Step 5. Now rename “cmd.exe” file to “Utilman.exe”

Step 6. Restart your PC and remove the CD or USB

Step 7. Now you will see a screen like a normal windows 8 login

Step 8. Now click on “Ease of access”(Left bottom corner of the screen) and cmd.exe will pop up****

****No, it’s not magic. That’s why we changed that “Utilman.exe” to “cmd.exe” 😉

Step 9. Type “net user”, without quotes in command prompt and hit enter. It will show all users list.

Step 10. Now you have to add a new user so type;

“net user /add david 1234”

Here your new username is “david” and its password is “1234”

Step 11. Now you have to make this user as an administrator, so type;

“net localgroup administrators david /add”

Then type; “net share concfg*C:\/grant:david,full” Type exactly how it shows!

This command will give the user, david, full access on the system. Which means, he has the administrative rights and can access to any user folders. And that’s our purpose. 😀

Step 12. Restart your pc, and login with your new user here its “david”, give the password “1234”

Step 13. Now you are done! You may create a new user and transfer your personal files or you can delete the account.

Step 14. Now you might need to change the modification you have done to the system file, so restart the PC and boot with the Linux CD or USB. Then go to C:\Windows\System32 folder, rename “Utilman.exe” to “cmd.exe” and now rename “Utilman1.exe” to “Utilman.exe”.

Step 15. Restart and remove the Linux CD or USB.

All done! Enjoy your recovered data. J

PS: If you have by any chance a Microsoft account that synced, you don’t have to be this much troubled. Please visit Microsoft website and reset your Microsoft account password and try log in with internet access. If that doesn’t help, oh yes this will help you. 😀

 

References:

http://born2hackk.blogspot.com/2013/03/how-to-hack-windows-8-admin-password.html

http://vishnuvalentino.com/tips-and-trick/how-to-add-user-with-administrator-rights-using-command-prompt/

Android KitKat : The next Android Version (4.4)

A few hours back Google made a surprise anouncement that their next Android version would be named ‘KitKat’ named after the well known nestle chocolate. Yes folks this is no joke(April fools is a good 8 months away) apparently they ditched the previously announced name Key Lime Pie as many are not familiar with it. KitKat will be Android version 4.4 and continues the line of alphabetical deserts. Not much details are given out on the new version, but we are hoping for some crunchy new features.

A new page is now available showing the journey of android through the versions. You can view it here. Shown below is an extract from it.

Also take a break and look at our previous article on the different features of  Android versions.

Android Versions to KitKat

 

Apple iOS7 Features – Infographic

Last week, the technology world got the first look of Apple’s upcoming OS, iOS7. In comparison to other version upgrades iO7 saw a significant change in the design and the features. The design has moved on to a flatter cleaner look courtesy of head designer Jonathon Ive. Most of the key components got a functionality revamp while some features were added on. The below infographic(by Hasan Alkhatib) gives a quick overview on the revamped components and the new ones. There were mixed opinions on the new OS, with critics hitting on the new look. What is your personal take on the new iOS7?

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New Features of Blackberry OS 10

Research in Motion(RIM) threw the last throw of the dice by unveiling their latest Blackberry version 10 Operating System. Packed with some nifty features, it seems Blackberry has an outside shot of regaining some market share. In Sri Lanka where most corporates still use their Blackberry as their official device, this has good chance of taking off provided that devices would be available by at least mid Q2.

Blackberrry 10 will be available with the Z10 fully touch phone and the Q10 touch and keyboard phone. So if you are a fan of the Blackberry physical keyboard or a touch screen fanboy, there is phone model for you.

So lets take a look at some of those new features that make up Blackberry OS 10. Do you think with these features whether Blackberry has a chance against iOS and Android?

Blackberry Flow and Peek

Blackberry Flow is is the BB10 UI. Just as its name suggest, they have designed the UI interactions to a smooth flow. Simple swipes have been introduced which once you get a hang of, will let you easily navigate through apps and other BB10 features.

With a small swipe, BB10 will allow you to take a peek at all new notifications. From there you can go deeper into messages and get back to what you were doing in no time. For example your watching a video but want to check whether an important mail as arrived; with a matter of swipes you have checked your inbox and back to watching the video without having to move through individual applications.

Blackberry Hub

The blackberry Hub will be your universal inbox. You can configure it to receive all you email, SMS, appointments Social media updates so that you have a view of all that in one place. And you can reply to any of those messages directly from the hub itself. You wont have to open multiple apps, as everything you need is in the Hub.

 

Blackberry Balance

Blackberry Balance essentially gives you two profiles, work and personal. Through the flow UI, with a swipe you can switch between these profiles. While at work you will have the apps and shortcuts for your professional work while at home you can switch to your personal mode to have quick access to games and family photos

The new Blackberry Messenger

Two new features have been added for all you BBM fans. One is the ability to make video chats, and the other is screenshare which lets you quickly share your screen with one another. The screenshare option would be quite useful where you quickly need to show a doc to colleague or client, without sharing the document.

Camera Time shift and Story Maker

How many times have you taken multiple group photos where in each someones face is looking awkward? Well with time shift you can take multiple photos and then choose the faces that look better, enabling you to have group photos where everyone is looking good.

Using photos and videos in your phone, you can quickly create a collage video with music using Blackberry Story Maker. You can create such videos of an event, a vacation, or a wedding in order to cherish those moments a little bit more.

 

 

The C, D, E of Android

Now you must be wondering why it is the CDE s instead of the standard ABC s when discussing Android. This is not about the basic ABCs of Android. Rather it is about the Google Android version alphabet. We are still searching for the answer to why A and B have been missed (but we have a guess*) and you are most welcome to share any info on that.

Down below is how Google alphabetically and interestingly introduced their Android versions.

C for Cupcake

D for donut

E for Éclair

F for Froyo

G for Gingerbread

H for honeycomb

I for Ice cream sandwich

J for jelly bean

And K for Key lime pie

 

Now we will discuss flavor and taste of the desserts from C to J which are already served on the table while waiting to discuss about dessert K which Google is still cooking inside the oven…

Android Versions

 

 

Android version Release date Key features introduced
Cupcake 1.5 30 April 2009
  • Interactive widgets on home screen
  • Inclusion of copy and paste in the browser
  • Auto-rotation of the screen
Donut 1.6 15 September 2009
  • Multi-lingual speech synthesis engine
  • Introduction of WVGA screen resolution, and kicked off the trend of the ‘large screen’ phone.
Éclair 2.0, 2.0.1, 2.1 26 October 2009
  • Live wallpapers
  • Turn by turn directions in GPS
  • High resolution screen with better contrast ratio
  • Support for HTML 5
  • Tighter integration of Exchange and Google services
Froyo 2.2.x 20 May 2010
  • USB tethering
  • Wi-Fi hotspot feature
  • Full desktop experience’ in web browsing
  • Voice dialing
Gingerbread 2.3 – 2.3.2, 2.3.3 – 2.3.7 6 December 2010
  • Improved UI design with increased simplicity and speed
  • Included support for screens with even higher resolutions improved compatibility of sensors, gyroscopes and barometers
  • Universal copy/paste functions
  • Near Field Communication (NFC) support
Honeycomb 3.0, 3.1, 3.2.x 22 February 2011
  • Optimized tablet support with a new virtual and “holographic” user interface
  • System bar and Action bar for fast access
  • Multiple browser tabs replacing browser windows
  • Support for video chat with Google talk
Ice Cream Sandwich 4.0.1, 4.0.2, 4.0.3,  4.0.4 19 October 2011
  • OS compatible with both smartphones and tablets
  • ICS was fast, fluid, and elegant
  • Refined look of UI with eye-pleasing Roboto typeface
  • Soft buttons for phones
  • Face unlock feature
  • NFC payment with Android Beam
  • Simpler folders
  • Integrated screenshot capture
Jelly bean 4.1, 4.2 9 July 2012
  • Smooth UI with ‘Project Butter’
  • Better alternative to IOS Siri with Google Now
  • Expandable notifications
  • Multiple user accounts (Tabs only)

 

*’A’ for Apple pie and ‘B’ for Banana Bread? Since Google is silent on this, we are really not sure though.

Any guesses of the features of the dessert in the oven, the Android Key Lime Pie?

Key Lime Pie: The next Android version

Back in 2009 Google released the first Android phone called HTC Dream with Android Cupcake version 1.5. Few months later they released an update called Donut 1.6. After that we saw some decent amount of Android devices with 2.1 Éclair. In 2010 Google released Android version 2.3 Gingerbread with more improved features, which is currently the mostly used Android OS. At that time vendors like Samsung and HTC started to make their own skin on top the Gingerbread. Amazingly within a short time period Google Android became one of the worlds most powerful OS. Recently Google CEO announced that they are receiving 1.3 Million activations per day and there are 480 Million devices out there.

The latest Android release was Android 4.2.1 Jelly Bean which has so many superb features but what about the next version? Most of the rumors believe it will be Android 5.0 and Google will name it Key Lime Pie. Yes! Finally we can say that the rumors are true because recently a Google software engineer shared an image on his Google+ page which showed the roadmap of the Android OS. As you can see in the picture below it started from Cupcake and it ends with Key Lime Pie. Another important thing to see is, the first cartoon shows how Android is started at the beginning and final cartoon shows how Android is performing currently. So what are the features you expect in Key Lime Pie?

Key Lime Pie

 

Unofficial Android 4.2 Jelly Bean update for Galaxy S

Samsung Galaxy S (i9000) launched back in 2010. At that time, Galaxy S was the king of Android Smartphones; it featured a 4inch Super AMOLED display with 800×480 resolution, 512MB RAM, 8GB/16GB internal storage, 5 mega pixel camera with Geo-tagging and 1GHz single core Cortex A8 processor. It was powered by Android 2.1 Éclair with Samsung’s proprietary custom skin called TouchWiz version 3. Most of the Galaxy S’s internal parts are manufactured under Samsung’s own roof. The 1GHz Samsung’s Hummingbird processor had the best performing PowerVR 540 GPU inside, which can push up to 20 million triangles per second. One year later Galaxy S received the Android 2.3 Gingerbread update which made the device run super-fast. The device received many positive feedback and reviews. Down the line Samsung decided to put a stop mark on the Galaxy S, by not making it eligible for the ICS update. However, thanks to third party Android developers, this device didn’t die, cos after a few months CyanogenMod released a ICS update for Galaxy S which ran pretty well.

I have seen so many Galaxy S owners having installed ICS for their daily driver and they are really happy because they didn’t buy a new phone to experience the perks of ICS. Seems the development on Galaxy S didn’t stop there, as yesterday I saw a post in XDA developers forum that CyanogenMod released an Android 4.2 update for Galaxy S. It’s still beta version and some people have complained having trouble with WiFi, and for others the APN is not working. I’m pretty sure we can expect a stable release within a few weeks. I think this is a great chance for Galaxy S owners. So if you are geek enough to root your Galaxy S and if you know how to install a custom ROM then you must visit the below links.

http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=2004118

http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=2013707