Sony support for AOSP Android builds on all its Qualcomm-based devices

Even if Sony is not the best or the fastest in updating its phones, it does take into consideration support for AOSP more than any other manufacturer. It usually contributes tons of code to Android and it encourages devs to work on their unlocked devices. Sony just announced AOSP support for Xperia E3 and Xperia T3, which means that most if not all Qualcomm-based phones made in 2014 will be running on pure Android soon.   This mopve is part of Sony’s open device project where they do not provide Android ROMs but they do release the hardware binaries for each device. These drivers help devs roll their own versions of Android and the ones we are talking about are destined to KitKat and Lollipop. Sony even gives out instructions on building Android from the AOSP.   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OCRKlfMlDTo     The current supported devices are Xperia E3, Xperia T3, T2 Ultra, Z3, M2, Z3 Compact and others. In order to flash non-standard Android builds you have to unlock the bootloader which means the warranty will be void. So be careful!   Source: Sony  

WeakSauce 2: The Habanero Revenge update – easy rooting for Verizon devices

The root tool WeakSauce launched in March is receiving an update for Android 4.4.4, and it can now root HTC One M7, One M8, Droid DNA and others. The new update will root almost all HTC devices on Verizon that run on Android 4.4.4 and lower.   The update is named WeakSauce 2: The Habanero Revenge, it is free and it is easy to use. All you have to do is install the apk from XDA and run it to root your phone. After the install is finished, you can install SuperSU and you’re good to go. This is not a permanent root solution, as it will de-root when you reboot your device.   The current release is already known to have issues such as Superuser binaries being out of date which means they cannot be replaced via the automated method ( it results in showing a message you can ignore until it will be fixed) and ART does not work well with WeakSauce.   Sunshine bootloader is not compatible with Verizon HTCs at the moment, but as soon as 2015 hits, the unlocking tool will be updated.   Source: WeakSauce 2

Godus – a new mobile game where you can play God

Godus is now available on Android device and, if you like playing the benevolent god card, you’re in for a treat. This little game began its journey on the PC but now it appears to have successfully transitioned to the smaller tactile screens. You can find the game free on Play Store.   In Godus you become the all-seeing hand which tries to nurture little stone-aged villagers transcend to better and more civilized lives. You can influence earth and water to make your climate better and as your little humans grow in power, so does your own: you can bless forests and crops and start fires too, as you can’t be a great god without some smiting, you know.   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=97ZRSpfQX_M     The game is in active development on OSX and Windows platforms and it comes from the developer Peter Molyneux, who is responsible for hits like Black and White, Dungeon Keeper and the predecessor Populous.   Godus gets multiplayer interaction through Facebook, where your world can be linked to other player’s world. The game is free to play which means it has some in-app ads and purchases too, just to get that extra currency for your power boost.   [googleplay url=”https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.mobage.ww.a1912.Godus_Android”]

Sprint’s LG G3 and LG G Flex are getting WiFi calling and security fix OTAs

Sprint’s LG G3 and LG G Flex are getting an OTA Monday December 1st, and what they’re getting is Wi Fi calling. In case you have one of these devices and you are a Sprint customer, you can expect for some new software this coming week.   LG G3 will be getting to version ZV26 whereas the G Flex will be getting ZV9. The devices are not getting Lollipop because the OTA change log shows only bug and security fixes and Wi Fi international calling. The updates are not listed on the device’s official Sprint pages at the moment.   Apart from Wi Fi calling, LG G3 is getting some security patches coming directly from Qualcomm and Google, some fixes and improvements when it comes to the homescreen, lockscreen, aux cable detection and compass app.   LG G Flex is getting better HD voice sound quality and Google security patches.   Around 40% of current users will be getting the update next week, whereas the rest will be getting the OTA in the following three days. It appears that someone at XDA devs already got their hands on a flashable ZIP file for the G3 device. If you want to head over there and get your update manually, you can safely click HERE.   Source: AndroidPolice

Amazon gives 40 apps worth $130 for free this Black Friday!

Amazon is on a freebie streak and this weekend we get more free apps marked under the Black Friday label. This time, the free apps – 40 in number – are worth $130 you won’t have to pay. If you’re up to no good and flooding your Amazon account seems the best thing to do, go ahead and redeem ALL the apps you can get for free. Black Friday is, as usual, a great chance for people to spend more money by thinking they spend less, but how about not having to endure that interminable line and getting what you want with a simple tap or click?  Among the most important names you will find: Angry Birds Seasons EDGE Extended Merriam Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary Symphony Of The Origin Alarm Clock Pro A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving Quell Memento Wifi Explorer Pro Docs To Go Premium Photo Editor + Bejeweled 2 Sonic Jump Perfectly Clear. Some apps are duplicates for the Kindle Fire devices, but most are compatible with all Android devices. The deal is available all over the world, not only in the US, so head over fast and click away to get your favorite apps for free! Source: Amazon apps

Amazon app update with Lollipop 5.0 support and Android Wear component

Amazon app received an update which brings Lollipop support and an Android Wear component. The app update makes sure to comply with Lollipop standards, devices and software builds. Of course, the Wear component is a plus.       You can use the Android Wear component to search products by voice and you activate the feature with the phrase “start Amazon”. The Wear application can add certain apps to your wish list or can buy them for you directly, although that may not be an ideal situation for you.   Of course, the app brings about new and unknown bug fixes and elusive improvements. The app itself is found free on the Google Play Store and you can check it out below.   [googleplay url=”https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.amazon.mShop.android”]