A new day signals a new attempt at HTC’s desire to return to the relevant side of the niche market. If the One M9 was a failure and HTC A9 is somewhat of a black sheep because of its design, HTC has now decided to take on the test software market instead. Maybe they will be luckier here. Enter the HTC Preview Program, a feature that will allow users to test unreleased devices and software in order to help the OEM improve everything before launch.
If you choose to sign on for HTC Preview, you should know that you get no guarantee that you will get an awesome secret device to test anytime soon. In order to register you will need to take a good 10-15 minutes of drilling on what your favorite mobile activities are and what device you’re currently sporting. In case you answer you have an HTC device, they will ask you for the IMEI and carrier information so that you may get the chance to test proprietary software updates in the future.
Of course, HTC preview forms will ask you to agree to an NDA to join, and it’s pretty serious, so be careful what you tick. You will have to use the devices or software they give you on a daily basis in Preview in order to provide feedback. If its your sort of thing, go ahead and sign in via the source link below!
LG Gate is the newest service that the South-Korean conglomerate has launched, and what it actually is is an enterprise smartphone security suite. This solution is aimed at safeguarding private and business data as they can coexist on smartphones. They allow outfits to use bring your own device (BOYD) setups.
When you use LG Gate, you can encrypt hardware data, use VPN and use the mobile device management features given to you. It is yet unclear if the software will be available for free or purchased, but everything will be clear in a few weeks, when LG G2 finally reaches the US. Below you can read the press release that makes things clearer for us:
[box type=”shadow”]LG Introduces Secure, Enterprise-Ready Mobile Platform For Business Sector
Launching on Popular New LG G2 Smartphone, Comprehensive BYOD Solution Boasts Enhanced Features, Superior Security
ENGLEWOOD CLIFFS, N.J., Oct. 2, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — LG Electronics today announced the release of “LG GATE,” an enterprise-grade technologies package that simplifies access to and enhances the security of mobile enterprise solutions.
With LG GATE, on-the-go employees can conveniently utilize work resources from any location, while companies can better manage IT security and privacy. Designed to meet the demands of the fast-growing “bring your own device (BYOD) to the workplace” market, this innovative platform will launch first in the United States on the LG G2.
The ultimate BYOD solution, LG GATE leverages the power of the LG G2 to provide a seamless Private & Business Virtualization experience. Users can simultaneously run two operating systems on a single smartphone, enabling them to keep personal and business information completely separate.
In addition to Private & Business Virtualization, LG GATE supports a range of top-notch software and features including Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync, Virtual Private Network (VPN) and Mobile Device Management (MDM). LG has collaborated with major VPN and MDM providers to ensure an optimal mobile environment for business users, anywhere, anytime.
LG GATE also incorporates powerful encryption technology, meaning companies can feel confident that their digitally stored and transmitted resources are protected by the highest level of security.
“With the increasing popularity of BYOD, employees and IT managers alike are demanding improved work solutions for mobile devices,” said Dr. Jong-seok Park, president and CEO of the LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company. “LG GATE satisfies the need for both company security and individual privacy, while delivering exceptional business and personal user experiences.”
About LG Electronics USA LG Electronics USA, Inc., based in Englewood Cliffs, N.J., is the North American subsidiary of LG Electronics, Inc., a $45 billion global force and technology leader in consumer electronics, home appliances and mobile communications. In the United States, LG Electronics sells a range of stylish and innovative mobile phones, home entertainment products, home appliances, and air conditioning systems and energy solutions, all under LG’s “Life’s Good” marketing theme. LG Electronics is a 2013 ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year. For more information, please visit www.lg.com.[/box]
Motorola recently released the open source kernel for the Moto G 3rd gen. Ever since its launch, the G Moto series has been a leader in the mid-range niche market because of its great price and features.
The Moto G 3rd gen launched just a few hours after its announcement last month, and it is already running on the most recent Android version, 5.1.1. The open source kernel was also made public now. In the last few weeks a number of kernels was updated and followed by OTA software updates, among the most important devices to get the change were the original Moto G, 2015 Moto E and 2014 Moto X.
Where can I get the Moto G 3rd gen kernel?
Developers can download the kernel from Motorola’s own Github found in the source link below. It is extremely useful in creating new apps and customized versions of the kernel that can replace the stock build (the things you would want to do to get to a good custom ROM or to processor overclocking).
HTC recently posted the kernel source for Android 5.1 for the One M7 and M8 Google Play Edition devices. They were updated earlier this month and now we can actually see what their kernel source looks like.
The M8 release gets version 4.04.1700.6 whereas One M7 gets version 6.04.1700.6. This info is useful for developers and people who are considering flashing custom ROMs.
Even if they are some of the last devices of the Google Play Edition program, they are also the first to get Android 5.1. The kernel source may help developers develop software for M9 and other phones of the line.
TWRP is now offering official support for the Nexus Player and Oppo R5. Google’s set-top box is finally getting its own support but that will not make things easier as you will need an USB OTG cable and a USB mouse to navigate TWRP. Things will not be smooth graphically either, as the software is not optimized for x86 architecture.
The Oppo R5 is one of the slimmest smartphones on the market as it does not even have place for a headphone jack but you can “more safely” tinker with it now.
TWRP allows users to flash custom ROMs, to create backups and change things here and there software-wise. Don’t forget to be careful not to brick things while you’re baking your devices!
According to some media sources like The Verge, Google is almost done working on adding iOS support to Android Wear. The Apple Watch is coming live in a few days and this may be seen as a strong move from Google trying to get more of the market, extending to the non-native Android devices out there. On the off hand, Apple may attempt to block Wear apps after launch.
The Android Wear on iOS will use Google’s apps and services in order to create the same medium as Android Wear devices. There should be voice search, Google Now cards and reply functionality for G mail. iOS app notifications are also pulled via the companion app.
At the moment Pebble is one of the most known smartwatches that supports both Apple and Android but it is more of an accessory than competition. Neither Apple nor Google mentioned anything regarding this rumor.