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HTC Preview to allow users to test software and devices before launches

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.


HTC Preview



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!


Source: HTC preview


AndroidPolice: Motorola begins Lollipop soak test on Moto X 2014 Pure Edition

Motorola is officially beginning its soak test on Moto X 2014 Pure Edition owners. AndroidPolice says that the test will be bringing Android Lollipop 5.0 to the handset, which makes the update reach the device even earlier than Google’s official OTAs for its most recent devices, except for Nexus 9 and Nexus 6.


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Lenovo’s new acquisition of Motorola seems to take things move even faster and it appears users will be in store for some nice treats, including interruption control, lock screen notifications and screen pinning among others.

The rollout is just starting and there are not many details surrounding it, but Moto users should be happy that Motorola is fast in updating their devices, probably because of their work on Nexus 6, which brought about some important Lollipop knowledge.

Note: the release notes for the Lollipop soak test have been pulled from Motorola already.

Source: Androidpolice

Apps News

PCMark enters Google PlayStore – test your tablet or smartphone performance for free

3DMark the Android version is now accompanied by Futuremark’s PCMark which can be found for free on the Google Play Store. The app will analyze the overall performance of your tablet or smartphone in comparison to 3DMark which gives a rating to your GPU.





Even if it doesn’t have the most intuitive name now, PC Mark does a good job and in the end gives you a number which may be useful (at least for boasting your smartphone in front of your friends). You will have to download a 400 MB test file after you install the app itself and, after it obtains the necessary data, the app will assess performance and work battery life test readings. Even if at the moment there are not many different tests you can do, in the future more types of tests are to come.


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The work test addresses document editing, web browsing and photo editing for example. In order to run the work battery life test you will need at least 80% battery.




At the moment, PCMark tests place Tegra processors at the top of the list along with Snapdragon 801 and some Exynos variations. All the newest processors are pretty close in results though.


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News Updates/Software

Android L Preview fix – 14 closed bugs to be patched in the next public release

Android L Preview fixes 14 bugs that will be patched in the next public release. The biggest beta test in Android’s history is taking its course on Nexus devices and developing to become the next big OS in the history of the most popular operating system in the world.

Android L is being worked on hard and fast in order to become reality sooner rather than later. The release date is approaching fast as sources say, because it will most probably be launched at the end of 2014. Some of the biggest and most important bugs of the OS are finally being patched, including Nexus’s inability to send or receive MMS messages through Hangouts app. This bug happens only on AT&T and T Mobile devices at the moment.

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Apart from this bug, other 13 bugs have been fixed in the last day and they will be added in the release build. Among the fixes you will find:

  • Missing emoji
  • Dialpad no. 7 replaced with S
  • Lockscreen hangs
  • Lack of notifications
  • Wi Fi Proxy setting resets after disconnect
  • Local HTML 5 audio files don’t play in Android Webview.

Hundreds of other bugs are still waiting to be fixed before Android L’s launch.

The public release date of Android’s newest OS is still a mystery, as well as its official (savory) name. Considering that Google is usually showing new developer phones around October and November, we are bound to find out more in the next couple of months. Stay tuned for more delicious news!

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Linux shell

Generate file of fixed size via CLI

We recently moved a hosting to a new data center and wanted to test speeds, so I needed fixed size files to see what kind of speeds people could achieve while downloading them. I decided on the arbitrary numbers of 100MB and 500MB. Heres how I generated fixes size files via bash.

for 500 MB :

dd if=/dev/zero of=file.txt count=1000 bs=524288

for 100MB :

dd if=/dev/zero of=file.txt count=10240 bs=10240

Now you can use other things such as /dev/random etc for this. but this is extremely quick. the 500MB file was finished in .47 seconds. That’s less than half a second….