Cyanogen has today announced a new platform called “MOD,” giving developers deeper access to the Android operating system and allowing them to take advantage of platform APIs that are otherwise out of reach. Microsoft, for example, has built a Skype mod that allows users to add VoIP calling functionality directly to the Android dialer, as well as a Cortana mod that replaces Google Now on an OS level…
Android OS Stories February 22, 2016
Android OS Stories February 15, 2016
When looking at the landscape of Android flagship smartphones, I rarely find it easy to pinpoint a single manufacturer that, in one way or another, has consistently been able to meaningfully innovate one year after the other. More often than not, the OEMs have a go at things that are then removed the following year, or that in some way fail to broadly introduce a proper trend, like for instance the first attempts at fingerprint sensors or stereoscopic cameras…
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Android OS Stories January 7, 2016
Android OS Stories December 4, 2015
A couple of days ago we told you that Hiroshi Lockheimer, SVP of Android at Google, announced on Twitter that new emoji recently approved from Unicode 7.0 and 8.0 are soon coming to Nexus devices (specifically, it looks like they should be rolling out starting sometime next week). If you’ve been wondering what these new emoji are going to look like, you’ve come to the right place… expand full story
Android OS Stories November 18, 2015
It’s not exactly just AOSP, but Oppo has today introduced Project Spectrum, a flavor of Android for its line of phones that combines what the company says is the best of stock Android and its own in-house built features. At first glance, you might think you’re using a Nexus or Motorola handset, which is definitely a great thing, but Spectrum adds some add-ons from its ColorOS that add a little bit to the experience… expand full story
Android OS Stories October 29, 2015
This one has been a long time coming.
According to a report this afternoon from The Wall Street Journal, Google is — finally? is this worth a finally? — planning to fold its Chrome desktop OS into Android. The new, single operating system will be unveiled sometime in 2017 according to people familiar with the matter, but the Mountain View company reportedly has plans to show off an “early version” as soon as next year… expand full story