webOS has had rather turbulent history. Initially developed by Palm, the Linux kernel-based operating system has never found had an easy time making its way to mobile devices. However, and what may come as a surprise to many reading this, development work on the platform is still well underway. There are even working ports for some of popular devices like the Google Nexus 4, Nexus 7 (2012), Samsung Galaxy Nexus, and the long since forgotten HP Touchpad.
The project for mobile devices was renamed LuneOS. And like its predecessor, LuneOS remained open-source. As of now, not many things are working like they should, but the team standing behind the OS put lots of efforts to eliminate the current flaws. A major part of the system has been rewritten from scratch to work properly atop the Android ecosystem. Currently, only WiFi connectivity is working, but developers want to utilize features such as telephony, graphics drivers, and hardware acceleration from Android in the future.
The project’s developers have provided some porting instructions. So with a bit of knowledge, you can make LuneOS work passably on your device. As you can see on the photo to your right, the OnePlus One is one of the devices that might be officially supported in the foreseeable future.
Meanwhile, you can get the installation instructions and compiled binaries from the LuneOS project’s website. Open-source projects are truly great and show that there’s worth in nearly every OS offering when there’s a developer friendly ecosystem.
Android L is on the horizon as the next big release from Google and many cannot wait for it to be release to the public. However, the vast majority of people are still waiting for the latest KitKat update to roll out to their devices and have still a long time to wait until Android L will be made available to them. So, when exactly should you expect Android 4.4.3 or Android 4.4.4 to start rolling out to your neck of the woods?
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-Users can log fuel refills and other regular costs directly through the app
-Other costs including tolls, parking fees, service, repairs, oil replacements, etc.
-You can view the costs of car ownership as it changes from month to month or view a total cost breakdown
-Car Logbook supports multiple vehicles and you can also setup notifications to appear on a certain date or after a certain distance has been traveled
This app is simple, easy-to-use, and effective: three of my favorite qualities to see in an app.
If you use this app over a long period of time, you can easily see usage patterns. You may notice that an older vehicle is costing you a lot of money, for example, or that your weekly commute is using slightly more gas than it did a few months ago.
However you use this app, Car Logbook is a great way to keep track of your vehicle and your budget.
Any time a consumer has bought an HTC device, more specifically, a device in HTC’s One series, they have received 50GB of free storage on Google Drive. Now, HTC has upped the amount of data that comes with their One series devices. Now, if you buy an HTC One series device, you will get 100GB of free storage on Google Drive for two years.
HTC has not only upped the amount of data consumers can get when purchasing a One series device, but have also expanded the offer to cover a couple HTC Desire devices as well. The list of all the devices HTC has included in this offer now are the HTC One M8, One Remix, One Max, Desire 816 and the Desire 610. Select devices from 2013 will also get a bit of the promotion. The original HTC One, HTC Butterfly S, HTC One Mini, and HTC Desire 601 are also getting an additional 25GB of Drive storage for free for two years. In order to get the free storage on the older devices, you’ll need to upgrade to HTC Sense 5+ or Sense 6 when it becomes available.
If you purchase one of these great devices from HTC, you simply open the pre-installed Google Drive app on your device. Once opened, you’ll be presented with a screen that asks if you’d like to redeem the free storage- click redeem, and you’re set. Some reports suggest that if you’ve already purchased one of the devices listed above, and have also redeemed the included 50GB of free Drive storage, you’re also eligible to claim an additional 50GB of Drive storage. While this offer is a nice addition to you’re already nice purchase, as we mentioned the free data will stay free for up to two years. After that two years, you’ll need to start paying for Google Drive storage on your own, or rely on another offer like this to come around. How much Drive storage do you currently have, and how much are you using? Would you like to see more promotions offering free app services like Google Drive or any other monthly paid service app? Let us know down below or on our G+ page.
Welcome back to our Meet the Devs segment! In this piece we take a little time to get to know the people who really make Android what it is today and that is the app developers. In this week’s developer interview, we are talking to Andrew Kemeklis of AKWare.
My name is Andrew Kemeklis and I am 13 years old app developer. I am the CEO of my company, AKWare, where I develop Android apps. AKWare is less than a year old and I created it with my dad.
What level of experience do you have with coding and development?
I have been coding for 4 years, since I was 8. I have a lot of experience in Java development. I have been making Android apps for a little under a year, and I also have a good deal of experienced with Android development.
What languages do you know? How and where did you learn them?
What level of experience do you have with design?
I have little experience with design. I have never taken any design classes before. I like watching the different videos Android puts up about design and user experience, and they definitely help me with designing my apps. One of the videos that I found really helpful was about common Android UX flaws. This video was awesome and I learned a lot about what I can do wrong in my apps if am not using actual Android buttons.
What apps have you made?
CHiPMuNK, a game where you swipe up and down to move your chipmunk and try not to get hit by the flying acorns. FlickMas, a game where you save Christmas by swiping presents back into Santa’s sleigh as they fall out. St. David the King App, an app for a local church that shows mass times and reconciliation schedules, urgent church information, and lets you download sunday bulletins onto your device. You can even have mass times spoken to you. Monroe Sports Center App, an app that lets users view schedules for all your basketball teams, and notifies the user of changes in schedule and for upcoming events
How do you monetize your apps?
I display AdMob banner ads on the bottom of the screen in my game, CHiPMuNK.
Why did you choose Android? Do you develop for other platforms? What are the differences between them?
I chose Android because it is a free to develop on, open platform and it is very popular and widely used. Android is over 80% of the smartphone market share. I don’t develop apps for iOS or Windows because they cost much more to develop on, and for iOS I would have to pay $99 a year to have put my apps up on the app store. Android just has a one time fee of $25 to create a developer account, and then after that you don’t have to make any yearly payments.
What are your favorite apps?
I really like the NBA Game Time app, since I am into basketball. I also love playing 2048.
What tips do you have for aspiring developers?
Be creative and let loose your ideas! Don’t be afraid to try something new!
We want to thank Andrew for chatting with us in this week’s developer interview! If you’re a developer and this looks like something you’d like to do, check out our Meet the Devs form! We look forward to hearing from you.
A few days ago we reported the news that Toshiba were getting ready to release a new Chromebook and we now have a bit more information to give you. In our last update we advised the Chromebook was 13.3” in size and was an update of the same device from earlier on in the year with the exception of the Intel Celeron Haswell processor being replaced by an Intel Celeron dual-core Bay Trail chip. The newer processor will clock 2.16GHz and the device will include 2GB RAM, 16GB SSD for storage and expected to come with a battery lasting 10.5 hours. Well according to OMG Chrome, an unnamed source has advised there are actually two models in the pipe line. It is expected Toshiba will make the devices available to purchase form November although again the source has suggested the devices will probably be available to purchase before the expected November release.
So what is the difference between the two? Well, as to be expected the first and obvious difference will be the price with Toshiba releasing a budget version and a slightly more premium version. The budget (or cheaper) Chromebook will come with a standard HD screen resolution (1366×7568), the 2GB RAM (previously reported) and an expected battery life of 11 hours. This device is expected to be priced at the $249.99 marker. In contrast the second (premium) Chromebook will come with Full HD resolution (1920×1080) and a much more receptive 4GB RAM. However, the expected battery life on this device is somewhere around 9 hours and this shortfall is being blamed on the increase in pixel resolution which inevitable will pull a bigger battery current. The second Chromebook is expected to sell for $329.99. Both devices will contain the expected Bay Trail processor and so in fairness the difference of $80 is not that massive when you compare the doubled RAM and increase in resolution from SD to HD although the lack of the battery compensating effectively is a little disappointing. Regardless this is the newest information we are hearing about the Toshiba Chromebook(s). As mentioned it is expected that the devices are supposed to launch ‘officially in November although the source providing the information to OMG Chrome are saying the Chromebooks will ship before this date. Either way, it won’t be too long now until they hit the market.
We’re going to show you a few tips and tricks to give your photos a twist. All of these can be accomplished with most Android smartphones currently available on the market and require either no financial investment at all or at the very least, a small one. For most of them, they’re relatively simple but will also require the photographer to have a good eye for photos as well as a few applications that can edit photos.
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