Android Overload: Google granted software patent to help conserve battery life, Samsung Galaxy S4 successfully rooted, and more


The Android Overload is where we stash all of the stories/articles/news bits that didn’t make it onto our front page (some for more obvious reasons than others). In any case, just because they weren’t featured doesn’t mean they aren’t worth taking a look at. In fact, there’s almost always a few good articles here for everyone. So, take a look around and let us know if you find anything interesting.

  • Google has been granted a software patent that will help conserve battery life in Android by reducing a phone’s resolution, graphical animations, colors, etc.. [Google Patents]
  • Blog post: The Negative Impact of iOS on Android. [IanGClifton]
  • CyanogenMod will no longer allow users to opt-out of stat tracking. Says it’s not malicious, and only to track the success of the project. [Github]
  • Report from Flurry says phablets are just a “fad” but after looking over the data, they simply have less market share. Sorry, Flurry, phablets aren’t going anywhere. [FlurryAnalytics]
  • Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini might be officially announced this week. [SamMobile]
  • Google introduces the Ingress Report, fictional news reports from inside the exclusive world of Ingress. Takes nerdy to a whole ‘nother level. [NianticProject]
  • The Samsung Galaxy S4 has been rooted. Octa-core version only for now. [XDA]
  • HTC Thunderbolt now receiving OTA update to software version 7.02.605.10. Fixes all the bugs introduced by the Ice Cream Sandwich update. [VerizonWireless]
  • Alma Whitten, Google’s director of privacy for product and engineering is stepping down after 10 years with the company. [AllThingsD]
  • Hisense Pulse could be seeing an update to Google TV V3 starting today (bad timing). [GTVSource]
  • Tapatalk HD updated in the Play Store with new searchable sub forums, and camera/photo editor. [Google Play]
  • Rockpocalypse is now available on Android. Seems users either love it or hate it. Either way, it’s free. [Google Play]
  • Rosetta Stone releases Rosetta Course app for Android devices. [Google Play]
  • TuneIn Radio updated with new TuneIn Live feature. Shows a “vivid array” of album artwork and titles that flip when a new song starts. [Google Play]
  • After debuting on Humble Bundle 5 for Android, NightSky HD now available in the Play Store for $5. [Google Play]
  • Spunk and Moxie now available in the Play Store for introductory price of $1. [Google Play]


Chris Chavez
I've been obsessed with consumer technology for about as long as I can remember, be it video games, photography, or mobile devices. If you can plug it in, I have to own it. Preparing for the day when Android finally becomes self-aware and I get to welcome our new robot overlords.

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  1. android needs all the help it can get at being more efficent all round, its crud, it always was bad, now its turning into a bloated load of rubbish.

    1. Your comment is a bloated load of rubbish haha

  2. Take your tinfoil hat off, troll. It’s ANONYMOUS device info, and it’s the least you could provide as “payment” for using the best ROM available.

    Since you’re opting out of CM (and we know you’re not), you also better opt out of just about every great app out there that integrates Google Analytics (even the phandroid app).

  3. I like seeing ingress stuff on here..speaking of that…who’s in south central Wisconsin and still needs an invite?…

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