Android 4.1 has officially hit the ground running, finding itself landing in AOSP today courtesy of Jean-Baptiste Queru and friends. What does this mean to you? Well, if your phone is rooted and you have an affinity for flashing custom ROMs, a plethora of Jelly Bean ROMs are soon headed your way now that Jelly Bean can be compiled from source. The CyanogenMod team made it clear they will still be working on a stable ICS release and nightlies for Android 4.1 will be available when they are available — just don’t ask when. Woot woot!
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Instagram is breaking off direct messages into their own stand-alone app called Direct. The app is currently in testing in select countries but could be rolling out globally soon.
A California judge has dismissed the class action suit filed against Google for unequal pay for women. The plaintiffs have been given 30 days in order to re-file.
After announcing back in 2016 that Chrome Apps would be removed from the Web Store, Google has officially removed the ability for anyone to download Chrome Apps.
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The new service could actually be a merging of the existing music services. The branding would be YouTube instead of Play Music.
Google has sent out a new email to developers announcing its temporarily halting its accessibility services ban while it sorts through apps that use the feature in innovative ways.
more_vertHTC U11+ Smart Display app
The U11+ has an OLED display and HTC will be using that display for a feature called “Smart Display.” It’s essentially just their version of an always-on display.
Looking for a new phone? Don’t miss this bundle deal on Amazon for an unlocked Galaxy S8 Plus, Qi wireless charging pad, and $100 Amazon Gift Card.
Some people running Android Oreo are experiencing an issue with syncing their contacts to their Google account. Mostly Pixel & Pixel 2 users seem to be affected, but others report the issue too.
OnePlus held an AMA yesterday in their forums and fielded a question about the availability of Project Treble on their current phones, explaining why it won’t be supported.
Two new photos showcase the front and back of Sony’s next generation of Xperia devices, revealing a much smaller bezel compared to previous flagships.