WileyFox

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WileyFox The New CyanogenMod Phone

WileyFox is the name of a new OEM coming to town that will be offering two phones. Swift is the phone shown above and is there budget friendly model at just $200.00 US.  The Storm is there flagship devices at just $300.00 US. But the best part about this new WileyFox company is that these 2 phones will come with CyanogenMod 12.1 on them and will be supported by CM. This reminds me of the OnePlus one and i am really looking forward to checking out the WileyFox Swift for sure and maybe even the Storm. Now that you know CM is the OS you are probably wondering what are the specs on these Foxy phones. Scroll down. I dont see anything really grown breaking in these specs but for the price and the OS it should still be a interesting device.

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SWIFT

BODY Dimesions 141.15 x 71 x 9.37 mm Weight 135g Sim Dual SIM

DISPLAY Type HD, IPS, Full Lamination Size 5 inches Resolution 1280 x 720 pixels (~294ppi) Multi-touch Yes, 10 points, Glove mode Protection Corning® Gorilla® Glass 3

PLATFORM OS Cyanogen 12.1 Chipset Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 410 8916 CPU 64-bit Quad-core 1.2GHz GPU Adreno™ 306

MEMORY Card slot Yes, expandable up to 32GB Internal 16GB ROM, 2GB RAM

CAMERA Primary 13MP AF Samsung S5K3M2 BSI, Dual LED Flash Features Face detection, touch focus, zero shutter lag, panorama, HDR, geo-tagging, auto exposure and antibanding customisation Video 1080p@60fps slow motion capture, high speed capture Secondary 5MP

SOUND Alert types Vibration, Multi-colored LED Notification Loudspeaker Yes 3.5mm jack Yes

COMMS WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, 2.4GHz Wi-Fi Bluetooth v4, A2DP, BLE GPS Yes, with A-GPS, Radio Yes USB microUSB

BATTERY Removable 2500mAh battery Stand-by Up to 200 hrs Talk time Up to 10 hr (2G), up to 8 hr (3G)

MISC Sensors 3D G-Sensor, Proximity Sensor, Ambient Light Sensor, Gyroscope, E-Compass Color Sandstone Black

REGULATORY Certifications CE / ROHS / EAC / REACH /GMS NETWORK Technology GSM / HSPA / LTE 2G bands GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 3G bands HSDPA 900 / 2100 4G bands LTE 800 / 1800 / 2600 Speed LTE CAT 4 up to 150mbps GPRS Yes EDGE Yes

 

STORM

BODY Dimesions 155.6 x 77.3 x9.2 mm Weight 155g Sim Dual SIM*

DISPLAY Type FHD, IPS, Full Lamination Size 5.5 inches Resolution 1920 x 1080 pixels (~400ppi) Multi-touch Yes, 5 points

PLATFORM OS Cyanogen 12.1 Chipset Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 615 8939 CPU 64-bit Octa-core 1.5GHz GPU Adreno™ 405

MEMORY Card slot Yes, expandable up to 128GB* Internal 32GB ROM, 3GB RAM

CAMERA Primary 20MP AF Sony EXMOR IMX220 BSI, LED Flash Features Face detection, touch focus, zero shutter lag, panorama, HDR, geo-tagging, auto exposure and antibanding customisation Video 1080p@90fps slow motion capture, high speed capture Secondary 8MP, LED Flash

SOUND Alert types Vibration, Breath LED Notification Loudspeaker Yes 3.5mm jack Yes

COMMS WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, 2.4GHz Wi-Fi Bluetooth v4, A2DP, BLE GPS Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS Radio Yes USB microUSB

BATTERY Non-removable 2500mAh battery Stand-by (Information coming soon) Talk time (Information coming soon)

MISC Sensors 3D G-Sensor, Proximity Sensor, Ambient Light Sensor, Gyroscope, E-Compass Color Sandstone Black

REGULATORY Certifications CE / ROHS / EAC / REACH / GMS NETWORK Technology GSM / HSPA / LTE 2G bands GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 3G bands HSDPA 900 / 2100 4G bands LTE 800 / 900 / 1800 / 2600 Speed LTE CAT 4 up to 150mbps GPRS Yes EDGE Yes

Slots: Dual SIM/Single SIM+MicroSD

The Future of Android Community Development

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The Future of Android Community Development 

(and why RootJunky isn’t rooting)

 

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What is the future of android development when it comes down to the Android community and forums like XDA developers? Here are some of my thoughts on this matter. I have been in the Android community for many years now and have seen lots of new and exciting ideas and mods for Android. Lets walk through some of these awesome developments.

Root

Root access on your Android device can be compared to having admin rights on a Windows computer. When you get your phone or tablet from the store, you are just a user and can’t access anything deeper in the settings; you can’t even delete apps you don’t want. This is why we want root access on your Android devices.  However, even this process has become very  difficult for many users since the manufacturers and carriers have locked down the bootloaders on many devices.  In order for a phone with a locked bootloader to get root access, a developer has to find some kind of exploit in Android or in the device itself. As time has passed, this is getting harder because every time an exploit is found, Google creates a patch for it. This is a good thing for security, but really bad news for users with locked bootloaders.

NOTE: Many Developers that have started in the Android community have been picked up by Google and other companies and can’t research find these exploits for the community anymore.

Roms

A rom is a operating system replacement that normally adds many new features to your device, but can sometimes take away features as well. There are many roms to choose from depending on your device.  Some of the most popular are: CyanogenMod, Alliance, AOSP, AOKP, ViperRom, and OmniRom.  These are well supported and work great. That being said, once you install them most will remove some or all of the custom features that come with your device. There are many roms that have very bad development and can cause major problems like camera and wifi not working. Some of the best roms to install are stock based roms with just some mods added. These stock roms will be fully functional and can add great features to your device.

Recovery

Recovery is a major need for android development.   It is used to flash rom mods, and many times to get root access. TWRP and CWM recovery are both great and development is solid on them. But to install either you need an unlocked bootloader or some kind of exploit. Safe Strap is a recovery that doesn’t require an unlocked bootloader, but it does need root access to install.  Unfortunately, the developer behind it has moved on to other things.

Bootloader

Many manufacturers like Motorola, HTC, LG, Huawei and Samsung have programs you can follow to unlock the bootloader on your devices.  This is nice, however, they are very limited to a special list of devices. Some Manufacturers even leave their bootloaders unlocked to start. This makes development much easier, but also makes the devices much less secure.

Mods

Mods are probably my favorite part of Android development because they only add to your device experience. Mods like Xposed framework and theme engines are among some of the greatest. But, here again, most mods require root access to use and many even need custom recovery.

Community Development

Development for Android has become harder every time a new Android version is released. Every release brings new features and new challenges for the dev to figure out.  For example,  Dalvik changed to Art run time environment.   Tools that a developer previously used don’t work anymore and new tools have to be created. Most Developers in the Android community work on these awesome exploits and mods in their free time which makes development a little weak at times, but who can blame them. After all, development for the Android community is free of charge.

Summary

At this point, you may be asking yourself “why is he covering all of these points just to talk about the future of android community development?”  In conclusion,  Google has made many advances in their Android operating system that have improved the functionality, performance and added many features that have come from the community.  Features such as flash light toggles, permissions per app, and Themes engines being added by manufacturers ( and I think Google very soon). Many of the reasons that I rooted my phones, are now offered with stock Android or by the manufacturer. There are also tons of awesome apps on the market that let you mod your device without even needing root such as launchers, icon changers and themes for those launchers. Unless you are actually a developer, the need to root and unlock your bootloader has diminished these days; at least when it comes to the new flagship devices.   Older devices stop getting ota updates and need development in order to keep them up to date and running smoothly. I have a confession to make…. I haven’t used root access on any of my daily driver devices in over 6 months. The need for root on your devices just isn’t there anymore. On many older devices with slow hardware or lacking features, I can understand it and even back it, but on the new stuff there’s no need. Yes, you heard that right: Rootjunky isn’t rooting LOL. Rooting a device that doesn’t need it has become a real headache. Every time you root a device that is running lollipop or above you change the system files to do it and that messes up ota updates. So now you have root, but are stuck on a old android version once a ota is released, that just doesn’t make sense. Like I said earlier, the idea is to add features and updates, not stop them. The future that I see is one with less and less community development because Google and manufacturers are pushing out ota updates faster. As much as I love the Android community, I am happy to see Google stepping up their game and taking amazing ideas from the community and adding them into stock Android.

 

What are your thoughts on the future of Android community development?  I would love to hear them.

 

RootJunky out

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Samsung Galaxy Note 5 and S6 Edge plus

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Samsung Galaxy Note 5 and S6 Edge Plus

 

 

The Samsung Galaxy Note 5 looks like it will be one amazing phablet that i am really excited to get my hands on. I love the Note line up from the Note 2 through the Note 4 and now the Note 5. The body on this device is nicely designed and looks very premium with the curved edges on the back. I love the way that the s-pen now ejects by pressing it in a little, which is a much needed improvement. Looking forward to see how the Exynos 7420 CPU will perform over last years model with the the qualcomm snapdragon chip and 4GB of DDR4 ram yes please and thank you 🙂  price of this new Samsung Galaxy note 5 will be 699.99 for the 32GB model and 799.99 for the 64GB device. I will probably be picking up the 64GB model as soon as i can. Release data is August 21 2015 but can be pre ordered all ready. That being said I better pre order mine right now. Order your Note 5 or S6 Edge plus HERE

 

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The Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Plus what can i say here. its a s6 edge that has a bigger screen and the same specs as the Note 5. check the list of specs below. If you wish the s6 edge had a bigger screen then maybe this phone is for you. 🙂 more pictures of the Note 5 at bottom of the post.

Left Samsung Galaxy Note 5.  Right Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Plus.

NETWORK Technology GSM / HSPA / LTE GSM / HSPA / LTE
2G bands GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
3G Network HSDPA HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100
4G Network LTE LTE
Speed HSPA 42.2/5.76 Mbps, LTE Cat6 300/50 Mbps/ LTE Cat9 450/50 Mbps HSPA 42.2/5.76 Mbps, LTE Cat4 150/50 Mbps
GPRS Yes Yes
EDGE Yes Yes
DISPLAY Type Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Size 5.7 inches (~75.9% screen-to-body ratio) 5.5 inches
Resolution 1440 x 2560 pixels (~518 ppi pixel density) 1440 x 2560 pixels (~518 ppi pixel density)
Multitouch Yes Yes
Protection Corning Gorilla Glass 4 Corning Gorilla Glass 4
– TouchWiz UI
– Curved edge screen
BODY Dimensions 153.2 x 76.1 x 7.6 mm (6.03 x 3.00 x 0.30 in)
Weight 171 g (6.03 oz)
SIM Yes Nano-SIM
– Fingerprint sensor (PayPal certified)
– S Pen stylus
– Fingerprint sensor (PayPal certified)
– Samsung Pay (Visa, MasterCard certified)
PLATFORM OS Android OS, v5.1.1 (Lollipop) Android OS, v5.0.2 (Lollipop)
Chipset Exynos 7420 Exynos 7420
CPU Quad-core 1.5 GHz Cortex-A53 & Quad-core 2.1 GHz Cortex-A57 Quad-core 1.5 GHz Cortex-A53 & Quad-core 2.1 GHz Cortex-A57
GPU Mali-T760MP8 Mali-T760MP8
MEMORY Card slot No No
Internal 32/64/128 GB, 4 GB RAM 32/64 GB, 4 GB RAM
CAMERA Primary 16 MP, 5312 x 2988 pixels, optical image stabilization, autofocus, LED flash 16 MP, 2988 x 5312 pixels, autofocus, LED flash
Features Dual Shot, Simultaneous HD video and image recording, geo-tagging, touch focus, face/smile detection, panorama, HDR Geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection, Auto HDR, panorama
Video 2160p@30fps, 1080p@60fps, optical stabilization, dual-video rec. 2160p@30fps
Secondary 5 MP 5 MP, 1080p

 

FEATURES Sensors Accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer, heart rate, SpO2 Accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer
Messaging SMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Mail, IM SMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Mail, IM
Browser HTML5 HTML5
Java No No
– Wireless charging (Qi/PMA) – market dependent
– ANT+ support
– S-Voice natural language commands and dictation
– Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
– MP4/DivX/XviD/WMV/H.264 player
– MP3/WAV/WMA/eAAC+/FLAC player
– Photo/video editor
– Document editor
– Wireless charging (Qi/PMA) – market dependent
– ANT+ support
– S-Voice natural language commands and dictation
– Smart stay
– OneDrive (115 GB cloud storage)
– Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
– MP4/DivX/XviD/WMV/H.264 player
– MP3/WAV/WMA/eAAC+/FLAC player
– Photo/video editor
– Document editor
COMMS WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot
Bluetooth v4.2, A2DP, EDR, LE v4.1, A2DP, LE, apt-X
GPS Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, Beidou Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, Beidou
NFC Yes Yes
Infrared port No No
Radio No No
USB microUSB v2.0, USB Host microUSB v2.0, USB Host
BATTERY Non-removable Li-Po 3000 mAh battery Non-removable Li-Po 3000 mAh battery
 Fast Wireless Charging  Fast Wireless Charging
 Quick Charging  Quick Charging

 

 

 

 

 

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android stagefright exploit

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What is Android stagefright exploit and how does it effect me? This is the question that everybody is asking so i will be trying to cover it in this post. First lets get an understanding of what StageFright is and can do to your device. StageFright is library or lib that has been around since Android 2.2 and is still being used in android 5.1.1 today. This is the reason that it is such a big exploit and called StageFright.

How does StageFright work?

The easiest way to hack into a device with StageFright is a video sent via MMS. which theoretically could be used as an avenue of attack through the libStageFright, which helps Android process video files. Many text messaging apps including Google’s Hangouts app automatically process that video so it’s ready for viewing as soon as you open the message, and so the attack theoretically could happen without you even knowing it. StageFright could also be exploited by installing a app that has the exploit in it or every by downloading a hacked video file that could run the exploit. If StageFright is implemented on your device the hacker can view and see everything that you do, bank accounts emails and more.

What can we do about it?

First you want to open your messaging app and go into settings and turn off AUTO RETRIEVE MMS. This will keep the a hack from happening automatically at least. You could still open a MMS and get it but that is still one more step that has to happen. Next don’t install apps from unknown sources, which really is always a good idea and last be careful on the Internet. Google will be working on a patch for this and pushing it out in ota updates soon. We all now how long ota updates can take so best to address this yourself.

More info

ASLR (Address Space Layout Randomization) is a method that keeps an attacker from reliably finding the function he or she wants to try and exploit by random arrangement of memory address spaces of a process. ASLR has been enabled in the default Linux Kernel since June 2005, and was added to Android with Version 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich). So if your device is android 4.0 and above you are much better protected.

My Thoughts

From what i have heard stagefright isnt a exploit that has been seen working in the wild just discovered by some researchers and not implemented in real world. Since it is already public I dont think that many hackers would spend the time working on it, if it is going to be patch soon anyway.

HERE you can find a StageFright detector app that is interesting but is going to tell you that you are vulnerable unless you have the latest cm12.1 installed which already has been patch for stagefright.

PIPO X8 Mini PC Windows 8.1 Android 4.4 Dual Booting

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The PIPO X8 Mini PC is a Windows 8.1 and Android 4.4 Dual Booting touch screen devices. This is a unique product for many reasons the first is that it dual boots windows and android which is just awesome. Its smaller then a Laptop with only a 7in screen but can be plugged into a bigger monitor if desired with the build in HDMI output. Also because of how thick it is there is tons of room for usb ports and jacks all around it. My plan for this little device is to set it up in the kitchen for my wife so that she can pull up recipe directions and have easy access to them all right in the kitchen. I am looking forward to playing with this device when mine comes in the mail. If this is something you maybe interested in then you can pick one up for a good prices HERE from Gearbest.com you can’t beat this price on sale now for $110.00

I will be doing a review on this product so if you are interested then make sure you subscribe to my youtube channel.

Specifications

General Brand: PIPO
Model: X8
Color: Black
System: Android 4.4
GPU: Intel HD Graphic
CPU: Intel HD Graphics Baytrail T Z3736F
Core: Quad Core
RAM: 2G
ROM: 64G
Max. Extended Capacity: 64G
Media Supported Video Format: 3GP, WMV, VOB, TP, PMP, MKV, ASF, MP4, MOV, FLV, DAT, RM, AVS, MPG, RMVB, PMP, AVI, MPEG, TS
Audio Format: WAV, FLAC, APE
Photo Format: BMP, GIF, PNG, JPEG
Specification Support XBMC: Yes
WiFi: IEEE 802.11 b/g/n
Bluetooth: Bluetooth4.0
Power Supply: Charge Adapter
Interface: SD Card Slot, HDMI, LAN, Micro USB
Package Contents Package Contents: 1 x TV Box, 1 x Power Adapter