Cyanogen failed to kill Android, now it is shuttering its services and OS as part of a pivot

It’s been a rocky few months for Cyanogen, the ambitious startup that aimed to build a better version of Android than Google. It has laid off staff, let go of its CEO and parted ways with another co-founder — now it is shutting down its services and nightly software builds on December 31.

The news was announced in a brief blog post released late on Friday:

As part of the ongoing consolidation of Cyanogen, all services and Cyanogen-supported nightly builds will be discontinued no later than 12/31/16. The open source project and source code will remain available for anyone who wants to build CyanogenMod personally.

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Acura’s Precision Cockpit fuses AI and Android in your auto

The concept design hints at Acura’s in-car future.

 

Digital dials are great and all, but why not turn things up a notch? That’s exactly what Acura is doing with its Precision Cockpit, unveiled at the LA Auto Show today. More than just an in-car infotainment system, the concept includes cabin elements borrowed from the NSX (such as the seats and the steering wheel), which show us just how future Acura motors will look and feel inside, along with how we’ll interact with them. Acura’s calling it a “choreographed in-car experience” (of course) and it appears that experience includes some clever technology.

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Budget US Android smartphones found secretly sending personal data to China

Commercial firmware pre-installed on some Android smartphone models sold in the US has been found to be secretly sending highly sensitive data to a third party company based in China, according to analysis by security firm Kryptowire.

Personal data being transmitted without users’ knowledge or consent included text messages, call logs, contacts, app usage data and even a user’s location.

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Whatsapp starts rolling out two-factor authentication

Beta Android users should see it now.

Whatsapp is one of the biggest messaging services out there, so it’s a little surprising that it hasn’t supported two-factor authentication. That is, until now — as noted by Android Police, people using the beta version of Whatsapp are starting to see the option to turn on this extra security measure.

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Android 7.0 Nougat arrives today

It’ll roll out to Nexus devices and the Pixel C over the next few weeks.

Typically, Google releases new versions of Android alongside new Nexus hardware, but the company is breaking with tradition this year. Android 7.0 Nougat is rolling out as an over the air update starting today. The update is available to anyone using the Nexus 6P, Nexus 5X and Nexus 6 phones as well as the Nexus 9 and Pixel C tablets. It’s also coming to the Nexus Player set-top box and the General Mobile 4G Android One smartphone.

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Why Apple doesn’t care that flagship Android smartphones are better than the iPhone

Apple’s iPhone 7 seems set to lag far behind flagship Android devices such as the Samsung Galaxy S7 or the Note 7, but there’s a very good reason why Apple doesn’t care.

As has been the case for several years now, I’m confident that we have a pretty good idea of what the iPhone 7 is going to bring to the table, thanks to all the leaked photos, reports from “people in the know,” and supply chain chatter.

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Android’s social watch face closes down in September

With the looming update to Android Wear 2.0, legacy apps (and devices) are going the way of the buffalo. In this case, it’s the Together watch face that included one-to-one communications like doodles and photos with another person using Google’s wearable platform. Android Police reports that the reason why is that app’s latest update warns that the watch face’s social features are going to be baked into the next version of Android Wear. Y’know, similar to how they have been with Apple Watch. When’s the funeral? Apparently, the end of next month: September 30th.

ZTE is hoping you’ll help it build its next phone

It’s hard standing out in the smartphone market. Of late, ZTE’s primary focus has been on pricing – a strategy epitomized by the recent launch of the company’s $99 Android phablet. But that’s become something of a race to the bottom as manufacturers rapidly work to undercut one other.

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Dropbox launches an iPhone and Android version of its document-editing app Paper

It’s an interesting time for Dropbox’s document-building tool, Paper.

Quip, in a similar vein to Paper, was bought for a whopping $750 million by Salesforce earlier this week. This deal surprised a ton of people, but made a lot of sense given that Salesforce has seemingly been dipping its toes into collaboration software. So Quip is a great, and natural, fit for Salesforce and places it in further direct competition with products like Paper.

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