It’s Friday, October 16, 2015, and let’s talk about what happened this week over at XDA-developers.com.
First up, a correction to last week’s video: I misread the XDA article about Motorola’s Marshmallow upgrades, and said that the 2014 Moto G and X, and the Moto Maxx and Droid Turbo wouldn’t be receiving upgrades. It was worded a bit poorly, and I didn’t do my due diligence by checking the original source, so that’s my mistake, sorry about that.
ZTE launched another device also, the Axon Mini, which is sort of a mid-to-high end device, but interestingly enough, it has a pressure-sensitive touchscreen, a fingerprint sensor, and an eye-scan sensor for right at 2300 Chinese Yuan, or about $360 US Dollars.
If you’re looking for a Kickstarter project to back, as of this week the BLOCKS modular smartwatch project is now live. As of right now they’ve accumulated over $700,000, and they’ve got more than 30 days left on their campaign. The BLOCKS watch is available for as low as $195 with a plain strap, or $285 with 4 modules to add features like an extra battery, heart rate module, GPS, flash memory, sim card, fingerprint sensor, and more.
Ron from ArsTechnica tested out Android 6.0’s Auto Backup feature. Auto Backup and restore has been pretty terrible on Android, well, forever, but according to his article, as long as the app targets API level 23, backup works really well, saving the app and login data. Unfortunately, that only accounts for a small amount of apps currently available, but that number will grow with time, so that’s one more thing to really look forward to about Marshmallow.
There were a few notable Marshmallow ports that came out this week as well, for the 2012 Nexus 7, Nexus 4, and even the Galaxy Nexus, though the build for the Galaxy Nexus might have a few minor issues with video recording and NFC.
XDA Recognized Developer xperiacle posted in the forum the way he figured out how to enable multi-window on the 2013 Nexus 7, but it should apply to any device running Marshmallow. Most guides so far have talked about enabling userdebug in build.prop, but he suggests just adding one line to the build.prop file specifically mentioning multi_window, so you don’t get all of the experimental features, just the one you want.
A guide came out on The Exploiteers website showing how you can root the Google OnHub Router. It’s a bit involved, but basically the OnHub is sort of a chromebook without a screen, with software modifications, so it was pretty straightforward to get into developer mode, and they made a video going through the whole process if you’re interested in doing so.