Don’t like the version of Android that came with your phone or tablet? Don’t worry, there’s a good chance you can unlock the bootloader and replace it with custom firmware — and CyanogenMod makes some of the most popular, most stable custom ROMs around.
So when the team posts a cryptic video about an upcoming product, feature, or… something, it attracts a bit of attention.
Here’s a roundup of tech news from around the web.
- CyanogenMod Nemesis Teaser video
The CyanogenMod team appears to be working on a phone, or an updated operating system, or something else. I have no idea what it is, but the team posted a teaser for something called “Nemesis” on YouTube. [CyanogenModTV]
- The first KDE Vivaldi tablets are shipping… to the KDE team for quality testing purposes
The Vivaldi tablet running open source software with the KDE Plasma user interface is getting closer to shipping. Early units are now on their way to KDE developers for testing. [+Aaron Seigo]
- Converting a BlackBerry 10 Dev Alpha C into a BlackBerry Q10
Bought yourself a developer phone from BlackBerry, but think the consumer version looks better? Here’s how to buy about $150 in parts and do the conversion yourself. Or you could just spend the money on a new phone. Whatever. [N4BB]
- Tizen 2.2 source code and SDK released
You can’t buy a phone or tablet running Tizen yet, but that should change later this year when the Linux-based operating system hits the streets. Until then developers and enthusiasts can take the latest dev tools for a spin. [Tizen]
- Here are all of MediaTek’s recent smartphone and tablet chips
It seems like every day or two there’s a new processor from Chinese chip maker MediaTek. If you’ve been having trouble keeping them all straight, check out these two charts of the company’s smartphone and tablet chips. [AndroidPC.es]
- Apple may be testing bigger iPad, iPhone screens
The Wall Street Journal reports Apple has ordered 13 inch displays for testing in larger iPads, and screens a little bigger than 4 inches for iPhones. That doesn’t mean we’ll actually see bigger iPhones or iPads eventually. It just means Apple’s at least considering the possibility of making larger versions of those devices. [WSJ]
- Linux Mint 15 “Olivia” KDE released
Linux Mint is a popular operating system that’s designed to make GNU/Linux easy for beginners and advanced users alike. If you’re not a fan of the Cinnamon, Mate, or Xfce desktop environments though, you’ll be happy to know that the official KDE version of Linux Mint 15 is now available. [Linux Mint Blog]
- NVIDIA SHIELD handheld game console to ship July 31st
NVIDIA’s handheld gaming system with Android software and a Tegra 4 processor will hit the streets starting July 31st. That’s about a month later than originally planned, but still soon enough to make it one of the first devices to ship with NVIDIA’s new quad-core ARM Cortex-A15 processor. [NVIDIA]