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The OnePlus One is one of the first phones to ship with Cyanogen’s custom version of Android. It’s also a pretty powerful phone given its $299 starting price. Now that the phone is starting to ship in limited quantities, the folks at iFixit decided to take it apart and see what makes it tick.
In other phone-related news, Amazon unveiled the Fire Phone today. The retailer’s first smartphone is available for pre-order for $199 and up with a contract, or $649 without and it should start shipping on July 25th. Developers can already start digging into the SDK to create apps that take advantage of the phone’s special features.
Here’s a roundup of the day’s tech news.
- OnePlus One teardown
The OnePlus One is a nice looking phone… but it’s what’s inside that counts. In this case, that includes some unsurprising bits like memory, storage, etc… but as usual, iFixit’s photos make everything look so purty. [iFixit]
- Want to develop apps for the Amazon Fire Phone? Here’s the SDK
Some of the most interesting features in Amazon’s new smartphone are related to Dynamic Perspective which allows the phone to track your eye movements and respond to changes in your head position or to tilts of the phone itself. Now app developers can tap into that feature and more. [Amazon]
- Qplay media streaming app adds Chromecast support (no longer requires dedicated hardware)
The co-founders of TiVo introduced a new media box and mobile app called Qplay earlier this year. Now you don’t need the box to use the app. [GigaOm]
- Now you can stream live video from YouTube to Chromecast using a mobile device
Google already rolled out support for streaming live YouTube video streams from a PC web browser. Now you can use the YouTube app on your phone or tablet.[+Google Chrome]
- Virgin Mobile launches a $25 per month smartphone plan with no data
Only use your smartphone’s “smart” features when you’re on WiFi? Virgin Mobile has a plan that lets you pay dumbphone-like prices for your smartphone. You just can’t use cellular data. [SlashGear]
- Xyo launches an app discovery service for Android
There are a million apps in the Google Play Store, but a relatively small number of categories for apps and games. Xyo figures it’ll be easier for you to find what you’re looking for if you can sort by additional categories. The app has 1000 of them. [GigaOm]
- Acer Iconia Tab 8 FHD Android tablet with full HD display hits the FCC
The tablet should be available soon, and features a 1920 x 1200 pixel 8 inch display, an Intel Atom Z3745 Bay Trail processor, and Android 4.4 KitKat software. [FCC]
- Gigabyte Brix mini-desktop demo shows systems running Windows, Android, Chrome OS, SteamOS
Gigabyte’s Brix line of mini-desktop computers come with a choice of Intel and AMD chips… and they can run a variety of operating systems. The company recently showed off a few different options including Windows 8.1, Android, Chrome OS, SteamOS. [Notebook Italia]