App Ops saga: The Android privacy feature you weren’t meant to have

When Google Android 4.3 hit the streets in July it brought some changes to location services, some user interface changes, support for OpenGL ES 3.0 graphics and more. But it also had a nifty feature hidden away in the code: the ability to revoke an app’s access to certain permissions. Don’t want that puzzle game […]

CyanogenMod 10.2 brings Android 4.3 to aging Kindle Fire, NOOK Tablet

It’s been nearly two years since Amazon released the original Kindle Fire and Barnes & Noble launched its NOOK Tablet (which was technically the company’s second tablet). While each company offers limited updates and support for those aging devices, the hardware’s still pretty useful — especially thanks to independent developers who continue to bring Google’s […]

CyanogenMod 10.2 nightlies arrive, along with updated gApps, ClockworkMod Recovery builds

It’s a big week for unofficial Android updates. The CyanogenMod team has started releasing nightly builds of CM10.2 for a handful of phones and tablets. Developer Koushik Dutta is updating his ClockworkMod Recovery tools for a number of Android devices. And there are new versions of the Google Apps available for custom ROM users running […]

Nexus Root Toolkit makes rooting new Nexus 7 easy (mildly risky)

Developer WugFresh has updated the Nexus Root Toolkit to add support for the new 2013 model Nexus 7 tablet and other Nexus phones and tablets running Android 4.3 Jelly Bean. The toolkit is basically a one-stop-shop for rooting, unlocking the bootloader, unrooting, or re-locking a Nexus device. It makes the process fairly quick and painless… assuming […]

Most popular articles from the week of 7/27 – 8/02

It’s been a very Google-centric week at Liliputing. Looking back over the most popular stories of the past week, we have stories about Android 4.3 Jelly Bean, Google’s Nexus 7, and Google’s new $35 Chromecast media streaming device. Canonical’s crowd-funding campaign for an Ubuntu smartphone also generated a lot of interest — but even though […]

Android 4.3 ported to x86, runs on desktop, laptop computers

Google’s Android operating system may designed for low-power devices with touchscreens including smartphones and tablets. But that doesn’t mean you can’t run it on a laptop or desktop computer. While Android has officially supported Intel’s low-power smartphone chips for a while, there’s also an unofficial Android-x86 project which ports Google’s mobile operating system to run […]