Archive for December 8, 2014

Cyanogen won’t update OnePlus Ones bought in India

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It seems that Cyanogen, Inc., the commercial entity spun out of CyanogenMod’s core developers (and not the open source CyanogenMod community itself) is flip flopping a bit on the issue of OTA updates on the OnePlus One in India. After reassuring OnePlus One fans and owners that it will continue to roll out updates worldwide, even in India, it now clarifies a caveat that it failed to mention before. It won’t be updating Indian OnePlus One devices.

Confused? We can’t blame you. This is just the latest chapter in what is turning out to be a drama involving a love triangle between OnePlus, Cyanogen, and Micromax, with India as the backdrop. Cyanogen struck up a completely exclusive deal with Micromax in India just when OnePlus was launching the OnePlus One, which runs Cyanogen’s software, in India as well. While Cyanogen promised to update OnePlus One units in India, it will only cover devices in India bought outside of India. Here’s the real deal:

“If a user in India purchased a OnePlus One global device in channels outside of India, they will receive our OTA firmware updates. However, this excludes OnePlus One regional devices sold directly in India.”

That’s a rather subtle difference that will lead to a lot of confusion, hurt feelings, and maybe even adversely affected sales. OnePlus One units bought via Amazon India, OnePlus’ local partner, will not get OTA updates, but those bought directly from OnePlus or from international resellers will. This could pose a problem in the future when the lines between those two blur. Imagine someone trying to resell an Indian version posing it as an international version. Not everyone might be able to quickly tell those apart aside from scrutinizing the model numbers.

So it seems there is still indeed a need for OnePlus’ own custom Android ROM after all. Instead of having very different OS versions on devices, which will definitely put a strain on their already meager resources, a single unified OnePlus OS will ensure that owners will get the same experience, especially when it comes to updates, no matter where they bought their device. In effect, Cyanogen has signed the death warrant for its OS on OnePlus devices, both current and most likely future.

SOURCE: Cyanogen, Inc.

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Laserbreak Pro, an addictive and challenging puzzler

Laserbreak is a “no nonsense” puzzle game, which is not to say that it is not fun – on the contrary, it is fun and highly addictive. If you like puzzle games like Volt, XON, and Unmechanical – the latter which we featured here a while back – then Laserbreak should be right up your alley.

The premise is simple. Use your laser beam to interact with random objects in your current level – reflect the beam to shoot it around room, bounce it off multiple surfaces until you hit the target. Sounds simple enough, but the game evolves each level you get through, and it gets cumulatively difficult after every level.

The target is a box with a red X on it, but the levels will be arranged in such a way that you won’t easily be able to get to the target with your beam. “Be creative” is the mantra for this game.

Laserbreak Pro is the paid version of Laserbreak Lite. The pro version costs USD$1.50 and offers you the full game, all 75 levels, plus bonuses and unlockables. The paid version does away with the locked levels, the IAPs and the ads.

DOWNLOAD: Google Play Store

Bitcoin Billionaire makes use of your bitcoin mining skills

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Noodlecake Studios, the same team who brought the hugely popular WayWard Souls mobile game, has just introduced a new game that will make you rich. Well, rich at least in the virtual world: the Bitcoin Billionaire. You know bitcoin– that virtual money that has been controversial lately.

Bitcoin Billionaire is a new game that only requires your clicking and tapping powers plus some investment smarts. Main goal is to rake in as much bitcoins and get rich with all those money. Simply click on the screen as fast as you can to mine virtual bitcoins. Doing this will increase your wealth while in the comfort of your small office, behind that desk and dusty old computer. Tap, tap, and tap. That’s all you need to do but you can upgrade the stuff in your office and make investments to get more bitcoins faster.

Spend some bitcoins on investments so you can earn while you’re away (read: offline). Other investments include holographic dating to improve your social life, virtual reality, and some robot butlers to help you. From being a bitcoin miner, you can be a Bitcoin Billionairw, at least, in this game.

The best thing about Bitcoin Billionaire is that you get to satisfy your bitcoin tapping desires. You can also grab bonuses from special delivery drones, unlock achievements, and customize character. If you have time to spare, you can also adopt a kitty.

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Download Bitcoin Billionaire from the Google Play Store

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