Opera Wants U.S. Users to Test a Browser Concept App

If you live in the United States and have an Android device, Opera would love to get your thoughts on a new browser concept they have released. The app is called Opera Browser – News & Search, and it can be downloaded from the Play Store right now. Opera says this browser focuses on “delivering you a personalized newsfeed based on your interests and social media connections.”

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Motorola is Updating the 2015 Moto 360 & 360 Sport

Motorola has announced a new update that is being rolled out to both the 2nd generation Moto 360, as well as the Moto 360 Sport. With this update, the Moto Body application will now use your heart rate when calculating how many calories you’ve burned. The update also comes with Android security updates (May 1st), and it includes fix bugs and improve stability.

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Don’t buy a Chromebook right now (in June 2016)

Android apps on Chromebooks will be cool, but don’t get caught up and spend money you wish you didn’t.

Yes, you read that title correctly. I’m telling you not to go out and buy a Chromebook right now. Sounds’s crazy, right? But hear me out.

We’ve been talking a lot about Android apps coming to Chromebooks. That’s becasue we are just as excited about it as plenty of you guys are. Chromebooks have always been really good at getting online easily, staying safe while you do it, and with zero worries about typical “PC-style” management. Turn them on, log in with your Google account and do your thing. Adding Android apps to the mix fills in the gaps for the things they didn’t do well pretty nicely. It’s gonna be fun. Here I go again — I can’t help it becasue I’m stoked.

But another tidbit from the little meeting where Google told the world (and about 100 journos and bloggers) about the coming news is something we can’t over look — more Chromebook manufacturers are working on newer models that have more of the hardware you want (and need) to do the Android thing better. Google’s Kan Liu, Chrome OS’ Director of Product Management, mentions it about 21:00 into the video from the event.

There’s a list of existing Chrome OS devices that will get Android app support. You can have a gander at it right here. And there are some good Chromebooks on that list — internally, we’re kind of partial to the 4GB Chromebook Flip. But I have to be honest, that’s mostly because someone else who signs checks and issues expense accounts is paying for them. Things are different when it’s not your money getting handed over for a new laptop.

Before you know it, something you like better might be released.

Now I know plenty of the people reading this are like me and going to rush out and buy one anyway. Some of us have “gadget budgets” or take the art of flipping phones and techie hardware to a whole ‘nother level. I can’t blame you, becasue I would also ignore this sound advice so I could be playing with Android apps on Chrome from day one.

But for the rest of us — those with a bit more common sense, maybe — now is not the time. Before you know it something new will be out, and there’s a really good chance it will suit your needs better than what’s currently offered. Unless you absolutely need to buy a new laptop right away, the smart move is to hold off a bit. Android apps on Chrome will probably be in beta for a while anyway, and there’s no harm in letting someone else do the testing while you wait for the better bargain.

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HTC Vive Business Edition lets companies buy in bulk

One Vive is great, but what happens when the boss asks you to order 20?

HTC has found tremendous success with the Vive headset already. Consumers are struggling to get their hands on one, even after HTC dramatically reduced shipping times and partnered with Microsoft to sell through their stores as well. It’s a great problem to have, but there’s a curious hiccup for companies that want more than one headset. Until today, HTC has limited direct purchase of the Vive headset to one per person. To address the growing need for enterprise customers to acquire more than one headset, the HTC Vive Business Edition, or HTC Vive BE, has been announced.

Available from June 2016, Vive BE allows individuals and organizations to order Vive VR systems with additional services adapted for business and commercial environments. Alongside the full Vive VR system, Vive BE comes with commercial licensing, a dedicated Business Edition customer support line and a 12-month limited warranty. Businesses will be able to buy multiple Vive BE systems, with the option to order large quantities.

This special Business Edition Vive will run a much steeper $1,200, but the inclusion of commercial licensing and special support line allows companies to do things like rent time on a Vive or even fill an auditorium with Vive headsets for large-scale gaming. It’s an impressive step forward for HTC, and makes it a lot easier for companies to not only purchase headsets, but design large-scale strategies around using them.

HTC is pointing anyone who wants to know more about the Vive BE program to the Vive website to file an inquiry.

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No Oxygen Open Source — Personal Apology Regarding Misreporting

Yesterday, we pushed out an article where we claimed that OnePlus had open sourced OxygenOS. The basis of our claim was the recent activity on OnePlus’s github. Based on the information that we had on hand at that exact moment, and a precursory look at the code that indicated a lot of code pulled over from CAF, we wrongly concluded that OnePlus had open sourced part of OxygenOS.

What happened in fact was that OnePlus released the device tree and some HALs for the OnePlus 2. This is still big news by itself, as it will be of great use for 3rd party development efforts on the OnePlus 2. However, it is not in any way related to OnePlus open sourcing their OS.

I, the author, take full responsibility of the factual error in reporting. The information at hand at that point was inconclusive, and due to misinterpretation on my personal end, it was wrongly put up as OxygenOS being open sourced. I usually maintain vigilance on my end, but this was one of those instances where I was caught off-guard. I am but a human, and mistakes were made.

As a journalist, it is my duty to ensure that information disseminated through me is factually correct to the best of my capabilities. I take pride in my work, whether they be smaller articles or bigger opinion pieces. I work hard to earn reputation and I work even harder to maintain it. As such, I deem it a disservice on my end to have been slightly careless with my reporting.

Please accept my personal apology for the incorrect reporting. I will try my best to deliver on the high standards that users expect out of me and out of XDA-Developers. We will strive to make sure instances like these are not repeated.

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