Samsung is rumored to be working on the removal of most “extra features” from TouchWiz and optimizing the code. This should result in a lighter and faster skin that users will appreciate. Read more…

Microsoft is said to be investing in the company that develops the CyanogenMod user experience for Android devices, in a round of equity financing worth around $70 million. Read more…

Huawei has again criticized Windows Phone for its lack of customization opportunities for OEMs – but while its future smartphones will run Android, it is considering dual-boot Windows/Android tablets. Read more…

The Smartron S805 is a mid-tier Android TV box that is reasonably priced and has a number of pretty interesting features. Check out the unboxing and our first impressions while you wait on the review! Read more…

Chinese manufacturer Xiaomi says that the first batch of its new Mi Note flagship sold out in under three minutes, and claims that it has received ‘over 220 million reservations’ for the device. Read more…

Microsoft appears to be well past the days when it was writing off unsold Surface tablets and struggling to match Sony in game console sales. The Windows developer reports that its Devices and Consumer group’s revenue grew 8 percent year over year in the last calendar quarter of 2014, thanks in no small part to healthy Surface and Xbox sales. It’s not revealing shipment numbers for the Surface, but it notes that revenue for the slate computers shot up 24 percent versus a year earlier, thanks in no small part to the Surface Pro 3. Filed under: Gaming, Tablets, Internet, Software, Microsoft, Nokia Source: Microsoft

Facebook has launched a ‘lite’ version of its social networking app in emerging markets. The app requires minimal specifications and works perfectly even on a 2G connection, according to user reviews. Read more…

Microsoft is starting to switch users of its ‘classic’ Nokia feature phones to Opera Mini and the Opera Mobile Store, as it begins the process of phasing out the Nokia Store and Xpress Browser. Read more…

You might not be happy that Google isn’t fixing a web security flaw in your older Android phone, but the search giant now says that it has some good reasons for holding off. As the company’s Adrian Ludwig explains, it’s no longer viable to “safely” patch vulnerable, pre-Android 4.4 versions of WebView (a framework that lets apps show websites without a separate browser) to prevent remote attacks. The sheer amount of necessary code changes would create legions of problems, he claims, especially since developers are introducing “thousands” of tweaks to the open source software every month. Filed under: Cellphones, Tablets, Internet, Mobile, Google Via: Android Police, Wall Street Journal Source: Adrian Ludwig (Google+)

Has Windows and Intel finally caught up to Android and ARM? More TV boxes are coming out with both Windows and Android offered as an operating system, and both are powered by the Intel Atom. Read more…

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