And the job of the Axe continues

HP confirms that 7000 jobs in Europe are on the chopping block.  Most are likely to come from Enterprise Services, aka ex EDS.  All part of effort purge an eye watering 29000 staff.


What has happened to the HP that was most admired in the 80’s ?  This looks like a death spiral.


This is interesting: Omnirom

After the launch of Cyanogen Inc, there some disagreements with developers about the way their contributions will be recognized.  These developers broke off and created their own ROM.  This was announced at the Big Android BBQ

Omnirom at the moment only supports recent Nexus devices.  The list seems to be rapidly growing to include other devices. link

What does it do?  Read it for yourself.  Currently more fluff, but so did a lot of successful enterprise at the start. link XDA link

Launch video

Google Now new changes

I was trying to do a search on my phone, when I noticed that in Google Now, the filler text said “Search, or say Ok Google”.  That was surprising, since when did that come about?  The previous hotword or activation phrase was just plain “Google” with the language set to US-EN.

A quick search on the Interneck revealed that a roll out happened around 25 Sep 13 and this was one of the changes.  You will need Google Search app 2.8.7 , mine was 2.8.8.  This brings the hotword activation nearly in line with Moto X. “Ok Google” vs “Ok Google Now”.

The really nice result of this change is that the hotword detection works even in the search results.

Try saying “Ok Google” twice.  It displays all the possible uses of Google Now.

Support link  Moto X videos Play link

Further testing reveal that this update disables playing of music local to the phone / handset.  Play and Listen command returns web results instead of launching the default music player.  The list of apps in the Google Now Settings does not show any music player either.

Update 25 Apr
To get Google Now to play locally stored music, you need to have the app Google Play Music.  This app will play both local and Play Store music.  I found that this app was a RAM hog and I have since uninstalled and use Rocket Player.  Live and let live.


Modulator Demodulator (Modem)

The more common name is modem. When I started flashing Cyanogenmod nightlies, I installed GetRIL. It was supposed to download the correct versions to match modem driver with the Radio Interface Layer (RIL). It never did. Strangely I never suffer any negative side other than a time when I was in Korea.

Due to RIL locks and other issues, CM started moving towards their own OpenRIL, and that made modem drivers truly plug and play. Well sort of as there were no reports of anyone zapping their phone with the modem drivers.

I have decided to try to get my modem driver back to original Samsung version. In the course of doing so, I came across multiple versions. So which one to use?

I tested out various region modems by doing an overnight power drain test. After all if it is sitting pretty doing nothing, at no other time, the power drain can be better, only worse. XX is for Europe, DX is for Asia. The phone is full charged before I sleep and allowed to discharge overnight. The results were interesting.

Even though XX region modem is well not for this region, the power drain test turned out quite well. Not by a wide margin, but good enough to be considered as the download performance was quite good.  In the end all this will come to nothing, if your build does include the Google Services Framework bug fix.

RIL link  CM introduces OpenRIL link