Although not fully featured or completely stable, both Paranoid Android and AOKP have released their first builds of Android 4.4 KitKat for supported devices. Hit the break for the full details on each.
The AOKP developers have released a new version of their Jelly Bean 4.2 work. This latest release includes support for the Acer Iconia Tab A510, T-Mobile’s Samsung Galaxy S II, and the international version of the Samsung Galaxy Note II. The build originally included support for the international version of the Samsung Galaxy S II, both the Exynos and OMAP versions, but those have been temporarily pulled. AOKP indicates they should have new builds for those devices available on February 12th.
This latest version includes several new features like a UI mode selector with options for phone, “phablet” and tablet and transparency control for all UI elements. The UI can now support dual panel at any DPI setting and the Car Home function is back. AOKP has re-introduced a quick unlock feature on the lock screen so the Enter key does not have to be tapped once you enter a PIN or password. For minimalists out there, a hidden NavBar option is now available. The Statusbar now has a LastApp toggle.
If you are interested in trying out AOKP, hit the source link for more information on how to grab it.
AOKP, one of the more popular aftermarket Android ROMs available, finally released a few stable builds for Nexus devices, labeled MR1. And, despite having to start over from scratch with the 4.2 code, most older features have ported forward. There’s a ton of stability improvements and customization options on top of Google’s feature-filled flavor of Jelly Bean.
If you’ve got a Galaxy Nexus, Nexus 4, or Nexus 7, hit the source below to get your hands on the ROM. The Galaxy S III and Note II are expected to be in the next release, and it wouldn’t surprise me to see the Nexus 10 show up as well. Flash away!
So you own a Nexus 7 tablet and want to get in on some Android Open Kang Project action? You’re in luck as the latest Jelly Bean-based AOKP is now available for all, courtesy of the official AOKP nightlies that have recently been rolled out. Along with the usual Jelly Bean goodies, users will be treated to such features like custom lockscreen targets and the option for 7 navigation buttons. AOKP is one of the more popular ROMs available and the latest build aims to make your Nexus 7 just a little bit better.
We’re sure you’re itching for more details, so be sure to hit the XDA threat to see everything in its entirety, including full instructions on how to slap the latest ROM onto the Nexus 7.
source: XDA Forums
CyanogenMod (CM) and the Android Open Kang Project (AOKP) are the two most feature filled ROM’s that you can find in the custom ROM world. With CM10 Nightlies having been released just a couple of days ago, it was only natural for the AOKP team to follow suit and release their first official build of Jelly Bean AOKP. There’s far too many features that AOKP provides to list them all, but here’s the popular ones that you can expect:
- Notification Toggles
- Lockscreen tweaks (no custom targets yet)
- Navigation bar modifications
- Custom kernel performance options
- LED colors
- Notification wallpapers
- Phone ringer modifications (Flip call to silent, silent/vibrate when headphones are in)
- Plus more!
You can head on over to the source link for a download link, the device maintainer list and their Gerrit page. Let us know if you’ve given AOKP a shot and tell us your experience with the ROM!
source: AOKP Google+
Verizon’s locked bootloader on their Galaxy S III hasn’t stopped development at all to this point. Two unofficial ports of AOKP and CyanogenMod 10 popped up, with each either being as close to fully working as can be or with a couple of minor bugs that are currently being worked on.
AOKP Milestone 6 appears to be ready for release and a daily driver without any known bugs so far. CM10 is currently still being referred to as an “alpha”, however, data and all the other most important core features are working. You may just want to look into either one of these, especially CM10 as they always do a outstanding job and go beyond the call of duty.
One of the most coveted things about CyanogenMod 7 was the ability to customize the heck out of the ROM. This included the much loved Theme Manager which until now was absent from the CM 9 Nightly builds. So once again users of this ROM will be able to change colors of just about everything. However rather than have it in a Theme Chooser app it’s now in a place that makes much more sense: the Settings Menu. Lockscreen shortcuts have been added as well so you can access your favorite apps straight from the lockscreen.
If you’re on another ROM and feel that you are missing out, worry not. One of the developers of AOKP made it known via Twitter last night that their ROM will be seeing theme manager support here soon. You can always check the CM 9 Nightly page to see if your device is supported and if it is enjoy theming it until your heart’s content. As if that wasn’t enough we also have a video of said theming in action after the break. Enjoy!
“And holy crap at the response. So here it is :)”
Yeah, it didn’t take long. Here’s a short change log detailing the major changes in this latest build:
- added optional dBm text display which will replace your signal bars
- added hide nav bar option (it will not work on devices that don’t support a nav bar by default. more stability fixes for those devices later)
- added warning to weather when no location can be found
- added trackball alert
- torch code improvements
- small airplane mode visibility improvement
- crespo/hdpi: should’ve fixed all issues causing reboots and such
- added special unicorn porn (don’t worry, SFW)
- p4: 3G *should* be working as it was before. If it’s not, please let me know
- Boot into ClockworkMod Recovery
- Make a Nandroid backup
- Wipe data/ factory reset (Not necessary to do this if you are currently running AOKP build 23 or 24)
- flash the ROM
- flash the GAPPS
The relatively new ROM on the block, Android Open Kang Project, or AOKP, just added another device to its support stable. This time it’s the Motorola Xoom. Quite a few of you are running AOKP now on your Nexus phones and Galaxy Tabs and from the sound of it, a lot of people love this ROM, myself included. AOKP serves up Ice Cream Sandwich, with all the fixings. Built from AOSP 4.0.3, the ROM includes features such as custom power toggles, working Facebook contact sync, *deodexed app files, and much more.
Flash the ROM in the usual way,
- Make sure you’re on the latest CWM
- MAKE A NANDROID
- Wipe data/factory reset in recovery — a must if coming from a stock-based ROM
- Flash ROM
- Flash Gapps
*For those unfamiliar with the term “deodexed,” check out our explanation here.
Because there are so many different Android devices (and so many variants of those individual devices), developers tend to begin programming their apps on iOS before putting together the resources (and endless hours) to begin porting their creations to Android.
Developing for Android is an arduous task, and Google knows it. That’s why the company will soon be making a concerted effort to streamline the development process. Google has also pushed manufacturers/carriers to stay as close to stock Android as possible by criticizing bloatware and OEM custom skins. But with different phones running different processors, having different amounts of RAM, different screen sizes/resolutions, etc., it’s tough to make sure an app will work seamlessly across the platform, no matter what Google does to ease the process. Android’s vast device offering can be seen as a major strength (and something that has led the platform to be an industry leader in market share) but it’s also been a weakness from the development side.