Today the CyanogenMod team announced their secure messaging system that is being integrated into their CM 10.2 nightlies (will soon follow into their CM 11 branch). Dubbed as WhisperPush, the system-wide secure messaging system is powered by TextSecure. This basically encrypts your SMS messages both locally and over- the-air when sending to other TextSecure users.
The source is of course made available to the public. Check out the link below for CM’s official word on the matter and for further information.
Upon the official release of CM 10.2, the CM team has announced that they will cease development of CM 10.2 and mainly focus on CM 11 (KitKat). They will still provide nightlies and updates for 10.2, but will mainly just be bug fixes rather than new feature implementations.
While Jelly Bean is still alive in the CM world, the ICS branch will officially be retired and no longer continued.
If the price of $180 wasn’t enough of an enticement to make you grab a Moto G, maybe its ease of being rooted might. Thanks to the famed Android developer Modaco, you can now root the popular budget device using any computer, whether it be a Windows, Mac or Linux.
To carry out this process, your bootloader does need to be unlocked. Also, doing any of this may invalidate your warranty so do this under your own precaution. Otherwise, hit up the source link for download links and instructions on how to achieve this process!
As the over-the-air update KRT16S has been rolling out to Nexus 4 owners bringing Android 4.4 KitKat to their devices, some users have discovered some problems with their smartphones after the update. Reports indicate some users are having trouble with core functions like the dialer not working, different Quick Settings toggles not working and even the Home button being rendered inoperable. For the small number of users impacted by these problems, a couple different solutions have been identified that may give them some relief. » Read the rest
ROM flashing has just become that much easier for all of us. Today, Cyanogen and his team have officially released their much anticipated CM Installer into the Google Play Store. While flashing ROM’s may be easy and 2nd nature to some, it can be scary and difficult to venture into for others. Now with the CM Installer, having CyanogenMod on your Android device is just “a click” away, so to speak. Just make sure your device is part of the “supported device list” and you can give it a shot. QR code and Play Store link will be after the break along with the full press release.
While Google has abandoned the Galaxy Nexus with Android 4.4 KitKat, that never stops the resilient devs over at XDA. A dev team by the name of “SlimRoms” has built KitKat straight from source and made it available for most variants of the Galaxy Nexus, and all was left was the Sprint Galaxy Nexus (toroplus). If you wish to flash this, you will need your bootloader to be unlocked and have a custom recovery installed. Considering this is still in alpha stages, so bugs may be prevalent.
Head over to the source link for the XDA thread and for download links.
Disappointed in the quality of your Nexus 5′s camera? A developer by the name of Jishnu Sir over on XDA created a flashable .zip file in hopes to vastly improve the quality of your camera. It’s essentially a whole new app that replaces the stock camera that you currently have. Obviously doing this will require you to unlock your bootloader and have some sort of custom recovery (i.e. ClockworkMod or TWRP). Here’s a full list of what the new camera app adds or improves:
1) Sound Recording now in Stereo with the secondary Mic.
2) Faster Focusing for the camera.
3) Front Camera also records 720P Videos@ 20 Mb/s.
4) Front camera Audio Bitrate@ 192000 Kb/s.
5) AntiBanding default set to 50Hz
6) Focus Range Adjusted.
7) Enhanced Smooth Zoom.
8) Turned Edge Enhancement ON.
If you’d like to read up on some user feedback on how the hack has worked for some, check out the source link which directs you to the XDA thread. If anyone out there is willing to give this a shot, report back in the comment section and let us know your results!
Ever since Google released their Chromecast this past summer, a constant battle has been going on between Google and owners of the device. More specifically, Google has continued to try to maintain control over how a Chromecast can be used and what content it is capable of streaming. Meanwhile, users have been trying to figure out ways to make the device more useful for their purposes and capable of streaming content they are interested in instead of what Google thinks they should be interested in. A new mod called KyoCast from XDA forum member Kyonz is a step in the direction of more freedom, at least for those users who managed to root their device before Google figured out a way to clamp down on that. » Read the rest
Thanks to designgears and Chainfire, the Verizon Wireless Samsung Galaxy Note 3 has been rooted. The bootloader is still locked, but this can only mean that it will be cracked very soon. At least you will be now be able to install apps that require root permission, which many of you need.
The tool is called Root de la Vega, which is named after Ralph de la Vega, CEO of AT&T Mobility. A very important feature of this method is the Knox flags will remain intact, thus keeping your warranty. Just hit the source link for full instructions and file download links.
Do you wish your new Galaxy Gear smartwatch ran more than just the specifically designed apps that are available on it? Well, the Gear still runs Android underneath Samsung’s skinned overlay, so it was only a matter of time before someone found out how to make it work. Some clever owners have figured out that if you enable USB debugging on the smartwatch, you can load apps through ADB onto the device. Pretty much all non-Google apps work, including Candy Crush and music and video players. The Google apps don’t work because the watch lacks specific framework apps in the system folder, and there’s no way around that without root.
If you’re the tinkering type, this should definitely cause you to give the Galaxy Gear a second look. Hopefully we’ll see some really cool stuff being done with the Gear before long. If you want specific instructions for your own Galaxy Gear, you can hit the link below to check them out on Ars Technica.