Not long after unveiling their newest project Halo, the Paranoid Android team has released alpha builds featuring the new feature for a handful of devices. Owners of the Nexus 4, Nexus 7, Galaxy Nexus (GSM users only) and the Oppo Find 5 can all head to Paranoid Android’s Google+ page to download builds for their devices.
For those who haven’t followed the progress of this project, Halo is Paranoid Android’s solution to multi-tasking in Android. Inspired by Facebook’s recent Chat Heads feature, Halo places a small notification bubble on top of whatever application you are running. Tapping the Halo opens a small applet where you can respond accordingly. While this is in its earliest stages, the developers promise this is only the beginning. This is an alpha build so if you are brave enough to try it, be warned that there will be bugs. Hit the break for a video of this feature in action.
As we recently reported, the awesome developers over at Paranoid Android have come up with an incredible new feature for their ROM inspired by Facebook’s Chat Heads. They are calling it “Halo” notifications and they’ve described it as the first step to solving Android’s lack of true multitasking. It works by forwarding all notifications system-wide to the Halo bubble. Clicking the Halo bubble opens a tiny applet where you can respond to any notification.
Halo will be included in upcoming builds of the popular Paranoid Android rom which is available for a plethora of devices. One lucky user got his hands on an early build and was nice enough to film a demonstration. Hit the break for the video and check back for more news on this feature as we get it.
As promised, Dan Rosenberg aka djrbliss on the XDA Developers forum released some additional details about his attempts to unlock the Samsung Galaxy S 4. Yesterday he posted a pic showing the unlocked bootloader that seemed to indicate he had recovery capabilities. He confirmed that in his latest post on the subject where he reports his work will allow custom kernels and recoveries.
Rosenberg also confirmed he had achieved the unlocking on an AT&T variant of the Galaxy S 4. However, he is not planning to release any details until Verizon starts to ship their version later this month. If you think you will be interested in unlocking your new Galaxy S 4 using Rosenberg’s tools, he does recommend that you not accept any OTA updates prior to his publishing his release despite the risk of missing out on security updates.
In what is definitely a huge oversight on Google’s part, the Glass software has no built-in lockscreen function. Obviously it can be assumed that there will be many changes before the rumored Spring 2014 release date since it’s a Beta product, but the problem remains for now.
Developer Mike DiGiovanni didn’t want to risk having his contacts and personal information easily swiped so he set about doing Google’s job for them, and Bulletproof was born. In a post on Google+ DiGiovanni explains its function saying, “Use combinations of swipes and taps on the side touchpad to unlock your device. The app knows when Google Glass is off your head and locks the device only at that point.” Pretty handy, and very useful. Click past the break to see it in action.
News today from Twitter where security guru Dan Rosenberg, @djrbliss, posted an image of a Samsung Galaxy S 4 with what appears to be an unlocked bootloader that he managed to hack. Rosenberg had already achieved root on the new devices on launch day when he figured out an unlock tool intended for Motorola devices would also work on the Galaxy S 4 thanks to the use of Qualcomm chips. The downside is that nothing much can be done once rooted and the risk related to bricking a brand new device is a little higher than normal as no recovery options or stock images are available yet. Hopefully Rosenberg’s work is about to change some of that as his image appears to indicate that he has recovery running. Rosenberg is expected to release more details later today on exactly what he has achieved and how others may replicate his efforts.
One of the greatest features that Facebook has introduced recently has been the floating Chat Heads found in their messenger app. It’s a fantastic notification/multitasking system for chatting and messaging with friends on top of other applications. The developers of Paranoid Android ROM have decided to take that amazing feature and apply it to notifications across the board, whether that’s a text message, email, or any other notification. Instead of having to switch back and forth between apps, PA’s “chat heads” will let you truly multitask regardless of what you’re doing on your phone.
For the Android OS as a whole, this feature is a gigantic step forward. Multitasking has always been a strong suit for Android, but this builds on the multitasking framework in a major way. Hopefully we’ll see this feature hit more devices in the near future.
If you’re the tinkering type and you’ve been eyeing the Galaxy S 4 on AT&T, you may want to rethink your options. According to Cyanogenmod founder Steve Kondik, AT&T’s S 4 does indeed have a locked bootloader out of the box. While the locked bootloader doesn’t necessarily mean custom ROMs and kernels won’t come eventually, it’s going to take a little longer than usual. Of course, with the inevitable popularity of the S 4, there’s likely going to be a crazy amount of dev work being done on the device right out of the gate, so an unlocking method will likely come along sooner or later.
I don’t expect this to make a huge impact on S 4 sales on AT&T, but for the modding community, it’s a bit of a let down.
Not too long ago, an unlock tool was released for some Motorola devices that used Qualcomm processors. Well, it turns out that unlocking hack still works on newer Qualcomm devices, including the variant of the Galaxy S 4 with the Snapdragon 600 chip. So if you’re planning on picking up a new Galaxy S 4 this weekend, you won’t have to wait for a root method.
The downside is that there are no stock images or custom recoveries available for the device yet, so if you brick the device in the root process, you’re completely out of luck. OTA updates will also likely mess up root. Fortunately, it’s a pretty safe bet that this is going to be a popular device, so it shouldn’t take long before some recoveries and ROMs start popping up. Until then, though, root at your own risk. » Read the rest
An enterprising and ambitious individual has already achieved root access for the Google Glass “eyeset” device. Cydia’s Jay Freeman recently took to Twitter and proclaimed his root success story, while also sharing a photo to the general public as proof for you non-believers out there. We’re surprised that this feat was achievable since you know… Google is pretty strict with the few developer versions that are out there and all. Then again, since the few Glass units out there are intended for the few elite individuals out there, it probably should have been expected that Google would be fairly lenient and allow for certain things to be accessible— at least for now.
There’s no word yet on what will come next now that root is enabled, but we’re certainly excited to hear— errr see any potential possibilities.
Are you the proud owner of a new HTC One? Is your only complaint the weird button layout? Developer tbalden at XDA may be able to solve your problem with his new kernel tweak which turns the HTC button into a sleep button (which also enables the home button to wake the device) or a menu button, depending on your preference.
This little tweak is possible since the digitizer of the HTC One extends a bit under the HTC button, which allows a different function to be assigned to it with a custom kernel. Currently, the hack isn’t 100% functional, and there’s been a tiny amount of weird behavior with it, but it’s definitely going to be a great mod as it’s further developed and tweaked. Hit the break below to check out the forum post to get the mod working on your shiny new phone.