Travel back in time with themes for Android Keyboard

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If you have a new device with Android’s stock keyboard or you happened to install the Google Keyboard standalone app on your device, but you thought you liked one of the older style themes, we have some good news for you. Apparently Google never bothered to remove the “theme” code from previous versions of Android as the keyboard app has matured over time and these old themes, and one other, can be accessed with a little work on your part.  » Read the rest

Verizon HTC One bootloader unlockable, custom recovery already available

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In unexpected news, Verizon’s brand new HTC One actually has an unlockable bootloader. No, we aren’t joking. the HTC Dev bootloader unlock process works on Big Red’s version of the phone, and even though that means it isn’t a full S-Off unlock, it’s still going to give you enough room to flash custom ROMs and the like. As a cherry on top, there are already easy root files available and a version of CWM recovery has already been ported.

Knowing Verizon, this was probably not intentional and it could very easily be patched up relatively quickly. If you have a new HTC One, you may want to consider following the links below to go ahead and get your device unlocked before Verizon patches anything up.

source: XDA

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via: Droid Life

Andromizer is a “one-stop shop” app for tweaks and settings

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One of the great things about Android is the ability to tweak and adjust so many different settings. A challenge for anyone looking to dig deep into their system to customize several settings is the plethora of tools needed to do so. XDA Senior Member J.Y.Daddy decided to do something about that and has produced Andromizer, an app that consolidates several tools and access to a litany of settings and tweaks into one location. Especially nice is the clean, logical user interface that make it easy to access the setting you want to adjust. » Read the rest

Chromecasting any app that uses video or audio could be coming to CyanogenMod soon

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This is why I love Android. The simple fact that developers can take their stake in a product and customize tools to fit their own (and other users’) needs is a beautiful thing, and is perfectly displayed in what Koush from CyanogenMod has been doing for quite a while now (here, here, here, here, etc.).

Today, Koush announced that he has successfully built Chromecast into the CyonagenMod framework, now allowing any app with audio or video to cast directly to your TV. Yep, that’s right. You don’t have to wait for your favorite application to come out with Chromecast support anymore. So if you were holding off getting Chromecast until that glorious day finally came, it is no longer an acceptable excuse— unless of course you don’t want to load up CyanogenMod onto your phone, which is obviously a huge barrier for many of us that don’t want to deal with the rooting process.

Koush is pretty much breaking records right now considering the amount of stuff he’s developed for Chomecast so far, including streaming local videos/pictures to Chromecast, Dropbox support, RSS video support, and now showing Cast support built into the CM framework. Crazy stuff.

Check out the video after the break of Koush demonstrating it all for you, himself. Let’s hope this becomes available very soon!!

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Android 4.3 support added by Nexus Root Toolkit, allows for easy root with low ‘bricking risk’

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The Nexus Root Toolkit is a really nice piece of software which will help you with pretty much all of your rooting needs for your Nexus device. Yesterday, the software added support for Android 4.3 as well as the new Nexus 7 tablet which is really good news for anyone looking to root their new device. The software will automatically download all the necessary files to carry out the operation, has the ability to bring your device back into stock form, features a backup tool which will backup all of your data in case of  a problem during the process, and can flash ZIM files, install applications, modify permissions, and more. Go grab it for free in the source link— donations are appreciated!

Source: WugFresh

Root method blocked with latest Chromecast update (build 12840)

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Just last week we saw a root method surface for the Chromecast, and just like that, Google is closing the door. Google released build 12840 as an over-the-air update a few days ago, and one of the enhancements is to close the root method. Of course, you might not see that as an enhancement if you were looking to root your Chromecast.

Now it might not be all doom and gloom as XDA member tchebb has posted a couple of methods you can try to stop the OTA from hitting your device. The first thing you need to do is check to see if you’re device has been updated. Just open the Chromecast app on your phone or tablet and tap on the specific Chromecast device. The current build number will be listed at the bottom. If your Chromecast didn’t get the update, then hit the break for instructions.

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With root enabled, Gameboy emulator running on Chromecast

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We’ve previously reported that root has been achieved on Google’s Chromecast. With that in tow, it looks like someone on Reddit has found a way to run a Gameboy emulator on it. The news is not so much that a Gameboy emulator is possible, but it certainly opens up the possibilities of what one can do with a rooted Chromecast. Seems like the possibilities could be endless. Check out the video below after the break!

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Android 4.3 users have hidden option for granular control over app permissions

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Android users are familiar with the idea of app permissions since installing or updating apps triggers a notice about what permissions an app requires. However, just knowing what permissions an app requires can be limiting since users have to accept all or none of the permissions. Android 4.3 appears to have changed that as users have found a “hidden through obscurity” setting that gives users the ability to turn individual permissions on and off for an app. » Read the rest

MoDaCo.SWITCH ROM beta available to public, allows for effortless switch from HTC Sense to stock on HTC One

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Just last week we reported that MoDaCo.SWITCH had opened their ROM for those who signed up to receive the beta, but now it looks as though the beta has gone public.

The MoDaCo.SWITCH ROM allows HTC One users to effortlessly switch between stock Android and HTC Sense with the touch of a button. The best part is that the ROM uses a single set of user data so all of your apps/information/etc. are available on both UI’s.

Now that “beta 8″ is available to the public (only on the GSM HTC One) you can go and grab it below if you’re familiar with the flashing process.

MoDaCo is also working on a project to bring their ROM to the Galaxy S 4 using an Indiegogo project to raise $1500.

Download, installation, and set up instructions below.

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CyanogenMod teases a ‘New Challenger’ and a ‘New Nemesis’

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It looks like the folks at CyanogenMod are up to something. Well, they are always up to something, but they are in the teasing mood right now. They released a very short teaser video for something they are working on. What is it? We have no idea so let the speculation begin. It’s start out by saying, “Nothing can be perfect, Things can be better.” Ain’t that the truth. There is a few more tidbits that you can check out for yourself, and then it closes with  ”A new challenger appears,” and “A new Nemesis appears.” I have a funny feeling they have a few more teases lined up. Any ideas as to what they might be up to? Hit the break for the video.

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