MoDaCo.SWITCH ROM allowing for switch between HTC Sense and stock Android opens up beta-testing signup page

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Last week we showed you developer Paul O’Brien’s MoDaCo.SWITCH ROM which allows HTC One users to quickly switch between HTC Sense 5 UI and stock Android (as seen on the Google Play Edition of the HTC One). All you have to do is tap on one of two options— it’s that easy.

Now it looks as though they’ve opened up a signup page allowing users to try out the beta version of their app. Hit the link below to join in on all the fun.

Source: MoDaCo

Android 4.3 leaks for the Nexus 4

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Android 4.3 is likely to be officially available next week for the Nexus 4, but if you just can’t wait a few extra days, a leaked version is available. The build is JWR66N and was installed on a phone bought on Craigslist from a Googler. The build is in TWRP backup format so you will need the custom recovery installed. Currently the radio and bootloader are missing, but will be added soon. We also don’t know how final this firmware is so there could be other bugs. I will simply wait, but for those of you that just can’t, hit the source link.

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ReKey gives Master Key vulnernability patch for rooted Android users

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So it’s been a few weeks since we told you about that security flaw which happens to affect most devices out there and well… but most of you are still probably waiting on some sort of satisfying fix, right? Well the fine folks at Duo and Northeastern University have teamed up and unleashed a special mod of the patch called ReKey. A product of Duo’s security engineers and Northeastern University’s Systems Security Lab, ReKey allows users to immediately protect their Android device without waiting on security updates from their mobile carrier— all with a simple app. There is one major caveat, however: in order for users to apply the patch, devices must be rooted. So if you happen to own an unrooted device at this time, then you’re outta luck until your update is finally pushed to your device (or if some other crafty individuals come up with an alternative).

The patch is free to all Android 2.0+ users and only comes in at a mere 86K in size, so if you’re on a rooted device and itching to feel a little more secure, then head on down to the Play Store and grab ReKey today.

 

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Grab Samsung’s Galaxy Camera app for your Galaxy S 4

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Samsung’s original Galaxy Camera was a fairly niche product, but it did have some cool features in the camera. Developer LastStandingDroid is working on getting the camera app ported to other devices, and if you’re a Galaxy S 4 owner, you can test out a port of the Galaxy Camera’s camera app on your device without having to shell out several hundred bucks on a new device.

The port is packaged in a flashable zip file, so you’ll have to be rooted and running a custom recovery to try it out. For the most part, it’s a really functional app, and the flash, auto-focus, fast motion and slow motion, and front and back cameras work. Like any work-in-progress, though, there are still a few things that need to be fixed, such burst mode, the best face feature, and a few others. You’ll also lose your boot animation completely because of some Galaxy Camera specific files in the package.

If you don’t mind testing out new things that aren’t 100% broken, hit the links below.

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XDA user Schoolsux introduces TrulyClean script to remove bloatware from the Galaxy S 4

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If you own a rooted Galaxy S 4 and you’ve decided to stick to the stock ROM, then you are without a doubt tired of the dozens of useless apps cluttering your drawer. Lucky for you, XDA Senior Member schoolsux, has developed the TrulyClean script that safely removes over 98 apps that aren’t crucial to the system. Not only does this method save a lot of time and energy, it will also bring you a noticeable boost in performance, and free up about 600-megabytes of storage.

TrulyClean removes everything from S Voice and Samsung Hub to more standard Google apps such as Gmail and Google+. While the standard script removes the stock browser, there is an alternate version that leaves it intact. Their is also a simple tutorial on editing the script to keep certain apps.

For anyone who has spent a minute in recovery mode, the TrulyClean script is very easy to install as it comes in a prepackaged flashable .zip folder. The developer recommends doing a full wipe before flashing, but its not a requirement. Just make sure to secure any vital data via your preferred backup method.

TrulyClean is available at the source below and is compatible with the i9500 and i9505 S 4. Happy flashing!

Source: XDA Developers

 

Sony Honami camera app unofficially ported to the Xperia Z and other Sony devices

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Sure Sony’s mysterious Honami may be a dream for us at this point, but it doesn’t mean that we can’t take advantage of some of its sweet camera features in the meantime. Crafty XDA user krabappel2548  took some time and was able to successfully port the Honami’s camera app for other premium Sony devices like the Sony Xperia Z, Sony Xperia ZL, and the Sony Xperia Tablet Z. Among the cool goodies users of the camera app will be treated to some nifty goodies like augmented reality capabilities, built-in filters, an awesome time shift function and superior image processing.

If you’re on any of the above aforementioned Sony devices and happen to be on Android 4.2.2, give the camera app a try today by checking out the source link below.

source: XDA Forums

CyanogenMod 10.1 rolls out to devices with stable builds

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CyanogenMod 10.1 is now officially in stable build status after its initial release announcement last fall. Up to this point, the CM team has released updated builds every month or so, and more recently, RC builds. Now we finally have CyanogenMod 10.1, Android 4.2.2, and stable builds have been hitting their build servers. Now that this is all finalized, go ahead and grab a stable build for your device. Check get.cm to see if your phone is supported.

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‘Easy Rooting Toolkit’ Version 11 released, Xperia Z, Xperia SP, Xperia S supported

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DooMLoRD from XDA Developers has released version 11 of his Easy Rooting Toolkit, which allows users to easily and quickly root their handsets. However, only three devices are supported so far, including the Xperia S, Xperia Z, and the Xperia SP. The program works with both locked and unlocked handsets. If you have one of the aforementioned phones and want to use Easy Rooting Toolkit, check out the download links after the break. » Read the rest

Steve Kondik, founder of CyanogenMod, seeks to protect Android devices with a system wide ‘Incognito Mode’

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I’m sure by now most of you are familiar with the recent news of the NSA scandal and what we once thought was private data now being accessed by the government. Obviously this doesn’t sit well with most and with smartphones being in most people’s pockets nowadays the threat of your data being exposed is dangerous. Steve Kondik, the founder of the popular 3rd party custom Android ROM CyanogenMod is figuring out a way to give Android an “incognito mode” so that it ensures no personal data can be leaked. Per Kondik:

I’m working on a new feature that will hopefully make it’s way into CM. It’s called “Run in Incognito Mode”. It’s a simple privacy feature designed to help you keep your personal data under control.

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HALO project open sourced by Paranoid Android team

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The team over at Paranoid Android has announced they are open sourcing their HALO project. HALO brings Facebook Chat Heads-like notification functionality to Android apps, one of the few features of Facebook’s Home interface that actually received a positive response from users. Along with floating the notification on the screen on top of open applications, the HALO project gives users the ability to interact with app in a limited matter, like sending a response to a message. » Read the rest