HTC Sense 5 was debuted in the Taiwanese company’s latest flagship device, the HTC One, and brings a much updated UI. While HTC hinted at a few phones receiving Sense 5, the Droid DNA was left out. Since it’s a fairly new device, the upgrade will happen at some point, but if you can’t wait, a developer by the username newtoroot has you covered. Porting Sense 5 to the Droid DNA has begun and a ROM is available. Everything is working except MMS and Zoe which is HTC’s new feature that allows you to snap still images and record HD video simultaneously. » Read the rest
“Well, it’s about time!”, might be what your thinking if you have been anticipating the much anticipated OTA of Android 4.1 Jelly Bean on your DROID RAZR or DROID RAZR MAXX. Unlike their little brother, the Droid RAZR M, which received the OTA months ago, owners of these devices have been denied the pleasure of all 4.1′s Jelly Bean goodness…but no more!
We already got an idea of some of the changes with this update, but now it’s officially approved and ready to go. Hit the break for some of the new Jelly Bean highlights along with some demo videos.
Google Now – Receive sports scores, stock updates, weather reports, and traffic updates without having to search the entire web for them. Google Now will learn what’s important to you and give you the updates you need before you even know you needed them.
Expanded Notifications – Get a snapshot of your incoming e-mails, news reader notifications, Facebook updates, chat and more. Swipe them away where your done with them and move on with your busy life.
Improved Voice Search – Ask Google Now a real-world question, and get a real-world answer in seconds. Want to know what the weather will be like for the motorcycle ride this afternoon? Android 4.1 will tell you, in spoken word!
Want to know more, check the source for a link to Motorola’s new Android upgrade page and get information on the upgrade schedule.
It’s been awhile since we’ve heard anything major out of the Cyanogenmod team, but if you’ve been itching for something new to flash, you’re in luck. They’ve just announced that CM10.1-m2, which is a build more stable than a nightly but still not quite a full stable release, is available for a handful of devices. Popular devices like the Nexus lineup, Galaxy S III, and HTC One X are among the first to get the builds, but others are sure to follow.
If you like to stay on the more bug-free types of ROMs, this is going to be one you’ll possibly want to test drive. If you’re the type who has to flash something new every day… well, you were going to try this one out regardless. Be sure to post your bug reports to help get the kinks worked out for the final builds.
Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the last week or so, you have no doubt heard about Mozilla’s Firefox OS which is intended for lower-spec’d smartphones. While the OS is meant for “emerging markets”, Firefox OS is more than compatible with various budget devices thanks to the fact it is completely open-source, much like how the Android platform is. Sony took some time to utilize this notion for some of its upcoming devices and decided to fire up an experimental build of the OS on its Xperia E smartphone. What’s exciting is the fact that the early build is not only functional, but it actually works surprisingly well. Sony isn’t just operating this early build for just any reason, mind you. It has selected the Xperia E smartphone because it is encouraging developers and those who like to try things out to use the OS and provide some welcomed feedback. Once the feedback is received, it will begin developing and launching Firefox OS-powered devices sometime in the next year or so.
We know many of you are pretty eager to check this out, so why not hit the break and have a gander for yourself?
Of course it may be slightly difficult trying to flash Ubuntu Touch on your respective device, but if you’re feeling a little lucky—- you can check out more details and the different images at the source link below.
The crew with CyanogenMod announced the merging of HDR functionality into the CM 10.1 camera app today. HDR, or High Dynamic Range, mode is a process that takes multiple images of a shot and then merges them together to produce a single photo. The technique is useful when a scene contains both bright and dark areas, though it can also be used effectively to add some “pop” to an image. » Read the rest
If you’re like me and a lifelong Linux user— then you were probably stoked to hear that Ubuntu was coming to Android devices soon… very soon. As exciting as the news was– many of us were on edge because we didn’t have an exact idea of when the coveted port would arrive on select Android devices. Fortunately— the Ubuntu team has officially come out and given up the details of what we have been eager to hear about: the Ubuntu preview will be available from next week, February 21st. The developers behind the Android port are making all the files which includes the full images and source code available through their internal site— giving select users a chance to dabble and fool around with the cool OS before the masses can. As exciting as this is— the port is only limited to two devices as of this time: the Galaxy Nexus and venerable Nexus 4 smartphones— so if you don’t own either phone, you’re outta luck at this time. Here’s hoping other devices will eventually get to be treated to some of that GUI Linux goodness as well sooner than later.
Hit the break to check out the full press release and try to contain yourselves in the meantime.
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.
One of the real hidden gems in the ROM community has just been updated to become one of the best apps imaginable. For those of you not familiar, Paranoid distinguishes itself from other custom ROMs because of its “Hybrid Engine”, which allows users to select both dpi and layout on a for each app available on a device—- meaning that instead of users being forced to modify the look of the device UI, users can instead optimize various apps to what works best for each one. While the concept of the app is certainly cool, everyone knows that there is always room for improvement and the developers have certainly delivered. The new Paranoid Android build includes the release of the PIE control system which allows users to disable onscreen buttons and instead, utilize a swipe gesture to access various common functions— giving users some extra screen & display to use. Oh and for you Nexus 4 users: there is a special screen calibration feature available which allows users to greatly optimize the display and allowing for all that content to be displayed with some extra pop.
As of now, this ROM looks like it’s only meant for Nexus users— so if you’re an owner of the Galaxy Nexus, Nexus 4, Nexus 7 or Nexus 10— the new ROM is ready and waiting to be used by you today. Hit the break to check out one (or all) of the source links to get additional info and grab yourselves the ROM— but be sure check out a few of the videos highlighting Paranoid’s neat features first.
Android users who are running CyanogenMod 10 or CyanogenMod 10.1, and probably many other custom ROMs, looking to clean up their device’s display by getting rid of the notification bar now have an option to achieve that goal. Best of all, the solution ensures the user can still swipe down from the top edge of the screen to get access to their notifications. This feat was accomplished by XDA Developers forum member enryea123 through some tweaks to the SystemUI.apk and framework-res.apk files. According to enryea123, this solution will eliminate the ability to pull down the notification bar from the lockscreen. All of the changes can be undone just by restoring the stock apk files.
The guide that walks you through the process can be accessed on the XDA forums using the source link below.