As usual, the boys over at CyanogenMod are keeping busy working on making your Android experience the best it can be. Recall at the Big Android BBQ 2013 event, the team announced that they’ll be offering their popular custom ROM’s in a couple of different flavors. The team was pretty bent on arguing the fact that it’s not the carriers who should be dictating software based decisions to OEM’s but that it should be left to the user to do so. As a result, the team revealed that their new versions will cater respectively to both the beginner and the advanced user who’s looking to liven their devices up a bit.
The team tossed out some pretty hefty stats claiming that there are 8.2 million active CyanogenMod users out there and there are 38 million downloads for over 100 different devices. In addition, the popular custom ROM maker says there are over 3,000 different contributors assisting with development. So, what’s the difference between the two versions? Hit the break to compare the “Community” and the “Pro” versions and feel free to let us know what you think in the comments below. Read more
By now, taking a screenshot on an Android device is almost second-nature. Simply press the down volume button + power button simultaneously. However, taking a video of the device’s screen presents a trickier problem.
CM developer Koushik Dutta is currently working on a solution that will allow users to do so on their Android devices, by pressing the up volume button + power button simultaneously. Audio and touch indicators are added in for extra utility.
The new feature can present many helpful additions, including allowing developers to demo their app’s features, and also for users to report bugs/errors, or record instructional content.
The feature should be on CM 10.2 soon. Check out Koush’s video after the break.
Koushik Dutta, one of the top developers at Cyanogen Inc., has been working for quite a while now on bringing AirPlay mirroring to Android through its ROM.
In the video after the break, Koush was able to mirror the HTC One to a Nexus 10. He still has some work to do, but he’s definitely making progress. Check it out for yourself!
When CyanogenMod reorganized itself as a new company (Cyanogen Inc.), one of their main goals was to make sure their product was extremely easy to install so that it doesn’t have to be limited only to those that have experience with flashing. That’s why Cyanogen is trying to release a Cyanogen Installer which will let you quickly get the software on your device in no time at all.
To get this project off the ground, Cyanogen has started a beta-testing program for testers willing to try it out. However, this isn’t your basic sign-up list— you have to meet the following criteria to be selected.
- A camera to record yourself doing the installation
- Have a supported device (maguro, crespo, toro, toroplus, grouper, flo, mako, manta, skyrocket, hercules, i9100, i9300, d2att, d2spr, d2tmo, jfltexx, quincyatt, quincytmo, t0ltetmo, m7ul)
- Submit bug reports and feedback
If you meet all of this criteria, go to Koushik Dutta’s Google+ post (source link) to let him know you’re interested.
Source: +Koushik Dutta
All good things must come to an end— but sometimes, it’s for the better. The Paranoid Android team has announced that they’ll be making some changes in the way that they design/distribute their ROM for Android 4.4 KitKat.
First up is an availability change, with stability in mind. In order to create a highly stable ROM, Paranoid Android (or any developer for that matter) should focus on fewer devices. By now, we all know that all devices are not created equal, and because of that, we’re going to see Paranoid Android’s ROM on higher-end devices that they choose to develop around. This is not to say that their ROM won’t work on your device, but it just won’t be specifically designed for it, and may be less stable than it is intended to be. (Nexus 5 is quite clearly the focus here.)
CyanogenMod’s update to version 10.2 will bring plenty of welcome improvements, and one of them is an updated Privacy Guard app to version 2.0. This app currently allows users to manage app permissions, not only displaying what apps have access to what information, but letting the users control which information they will voluntarily share with their apps.
Privacy Guard 2.0 will integrate “AppOps,” which lets the system remove permissions and return empty data sets when permissions are denied for an app. You will be able to easily switch on/off individual permissions for things such as location, reading contacts, SMS/MMS, etc. A notifications feature has also been added which will let you know when you are using an app that has permissions blocked that it requires to run. It’s definitely a good troubleshooting tool for when your app suddenly doesn’t work anymore after it doesn’t have the ability to use your device’s GPS, for example. The UI has also been changed a bit to make it simpler to navigate the app. It’s definitely a nice addition to CM 10.2 and we’re looking forward to seeing what other goodies are in store from the CM team.
News involving Cyanogen seems to keep surfacing at a frequent pace. After founder Steve Kondik teased the company’s involvement in Oppo’s September 23 event, light shed on their potential plans. An internal conversation revealed that Cyanogen needs to piggyback off of a manufacturer because of the Compatibility Test Suite for Android; therefore, this is why they are likely using Oppo as a launching pad. Once they have a manufacturer to work with, Cyanogen would be able to gain access to Google Apps. Being able to use Google Apps is of course a pivotal part of their next phase.
Google Apps contain the proprietary Google applications that come pre-installed with most android devices. Due to licensing restrictions, these apps cannot come pre-installed with CyanogenMod and must be installed separately. CyanogenMod does not require Google Apps to function properly, however, to take full advantage of the Android system, Google Apps are recommended.
Fresh off of becoming an incorporated company, Cyanogen may have a hardware partner ready to carry their software. Earlier this afternoon CyanogenMod founder Steve Kondik appeared in a teaser for an Oppo event scheduled for September 23. Kondik explained that he will be attending Oppo’s event in Beijing next week and added at the end that “we have exciting news to add” before cutting away to “Oppo N1” which will be the device announced at the event.
Of course the first thing that comes to mind is a partnership between Cyanogen and Oppo. Why else would Kondik be in Beijing for the event to add something of his own? Hit the break to catch the clip.
If you have a Motorola Moto X and just cannot wait for Android 4.3 to be released for your device, you can try flashing a new build that has been put together from resources dumped off a test device. XDA member jimmydafish posted a zip file that includes everything needed to load this particular Android 4.3 build onto your Moto X. You do need to have an unlocked bootloader. Whether you would really want to do this may be questionable though as even jimmydafish indicates in his testing that it seems to run slower than the current build of Android 4.2.2 on the Moto X. He does indicate the camera app seems to be an improvement.
To fastboot flash the system onto your Moto X, just follow the source link to find the zip file containing the necessary bits along with instructions. Just remember you are taking things into your own hands as far as the continued operation of your device, so be sure you are willing to live with the results whatever they may be. If you do undertake this install, be sure to post here and let us know your impressions.
source: XDA Developers
After recently forming a new company, CyanogenMod is already facing some fallout. The very popular Android ROM will be losing its camera app Focal due to the departure of its developer, Guillaume Lesniak (Xplodwild). Focal, which fell just two weeks shy of being available for two months, was CyanogenMod’s own take on the camera app. The reason for Focal and Lesniak’s departure is believed to be caused by friction between newly incorporated CyanogenMod Inc. and himself.
Lesniak has indeed confirmed that he has left CyanogenMod and founder Steve Kondik has made comments of his own. In the comments for the code changes he explained that “there’s now this perception that CM is trying to steal his hard work and run with it.” Kondik goes on to explain that he would rather see Focal succeed elsewhere than have any issues arise.