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.
Shortly after yesterday’s announcement that Cyanogen, Inc. was formed, Steve Kondik and Koushik Dutta took to Reddit to answer questions about their plans. It was already revealed that they would offer a one-click installer for both Android and Windows. More details will be announced next week, but they did say that it will support all devices that CyanogenMod currently supports, which means any devices that can be unlocked. However, if there isn’t a legitimate manufacturer-supplied method, they might not support it.
Last month CyanogenMod unveiled CyanogenMod Account, which allows you to track and wipe your devices. It just past code review and is now included in the latest 10.1 and 10.2 nightlies.
It’s quite simple to add an account. Just go to Settings / Add account / CyanogenMod. You can also go to https://account.cyanogenmod.org/login to find your device and wipe it if need be. Let us know what you think of it.
Interested in getting Android 4.3 on your HTC One? Thanks to developer LlabTooFeR on XDA, you won’t have to wait until that late September release from HTC. Instead, you can now grab a custom ROM from LlabTooFeR that’s based on an unofficial, pre-release build of HTC’s Android 4.3 update, which has a handful of minor tweaks for speed and stability. He also said he’ll be releasing the untouched build in a few days, so if you’re not a fan of the tweaks in custom ROMs, you can stick to a completely stock option. » Read the rest
With Google’s addition of Quick Settings in the notifications bar in stock Android, CyanogenMod’s power widgets became relatively useless and redundant. Therefore, the CM team has developed new and improved code which “will say goodbye to the notification power widgets, discarding their 3000+ lines of code for a sleeker (only 370 new lines), newer, and more efficient method of toggling your settings.” In a Google+ post, CM has cited the reasons for the change, and the replacement of the power widgets with a Quick Access Ribbon. The ribbon will be located at the top of the notifications bar and will also be horizontally scrollable. The code is not yet merged, but will be soon. Check out the full details at their original post in the source link.
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.
If you are the kind of person who enjoys loading custom ROMs on your device, the MoDaCo.SWITCH IndieGoGo project is something you may want to pay attention to, especially if you own a Samsung Galaxy S 4 or HTC One. The SWITCH program is designed to enable users to quickly switch between custom ROMs without having to reflash the device every time you want to make a change. Besides being able to switch ROMs with a few button taps, SWITCH promises to preserve all apps and the settings for the apps.
The project’s founder, Paul O’Brien took to Twitter earlier today to announce the pending release of the first beta for Galaxy S 4 i9505 owners who got in on the IndieGoGo project. They should expect to be able to install it some time on Thursday and commence the ROM switching merriment. The release for the Galaxy S 4 follows on the heels of SWITCH for the HTC One.
With all of the angst some device owners have over recent incidents of government agencies tapping into user computer data via carriers and major industry players, along with general distrust of what corporations may be doing with user data, the CyanogenMod team is readying some changes and apps to help users be a little more secure. The first change, CyanogenMod Account, has been submitted to the CM Github so developers can review the code and provide some feedback before it is submitted to the nightlies. » Read the rest
Late last night, the team at CyanogenMod announced the first nightly builds of CyanogenMod 10.2, which is based on Android 4.3, It will eventually become available to all supported devices, but for now, it’s only available for the new Nexus 7, Nexus 4, HTC One, a few Samsung phones/tablets, and a few Motorola devices.
Koush, from CyanogenMod, has updated his Root Explorer app to version 3.1, which adds ACCESS_SUPERUSER permission for compatibility with latest Superuser version. (Users of Superuser will no longer be warned that Root Explorer has not declared this permission.) Koush also added the ability to change permissions and owners of multiple files at once. All the user has to do is select each file using the check-boxes, and use the action overflow/menu button to change the owner. This certainly makes in-app use more time-efficient for users.
Check out the link to the application in the Play Store after the break.