Paranoid Android 4′s Beta 3 is released, brings series of new features to Nexus devices

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Paranoid Android has locked itself in as one of the premiere Android custom ROMs, and we have some good news for those of you who are fans of the PA team.

The third Beta version has been released for Paranoid Android 4, which is compatible with a series of Nexus devices including the Galaxy Nexus, Nexus 4, Nexus 7 (2012 and 2013), Nexus 10, and Nexus 5. You can find the download link for the ROM through the source link below.

The updated version brings a series of new features, which are included in the official changelog after the break.


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MOJO Android-powered gaming system rooted, given Google Play access

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Mad Catz’s Android-powered MOJO gaming console has been successfully rooted, and as a result, users will be able to access the Google Play Store, as well as thousands of other applications.

It obviously involves flashing a custom boot image using your computer (no overwriting the existing ROM), so be careful if you don’t have any rooting experience.


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CyanogenMod’s GalleryNext Photo Gallery App Now Available as Beta in the Play Store

GalleryNext1If you feel that the AOSP gallery app is sorely lacking then you’re not alone. So much so in fact, that the group behind CyanogenMod  has debuted a new Gallery app for you to try. Currently in beta, you have to join the Google+ Community here, and become a beta tester here to test it out. Once you do, you’ll be able to view all your pictures in one centralized location. On top of that you’ll see various cloud services such as Flickr, Picasa (Google+), Facebook, and Dropbox integration. It features Moments support that automatically groups and classifies media based on metadata. It has video playback and GIF support.

For an app in beta, this is very much polished. Even as such, CyanogenMod isn’t resting on what it has already created. It plans on adding KitKat immersive mode, editor support, as well as whatever users let CyanogenMod know about. On top of that they plan on squashing all the bugs. Your mileage may vary as some users are getting constant force closes with the app. It works just fine on my Moto X, and we’ve already seen a bug fix update since its debut yesterday.

source: +CyanogenMod

Omate TrueSmart Smartwatch gets TWRP support

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The Omate TrueSmart smartwatch is unique in that it runs full Android and function on its own, unlike other smartwatches that require a smartphone. Because of that, it makes sense that the TrueSmart would be a little more desirable with the developer and enthusiast community. That’s especially true today, as an early build of TWRP has been released for the smartwatch to make it easier to flash ROMs and mods on the device.

Whenever a new smartphone or tablet is released, recoveries are built for it within weeks. That looks like it’s starting to be the case with other Android powered devices, including smartwatches, and I bet that’s going to be a trend we’ll see a lot of this year.

If you’re interested, you can check out the Google+ post below to download the recovery for the TrueSmart.

source: Google+

OPPO N1 version of CyanogenMod now available for download

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If you are one of the individuals who managed to get their order in and filled for an OPPO N1, but opted for the regular version instead of the special edition CyanogenMod version, there is a new option to get CM on the device. CyanogenMod announced yesterday the availability for download and install the CyanogenMod firmware that normally would come on the special edition.
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Don’t forget to reboot your Nexus or Google Play Edition device after unlocking the bootloader

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In case you were unaware, Nexus and Google Play Edition devices need to be rebooted after you unlock the bootloader. According to Android Police, changes have been made to the unlocking process and not rebooting would send your device into an infinite reboot into recovery. On the Nexus 4, Nexus 5, Nexus 7 (2013), LG G Pad 8.3 GPE, and Sony Xperia Z Ultra GPE, the bootloader is not wiping the device clean as it once did. Users should be rebooting prior to installing a custom recovery.

Hit the break for directions.
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KitKat comes to Nexus Q in unofficial update from XDA developer forums

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Remember that bizarre orb-like device that Google unveiled with the original Nexus 7 back in June 2012?

Although we’ll most likely never see another version of that awkward little orb, the Nexus Q, there is some good news for those that actually own one.

While the device originally shipped with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, there wasn’t another update for it as Google pretty much marked it internally as a failure— or at least marked it as a device that needed a bit more R&D.

Now, XDA forum member hharte has released a nearly perfect build of Android 4.4 KitKat based on CyanogenMod. Current issues include WLAN and audio w/ Google Music. Either way, there isn’t really any reason why you shouldn’t want to upgrade to this experimental version of KitKat. Hit up the developmental thread in the source link below to get going.

Source: XDA-Developers

Updated Apex Launcher comes to Play Store with new KitKat details

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Each time stock Android gets a new look, launcher developers usually adjust their designs to match the much sought-after “vanilla Android” experience. Apex Launcher has done the same, and today, version 2.2 has hit the Play Store with a transparent notification bar as well as other KitKat details.

Also included is the quick search bar, folder icons, an icon font-selector, and some key bug fixes.

Get the updated application for free from the Play Store or buy the Pro version for only $4. Hit the break for the link to the app.


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Rom Manager Returns to the Play Store After Brief Hiatus

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News broke the other day that Koush’s extremely popular ROM management app, ROM Manager, was pulled from the Play Store. Cited as violating Google’s IAP standards, Koush was given six weeks to rectify said violation but it was pulled two weeks short of that deadline. That hiatus however, was short lived as ROM Manager appears to be back in the Play Store.

With the reinstatement, there is an update for ROM Manager. Besides bug fixes we can assume the IAP violation has been removed. It’s good to see that issues such as these can be rectified by both parties so quickly. For those of you who are rooted and have yet to check out a standard in ROM management, we have the download link and QR code after the break.


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