The folks over at CyanogenMod have been hard at work on your New Year’s present and finally have something to show for it: nightlies!
OnePlus announced yesterday that they were releasing an alpha build of a custom ROM that has been in development. The ROM will eventually be customizable, but starts out with a bloat-free, stock-Android experience for users. Although OnePlus has not added any extras yet in this version, the ROM is built on AOSP Lollipop, so users can get the latest sweet goodies included in Google’s most recent version of the Android operating system.
OnePlus unveiled a new portable battery pack, called the Power Bank. It’s 10,000 mAh so it can power the OnePlus One three times before it needs to be charged again. It can of course charge other devices, not to mention it features a second port for charging two devices at the same time. It will be available early next year in either Silk White or Sandstone Black and cost $14.99.
Today also happens to be the one year anniversary for OnePlus, and they have a couple of things going on. The first is they posted a video, which looks back at the past year. They are also giving you a chance to win a OnePlus One if you wish them a Happy Birthday on their Vine page.
When Vsenn announced they were working on a modular smartphone platform to compete with Google’s Project Ara, more than a few eyebrows were raised that a start-up would want to take on Google, especially in a brand new market. To help set itself apart from its much larger competitor, Vsenn has announced plans for an Approved ROM Partner (ARP) program. The ARP is intended to give customers the flexibility to flash a new ROM onto their device while still maintaining their warranty and factory support for their device. Along with the announcement of this new program Vsenn also announced that Paranoid Android would be the first ROM approved for use.
So far, LG has only pushed the Lollipop update to the G3 in Poland, but that won’t stop others from enjoying it. If you have the European model (D855), Skin1980 from XDA has a surprise for you.
He put together a flashable Zip that’s even rootable. You will need the TWRP recovery installed and you will need to do a factory reset. If this is something that interests you, hit the source link below for full instructions, and be sure to consider giving Skin1980 a donation because I’m sure this took a lot of work.
If you own a 2014 Moto X and wanted to get into flashing custom ROMs, we have good news and bad news.
The good news is that TWRP now officially supports Motorola’s latest flagship. The recovery will allow you to flash custom ROMs like Cyanogenmod, install custom kernels, and make full system backups and restores. TWRP is one of the best custom recoveries available for users that like to flash their device with new software.
The latest version of CyanogenMod is available for download right now. It includes a ton of bug fixes as well as support for new devices. Aside from that, there are minor changes with features and animations.
Hit the break to view the changelog.
Cyanogen is on the prowl again, looking for more employees to sway over to its team. HTC’s former Product Manager of 3.5 yrs. was the latest target. She will assume the role of Product Evangelist starting Friday for Cyanogen Inc., which will presumably include multiple public relations campaigns for the software company.
Cyanogen’s recent deals with Oppo and OnePlus have helped it gain some sturdy legs to grow on as a company, and more recent acquisitions of a few more quality employees have only helped. Even the fact that Cyanogen has a need of a product evangelist means it’s molting into a much larger company that we will see affecting the industry in the future.
Xiaomi has announced the latest version of its custom Android user interface and it looks a lot like iOS. MIUI 6 focuses on simplistic and intuitive design, enhanced usability, and reliable security. Regardless of why you think MIUI looks the way it does, Xiaomi has a pretty damn nice user interface on its hands.
Hit the break for more details.
We learned recently that the OnePlus One’s international version would be dropping the much-loved CyanogenMod for its own home-grown ROM, and it seems that the Chinese model won’t be left out of the move to an in-house OS. China’s model has been running Oppo’s ColorOS since the device was released, but CEO Pete Lau has decided to switch to a ROM developed by OnePlus’ own software team that recently moved to Taiwan.
Team Win posted its official custom recovery for both the Samsung Gear Live and the LG G Watch today, giving users the ability to add customer ROMs to the devices.
Once you’re in custom recovery, the options on the screen are a bit small for a smartwatch screen, so an upcoming interface update will most likely resize the buttons. Otherwise, everything works fine. Of course you’ll need an unlocked bootloader before you do anything.
If you’re one of the many who jumped ship from their stable Android version to try out the Android L Developer Preview, you definitely noticed it’s not exactly the most polished thing in the world (not even close, actually).
No reason to be mad at Google, though — it’s just a developer preview, and we’re lucky to have something before launch.
As most Android enthusiasts tend to do, we looked ahead, and hoped for Google to upload an updated factory image of the L Developers Preview. But according to Googler Rich Hyndman, it ain’t happening.