If 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.
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.
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.
Although not fully featured or completely stable, both Paranoid Android and AOKP have released their first builds of Android 4.4 KitKat for supported devices. Hit the break for the full details on each.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Oppo N1 went on sale last week, but not the very anticipated CyanogenMod version. Well good news for those of you waiting to get your hands on one because it will be available starting December 24.
They didn’t want to release the phone until is passed Google’s CTS and CDD certification programs, which it did. This means that it has access to Google’s official apps as well as the Play Store.
Oppo didn’t tell us the price, but we are assuming it will cost the same as the regular model, which is $599.
sources: @Oppo / CyanogenMod
Cyanogen’s future is looking pretty good at the moment. It was three months ago when the company formed with $7 million in funding, but it wasn’t nearly enough for their plans. They just secured another $23 million from Andreessen Horowitz, which could help them bring CyanogenMod to TVs, wearables, and cars.
However, there is still a lot of work regarding mobile phones and tablets. Their ultimate goal is to give mainstream consumers the power and freedom to customize their device easily. This will most likely happen in late 2014 or early 2015.