While Nexus 5 and Nexus 7 (2013) owners have been enjoying the Android L Developer Preview for a couple of weeks, owners of other Nexus devices have been wondering when they will get in on the action. Well if you own a Nexus 4 (mako) or a Nexus 7 2012 (grouper), you can thanks to ported ROMs.
Now that the Android L Developer Preview has hit AOSP, a lot of people are thinking ROMs. If you’re thinking that CyanogenMod 12 will be out soon, think again. The “L” is for “Later” as they see it, and I agree 100%. It’s a wonderful thing that Google released a preview version of L for us to play with and for developers to get accustomed to, but it makes no sense for a team like Cyanogen to spend much time with something that is full of bugs.
So expect CM 11 M8 (Android 4.4.4) to be released right after the 4th of July weekend, and their main focus will continue to be CM11 until Android L becomes a final release.
Admit it. You’ve looked at a buddy’s Android phone and thought, “Damn, that wallpaper is nice.”
You weren’t sure how to get the wallpaper for your own phone — it’s not like wallpapers have highly accessible names that you can just “search.”
Or can you? A new arrival in the Play Store allows you to do just that.
DroidPack, app app created by XDA Forum Member donniemceduns, allows you to select between the stock wallpapers from various OEMs, Android versions, ROMs and even other operating systems (yes, this means iOS). The collection is completely categorized and lets you download the wallpapers straight from the app.
It’s a nice addition to the Play Store — go check it out for yourself! Hit the break for the link to the app in the Play Store as well as a gallery of screen shots.
It was all too good to be true, wasn’t it?
OnePlus, a small start-up which planned to release its first mobile device this summer, has delayed the project, dubbed the “One,” once again.
Invites for the OnePlus One were supposed to be sent out in May, but there were software bugs that held back the device from release. It looks like there’s been another bump in the road — there are more problems with the software. The device will come running CyanogenMod, the popular Android-based operating system.
Had enough of stock Android on your Nexus 5? Then put Firefox OS on it. A developer over on XDA was successful in bringing a Firefox OS nightly to Google’s vanilla smartphone. There are a few minor issues being worked on, so you may want to wait just a little bit longer. Though, people are saying it can be used daily without much of an issue. The two problems have to do with the camera preview and enterprise features. But if you just cannot wait any longer, hit the source link to get started.
Motorola’s Moto E is not only extremely affordable but it’s also buttery smooth — and now, we can add an unlocked bootloader to the long list of pros for this device.
Because it’s so cheap, developers are grabbing up the phone in droves. And good news for them, Motorola today added the device (all US, Canada, Europe and Latin American variants) to its Bootloader Unlock program.
This means that we can expect to see several different ROMs and root-access applications for the phone, including CM11 and Paranoid Android.
The Paranoid Android team have always been in the forefront when it comes to adding some awesome features into their AOSP based ROM’s. With previous features like Halo, you can expect the team to always come up with interesting features. Today they’ve released their newly developed feature, dubbed as “Hover,” into their beta builds, and so far I think it looks amazing and very practical. The video below can give you a much better idea of what it is than me explaining it, so check it out after the break and let us know what you think about it! Just remember that it’s still in beta so don’t be surprised to find some bugs if you decide t give it a shot.
New HTC One (M8) owners who had to go the subsidized or payment plan route with their carrier instead of plunking down $700 for a Google Play Edition(GPE) version now have an option to get the GPE experience on their new device. XDA Forum moderator graffixnyc has posted up instructions, with links to the necessary files, to replace the HTC Sense version of the software that comes on non-GPE devices with rooted GPE software.
Cyanogen Inc., the company formed to oversee the continued development of CyanogenMod, announced new branding today. While they promise the character of Cid will continue to be used, especially in reference to the community of CyanogenMod supporters, a new logo was revealed in the announcement. Cyanogen says the new logo is meant to invoke the idea of “tools and building” as the project is intended to help users create a smartphone experience that is unique to them.
Paranoid Android is introducing a new feature into the ROM called Peek, which is an add-on for Android’s notification system that brings smartwatch-like convenience to a smartphone. Peek listens for notifications and phone movement, and if the phone is moved within 10 seconds of receiving a notification, the phone’s screen will light up to show you what you missed. Tapping the notification icon will jump straight into the corresponding application. If you’ve played around with the Active Notifications on the Moto X, the two appear to work pretty similarly.
If you’re currently a user of PA, you’ll see the new features rolled into your ROM fairly soon. If you haven’t tried Paranoid Android, this might be a good time to test it out.
You can check out the video of Peek in action below.
If you’ve downloaded and flashed Paranoid Android’s latest KitKat 4.x builds, you’ve quickly noticed that their famous features (such as Halo) are missing and it appears more “vanilla.” Turns out the team is in the midst of re-inventing themselves when it comes to their custom ROMs. While the ROM will still offer plenty of features, they plan on making it a more unified “Google” experience. They are also re-writing the code for all of their features and plan on doing much less “kanging,” or borrowing other features, from other ROM’s.
Any PA ROM users out there disappointed with this news? Let us know! For a full and more detailed explanation coming straight from the team, check out the source link right below!
source: PA Google+
If you’ve taken a quick gander over in CM11’s Privacy settings, you’ll see that a new feature has been added. Over in the advanced AppOps view, a new panel has been added showing apps that start up upon your device booting up. This allows you to pick and choose which apps you would like to disable upon booting up.
Certainly a cool feature if you ask me. Out of curiosity, any of you guys use CM as your daily ROM?
source: CM’s Google+
Whether or not CyanogenMod is your favorite ROM, it is by far and away the most popular Android ROM. With a new company and funding, Cyanogen has big plans to bring ROMing to the mainstream. In order to do that, they need to secure some of the best talent in the ROM community. If you can grab someone from one of your best competitors, that never hurts.
That is exactly what Cyanogen just did. They grabbed Android Open Kang Project (AOKP) founder, Roman Birg. AOKP might not be as popular as CyanogenMod, but they built up a pretty loyal following over the last couple of years. Congratulations Roman, I am sure you will be a great addition to the Cyanogen team.
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.
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.