Nexus One and Nexus S get unofficial KitKat ROMs

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One of Google’s selling points on KitKat was that it could run on low-power devices and phones with as low as 512 MB of RAM, but no one realistically expected extremely old devices to get official KitKat support. Of course, that’s never stopped Android’s developer community, and as of today both the Nexus One and Nexus S (yeah, remember those?) have unofficial KitKat ROMs. Best of all? They actually run pretty well.
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Motorola gives nod to custom development, reverses decision to void warranty on unlock codes

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Previously (as in, before today), your warranty on your Motorola device would be voided if you requested the Bootloader to be unlocked. It was an evil, but perhaps a necessary one.

But today, it seems that change is in the air. If you request an unlock bootloader code for your Moto device  you can keep your warranty. Not only that, but Moto will be posting the return-to-factory software images. Awesome, right?

This news serves as even more proof that Motorola has become more and more “Google-fied” since it was purchased by the search giant.

Moto will also be reinstating all warranties to Developer edition devices that were purchased from 2012-2013.

Remember, this information is only for Developer edition devices, and it’s definitely not expected that they’ll do the same for other devices. Still, great news.

Source: Moto Blog

Galaxy Gear gets a custom ROM with Play Store access and the ability to connect to any device

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Frustrated at the lack of Galaxy Gear device compatibility? You might be interested in a new ROM that’s popped up on XDA for the Gear that not only allows it to connect to any Android device via Bluetooth, but also adds in the Play Store as well as a ton of other features.

The ROM throws in CM 10.2′s web browser so you can freely browse the internet on the device, Bluetooth tethering for internet access for the smartwatch, a native email client, and it’s completely rooted. It’s definitely a huge step up from what Samsung was offering in the device, so if you’re interested, you can find the files and instructions at the link below.

source: XDA

Google Nexus 5 gets unofficial CyanogenMod 11

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CM11 might not be officially available yet, but you can still get a taste of it since the code was freely distributed to Github earlier in the month. The unofficial release of CM11 for the Nexus 5 is now available via XDA Developers. Because of the fact that this release is unofficial it will still probably have a few glitches, but in case you want to see what it’s like before the official release you can head over to XDA Developers to check it out.


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Android 4.4 KitKat makes its way to Sprint’s Galaxy Nexus via custom ROM ‘SlimKat’

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While Google has abandoned the Galaxy Nexus with Android 4.4 KitKat, that never stops the resilient devs over at XDA. A dev team by the name of “SlimRoms” has built KitKat straight from source and made it available for most variants of the Galaxy Nexus, and all was left was the Sprint Galaxy Nexus (toroplus). If you wish to flash this, you will need your bootloader to be unlocked and have a custom recovery installed. Considering this is still in alpha stages, so bugs may be prevalent.

Head over to the source link for the XDA thread and for download links.

source: XDA

Oppo N1 CyanogenMod Limited Edition to begin shipping internationally in December

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The upcoming Oppo N1 will start shipping internationally this December, and one of its key features is that it will come with support to easily flash the CyanogenMod ROM. News also came in that there would be a limited edition version of the phone that would be pre-installed with CyanogenMod, and will be available at the same time as the regular variant.

A news release sent out today also mentioned that special features such as O-Touch and the O-Click Bluetooth remote will also be included. Elements of Oppo’s ColorOS will also be built in, with the ability to wake the phone by double-tapping its screen, much like LG’s “Knock-On” feature.

The limited edition variant will also come with some CyanogenMod extras, including a special edition case, stickers, and some other things. The best part of all this? The limited edition variant costs exactly the same as the standard version.

Anyone interested in picking one of these bad boys up?

Source: Oppo

Android 4.4 KitKat build leaks for T-Mobile’s Moto X

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We have good news if you’re eager to get your Moto X to run Android 4.4 KitKat as soon as possible. Over on the XDA Developers Forum, a leaked build of the software has been made available for owners of T-Mobile’s Motorola flagship. As you know, Motorola plans on updating the Moto X and their line of DROIDs on Verizon.

This is the first leak for a KitKat build available for the Moto X, so proceed with caution (especially if you do not have the T-Mobile variant). After you decide to dive in, you’ll be greeted with the KitKat that everyone is yearning for. The person who created the post says the build “should have updates to Touchless Control, Active Display, Camera and has a home screen selector. It does seem to have most of the standard KitKat features, including SMS with Hangout, updated keyboard, etc.” Hit the source link for directions and the file itself.

Source: XDA Developers Forum
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Android 4.4 comes to both the GSM and Verizon Galaxy Nexus thanks to source-built ROMs

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The Galaxy Nexus won’t be getting Android 4.4, at least officially, but if you dabble in the ROM game, you can get your taste of KitKat. The good news is that there are offerings for both the GSM Galaxy Nexus (maguro) as well as the Verizon Galaxy Nexus (toro). All of these are Alpha builds so expect bugs and glitches.

For the GSM (maguro), there is “A Taste of KitKat” from XDA member Grarak. WiFi isn’t working and there are some graphical glitches when taking screenshots, accessing the recent apps menu, and when the screen is rotating. There is also “SlimKat” from XDA member kufikugel. This one also has some graphical glitches, but WiFi is working.


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Nexus 4 and Nexus 7 owners can now get a taste of Android 4.4 Kit Kat

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For the first time in a long time, Google announced a new version of Android, but didn’t release it for Nexus devices right away. Those of you with a Nexus 4, Nexus 7 (old and new), and a Nexus 10 will have to wait a few weeks until Google pushes it out.

If you find yourself needing a Kit Kat fix right away, then look no further than Paranoid Android. They have posted early Android 4.4 ROMs for the Nexus 4, the 2012 WiFi Nexus 7, and the 2013 WiFi Nexus 7. These are based on the AOSP build, but again, this is an early build so expect some bugs.


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Cyanogenmod 10.2 experimental nightlies available for unlocked and developer editions of Verizon, AT&T, and T-Mobile Moto X

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If you’ve got an unlocked or developer edition of a Moto X, you can finally test drive the latest nightlies for Cyanogenmod 10.2. These are still “experimental” nightlies, so don’t expect rock-solid stability (yet), but if you’re been itching to flash something on your X, your wait is over.

T-Mobile Moto X phones come unlocked by default, so they’re definitely the easiest to tinker with. The early word is that flashing the AT&T or Verizon on a non-developer device could cause serious issues or even brick your device, so flash at your own risk. If you meet that criteria, though, hit up the links below to download the ~200 MB packages to get started. You’ll also need a Google Apps package, but if you’re the type of person to flash experimental stuff like this on your phone, I’m sure you already knew that, right?

Happy flashing!

source: Get.CM (Verizon)

Get.CM (AT&T)

Get.CM (T-Mobile)