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


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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Oppo N1 with CyanogenMod 10.2 pre-installed will be available starting December 24th


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 secures an additional $23 million in funding, TV and wearables could be in the future


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.

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CyanogenMod announces WhisperPush SMS system for CM 10.2 nightlies


Today the CyanogenMod team announced their secure messaging system that is being integrated into their CM 10.2 nightlies (will soon follow into their CM 11 branch). Dubbed as WhisperPush, the system-wide secure messaging system is powered by TextSecure. This basically encrypts your SMS messages both locally and over- the-air when sending to other TextSecure users.

The source is of course made available to the public. Check out the link below for CM’s official word on the matter and for further information.

source: CM

CyanogenMod 11 nightlies enabled for supported devices


A couple days ago CM11 M1 was released to most Nexus devices, but we didn’t see nightly releases enabled for others. Well CyanogenMod has now enabled nightly releases of CM11 for every device that supports it!

Android 4.4.1 has also been merged into the code stream of CyanogenMod 11, so CM updates are up to date. Device maintainers for CM will perform these updates for their respective devices. You can find a full list of devices supported by hitting the source link.

Source: CyanogenMod

CyanogenMod 11 M1 now available for actively AOSP supported Nexus devices


Cyanogen has already made available the first Milestone release of CyanogenMod 11, which is based on KitKat. It’s only available for Nexus devices, but only the ones that are “actively AOSP supported”, which means the Nexus 5, Nexus 4, Nexus 7 (all variants), and Nexus 10.

This is a new method for the Cyanogen team as they usually release Nightlies at this point, but not allow bug reports. While, M1 will only be available to these select devices, users will be able issue bug reports, although they do feel things are pretty stable at this point.

Other devices such as the Galaxy Nexus and non-Nexus devices will be part of the Nightlies, which should be available in the near future.

source: CyanogenMod / Downloads

Samsung Galaxy Nexus finally gets stable KitKat ROM


When Google announced KitKat, they confirmed that the Samsung Galaxy Nexus had officially reached the end of its support life and that it would not see the update from 4.3 to 4.4. Of course, the entire reason many people buy these Nexus devices is so they don’t have to settle for “official” updates and can take care of it themselves, and the Galaxy Nexus is no different. Thanks to developer PlayfulGod on XDA, the Gnex finally has a fully functional KitKat ROM available so it can join the Nexus 4 and Nexus 5 with up-to-date software.

The ROM is built off of Cyanogenmod 11 source, and every major thing works, including data, phone calls, camera, etc. There are a handful of bugs left to iron out, including panorama being broken and a graphical glitch when taking screenshots (although the screenshots turn out fine) but neither of those things are going to affect the ROM in a major way.

If you’re interested, you can find the ROM below. Remember, unlocking your device and flashing custom software can void your warranty, so flash at your own risk.

source: XDA

CyanogenMod discontinues development on 4.3 and will focus mainly on KitKat 4.4


Upon the official release of CM 10.2, the CM team has announced that they will cease development of CM 10.2 and mainly focus on CM 11 (KitKat). They will still provide nightlies and updates for 10.2, but will mainly just be bug fixes rather than new feature implementations.

While Jelly Bean is still alive in the CM world, the ICS branch will officially be retired and no longer continued.

source: CM 

Nexus One and Nexus S get unofficial KitKat ROMs


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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