XDA devs look to improve Nexus 5 camera via software mods

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Disappointed in the quality of your Nexus 5’s camera? A developer by the name of Jishnu Sir over on XDA created a flashable .zip file in hopes to vastly improve the quality of your camera. It’s essentially a whole new  app that replaces the stock camera that you currently have. Obviously doing this will require you to unlock your bootloader and have some sort of custom recovery (i.e. ClockworkMod or TWRP). Here’s a full list of what the new camera app adds or improves:

1) Sound Recording now in Stereo with the secondary Mic.
2) Faster Focusing for the camera.
3) Front Camera also records 720P Videos@ 20 Mb/s.
4) Front camera Audio Bitrate@ 192000 Kb/s.
5) AntiBanding default set to 50Hz
6) Focus Range Adjusted.
7) Enhanced Smooth Zoom.
8) Turned Edge Enhancement ON.

If you’d like to read up on some user feedback on how the hack has worked for some, check out the source link which directs you to the XDA thread. If anyone out there is willing to give this a shot, report back in the comment section and let us know your results!

source: XDA

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)

CyanogenMod About To Release Community and Pro Editions For a Better User Experience. Also Adds New Features

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As usual, the boys over at CyanogenMod are keeping busy working on making your Android experience the best it can be. Recall at the Big Android BBQ 2013 event, the team announced that they’ll be offering their popular custom ROM’s in a couple of different flavors. The team was pretty bent on arguing the fact that it’s not the carriers who should be dictating software based decisions to OEM’s but that it should be left to the user to do so. As a result, the team revealed that their new versions will cater respectively to both the beginner and the advanced user who’s looking to liven their devices up a bit.

The team tossed out some pretty hefty stats claiming that there are 8.2 million active CyanogenMod users out there and there are 38 million downloads for over 100 different devices. In addition, the popular custom ROM maker says there are over 3,000 different contributors assisting with development.  So, what’s the difference between the two versions?  Hit the break to compare the “Community” and the “Pro” versions and feel free to let us know what you think in the comments below. 

Koush develops video recording utility to record device’s screen

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By now, taking a screenshot on an Android device is almost second-nature. Simply press the down volume button + power button simultaneously. However, taking a video of the device’s screen presents a trickier problem.

CM developer Koushik Dutta is currently working on a solution that will allow users to do so on their Android devices, by pressing the up volume button + power button simultaneously. Audio and touch indicators are added in for extra utility.

The new feature can present many helpful additions, including allowing developers to demo their app’s features, and also for users to report bugs/errors, or record instructional content.

The feature should be on CM 10.2 soon. Check out Koush’s video after the break.

Koush, Cyanogen Inc. developer, shows off AirPlay mirroring on Android in new video

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Koushik Dutta, one of the top developers at Cyanogen Inc., has been working for quite a while now on bringing AirPlay mirroring to Android through its ROM.

In the video after the break, Koush was able to mirror the HTC One to a Nexus 10. He still has some work to do, but he’s definitely making progress. Check it out for yourself!

CM Installer Beta Testers sign-up list open

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When CyanogenMod reorganized itself as a new company (Cyanogen Inc.), one of their main goals was to make sure their product was extremely easy to install so that it doesn’t have to be limited only to those that have experience with  flashing. That’s why Cyanogen is trying to release a Cyanogen Installer which will let you quickly get the software on your device in no time at all.

To get this project off the ground, Cyanogen has started a beta-testing program for testers willing to try it out. However, this isn’t your basic sign-up list— you have to meet the following criteria to be selected.

  • A camera to record yourself doing the installation
  • Have a supported device (maguro, crespo, toro, toroplus, grouper, flo, mako, manta, skyrocket, hercules, i9100, i9300, d2att, d2spr, d2tmo, jfltexx, quincyatt, quincytmo, t0ltetmo, m7ul)
  • Submit bug reports and feedback

If you meet all of this criteria, go to Koushik Dutta’s Google+ post (source link) to let him know you’re interested.

Source: +Koushik Dutta

 

Leaked version of Android 4.3 for AT&T’s HTC One appears

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Well would you look at that! It seems as though HTC has made good on their promise of getting the latest versions of Android to their top-line devices as fast as they can. A leaked version of Android 4.3 for AT&T’s HTC One has appeared, and has been tested by Android Central’s Kevin O’Quinn— so far so good, they let us know. He hasn’t found any bugs, and fluidity is great.

If you want to test it out for yourself, an unlocked bootloader and custom recovery is required to flash it, of course, head on over to the source link.

Hopefully it won’t be long after that other carriers will start to have their own versions nearing release. Of course we’re all thinking Verizon here, but I guess I wouldn’t expect them to have it for a while considering it wasn’t too long ago that they actually started offering the HTC One to customers.

Source: Android Central

Paranoid Android to shake up business model with ROM for KitKat

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All good things must come to an end— but sometimes, it’s for the better. The Paranoid Android team has announced that they’ll be making some changes in the way that they design/distribute their ROM for Android 4.4 KitKat.

First up is an availability change, with stability in mind. In order to create a highly stable ROM, Paranoid Android (or any developer for that matter) should focus on fewer devices. By now, we all know that all devices are not created equal, and because of that, we’re going to see Paranoid Android’s ROM on higher-end devices that they choose to develop around. This is not to say that their ROM won’t work on your device, but it just won’t be specifically designed for it, and may be less stable than it is intended to be. (Nexus 5 is quite clearly the focus here.)

Privacy Guard to update to version 2.0 in CM 10.2, will give you true control over your apps

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CyanogenMod’s update to version 10.2 will bring plenty of welcome improvements, and one of them is an updated Privacy Guard app to version 2.0. This app currently allows users to manage app permissions, not only displaying what apps have access to what information, but letting the users control which information they will voluntarily share with their apps.

Privacy Guard 2.0 will integrate “AppOps,” which lets the system remove permissions and return empty data sets when permissions are denied for an app. You will be able to easily switch on/off individual permissions for things such as location, reading contacts, SMS/MMS, etc. A notifications feature has also been added which will let you know when you are using an app that has permissions blocked that it requires to run. It’s definitely a good troubleshooting tool for when your app suddenly doesn’t work anymore after it doesn’t have the ability to use your device’s GPS, for example. The UI has also been changed a bit to make it simpler to navigate the app. It’s definitely a nice addition to CM 10.2 and we’re looking forward to seeing what other goodies are in store from the CM team.

Source: +CyanogenMod

Leaked build of Android 4.3 from test Moto X device available

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If you have a Motorola Moto X and just cannot wait for Android 4.3 to be released for your device, you can try flashing a new build that has been put together from resources dumped off a test device. XDA member jimmydafish posted a zip file that includes everything needed to load this particular Android 4.3 build onto your Moto X. You do need to have an unlocked bootloader. Whether you would really want to do this may be questionable though as even jimmydafish indicates in his testing that it seems to run slower than the current build of Android 4.2.2 on the Moto X. He does indicate the camera app seems to be an improvement.

To fastboot flash the system onto your Moto X, just follow the source link to find the zip file containing the necessary bits along with instructions. Just remember you are taking things into your own hands as far as the continued operation of your device, so be sure you are willing to live with the results whatever they may be. If you do undertake this install, be sure to post here and let us know your impressions.

source: XDA Developers

Focal removed from CyanogenMod after lead developer leaves

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After recently forming a new company, CyanogenMod is already facing some fallout. The very popular Android ROM will be losing its camera app Focal due to the departure of its developer, Guillaume Lesniak (Xplodwild). Focal, which fell just two weeks shy of being available for two months, was CyanogenMod’s own take on the camera app. The reason for Focal and Lesniak’s departure is believed to be caused by friction between newly incorporated CyanogenMod Inc. and himself.

Lesniak has indeed confirmed that he has left CyanogenMod and founder Steve Kondik has made comments of his own. In the comments for the code changes he explained that “there’s now this perception that CM is trying to steal his hard work and run with it.” Kondik goes on to explain that he would rather see Focal succeed elsewhere than have any issues arise.

One-click root now available for LG G2 on both Verizon and AT&T

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XDA-Developers user djkinetic has established a one-click root method for the LG G2 which will work on both Verizon and AT&T variants of the device. Full instructions are available, and it will give you all the information you need to fully set up tools like SuperUtility on your device.

This is great news, especially given the exceptional internals in the G2— this phone is a hacker’s dream. Hit the source link if you’re up to the task.

Source: XDA-Developers

Temporary root achieved on Verizon Moto X and new DROID phones

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Root access on the Sprint, U.S. Cellular, and T-Mobile variants of the Moto X has been relatively simple and straightforward, as Motorola hasn’t put too many safeguards in the way of consumers messing with their devices for these carriers. However, Verizon and AT&T customers haven’t been so lucky. However, that might change very soon for Verizon customers, as developer Justin Case of TeamAndIRC has achieved root on their Moto X, and the procedure also applies to the new DROID phones. The root isn’t permanent at this time and you might want to hold off on any OTA updates if you’re planning on going through with the root.

It’s great news nonetheless and hopefully Justin Case comes out with a more stable method sooner than later.

Source: Phandroid

Moto X boot unlocker available from Motorola for Sprint, US Cellular, Rogers, others

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Motorola has posted bootloader unlocker tools on their web site for several versions of their new Moto X device. Consumers on the Sprint and US Cellular networks in the U.S. can use the new tools to unlock their devices, which just went on sale for them this past week. Motorola has also made versions of the bootloader unlocker tool available for Moto X owners in Canada, including those on Rogers, and for Latin American markets.

The bootloader unlocker gives owners of the Moto X the option to root their devices, install third-party ROMs, or just generally tinker around with their devices. This additional flexibility does come at a cost though as installation of the unlocker with void the device’s warranty. If you want to give the unlocker a try despite the risk to your warranty, hit the source link below.

Sources indicate it is unlikely Motorola will provide an unlocker for Verizon, AT&T or T-Mobile versions of the Moto X. However, developer editions of the device are expected for those networks that will give buyers a similar option.

source: Motorola

CyanogenMod to replace power widgets with quick settings ribbon, promises simplicity and less redundancy

 

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With Google’s addition of Quick Settings in the notifications bar in stock Android, CyanogenMod’s power widgets became relatively useless and redundant. Therefore, the CM team has developed new and improved code which “will say goodbye to the notification power widgets, discarding their 3000+ lines of code for a sleeker (only 370 new lines), newer, and more efficient method of toggling your settings.” In a Google+ post, CM has cited the reasons for the change, and the replacement of the power widgets with a Quick Access Ribbon. The ribbon will be located at the top of the notifications bar and will also be horizontally scrollable. The code is not yet merged, but will be soon. Check out the full details at their original post in the source link.

Source: +CyanogenMod