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.
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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.
Developer Koushik Dutta just keeps delivering mirroring apps. With his latest, Mirror for Android, you can record your Android device’s screen to share with Apple TV. But the app doesn’t limit to screen recording. It can also use the smartphone’s microphone to record your voice. For now, the main purpose would be to provide demonstrations in a practical way. Rooted devices running Android 4.4.2 are the only ones currently compatible with this app. To get in on the fun, you will need to join the ClockworkMod community, thus gaining access to the beta. Then, the app should be available for you in the Play Store.
Source: +Koushik Dutta
A diamond in the rough tends to pop up on XDA-Developers every week weeks, and this time it’s ddggttff3‘s PwnedCast ROM for the Google Chromecast. The ROM is based on the 13300 stock image, is rooted, and features its own OTA system. It also has a dedicated recovery and a custom kernel. If you have a rooted Chromecast, hit the break to link over to the XDA-Developers post with instructions and more details.
If the price of $180 wasn’t enough of an enticement to make you grab a Moto G, maybe its ease of being rooted might. Thanks to the famed Android developer Modaco, you can now root the popular budget device using any computer, whether it be a Windows, Mac or Linux.
To carry out this process, your bootloader does need to be unlocked. Also, doing any of this may invalidate your warranty so do this under your own precaution. Otherwise, hit up the source link for download links and instructions on how to achieve this process!
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.
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!
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?
source: Get.CM (Verizon)
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. Read more
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.