If you’re like me, you love technology. Unfortunately, if you’re like me, you also are strapped for cash. As any lover of tech knows, these two things don’t mesh together very well. The life of a technophile with a budget is a sad one indeed. The solution to this dilemma is, of course, to purchase and use lower-end devices with weaker specs and features. Since I’ve been living this life for a while, I’ve found out the hard way which features and specs to skimp on and which ones must always be a priority. Flashy cameras, brilliant displays, and blisteringly fast processors can be sacrificed in the name of saving a dollar, but the following cannot.
When Vsenn announced they were working on a modular smartphone platform to compete with Google’s Project Ara, more than a few eyebrows were raised that a start-up would want to take on Google, especially in a brand new market. To help set itself apart from its much larger competitor, Vsenn has announced plans for an Approved ROM Partner (ARP) program. The ARP is intended to give customers the flexibility to flash a new ROM onto their device while still maintaining their warranty and factory support for their device. Along with the announcement of this new program Vsenn also announced that Paranoid Android would be the first ROM approved for use.
The good news is that TWRP now officially supports Motorola’s latest flagship. The recovery will allow you to flash custom ROMs like Cyanogenmod, install custom kernels, and make full system backups and restores. TWRP is one of the best custom recoveries available for users that like to flash their device with new software.
If you are interested in seeing what Android L may look like on an HTC device, you are in luck thanks to the efforts of the folks over at the XDA Forums. Senior member ssrij and several other developers managed to hack together a version of Android L for the HTC One (M7) using ramdisk and some kernel modifications.
The Android L port they created is still very rough and several functions are not yet operating. That includes features like WiFi, Bluetooth, the camera, and sound. You can still get a feel for what Android L will look like, which was the main goal in Google’s release of the developer preview in the first place. Even the official developer preview has proven to be a little too immature and missing too much for most people to consider making it a daily driver.
If you want to give Android L a try on your HTC One (M7), hit the source link for more information on how to grab the ROM.
source: XDA Developers
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.
Because there are so many different Android devices (and so many variants of those individual devices), developers tend to begin programming their apps on iOS before putting together the resources (and endless hours) to begin porting their creations to Android.
Developing for Android is an arduous task, and Google knows it. That’s why the company will soon be making a concerted effort to streamline the development process. Google has also pushed manufacturers/carriers to stay as close to stock Android as possible by criticizing bloatware and OEM custom skins. But with different phones running different processors, having different amounts of RAM, different screen sizes/resolutions, etc., it’s tough to make sure an app will work seamlessly across the platform, no matter what Google does to ease the process. Android’s vast device offering can be seen as a major strength (and something that has led the platform to be an industry leader in market share) but it’s also been a weakness from the development side.
Paranoid Android’s Peek function is one of the coolest and most popular features of the ROM. It was so popular, in fact, that the functionality was ported into an app for any device on Android 4.4 to use. The only downside was that the app had to be sideloaded instead of being installed through the Play Store, so keeping it up to date would be a major headache.
Skip ahead a couple of weeks, and Peek has jumped onto the Play Store with some refreshing improvements and extra functionality. Navigating and setting up the app looks much, much better than the sideloaded version, and there a few new features like blacklisting specific apps. The whole experience is improved from top to bottom, and it really shows. The app runs about 4 bucks, which isn’t too bad considering that it saves you the hassle of loading up a custom ROM.
If you’re interested, you can check out a gallery of screenshots from the app and the download link below.
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.
Back in March, Paranoid Android added a new feature called Peek, which functions much like Active Notifications on a Moto X, to their custom ROM. Since installation of a custom ROM may be more than what some users are willing to undertake, computer science student Zhe Lu decided to break the Peek app away from the rest of the ROM and convert it into a standalone APK that could be installed on any device running at least Android 4.4.2.
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.