KitKat comes to Nexus Q in unofficial update from XDA developer forums

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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.

Source: XDA-Developers

New custom ROM for Chromecast released on XDA-Developers

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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.

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Moto X Active Display now available on any Android 4.3 device

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One of the best new features on the Moto X is its Active Display Functionality, which periodically displays critical notifications on the lock screen without any user input. If you’re not planning on getting your hands on a Moto X, you’ll still get a chance to try out the new feature thanks to developer niko001 from XDA-Developers, who has developed “ActiveNotifications,” which simulates the Moto X feature on Android 4.3 devices.

Here’s what niko001 had to say about his app:

It uses the new “Notification Listener” service introduced in 4.3 and therefore has minimal impact on your battery. If you own an AMOLED-phone, the “battery saving” feature should work automatically, since black pixels are simply not turned on. The app comes with similar features as the Moto X Active Display (such as not turning on when the device is inside your pocket, purse, or lying face down). Unfortunately, relying on the 4.3 Notification Listener also means that you need a device running Android 4.3 (which are pretty scarce at the moment)…I’ll think about creating a version for older versions of Android if there is enough interest.

So basically the application will currently only run on the Samsung Galaxy S 4 Google Play Edition and the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, but if you’re using custom firmware you can make use of “ActiveNotifications” as well. Check out the link to the app in the Play Store after the break as well as a gallery of screenshots. » Read the rest

‘Bubble Launcher’ featuring sidebar customization and bubble-like knob released by XDA Senior Member ‘bitstra’

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XDA Senior Member bitstra has developed “Bubble Launcher,” a home-screen launcher that’s pretty refreshing and unique in terms of navigation and design. Though it’s very similar to a sidebar application, as it docks itself to the side of your screen, it still has much of the functionality of any other launcher.

The launcher is navigated through the action of swiping— swiping down lets you view all of your apps in a list format, and swiping outwards or towards the middle of the screen will allow you to use a bubble-like knob, which can be spun so that you can find the app of your choice. Swiping upwards shows the settings, which give you the option to set the launcher’s activation spot, toggle animations, and change the size of app icons.

This is certainly a really nice concept, especially the bubble-knob— it may not be for everyone because of the “bubbly” interface, but it’s definitely worth checking out. The app available for devices on Android 2.3 or newer. You can find the Google Play links after the break, as well as the APK file. » Read the rest

‘Easy Rooting Toolkit’ Version 11 released, Xperia Z, Xperia SP, Xperia S supported

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DooMLoRD from XDA Developers has released version 11 of his Easy Rooting Toolkit, which allows users to easily and quickly root their handsets. However, only three devices are supported so far, including the Xperia S, Xperia Z, and the Xperia SP. The program works with both locked and unlocked handsets. If you have one of the aforementioned phones and want to use Easy Rooting Toolkit, check out the download links after the break. » Read the rest

‘Android Bot Maker’ released to Play Store, allows rooted users to make repetitive tasks easy

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XDA Senior Member frapeti has developed an application called ‘Android Bot Maker’ which is an automation tool for your Android device which essentially turns it into a bot, making repetitive tasks easy. The program features a numerically ordered “Actions” list of all the automated actions that the user has programmed the device to carry out. Sequences can be rearranged, saved, imported, cleared, and shared onto various cloud social networks connected to the service. There is also a toggle feature to prevent the device from sleeping while the application is in use.

The program is still in its beta phase so there may be some bugs, but developer frapeti has encouraged users to offer suggestions and reports in the application thread via the source. Of course your device will have to be rooted and running at least Android 4.1 to run the application— check out the source for the application thread on the XDA Developers site. Hit the break for the app’s Play Store link. » Read the rest

Grab Jelly Bean for your 4G LTE Galaxy Nexus

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When is a Nexus not a Nexus? When you buy it from Verizon, evidently. It’s long been a gripe of Verizon Nexus owners that their pride and joy often receives the latest and greatest Android update months after the GSM variant. The good news is that whilst Verizon might be standing in the way of progress, the developer community has got your back (as ever!).

Shortly after landing on the AOSP servers, Android build JRO03L has been worked into a custom ROM prime for flashing to your Verizon Galaxy Nexus or Google Nexus 7. Early reports suggest that the build is seamless, offering the pure Jelly Bean experience just as Google intended. If  spending an evening rooting and flashing floats your boat, you can click the link below to get going.

Source:  XDA Developers

AT&T HTC One X and Sprint’s HTC EVO 4G LTE Overclocked to 1.8GHz [Video]

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Overclocking is one of the main reasons a user decides to root his/her Android device. It has many good aspects to it from relieving any noticeable UI lag to making game-play that much smoother. If you’re an owner of AT&T’s HTC One X or Sprint’s EVO 4G LTE, then you’re in luck as there is now a couple of new kernels that will enable you to overclock both phone’s as high as 1.8GHz. Needless to say, overclocking can put some stress on your CPU and I wouldn’t recommend leaving it at 1.8GHz at all times. This is a modification and you will need to be rooted with the bootloader unlocked to do this, meaning you should do this at your own risk. Hit up the source links for more information and instructions on how to apply a speedy new kernel to your device!

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source: XDA  HTC One X /  Evo 4G LTE

Sample some Galaxy S III TouchWiz goodness on your Galaxy S II

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You can’t beat a bit of try before you buy and for all you Galaxy S II owners out there tempted by the Galaxy S III, we’ve got just the ticket for you. Smando from XDA developers has managed to successfully port the TouchWiz launcher from the S III over to the S II and it’s working pretty well with minimal issues. If you’re rocking AOSP then you’re out of luck as it’s only working on standard Samsung ROM’s at this point.

So what are you waiting for? Head on over to the XDA forums to grab the download, just be sure to let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

 

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Ice Cream Sandwich AOSP Builds Arrive For Many Devices [Courtesy of XDA]

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Many of you felt let down when Google’s Mobile Product Manager, Hugo Barra, announced that the big G had no plans to update the Nexus One to ICS because the device was cited as being “too old”. This news didn’t sit well with XDA members either, and because the released ICS SDK-port for the Nexus One was entirely too slow for any real use, members decided it was time to get crafty.

It was only last week when news broke about the release of the ICS Source Code and we knew it would only be a short time until AOSP builds would arrive on the scene. Here we are 5 days later and we are pleased to see that XDA member, dr1337, has created a functional AOSP build for the Nexus One and is ready to share with the world. What’s even better is the fact that this is just one of the devices to receive ICS AOSP builds, and even more XDA members have been busy as well.

Thanks to the hard work from, dizgustipatedMongooseHelixstritfajtjaybob413onecosmicChaosz-X, and zFr3eak; the Nexus S, Droid Eris, Hero, Hero CDMA, Galaxy S I9000, Desire, and Desire HD now get to feast on a little Ice Cream Sandwich treat. I know this has got to be great news for many of you and you are just dying to get to work on your own device. We have included the following XDA links to help you in your task:

Most of these are going to have a few hiccups here and there but that can be expected with any early AOSP build. Please read all the directions carefully and pay attention to the XDA comments for your respective device, you may find out that there are certain bugs that you may not be able to deal with. Reported user feedback has been overwhelmingly good but, TalkAndroid is not responsible for anything you do to your device and this is purely for your reference. If you are a Nexus S owner and want to see what is in store for you, jump past the cut to check out a Youtube video of the phone in action. Lets all be sure to give thanks where it is due, these guys must have been working really hard to bring these builds to the public. Thanks guys!!

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