SlimRoms' website has been experiencing technical difficulties for the last month or so, but it's good to know the team is working hard and is still on top of things. The SlimRoms GitHub repos are getting updated with some major changes showing up. Most notably, some projects are getting a new 5.1 branch: lp5.1! A new, revamped and open source website is also in the works, with a look inspired by material design. We also got a tip about an...
Change Your Runtime Compiler Directly from Recovery
ART, which you can read more about in our story from February, is a hot topic in the Android world. This future replacement for Dalvik is still in the testing phase, and it contains some bugs that may pop up here and there. Hopefully, in the next release of Android, ART will be as polished and stable as it needs to be.
As ART still has a few lingering issues with certain apps, a number of you may encounter some problems with bootloops after switching runtime compilers from the default Dalvik. When your device refuses to boot, you can do few things like restore a backup if you have one, or edit some files to revert to working settings. If you are not so handy good with messing with system files, you should take a look at a recovery-flashable ZIP by XDA Senior Member husen4u. When flashed, this archive changes the default runtime compiler and restores your ability to boot. Of course, your device doesn’t have to be soft-bricked to test out these scripts, as you can enable it on (almost) every device running KitKat. You just need to keep in mind that ART is still a work in progress, and some applications and devices may have some problems.
You can get the ZIP from the original thread.
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Wireless charging is becoming more and more common as many OEMs are now starting to include this feature in their flagships. There are already dozens of wireless chargers to choose from on the market today, but quality definitely varies. For those of you who charge your devices wirelessly, let us know which charger is your favorite and why.
ASUS has built a solid name over the years for their computer components, but in the last few years they have been expanding into the mobile market. With their Transformer series of tablets, their Padfone line, and being the tablet manufacturer for the Nexus 7 (as well as the 2013 version), they've solidified their place as a viable option in the mobile industry. In the 4th Quarter of 2014 they announced their ZenWatch, and at the beginning of 2015 they announced...