Wear is said to not offer enough for mass adoption, even though its been in the market for over 9 months. I personally have a Gear Live which I purchased 8 months ago, and my experience with it has had its ups and downs throughout my time with it. For the longest time, I was not able to recommend the platform to anyone. Since then, a lot of updates have hit Wear watches, some improving battery life, others changing the...
Convert Your HTC One (M8) to a Google Play Edition
To many, the HTC One (M8) is the ideal device. After all, it offers class-leading build quality, absolutely stunning aesthetics, powerful specifications, and a near perfect screen. However, there are those who don’t really care for the stock HTC Sense experience. Luckily, there’s a Google Play edition variant of the device, which gives you all of the hardware goodies of the M8, but with the Pure Google software we all know and love.
However, not everyone is willing (or able) to shell $700 for an unlocked phone direct from Google. Instead, most users purchase devices with a heavy carrier subsidy on contract. But now thanks to XDA Forum Moderator graffixnyc, you can get the GPe software experience on your standard M8.
The conversion process comes in a couple flavors. The first to be made available was a Nandroid backup image that can be restored using Phil’s CWM. After that, graffixnyc made it a little easier to install by providing this ROM as a recovery-flashable update.zip. Both builds are purely stock + root, as to give the authentic software experience. Finally, graffixnyc also ripped the stock GPe recovery, which can then be flashed through fastboot.
If you’d like to try out the GPe software on your M8, head over to the ROM thread. If you’re a developer looking for the stock Boot.img and System.img from the GPe device or if you’re an end-user looking for the CWM Nandroid, head over here. Finally, if you’d like to install the GPe recovery on your M8, check out this thread.
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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...
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.