Did you watch Apple's VP draw on his wrist during the Apple Watch announcement and wonder "why can't my Wear watch do that?" In typical XDA fashion, one enterprising forum member has brought similar functionality to Android Wear with a twist; it works on phones and watches alike, with other platforms on the way! The app is called Pinsy, and its release debut is a strong proof of concept with plenty of room to grow. You may remember the developer behind this project, XDA...
CyanogenMod 11 M7 Now Available for Supported Devices!
Although there are now a plethora of great, source-built and multi-device custom ROMs to choose from, many still consider CyanogenMod to be their ROM of choice. Coming from humble beginnings on the T-Mobile G1, the CyanogenMod team has made great strides in bringing Android development and hacking into the mainstream.
It’s been a little over one month since we saw the release of CyanogenMod 11 M6. Naturally, this has left many crackflashers itching for some new ROM goodness. Now, the next monthly milestone release is here: CM11 M7.
For the unaware, these monthly milestone builds have replaced CyanogenMod’s previous release candidate and stable builds. So just like last month’s M6 release, today’s M7 release will likely be stable and daily driver-capable on the vast majority of supported devices. As mentioned on the CyanogenMod Blog, quite a lot has gone into the preparation of M7. This includes a new CM Theme Engine and Theme Chooser UI (with a corresponding new Theme Template), a calculator app overhaul, launcher updates, performance profiles (including benchmark optimizations), updates to the core OS, and newly supported devices.
Some may be disappointed to hear that the recently released Android 4.4.3 did not manage to make it into today’s M7 release. This is due to last week’s CM code freeze in preparation for these builds. However, CyanogenMod’s current nightly builds have now incorporated Android 4.4.3.
The M7 builds are currently in the process of being compiled and will be available for all officially supported devices in due time. And at the time of this article, the tally is at 33 devices and counting. So if you’re a CyanogenMod fan, head over to the CyanogenMod Download Site and pick up the latest snapshot build. Then, be sure to head over to the XDA forums to share your experiences and get in on the additional modifications like kernels, root-level apps, mods, and themes.
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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...
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...