CyanogenMod Adds WhisperPush Secure Messaging into CM10.2 Nightlies, CM11 Integration Soon!

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While secure text messaging systems have been available on Android for quite some time, many users (even power users) have failed to set them up on their devices. This isn’t because privacy isn’t important, but it’s often one of those things you don’t think of until it’s too late.

Now, CyanogenMod is taking a great first step by incorporating an existing and open source secure text messaging platform into CyanogenMod. The integration comes in the form of TextSecure, which is maintained by Open WhisperSystems and lead engineer Moxie Marlinspike. Moxie is also in charge of the CM integration of the app, ensuring functionality and a degree of security. New to the CM impl. . . READ ON »

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T-Mobile Galaxy Note II Receives Android 4.3, Grab it Now!

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To a certain extent, the T-Mobile Galaxy Note II has been living in the shadows of its peers. After all, the first time we saw Android 4.3 appear for the international model was nearly two months ago in the form of a leaked firmware update. Then about a month later, we saw the international model receive its official Android 4.3 update. That was also right around the same time that the Sprint variant received its update. And let’s not forget that the HTC One and Moto X have already received their official Android 4.4 updates—though that should be the case for the Note II by April.

Now, XDA Forum Member fatesealer has let us know that the update has begun rolling out to T-Mobile-branded Galaxy Note II d. . . READ ON »

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Menu and Overflow Button Unification Could Mean an End to Hardware Menu Buttons

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The merit in having hardware buttons on Android is a highly controversial topic. While many value the sleek look and greater versatility enabled by on-screen buttons, others prefer to use every last millimeter of screen real estate and not have any space taken up by on-screen Android navigation keys. Luckily, there are plenty of devices offering both choices. Samsung and HTC generally use hardware buttons, while Nexus devices and newer devices from Motorola, Sony, and LG usually tend to use on-screen buttons.

One peculiar quirk with having hardware buttons is that not every device features the same button arrangement. Take, for example, HTC devices. These feature home, menu, and recent apps buttons. Har. . . READ ON »

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Unofficial Stylesheet Makes the XDA 2013 Theme Look More Old School

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Like almost any large forum, XDA allows its users to select from a variety of forum themes. The current XDA 2013 Beta theme is default, and features many new features compared to previous versions. However, the older XDA 2010 theme still has plenty of users who love its simplicity and appearance, or simply are nostalgic.

XDA Forum Moderator GermainZ, who created a dark user style we talked about a few months ago, modified the XDA 2013 Beta – 1024 theme to look very similar to the 2010 theme. The big advantage of this is that all the new features from the new theme such as DevDB are still available. The list of themed elements includes fonts and all colors. It’s the perfect solution for more sentimental user. . . READ ON »

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Google Rolls Out Android 4.4.2 for Nexuses, OTAs Captured

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Google likes surprises—we all know that. Four days after releasing the Android 4.4.1, they decided to push out Android 4.4.2, which is a bugfix release of a bugfix release. It’s probably one of the fastest releases in the history of the company.

A full list of improvements is still unknown, and hopefully we will notice what has been changed when the source comes out. Thanks to Sprint’s community moderator 4Social, we know that build KOT49H brings the following improvements:

- Fix for clearing the VM Indicator

- Fix for delivery of the VM Indicator

- Various additional software fixes

- Security enhancements

The OTA should be rolled out within next few days to all supported Nexus devices. Som. . . READ ON »

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Make the Indeterminate Progress Bar Look More Fluid with Xposed

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Recently, we’ve covered dozens of amazing Xposed modules. This isn’t going to change any time soon, as amazing modules are created almost every day, and it’s really hard to envision an end of this amazing phenomenon.

XDA Senior Member MohammadAG created a module to replace the indeterminate progress bar with a smoother variant. The progress bar that I’m writing about can be seen while loading Internet pages in the web browser or syncing a new account.

The developer replaced it with one similar to what is currently used in Gmail application when the messages are refreshed. MohammadAG presented the difference in a .GIF] animation, which can be found in this post.

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XDA University: How to Port AOSP ROMs from Source

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With official and unofficial Android 4.4 KitKat roms appearing on a fair amount of devices in the Android world, both the new and the old, it’s with no doubt that many of you are wondering when your device will get to experience the newest flavor of Android. Owners of newer devices likely have the assurance that their respective OEMs will introduce Android 4.4 sooner or later. But for many people, this isn’t the case. With this in mind, people look towards the alternative: AOSP-based source-built aftermarket ROMs.

This is why the ‘Porting AOSP Roms using source code’ tutorial on XDA University is a great starting place, especially for beginners who are willing to learn the ̵. . . READ ON »

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CyanogenMod 11 Nightlies For Many, Motorola Open Sources Moto G, Chromecast Mirroring Coming? – XDA Developer TV

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Android 4.4.1 KitKat is now available for the Nexus 7 (2013) WiFi-only version. Official KitKat is also available for the Nexus 10! That and much more KitKat news is covered by Jordan, as he reviews all the important stories from this weekend. Included in this week’s news is the announcement that 2011 Sony Ericsson Xperia Devices get unofficial Android 4.4 KitKat and the article talking about browsing every AOSP code commit in Android 4.4.1 KitKat!

In other important news, Jordan talks about the announcement that CyanogenMod 11.0 M1 is available for current Nexus devices. Also, there are official OmniROM nightlies for the Samsung Galaxy S 4 LTE. Finally, Motorola open sources the Moto G!  Be sure to c. . . READ ON »

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Rumrunner S-Off Now Available for the HTC Droid DNA

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Just yesterday, we mentioned how the  was starting to receive its Android 4.2.2 update in the form of a 2-part OTA. While official OEM-provided Android updates are always welcome, they often also come with the unwanted side effect of closing off previous root methods.

Luckily, when one door is closed, another often opens—and this new door comes in the form of a new S-off method for devices running software version 3. XDA Recognized Developer beaups managed to bring his Rumrunner S-off method to the device. As described by the developer:

 software version 1.xx – use facepalm
software version 2.xx – use moonshine (2.06 version of moonshine DOES work with 2.07 devices)
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