· Jan 26, 2015 at 05:30 pm

Extend System Partition Capacity on Xiaomi Mi Phones

Dualboot is a great feature to have, but sadly it divides the system partition space, which has a hit on performance and real-world user experience. If you are having slow system loading or need more space for system functions and applications, this tweak will prove valuable!

· Jan 26, 2015 at 05:00 pm

Sony Looking to Extend Flagship Life, One Release a Year

Following the news that Sony won't be announcing a new device at MWC 2015, we now hear that the japanese OEM is planning to scrap their flagship model of two devices per year. This could be yet another reflection of the financial struggles Sony has been facing company-wide.

· Jan 26, 2015

Dark Themed Apollo Music Player

Apollo has been the default music player in CyanogenMod since Android 4.1. Check out the dark themed version of the player made by XDA Senior Member umangleekha and enjoy the more "material" version of the app!

· Jan 26, 2015

New Official CM 12 Bootanimation

CyanogenMod has changed its default bootanimation to match the Material Design and overall Android Lollipop design. If you want to try the new bootanimation, head over to this thread and get the correct file for your device's resolution.

· Jan 26, 2015 at 03:00 pm · 1 comment

Six Alternative Browsers to Chrome for Android

Browsers are one of the most essential parts of smartphones. When the original iPhone came out, there was a big deal about that single fact, as it featured a Safari web-browser that brought the experience a much needed crispness and smoothness. On phones, that is; many of you probably remember what many seem to forget - dumb phones did it too! When I was a kid, I'd grab my father's Motorola Razr (probably the most stylish dumb phone there was)...

· Jan 26, 2015 at 02:45 pm

Runtime Resource Overlay and CM12 Theme Engine

In light of Android's possible future in Native Theming for AOSP code, developer Syko Pompos reflects on the history of interface theming and where CyanogenMod went wrong to ensure a prosperous and non-conflicting future for its own Theme Engine.

· Jan 26, 2015 at 02:40 pm

Ease The Android Development on Windows with DroidShell

Installation of required Android tools for Windows can be a bit tedious. This tool by XDA Recognized Developer digitalhigh installs everything you need and adds them to PATH in just a few seconds. With DroidShell you can run all Android tools directly from the Shell of your Windows machine. Try it now!

· Jan 26, 2015 at 02:37 pm

Step-by-Step Android Development with No Experience

This great guide put together by a redditor shows you just how to get involved into the somewhat intimidating world of Android development, without any prior experience necessary. Lots of resources detailed and simple explanations inside, including a first-app tutorial. Start an XDA career!

· Jan 26, 2015 at 02:34 pm

No New Sony Flagship Expected At MWC 2015?

The Mobile World Congress is just a few days away and most of us can't wait to see new flagships. Unfortunately, new reports suggest that we may actually not see the anticipated Xperia Z4 at MWC this year, as Sony plans to focus more on mid-range devices.

· Jan 26, 2015 at 01:13 pm · 2 comments

What Do You Love about Lollipop?

We recently had a discussion about everything we hated about the new version of Android. From the terrible volume controls to poor memory management, there was definitely a lot to talk about. But what about the good stuff? Let us know what your favorite features are from Lollipop.

· Jan 26, 2015

Facebook Lite Now Available

The Android sphere has a multitude of devices and while most apps ignore the constraints of the emerging markets, Facebook is aiming to appease all it's users, regardless of device specs, with the launch of Facebook Lite.

· Jan 26, 2015

Rust UI Theme Reddens Your CM12

Check out Rusty Red UI, a minimal theme for CyanogenMod12's Theme Engine that changes everything from your lockscreen to your call-UI, making it rogue and stylish. If you've got a red Nexus 5, you can't miss this one!

· Jan 26, 2015 at 11:21 am · 2 comments

A Dimmed Start for Wear: Untapped Style Potential

There are some fundamental problems with Android Wear, and smartwatches as a whole. We've discussed some of these on our feature about its slow adoption. What many enthusiasts think holds Wear back is the lack of a decent app ecosystem, and the fact that it has not gained the functionality it needs. Meanwhile, market analysts place the poor penetration on the relatively high prices, many complaining that $200 is too much for a secondary gadget that does just what your phone does...

· Jan 26, 2015 at 10:05 am

Marriott Reservation and Payment Info Compromised

One of the world's leading hotel chains, Marriott, was recently in the news for blocking customers' WiFi, and this brought up several security concerns. Check out this detailed post where XDA's own Randy Westergren brought to light a payment and reservation loophole and contacted the Marriott staff to have it patched.

· Jan 26, 2015 at 09:45 am

CyanogenMod Alternative Bootanimations

A Redditor prepared two nicely looking bootanimations with Cyanogen Inc. ready to replace your current animation. Head over to the thread and get a light or dark version directly from Play Store.