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Samantha · Jan 8, 2014

Samsung Galaxy S Plus Gets Highly Functional KitKat and Jelly Bean Builds

If you rewind back to a couple of months ago, you may remember that dual boot was achieved on the Samsung Galaxy S Plus. Well, there's been more happening with this device, the refresh of the perhaps more popular Samsung Galaxy S. Shipped all the way back in 2011 with Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread, it only received an incremental, official update to Android 2.3.6 before being discontinued by Samsung. Fortunately however, Galaxy S Plus owners will see the abandoned device get back...

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Will Verduzco · Jan 2, 2014

Locked Bootloader Xperia S and Want CM10? No Problem!

Earlier today, we talked about a highly functional KitKat build for the Sony Xperia S created by XDA Recognized Developer RaymanFX and the OpenSEMC team. The release, which brings daily driver-status unofficial CM11 to the much loved Xperia S is perhaps the top choice for users looking for the latest and greatest software on their unlocked device. But what about users who haven't or can't unlock their bootloaders? Well, that's no longer an issue thanks to a ROM created by XDA Recognized Contributors djolivier and letama, and Recognized...

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Will Verduzco · Sep 27, 2013

How to Port Sony Small Apps and Task Switcher to CM10.1

If own a Sony Xperia device and have switched out your ROM for an AOSP-derived firmware such as CyanogenMod, you may miss a few OEM-provided pieces of software from time to time. Some of the interesting value-added software provided by Sony include their "small apps," as well as their upgraded task switcher. Thankfully, XDA Senior Member lukakas has created a guide to help you port these Sony-specific additions to CyanogenMod 10.1 (and perhaps any ROM based on Android 4.2.2). More specifically, the guide...

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Will Verduzco · Aug 21, 2013

CyanogenMod cLock Available for All 4.2+ Devices

If you're a former CyanogenMod user whose ORD has resulted in a move to another ROM or if you've simply changed devices to one without officially supported CM builds, you're in for a treat. Undoubtedly, one of the most visually striking parts of CyangoenMod as of late is its cLock home and lock screen widget. For those with an eye for the visually pleasing, cLock offers a clean and information-rich interface. And for those who like to stand out, it's...

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Will Verduzco · Jul 5, 2013

Add Gestures to Toggle PIE Controls and HALO

PIE Controls and HALO are two open source innovations created by the Paranoid Android team that are just unquestionably awesome. However, as awesome as they are, you may not want them enabled at all times. Enabling and disabling them only takes a few taps and not much effort, but it can be made even easier. If you frequently enable and disable PIE and/or HALO, XDA Forum Member filipkowicz's latest app PA Shortcuts may be exactly what you need. The app allows...

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Will Verduzco · May 9, 2013

CyanogenMod 10.1.0 RC1 Released for Various Devices

We've featured various large-scale, cross-device ROMs on the Portal throughout the years, but it's hard to argue that any particular ROM has earned the notoriety seen by CyanogenMod. After humble beginnings on the T-Mobile G1, CyanogenMod has grown into a huge project kept alive by dozens of developers throughout the world. In fact, today's release is available for 40 devices at the time of writing. So what's the significance of CyanogenMod 10.1.0? Aside from being based on Android 4.2.2, this is the...

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jerdog · May 2, 2013

Oppo Find 5 Receiving Open Source Project Love

Here at XDA, you've probably seen us talk about collaboration. The dictionary defines collaborating as "to work with another or others on a joint project." We take collaboration seriously, so much so that we actually frown when we see members of the community not take it as seriously. What makes us even more upset is when manufacturers don't take it seriously, though that rant is for another day. There have been numerous instances of OEMs that have claimed to be “developer-friendly,” but whose actions spoke louder than their words. On...

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jerdog · Feb 23, 2013

Ubuntu Touch: Next Generation OS or Just Another Skin?

Since the dawn of Android tablets, and really ever since the HTC HD2, developers have been looking for ways to bring Ubuntu to the mobile space. It seems like every new device gets a thread devoted to showing users how to load Ubuntu. More often than not, that implementation requires you to boot Android and then utilize chroot in order to run a Ubuntu instance, but that doesn't change the fact you're still running Android. So when news of Ubuntu Touch...

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jerdog · Feb 22, 2013

Porting Ubuntu Touch is as Simple as Building CM

The release of the Ubuntu Touch Developer Preview yesterday prompted a lot of activity on the Ubuntu Touch forum, and for good reason. The concept of Ubuntu on phones and tablets has been desired by many for a long time, and so it is great to see Canonical embrace the idea and set out on their own. When Ubuntu posted the announcement about the Developer Preview, they mentioned that they would be releasing the instructions on how to port Ubuntu Touch...

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jerdog · Feb 6, 2013

Browse and Search the AOSP, Linux, and CM Sources Online

When in the course of developing from source, it can become quite cumbersome to find that specific code reference or symbol that is either causing you problems or is the one thing you're missing. You often find yourself browsing through line after line of code, hoping you don't miss that snippet you're looking for. This can get frustrating, and very tiresome, to say the least. With a new set of websites, your life might just get a little simpler. BBQSauce...

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jerdog · Jan 29, 2013

Galaxy Note 10.1 Receives Official CM10.1 Nightlies

Anyone who has spent time on XDA, or in the Android community at large, knows that when a device receives inclusion in CyanogenMod's device tree, it is a beautiful day. This is because CM support ensures that the device will have a longer-than-manufacturer-intended lifespan. This of course depends on the manufacturer providing the tools and documentation necessary for development to occur. In many cases, OEMs do a pretty good job at publishing the documentation for instances in which they deviate...

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Jimmy McGee · Jan 11, 2013

Quadruple Boot Nook Tablet, Broadcom Drivers for Galaxy Y, Kernel 3.0 for HTC Explorer – XDA Developer TV

Back from International CES, XDA News Specialist Jordan is here to cover all the news from XDA that you may have missed. He talks about unlocking the bootloaders on the Galaxy Nexus, Nexus 4, and Nexus 10 without using Fastboot. In other XDA Developer TV videos from this week, Jordan released a recap from the press events of International CES, XDA Elite Recognized Developer AdamOutler made a video on Hacking the Galaxy Camera, and XDA Developer TV Producer TK put out an app review of...

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Haroon Q. Raja · Jan 9, 2013

Unofficial CM10 and 10.1 Ports for the Galaxy Player 5 and Straight Talk Galaxy S II

Lately, several devices have been getting Jelly Bean in form of CM 10 and CM 10.1 ports. Recently, we brought you unofficial CM10.1 ports for the Nook HD+ and Samsung Galaxy Fit. Now, the Galaxy Player 5 and Strait Talk Galaxy S2 have joined the club, thanks to unofficial ports by XDA Forum Members Mevordel and mr-cook, respectively. The Straight Talk SGS2 port is based on Android 4.2.1, and should work fine as a daily driver. The developer also provides several other useful goodies in the...

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Jimmy McGee · Jan 4, 2013

Jelly Bean Leak for Droid Razr, Ubuntu for Phones, webOS on Nexus 7! – XDA Developer TV

Canonical announcing Ubuntu for phones was our biggest story this week. However, there were many more stories that happened this week. Some of those are covered by XDA News Specialist Jordan. He talks about untethered webOS port for the Nexus 7. In other XDA Developer TV videos from this week, TK released an app review on SendIt. In CyanogenMod 10.1 news, Jordan talks about the unofficial release for the Nook HD+ and the Samsung Galaxy Fit. Also, Jordan mentions the accidental Jelly...

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Jimmy McGee · Dec 31, 2012

External Mic on Galaxy Devices, Sony’s “Return to Stock” App, HD2 Gets Windows RT! – XDA Developer TV

External Mics on Galaxy Devices are just one resistor away and many mores stories are covered by XDA News Specialist Jordan. He talks about Sony releasing a beta flash tool for Unlocked Xperia devices. In other news, the infamous HTC HD2 is now running Windows RT! In CyanogenMod 10.1 news, Jordan talks about the CyanogenMod 10.1 release for the HTC One X+ and the Nexus 7 3G getting an official release. Pull up a chair and check out this video. (more…)

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Conan Troutman · Dec 31, 2012

Unofficial CM10.1 for the Samsung Galaxy Ace and Mini

As the official and unofficial builds of CM10.1 continue to roll out, yet another two lower specced devices, which some may have dismissed as not being capable of receiving such an update, are now running unofficial builds. Never let it be said that such devices aren't well supported here at XDA. The Samsung Galaxy Mini and Samsung Galaxy Ace can both now be updated to the latest version of CyanogenMod thanks to XDA Senior Members AntiBillOS and Wayland_ACE, respectively. Both ROMS are...

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Former Writer · Dec 29, 2012

Huawei U81xx Gets CM9.1 and CM10, Samsung Rugby Smart Gets 3.0 Kernel, and Rugby Pro gets CM10 and Official 4.1

Update: It has come to our attention that inappropriate credit was given for the Huawei U81xx releases. The builds for the U8160/U8180 are actually based on original work by XDA Recognized Developer psyke83 in this thread. Similarly, work on the U8120 ultimately comes from XDA Senior Member joilaroi in this thread, and work on the U8150 comes from XDA Recognized Developer tilal6991 in this thread. Please refer to those threads for the original works. Despite not having their own forums, there are a lot of obscure and unpopular devices with outstanding developer...

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Former Writer · Dec 28, 2012

HTC One X+ Receives Vanilla, CM10.1, and AOKP Android 4.2 Builds

In most cases, users are just happy to get an AOSP-based ROM on their devices. Which flavor of AOSP is usually inconsequential, as just having a vanilla experience is more important than which specific vanilla experience. After all, most people consider true Android to be far better than any OEM skin. The HTC One X+ now has not only Android 4.2 AOSP, but also CyanogenMod 10.1, and Android 4.2-based AOKP. XDA Recognized Contributor and Developer Lloir has released the CM10.1...

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Former Writer · Dec 28, 2012

CM10.1 Official Released for Nexus 7 3G, Unofficial for ZTE Blade

Android 4.2 AOSP development has been pretty widespread. Despite the busy holiday season, developers have found ways to get Android 4.2 AOSP ROMs on devices of every shape and size. Recently, two more devices have been given some Android 4.2 goodness---the ZTE Blade and the Nexus 7 3G. XDA Senior Member eak1080 has released an official CyanogenMod 10.1 build for the Nexus 7 3G. Given that the Nexus 7 is a Google-controlled device, the CM10.1 build is pretty much complete....

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Jimmy McGee · Dec 28, 2012

Samsung Wave Gets CM 10.1 Unofficial, Galaxy S3 SD Card Bootloader In Progress – XDA Developer TV

Revolutionary SD Card Bootloader Work-in-Progress for Galaxy S III, Galaxy Camera and how to easily compile CM10, CM10.1 or AOKP on Ubuntu 12.1 are just two of the stories this week, from the XDA Portal. In other XDA Developer TV releases, Jordan talks about XDA Elite Recognized Developer AdamOutler's Best Hacks of 2012 video and XDA Developer TV Producer TK's roundup of the top apps of 2012. In CyanogenMod 10.1 news, Jordan talks about the unofficial release for the Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9. Also,...

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