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Tomek Kondrat · Dec 30, 2014

Make Your CM11 ROM Look Like Xperia Z3’s Firmware

Unlike some themed firmware by various OEMs, every AOSP ROM looks pretty much the same. Porting applications and features from Sony's or Samsung's firmware is difficult but absolutely possible if you know what needs to be done. The Sony Xperia Z3's firmware has loads of interesting things that can be used with almost every AOSP ROM. Sony engineers worked hard to make a firmware which isn't overly skinned and has lots of features. Thanks to the guide made by XDA...

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Will Verduzco · Dec 10, 2014

Indian OnePlus One to Ship Without Cyanogen OS After All

A little under two weeks ago, we first talked about an unfortunate situation whereby upcoming OnePlus One devices sold in India were rumored to ship without "Cyanogen OS" due to Cyanogen Inc. granting exclusive rights to their proprietary firmware in India to Micromax. Needless to say, this situation is less than ideal both for the Oppo offshoot as well as potential Indian buyers, as one of the main appeals of the OPO is undoubtedly its bloat-free CM11s install. After the...

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Tomek Kondrat · Dec 5, 2014

Verizon LG G3 Finally Gets CM11 Nightlies

If you've ever thought of flashing a custom ROM, CyanogenMod's name more than likely rings a bell. This custom ROM project is one of the most popular on XDA. Its developers have created dozens of device trees and kernels used by many other developer teams. As such, CyanogenMod is often used by developers to create the first functional source built ROM for quite a few devices. Most flagship devices already received quite functional CM nightlies some time ago. One device has had to...

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Jimmy McGee · Oct 10, 2014

CM11 for Android One, Updated Galaxy Nexus GPU Drivers!

ChainFire's Auto-Root Program now supports S5 Prime and Note 4! That and much more news is covered by Jordan when he reviews all the important stories from this week. Included in this week's news is the announcement of CyanogenMod and Micromax releasing a device in India and be sure the check out the Android One based CyanogenMod 11 ROM. That's not all that's covered in today's video! Jordan talks about the other videos released this week on XDA TV. XDA...

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Tomek Kondrat · Oct 6, 2014

Android One Joins the Custom ROM Family with CM11

A short while ago, we talked about Android One getting root and custom recovery thanks to XDA Recognized Developer varun.chitre15. It was fairly easy to predict that the custom ROM madness would start afterwards---and surprise, surprise, we were all right. The first custom ROM for Android One has just been released, and once again varun.chitre15 is the developer who delivers goodness to the community. CyanogenMod 11 is at an early stage of development. This doesn't mean that the ROM itself is...

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Tomek Kondrat · Sep 16, 2014

CyanogenMod 11 M10 Available for Supported Devices

Summer vacation is over for most students out there, and it's the time to get back to reality. Developers of popular ROMs have also came back to work, and as a result, we have a new monthly snapshot build of one of the most popular custom ROMs, CyanogenMod. A few months ago, the CM team decided to switch to the monthly milestone release system rather than their previous release candidate and stable builds. ROMs that are described as M are considered more...

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Tomek Kondrat · Sep 13, 2014

HTC Desire 816 Gets Developer Treatment with Custom ROM, Recovery, and Kernel

In the last few days, we've talked about some fairly high end devices receiving official ports of popular ROMs or updates via OTA. Users of mid-range devices usually must be more patient when it comes to waiting for their devices getting developer support. Patience, however, is certainly a virtue. The HTC Desire 816 was announced at MWC in Barcelona in February of this year and eventually released in April. This 5.5” phablet brought a number of high-end specs into mid-range world. Now, Desire 816...

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Jimmy McGee · Sep 7, 2014

How to Turn Your Smartphone into a OnePlus One – XDA Developer TV

Oppo's spunky offspring company OnePlus announced their first smartphone, the One, to much fanfare. It ships with a special version of CyanogenMod installed. Many people love CyanogenMod and would love to get their hands on a phone with this version. However, getting your hands on a OnePlus One is not as easy as going down to the store and buying one. The supply is limited and there are many paths to getting the opportunity to buy one, and some paths...

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Jimmy McGee · Sep 1, 2014

New Nvidia SHIELD Tablet OTA! Moto G 4G Gets Official CyangenMod 11 Nightlies – XDA Developer TV

The Nvidia SHIELD Tablet gets its first update! That and much more news is covered by Jordan when he reviews all the important stories from this weekend. Included in this weekend's news is the announcement of the Nvidia SHIELD getting it's first custom ROMs and be sure the check out the article talking about the Moto G 4G getting Official CyanogenMod! That's not all that's covered in today's video! Jordan talks about the other videos released this weekend on XDA...

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Will Verduzco · Aug 30, 2014

Moto G 4G Receives Official CyanogenMod 11 Love

When the Moto G was initially released to the world in November of last year, very few actually believed that Motorola would be capable of producing a high quality smartphone with an unsubsidized price of under $200 US. In the nearly ten months since its original release, the G has more than proven that not only can a $200 smartphone be decent, but it could actually be quite desirable. Much of this comes down to its almost entirely vanilla flavor of Android, with only the most minimal...

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Tomek Kondrat · Aug 25, 2014

Enable Call Recording in CyanogenMod 11 with Xposed

Xposed Framework is one of the most interesting projects available for Android. Almost every ROM, no matter whether it's stock-based or not, can have extra features enabled or have existing features fixed. And the most interesting part of Xposed is that it works with almost every device, as well as most of the currently used Android versions. One feature that can easily work in some ROMs but is often disabled is call recording. The Android OS can easily use your...

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Jimmy McGee · Aug 24, 2014

Cyanogenmod 11 Milestone 9 Review and Overview – XDA Developer TV

The past year has been a big year for CyanogenMod. With events from becoming a corporation to deals to ship on phones like the OnePlus One, Cyanogen Inc has been busy. However, the community is still hard at work building CyanogenMod 11 based of Android KitKat 4.4. CyanogenMod gives you loads of customization and many people perfer its approach to mobile device operating over Google's stock Android offering. Their latest Milestone for version 11 was recently released. In today's video, XDA Developer...

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Tomek Kondrat · Aug 19, 2014

Motorola Droid X Receives Almost Fully Functional KitKat Port

While we are all wondering when Google will decide to officially release Android L and its Material Design-laden goods, those who own significantly older devices are in no way under the false impression that they will receive the update directly. One such device is the Motorola Droid X, which was released way back in July 2010 but is still used by quite a lot of people here on XDA. This phone originally shipped with Eclair, and now it has received a pretty stable...

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Jimmy McGee · Aug 8, 2014

Android L Preview Images Updated! CyanogenMod 11 M9 Released with Support for Xperia Z2 and HTC M8 – XDA Developer TV

The Android L developer preview images for the Nexus 5 and Nexus 7 have been updated!! That and much more news is covered by Jordan when he reviews all the important stories from this week. Included in this week's news is the announcement of CyanogenMod 11 Milestone 9 being available for supported devices and be sure the check out the article talking about bringing Android Aut- like functionality to your device with Digital Car! That's not all that's covered in...

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Will Verduzco · Aug 3, 2014

CyanogenMod 11 M9 Now Available for Supported Devices

Another month has come and gone, and just like clockwork, we now have another CyanogenMod 11 monthly snapshot release. In case you've been living under a rock for the past few months, you are likely already familiar with the CM team's new M release system. Rather than providing release candidate and stable builds, the team now delivers monthly snapshot builds that are generally considered to be more stable and reliable than nightlies, and which can for practically all intents and purposes be...

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Jimmy McGee · Jul 11, 2014

CyanogenMod 11 M8 Updated to Android 4.4.4, Chromecast Mirrors Your Device Screen, LG G Watch Custom ROM! – XDA Developer TV

CyanogenMod 11 M8 is now available for supported devices! That and much more news is covered by Jordan, as he reviews all the important stories from this week. Included in this week's news is Chromecast now being able to mirror your Android devices' screen and what you can do with Android Wear! That's not all that's covered in today's video! Jordan talks about the other videos released this week on XDA Developer TV. XDA Developer TV Producer TK released an Xposed...

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Will Verduzco · Jul 8, 2014

CyanogenMod 11 M8 Now Available for Supported Devices

Despite the widespread availability of large scale, source-built custom ROMs CyanogenMod is and will continue to be the go-to choice for a large number of users. It's now been one month since we saw the CyanogenMod 11 M7 monthly snapshot release. Now, CM fans will be glad to know that the next monthly snapshot release is here. The CyanogenMod 11 M8 release brings quite a lot to the table. For starters, M8 is the first official snapshot release based on...

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Tomek Kondrat · Jun 30, 2014

Learn How to Make a Font Application Easily

Around the time of the OnePlus One's release, the CyanogenMod team decided to use refresh their Theme Chooser. One of the new functions that has been added is an ability to change the font, system-wide, without messing with /system/fonts folder. To change your system fonts using this new functionality, the font must be made as an application. If you have a favorite font somewhere on your PC and want to use it on Android, now you have a chance to do it really easily....

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Faiz Malkani · Jun 29, 2014

Get Your Android L Fix with a Comprehensive Android L Theme

This past week was quite a frenzy for Android fans, with Google I/O bringing a number of announcements regarding Android and its expansion to our wrists, cars, and living rooms. Perhaps the most significant was Google's unveiling of Android L. The L release is slated to bring a rather significant departure in the Android UI, taking us from transitioning from Holo (first seen in Android 3.0 Honeycomb) to the new Material Design. The Android L Developer Preview was launched for the Nexus 5 or a Nexus...

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Tomek Kondrat · Jun 28, 2014

Let’s the Games Begin! SlimKat and Unofficial CM11 Ported to the Moto E

The Moto G, which was released back in 2013, has seen great success. The cheap and powerful device almost immediately found its way into the pockets of many XDA users around the world. Lenovo, after purchasing Motorola, decided to release an even more budget-friendly successor, the Moto E. The Moto E's firmware is close to AOSP, but in contrast to Nexus devices, the device tree wasn't released. A while ago, we talked about a device tree by XDA Recognized Developers JackpotClavin and cybojenix. We're pleased to announce...

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