August 19, 2014 By: Tomek Kondrat
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 port of CyanogenMod 11, thanks to XDA Senior Members Palmbeach05 for his early work, Aaahh for the initial release, and m.ksy for maintaining the port. Yes, that’s right, a 4-year old device can run KitKat, and run it quite well. Initial ports were released back in March of this year, but recently the Droid X received an almost fully functional KitKat build. This is quite the achievement, considering that this smartphone has just 512 MB of RAM and a relatively slow CPU made by Texas Instruments–and we all remember the issues that the Galaxy Nexus faced as a result.
The only noticeable bug is unexpected camera behavior, which displays colors in blue–but it is probably still daily driver capable for all but the shutterbugs out there. When speaking about this port, we must also mention XDA Recognized Developer Quarx, who created a CM port for Motorola Defy, which was a base for Droid X.
If you still own Motorola Droid X, give it some KitKat love and sweetness. You can find the ROM by visiting the Moto Droid X KitKat development thread.
August 8, 2014 By: Jimmy McGee
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 today’s video!
Jordan talks about the other videos released this week on XDA Developer TV. XDA Developer TV Producer TK released an Xposed Tuesday video for Statusbar Gestures. Then, TK showed off some mods for the Sony Xperia Z2. And later, TK gave us a an Android App Review of Pro Reader for Reddit. Pull up a chair and check out this video.
August 3, 2014 By: Will Verduzco
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 used as daily driver builds.
Today’s builds come in at milestone 9 (M9), and it brings various new features, fixes, and even officially supported devices. This release is the first time in which a non-nightly release is compiled for the Xperia Z2, Z2 Tablet, and HTC One M8. In addition, M9 brings several new features such as tweaks to the lock screen, headset volume, quick settings, spam notification filtering, settings search, and so on. As stated on the official CyanogenMod Blog:
* Themes support for additional UI elements
* Heads Up Notifications – Bug Fixes
* Lockscreen – Allow doubletap to sleep when using secure keyguard
* Torch – Improve performance
* Safe Headset Volume – prompt when interfering with 3rd party device (Jawbone, Square, etc)
* Center clock support
* Quick Settings – respect locale changes on additional tiles
* Proximity Wake-Up support – prevent accidental wake-up of device by checking to see if proximity sensor is blocked (eg. Device is in a bag or pocket).
* Spam notification filtering – Set notifications to auto-ignore based on content (perfect for those pesky games that want you to ‘Save 20% on our new game’). Long-press offending notification to set as ignored; manage in Privacy settings.
* Settings Search – Additional improvements and highlighting
* Data Usage Info – Add support for CDMA devices without sim cards
* Bluetooth – Add additional A2DP profiles
* Bluetooth – Disable AVRCP 1.5 by default (fixes various car unit compatibility)
* Email – Fix saving attachments to storage for POP3 accounts
* Translations (Thanks CM Crowdin Team!)
* Account for Play Services induced wake-locks
* Fix encryption on some LG Devices
* Dialer – add support for Korean and Chinese to smart-dialer
The M9 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 17 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.
July 11, 2014 By: Jimmy McGee
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 Tuesday video for NotifyClean. Then, AdamOutler investigated Smartphone Charging. And later, TK gave us a an Android App Review of Notific. Pull up a chair and check out this video.
July 8, 2014 By: Will Verduzco
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 Android 4.4.4. There is support for several new devices such as the Xperia Z2, Xiaomi Mi2, Oppo Find 7a/s, and OnePlus One. In addition, the new “heads up” notification mode is now available (Settings -> Notifications). The full changelog, as reported by redditor UberLaggyDarwin:
- Common: Android 4.4.4 (Google)
- New Devices: Sony Xperia Z2 (sirius); Xiaomi Mi2 (aries); Oppo Find 7a/s (find7); OnePlus One (bacon)
- Common: Fix VPN issues related to 4.4.3 merge
- Common: Enable ‘Heads Up’ notification mode (Settings > Notifications)
- Settings: ‘Interface’ replaced by ‘Status Bar’, ‘Notification Drawer’, and ‘Gestures’
- Settings: Moved ‘Expanded Desktop’ to ‘Display’
- Settings: Moved all lock screen related items to ‘Lock Screen’ and removed duplicates from ‘Security’
- Settings: Moved ‘Navigation Bar’ layout control to ‘Buttons’
- Trebuchet: Custom Homescreen grid size
- Trebuchet: Add Protected Apps feature
- Trebuchet: Add Search Panel (Google Now) option
- WhisperPush: No longer ignores ‘Blacklist’
- Futex: Protect against Towelroot
- Various small bugfixes, global and device-specific
For those who are unaware, these monthly snapshot builds have replaced CM Stable and Release Candidate builds. So just like the previous “M” releases, M8 will more than likely be stable and daily driver-capable on all officially supported devices.
If you’re a CyanogenMod user, today is a great day. Head over to the CyanogenMod Download Network to get in on the action. At the moment there are currently 30 builds available, so if your device isn’t in the list, check back later.
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.
Even if you are relatively new to Android and development, you can create your own font package without too much hassle. To help you out, XDA Senior Member codekidX created a handy guide that shows all the changes that need to be made.
To start playing with fonts, you need some IDE installed. You can use either Android Studio or Eclipse, since both of these programs can compile an APK. After installing an IDE and finding a font file that you want to use on your system, you need to follow just four steps to get the font ready to install. This guide is only useful when you are using a CyanogenMod 11 or its forks with newest Theme Chooser, so keep that in mind before starting your learning process.
Is your OS looking a bit boring? Why not giving it some new life! All you need to do is visit the original thread to get started.
June 29, 2014 By: Faiz Malkani
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 7 (2013) last week. But while the rest of us twiddle our thumbs in anticipation of its launch in the Fall, there are some things we can do to give our device the L look, such as installing the apps extracted from the L system dump.
If that isn’t enough, XDA Member PixCM has gone ahead and assembled an Android L theme. This theme, which is compatible with the CM11 Theme engine, completes the Android L look with the new boot animation, font, wallpapers, system bars, ringtones, icons and lots more.
June 28, 2014 By: Tomek Kondrat
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 that the whole process has gone well, and you can now try source-built Android in two flavors: Slim and CyanogenMod. This is possible thanks to cybojenix, who previously rooted the device and ported a TWRP recovery to this awesome smartphone. The ROM is pretty stable as an initial release. The only thing that still needs some polishing is mobile data.
These two ROMs are very close to stock. Cybojenix didn’t convert it to CAF, in order to keep it as close to stock as possible. The device tree is not yet pushed, but as promised, you all will have a chance to port some other ROMs pretty soon.
We’re all waiting for Google to deliver Android L and its source. It was announced just a few days ago, and as we already saw in the recently released Developer Preview, it’ll bring quite a few interesting goodies. But until then, most devices are running KitKat or earlier, and now one more device has received its first source-built KitKat port.
The device in question is none other than LG’s curvaceous phablet, the G Flex. It was released early November, and since then, developers haven’t had luck bringing up the device tree. Now after much effort, an alpha build is available. Thanks to XDA Recognized Developer PlayfulGod, who was involved in fixing KitKat on Galaxy Nexus, users have a chance to test out CyanogenMod on their devices.
This release is far from stable. It’s at a very early stage, and only a few things work. However, it’s a good first step, and hopefully the G Flex’s users will see more source-built ROMs soon.
If you own this curvy, self-healing phablet, make your way to the development thread to see the progress and try it on your own device.
June 13, 2014 By: Jimmy McGee
Cyanogen releases the OnePlus One Device Tree! 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 MediaTek working on GPL compliance and the 4K video recording for the Xperia Z1 and Z1 Compact! 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 Tuesday video for PinNotif. Then, Adam talked about simple Hacking prevention. And later, TK gave us a an Android App Review of TWRP Theme Manager. Pull up a chair and check out this video.
June 8, 2014 By: Will Verduzco
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.
May 12, 2014 By: Jimmy McGee
KitKat for the Samsung Galaxy International Galaxy S III and the Galaxy S III Mini has been canceled “for now!” That and much more news is covered by Jordan, as he reviews all the important stories from this weekend. Included in this weekend’s news is the announcement of KitKat for the Droid RAZR HD and that CyanogenMod 11 Nightlies are now available for the HTC ONe M8 and the Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4 WiFi! That’s not all that’s covered in today’s video!
Be sure to check out the other videos released last week on XDA Developer TV. XDA Developer TV Producer TK released an Xposed Tuesday video for CustomShare. Then, AdamOutler did an Unboxing of the Oppo Find 7a the XDA Way. Finally, TK gave us a full device review of the Oppo Find 7a. Pull up a chair and check out this video.
May 9, 2014 By: Will Verduzco
Although there are dozens of great source-built, AOSP-derived custom ROMs available for the choosing, the most popular option is still undoubtedly the first large-scale project of its kind: CyanogenMod. Because of this, it’s always quite exciting when official CyanogenMod support is extended to any particular device. Now we’re happy to share that official support has been added for two new devices, with two more on the way.
First up, we have CyanogenMod nightlies for the HTC One M8 (2014). Official support for the M8 actually began two days ago, and the buildbot has been chugging away ever since, offering three publicly available nightly builds to date. As described on CyanogenMod’s Google+ announcement post, these “m8″ builds are compatible with the GSM, Sprint, and Verizon models. In other words, this is compatible with 0P6B10000 (International), 0P6B12000 (AT&T/Dev Edition), 0P6B13000 (T-Mobile), 0P6B16000 (Telus/Rogers Canada), 0P6B20000 (Verizon), and 0P6B20000 (Verizon) devices. These nightlies are brought to you courtesy of CM developers deck, invisiblek, h8rift, toastcfh, flinny and xInterlopeRx.
Next up, we have the Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4. Official support for the ‘mondrianwifi’ began earlier today, with one nightly build available to date. The maintainer for this device is CM developer crpalmer.
Finally, we have the Sprint Galaxy S5 (kltespr) and the LTE version of the Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 (n5120). Development for these devices will come courtesy of CM developers Xda Garwynn, Esa Laukkanen, and Scott Brissenden. Unfortunately, there aren’t any nightlies available for either of these devices just yet, but be happy to know that they’re on the way.
Head over to the CyanogenMod Download page for your device to get started:
And once you’ve gotten CM11 on your device (or to read up on guides to obtain root, flash a recovery, and flash a rom), head over to your device-specific forums for the HTC One M8 (2014), Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4, Sprint Galaxy S5, and Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0.