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.
May 9, 2014 By: Jimmy McGee
KitKat may not be coming for the International Samsung Galaxy S3 GT-i9300! 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 the announcement of the Sprint HTC One Max receiving Sense 6 and how the FXP team brought CyangenMod 11 to the Sony Xperia L! 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 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 5, 2014 By: Jimmy McGee
CyanogenMod 11 Milestone 6 is now available! 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 the announcement that CyanogenMod 11 and Slimkat have been ported to the Locked Xperia SP and Mobile ODIN 4.20 has been released! That’s not all that’s covered in today’s video!
Be sure to check out the other videos released this week on XDA Developer TV. XDA Developer TV Producer TK released an Xposed Tuesday video for SideControl. Then, Jordan showed you what’s new on the Nvidia SHIELD. Later, TK gave us an Android App Review of Rheti. Pull up a chair and check out this video.
May 5, 2014 By: Will Verduzco
Released in the middle of last year, the Xperia L is one of Sony’s more budget-friendly offerings. Due to its price and relatively capable specifications, it’s become quite the popular choice for those not looking for the latest and greatest flagship-level device. And because of its popularity, the Xperia L is no stranger to aftermarket development.
Now thanks to the FXP team, which has brought official CyanogenMod builds to various Sony devices, we have an incredibly highly functioning CM11 port for the device. The build comes courtesy of XDA Recognized Developer varun.chitre15 and the rest of the FXP team. Although the build is currently only in its second beta, it is nearly fully functional other than a few minor GPS issues. In other words, RIL, display, camera, audio, storage, sensors, and hardware acceleration are all working just fine. So those looking for a daily driver-capable build should give this a shot.
You can get started with CM11 for the Xperia L by visiting the original thread. And if you’re a developer looking to build off of their work, be sure to visit their Github pages for Vendor, Device, and Kernel.
[Many thanks to Shivam Kuchhal for the heads up!]
May 4, 2014 By: Will Verduzco
It seems like just one month ago when CyanogenMod 11 M5 was released to supported devices—oh wait, it was just one month ago. Now a mere 29 days later, we’re one incremental step closer to CM11 stable. This is, of course, all thanks to the latest CM11 monthly snapshot build.
Just like last month’s M5 release, today’s M6 release should be relatively stable and daily driver-capable on the vast majority of devices. M6, just like the other monthly snapshot builds, can be viewed as somewhere in between a nightly build and a release candidate in terms of stability. At this time, it’s not clear what exactly changed in M6 versus the previous M5, but given the late stage in development, it’s likely that the majority of changes have to do with ironing out the last few remaining bugs.
The M6 build will be available for all officially supported devices. And at the time of this article, the tally is at 27 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.
[Many thanks to everyone who sent this in!]
May 2, 2014 By: Tomek Kondrat
Some OEMs are more developer-friendly than others. One of the friendliest is Sony, which gives its user the ability to unlock their bootloader. Many mobile carriers don’t quite share Sony’s enthusiasm towards open source and lock their phones, leading to the “Bootloader Unlock Allowed: No” message.
A while ago, we talked about the Sony Xperia SP receiving a CyanogenMod 10.2 port for locked devices. XDA Forum Member bagyusz went even further and ported Android 4.4 in CyanogenMod and SlimKat flavors. This is even more impressive, because these ports have no known bugs remaining, so both builds can be considered stable.
Bagyusz also shared his sources on Github, so everyone can now try his/her hand at creating a port to the SP or other Sony device. After all, it’s most likely the case that this hijacked ramdisk method works with other models.
[Thanks to XDA Senior Member mrjraider for the tip!]
April 7, 2014 By: Jimmy McGee
Android 4.4.2 KitKat with Sense 5.5 update is coming to the Verizon HTC One Max today! That and much more news is covered by Jordan, as he reviews some of the important stories from this weekend. Included in this weekend’s news is the announcement that the Verizon LG G2′s KitKat update was leaked, as well as a story about how to convert your Carrier HTC One M8 to Google Play Edition! That’s not all that’s covered in today’s video!
Jordan talks about the exciting news coming out for development starting on the Nokia X with TWRP and CWM ported to it and the announcement that CyanogenMod 11 has hit Milestone 5! Pull up a chair and check out this and other XDA Developer TV videos.
April 5, 2014 By: Will Verduzco
There plenty of great options available for those looking for a large-scale, multi-device custom ROM. But despite this, CyanogenMod is still the first name that comes to the minds of most Android users. There’s good reason for this, as CyanogenMod was the first source-built community distribution of its kind. And though the years, we’ve seen great development work come from its team.
Today, the CyanogenMod team has released the Milestone 5 release of CyanogenMod 11. With this, the team is one step closer to CyanogenMod 11 stable. Compared to the M4 release, M5 brings various fixes and feature additions. As stated on the CM Blog:
Trebuchet – Fix last icon from hotseat disappearing
Trebuchet – Fix custom home transition effect
Volume Panel – Increase opacity of transparency (previous level led to visibility concerns)
WhisperPush – Relocate to Privacy menu
WhisperPush – fix NPE on viewing identity if unregistered
Translations – Initial imports from CrowdIn (followup blog post next week)
MultiSim – Additional support patches (25+)
Privacy Guard – Additional AppOps permissions
Additional Right-to-left (RTL) layout mirroring support
Settings – Add ‘screen color’ support
Quickboot support (device specific)
Stylus – Fix eraser being disabled by palm rejection
NavBar – Allow toggle in runtime (needs kernel support)
Add ethernet icon support to status bar
Dialer – Open Source forward/backward/incoming look-up
The builds are currently in the process of building, and there are 26 ready at the time of this article, with many more on the way. While these milestone releases are still technically not CM11 final, you’d be hard pressed to find any major bugs on most devices. So if you’re a CM user, head over to the source link below, download and update, and then head over to the forums and the comments below to share your experiences.
March 17, 2014 By: Jimmy McGee
The Android 4.4.2 KitKat OTA for the Bell Canada Galaxy S 4 is now rolling out! 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 that CyanogenMod 11 has been released for the HTC Desire Z and the Motorola Milestone 2 gets a functional KitKat build! That’s not all that’s covered in today’s video!
Jordan talks about the exciting news coming out of Google, as they patenting PIE controls and why that could be a good thing. He also covers how Google Wallet is dropping support for Pre-KitKat Devices in a month! Pull up a chair and check out this and other XDA Developer TV videos.
March 16, 2014 By: Will Verduzco
It’s becoming increasingly difficult to find an Android-powered smartphone with a hardware keyboard. And although larger screens, better software keyboards, and super thin device profiles can win over the hearts of the masses, rabid texters will often accept no substitute for the physical keyboard. As such, many users still desperately cling on to their older devices with hardware keyboards, such as the Motorola Milestone 2.
Work has been underway for quite some time to bring Android 4.4 KitKat to the Motorola Milestone 2. Not too long ago, XDA Senior Member Engle_Mars released a relatively functional build for the device. But now, thanks to the work of Senior Member czechop, we have an almost fully functional unofficial CM11 build.
Czechop’s ROM is based on previous work for the Motorola Defy by Recognized Developer Quarx, with additional credit going to Tezet, Blackd0se, and others. While Czechop’s build was initially released back in November, recent releases have fixed practically all bugs, such that there are no known issues at this time.
Those desperately clinging on to their hardware keyboards should head over to czechop’s unofficial CM11 thread to get in on the action. And if you’re a developer looking to base your work on what czechop has already accomplished, head over to his Github.
In recent months, we have talked about various devices getting official and unofficial KitKat builds. Some devices were never slated to receive and update due to technical limitations, but developers have spent countless hours porting device trees, libraries, and kernels to iron out bugs and squeeze the most performance from these older devices. The level of success is different for every device, but people have tried crossed some pretty impressive boundaries.
The HTC Desire Z was released in late 2010, and it is one of the few smartphones that offers a physical keyboard. A little over 3 years after its launch, the Desire Z received an unofficial port of KitKat by XDA Recognized Developer Flinny, who ported CyanogenMod 11 to the Vision and Saga. The ROM is still considered alpha, but a list of working things is getting longer from one release to another. It’s impressive to see older devices getting so much support from developers.
A change log, links, and release notes can be found in the development thread.
March 12, 2014 By: Will Verduzco
Due to their bargain basement prices and high apparent value, it should come as no surprise that MediaTek devices are growing in popularity—especially in emerging markets such as India. But because of a frequent lack of GPL compliance and nonexistent developer openness, original development for these devices is slim to none.
Luckily, there is still progress being made on these devices. And despite an uphill battle, development is happening thanks to source code leaks and the hard work of developers like XDA Senior Recognized Developer Xplodwild and Senior Member Dr-Shadow in filling the gaps. And now after an unnecessarily long journey spearheaded by Forum Member bucefal82, quite a lot has been accomplished.
XDA Recognized Developer chrmhoffmann recently released a KitKat 4.4.2-based work-in-progress CM11 build for the Wiko Stairway. Currently, a decent amount is functional, including the device’s primary SIM, audio, sensors, WiFi, and application support. However, it’s not quite daily driver capable for most, as the camera, second SIM, hardware video decoding, GPS, GPU acceleration, and a few other items are still broken. Despite this, it’s good to see development advancing on the device, and on these closed platforms in general. And since the device runs on the MediaTek 6589T SoC, which is also seen on various other budget-friendly devices, so it’s only a matter of time before this also benefits other MediaTek device owners.
If you own a Wiko Stairway and would like to try out an unofficial CM11 build on your device, or if you own another MediaTek device and wish to port the ROM over, head over to the original thread to get started.
[Many thanks to XDA Portal Supporter Titokhan for the tip!]