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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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Tomek Kondrat · Jun 28, 2014

LG G Flex Receives an Early CyanogenMod 11 Port

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...

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Jimmy McGee · Jun 13, 2014

Cyanogen Releases OnePlus One Device Tree, Xperia Z1 Gets 4K Video Recording, MediaTek Working on GPL Compliance – XDA Developer TV

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...

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Will Verduzco · Jun 8, 2014

CyanogenMod 11 M7 Now Available for Supported Devices!

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...

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Jimmy McGee · May 12, 2014

CM11 Nightlies for HTC One M8, Oracle Wins Copright Appeal Against Google?!? – XDA Developer TV

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!...

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Will Verduzco · May 9, 2014

Official CyanogenMod 11 Nightlies Arrive on the HTC One M8 and Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4 WiFi; Note 8.0 LTE and Sprint Galaxy S5 Coming Soon

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...

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Jimmy McGee · May 9, 2014

Sony Xperia L Gets CM11, Galaxy S3 i9300 KitKat Canceled! Google Glass XE17 OTA Rolls Out – XDA Developer TV

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...

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Jimmy McGee · May 5, 2014

CyanogenMod 11 M6 Available, Mobile ODIN 4.20 Released, XDA’s Giving Away Lepow Batteries! – XDA Developer TV

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...

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Will Verduzco · May 5, 2014

FXP Team Brings CyanogenMod 11 to the Sony Xperia L

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...

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Will Verduzco · May 4, 2014

CyanogenMod 11 M6 Now Available for Supported Devices

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...

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Tomek Kondrat · May 2, 2014

CyanogenMod 11 and SlimKat for the Locked Xperia SP

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...

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Jimmy McGee · Apr 7, 2014

Carrier HTC One M8 to Play Edition, Nokia X Receives Unofficial TWRP and CWM, CM 11 M5 Available – XDA Developer TV

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...

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Will Verduzco · Apr 5, 2014

CyanogenMod 11 M5 Now Available for Supported Devices

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...

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Jimmy McGee · Mar 17, 2014

Google Patents PIE Controls and Drops Wallet Support for Pre-KitKat, Blast From the Past ROMs! – XDA Developer TV

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...

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Will Verduzco · Mar 16, 2014

Motorola Milestone 2 Gains Nearly Fully Functional KitKat Build

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...

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Tomek Kondrat · Mar 14, 2014

CyanogenMod 11 Available for the HTC Desire Z

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...

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Will Verduzco · Mar 12, 2014

Development Arrives on the MediaTek 6589T-Powered Wiko Stairway

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...

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Jimmy McGee · Mar 10, 2014

Google Wearable Tech SDK Coming Soon, Sony Adds Widgets to Firefox OS, CM 11 Milestone 4 Available – XDA Developer TV

Android 4.4.2 KitKat over the air update for the HTC Butterfly S is now rolling out! 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 Milestone 4 has been released and 2011 Xperia devices running CM10 have a mod for recording 720p30 video! That's not all that's covered in today's video! Jordan talks about the exciting news coming out...

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Will Verduzco · Mar 8, 2014

[Update: Downloads Now Live!] CyanogenMod 11 Milestone 4 Released!

There are quite a few major players in the source-built custom ROM world nowadays, but undoubtedly the most prominent is still CyanogenMod. Having made a name for itself way back when on the G1, the CM team now officially supports a rather extensive list of devices, and has contributed a great deal to the Android community at large. Nearly one month ago, the team reached Milestone 3 status for their Android 4.4 KitKat-based CyanogenMod 11. Now, the team has finished...

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Tomek Kondrat · Mar 3, 2014

Official CyanogenMod Available for the Xperia M

Android is an amazing OS because OEMs can offer their users devices that suits everyone's individual needs. A high-end flagship is not the best choice for everyone, hence why there are quite a few mid-tier and low-end devices released to the market. One OEM that releases cheaper, but still nice devices is Sony. One of their devices intended for the mid/low-range market is Xperia M, code named Nicki. The device features some decent technical specification consisting of a dual-core 1 GHz Krait...

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