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.
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.