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Jimmy McGee · Feb 21, 2014

Samsung Devices Get Unified CM11 Builds, Google’s Project Tango Unveiled – XDA Developer TV

Android 4.4.2 KitKat for the Samsung Galaxy S 4 has been leaked! 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 Samsung devices are getting unified CyanogenMod 11 builds. Google Project Tango has also been made public, and this project promises Kinect-like abilites for smartphones! That's not all that's covered in today's video! Jordan talks about the other videos released this week...

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Tomek Kondrat · Feb 19, 2014

Dozens of Motorola and Samsung Devices Receive Unified CyanogenMod 11 Builds

Before Motorola was acquired by Lenovo, the OEM released two very interesting smartphones. The Moto X and Moto G were the first and probably the last devices made by the formerly American OEM in a cooperation with Google. Not so long ago, we talked about the Moto G receiving an unofficial CyanogenMod port. Now, however, the G and a few other Motorola devices will receive official CyanogenMod nightlies. The CM team has released three unified builds, which is a bit of a surprising...

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Jimmy McGee · Feb 14, 2014

Android 4.4.2 for Unlocked HTC One and Moto X, Convert Moto G into Play Edition – XDA Developer TV

Android KitKat 4.4.2 is now available for the unlocked and developer edition HTC Ones! 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 3 is available for 50 devices and their is now a way to turn your Moto G into a Play Edition! That's not all that's covered in today's video! Jordan talks about the other videos...

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Will Verduzco · Feb 10, 2014

CyanogenMod 11 Milestone 3 Now Available for 50 Devices

Nowadays with the growing popularity of rooting and device modification, there are quite a few legitimate players in the large-scale, multi-device custom ROM scene. There are new greats such as OmniROM making a splash with impressive new features, as well as older giants like ParanoidAndroid and AOKP, both of which have been home to quite a bit of major innovation over the years. However, there's one large-scale, multi-device custom ROM that for better or worse stands in its own category, and that's CyanogenMod....

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Tomek Kondrat · Feb 2, 2014

Phoenix Rises from the Ashes: Samsung Galaxy S II Receives Official CyanogenMod 11 Nightlies

In the last few months, we've talked about various Android 4.4 ports for various well known devices. Some of them were quite surprising like the port for the HTC HD2, which was never intended to run Android in the first place. Other were expected, as they were fairly new devices with a strong development backing. Now, another legendary device, the Samsung Galaxy S II, has received official CM11 nightlies. SGS2 owners out there may have used a homebrew version prepared by XDA Recognized Developer...

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Samantha · Jan 15, 2014

Samsung Galaxy SL Gets Android 4.4.2 KitKat Build

It's pretty much accepted that any device that was released with a version of Android as old as 2.2 Froyo has not been given any official support from its manufacturers for a long time, and the Samsung Galaxy SL is no exception. Released in 2011, it only received one official update to 2.3 Gingerbread from Samsung, with the OEM citing the Galaxy SL's 1 GHz CPU and 478 MB of RAM as insufficient for running any later versions of Android...

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Samantha · Jan 10, 2014

Functional Android 4.4.2 KitKat Arrives on the Sony Xperia M

Although only released last year, one wouldn't really say that the Sony Xperia M is a very distinguishable device, especially in the vast sea of Android phones. With some middle of the road specs including a 4-inch screen with 480 x 854 resolution, a dual-core 1 GHz CPU and 1 GB of ram, one will probably be forgiven to think that it's simply 'just' another Android device. But despite this, it's still great to see it receive attention from developers,...

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Samantha · Jan 8, 2014

Samsung Galaxy S Plus Gets Highly Functional KitKat and Jelly Bean Builds

If you rewind back to a couple of months ago, you may remember that dual boot was achieved on the Samsung Galaxy S Plus. Well, there's been more happening with this device, the refresh of the perhaps more popular Samsung Galaxy S. Shipped all the way back in 2011 with Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread, it only received an incremental, official update to Android 2.3.6 before being discontinued by Samsung. Fortunately however, Galaxy S Plus owners will see the abandoned device get back...

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Will Verduzco · Jan 4, 2014

CyanogenMod 11.0 M2 for Over 65 Devices

Just under a month ago, the CyanogenMod team released CyanogenMod 11 Milestone 1. Unlike previous milestone builds, CM11 M1 was only for "actively AOSP-supported Nexus devices." In other words, this meant that only the Google Nexus 4, Nexus 5, Nexus 7, and Nexus 7 (2013) could join in the fun. Thankfully, nightlies appeared for other devices the very next day---but these were nightlies rather than milestone releases. Now, CyanogenMod 11 Milestone Release 2 is here, and this time, there are many, many more supported devices. In fact,...

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Will Verduzco · Jan 2, 2014

Highly Functional KitKat Build for Sony Xperia S

You may recall that just yesterday, we featured a highly functional KitKat build for the  Sony Xperia Ion, a somewhat forgotten device that was only officially updated to Android 4.1.2 and never received stable aftermarket builds of Android 4.2 or 4.3. Yesterday's work came from  XDA Senior Member MrGezz and Recognized Developer RaymanFX. As it turns out, several loyal readers sent tips and told us in the comments about RaymanFX's previous work on a different, but related device. Today, we're going to take a look at another build created...

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Will Verduzco · Jan 1, 2014

Highly Functional KitKat Build for the Sony Xperia Ion

Despite all of Sony's recent developer-friendly awesomeness, a few relatively recent devices have fallen through the cracks and have been left without official Android updates. While most of these devices generally have found vibrant aftermarket development communities that have filled these gaps, this isn't the case for every device. One such instance is the Sony Xperia Ion, a device that was only officially updated to Android 4.1.2 and never received stable aftermarket builds of Android 4.2 or 4.3. Now thanks...

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Tomek Kondrat · Dec 24, 2013

Small Phones Can Have KitKat Too–Xperia Tipo Gets an Unofficial CM11 Port

Over the years, Sony has released several devices with low-end hardware. But the lack of a good camera and a limited number of cores hasn't proven to be an insurmountable burden when porting Android 4.4 KitKat to devices such as the Motorola Defy and Google Nexus One. The Sony Xperia Tipo is one of these low powered devices. Released in June 2012, it is a small 3.2” phone with 800 MHz Cortex A5 processor and Adreno 200 GPU. It is also a...

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Will Verduzco · Dec 10, 2013

Running CM11 Nightlies? Try the New Screencasting App

Video capture on Android devices has been notoriously troublesome. Yes, there are several solutions already available, but many of them have limitations of either being for pay or excruciatingly slow with choppy frame rates. Now, the CM team is testing their first party screen recording app, which brings many useful features and make them as easy as taking a screenshot. The screencast functionality is initiated by pressing power + volume up. After pressing the key combination, you are given a prompt...

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Will Verduzco · Dec 10, 2013

CyanogenMod Adds WhisperPush Secure Messaging into CM10.2 Nightlies, CM11 Integration Soon!

While secure text messaging systems have been available on Android for quite some time, many users (even power users) have failed to set them up on their devices. This isn't because privacy isn't important, but it's often one of those things you don't think of until it's too late. Now, CyanogenMod is taking a great first step by incorporating an existing and open source secure text messaging platform into CyanogenMod. The integration comes in the form of TextSecure, which is maintained...

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Jimmy McGee · Dec 9, 2013

CyanogenMod 11 Nightlies For Many, Motorola Open Sources Moto G, Chromecast Mirroring Coming? – XDA Developer TV

Android 4.4.1 KitKat is now available for the Nexus 7 (2013) WiFi-only version. Official KitKat is also available for the Nexus 10! That and much more KitKat news is covered by Jordan, as he reviews all the important stories from this weekend. Included in this week's news is the announcement that 2011 Sony Ericsson Xperia Devices get unofficial Android 4.4 KitKat and the article talking about browsing every AOSP code commit in Android 4.4.1 KitKat! In other important news, Jordan...

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Will Verduzco · Dec 6, 2013

Official CyanogenMod 11 Nightlies Now Available for Many Devices, 4.4.1-Based Builds by Tomorrow

Earlier today, we talked about how the CyanogenMod Team released CyanogenMod 11 Milestone 1 for most of the current Nexus lineup. This included official support for the Google Nexus 4, Nexus 5, and Nexus 7, and Nexus 7 (2013). At the time of the CM 11 M1 announcement, we also wrote about how the CM team was planning on beginning official CM11 nightlies for other devices. That time is now here, as there are now official CM11 nightlies for quite...

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Will Verduzco · Dec 6, 2013

CyanogenMod 11.0 M1 Released for Current Nexus Devices

Ever since the release of Android 4.4 KitKat, we knew that it was only a matter of time before custom ROM developer teams started incorporating the goodies into their own builds. Accordingly, the CyanogenMod team stated their plans to release their Android 4.4-based CyanogenMod 11 once work on CM 10.2 had finished. Approximately one month later, the CyanogenMod Team has now reached the M1 Milestone in their Android 4.4-based CyanogenMod 11 ROM for certain Nexus Devices. Not every device is...

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Jimmy McGee · Nov 18, 2013

Experimental OmniROM for I9100G, I9300, Xperia T. KitKat Coming to HTC One Google Play Edition – XDA Developer TV

KitKat is coming to the HTC One Google Play Edition! That and much more news is covered by Jordan, as he reviews all the important stories from this weekend. Included in this week's news is the announcement that alpha CyanogenMod 11 builds are available for the Sony Xperia P and KitKat-based OmniROMs are available for the Sony Xperia T and the Samsung Galaxy S II. In other important news, Jordan talks about the article showing you how to fix the...

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Tomek Kondrat · Nov 16, 2013

Alpha CM11 KitKat Builds Available for the Sony Xperia P

The Sony Xperia P is one of many mid-range devices released by Sony in 2012. Its relatively good specifications (ST-Ericsson NovaThor U8500 1GHz, 1 GB RAM, 16 GB internal storage) and low price made it quite successful in terms of user adoption. Initially, it was released with Android 2.3 Gingerbread, but after few months, the phone was updated to Ice Cream Sandwich and then support was dropped. Just a few days ago, we wrote about KitKat ported to Samsung Galaxy...

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Tomek Kondrat · Nov 12, 2013

KitKat Conquers NovaThor: Early CM11 for the Galaxy SIII Mini

It's less than two weeks since Android 4.4 was released. Many developers successfully brought its sweetness to various unsupported devices. Android is capable of running on many different Systems-on-a-Chip like Qualcomm Snapdragon or Samsung Exynos, and sometimes it's not easy to create a fully working custom ROM without proper drivers and documentation. ST-Ericsson NovaThor iswas one of the more problematic SoCs available in many mid-range devices such as the Samsung Galaxy S III Mini or Sony Xperia U or P....

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