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Samantha · Feb 14, 2013

CynanogenMod 9, 10, Paranoid Android 2.55 Receive Xperia Small Apps

Sony's Small Apps debuted on the James Bond's very own Xperia T, allowing the superspy to do some quick and simple maths calculations and jot down some quick reminders among other functions while having other applications running simultaneously. Useful to many Xperia users who have had received ports to their Xperia devices running stock ICS firmwares such as the Xperia Arc, Xperia P, and Xperia Ion, Sony Small Apps have also been ported to devices from any manufacturer running CyanogenMod...

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Former Writer · Dec 12, 2012

Samsung Rugby Pro Gets Official TWRP, Rugby Smart Gets CM9, CM10

Even the less popular devices need some lovin' too. The Samsung Rugby Pro and Samsung Rugby Smart aren't the most well known smartphones on XDA. However, that hasn't prevented developers from hacking then and releasing some good stuff. Now, the Rugby Pro has official TWRP, and the Rugby Smart has CM9 and CM10 ports. XDA Senior Member kemonine96, who has done much work with XBMC, has released various treats for the two devices. The most recent offerings are TWRP for...

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Conan Troutman · Nov 20, 2012

CM File Manager Now Available for Use on ICS-Based ROMs

You may remember we recently talked about the latest addition to CyanogenMod's own suite of applications, the CM File Manager. This now sits proudly alongside the collection of other unique apps such as CM messaging and Apollo music player. The file manager itself is pretty straight forward, and does exactly what you'd expect it to. The interface is clean and intuitive, all the functionality you would expect is there. And of course, you aren't limited to simply browsing through the...

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David Watt · Nov 8, 2012

Development Galore on the HTC Explorer

The HTC Explorer was never one of the most popular smartphones to grace the pages of XDA. The Explorer is a low end device that was released in late 2011. With only a 600 MHz processor and 512 MB RAM, it was never  going to grab any headlines. This is what makes the recent high level of development activity on the device all the more impressive. First up, XDA Senior Member oblikas brings us TWRP. The popular touchscreen driven recovery system allows you to do...

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Former Writer · Oct 10, 2012

Samsung Galaxy S Blaze 4G Gets CyanogenMod 9 and 10, Exhilarate Gets CM10

The last time we brought you news on the Samsung Galaxy Blaze 4G, it was getting root and recovery. Since then, developers have been working to make it a more fun to device for flashers. After a few months, the Blaze 4G not only received CM9 but also CM10. On the same day, no less. XDA Senior Member erikmm ported CyanogenMod9 to the Blaze 4G. Despite it being a first release, it is perfectly stable with the only known issue...

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Former Writer · Sep 5, 2012

Xperia Acro S Receives CM9 and CM10

Just a short time ago we brought you news that the Acro S was rooted. As the only Android phone out there that can swim, that's great news. However, that is not all that developers had in store. With the device rooted, developers could get started on creating the things that make XDA go 'round, including ROMs, kernels, hacks, mods, and others. As a result, the Sony Xperia Acro S now has CyanogenMod 9. Not impressed? Okay, it also received...

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David Watt · Sep 2, 2012

Milestone 2 Receives Both CyanogenMod 9 And 10

A few days ago, we reported on the Motorola Droid impressively receiving a working Jelly Bean ROM. The Droid's GSM successor, the Motorola Milestone 2 has now followed suit and been given a number of recent updates in the form of CyanogenMod 9 and CyanogenMod 10. XDA Senior Member tezet started an Alpha version of CyanogenMod 9 several months ago in order to give users a taste of CM9 on their Milestone 2. Though labelled an alpha build, a large number of the standard...

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David Watt · Sep 1, 2012

Jelly Bean and Ice Cream Sandwich on the HTC Hero

Way back in 2009, HTC released their third Android smartphone, the HTC Hero. The device shipped with Android 1.5 (Cupcake) or 2.1 (Eclair). Yes, that's how long ago it was! In it's day, it was a very popular device here on XDA, attracting a good number of developers. But as with all older devices, it has since slipped by the wayside and has become somewhat forgotten. For most people, that is. Within the last few months, both the CDMA and...

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Ian Stacy · Aug 30, 2012

SimplyTapp NFC Payment System Debuts with CyanogenMod 9.1

While CyanogenMod 10 becomes the norm for many cutting-edge device, it appears that CyanogenMod 9.1 still has a trick up its sleeve when it debuts. In an industry first, CyanogenMod (a community-maintained Android ROM that isn't directly affiliated with the AOSP) has partnered with NFC cloud-based payment company SimplyTapp to produce a new method of paying for real goods and services with NFC-capable devices. Much like Google Wallet, Google's NFC payment system, SimplyTapp allows users of NFC capable devices (flashed...

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Haroon Q. Raja · Aug 13, 2012

CyanogenMod 9 Stable Now Officially Available for 45 Devices

Great news, CM lovers: After months of coding and tweaking, the CyanogenMod team has released the stable version of ICS-based CyanogenMod 9 for all supported devices on the official CM mirror network. The nightly and release candidate CM9 builds have been around for a while and were already quite stable, but this step marks the final release of the ICS-based builds. Here is a list of devices currently gettign CyanogenMod 9: Samsung: Google Galaxy Nexus International (maguro) Google Galaxy Nexus...

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jerdog · Jul 20, 2012

Official CM9 Getting Closer for Epic 4G Touch

With the title of "Worlds Longest Name for a Smartphone" already in the bag, the Sprint Samsung Galaxy S II Epic 4G Touch (SSGS2E4GT) has become known as the SGS2's Red-Headed Stepchild. Back when Samsung released the US variants of the SGS2 i9100, the E4GT was the first to appear. However, it has taken the longest to receive official ICS from Samsung. Coupled with taking longer to receive official CM9 love, and you have a device that seems to have...

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Jimmy McGee · Jul 20, 2012

Apple Forced to Apologize, CyanogenMod 10 Alphas, Verizon Galaxy S3 Updates – XDA Developer TV

Jordan is back today, talking about Jelly Bean, Samsung Galaxy S III, and other news from the XDA Portal. Jordan covers news on official CyanogenMod 10 previews for the International Galaxy S III and its US variants. Jordan talks about the two stories regarding Verizon, and the locked bootloader on their Galaxy S III. Jordan also mentions Erica's video on Easy UMS. In Jelly Bean news, Jordan mentions the Jelly Bean alphas for the HTC HD2, Sensation and Amaze 4G. Also, getting Jelly Bean is...

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Will Verduzco · Jul 19, 2012

CyanogenMod 9 RC2 Released for Various Devices

While the XDA Portal has seemingly been Jelly Bean, Jelly Bean, JELLY BEAN as of late, there is still much development work to be done on finalizing and perfecting builds based on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. After all, many would rather have a bullet-proof daily driver than an admittedly awesome preview build, which could potentially be a bit buggy. As such, the CyanogenMod team has now released CyanogenMod 9 Release Candidate 2. Users can expect RC2 to be quite stable....

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Former Writer · Jul 9, 2012

Highly Functional Unofficial CM9 Build for the Galaxy S2 HD LTE

Although there's talk of CM10 around the web, developers aren't quite done yet getting CyanogenMod 9 on as many phones as possible. With the first release candidate for CM9 released, developers have a great code base to bring an AOSP-derived experience to other devices. One such build is for the Samsung Galaxy S II HD LTE. XDA Recognized Developer and Retired Senior Moderator dsixda is responsible for bringing CM9 to the highly underrated device. Despite not being the most popular...

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FallenWriter · Jul 8, 2012

Locked Motorola Devices Get Full Hardware Acceleration!

Motorola has a long history of locking down their Android devices in order to prevent customization. From the eFUSE debacle surrounding the original Droid X to their general lack of interest in listening to the developer community, they have proven time and again their willingness to bite the hand that feeds them. Regardless of this, many users have a preference for the high level of hardware build quality provided by their Motorola overlords, and as such continue to purchase the...

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Former Writer · Jul 5, 2012

CM9 Alpha for Droid X2 Takes a Big Leap Forward

The development of an AOSP-based ROM such as CyanogenMod is sometimes troublesome on certain devices. The issues, bugs, and missing features sometimes range from broken 4G data or camera issues, down to things like problematic MMS. However, many bugs that have been plaguing CM9 progress for the Motorola Droid X2 have finally been fixed. The ROM in question is CM9, and while ICS is not the newest OS on the block anymore, it's still quite an achievement to get it running on...

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Jimmy McGee · Jun 29, 2012

This Week in Development: Google I/O Highlights, Nexus 7, Jelly Bean, and CM9 RC1 – XDA TV

With I/O 2012 happening, this week has been a banner week for exciting news. On This Week in Development, Jordan talks about the articles on the XDA Portal that you may have missed but are very important. Some of the stories mentioned by Jordan are the release of CyanogenMod 9 RC1 for over 37 devices, the Galaxy S III Power Drain issue being identified and Android getting NTFS read and write support. Jordan reminds you to check out XDA Elite...

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mustangtim49 · Jun 28, 2012

CyanogenMod 9 RC1 for 37 Devices

In what can be considered a quantum leap in Android development, CyanogenMod 9.0 RC1 is now available for 37 different devices. This massive release comes 225 days after Ice Cream Sandwich hit the AOSP repos. The team is quoted as saying; "It wasn't quick or easy, but we are extremely proud of this release and what it represents for us as a group." This release serves as the first wave of RC1s. CyanogenMod now has the core OS stabilized, and...

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Former Writer · Jun 23, 2012

Learn to Compile CM9 on the HTC Amaze 4G

Compiling a ROM from source---or compiling anything from source---is often considered the first real development that aspiring developers do. There are ROM kitchens out there that will compile source for you, but the experience of doing it on your own is simply more gratifying. While the tutorial is written in the HTC Amaze 4G section of the forums, the instructions are pretty basic and should work for many other devices. The tutorial, written by XDA Recognized Developer sportsstar89, was created...

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Will Verduzco · Jun 17, 2012

Official CyanogenMod 9 Nightly Builds for the Galaxy S III

Back when we took a quick look at the Samsung Galaxy S III at Samsung Unpacked 2012, we immediately knew that the device's proprietary software would surely be appreciated by the community. While we've seen various parts of the TouchWiz-laden UI ported to other devices, some lucky SGS3 owners actually prefer vanilla AOSP over Samsung's heavily skinned variant. For those who haven't been following development progress on the device, XDA Elite Recognized Developer Chainfire first rooted the SGS3, sight-unseen, about a...

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