December 10, 2013 By: Will Verduzco
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 by Open WhisperSystems and lead engineer Moxie Marlinspike. Moxie is also in charge of the CM integration of the app, ensuring functionality and a degree of security. New to the CM implementation is SMS middleware functionality. This functions similarly to the Google Voice integration in CyanogenMod.
The way it will work for end users is simple: If you are running CM and send a message to another CM or TextSecure user, your messages will be automatically encrypted and secured. However, if your messages are sent to recipients without either, a standard unencrypted text message will be sent.
Now, you might be wondering when you can get your hands on these goods. Luckily, You just have to make your way over to GitHub (1, 2) if you’re a developer looking to incorporate the code into your own work, or if you simply want to snoop around. And if you’re an end user, rest assured that the latest CM10.2 nightlies already feature TextSecure integration. Integration into CM11 is coming soon as well, depending on how things go with the CM10.2 integration.
December 9, 2013 By: Jimmy McGee
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 talks about the announcement that CyanogenMod 11.0 M1 is available for current Nexus devices. Also, there are official OmniROM nightlies for the Samsung Galaxy S 4 LTE. Finally, Motorola open sources the Moto G! Be sure to check out other videos on on XDA Developer TV. Pull up a chair and check out this video.
December 6, 2013 By: Will Verduzco
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 a few devices. (The complete list of supported devices can be found at the bottom of this post.)
In addition to nightlies for quite a lot of devices, the CM Team also announced that it has already merged the Android 4.4.1 code into its repo. Because of this, users can expect the next serving nightlies to pack the 4.4.1 goods. In other words, tomorrow, Android 4.4.1 will be available for the masses. That said, there isn’t too much that we’ve seen changed in 4.4.1, aside from the Nexus 5-specific camera improvements.
It is important to keep in mind that these are still nightlies, so not everything will work perfectly on every device. Those looking to get started can do so by downloading the ROMs directly from the CyanogenMod Download Server.
Have you already given the official CM11 nightlies or M1 a shot? If so, we’d love to hear your experiences so far. Please feel free to share them in the comments below!
[Source: CyanogenMod Blog]
Supported devices, as reported by the CM Team:
Devices with CM11 Nightlies
List is current as of Dec 6, 11:30 am PST
- t0lte (Int’l)
December 6, 2013 By: Will Verduzco
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 receiving official CM11 M1 love. In fact, it is only available for “actively AOSP-supported Nexus devices.” In other words, this means the Google Nexus 4, Nexus 5, Nexus 7, and Nexus 7 (2013). Because of this restriction, though, you can expect a relatively bug-free experience. Devices other than the supported current Nexus fleet will be receiving official CM 11 nightlies instead.
What are your thoughts on this new approach to pushing out Nexus device releases a bit earlier? Let us know in the comments below!
[Source: CyanogenMod Blog]
CyanogenMod is one of the most popular multi-device ROMs. It is also the base for many custom ROMs available here on XDA. It supports a long list of devices, which makes it one of the most recognizable custom ROMs available.
Of course, CyanogenMod is an AOSP-derived ROM, which means that much of the project comes from source code on Google’s Android repos. It is also open source, with sources freely available to anyone looking to build upon the team’s work. Unfortunately, not every element of CM is open, as some application and libraries are delivered as proprietary binaries. Those files are mostly taken from Google services and used in CMAccount for example.
Not every user particularly cares for Google’s proprietary bits and its tendency to put them everywhere. As such, XDA Senior Member MaR-V-iN has created a script to clear out Google proprietary binaries from all CM10+ ROMs. Freecyngn disassembles the CyanogenMod settings app and replaces Google Analytics library with the free NoAnalytics. The whole process doesn’t break the Settings app, and turns your device into one that is Google-free.
Installation is very simple. All you need to do is to copy the file onto the SD card or internal storage of your device. Then, simply flash it via a custom recovery.
Having a Google-free Android is an interesting idea. If you like it, make your way to the original thread and get the newest version of the script. Also, don’t forget to take a look at our earlier series on Saying Sayonara to Google Apps.
November 29, 2013 By: Jimmy McGee
The Google Play Edition of the HTC One was updated to Android 4.4 KitKat. Then, the Samsung Galaxy S 4 Google Play Edition got official KitKat too! 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 kernel source for the previously mentioned KitKat devices are available, and how KitKat was also ported to the Google Nexus One. That’s not all that covered in today’s video!
Jordan talks about other videos released this week on XDA Developer TV. XDA Developer TV Producer TK released an Xposed Tuesday video for BootManager, XDA Senior Recognized Developer AdamOutler showed us how to launch an app with Google Now, and TK gave us an Android App Review of Dial2Draw. Pull up a chair and check out this video.
November 27, 2013 By: Will Verduzco
Not too long ago, we talked about the CyanogenMod Installer. For those who don’t remember, the CM Installer basically served as the easiest and most efficient way to install CyanogenMod onto your device. While most of our readers are more than capable of installing aftermarket firmwares the old fashioned way, the CM Installer was primarily aimed at users who want as easy of an experience as possible.
At first, the CM Installer was freely available on the Google Play Store. Now, however, Google has notified the CM team that their app was in violation of Google Play’s developer terms. As such, the CM team voluntarily removed the app for the time being, while a more favorable solution is reached. Thus far, it appears as if the underlying cause is that it “encourages users to void their warranty.”
But naturally, this can’t stop the community. For starters, you could always just sideload it onto your device and install it like any other APK. To do so, just head over to the official CyanogenMod website to download the APK and the CM Installer Wiki to learn more about supported devices. Alternatively, you could even build it yourself by downloading its source code over on GitHub.
What are your thoughts on this removal and Google’s app removal policies in general? To us, Google’s stated reasoning (encouraging users to void their warranty) seems perhaps a bit too subjective. However, we hope that with sufficient disclaimers, the app will once again be allowed in the Play Store.
[Source: CyanogenMod Blog]
November 18, 2013 By: Jimmy McGee
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 low speaker volume on your Google Nexus 5. There is an article talking about how impressive these yields are. Be sure to check out other videos on on XDA Developer TV. Pull up a chair and check out this video.
November 15, 2013 By: Jimmy McGee
Android 4.4 KitKat factory images and driver binaries are now available for the Nexus 4, 7, and 10! 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 installer is now available in the Play Store and signups for Google Glass is open. That’s not all that 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 App Settings, Elite Recognized Developer AdamOutler showed us how to build a one button keyboard, and TK gave us an Android App Review of 8Sms. Pull up a chair and check out this video.
November 12, 2013 By: Will Verduzco
The vast majority of our readers are more than capable of manually unlocking, rooting, and installing a custom ROM. In fact, most of us here prefer doing things the old fashioned way. After all, the fun’s in the journey, not the destination. However, the same certainly cannot be said for the general population. With that in mind, the CyanogenMod team created the CyanogenMod Installer. This serves as the fastest and most streamlined way of installing CM onto your device, without much user effort required.
The installer comes in the form of two parts. The first is a phone client that is available on Google Play. The second is a connected desktop client that is installed on any computer running Windows Vista or later. Naturally, you also need to have a USB cable and have USB debugging enabled.
Importantly, root is not required to get started. Further, your bootloader doesn’t even have to be unlocked to use the desktop client. Rather, the installer unlocks and roots your device for you. There shouldn’t be any issues if you’re running a custom ROM either, as long as the installer can correctly identify your device.
Unfortunately, restoring back to stock is still a manual affair. That said, most users reading this will already be more than capable of running a Nandroid restore themselves. Finally, the CM Installer is currently compatible with the Nexus S, Galaxy Nexus, Nexus 7, Nexus 7 (2013), Nexus 4, Nexus 10, Galaxy S II, Galaxy S III, Galaxy S 4, Galaxy Note, Galaxy Note II, HTC One, and various variants of the above devices.
If you’ve been looking for an easy way to get CyanogenMod onto your device, it doesn’t get any easier than the CM Installer. Make your way to their Play Store entry and Installer Wiki Entry to get started.
November 11, 2013 By: Jimmy McGee
Unofficial CyanogenMod 11 releases for Samsung Galaxy S3 variants appear! 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 new TI OMAP4 GPU drivers binaries have been found that could aid in KitKat development and you can find the rollout schedule for the Sony Xperia line Android 4.3 and 4.4 releases. That’s not all that covered in today’s video!
In other important news, Jordan talks about the KitKat versions of Google Keyboard and Hangouts showing up in the Play Store. There is an article talking about how to change the boot logo on the Moto X without root. Be sure to check out other videos on on XDA Developer TV. Pull up a chair and check out this video.
November 8, 2013 By: Jimmy McGee
Source-Built Android 4.4 KitKat is now available on the LG Optimus G and the Sony Xperia Z! 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 10.2 M1 is here and KitKat-Based CyanogenMod 11 is coming soon, and you can find a KNOX-Free Android 4.3 leak for the Samsung Galaxy S III (GT-I9300). That’s not all that 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 the GravityBox, Jordan released a video detailing How to Root the Google Nexus 5, and TK gave us an Android App Review of Call Popout. Pull up a chair and check out this video.
With choice comes power, and with power comes responsibility. And in the world of custom ROM flashing, that responsibility means choosing the right ROM and kernel combination to fit your needs—well that, and making sure you read all of the instructions so that you don’t brick your expensive device.
We recently featured a simple, yet powerful Xposed module that brings many previously ROM-specific features to any ROM, as long as you have XDA Recognized Developer rovo89‘s Xposed Framework (thread) installed. However in certain circumstances, there’s no replacement for
displacement running the feature’s original ROM. And in these cases, it’s important to know about your available options.
To help new users determine which ROM they might want to try first, XDA Senior Member nimrodity created an intricate ROM database, which lists various features broken down into different categories and other specifics. Before users take this as canon, please note that there is a rather large issue preventing this from being an even more useful resource: The currently available list only examines recent builds of CyanogenMod, PACman, SlimBean, Carbon, and Revolt. Unfortunately, this means that other fantastic options such as AOKP, Paranoid Android, and Omni are nowhere to be found.
Head on over to the database thread to learn more. Despite the omissions listed above, this can be a great into primer for new users not yet sure about which option to try first.
[Thanks to benkxda for the tip!]