January 1, 2014 By: Jimmy McGee
Yesterday, we talked about the exciting technology developments in the mobile device world for this year. And today, XDA Developer TV Producer Jordan combed through all the headlines, XDA-Developers news, and device forums to find what happened this year. He then identified the Top Five Technology Stories of 2013.
This includes everything from the trials and tribulations of CyanogenMod in their venture to become Cyanogen Inc. to the rapid expansion of Ubuntu Touch, and much more. So take a moment to check out today’s video and see what we think were the top 5 stories in the mobile industry this year. Let us know if we got it right or why we are dead wrong in the comments below!
December 26, 2013 By: Will Verduzco
Just two days ago, we talked about the release of the Oppo N1 CyanogenMod Edition, as well as its factory images and source code. While the device’s large dimensions make it somewhat of a niche device, the N1 is a device aimed to please those looking for a very large phone. The N1 is also great for those who value support from an OEM that actively caters to the development and enthusiast communities.
Alongside the release of the N1 CM Edition, Oppo stated that an official CM build for the standard edition device would be released shortly. Now two days later, they have made good on their promise, thanks to a complete update that removes the default ColorOS in favor of the AOSP-derived CyanogenMod 10.2.
It is important to note that to install the official CM build, you should be on stock software and with stock recovery. If you need to revert to stock recovery after having flashed an aftermarket recovery such as TWRP, head over to XDA Recognized Contributor Harfainx‘s stock recovery thread to revert back to stock. Once you have the stock recovery installed, download the CM package from the source link and perform a local update from the System Update utility.
If you’re a standard edition Oppo N1 owner lusting after the CM Edition, today’s your lucky day. Leave us your thoughts in the comments below, and don’t forget to head over to the Oppo N1 forums to get in on the discussion!
[Source: Oppo Forums]
December 24, 2013 By: Will Verduzco
The almost ludicriously sized Oppo N1 isn’t exactly a device aimed at everyone. No, its gargantuan dimensions simply preclude it from much mass market appeal. But for those of you who can handle the device’s macroscopic proportions, Christmas has come a little early—one day early, to be exact.
Earlier today, the CyanogenMod team announced that a version of the N1 with CyanogenMod 10.2 preinstalled has just gone on sale. The device is available directly on the Oppo Style website for $600 US. But for that price, and at with such large dimensions, it’s difficult to imagine the N1 CM Edition displacing the crowd favorite Nexus 5 any time soon. In any case, this is still a momentous occasion, as the N1 CM Edition is now the first device to come bundled with CyanogenMod, as well as the first time that CyanogenMod has come with bundled Gapps since Google’s C&D letter many years ago
In order to keep everything as open as possible, the CM team has already provided factory images for the CM Edition of the device, as well as kernel and device-specific source code. This is, of course, for the preinstalled CM 10.2-flavored build of AOSP-derived Jelly Bean goodness. And for those who would like to try their hand at cooking up a KitKat ROM for the device, the CM team has provided apq8064-common device source code.
Are you thinking of picking up an Oppo N1 CM Edition? If you do, will you shout out an endless stream of cheesy Oppo CyanogenMod Style jokes? Let us know in the comments below. And for those of you who may have missed it, be sure to check out our recent review of the standard version of the device.
Just moments ago at approximately 3:44 PM Eastern US time, the CyanogenMod team achieved a rather significant milestone. CyanogenMod just clocked in at 10,000,000 unique installs, as registered by CMStats. In a little over four years, XDA Recognized Developer cyanogen‘s creation has gone from “optimizing the crap out of Android 1.5r2” on the HTC Dream: G1 to the widespread adoption it sees today.
Looking at the current tally, the numbers come in at just over 5 million official CM installs and just under 5 million unofficial installs. However, it is important to keep in mind that this only counts users who have left CMStats enabled and with devices that have checked-in in the last 90 days, something which isn’t always the case. So in actuality, the true number is significantly higher.
Also interesting to look at are the top devices, with the Galaxy S, Galaxy S II, and Galaxy S III taking the first three spots. As reported at approximately 4 PM Eastern US Time:
Here’s to another 10 million, CyanogenMod. We wish you the best of luck, and thank you for helping promote the widespread adoption of high quality, source-built aftermarket ROMs. Head over to CMStats to see for yourself!
[Many thanks to my fellow writer eagleeyetom for the tip!]
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.