November 16, 2012 By: Jimmy McGee
CyanogenMod team releases a final version of CyanogenMod 10 for various devices while dealing with website extortion issues. These are only two exciting stories from the XDA Portal this week. Other stories rehashed by Jordan include three other video releases on XDA Developer TV. Released this week by XDA Developer TV Producer TK was his two part review of the Samsung Galaxy Note II and it’s S-Pen. Also, released this week was XDA Developer TV Producer azrienoch’s discussion of the DMCA.
In Android 4.2 news Jordan mentions the release of an image for the Nexus 7, Nexus 4 and Nexus 10 devices. Finally, Jordan mentions that the Android 4.2 update hits AOSP, the SDK has been updated and the Nexus binaries have been added too! Pull up a chair and check out this video.
Recently, the more astute among you may have noticed that the CyanogenMod project has begun to use the cyanogenmod.org domain rather than their previous .com version—a seemingly incongruous change, unfortunately driven by a malicious team member (turned rogue).
SatanR1, to use his username, bought the .com domain name for CyanogenMod via his company, Metserve Enterprises, when they started their own site to host builds and infrastructure such as their build system and distribution network. At some point in the past few months, the owner of the domain decided to fraudulently impersonate Steve Kondik (Cyanogen) towards companies, in order to seek donations and financial contributions. These were claimed to be going to the CyanogenMod project, but were in fact going directly to the impersonator himself.
To make matters worse, this user had (and has) full control of the .com domain name (which CyanogenMod are currently attempting to regain via the ICANN dispute procedure). The impersonator tried to extort $10,000 from the team to have the domain name returned (which they naturally cannot and will not pay). As of today, the domain name has been directed away from the project’s site, presumably in an attempt to try to gain some further money from the team.
To echo the request from the CyanogenMod Team,
If you are a company out there that believes they have also entered into agreements with “CM” by this person impersonating Steve, please contact Shade@chemlab.org. We’d like to get a handle on how widespread this was before we file charges.
The Android community is fairly tightly knit, and to see such a flagrant abuse of trust is frankly shocking. To see someone attempt to extort vast sums of money from an open source project (after already having obtained large sums of money by purporting to represent them to other companies) is likely very distracting for the team, yet they have pressed ahead with the release of CyangenMod 10 nonetheless.
I hope you will agree that this kind of behavior is totally unacceptable, and that such unethical business practices, especially by someone operating under the guise of their business, should be condemned by the community as a whole.
Update: Thankfully, it appears as if the situation is now resolved.
October 12, 2012 By: Jimmy McGee
This has been another great week at the XDA Portal. XDA Developer TV Producer Jordan covers all the news you need to know to keep up to date on mobile phone developments. Jordan mentions dSploit, an Android-Based Network Penetration Suite. Jordan mentions the article about Samsung and its Exynos documentation snafu. Jordan mentions XDA Developer TV Producer Azrienoch’s video about Motorola and XDA Developer TV Producer TK’s App review of WiFi File Explorer.
In Jelly Bean news, Jordan mentions the release of Android version 4.1.2 and its merge in CyanogenMod 10. In CyanogenMod news, the Samsung Galaxy S Blaze 4G has received CyanogenMod 9 and 10. Pull up a chair and check out this video.
September 10, 2012 By: Jimmy McGee
This has been another great weekend at the XDA Portal. XDA Developer TV Producer Jordan covers all the news you need to know to keep up to date in the world of mobile phone development. Jordan talks about the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 system dump. Jordan mentions 720p video recording on the Google Nexus 7. And finally Jordan talks about the article about the XDA developments in Windows 8.
In Jelly Bean news Jordan mentions the HTC Droid Eris getting a version. And in CyanogenMod news, Jordan mentions the updates to CyanogenMod 10 messaging. Also, Jordan mentions the new XDA Forum sections and the ability to get XDA News on Google Currents. Pull up a chair and check out this video.
September 7, 2012 By: Jimmy McGee
This has been another great week at the XDA Portal. XDA Developer TV Producer Jordan returns to cover all the news you need to know to keep you updated. Jordan talks about the highlights from the Nokia and Windows Phone Event and Motorola Event. Jordan mentions the other great videos released this week from other XDA Developer TV Producers. Lance released his second episode of how to build a Windows Phone App and TK released his latest app review for Around Sound.
In Jelly Bean news, Jordan mentions the AOKP nightlies for the Nexus 7. And in CyanogenMod news, Jordan mentions Xperia Acro S device getting CyangenMod 10 and 9. Also, mentioned is the Epic 4G getting CyanogenMod 10 nightlies. Pull up a chair and check out this video.
Change logs are definitely one of the most important parts of any release. Be it an app, ROM, kernel, mod, tweak, script, you name it; releasing a change log with each new release allows users to see what you’ve changed, fixed, added, and subtracted from prior versions. Often, it’s the very first developer-to-user interaction, and a well thought out change log can ease the minds of the cautious and give users compelling reason to upgrade. Fans of CyanogenMod nightlies probably know the value of the change logs even more so than most other ORDers, as they receive substantial updates rather frequently.
Enter BBQlog. Released by XDA Senior Member peterperfect along with the team behind the previously covered OpenDESIGN project, BBQlog is a third-party website that gives you the change log for CyanogenMod Nightlies. While many users are asking what is the big deal, as that information is typically already made readily available, the catch is where they pull the updates from. Instead of using CyanogenMod Gerrit, which is the more popular way to show the change log, BBQlog pulls its change log stats straight from the GIT. This means it shows every single little change, unedited. It’s much like buying the “Not Rated” version of a movie. You get the movie, plus all the stuff they didn’t show you in theaters. Additionally, the BBQlog team is currently working on an Android app that’ll push all this information directly to your Android phone.
While it isn’t an official CyanogenMod project, it’s still quite useful nonetheless for users and developers alike. For the link to the website, the full list of credits, and more, visit the original thread.
February 20, 2012 By: Former Writer
Dual booting on Android devices isn’t the newest technology out there, but whenever it gets ported to a phone, it’s a pretty exciting experience. So what does that say about triple booting? That is even more exciting, for one thing.
XDA Senior Member racks11479 has posted a method that will, once installed, allow users to boot into CyanogenMod7, CyanogenMod9 and stock on the Barnes & Noble Nook Color. Simply boot into CM7, then reboot to get into CM9 or power off and power on while pressing N to get to the boot menu for stock.
The process is relatively simple for those who own the Nook Color. You simply follow the same directions you normally would if you were to burn a NookieFroyo SD card from NookDevs.com, which racks11479 has been gracious enough to link to in the process. After that, there’s a short installation process, including an optional install of a Supercharge script, and you’re reading to start triple booting. Additionally, it appears that racks11479 consistently updates the thread and method so you can be sure that what you’re using is current and will likely be updated again.
For those who want triple booting goodness on their Nook Color, you can find download links, the full instructions, change log and all the additional options in the original thread. As per the norm, don’t forget to make a back up just in case!
One of the drawbacks to buying any device that doesn’t have Google Apps by default is the Android Market can be a little frustrating. Sometimes, not all the apps your device can run will show up. Other times, maybe apps you cannot run will show up. In any case, it can be a hassle.
For users of the Amazon Kindle Fire, your Market woes are one step closer to being over. XDA Member enkode has released a method that adds fixes to the Market so that Kindle Fire owners can have a more open experience with it.
The method itself is relatively simple, and easy to do as long as you follow the instructions. First, users are to edit their build.prop file and then install a modified version of the Android Market. The end result is Kindle Fire owners will have more Market goodness available to them than they had previously.
There are a few prerequisites though, to quote the developer:
YOU MUST BE RUNNING CM7
YOU MUST HAVE ROOT
I WILL NOT SUPPORT STOCK!
So you’re going to have to be rooted and running CyanogenMod before this mod will work for you. For those running the appropriate software, if you’d like to try it out, you can find the full instructions, download links and additional information in the original thread. As per the norm, be sure you make a backup before attempting, just in case something goes wrong.
January 18, 2012 By: Former Writer
It’s pretty much apropos for all new and high end devices to get a CyanogenMod ROM of some sort. Most will get CyanogenMod7 and we’ve been following the releases of CyanogenMod9.
Well, XDA members of the Lenovo Ideapad A1 aren’t going to be left behind. XDA Member gmarkall has begun work compiling CyanogenMod7 for the spunky tablet and its users.
It’s still a work in progress and there isn’t a flashable zip for the ROM yet, but based on updates over the last few days, gmarkall is making progress. As the to-do list states:
This is just a beginning of a list, but I think the things that need to be worked on at the moment are:
Modify the Cyanogenmod build to be able to create a suitable update.zip for the A1.
Try flashing the update.zip, see what works, what doesn’t, build a list of non-working things, and then fix them one-by-one.
Since CWM for the A1 doesn’t yet support backups of the ramdisk, it would be handy to create an update.zip to restore the original Lenovo ramdisk.
So for those who are toting the Lenovo Ideapad A1 and can’t wait for CyanogenMod goodness, you’ll want to keep an eye on the original thread for updates and details. Also, for any developers who want to help finish the project, there’s a link for an IRC channel to join for collaboration purposes.
The LG P350, also known as the LG Optimus ME Titanium, is a mid range device that is pretty affordable. If that isn’t enough, it also has received CyanogenMod 7.
XDA Member pax0r has been kind enough to compile the mega popular ROM to this humble device and while the ROM is still a beta, it’s got enough features working to use as a daily driver for some people.
The list of features not working is very short and only includes a small break in the camera where users can’t see previews. However, the camera does still take pictures. This doesn’t mean there aren’t more, as pax0r states:
It’s testing and still WIP release so there still could be bugs.
Before installing, make sure you pick up the LG Optimus ME compatible custom recovery from the link and always take the proper precautions such as creating a full backup. Once you’ve got the proper prerequisites, though, it’s all a matter of installing the ROM.
For additional information, the installation instructions, download links and if you just want to keep updated on the progress, you can find all that and more in pax0r’s original thread.
January 16, 2012 By: Former Writer
CyanogenMod is, at least statistically speaking, one of the most-used aftermarket ROMs of all time and has recently breached an impressive milestone of 1 million active users.
There are inherent things that come with having that many unique users. As XDA-Developers Recognized Developer, and CyanogenMod Team Recovery Guru, Koush has posted on his Google+:
As the project grows, so do our server requirements, hardware requirements, etc.
So, while kicking some ideas around camp, a really cool idea came up: a proprietary CyanogenMod App Store. It’s an easy concept; developers upload their apps to the proprietary store and the CM Team takes a small cut to help pay for server and hardware maintenance. Of course, this is not to be any regular app store and would be targeted for specific niches. As Koush explains:
Apps removed from the Market includes, one click root apps, emulators, tether apps, Visual Voicemail apps, and more. These are all completely legal (Nintendo emulators are fine, ROMs are NOT, there is a distinction).
So, developers would have another app store to upload their apps to and those with pulled apps could possibly give them a second chance at life. Based on threads like this one, a place like that for pulled apps is something some people would definitely love to see.
How do you feel about this? Is this a way to unify apps that are stricken from the Android Market by Google, or just a bad plan in general? Sound off in the comments!
December 30, 2011 By: liwen
There are many CyanogenMod-based ROMs available, but not all are officially supported, that is, listed on their website. In particular, you’ll notice that the Samsung Epic 4G, Sprint’s version of the bestselling Galaxy S isn’t there yet. But that’s only a matter of time now, since Decad3nce, the developer of the CM7 port, announced a few days ago that the “Samsung Epic gets officially forked into Cyanogenmod”.
December 29, 2011 By: Former Writer
Soon, compiling CyanogenMod for your phone will be as easy as opening a user interface and adding a little information. Or at least that’s the plan from CyanogenMod team member, and XDA Recognized Developer, lithid-cm, who has released an alpha version of this powerful new software which will, as the name implies, compile CyanogenMod for you.
As stated, it is an alpha release, so if you’re expecting to download it and start porting CM to every phone on XDA, then you should probably pull the brakes a little bit. The features as it is right now include:
Check for repo installation on startup / or create a repo
Add and remove devices quickly and easily.
Remove all non english languages.
Remove live wallpapers
Remove cm wallpapers
Check if adb is running or not.
Update the repo
Built in color themes. > http://goo.gl/cED8t
Plugin support. (More information on this to come)
Odex plugin built into the package. This will take your connected cyanogemod installed phone and odex the rom on the phone.
And, as expected, there’s still a few problems as well:
There is nothing under the menu option 99. This is a placeholder for information about me and the compiler. If you select it it will just exit you out of the script.
There is no checking for installed software. You will need to install the needed packages on your own to compile. Check post 2 for needed software.
I have only tested this with ubuntu 11.04.
Removing the CM wallpapers from the build only works with gingerbread for now. Everything else is working as expected for me.
I don’t check for open ports on your network, so there might be issues connecting to the repos and syncing. I have not built error checking for that.
With a plethora of features still to be included and some bugs to work out, this beautiful, wonderful and purely awesome piece of software is definitely something the aspiring developer should be checking out. You can find more details, the features to come list, download links and installation instructions in the original thread .