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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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Will Verduzco · Jan 14, 2014

Moto G Kernel Source Updated for KitKat, Latest Droids Now Receiving Widespread 4.4 Rollout

Google-owned Motorola keeps courting us by making all of the right moves, as they have been updating all of their current devices to KitKat left and right. We first saw the update make its way to the Verizon Moto X, even before the Google Play edition devices received their updates. And then a little under one month ago, Android 4.4.2 started rolling out to the Moto G. Now, Googoorola has released the GPL-mandated kernel source code files for the well liked Moto G running...

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Will Verduzco · Dec 19, 2013

Official KitKat Rolling Out to Verizon Droid Ultra, Maxx, and Mini

Earlier today, we commended Motorola on its efforts to work with the development community on the Moto X. Now, we're going to congratulate them once again on a very expedient Android 4.4 KitKat update for the Droid Maxx/Ultra/Mini devices. The update bumps up the software version to 19.5.3, and packs all the expected Android 4.4 goods. Curiously, while the Droid Mini is explicitly named on Verizon's official Twitter page, only the Droid Ultra and Droid Maxx show up on their support docs. Unfortunately as we've...

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Will Verduzco · Oct 24, 2013

Easily Dim the Capacitive Buttons on Many HTC Devices

Hardware capacitive buttons seem to be a love-it-or-hate-it affair. While many of us seem to prefer the versatility of the on-screen buttons most commonly seen on modern Nexus devices, others instead favor the increased usable screen real estate made possible by having dedicated keys outside of the display. If you happen to own an HTC device, you are probably a fan of dedicated hardware buttons. But that's not to say that you can't tweak them to make them work better...

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Will Verduzco · Sep 16, 2013

PwnMyMoto Root and Write Protection Bypass for the Moto X and Droid Ultra / Maxx / Mini

When the Moto X was released, many were upset to learn that despite Google's positive influence during development, the device was still not truly open. And let's be honest, there were never any false pretenses about the state of Motorola's state of developer friendliness. However, it looks like master hacker and XDA Elite Recognized Developer jcase has done it again. Not too long ago, jcase created MotoRoot for the Droid lineup. This used the previously covered Android bug 9695860 to gain system user. Then,...

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