July 7, 2014 By: Jimmy McGee
Android L has been ported to the Nexus 4! That and much more news is covered by Jordan, as he reviews all the important stories from this weekend. Included in this weekend’s news is the announcement of OmniROM landing on the Sony Z Ultra GPe. And in other porting news, the Jolla Phone Launcher has been ported to Android devices! That’s not all that’s covered in today’s video!
Be sure to check out the other videos released this week on XDA Developer TV. XDA Developer TV Producer TK released an Xposed Tuesday video for Deep Sleep Battery Saver. Then, TK reviewed the Sony Xperia X2. And later, TK gave us a an Android App Review of QuickClick. Pull up a chair and check out this video.
We have several flavors of AOSP-based Android builds here on XDA-Developers, and each one of them brings something new to the table. It could be the originality of CyanogenMod that floats your boat, or maybe some of the advanced control features in Paranoid Android. Whatever your motivation to sail through the sea of custom ROMs on XDA, there is one thing that we are certain of, and that is that your ORD always wants more. But wanting more can sometimes make you feel a little like little Oliver Twist asking for more gruel at the orphanage–particularly if your device is not exactly the center of the developers’ universe. This is the case for Sony’s phablet, the Sony
Xperia Ultra GPe (Google Play Edition). Because of the lack of attraction to the masses, a somewhat high initial price tag, and its pure AOSP (plus gapps, of course), the Z Ultra GPe never really did see a whole lot of developer love.
There are a few unofficial builds out there for ROMs like Carbon and Slimkat, but that is it or rather I should probably say that was it. As of yesterday, XDA Senior Member Jiangyi has managed to successfully bring another contender to the AOSP scene for this device. OmniROM for this particular device is on KitKat 4.4.4, and it is an unofficial build until deemed stable enough to become “official.” Despite this, you can find all the support and relevant information, which you have come to expect from the team, which that has made this project grow since its birth last year.
The build itself is bound to have issues, particularly as the later versions of KitKat (4.4.3 and up) have been plagued with bugs due to the unlocking of the bootloader’s effect on parts of the device’s hardware, such as the camera (Sony Xperia Z1 owners might be able to tell a few stories here). Now, why would functionality of a GPe device be limited when the bootloader is unlocked… Well, that is anyone’s guess at this point. In any case, if you are feeling anxious to flash something (anything) onto your Sony Z Ultra GPe, now is your chance.
You can find more information in the original thread. If you are curious about the bugs, Jiangyi has provided a link to the official bug tracker. Please feel free to leave your feedback in the thread. Happy flashing!
June 23, 2014 By: Tomek Kondrat
One of the most interesting features of OmniROM is OpenDelta. This innovative OTA system created by XDA Senior Recognized Developer Chainfire uses open delta technology to bring updates in an easy, bandwidth-friendly way. In short, OpenDelta downloads only files that were updated since the last downloaded nightly.
If you thought that OpenDelta was a feature only available in OmniROM, you were right. But it’s an open-source project, so porting it to work with other ROMs is absolutely possible. If you ever wondered how to add it to your ROM, XDA Senior Member werty100 made a pictorial guide with a complete explanation of OpenDelta usage. With werty100′s guide you will learn how to set up Eclipse to compile an OpenDelta APK and even more important, which values should be changed to work with other ROMs with nightlies.
To fully incorporate the incremental OTA system into any ROM, only two files require some XML changes. And since it’s not as difficult as Java or Smali, almost everyone should be able to add it to their ROM.
If you are keen to learn more about making OpenDelta work on almost every ROM, head over to the original thread to find all the relevant information.
June 9, 2014 By: Jimmy McGee
Android KitKat 4.4.3 has been released for the Nexus 7 (2012)! 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 OmniROM 4.4.3 for the OnePlus One and Android 4.4.3 for the Moto X! That’s not all that’s covered in today’s video!
Be sure the check out the other videos released this week on XDA Developer TV. XDA Developer TV Producer TK released an Xposed Tuesday video for OK Google on 3rd Party Launchers. Then, Jordan talked about Portal and Half-Life 2 on the Nvidia Shield. Finally, TK gave us a an Android App Review of Gallery Plus. Pull up a chair and check out this video.
Quite often when any new phone is released, we at XDA wonder if and when we’ll be able to install a custom ROM. But with the OnePlus One delivering CyanogenMod 11s out of the box, it was more than likely this device would have custom firmwares available quickly. Today, we are seeing just that. Not long after the first devices hit their buyers’ doorsteps, an early unofficial build of OmniROM was released.
Keen observers will be quick to note that the device shipped with Android 4.4.2. However, this unofficial build includes the Android 4.4.3, which released by Google earlier this week and merged into OmniROM just two days ago.
Like most early builds, not everything works absolutely perfectly just yet. For example, the developer states that the current build has a few issues with the camera and storage. However, we don’t expect it to be too long before both issues are resolved. Also, since the hardware is essentially the same as devices such as the Oppo Find 7a, with the same device tree and source code, we don’t expect it to be too long before we see the OnePlus One receive official OmniROM nightlies.
June 6, 2014 By: Jimmy McGee
Android KitKat 4.4.3 has been released for the Nexus 5 and many more Nexus devices! 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 OmniROM nightlies are now based on Android 4.4.3 and Google announced a new Project Tango tablet! That’s not all that’s 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 OK Google for 3rd Party Launchers. Then, Jordan talked about Portal and Half-Life 2 on the Nvidia Shield. Finally, TK gave us a an Android App Review of Gallery Plus. Pull up a chair and check out this video.
June 5, 2014 By: Will Verduzco
After Android 4.4.3 was released and its source code uploaded to the AOSP, it was only a matter of time before all of its tasty commits would find their way into a large-scale, source-built custom ROM. In most cases and with most multi-device projects, this process takes a considerable amount of time. But now just three days since Android 4.4.3′s initial release, one such project has merged 4.4.3 into its nightlies.
Starting with builds dated 2014-06-05 (#253) onwards, Android 4.4.3 is now integrated into OmniROM. This comes courtesy of XDA Senior Recognized Developer XpLoDWilD who made the merge yesterday morning. As of the writing of this article, the builds are still currently being generated. And at this time, there are currently 13 (of the 52 supported target devices) builds available. But of course, it’s only a matter of time before the rest of the devices receive their updates.
You can read more about the addition over on the OmniROM blog. For those who want to see the merge itself, you can make your way over to the OmniROM Gerrit. And of course, these new nightly builds can be found on OmniROM’s download server. However, those already running Omni need not worry about downloading large images, thanks to the built-in delta OTA updater.
May 30, 2014 By: Jimmy McGee
The preproduction LG Smartwatch gives an early look at Android Wear! 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 Official TWRP for the OnePlus One and Sense 6 for the Verizon and Sprint HTC One M7! That’s not all that’s 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 Always Correct. Then, Jordan reviewed the dual-screen YotaPhone. Later, TK gave us a an Android App Review of WebScrapbook. Pull up a chair and check out this video.
Android has offered Google Voice Search for many, many years now. Thanks to nearly constant backend updates, its capabilities are continually expanding. And if you’re anything like I am, you use every chance you have to impress your friends by saying, “OK Google…”
As powerful as Google Voice Search is, it’s not perfect. For example, while it has the ability to perform quite a few tasks such as opening your Camera app, the list of supported commands are controlled entirely by Google. Moreover, if you’re attempting touchless operation, you must first engage Voice Search functionality by saying “OK Google,” and then say your command of choice. Naturally, this isn’t quite optimal, but that’s where aftermarket developers like those behind OmniROM come in.
You may recall that a few months back, XDA Senior Recognized Developer XpLoDWilD was able to simulate the Moto X “always listening” mode to other Snapdragon-powered devices. While this was simply a proof-of-concept at the time, it foreshadowed other voice-related development work by the OmniROM developer. Now just two-and-a-half months later, XpLoDWilD offers up yet another impressive voice-related feature—and this time, it’s not just a proof-of-concept.
Available as of tomorrow’s official nightly builds, OmniROM now allows users to define custom hotwords that can be used while on the home screen. For example, you can say “Hey Camera” to launch your camera. But rather than the status quo of saying “OK Google,” followed by “take a picture,” you only have to say your custom defined hotword. And naturally, you can create as many custom hotwords as you would like.
As stated above, this feature will be available starting tomorrow (May 28) in official OmniROM nightly builds. Those looking to build this into other ROMs can get started by looking at the merge over on the OmniROM Gerrit.
[Many thanks to OEM Relations Manager jerdog for the heads up!]
May 23, 2014 By: Jimmy McGee
Official Android 4.4 KitKat is now rolling to the Sony Xperia Z, ZL, ZR and Tablet 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 arrival of Official OmniROM alpha builds for the Oppo Find 7a and official KitKat finally arriving on the AT&T LG Optimus G Pro. That’s not all that’s 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 Xposed Framework 2.6 Update. Then, Adam reviewed the Samsung Galaxy NX. Lastly, TK gave us a an Android App Review of Dial’em All.
Also, don’t forget to check out other great stories released this week that weren’t posted in the video such as how Apple is holding iOS users hostage with an iMessage “flaw” and how upcoming CyanogenMod 11 builds will include benchmark performance “optimizations” similar to what we’ve seen in certain manufacturer firmwares.
May 21, 2014 By: Will Verduzco
We’ve talked about the Oppo Find 7a quite a bit here on the XDA Portal ever since its unveiling, back in March of this year. In the time since, the Find 7a has received official TWRP support, a feature-packed official OTA, and even CyanogenMod 11S from the OnePlus One. During this time, we’ve also stripped the device down to its hardware innards and given it a quick review.
Now, we’re about to enter the next phase in Find 7a development, thanks to the first source-built custom ROM for the device. This comes in the form of official OmniROM alpha builds, which will eventually transition into nightlies once the device is ready. These builds come from none other than XDA Senior Recognized Developer Entropy512, who made the first build available last night.
Although OmniROM for the Find 7a is currently in its alpha stage, quite a lot works including GPS, WiFI, Cellular radio (voice and data), basic camera functions, Bluetooth, and Sensors. As expected, however, there are a few issues that probably preclude this from being daily-driver ready just yet. For example, audio works, but is a bit flaky, and there are some spontaneous reboots due to WCNSS firmware crashes. That said, community response seems quite positive for these builds, which are much higher functioning than most other “alpha” releases.
You can get started by heading over to the project’s development thread.
February 10, 2014 By: Jimmy McGee
OmniSwitch, the new application switching utility from OmniROM, is now available to all with OmniSnitch! 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 OmniROMs multi-window feature is available as a Xposed Module and there is now a way to take screen captures of your recovery! Jordan also talks about how you can play resource intensive games on low end devices with GLTools.
Be sure to check out XDA Developer TV videos from last week, including XDA Developer TV Producer TK’s Xposed Tuesday video for MinMinGuard, AdamOutler’s how to create a internet controlled power strip, and TK’s Android App Review of Android Hub. Pull up a chair and check out this video.
February 2, 2014 By: Tomek Kondrat
OmniROM is one of the hottest new custom ROMs. It comes from developers including XDA Senior Recognized Developers Chainfire, XpLoDWilD, pulser_g2, and is definitely something that shouldn’t be missed. During the past few months, the OmniROM team added a few of very interesting features like OpenDelta and Multi-Window, which is still described as a work-in-progress. Now, users who have updated to the most recent nightlywill notice a “mysterious” OmniSwitch entry in their application drawers.
If you don’t know what exactly OmniSwitch is, we’re going to give you an answer. It’s an app-switcher created by XDA Senior Member maxwen. It can be launched by swiping towards the center of the screen from a blue hotspot, just like with Pie from ParanoidAndroid. Nonetheless, we won’t compare Pie and OmniSwitch, as those are completely different projects with completely different goals.
OmniSwitch is highly customizable, and allows you to configure many features such as memory usage, buttons, and a list of your favorite applications. The classic app switching mechanism is still available, so you can use that as well if you don’t like OmniSwitch.
You can find OmniSwitch by downloading the newest nightly for your supported device or applying the update with OpenDelta. You can also check the source code of the application by visiting this GitHub repository or making your way over to the Gerrit.