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Will Verduzco · Jan 2, 2014

Motorola Xoom Still Alive and Kicking, Receives Functional KitKat

The Motorola Xoom is rapidly approaching its third birthday. And given its age, you would be forgiven for thinking that it is readily approaching time for retirement. However, thanks to innovations such as the recently covered bigpart partition layout, the device still clings to life. Now, the device has highly functional 4.4.2 KitKat-based OmniROM builds, courtesy of XDA Forum Member Schischu, along with some help from quite a few other developers mentioned in the thread's OP. Currently, there are only a few very...

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Jimmy McGee · Jan 1, 2014

Top 5 Technology Stories of 2013 – XDA Developer TV

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...

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Tomek Kondrat · Dec 10, 2013

OmniROM Gets an Open-Source File Manager

Omni is an interesting project, with a lot of original contributions. Recently we talked about OpenDelta, an innovative OTA system created by XDA Senior Recognized Developer Chainfire. Now it's time to present you the built-in file manager with cloud integration: DocumentsUI by XDA Senior Recognized Developer XpLoDWilD. The new file manager is integrated into the frameworks, so it doesn't have to be installed as a standalone app. It's a very interesting move, and it can be assumed that many other ROMs will incorporate...

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Will Verduzco · Dec 8, 2013

Skip the Wait and Save Your Bandwidth: OmniROM Adds Incremental OTA System

Not everyone has supremely fast mobile data when on the go. And even those with many bars of LTE reception shouldn't have to waste their bandwidth downloading overly sized ROM updates. But let's face it: We all want the absolute bleeding edge ROM and featureset at all times. So what do we do when we're on the go and happen to see that our favorite developer issued a new version? We download a huge, often 100 MB or larger complete...

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Will Verduzco · Dec 7, 2013

Official OmniROM Nightlies for the Samsung Galaxy S 4 LTE

A few weeks ago, we talked about how the new player in the custom ROM world, OmniROM, had started releasing nightly builds for various devices. Then not too long after, a few more devices were added to the mix. Now, the next major device has its own taste of the OmniROM-flavored Android 4.4.1: the Samsung Galaxy S 4 LTE As mentioned above, these new nightly builds will feature all of the Android 4.4.1 goods that we've come to know and love. The...

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Jimmy McGee · Dec 6, 2013

Android 4.4.1 Update Released, Custom ROM for Chromecast, DIY Magnetic Qi Charger! – XDA Developer TV

Android 4.4.1 KitKat is now available for The Google Nexus 4, 5 and 7 (2013 LTE). 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 the source code for the just released Android 4.4.1 has been released to AOSP and the OmniROM project has announced nightlies for more devices. That's not all that covered in today's video! Jordan talks about the...

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Jimmy McGee · Dec 4, 2013

How to Root, Install TWRP, and Install OmniROM Nightly on the Oppo N1 – XDA Developer TV

In this episode, XDA Developer TV Producer Jordan shows you how to root your Oppo N1. The Oppo N1 is hot news in the Android ecosystem. It is the device that is pushing the limit of phone size, and some say even phablet size. This thing is huge. But as usual at XDA, we must root all the things, and the Oppo N1 is no exception! Jordan presents step-by-step instructions on how to gain root access on your Oppo N1 using...

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Will Verduzco · Dec 3, 2013

Official OmniROM Nightlies for the Oppo N1, HTC One, and Xperia T, Z, and ZL

A little over a week ago, the open source OmniROM project launched its official nightlies. Included in the list of supported devices were the Oppo Find 5, Nexus 4, Nexus 5, Nexus 7 (2012 and 2013), Galaxy Note and certain variants of the Galaxy S II, S III, and Note 2. Now, the team has announced that several new devices have been added to the list of officially supported devices. These are the Oppo N1, AT&T HTC One, International HTC One, Xperia...

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Will Verduzco · Nov 28, 2013

OmniROM Nightlies Launched: 15 Devices, New Features

At this year's Big Android Barbeque, a new player in the multi-device custom ROM world was announced. This was of course OmniROM, an open source project created by some of the greats in the Android development world such as XDA Senior Recognized Developers Xplodwild, Chainfire, Dees_Troy, and others. Over the last few weeks, we've seen Android 4.4-based OmniROM builds appear for several devices. Now, the experience is about to get even more exciting, as nightlies are now available for 15 popular devices! The full...

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Jimmy McGee · Nov 22, 2013

VZW Moto X Gets Android 4.4, OmniROM Out for Nexus 5, Motorola Restores Developer Edition Warranties! – XDA Developer TV

In an interesting twist, the Verizon Moto X is among the first to get the Android 4.4 KitKat update! 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 there is a KitKat-based OmniROM available for the Google Nexus 5. And in another unexpected move, Motorola has reinstated warranties on developer devices. That's not all that is covered in today's video! Jordan talks...

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Tomek Kondrat · Nov 21, 2013

KitKat-Based OmniROM Available for Google Nexus 5

The community-based OmniROM was first presented at the Big Android BBQ 2013. A few days ago, we wrote about an alpha build for the Samsung Galaxy S III. We have great news for Google Nexus 5 owners looking to get in on the fun: Android 4.4-based OmniROM is available for your device.  Thanks to XDA Recognized Contributor mithun46 and Senior Recognized Developer XpLoDWilD, an official alpha build of this ROM is available for the Hammerhead. Despite being a very early release, almost everything seem to be working,...

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Will Verduzco · Nov 15, 2013

Experimental OmniROM 4.4 Build for the Galaxy S II I9100G

The Samsung Galaxy S II GT-I9100G is the somewhat lesser known sibling device to the more common international variant of the Galaxy S II, the GT-I9100. The I9100G differs from the I9100 in a few areas, not the least of which is Samsung's choice of SoC. Rather than using the in-house Exynos processor, the G model uses TI's OMAP4 processor. The I9100G was released in late 2011, back in a simpler time, when Gingerbread was the bees knees. Since then, the device...

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Will Verduzco · Nov 15, 2013

OmniROM 4.4 Test Builds Appear for the Galaxy S III I9300

As the flood of Android 4.4 KitKat ROMs continues to flow through, more and more devices are seeing the fruits of Google's latest and greatest version of Android. Most of these devices that are now getting aftermarket 4.4 builds will not see an official KitKat release for quite some time---that is, if they even receive the update at all. That said, most of the devices receiving highly functional ports are high-end (former) flagship-level devices. One of the relatively high-end devices...

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Jimmy McGee · Oct 23, 2013

Event Recap: What Happened at Big Android BBQ 2013? – XDA Developer TV

If you’ve been watching over the past couple weeks, you know that a lot of fun and excitement happened at this year’s big Android BBQ in Texas. To start, the OmniROM project was announced. Our friend XDA Developer TV Producer Jordan was there talking to people and capturing the events. So if you missed it, check out this video. We’ve already released videos of Jordan’s interview with XDA Elite Recognized Developer XpLoDWilD, XpLoDWilD’s presentation from the event, Jordan’s interview with...

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Jimmy McGee · Oct 19, 2013

Dees_Troy Talks about Software Architecture at this Year’s Big Android BBQ – XDA Developer TV

During the BBQ, there were many great events and presentations. You’ve already seen the presentation by XDA Elite Recognized Developer XpLoDWilD. However, that was not the only presentation by an Elite Recognized Developer from XDA. Elite Recognized Developer Dees_Troy, also known as Ethan Yonker, gave a presentation as well. For the few who may not recognize the name, he is the lead developer of TWRP and member of Team Win. Ethan’s presentation was entitled “Software Architecture and Design.” In this session,...

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Jimmy McGee · Oct 19, 2013

Developer Interview: Ethan Yonker, a.k.a. Dees_Troy – XDA Developer TV

Before his presentation at this year’s Big Android BBQ, Ethan Yonker (XDA Elite Recognized Developer Dees_Troy) takes a moment and sits down with XDA Developer TV Producer Jordan for a quick chat. Jordan and Dees_Troy talk about his accomplishments, his projects, and a little about himself. Dees_Troy is the developer responsible for such projects as TWRP (Team Win Recovery Project). Dees_Troy is also part of the group behind the newly announced OmniROM. He gave a presentation about “Software Architecture and Design”...

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Jimmy McGee · Oct 16, 2013

XpLoDWilD Talks about Open Source at this Year’s Big Android BBQ – XDA Developer TV

The 2013 edition of the Big Android BBQ has come and gone. At the BBQ, there were many great events and presentations. One such presentation was by XDA Elite Recognized Developer XpLoDWilD. Also known as Guillaume Lesniak, XpLoDWilD has been involved in numerous closed- and open-source projects in various domains related to software engineering, mobile development, and game development. He is passionate about technology and open source projects. He has been contributing to numerous projects, including CyanogenMod and making apps for...

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Jimmy McGee · Oct 16, 2013

Developer Interview: Guillaume Lesniak, a.k.a. XpLoDWilD – XDA Developer TV

Fresh from his presentation at this year’s Big Android BBQ, Guillaume Lesniak (a.k.a. XDA Elite Recognized Developer XpLoDWilD) takes a moment to sit down with XDA Developer TV Producer Jordan for a quick chat. Jordan and XpLoDWilD talk about Guillaume's accomplishments and a little about Guillaume himself. XpLoDWilD is the developer responsible for such projects as CyanogenMod on the Oppo Find 5 and the Focal camera app that has been recently released to the Google Play store. Additionally, XpLoDWilD is part of the...

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Jimmy McGee · Oct 14, 2013

OmniROM Announced, Galaxy Note 3 KNOX-Friendly Root Available – XDA Developer TV

At this years Big Android BBQ, a new player in the custom ROM world comes to life with the announcement of OmniROM. 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 an article reporting online flashing with Universal Kernel Flash Tool and the announcement that you can now root your Samsung Galaxy Note 3 in a KNOX-friendly way. In other important news, Jordan talks about...

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Pulser_G2 · Oct 12, 2013

From the BBQ: OmniROM

For those of you not able to attend the Big Android BBQ, you may not have heard that a number of developers including XDA Elite Recognized Developers Xplodwild, Chainfire, Dees_Troy announced a new direction in the world of custom ROMs. Omni is what custom ROMs used to be about: innovation, new features, transparency, community, and freedom. While other ROMs may water down their distributions to ensure they pass Google's approval, Omni offers you an alternative: an Android distribution that remains compatible,...

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