June 28, 2014 By: Tomek Kondrat
The Moto G, which was released back in 2013, has seen great success. The cheap and powerful device almost immediately found its way into the pockets of many XDA users around the world. Lenovo, after purchasing Motorola, decided to release an even more budget-friendly successor, the Moto E.
The Moto E’s firmware is close to AOSP, but in contrast to Nexus devices, the device tree wasn’t released. A while ago, we talked about a device tree by XDA Recognized Developers JackpotClavin and cybojenix. We’re pleased to announce that the whole process has gone well, and you can now try source-built Android in two flavors: Slim and CyanogenMod. This is possible thanks to cybojenix, who previously rooted the device and ported a TWRP recovery to this awesome smartphone. The ROM is pretty stable as an initial release. The only thing that still needs some polishing is mobile data.
These two ROMs are very close to stock. Cybojenix didn’t convert it to CAF, in order to keep it as close to stock as possible. The device tree is not yet pushed, but as promised, you all will have a chance to port some other ROMs pretty soon.
May 2, 2014 By: Tomek Kondrat
Some OEMs are more developer-friendly than others. One of the friendliest is Sony, which gives its user the ability to unlock their bootloader. Many mobile carriers don’t quite share Sony’s enthusiasm towards open source and lock their phones, leading to the “Bootloader Unlock Allowed: No” message.
A while ago, we talked about the Sony Xperia SP receiving a CyanogenMod 10.2 port for locked devices. XDA Forum Member bagyusz went even further and ported Android 4.4 in CyanogenMod and SlimKat flavors. This is even more impressive, because these ports have no known bugs remaining, so both builds can be considered stable.
Bagyusz also shared his sources on Github, so everyone can now try his/her hand at creating a port to the SP or other Sony device. After all, it’s most likely the case that this hijacked ramdisk method works with other models.
[Thanks to XDA Senior Member mrjraider for the tip!]
In recent years, Google has introduced many goodies into Android. But bringing these new features doesn’t automatically mean that everything is fully streamlined—in fact, it’s often quite the opposite. One area that many would like to see some improvement in Android is the recent apps menu. Luckily, this was taken care of in OmniROM with OmniSwitch, but a totally different approach was presented by the SlimKat developers.
A totally reworked recent apps menu was presented by XDA Recognized Themer kufikugel, who did an amazing adding almost 3000 lines of code that are now available in the newest weekly. Much credit goes to Gabriele Mariotti, who made a base library used by the SlimROM Team and helped kufikugel with porting it to an AOSP build. The new recent apps menu differs from the original, consumes less memory, and offer a new way to preview your apps. A description would never be as accurate as the video, so here it is in action.
This new feature is available when installing anything later than the 3.4-WEEKLY-3166 version of SlimKat. You can find a download for your device by visiting your home device forum or project’s website.
And if you’re a Slim lover, you can consider helping out kufikugel, who is currently facing some bad times. You can learn more in this post. We hope some of you will show the spirit of community and help this skilled developer in his time of need.
February 16, 2014 By: Tomek Kondrat
There’s good news for all of you SlimROM lovers! The developer team behind the famous SlimBean and SlimKat ROMs is pleased to announce that SlimKat has now been updated to version 3.0. The ROM, which is officially available for almost 50 devices and has over 100,000 downloads every week, recently celebrated having acquired over 1 million installs last year—quite an impressive number, indeed.
So, what changes are available in in version 3.0? The developers focused mainly on device frameworks, which have been refined to fit user needs. The full list includes the following:
And more which are available in the detailed changelog that can be found on the Slim site.
XDA Recognized Themer kufikugel and his crew are also baking something in the Slim oven to help other developers in making applications compatible with The Real Dark Slim. The SDK isn’t everything though, as the Slim team also published their own APK Tools to help themers to make user interface modifications.
You can find SlimKat by visiting threads for Nexus 4, Nexus 5, HTC One and many more, which are available in your home device’s Android development forum. The full list of devices and downloads can be found on the SlimKat homepage.
January 3, 2014 By: Will Verduzco
Not too long ago, we announced the creation of a dedicated forum for large-scale, multi-device custom ROMs. Originally, this forum was home to development and discussion surrounding OmniROM, PAC ROM, and Paranoid Android.
Now, we’ve gone ahead and expanded the forum to include two other important multi-device ROMs: SlimRoms and AOKP. As is the case with the previously created entries in the Custom ROM Central forum, this is where general discussion pertaining to these ROMs belongs, as well as Q&A about the projects themselves, and feature development to be incorporated into the ROMs themselves.
To get started, head over to Custom ROM Central, or visit the new sections directly by visiting the links below: