Posts tagged with: custom rom
  • by | April 17, 2014 7:16 AM

    The Nexus 5 was unveiled on October 31st of last year, and offered for sale through Google's Play Store the same day. In those several months I've run the stock version of Android, though about half way through I rooted it and run several apps that require those elevated privileges. That's pretty significant. It's the first personal phone that I haven't run a Custom ROM on since my very early days with Windows CE. Even back then I ran "cooked" ROMs on my Pocket PCs. Since then, running a Custom ROM has gotten significantly easier. Rooting toolkits are available that take all the guesswork ...

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  • by | February 11, 2014 10:50 AM

    As I sit here writing this article, my Pebble smartwatch is on my wrist and my mind is racing back to my time with the Galaxy Gear -- and finally getting it to "work" with my Nexus 5. I love my Pebble. It's a watch that does so much more than a standard wristwatch, and helps keep my smartphone in my pocket, rather than in and out, over and over when I check notifications. Samsung's Galaxy Gear is a different breed of smartwatch. In addition to doing most of what Pebble does, it also serves as your phone's handset, lets you snap short videos, and more. Unfortunately, it's only "compatible" ...

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  • by | December 13, 2013 1:23 PM

    CyanogenMod is a custom ROM that runs on many "otherwise OEM" devices. It's a very popular ROM and is said to have more active installations than Windows Phone has.  The only real downside to CyanogenMod is the relative difficulty to install it. CyanogenMod isn't alone, all custom ROMs share the same basic steps to put them on your phone: assume the risk, oem unlock, root, flash a custom recovery image, and flash the ROM and any auxiliary packages (like GAPPS). To many of our readers, this process is something they could likely do in their sleep -- but t0 the vast majority of Android ...

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  • by | December 10, 2013 12:36 PM

    The CyanogenMod team has been busy getting the Nexus 5 running CyanogenMod 11. A few days ago the first milestone along the path to a stable CyanogenMod 11 was released for the Nexus 5 and a few other devices. I didn't have much luck with it. After a few hours of troubleshooting I finally gave up and moved along to the 12/09 and 12/10 Nightlies. Both have been working quite well, but they do have some rough edges and hiccups here and there. Those are to be expected since Nightlies are "not stable" by definition. The version of Android that CM11 is based upon is the "new" Android 4.4.1 ...

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  • by | November 12, 2013 7:23 AM

    Before anyone gets their hopes up, as of right this instant, the only device that has an official build of Android 4.4 KitKat is Google's own Nexus 5. That will change as soon as Google releases updates for the Nexus 4, Nexus 7, and Nexus 10, and as other OEMs begin pushing updates to their flagship devices. HTC has already committed to releasing its updates "within 90 days". In the meantime, Google has already pushed KitKat into the AOSP, and you know what that means: custom ROMs! Custom ROMs come in all shapes, sizes, and levels of stability. Some are rock solid, and some may turn your ...

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  • by | September 18, 2013 9:16 PM

    Those of you who are familiar with me know that I love CyanogenMod. Even with a house full of Nexus devices which came with the "stock" version of Android (the way Google intended it), the majority of my devices run CyanogenMod. CyanogenMod is a custom ROM started by Steve Kondik, "Cyanogen" himself, back in 2009. It originated as an extension of the JF ROM that I ran on my first Android, the T-Mobile G1. Steve was a self-described "noob" at the time, and afraid that he'd be "laughed off the (XDA) forums". Fortunately for him (and for the community), his work was embraced. Before long he ...

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  • by | May 14, 2013 12:15 PM

    We've shown off the Paranoid Android Custom ROM before. This is the ROM that enables phone, phablet, and tablet mode regardless of whether you're using a phone, phablet, or tablet -- and you can change the way your device displays any app. Paranoid Android also includes a very functional Pie-shaped control and notification area that we've shown you as well. Recent builds of Paranoid Android include a Halo-styled notification system. When a new notification comes in, it's presented to you in a small circle that floats above whatever app you're in. Once you've seen it, it slides out of the ...

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  • by | April 2, 2013 7:04 AM

    Android users aren't forced into a life of running just one ROM forever like owners of some "other" devices are. Users can change the way their device looks by changing wallpaper, widgets, and even the launcher (the app that is used to start every app). But Android takes that one step further: after rooting, users can flash almost any ROM they want on their device. The reasons for flashing a custom ROM are as varied at the people doing the flashing. Perhaps they want to change the look and feel of their device. Maybe they want to get rid of bloatware. They might want to get rid of their ...

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  • by | March 13, 2013 4:27 PM

    The DMCA sure has been a thorn in the side of smartphone enthusiasts in the US lately, first getting a lot of attention for its role in restricting the ability for smartphone owners to carrier unlock their handsets, and now today we see it used to disrupt a number of custom ROM projects. A company called DxO Labs recently sent out a DMCA takedown notice to GitHub, requesting that files related to a number of code repositories be removed for violations under the Act. Those includes some work that's part of CyanogenMod. Things get a little confusing when we look at just why this request was ...

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  • by | January 28, 2013 1:31 PM

    ParanoidAndroid is one of the most novel and interesting custom ROMs that you'll find today. Unlike other ROMs that simply add cool goodies to Android, ParanoidAndroid lets you change your smartphone, phablet, or tablet into one of the others -- or even a mix of phone, phablet, and tablet, depending on your preferences. Imagine your phablet running in tablet mode, or your smartphone running in phablet mode. With ParanoidAndroid, it's easy! It doesn't stop there! ParanoidAndroid lets you specify which mode you want each of your apps to run in. Your Nexus 4, for example, might look best in ...

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  • by | January 22, 2013 1:06 PM

    The Android Open Kang Project (AOKP) is one of the front-runners when it comes to Android custom ROMs. Many have lauded their forward-thinking and rapid development schedule -- especially when compared to CyanogenMod. For those of you who don't remember, back when CyanogenMod was in its infancy we would see new features, tweaks, and changes being added to the ROM very frequently. Today the goals of the CM team have changed. They're aiming for a robust but stable feature-set, and compatibility with many devices as possible. AOKP, on the other hand, are much more like CyanogenMod of ...

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  • by | December 19, 2012 7:08 AM

    Over the past several days we've shown you CyanogenMod 10.1 running on the Nexus 4, Nexus 10, and even the Samsung Galaxy S III. These were official "nightly" builds, straight from the CyanogenMod team. Nightlies, as you likely know, are works in progress. They have known bugs in them. They are not feature complete. They haven't been tweaked and polished. They are, however, sometimes stable enough for use as a daily driver -- at least if you're one of the more adventurous among us. What about older devices? Where's the love for them? Even Google has cut off Jelly Bean support for their ...

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  • by | December 18, 2012 7:01 AM

    The Samsung Galaxy S III is one of our favorite devices, despite its super-slippery back and pentile display. Within 100 days of its release back in May 2012, Samsung reported that it had sold an impressive 20 million units. Some people love the Touch Wiz user interface that ships with the SGS3, some people hate it. We had to knock a few points off it's score in our full review due to some frustrating behavior in the launcher and the horrible email client that Samsung included. Some of Samsung's built-in apps were extremely useful, while others were cheesy after the novelty wore off. ...

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  • by | October 9, 2012 11:07 AM

    Android is made up of a small collection of "images", each with its own specific job. Last time we talked about the Recovery Image, today we're going to dig into the System Image -- the funnest one of all! What is the System Image? In desktop and laptop computers, the System Image is basically the operating system (Windows, Mac, Linux, Unix, etc.) that you spend all your time in. You turn on your computer, wait while it boots, then run all your apps and do all your work on the desktop which lives inside the System Image. On Android it's not that dissimilar. When Android boots up it takes ...

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  • by | October 8, 2012 10:45 AM

    Pimp My ROM is not a custom ROM, rather, it's an installer-based script that let's you quickly and easily pick from dozens and dozens of tweaks, mods, apps, themes, and various features -- which it then adds to your current ROM. Before you get started you need to have a custom recovery image (Clockwork Mod is my favorite) and an unlocked bootloader, but other than that you can apply these "pimps" to virtually any ROM. To get started, download Pimp My ROM from XDA Developers and copy it to your device. Reboot into recovery, backup your current ROM, and flash Pimp My ROM. After that ...

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