by Joe Levi | April 10, 2013 1:18 PM
Google's Android OS has morphed and adapted in the years since it was originally released. Some of those changes have been "under the hood", while others have been more cosmetic in nature. We suspect the next version of Android, Key Lime Pie, will include some pretty significant UI changes. Could some of those changes be "pie-esque"? We've recently talked about the possibility of a gesture-based UI in the upcoming version of the operating system. We've even shown off a pie-like launcher that you can install on your Android today. Various custom ROMs have pie-based launchers and controls ...
by Joe Levi | 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 ...
by Michael Fisher | March 6, 2013 4:36 PM
Ever recorded a 90-minute podcast full of Skype-related artifacts and drop-outs, only to find once you wrap it up that you used the wrong mic? If so, you know the pain we've experienced cutting together today's episode of the Pocketnow Weekly podcast. Sorry for the levels on this one, folks; it's unfortunate, and we've done all we can to normalize them, but you're probably going to be twisting your volume knob an awful lot over the course of this here episode. On the bright side, if you manage to endure, you'll be treated to some excellent discussion on everything from Galaxy S IV leaks to ...
by Joe Levi | March 5, 2013 10:39 AM
Shortly after we started seeing Ubuntu for Phones showing up on some of our favorite Android-powered smartphones and tablets, we started hearing rumors and rumblings about its origins. Specifically, people started saying that Ubutuntu for Phones is "based on" CyanogenMod custom ROM. At first blush one might think that based on comments like these: "Indications for Ubuntu porting to other devices is quite simple since it has the same basis as CyanogenMod 10.1 with Ubuntu Interface Touch running in a container and accessed via chroot." That sounds a lot like Ubuntu for Phones is not only ...
by Joe Levi | January 25, 2013 12:21 PM
CyanogenMod is one of my favorite Android-based custom ROMs, as previous articles will attest. Earlier this week the CyanogenMod team hit a major milestone with their 10.1 builds, based on Android Jelly Bean 4.2.1: CyanogenMod 10.1 M1. In the past the CM team released builds somewhat haphazardly, with experimental builds showing up whenever they felt like it. More recently they've turned to a "nightly" build cycle where code from the previous day is compiled and distributed in "Nightly" builds. These builds are described as being experimental and "probably broken", and should only be used ...
by Joe Levi | December 4, 2012 12:51 PM
If you've been following Pocketnow for any length of time, you know that one of our favorite custom ROMs for Android-powered phones and tablets is CyanogenMod ROM. It's fast, it's lightweight, and for the most part it's pure Android. CyanogenMod has some advantages over other ROMs, specifically the way its built allows one set of developers to maintain and improve the core ROM, and another set to maintain the many, many devices they support. The reasons to flash a custom ROM are many and varied. Top reasons include performance improvements, increased features, and being able to run the ...
by Joe Levi | July 13, 2012 12:30 PM
Just in case you've been living under a rock, Jelly Bean is the latest version of Google's Android OS and picks up where Ice Cream Sandwich left off. Some of us thought Jelly Bean might be Android 5.0, but we were wrong, it's 4.1 -- a small step up from ICS, which is 4.0. CyanogenMod (or CM, for short) is one of the most popular custom ROMs on the market and supports a huge number of different phones and tablets. Just before this year's Google I/O the CyanogenMod team put out the Release Candidate of CM9 for 37 devices. Since we were expecting JB at Google I/O, why did the CM team release ...
by Anton D. Nagy | June 18, 2012 1:35 AM
Even though the internals of the Samsung Galaxy S III offer a great user experience in terms of speed -- and the new TouchWiz UX Nature that Samsung bundled is really lightweight and fast -- some might still prefer a vanilla Android experience on today's best Android smartphone made by the South Korean manufacturer. CyanogenMod 9 Nightlies are now available for the phone. The Nightly build are the latest ones but often contain some bugs; in this case, "FM Radio is currently not supported, using LED flash causes some problems and waking the device up using volume keys might not work ...
by Joe Levi | June 8, 2012 9:29 PM
In our last video we showed off CyanogenMod 9. Among the topics we covered were "Profiles" and a teaser of something awesome to come in our next video -- this video. Switching profile's isn't all that quick. It's somewhat unfortunate because the several screen taps that are required to switch between profiles has been enough to keep me from using them. With NFC, that all changes. Hit play, and prepare to have your mind blown. Interested in getting some NFC tags, you need only head over to Amazon.com to see a huge list of tags that you can buy. They will probably cost you around $1.50 ...
by Joe Levi | June 7, 2012 9:49 PM
CyanogenMod is my favorite custom ROM, I've been using it since I had my original Android: a T-Mobile G1. It's gone through a lot of iterations since then. The most recent of which is almost done: CM9, based on AOSP Android 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich. How far has the CM team come with version 9? Let's take a look! New Mascot I'd like to introduce you to Cid, CyanogenMod's new mascott. He's Cyanogen Blue (cyan, I suppose), and now no longer a chunky little android. Nope, now he's a teenager -- with an attitude. The boot animation has been changed to reflect the new mascot, but the nightlies ...
by Joe Levi | May 30, 2012 8:31 PM
The easiest way to customize your Android-powered phone or tablet is to install a 3rd-party launcher to replace that which comes pre-installed on the device. In previous episodes of "Launcher Wars" we've shown off various launchers, each with their own advantages. Today we'll dig into Trebuchet by Cyanogen, the launcher that comes pre-loaded in the CyanogenMod9 custom ROM.
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