Posts tagged with: cyanogenmod
  • 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 | November 8, 2013 12:54 PM

    Back in September, Oppo launched an extremely unusual flagship, its N1. What's so weird about this phone? Well, aside from the rear touch panel and the rotating camera, the handset has official CyanogenMod support. At the time of Oppo's launch announcement, we learned that users would have a choice between running CyanogenMod or the company's own ColorOS. While that's very true, today we hear about a special CyanogenMod Edition of the N1, for users really excited about Oppo and Cyanogen pairing up. Functionally, the differences between this and the stock N1 are minor – while the regular ...

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  • by | October 2, 2013 7:37 AM

    You're all aware of "open-source" software, right? According to Wikipedia, open source as a development model promotes a) universal access via free license to a product's design or blueprint, and b) universal redistribution of that design or blueprint, including subsequent improvements to it by anyone. Essentially, it's code that's supposed to be contributed freely, open the the public for quality inspection, and distributed freely for virtually anyone to use or modify. Unfortunately, putting all that into practice isn't as easy as you might think, and the newly formed Cyanogen, Inc. is ...

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  • by | September 23, 2013 9:00 PM

    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about Apple's sales results for their new iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C over the opening weekend. We then talk about the first CyanogenMod phone to reach the market, the Oppo N1. BlackBerry is next as the company seems to have a buyer, but more with the idea of helping the company and not tearing it apart, aside from the news of the cross-platform BBM hitting a delay. Then we go through the rumors of a Nokia Lumia 929 phablet. We end today's show talking Microsoft's launch of the Surface 2 and new Surface Pro. All this and more after the break. Stories: - ...

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  • by | September 23, 2013 12:31 PM

    Microsoft's not the only one with new hardware this morning, and Oppo finally introduces us to its N1 Android, along with some unusual camera design and a special ROM tie-in. Oppo's been teasing this phone since last week, and although we were expecting innovations like a rear touch panel, we got a few additional surprises. Let's start with the basic hardware layout: The N1 has a 5.9-inch 1080p display, runs a 1.7GHz Snapdragon 600, and has 2GB of RAM. It sports a beefy 3610mAh battery, and that rear touch panel is confirmed, measuring twelve square centimeters. It will be available in ...

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  • by | September 20, 2013 9:00 PM

    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about our iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C first impressions after our review has begun. Then we talk about Microsoft's idea to build phablets using Windows RT. We later talk more phablets, but this time because of the Nokia Lumia 1520. We then move the spotlight to Sony and the sad news that you can't unlock the bootloader on this device, or you can't yet at least. We end today's show talking about the Oppo N1 possibly becoming the first CynanogenMod phone in the market. All this and more after the break. Stories: - iPhone 5S unboxing (Video) - iPhone 5C ...

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  • by | September 20, 2013 5:02 PM

    Earlier this week, the CyanogenMod team shook-up the custom ROM community with its announcement that it had incorporated itself, and going forward would be doing business as Cyanogen Inc. Tons of questions remain about how this move will affect the project and its open-source roots, and despite any concerns we may have, the future sure looks promising for this new venture. When announcing the news, the company talked about plans to team up with a hardware maker to deliver phones running CyanogenMod software. But just who would that be? We've heard lots of speculation – HTC was mentioned ...

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  • by | September 20, 2013 2:20 PM

    It's iPhone 5c and iPhone 5s launch day, and we can't think of a better way to commemorate the event than with a Pocketnow Weekly podcast. Actually, yes we can: it would be great to take a look back at Apple's pre-iPhone days with the spectacular failure that was the Motorola "iTunes phone" of 2005 - fortunately, we already took care of that yesterday. So we'll discuss the MOTOROKR E1 a little bit on today's Weekly, before delving in to the fresh new take on mobile software that Apple's iOS 7 represents. Then we'll revert back to twiddling our thumbs waiting for the UPS guy - but we'll ...

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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 | September 18, 2013 9:00 PM

    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about NVIDIA's new Tegra Note platform, and what we can expect from it. Then we talk about YouTube's plans to enhance their mobile application to allow offline video on mobile devices. CyanogenMod is next as the service has now officially become a company dubbed CyanogenMod Inc. and plans to enhance their user experience with Android. BlackBerry is next as we talk about their new BlackBerry Z30, specific dates for BBM to reach Android and iOS, and then the sad news that 40% of their work force will get laid off. We end today's show talking about the ...

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  • by | September 18, 2013 2:53 PM

    For users just get started with the custom ROM community, CyanogenMod has long been the gold standard. With tons of features, good compatibility, and a vibrant development community, it sure helped lower the bar for smartphone owners interested in expanding beyond the manufacturer-approved software their phones were stuck with. Today, the whole CyanogenMod project takes on a new direction, with announcement of the formation of Cyanogen Inc. This has been in the works since late last year, when former Boost Mobile co-founder Kirt McMaster approached Steve Kondik with his vision for the ...

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  • by | May 29, 2013 5:18 PM

    A little earlier this month, we shared a rumor with you that Google might be thinking of giving users more control over how apps interact with Android, granting you the ability to pick and choose which permissions you wanted an app to have, rather than granting them in an all-or-nothing situation. Some of you mentioned in the comments about how CyanogenMod used to do this, but removed the feature. As luck would have it, project leader Steve Kondik took to Google+ this afternoon to not only discuss that issue, but the larger scope of security and privacy issues affecting Android. Kondik ...

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  • by | 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 ...

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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 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 ...

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