First AOSP Android 4.4 ROMS Popping Up, Nexus 4 Included

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With Android 4.4 hitting AOSP yesterday, it was only a matter of time before the first set of stock ROMs started showing up for our favorite devices. An AOSP Nexus 4 ROM was the first to pop into our inboxes late last night, though we are sure there could be more at this point. For now though, we wanted to share this to get you into the comments and sharing others for other devices.  (more…)

Android 4.3 Shows Up on Lucky Nexus 4, ROM Pulled and Available for Download

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Last night during the DL Show, a reader tipped us to a G+ user who was claiming to have picked up a Nexus 4 from a Googler. Normally, this wouldn’t grab our attention except that he claimed the device was running Android 4.3 and proceeded to post the screenshot you are seeing above. Towards the end of the show, we continued to follow along and then jumped in an IRC channel with the G+ user as the development community worked for hours to try and coach him through a full backup of his system. At around 11:00PM west coast time, they were able to successfully perform a full backup.  (more…)

First Builds of Paranoid Android With Alpha HALO Feature Rolling Out (Updated)

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The HALO feature for Paranoid Android ROM is now available in to owners of the Nexus 4 (mak0). This first build with HALO should be considered an “alpha” or really early build, but will at least give you a chance to play around with what should be considered one of the most groundbreaking ROM features we have seen in some time.  (more…)

“Expanded Desktop Mode” in Paranoid Android ROM is the Coolest ROM Feature I’ve Seen in a Long Time

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The guys behind Paranoid Android ROM are in the process of finishing up their latest build, version 3.0. In a quick teaser to help get their base excited about the release, they published a video that highlights a their “Expanded Desktop Mode” and some of its new features. What is “Expanded Desktop Mode,” you ask? Only the coolest ROM feature I have seen in quite some time.  (more…)

AOKP Team Finally Releases Android 4.2.1 MR1 to the Galaxy Nexus and Others

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Late last night, the AOKP team finally dropped their first release as MR1 for Jelly Bean (Android 4.2.1). As you had probably hoped, it contains many of your favorite features from past builds.

You’ll find the custom boot animation, statusbar tweaks, power menu options, custom lockscreen options, a fully customizable navigation bar, more statusbar styles, LED control, sound settings, and more. And maybe more importantly, they fixed some of the bugs that came with stock Android 4.2.1.  (more…)

Android 4.2.1 Update Rolling Out to Nexus 4 and Nexus 10 (Update: Nexus 7 Too)

Google began pushing an update to the Nexus 4 and Nexus 10 last night as Android build 4.2.1 (JOP40D). It’s a tiny file at 1.1MB. So far, the only real change that has been found is a fix to the People app, which means that December has returned after last week’s debacle. No word yet on a Nexus 7 update, but it can’t be far behind. (more…)

Nexus 4 Toolkit Released – Helps With Unlocking Bootloader, Rooting and Lots More

One of the joys of owning a Nexus device is the freedom you have to unlock and root your device as you please. As one would guess, the newest Nexus 4 has gained plenty of developer support and there is already a fancy toolkit available through XDA that will help you fulfill all of your hacking and modding needs.

Available for Windows machines, once you download and install the software, all it takes is a few clicks of some buttons and you’re off to a wonderland of root and custom recovery goodness. It would take up about half of the page to show you what all this thing could do, so instead we’ll just point you to the toolkit’s home instead.

Have fun, Nexus owners!

Via: XDA