Moto X Actually Has an Awesome Green Notification Light Hidden Under the Earpiece

While Active Notifications may be one of the coolest parts of owning a Moto X, it was a little bit hard for some Android users to give up the notification LED light they grew to love so much. Thanks to some intrepid hackers over at XDA, not only did we find that the Moto X has a notification LED, but it can be enabled at your will with root permissions and some Tasker code.  (more…)

AOKP Updated to Android 4.4.2 “Kit Kat,” Nightlies Now Available For Select Devices

If you’re into flashing ROMs and tinkering with your Android device, it may please you to know that the prominent Android Open Kang Project (AOKP) has now started delivering official nightly builds of their Android 4.4.2 “Kit Kat” ROM to a small group of devices.

AOKP is one of the last major ROMs to be updated to Kit Kat, with heavy-hitters CyanogenMod and OMNI already up to date. One notable absentee from the 4.4 game, however, is Paranoid Android, with their “PA 4.0″ release currently in beta.  (more…)

Canonical Shows Off New Dual Boot Feature For Ubuntu In Latest Developer Preview

Canonical today unveiled their latest work on their underdog Ubuntu mobile operating system. If you can remember, it was only October when Canonical announced Ubuntu 13.10 for smartphones, with a fully featured system attempting to rival Android. Today, in a somewhat odd move, the company has announced the availability of a developer preview of a new dual boot feature allowing supported Nexus devices to switch quickly between an Android-based OS and Ubuntu.  (more…)

So, the Nexus Q Sort of Still Lives, Gets Unofficial Kit Kat Build

That big, beautiful, overpriced, never-could-do-much-before-Google-killed-it-anyway, sexy orb-ish ball sitting at the top of this post isn’t quite dead yet. The Nexus Q does indeed unofficially live on for the couple of thousand people who still own them or at least have one sitting around the house being put to use as a weighted object. Thanks to developers, an “unofficial” build of Kit Kat (Android 4.4) “based on CM11 from repo sync” has been ported over to the device. Yes, Kit Kat on the Nexus Q!  (more…)

CyanogenMod 11 M1 Released for Nexus 7 Variants, Nexus 5, Nexus 4, and Nexus 10

The CyanogenMod team officially launched a CyanogenMod 11 M1 build yesterday, available for anyone rocking an actively AOSP-supported Nexus device. Usually, the team would release nightly builds to start tracking bugs, but according to the blog post, that would have been too resource intensive and they have opted to release a milestone build instead.  (more…)

Moto X Running Android 4.4 Already has Root

Thanks to a new beta tool created by Justin Case, the Moto X on Verizon and AT&T running the new Android 4.4 update has been rooted. The process isn’t necessarily as simple as it has been in the past, but this method installs a “backdoor” to help regain root and also requires a downgrade in bootloaders to “re-expose a vulnerability.” There are tons adb commands involved along with the use of Cydia Impactor to open a Telnet session. Again, it’s not pretty or anywhere near a 1-click option, but at least you have an option.  (more…)

Verizon LG G2 Receives Working Kit Kat ROM Built From AOSP

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Verizon customers that are into the rooting and custom ROM game, that happen to rock an LG G2, should know that your vanilla AOSP dreams have been answered in the form of Gummy ROM. While this ROM isn’t completely stock, as a few tweaks have been made and additional features have been installed, this is essentially a clean build of Android 4.4 running on the device.  (more…)

Motorola Updates Developer Edition Program: Will Re-instate Warranties and Post Factory Images

Motorola is trying its best to win you over, “you” being the tinkerer that you are. Having deployed a Developer Edition program for many of their devices recently, there were a couple of items that owners of participating devices requested to see changed; one being a way to keep warranties intact, and another would be to see factory software images to help return phones back to their out-of-the-box state. Motorola is addressing both of these issues starting today.
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