The Galaxy Gear smartwatch, a device hindered by its maker to only work on phones running TouchWiz, is becoming a bit more interesting this week. As reported today by several sources, the watch has sold only about 50,000 units, a number that is remarkably low considering how much marketing effort Samsung put into the device. Regardless of how many people are rocking one, you should know that there is in fact a group of developers working on the device on forums, and there are even some custom ROMs floating around. Who’d have thunk it? (more…)
Last week when Android 4.4 was released to AOSP, developers started their task of bringing the latest version of Android to basically every device they could. It’s a reason we still love this hard-working community. With that being said, Verizon customers that still cling to a Galaxy Nexus, learned that their devices’ would not be receiving an official update to Kit Kat, and would instead be stuck on Jelly Bean forever. But given that the Galaxy Nexus is one of the most loved devices of all time, it didn’t take very long for the developer community to whip up some Kit Kat action for the device. (more…)
Members of the rooted crowded running an LG G2 on Verizon can go grab the first nightly builds available of CyanogenMod 10.2. For those unfamiliar, CM 10.2 will bring a vanilla Android-like experience to your device, complete with a ton of customization options and tweaks to make sure you are getting the most out of your device. CM is basically the industry standard of custom ROMs for Android. (more…)
Yesterday afternoon, as everyone was still dealing with all of the Moto X news flying in, Team Douche took to Google+ to announce official support for eight new devices. Six of them are from Motorola and the other two are made by Samsung. Each device will be receiving a build of CyanogenMod 10.2, which is based off of Android 4.3. This news should be pretty exciting for these root-loving devices owners. (more…)
The founder of CyangoenMod, Steve Kondik, took to Google+ to bounce off an idea to his followers concerning Android 4.3 and root access. With the intro of Android 4.3, Google added in some “much-needed” security features which restrict setuid binaries on the system partition, but also limit the capabilities of processes.
With that said (and there’s more to say, but it borderlines developer mumbo jumbo that I am ignorant to), Steve mentions that the need for root may not be there anymore. When he needs root access for a certain situation, he simply tweaks some stuff and makes it happen. But for the masses, he wants his team to focus on the security of the system and doesn’t want to compromise the OS. (more…)
We read the comments in posts and clearly there was a lot of people wondering when Android 4.3 would hit the Galaxy Nexus on Verizon. Of course, this isn’t an official build, but a developer has already released a built-from-source Android 4.3 ROM for the rooted users. Taken straight from Google’s servers with some added tweaks to make the ROM work, this is pretty much what exactly would be rolled out from Verizon. So, if you are ready to be one of the first to run Android 4.3 on your Galaxy Nexus, read on. (more…)
Currently under development, the MoDaCo ROM team is hard at work on SWITCH. The app, which is still in testing, would allow HTC One owners to easily “switch” between a Sense UI ROM and the Google Play Edition ROM. One moment you will be playing with BlinkFeed and Zoes, then the next you will have pure vanilla Android. It will be up to you on how a dual-booting device will benefit you in the long run. (more…)