The CyanogenMod that you have come to know intimately over the last several years is now Cyanogen Inc., a company funded by Benchmark Capital and Redpoint Ventures that wants to make installing CyanogenMod easier than ever on your phone. Announced this morning via the official CM blog, Cyanogen Inc. (with $7 million in Series A funding) can now dedicate their resources full-time to continuing to build “best mobile OS—created by the users for users.” (more…)
Google may have just launched the Android Device Manager last week to help you find your lost Android if it ever comes to that, but the CyanogenMod team felt they could do better. The CM team has put together CyanogenMod Account, an end-to-end encrypted app that users can opt into once it starts rolling out, that allows CM to track your device and help you recover it or wipe/flash it if you can’t get to it in time. (more…)
Team Douche began pumping out nightly builds for CyanogenMod 10.2 last night, bringing the Android 4.3-based goodness to quite a few supported devices. Initially supported devices include the Nexus devices, the Galaxy Nexus on VZW, the Bionic, the One on all carriers, and the Galaxy S4. More devices will be supported in the future, but of course these things take time. (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…)
If running the latest builds from CyanogenMod is your calling in life, then you will be ecstatic to find out that Team Douche has pushed Focal to the CM10.2 repositories. For those unfamiliar, Focal is first feature that the CM team unveiled for the project Nemesis, a modified camera app that brings the joys of AOSP, but with some extra goodies to make taking pictures a fun time. With the code now being pumped into all CM10.2 nightlies, anyone running the latest builds that are built off of Android 4.3, will be able to enjoy the new feature. (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…)
Google Voice, while an amazing concept and at times brilliant product, has been neglected by Google for the last couple of years and is for the most part incredibly frustrating to use these days. It still doesn’t do MMS, but maybe more importantly, users have been forced to use the painfully buggy and slow Google Voice app for texting rather than some of the more popular SMS apps available. Thanks to Koush, that second issue may have been fixed. (more…)