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CyanogenMod 10.2 nightlies arrive, along with updated gApps, ClockworkMod Recovery builds

It’s a big week for unofficial Android updates. The CyanogenMod team has started releasing nightly builds of CM10.2 for a handful of phones and tablets. Developer Koushik Dutta is updating his ClockworkMod Recovery tools for a number of Android devices. And there are new versions of the Google Apps available for custom ROM users running […]

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MoDaCo.SWITCH for HTC One hits beta: Dual boot HTC Sense, Google Edition ROMs

The HTC One is available with two different software experiences. Most models of the smartphone ship with HTC’s version of Android which features a custom skin called Sense. Or you can buy a model from the Google Play Store which comes without Sense, and instead offers a pretty much stock Android user experience. If you […]

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CyanogenMod introduces a camera app called Focal

As smartphone adoption continues to grow, so do the number of people carrying digital cameras around in the pockets and handbags. And while some companies, including HTC and Samsung have clearly put an emphasis on improving the camera hardware and software on their Android phones, the stock camera app included in Google Android leaves a […]

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AOKP Jelly Bean 4.2 Milestone 2 custom ROM adds new app launcher, more devices

AOKP is a custom for Android phones and tablets that’s earned a reputation for offering users a ton of ways to customize and tweak their device. But it’s been a while since there’s been a major release of AOKP, which means that folks looking for bleeding edge firmware to run on their mobile devices may […]

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MoDaCo.SWITCH for HTC One will let you flip between Sense, Google Experience

The HTC One smartphone is now available with two different sets of software. You can buy a model from HTC which comes with Android 4.2 Jelly Bean and the HTC Sense user interface. Or you can buy a model from the Google Play Store which comes with the stock Android experience. Whether you prefer Google’s […]

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CyanogenMod 10.1 for the HTC One XL returns, breathes new life into last year’s phone

Before the HTC One, there was the HTC One X (and XL, and S, and V… I think someone forgot to tell the company what “one” means). Launched a few months before the Google Nexus 4, last year’s crop of HTC smartphones featured good displays, speedy processors, and nice design, if you don’t mind a […]

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CyanogenMod 10.1 starts rolling out, no more “release candidates”

CyanogenMod isn’t just one of the most popular custom Android ROMs. It’s one of the most stable. So a lot of testing goes into each new release — which is why it’s been more than a year since the first CyanogenMod 10.1 nightly builds starting going out and it’s just now that the team is dropping […]

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Custom ROM turns HTC First “Facebook Phone” into an HTC Sense device

The HTC First is a mid-range smartphone that ships with the Facebook Home user experience. That means the home screen and lock screen feature images and status updates from your Facebook contacts, and you can use the “chat heads” feature to respond to messages from your contacts from any screen. But under Facebook coating, the […]

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Finless ROM for the MK908 gives you more control of the Android TV stick

Android developer Finless has released one of the first custom ROMs designed specifically for the Tronsmart MK908 Android TV stick. While the MK908 is one of the fastest devices of its type, and offers decent all-around performance, the Finless ROM gives you more control over the way the device works. The Tronsmart MK908 is a […]

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Paranoid Android teases Halo: It’s like Facebook chat heads, but for any app with notifications

One of the most interesting features of Facebook Home for Android is the Chat Heads notification system. Instead of showing an alert in your status bar every time you get a new message from someone you’re chatting with, a picture of that person will pop up on your screen and stay on the screen no […]

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Paranoid Android team bringing multi-window mode to Android

Paranoid Android is a custom version of Android that’s been pushing the boundaries of the platform for a while. The developers were among the first to let users decide on a per-app basis whether to use the tablet or smartphone version of various apps. And Paranoid Android’s PIE menu reinvents the Android button and notification […]