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CyanogenMod disables root access by default, now requires user configuration

Friday, March 16th, 2012

CyanogenMod disables root access by default, keeps it as an optionHoly crap! CyanogenMod, the custom ROM of choice for many power users, will no longer offer root access upon first install. Now before you panic, let’s make this part clear: everyone so inclined may still enable superuser access — for ADB, apps or both — from the Developer Options menu. The biggest change, in fact, is that CyanogenMod is making a significant departure from the majority of custom ROM developers, which offer root access to all users by default (and often without their knowledge). The move is an attempt by CyanogenMod leaders to make the platform more secure, and given the number of ROMs that are based on CyanogenMod (or glean its packages), we wouldn’t be particularly surprised to see this feature become more commonplace amongst other custom Android ROMs. To learn more about the rationale of the project leaders, be sure to hit up the source link below.

CyanogenMod disables root access by default, now requires user configuration originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 16 Mar 2012 22:06:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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CyanogenMod passes 1 million downloads, banned app store coming soon?

Thursday, January 12th, 2012

One of the advantages of owning an Android device is the ability to install a custom ROM and making your device perfect for your tastes. You can’t talk about custom ROMs without mentioning the king of them all, CyanogenMod, which has just surpassed 1 million downloads. Created by Steve “Cyanogen” Kondik, the CyanogenMod team offers up-to-date custom ROMs that extend a phone’s capabilities with added features and utilities. Additionally, CM team member Koushik Dutta has been dabbling into the idea of creating an app store exclusively for root apps. With carriers and Google continuing to police the Android Market, removing tether apps, one click root apps, and emulators, Koush has become increasingly frustrated and originally proposed the idea of a root app store to Amazon, however the company was not interested. The proposed store would be open-source and available to any custom ROM, not just CyanogenMod.

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CM9 launcher available in alpha, ROM flashers tweak in anticipation

Tuesday, December 27th, 2011

January’s right around the corner and with the promise of a new year comes the anticipated release of CM9. So, to whet those ROM-flashing appetites, the CyanogenMod team’s made an alpha of its Trebuchet launcher available as an .apk and .zip file over on XDA, bringing with it the ability to customize the number of homescreens, resize widgets and sort the app drawer, amongst other planned features. As is the nature of Android’s underbelly, you’ll need to have your device rooted, as well as running 4.0.3 in order to take part. And if you do decide to take the plunge, remember this is far from the final build, so things are bound to get buggy. Check out the source below to preview the ICS goods.

CM9 launcher available in alpha, ROM flashers tweak in anticipation originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 28 Dec 2011 00:50:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Another alleged HTC Vigor leak: HD display, 1.5GHz dual-core, Beats Audio

Monday, September 26th, 2011

We know the high-end HTC Vigor exists, but we’re still in the dark about its precise specs — not least because a previous ‘leak’ turned out to be double Dutch. Now an Italian dude by the name of Fabio Mele reckons he’s gotten hold of Verizon’s ROM for the Vigor and extracted a ton of information, including tutorial videos (which yielded the render above) and key hardware credentials. And they’re some credentials: a 4.3-inch screen with 720 lines of LG-rivalling HD craziness, a dual-core 1.5GHz processor, 1GB RAM and an 8MP rear camera. The reported ROM also contains HTC’s much-hyped Beats Audio software, which we’ve experimented with on the Un-American Sensation XE. We’re taking all this with a pinch of salt if you don’t mind, Signor Mele, but we want to believe you, we really do.

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Another alleged HTC Vigor leak: HD display, 1.5GHz dual-core, Beats Audio originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 26 Sep 2011 07:42:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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HTC Flyer Honeycomb ROM leaks, not for the timid tableter

Friday, September 2nd, 2011
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One of the biggest knocks against the HTC Flyer when it launched (besides the extra $80 the stylus would cost you) was that it shipped with a Sensed-up version of Gingerbread, instead of the more tablet-appropriate Honeycomb. But, with the Android 3.1-packing Puccini now official, the Taiwanese manufacturer is working to bring the rest of its inbetweeners up to speed and, as usual, the devs appear to have sprung a leak. There’s not much information about the early Flyer Honeycomb beta that just dropped on MoDaCo, courtesy of Paul O’Brien, but it’s already packaged up in RUU form and ready for flashing. It goes without saying, this is not for the faint of heart. If you cherish things like stability and reliability (you know, if you’re a wimp) it’s probably best to hold out for an official release. The bold can download it now at the source link.

HTC Flyer Honeycomb ROM leaks, not for the timid tableter originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 02 Sep 2011 17:21:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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HTC HD2 keeps spry with Mango RTM and custom ROM, looks to clear final hurdle (video)

Sunday, August 28th, 2011

You likely know the HTC HD2 as the phone that just can’t be held in the past. While it started life with Windows Mobile 6.5, it’s since met better fortunes with Android, Meego, and most recently… NoDo. Now, after the leak of Windows Phone Mango RTM, things are about to heat up once again. First, we’ve come across a video that clearly shows the HD2 gobbling up version 7720 of this tropical fruit without missing a beat. Also, xda-developers members YukiXDA and xboxmod are preparing to release their own concept ROM based on this release. Both projects are currently held back by the OS’s inability to properly recognize the phone’s microSD card, but that seems to be the final step before a full scale release. If you’re interested, check the video after the break and make sure to bookmark the source link. Life is about to get a whole lot more interesting for your HD2.

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HTC HD2 keeps spry with Mango RTM and custom ROM, looks to clear final hurdle (video) originally appeared on Engadget on Sun, 28 Aug 2011 14:07:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Steve Kondik, Cyanogen of CyanogenMod fame, joins Samsung Mobile [Blip]

Monday, August 15th, 2011

New CyanogenMod lets you rule Android app permissions with an iron fist

Tuesday, May 24th, 2011

We’ve recently seen Google crack down on rogue apps and patch some server-side security issues, but let’s not forget Android does have a small measure of built-in security: app permissions. But as with those pesky EULAs, many users tend to breeze through the permissions screen. And Android forces even the most attentive readers to accept or deny all permissions requested by an app. But the newest nightly builds of the CyanogenMod custom ROM include a clever patch allowing users to grant and revoke permissions individually — something like the TISSA security manager we’re still awaiting. Obviously playing God with permissions can crash your applications: with great power comes great responsibility. But we figure if you’re running aftermarket firmware on a rooted phone, you’re comfortable experimenting. See how it works in the video after the break, then hit the source link to download.

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New CyanogenMod lets you rule Android app permissions with an iron fist originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 24 May 2011 13:34:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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HTC Puccini to bring 10-inch form factor, LTE to AT&T?

Tuesday, May 17th, 2011

Chinese blog 911Sniper has uncovered evidence of a new, HTC tablet with a 10-inch form factor. Being called the HTC Puccini, the Android 3.0.1 slate boasts a 1.5GHz Qualcomm MSM8660 processor, 1280 x 800 pixel WXGA resolution, HTC’s Sense experience, and an AT&T compatible LTE radio. The Puccini, should it come to market, would be a larger version of the company’s Flyer offering — complete with Scribe pen support. HTCSniper has a good track record when it comes to unearthing HTC hardware through ROM leaks, so we wouldn’t be too surprised to see this one get official in the near future. 

[Via Engadget]

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Sprint’s HTC Kingdom 4G Android phone detailed

Thursday, May 5th, 2011

HTC enthusiast forum 911sniper has gotten its hands on a ROM from the HTC Kingdom, an unannounced Android 2.3.3 smartphone that we now know to be headed to Sprint. We’ve seen the Kingdom in a very blurry image before, but this time several full specs and other details have become available. The device reportedly has a Qualcomm MSM7630 Snapdragon processor clocked at 1.2GHz, 768MB of RAM, a 4-inch qHD display, and a camera capable of recording 720p HD video. The leaked ROM also reveals support for 802.11b/g/n and Sprint’s 4G WiMAX network. Sprint has yet to confirm the device’s existence, so we’re not sure exactly when this device will hit the market, but let’s hope it happens soon because it definitely looks like a nice incremental upgrade.

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Holy reverse KIRF Batman! Meizu M9 ROM ported to HTC EVO 4G

Saturday, January 15th, 2011

Some industrious hackers have created a port of the Meizu M9 ROM for the HTC EVO 4G, bringing a little KIRF flavor to Sprint’s favorite jumbo phone. The port is still in the developmental stages, but most of the M9 functionality appears to already be working, with only the port from GSM to CDMA and tweaks to screen resolution left to do. After a little spit-shine to make sure the build is stable, EVO owners can finally see what the Meizu M9 fuss is all about without having to actually buy one. Of course, why you’d actually want to do this to your perfectly functional Android phone is a question that may never truly find a legitimate answer.

Holy reverse KIRF Batman! Meizu M9 ROM ported to HTC EVO 4G originally appeared on Engadget on Sat, 15 Jan 2011 05:57:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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T-Mobile myTouch 4G ROM leak includes teaser video, speed-enhanced moniker

Monday, October 18th, 2010

We always thought it was peculiar that T-Mobile’s third myTouch phone would be simply called “myTouch,” especially when earlier leaks tacked on “HD” for good measure. Aspects of the device’s ROM leak suggests that isn’t necessarily the case — or, at least, it wasn’t always. A teaser video (presented in a phone-friendly, portrait resolution) was found wading through the lines of code, serving to both highlight key features (genius button, HD camcorder, video chat, screen sharing) and conclude with a differentiating designation: myTouch 4G. That 4G would be in reference to HSPA+, of course, whether or not its competition sees things as such. For all we know, though, this could be an earlier version of the footage and 4G has since been dropped from, rather than added to, its official handle. Then again, what’s in a name? That which we call a myTouch by any other name would surely run as swift. Video after the break.

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T-Mobile myTouch 4G ROM leak includes teaser video, speed-enhanced moniker originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 18 Oct 2010 22:06:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Purported HTC Spark Windows Phone 7 ROM leak suggests Vodafone home, Trophy doppelganger

Tuesday, September 28th, 2010

It’s been decades, in internet years, since we caught wind of a 4.3-inch, 1.3GHz HTC Mondrian via a leaked Windows Phone 7 ROM. The sun rises, the sun sets, life returned to normal, and yet… here we are again. This ROM comes care of a purported Vodafone leak and sports the name (so much as the filename hints) HTC Spark, a render of which bears striking resemblance to the Trophy we espied last week. Spark itself popped up as recent as early August on a sheet that cliamed a 3.7-inch 480 x 800 display, 1GHz Snapdragon processor, 512MB RAM, and a 5 megapixel camera. Can all these loose threads tie together to form one cohesive smartphone sweater? Not yet, but it’s getting there.

Purported HTC Spark Windows Phone 7 ROM leak suggests Vodafone home, Trophy doppelganger originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 28 Sep 2010 10:50:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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DROID X videoed running custom ROM

Monday, August 30th, 2010

Happy Monday to all those DROID X owners anxious to shoehorn a custom ROM onto their handsets. A Twitter user has posted of video of the DROID X running the Android 2.2, Sapphire AOSP 2.2 ROM. While the DROID X had been rooted, it had not yet been loaded with a custom ROM due to several extra security measures put in place by Motorola. We’ve got the 59-second video — complete with questionable background music — after the break. Hopefully an instruction set and stable build will surface next.

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T-Mobile G2 build flashes to other devices to great results, new widgets

Sunday, August 29th, 2010

Remember that T-Mobile G2 build that leaked out earlier this week? Even if you didn’t, the ROM still managed to find its way onto other Android devices by way of some clever (if not elementary, dear Watson) hacking, and from that very binary comes some vivid imagery. Nothing too surprising or earth-shattering, unless of course you find a Google Voice widget absolutely mind-blowing. And if you do, well, you’re welcome.

T-Mobile G2 build flashes to other devices to great results, new widgets originally appeared on Engadget on Sun, 29 Aug 2010 13:33:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Leaked T-Mobile G2 ROM brings Google Voice widgets for your existing Android phone

Saturday, August 28th, 2010

If you’re a Google Voice lover, there is a pretty good chance you’ll jump at the opportunity to install the latest leaked version. Not only does it contain ever-exciting unspecified changes since it’s a new version, it also brings homescreen widgets. Something most people have been waiting for, the widgets allow shortcuts for composing a text message, seeing your Google Voice calling balance, settings access, and the ability to toggle Google Voice. It all comes from the leaked ROM for the T-Mobile G2, made by HTC, that’s been making the rounds lately. Going to give a go? We’re loading up the .apk now!

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