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CM12.1 for HTC One M9 drops at XDA, still unofficial

So it’s not official, but it’s there and available just the same. For the lot of you who are totally done with the Sense UI on your HTC One M9 and want to switch to something more AOSP-like – say like, CM12 probably – then we’re happy to tell you that such a thing now exists over at XDA forums. Cue mass rejoicing from HTC One M9 owners.

Cyanogenmod’s CM11 now ported for the Amazon Fire Phone

I’ve heard lots of people talk about the Amazon Fire Phone as a “pretty good phone if you consider the hardware”. And that it is – you can’t look at the Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor, HD display, Corning Gorilla Glass 3 (front and back) and say the hardware sucks – it most definitely does not. But everybody, and I mean everybody, will reach that point where Amazon’s proprietary Fire OS will trip them up. It’s simply that much far behind the stock Android experience that it renders itself pretty much as a bad experience. To counter that, the guys at XDA have ported CM11 for the Fire Phone.

Classic devices get Android 5.1, Motorola Xoom, Samsung Galaxy S II

Two old warhorses are getting a taste of Lollipop these days – the Motorola Xoom, one of Motorola (and Verizon’s) first premium tablets, and the Samsung Galaxy S II, the smartphone that started global smartphone domination for Samsung. These devices are ancient by current standards and have no right to be running the latest and greatest Android version, but it is a testament to their robust hardware design and the commitment of aftermarket software developers that this is even possible.

CyanogenMod to release Gello, a Chromium-based browser

If there’s one thing you can be sure of, it’s that you will never run out of browser choices for Android – in the Google Play Store alone, you may possibly drown in all the choices you have for browser apps. Today we have an announcement that CyanogenMod – those guys behind your CM11 and CM12 custom ROMs – that they are working on “Gello”, a browser that is based on the open source Chromium code.

CyanogeMod isn’t getting into bed with Microsoft, CM12.1 nears

Android news might still be ringing abut Cyanogen, Inc.'s partnership with Microsoft to preload the latter's apps into Cyanogen OS. While this is no different from Samsung's similar deal, the fact that it is Cyanogen making it has caused a stir among the Android community, particularly those in the ROM community. The ramifications of this business move is a topic fit for another day, on a post of its own. In the meantime, however, CyanogenMod, not Cyanogen, is assuring its users that it isn't taking a similar path.

CM 12.1 teaser: integrated root, reorganized settings, and more

Lest you think CyanogenMod is all about the (commercial) Cyanogen OS lately, this new update from the open source community should reassure you that it is business as usual. In fact, you could probably say business is booming. Following up on their previous CyangenMod 12.1 report, the team is now detailing a few more changes that users can look forward to when the nightlies hit the build machines. And indeed, there are some rather interesting features up ahead, proving once again that innovation doesn't go to sleep at CyanogenMod.
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