CyanogenMod

CyanogenMod mystery device tipped with 2.5GHz Snapdragon 8974AC

Cyanogen formed into a company recently and also announced a partnership with OPPO. The partnership news brought word of the OPPO N1 which will be available in two forms -- one that can easily have CyanogenMod installed and a limited edition model that will be running it out of the box. Well, it looks like Steve Kondik is also starting work on another handset, this one with an even faster processor.

CyanogenMod Installer app arrives in the Google Play Store

Cyanogen previously announced that an installer app was going to be coming available in the Play Store. The initial announcement came back in mid-September and at the time word was the installer was going to arrive sometime in the coming weeks. We later saw the folks at Cyanogen go looking for beta testers and it seems the testing phase has wrapped. As of today, the CyanogenMod Installer app is available from the Play Store.

OPPO N1 CyanogenMod Edition will ship internationally in December

OPPO announced the N1 smartphone back in September. That announcement ended a series of rumors, however it didn't answer every question that needed answering. For example, OPPO talked about a regular model N1 and also a limited CyanogenMod edition. Well, it looks like OPPO has since returned with some of those answers. To begin with, both versions of the handset will be available from December.

Android 4.4 may change the way we use custom ROMs

Android 4.4 brought on a lot of changes to the operating system in general terms, but one change to how the system reacts to perceived malware could have a ripple effect. When booting, Android 4.4 uses a device mapper (dm-verity) to reduce the risk of root kits on your OS. This new device mapper checks the filesystem storage, and attempts to detect modifications at the block level.