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OPPO offers preview to ColorOS 2.1.0i, based on Android 5.0

OPPO users are relatively happy with the hardware they get on the Chinese company’s phones. The OPPO Find 7 and Find 7a are decidedly popular because they feature robust specs at a relatively low price point. It is usually the software that drives the users nuts, with OPPO seemingly very slow to update its proprietary ColorOS up to Android Lollipop standards. Well, they may have taken their sweet time about it, but it seems that day is drawing near as OPPO unveils ColorOS 2.1.0i.

Special bootloaders from Sony to allow recovery access

If there’s probably just one thing you’d hate about owning a Sony Xperia device, it’s probably the bootloaders that prohibit booting into a recovery partition. Make no mistake about it, Sony Xperia devices are known for their aesthetic and chic minimalist design, and their premium hardware. But tweaking the software to run the custom ROM you want is always a huge headache.

Ancient HP TouchPad able to run Android 5.1.1 Lollipop

Remember that time around four years ago when manufacturers were scrambling to match Apple’s iPad, and HP came out with the TouchPad – which was a resounding loss? Yeah, most of you won’t even remember, but history does. The HP TouchPad first came out with webOS as its platform, but as HP gave up on it, some of those who purchased the ill-fated tablet have been installing Android AOSP ROMs to the venerable tablet over the years. It’s no surprise that it’s able to run Lollipop as well.

Chainfire ups beta of Flashfire, makes flashing that much easier

Everybody who tweaks their Android OS, or ones who use custom ROMs, know the risk, effort and hassle it takes to flash files to make your OS just so. Samsung and Nexus users will be familiar with ODIN, and maybe even Mobile ODIN, which you would use heavily in flashing these tweaks into your phone. Well, Chainfire is working on a simpler solution – an app called FlashFire, which will basically handle the flashing of these files in a simpler way.

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.

Breathe in, OxygenOS is finally here

It has finally launched – China-based device makers OnePlus has finally released the first build of their in-house version of Android called OxygenOS. You will remember that the manufacturer’s outstanding first flagship device – the OnePlus One smartphone – came out with Cyanogen’s version of Android. The falling out between the two parties forced OnePlus to consider making their own software, and here we are – OxygenOS is finally upon us.

SkyDragon, the first HTC One M8 custom ROM with Sense 7, Lollipop

The HTC One M8 continues to receive a lot of support from the custom ROM development community, but we think this newly-released SkyDragon ROM for the HTC One M8 deserves notable mention. The developers claim to be the first ROM to integrate the new and unreleased Sense 7 UI. They also claim to be the first Lollipop-based ROM for the One M8.
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