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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.

Samsung Galaxy S3 gets Lollipop with Paranoid Android ROM

This is a testament to how well Samsung built the Galaxy S3, that it is still alive and kicking – and custom Lollipop ROMs are still being built for it today. We have to remember that the Samsung Galaxy S3 was once king of the smartphone world, and a lot of units are still being used even to this day. With this Paranoid Android build, the Galaxy S3 can start experiencing some Lollipop goodness – with a few bugs here and there.

OnePlus OxygenOS team grabs Paranoid Android developers

OnePlus says that it is close to fully revealing the stuff that makes up its new OxygenOS. But before that, it is teasing its fans with a few juicy tidbits, like the core people who will be working on its own custom Android ROM. The startup was able to gather quite an international team of designers and developers, but quite curiously, six out of its eight core members actually come from the core developers of CyanogenMod's biggest ROM rival, Paranoid Android.

OmniROM shows signs of life, shares Lollipop progress

It's been a while since we've last heard from OmniROM but the rather ambitious project hasn't exactly gone silently into the night. The open source project is still alive and kicking even if it doesn't try to grab the spotlight like CyanogenMod and Paranoid Android often do. For this round, the team is shedding some light on their Android 5.0 activities and sadly, it's not all good news. The good news is, of course, that there is enough progress to soon have nightlies for supported devices.

OnePlus Oxygen UI leaked, Lollipop ROM teased

OnePlus seems to be picking up the pace to put its device back on track after the ugly mess it was involved with in India. Cyanogen Inc just recently tweeted that it was quite ready with a Lollipop build for the OnePlus One and based on a video from OnePlus itself, an Android 5.0 ROM is indeed ready. Whether it comes from Cyanogen or OnePlus directly, we don't know yet. What we do know, however, thanks to a leak, is that Oxygen OS will be colorfully flat.

OnePlus names own Android ROM as Oxygen, Hydrogen in China

It's no secret that OnePlus is cutting its ties with Cyanogen over the fiasco with Micromax in India. It has been developing its own custom ROM to replace CyanogenMod in its future devices. And while it isn't yet revealing what that ROM will look like or will offer, it is now announcing its chosen name. Its ROM will be called "Oxygen OS", at least in the rest of the world. But in China, it will be called Hydrogen instead.

Flyme OS 4 beta for Nexus 5 gets leaked

Xiaomi's MIUI won't be the only game in town soon, especially on the Nexus 5. The Chinese-made custom ROM has had many fans, but it seems like Meizu wants a piece of that pie as well. A leaked image of this Chinese manufacturer's custom-made Flyme OS 4 for the Nexus 5 has popped up and is making rounds over the net. And while the brave first testers described the ROM as "beautiful", subsequent tests revealed showstopper bugs that definitely confirms this image as an unofficial beta version.

HTC HD2 boots up with Android 5.0 Lollipop

Apart from the Nexus S, there’s another device that has received a long list of upgraded Android versions – this is the HTC Leo, more popularly known as the HTC HD2. This is a testament to the versatile hardware build of the device that years after its release, it is still able to boot and run Android 5.0.

CyanogenMod gets the ball rolling for Lollipop-based CM12

Among the flood of CES 2015 news this week, this announcement is probably what CyanogenMod fans have been waiting for to kickstart the new year. The developers of Android's most popular custom ROM have just switched on CyanogenMod 12 nightly builds for as much as 31 devices and variants. And with that, of course, comes the sweet promise of Android 5.0 Lollipop descending upon its users in the near future.
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