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Sony Xperia Arc S ROM ported to Galaxy Nexus

When considering Android modders and the projects they choose to devote themselves to, the question "Why?" often arises. And the answer, almost universally, is "why not?" Such is the case with GNexusTimeScape, a new ROM for the Galaxy Nexus from noted XDA member koaaN. The custom ROM takes the interface, apps and widgets from the Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc S - an older, smaller and considerably weaker phone - and puts them front and center on the Galaxy Nexus.

Ice Cream Sandwich tablet UI ported to Samsung Galaxy Note

We've seen the ubiquitous Galaxy Nexus get a mod that enables the user interface from the tablet flavor of Ice Cream Sandwich, but now it's come to something a little more useful. A user from RootGalaxyNote.com posted a video of Samsung's super-sized smartphone running in tablet mode. Obviously the 5.3-inch Samsung Galaxy Note has a lot more reason to run a tablet modification than its smaller brothers. You can download the "imilka" custom tablet ROM here.

AOKP ICS Build 30 ready to download now [UPDATE: Build 31 already!]

As previously noted, we're big fans of the Android Open Kang Project, more colloquially known as AOKP. The much-anticipated Build 30 of the custom Ice Cream Sandwich ROM is available for download now, complete with custom app shortcuts in the navigation bar for Galaxy Nexus users. There are also stable builds for the Samsung Nexus S, Nexus S 4G, Galaxy S, Galaxy Tab 10.1 and 8.9, the HTC Sensation, EVO 4G,  Incredible and Incredible 2, the Motorola XOOM, the ASUS Eee Pad Transformer TF101, the Acer IConia Tab A500, and the HP TouchPad. AOKP is also, without a doubt, the best pink unicorn-themed ROM available.

Nook Touch hack enables multi-touch on e-ink

The Nook Color and Nook Tablet get the most attention out of Barnes & Noble's e-reader line, at least from an Android modder standpoint, but many forget that all of the Nook devices run Android - and all have been thoroughly modded. Even the humble Nook Touch has been thoroughly rooted with custom apps and ROMs, though the e-ink reader's hardware limitation prevents some of the more basic Android tasks from being completed. One of those can be disregarded now: XDA members wheiltijohnny and Mani100 have devised some custom code that enables multi-touch gestures for the diminutive e-ink reader.

Custom Ice Cream Sandwich navigation buttons coming in AOKP

We've made no secret of our love for the Android Open Kang Project, known more informally as AOKP. Team Kang's custom builds of open source Android 4.0 have become some of the most popular on the Galaxy Nexus and a growing number of other devices. Team member Zaphod Beeblebrox (a hoopy frood who really knows where his towel is) posted a preview of the upcoming Build 30, which has an interesting surprise in store: customizable shortcuts on the Galaxy Nexus navigation bar.

CyanogenMod team picks a new mascot: say hello to “rAndy”

Here's some fun news for CyanogenMod 9 users: you'll be getting a new mascot in a nightly ROM soon, and no, it isn't a duck. After a lengthy submission and approval process, the team of developers chose Caio Avles' design for a new logo and mascot, and have tentatively christened the little guy below "rAndy". That may or may not be the final name. You can expect to see the little guy show up in new ROMs and on the CyanogenMod website in the next few weeks, as the final touches are put on the CyanogenMod 9 Ice Cream Sandwich.

ClockworkMod Touch available for the ASUS Transformer and Transformer Prime

Koush's ClockworkMod custom recovery is the de facto standard for Android modders out there, and in the last few months a few devices like the Galaxy Nexus have been given beta versions of ClockworkMod Touch. Today that small number of (official) devices extended by two. The ASUS Eee Pad Transformer Prime and the original Transformer are both officially supported as of now - you can download and install ClockworkMod Touch via the ROM Manager app.

April Fools gone wrong: CyanogenMod joke release still in use a year later

We all love a good April Fool's joke. Well, not all of us. Not I, certainly. Not any of us here at Android Community, since we steadfastly avoided the whole mess this year. But if you're a frequent user of the CyanogenMod family's nightly ROM updates, you may remember their 2011 joke: changing the name of the ROM to "TehUberDuckDistro" for a single nightly release, and replacing the familiar skateboarding Android with... well, a creepy-looking duck. All in good fun, right? Well for a few flashers, either they didn't get the joke or they're really out of date: 29 users of TDUD are still around and logging info with CyanogenMod's built-in reporting app.