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CyanogenMod 11 M11 is out with another round of polishes

No, you're not seeing double. This is indeed CM11 M11, or to be more verbose, the 11th milestone release for CyanogenMod version 11. This release is sort of less spectacular than previous ones and probably rightly so. It hints that most of the development is now focused more on fine tuning than introducing big, invasive, and potentially disruptive features. It could also be the calm before the storm when Android L is released and all development hell breaks loose.

MultiROM now on the HTC One M8, Samsung Galaxy S4

We have already shown you what MultiROM can do – it is a great piece of Android software developed by XDA developer “Tassadar” that allows devices to boot into different ROMs each time it boots up. To date, a number of Motorola devices have gotten MultiROM ports, as well as the LG G2, the Sony Xperia Z and the OnePlus One. Looks like a few more popular devices will get multi-boot capability now – the HTC One M8 and the Samsung Galaxy S4.

Paranoid Android 4.6 Beta 1 now available

Paranoid Android is one of the many flavors of Android out there that are focused on open devices. Paranoid Android is updated regularly and the last time we talked about it was in mid-August when 4.5 beta 2 landed for fans to try out. Only a few weeks later we have a new beta version that brings Paranoid Android to 4.6 Beta 1.

OmniROM extends contact grouping to external syncing

Our phonebook lists have probably grown so long that the only way to tame these wild beasts would be to corral them into groups. While Android's People contacts app does have that capability, it is limited only to Google's proprietary syncing service or Microsoft Exchange. Ever an advocate of open source solutions, OmniROM has introduced a patch that opens the doors for other external syncing services to get the same functionality.

MIUI v6 launched, goes flat and simple

Xiaomi has just released a major overhaul of its custom ROM, MIUI version 6. Calling it "visually stunning, stunningly simple", the Chinese manufacturer has opted to drop the aging skeumorphic design of the past decade and embraced the more minimalistic and flatter look. Just in time to catch up with iOS' own transition to the new design language.
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