A group of Android developers have joined forces to create OmniROM, a new ROM in a rapidly shifting Android custom ROM scene. With a title such as "open ROM", this new project sets out to try to occupy a hole recently left by CyanogenMod.
Themer, the popular new app/launcher, has a waitlist approaching several hundred thousand people. The promise is simple: theme your device easily, making it appear fresh on a whim. Accomplished via a link to their MyColorScreen site, which houses various themes for you to use (as well as a tool to build your own!), Themer wants to make the fussy task of theming a device as simple as looking through a picture gallery. No wonder the wait list is so long.
CyanogenMod has just announced that they have kickstarted the build engines for the general release of version 10.1.3 of the popular Android custom ROM. The CyanogenMod 10.1.3 release marks the end of an era as the team moves away from the 10.1 branch towards CyanogenMod 10.2, which is based on Android 4.3 Jelly Bean, and eventually to Android 4.4 KitKat as well.
And so the epic journey continues as the almost legendary HTC HD2 smartphone receives yet another breath of life. Thanks to some ardent souls over at XDA developers, the well-aged smartphone is getting the latest iteration of HTC's custom Android interface, the HTC Sense 5.
The CyanogenMod team has just announced that the special CyanogenMod Account provider that they have previously revealed has now passed code review. As such, the new security feature will be included in future nightly builds.
Many are already beginning to look towards Android 4.3, which would be CyanogenMod 10.2, however the work for CM10.1 is not yet done. In fact, the folks at CyanogenMod have recently been making their way through release candidate versions of CM10.1.3. We saw details of CM10.1.3 RC1 towards the end of August and more recently -- there is CM10.1.3 RC2.
The MoDaCo.SWITCH ROM for the HTC One has been progressing through the beta phase for a little while now. And as we had seen in the past, a separate version was in the works for the Samsung Galaxy S 4. This ROM had launched as an Indiegogo project and in a bit of good news for those who backed the campaign -- beta 1 will be arriving today.
With all the attention being given to upcoming models like the LG G2, the HTC One Max, or the Samsung Galaxy Note III, it is easy to overlook yet another rumored phone. The Sony Honami, which is touted to be the successor of the Xperia Z, already had a lot of leaks, mostly images and renders. But now, we get a chance to see what the Honami might really look and feel like thanks to a custom ROM developed over at XDA.
There are some obvious perks for those carrying and using a Nexus branded device. Perhaps the most talked about is the speed of updates. Google announced Android 4.3 a short time back and the update began rolling-out almost immediately. While getting the official updates is nice to see, the other side of these perks often means quick work when it comes to third party custom ROMs.
Google announced Android 4.3 yesterday. They detailed the changes that could be expected and even said the update would begin rolling out to Nexus devices that same day. And in addition, Google released the Android 4.3 factory images. The catch with all this, there is one Nexus branded device that has once again been snubbed in terms of the update.