Classic devices get Android 5.1, Motorola Xoom, Samsung Galaxy S II

Two old warhorses are getting a taste of Lollipop these days – the Motorola Xoom, one of Motorola (and Verizon’s) first premium tablets, and the Samsung Galaxy S II, the smartphone that started global smartphone domination for Samsung. These devices are ancient by current standards and have no right to be running the latest and greatest Android version, but it is a testament to their robust hardware design and the commitment of aftermarket software developers that this is even possible.

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.

OmniROM looking to put out Android 5.0-friendly version soon

We’ve talked about OmniROM a number of times already here at Android Community. This was a project started a few years back in the wake of the CyanogenMod ROM project going commercial, and the response to the project has been very warm, with a number of famous developers getting on with the program. There were questions on how fast they were going to be able to put out a Lollipop-flavored ROM, and seeing as they were able to boot a device recently under Android 5.0, it shouldn’t take long.

OmniROM successfully boots using Android 5.0

We were thinking that it might take a while for the independent ROM developers to get at Android 5.0 Lollipop and integrate it into their builds – mainly because a lot of people would probably want to explore and enjoy pure vanilla Android Lollipop first. But lo and behold, the OmniROM project has become the first to integrate Android 5.0 to their build and have a device boot up OmniROM with a Lollipop flavor.

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.
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