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Android L heads-up notifications feature out in APK format

We told you that the Android L Developer Preview would be picked clean of its standout features, and what do you know, here’s another one. Very conspicuous in that Google I/O keynote for Android L was a new slide-down notification area, this feature apparently called “Heads-up notifications.” You will be happy to know that this is now available for non-rooted devices in APK format.

Android L developer preview now rooted on Nexus 5 and 7

Well that was fast. The Android “L” test firmware – a developer preview for the Android version that was revealed at the Google I/O keynote and the one that we will all probably get the full version by later this year – was released for the Nexus 5 and Nexus 7 devices yesterday. And today, root access is delivered by the good folks at XDA (hooray!).

Android L keyboard APK available for non-rooted devices

We’re going to have to get used to this, aren't we? By “this” we mean native Android L apps being extracted from Google's developer preview shared to the Android-using world for “testing”. One of those apps is Android L's keyboard, recently extracted from a system dump and made available by flashing it onto your rooted device. And what do you know, now it has also arrived via an apk installer for non-rooted devices. (yay!)

OnePlus One plus TWRP equals possibilities

OnePlus' first smartphone caused a bit of a sensation, both in a good and in a bad way, but its utility has so far been quite limited. But now with an official TWRP recovery image available for the OnePlus One, the Android community will be able to gird their loins and finally put the smartphone to the custom ROM test.

Chainfire foresees rooting problems in upcoming Android 4.4.3

The creator of the popular SuperSU and CF-Auto-Root tools has been quite vocal about his concerns regarding changes in the Android Open Source Project that affect rooting on Android. Now that Android 4.4.3, or 4.5, could just be around the corner, Chainfire is raising some potential issues that could change or even break the way devs and users approach root access on Android.
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