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  1. Lineage OS Announces A Bunch Of Newly Supported Devices For Its Preview Builds Last month, Cyanogen announced that it was shutting down its offices, leaving the future of CyanogenMod in question. However, from the company's digital ashes rose a new project called Lineage OS. The developer team behind the operating system announced that it would support more than 80 devices. However, at launch, it only supported a handful of devices. Now, the company has updated its roster of supported devices, adding a number of older handsets to the list. Previously, the developer team had only included the LG Nexus 5X, Huawei Nexus 6P, Motorola Moto G4 / G4 Plus, Nextbit Robin and Xiaomi Redmi 1S. The company has now updated its list of supported devices to include: Asus Nexus 7 2013 (4G / Wi-Fi) LG Nexus 5 Huawei Honor 5X LG G4 (T-Mobile / International) LG G3 S LG G3 Beat Motorola Moto X Pure (2015) Motorola Moto E Motorola Moto G Motorola Moto G4 Play OnePlus One Oppo Find 7a Oppo Find 7s Samsung Samsung Galaxy S III (AT&T / Sprint / T-Mobile / Verizon / International) Samsung Galaxy S II (International) Sony Xperia SP Xiaomi Mi 3w and Mi 4 Xiaomi Mi 5 Xiaomi Mi Max Xiaomi Redmi 3/Prime Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 As can be seen, the list of devices has increased drastically. That said, the developer team has not announced how many installs its operating system has garnered. Previously, the company had announced that experimental builds of Lineage OS had been downloaded more than 50,000 times. This figure is bound to change with more devices being supported everyday. You can download the latest nightly and experimental builds on supported handsets by heading over to the download page here. Source
  2. Android 7.1.1 Nougat Running Surprisingly Well on a 7-Year Old Galaxy S1 Samsung released the Galaxy S in June 2010 YouTuber XTvideos posted a video showing how Android 7.1.1 Nougat performs on the 7-year old Galaxy S smartphone, announced in March 2010 and released a couple of months later in June. The video shows the first boot of Galaxy S1 i9000 running the latest version of Android. Obviously, this is an unofficial CM version of Nougat, nobody expects Samsung to release an update for devices so old. The smartphone runs a bit slow, it takes some time to load the settings menu, and the phone is running a clean OS, no apps were flashed. The user installed CyanogenMod 14.1 on the Galaxy S (GT-I9000), and since it’s an unofficial version, the phone is a bit slow in certain areas. The phone also appears to have the December security patch, which was the latest when the video was uploaded. 512MB of RAM and Hummingbird chipset inside The video shows that 7.1.1 Nougat contains most of the features that you would expect, like a revamped notification area and even quick reply. The phone can open all settings menus and it provides the user with access to developer options, without crashing, freezing or shutting down. Samsung’s Galaxy S1 (GT-I9000) had a 4-inch AMOLED display with 480 x 800 pixel resolution and Corning Gorilla Glass coating on top. It ran Android 2.1 Eclair out of the box and later received an update to 2.3 Gingerbread. These two versions haven’t been included in Android Distribution reports for quite some time now, meaning that they’re market share is well below 0.1%. Moving on the Galaxy S1 came with 512MB of RAM, 8 or 16GB of internal storage which could be expanded to 32GB with a microSD card and ran a Hummingbird chipset or Exynos 3110 with a 1.0GHz Cortex-A8 processor, coupled with PowerVR SGX540 graphics processing units. Rear camera capacity reached 5MP with autofocus, while the secondary camera was VGA. The phone drew power from a removable 1,500mAh battery. Source
  3. Where Can You Download LineageOS, CyanogenMod's Replacement? It's only a matter of weeks since we learned that CyanogenMod was closing down and LineageOS would replace it. At the time, little was known about the launch schedule for the open source, Android-based operating system, but that has all changed. On Friday, the LineageOS team announced that builds will "start rolling out this weekend". At time of writing the downloads have yet to make an appearance, but there is a download portal ready for you to keep an eye on. The team excitedly says that "it's nearly 'go time' for builds to start flowing", and advertised the availability of the Lineage infrastructure status page. More usefully, there is also a wiki for the OS, as well as a stats page that shows (at time of writing) that even before builds have been officially made available, there have been more than 75,000 installs. But what about the all-important download page? There is now a LineageOS Downloads portal up and running, but despite the proclamation that downloads would roll out this weekend, the page currently disappointingly reads: "Coming soon". What's clear, however, is that LineageOS is about to arrive any second, and with this in mind the development team has shared further details about what to expect: More than this, eager users are provided with more details about how the actual installation process will work: If you're missing CyanogenMod, now is the time to turn your attention to the LineageOS download page. Source Alternate Source: First Official Lineage OS Builds To Roll Out This Weekend
  4. Cyanogen Inc shutting down CyanogenMod nightly builds and other services, CM will live on as Lineage Cyanogen Inc. has finally delivered a bullet to the brain – of CyanogenMod. After years of tumultuous turnovers in the company, Cyanogen recently announced that the company would consolidate all of their efforts into a new Cyanogen Modular OS program. As a part of their consolidation, the company announced that many of their employees, including Cyanogen (Steve Kondik) himself, would part ways with the company. Finally, today the company announced that all Cyanogen services and Cyanogen-supported nightly builds will be discontinued after December 31st, 2016. Cyanogen Inc announced the shutdown, which includes the CyanogenMod build service , in a very short blog post, stating: After Cyanogen Inc. announced this news on their official blog, many people were confused and speculated what would really happen to CyanogenMod. Some people were convinced that nothing would change with respect to their favorite custom ROM, in no small part thanks to many blogs misinterpreting the Cyanogen Inc. statement. However, the team behind CyanogenMod clarified what this would mean for the popular Android distribution in a separate blog post. In essence, here is the gist of what will be changing: All monetary and infrastructural support for CyanogenMod from Cyanogen Inc. will cease. This includes paid developers contributing code to the open source project as well as nightly build servers. As such, CyanogenMod will no longer receive nightly builds after December 31st. But wait, what if the team simply finds another host to build nightlies? The CyanogenMod team will not continue official development on the project. Cyanogen Inc. owns the rights to the brand, so the CyanogenMod team has decided that it is no longer worth continuing development for the open source distribution without monetary or infrastructural support. In addition, even if the team were to find an alternative revenue stream (perhaps via donations), the trouble isn’t worth it due to the potential legal issues that could be involved if Cyanogen Inc., and all brands that the company owns including CyanogenMod, were to be sold to another company. Plus, the team argues that the CyanogenMod brand has been tainted due to its association with Cyanogen, so new users may be wary of installing CyanogenMod. However, CyanogenMod will rebrand as LineageOS. We’ve been hearing of this project behind the scenes for the past few weeks, but now we have official confirmation regarding its purpose. This effort, presumably run by Steve Kondik himself, is hoping to revitalize what made CyanogenMod so great – a grassroots, community-driven effort at an Android distribution. We don’t know if LineageOS will take off, but it’s conceivable that if it does, the team could find a build server and set everything up to mimic the old CyanogenMod infrastructure – the end result of which would mean that little would change for the end user. Cyanogen Inc. is not shutting down – at least not yet. This was made clear in the earlier blog post, but I’ve seen some confusion regarding the news that warranted some clarification. The company is downsizing and will focus on a new project (the “Cyanogen Modular OS” program), and they are merely cutting off services that they believe they can no longer maintain. Source: Cyngn.com xda-developers.com
  5. Xiaomi Can Silently Install Any App On Your Android Phone Using A Backdoor Do you own an Android Smartphone from Xiaomi, HTC, Samsung, or OnePlus? If yes, then you must be aware that almost all smartphone manufacturers provide custom ROMs like CyanogenMod, Paranoid Android, MIUI and others with some pre-loaded themes and applications to increase the device's performance. But do you have any idea about the pre-installed apps and services your manufacturer has installed on your device?, What are their purposes? And, Do they pose any threat to your security or privacy? With the same curiosity to find answers to these questions, a Computer Science student and security enthusiast from Netherlands who own a Xiaomi Mi4 smartphone started an investigation to know the purpose of a mysterious pre-installed app, dubbed AnalyticsCore.apk, that runs 24x7 in the background and reappeared even if you delete it. Xiaomi is one of the world's largest smartphone manufacturers, which has previously been criticized for spreading malware, shipping handsets with pre-loaded spyware/adware and forked version of Android OS, and secretly stealing users' data from the device without their permission. Xiaomi Can Silently Install Any App On your Device After asking about the purpose of AnalyticsCore app on company’s support forum and getting no response, Thijs Broenink reverse engineered the code and found that the app checks for a new update from the company's official server every 24 hours. While making these requests, the app sends device identification information with it, including phone's IMEI, Model, MAC address, Nonce, Package name as well as signature. If there is an updated app available on the server with the filename "Analytics.apk," it will automatically get downloaded and installed in the background without user interaction. Now the question is, Does your phone verify the correctness of the APK, and does it make sure that it is actually an Analytics app? Broenink found that there is no validation at all to check which APK is getting installed to user's phone, which means there is a way for hackers to exploit this loophole. This also means Xiaomi can remotely and silently install any application on your device just by renaming it to "Analytics.apk" and hosting it on the server. Hackers Can Also Exploit This Backdoor Since the researcher didn't find the actual purpose of the AnalyticsCore app, neither on Googling nor on the company's website, it is hard to say why Xiaomi has kept this mysterious "backdoor" on its millions of devices. As I previously said: There is no such backdoor that only its creator can access. So, what if hackers or any intelligence agency figure out how to exploit this backdoor to silently push malware onto millions of Xiaomi devices within just 24 hours? Ironically, the device connects and receive updates over HTTP connection, exposing the whole process to Man-in-the-Middle attacks. Even on the Xiaomi discussion forum, multiple users have shown their concerns about the existence of this mysterious APK and its purpose. How to Block Secret Installation? As a temporary workaround, Xiaomi users can block all connections to Xiaomi related domains using a firewall app. No one from Xiaomi team has yet commented on its forum about the question raised by Broenink. We'll update the story as soon as we heard from the company. Meanwhile, if you are a Xiaomi user and has experienced anything fishy on your device, hit the comments below and let us know. Source
  6. The United States Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has introduced ‘software security requirements’ obliging WiFi device manufacturers to “ensure that only properly authenticated software is loaded and operating the device”. The document specifically calls out the DD-WRT open source router project, but clearly also applies to other popular distributions such as OpenWRT. This could become an early battle in ‘The war on general purpose computing’ as many smartphones and Internet of Things devices contain WiFi router capabilities that would be covered by the same rules. The rules are apparently motivated by a desire to ensure that devices operated within the US comply to FCC regulations on radio frequency spectrum management and power output. Given the size of the US market, and manufacturers’ desire to create products that reach a global market, the rules are likely to have a global impact. This regulation applies to U-NII devices operating in the 5GHz band, though as dual band systems have become more popular, in routers and phones, this will increasingly apply to most devices with WiFi. Router (and phone) manufacturers typically provide a firmware upgrade mechanism to enable security and feature updates. That same mechanism has often been used to apply alternative firmware from open source communities such as OpenWRT. What the FCC are now demanding is that only authorised firmware can be applied, implying some kind of cryptographic lockdown - in essence digital rights management (DRM) for WiFi enabled devices. Digital rights activists such as Cory Doctorow have repeatedly pointed out how DRM and Open Source are fundamentally incompatible, because if you can see and modify the DRM code then it’s trivial to circumvent it. OpenWRT, CyanogenMod and other open source firmware has become a popular alternative to original equipment manufacturer (OEM) firmware in order to facilitate more rapid security updates and enable capabilities that are present in the underlying hardware but not offered by the supplied software stack. With phones and tablets open source firmware is also often prefered as a way to avoid ‘crapware’ put on handsets by manufacturers and network operators. A common feature of such firmware is to allow the selection of WiFi channels and output power that might not be offered by the stock firmware. WiFi works within small bands of ‘unlicensed’ spectrum, and although there is much common ground the exact frequency allocation and maximum allowed power output can vary somewhat between countries. For example channel 14 in the 2.4 GHz spectrum is only legal in Japan. Open source hardware devices have become increasingly popular in recent years with initiatives like the Open Compute Project (OCP) poised to transform the datacenter. WRTnode is a WiFi router specifically designed to run OpenWRT, and handsets from OnePlus and Micromax Informatics ship with CyanogenMod. The FCC appears to be banning the import and use of open source hardware just as industry insiders like Andrew “Bunnie” Huang observe that the handset industry is increasingly moving to open source. Commenters on a Hacker News thread on the topic have noted that channel selection and power management only apply to the ‘baseband processor’, so the impact could be constrained to that subsystem. The counterpoint is that many systems on chip (SoC) now incorporate the baseband, and even when they don’t the baseband is usually configured externally by the main firmware. There is also some degree of conspiracy theory that the US government wants devices with unpatched security vulnerabilities, or deliberate backdoors, to facilitate interception by the National Security Agency (NSA). The blocking of open source software resulting from these rules appears to be a retrograde step for the US in terms of consumer choice and security, and will likely have consequences beyond the US border. Whether that impact is meaningful in the long term will likely come down to how the (mostly Chinese and Korean) OEMs choose to respond, and whether there is regulatory contagion from the US into its trading partners. Source
  7. The independent and often divisive manufacturer has finally seen fit to set aside its invitation system and start selling phones the old-fashioned way. Pre-orders will be available via OnePlus.net starting on Monday, October 27th at 15:00 GMT (8 AM Eastern time). According to this entry on the OnePlus blog, the company will only be offering pre-orders, and there won't be a conventional "launch date" for the non-invite retail phone. OnePlus is creating its hardware stock in batches in order to mitigate risk, so the Pre-order isn't a purchase in the traditional sense, it's a promise to purchase a One when the phone next becomes available. Here's the basic gist: if OnePlus has One phones in its inventory when you submit your pre-order, you'll be charged for the phone immediately and it will ship out to you right away. If not, you'll be placed in a line waiting for the next batch, which will be increased or decreased based on the amount of pre-orders. Imagine it as buying something that might be out of stock, or indeed, not actually made yet. Customers won't be charged until their phones are ready to ship. If you're really eager to get your pre-order in, OnePlus has created a sort of pre-order for the pre-order, just in case you weren't already confused. You can set up your OnePlus account and input your PayPal and shipping details, just so you'll be all set come Monday. The invitation system is still going to be continued, so if you happen to come across one, you can submit it both before and after October 27th. Prices for the two One models currently available, the 16GB white and 64GB sandstone black, will remain the same at $299 and $349, respectively. OnePlus will be offering discounts on the accessories purchased at the same time as a pre-order phone, including cases and headphones. Source
  8. Hi guys, this is a poem a guy made for the OnePlus one invitation system Enjoy Hitting that F5 all day long/ looking for an invite and staying strong thinking about the tactics to get the One/ in order to get my job done human nature becomes clear fast like a swift/ as there's a chance to give an invite as a gift the greediest ones are only trying to sell/ but the pricer are clearly from the deepest part of hell begging is the option that fills this site/ but mostly it doesn't offer enough bite a big dream is to win in the lot/ and get that tempting and delicious pot smarter posts should give a better result/ just act like an adult and don't insult magic word is to be a friend and that's how you'll get that happy end ::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::
  9. We saw a few leaked images today of the supposed OnePlus One. The leaks showed off a press render of the device, a series of different back plates including multiple styles of wood, a denim fabric, and a carbon fiber one. The images show a different UI then shown in these official screenshots that Carl Pei posted on the OnePlus forums, he and has put these rumors to rest of a very different UI then CyanogenMod. ”There has been a lot of speculation and excitement about the operating system of the OnePlus One. As you know, we’ve been working with the Cyanogen team on this product for quite some time, starting from when OnePlus was just an idea. Both teams have been deeply involved in both the software and the hardware parts of the experience, and it’s been an amazing ride so far. Although we’re still running pre-production versions of CyanogenMod 11S, I’d still like to share with you some of the things that the Cyanogen team has been working on. The new stuff is pretty cool, so here’s a taste of what’s to come.” -Carl Pei He has put out some screenshots of the upcoming UI for the OnePlus One. These screenshots proved an earlier leaked image was real, we saw an early look of the Lock Screen. The lock screen resembles windows phone, but the launcher of the device looks almost stock android. Except for notification icons, they are slightly customized. In one of the screenshots it shows the theme options, which you can change anytime. The UI looks like a refined version of CyanogenMod with an overall minimal, and flat design. I think its a good thing that they have not gone to far from stock android, but the things they have changed, look better than stock, in my opinion. overall the phone is still looking very compelling , and I can’t wait for the device to come out so I can get a closer look at the device, and hopefully get my hands on one. What do you guys think of the UI of the OnePlus One’s up and coming smartphone? Will you be interested in getting the OnePlus One? Source
  10. OnePlus, a startup phone manufacturer composed by former Oppo employees, has been trying its best to bring the spotlight on its upcoming One flagship smartphone. The latest teaser from the company reveals some of the hardware specs of the OnePlus One. The OnePlus One is officially confirmed to sport a 5.5-inch 1080p JDI display and Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 SoC. The handset was tipped to have a Snapdragon 800 processor, but as it turns out, it will be powered by the newer Snapdragon chipset. It has already appeared on AnTuTu and managed to pass the test with flying colors. OnePlus One will also feature a 6 piece 13 megapixel Sony Exmor camera with f/2.0 apeture. The teaser also reveals that the device will have swappable back cover and 3,100mAh battery underneath it. The OnePlus One is rumored to come out with an aluminium unibody design and is expected to cost less than $400. However, there is no official confirmation and we will know more about the device when it goes official. Source
  11. Just as planned today Oppo made the Find 7 official at a dedicated launch event. The Oppo Find 7 is the first smartphone to pack a 5.5" QHD (2560 x 1440 pixels) display making for the astonishing pixel density of 538ppi. Oppo has been able to push so many pixels in 5.5" display thanks to a technology it calls Super Screen 2.0. The display is covered by Gorilla Glass 3 for extra protection and can be operated with wet hands. Under the hood of the beastly Find 7 lies a 2.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon 801 MSM8974AC chipset, the same as the Galaxy S5. There's also 3GB of RAM and an Adreno 330 GPU plus 32GB of internal storage, expandable via a microSD card slot. At the back of the Oppo Find 7 is a 13MP Sony IMX214 CMOS with a F/2.0 lens and LED flash. It is capable of recording 4K video and 720p slow-motion clips at 120fps. There's also an interesting mode called Super Zoom. It takes 10 photos and merges them into a single 50MP image. There's also a 5MP front-facing snapper. A really cool touch is the "breathing" notification strip below the display. It acts as a notification for incoming calls, unread messages and email. Oppo's latest flagship is also available with a 5.5" 1080p display. Its internals have been slightly downgraded compared to the QHD display version of the phone, but the camera department has seen no changes. The "lower-resolution" version of the Find 7 will be powered by a Snapdragon 801 MSM8974AB chipset (with a quad-core Krait CPU clocked at 2.3GHz), 2GB of RAM and will pack 16GB of expandable internal storage. The QHD Oppo 7 packs a 3000mAh battery, while the full HD version makes do with a 2800mAh one. Oppo touts a new technology dubbed VOOC, which is capable of charging the battery to 75% in 30 minutes, which is really impressive. ColorOS 1.2 is what powers the Oppo Find 7. The company announced it has struck a deal with the Bank of China enabling the Find 7 to make NFC-based payments to more than 250 POS-enabled stores. Both versions of the Oppo Find 7 support LTE networks and measure 152.6 x 75 x 9.2 mm. Oppo has also turned special attention to the audio characteristics of the phone. It packs special MaxxAudio speakers, which are said to deliver great bass. It comes with a special app dubbed MaxxEq, which will allow you to fine tune the sound as you desire. The FullHD Oppo Find 7 weighs 170 grams, while its higher-resolution sibling is a tad heavier at 173 grams. Oppo is pricing the QHD Find 7 at 3,498 CNY, which roughly equals 565 USD, while the fullHD version carries a 2998 CNY price tag, or about 480 USD. The FullHD Find 7 goes on sale tomorrow, while the QHD one will launch in May or June. Oppo also announced a smart wristband dubbed O-Band. It can track your sleeping patterns, remind you about missed notifications and record fitness data. It packs a vibration alarm, too. Source
  12. OnePlus’ upcoming One smartphone is going to sport always-on voice commands similar to what the Moto X premiered with. The information comes straight from the source and there’s even a poll going to see which command the phone will take – “Ok, OnePlus!”, “Wake up, OnePlus!” or “Alakazam”. The OnePlus team has tailored the voice feature using Qualcomm’s tech while the CyanogenMod team, which is making the OS for the OnePlus One has implemented it to recognize your voice even in locked state. The OnePlus One will be able to perform different tasks even when locked and could also do a Google search or set up an alarm. So far we know the OnePlus One will sport a 5.5″ 1080p display in a body smaller than the Xperia Z1′s , have a quad-core Snapdragon 800 with 3 GB of RAM and will cost lower than $400. The device will become official on March 16. Source
  13. One of the first things you can do when you launch your first smartphone is to price yourself out of the market, and OnePlus knows they can’t make that mistake. That’s why Pete Lau and his company were proud to announce that their device would come in at under $400. The announcement was rather suggestive, with OnePlus poking fun at other companies who tout numbers like “under $500″ when they really tend to mean “one cent less than $500.” So what does “definitely under $400″ mean? Well, it could mean $399.99, though OnePlus isn’t interested in setting a hard price point at this time. We imagine they’ll look to target that sweet $350 price point that Google has launched the Nexus 5 at, which — at the least — would definitely make many smartphone buyers stand up and take notice. Other factors sure to make folks take notice is the fact that the phone is being built from the ground up not only for CyanogenMod, but by CyanogenMod. If you don’t remember, CyanogenMod and OnePlus teamed up to craft their vision of what the perfect phone would be. We’re still not entirely sure what that vision entails, but we should be hearing more soon — the OnePlus One is due out in the second quarter of this year. Source
  14. Requirements: This tutorial is for advanced users, if you don’t understand what you are doing, do not proceed or you will brick your phone.The devise has to be Rooted and the CWM Recovery needs to be installed on it.USB Debugging from the Developer Options must be enabled.Your phone’s battery must have enough power left. In case your device powers off while you’re flashing the new ROM, then you will be forced to repeat the entire tutorial once again.Pre-Installation Notes: Installed Apps, SMS, Call Logs, etc ... will be removed, so you can use Helium app or Titanium Backup to backup your installed apps and SMS backup & restore, Call Logs backup & restore and APN Settings Backup & Restore to backup your SMS, Call logs and APN Internet Settings. (Root access must be granted for some oh these tools).Remember to sync your Contacts info with your Gmail account. This will backup all your saved phone numbers to your Google profile so you can restore them after the new ROM is flashed with success.Tutorial: Download the latest build of Cyanogen Mod version Here. (Do not extract the files). Download Gapps for Android custom ROMs Here. (Do not extract the files). Connect the smartphone to your computer using the USB cable. Copy & paste Cyanogen Mod and Gapps to your smartphone internal storage. Disconnect the smartphone from your computer. Power off your smartphone. Boot the Galaxy S2 I9100G into Custom Recovery Mode by pressing Volume Up + Home Button + Power Button together. Once the Samsung Galaxy logo appears release all buttons. Once the CWM menu is shown you need to create a Nandroid Backup of your current ROM. Select “Backup and Restore” option then use “Backup” and save the nandroid file to your device’s internal /external storage. Now you have to apply a factory reset. select “Wipe Data/Factory Reset” then confirm. Install the Cyanogen Mod custom ROM. select “Install zip from sdcard” or “Install zip from Internal Storage” if you don’t have an external SD Card mounted to your smartphone then find the Cyanogen Mod ROM file and install it then confirm the process. After the ROM is installed you need to flash the Gapps file. Use the same actions as in step 10 but instead of flashing the ROM file you need to flash Gapps. When the installation is complete you will need to get back to the main CWM recovery screen and reboot the device. The Cyanogen Mod first boot process will take at most ten minutes to complete then you will see the Cyanogen Mod home screen.Post-Installation Notes: If the device doesn’t boot into normal mode with the new ROM and you didn’t apply factory reset, then you should return to step 9 and apply it.You shouldn’t press any buttons while Cyanogen Mod and Gapps are installing, just wait for the process to finish before applying the next step.In case you don’t like the Samsung Galaxy S2 I9100G performance while running Cyanogen Mod ROM, then you should use the Nandroid backup file created in step 8 and restore your device to its previous ROM.You can check for updates by navigating to Settings > About Phone > Cyanogen Mod Updates.
  15. App "encourages users to void their warranty," in violation of Play's dev terms. Late Wednesday, the CyanogenMod team received a notice from the Google Play Store: their CyanogenMod Installer application, which automates the process of replacing an Android device's operating system with the popular CyanogenMod alternative ROM, needed to be removed from the Play Store. The Google folks gave the CyanogenMod team the opportunity to voluntarily take down the application, which they did. Had they instead chosen to decline, Google would have pulled the application themselves. The reasoning given by Google is that the CyanogenMod Installer violates the Google Play Store's developer terms by actively encouraging Android users to "void [the] warranty" on their devices. As we saw when we took the app for a test drive, the Installer does indeed de-hair the hairy process of unlocking an Android device's bootloader and getting an alternate ROM installed; apparently, though, the Installer made things just a little too easy. As our Android expert Ron Amadeo noted, the CyanogenMod Installer is mostly a "one-way street," without a quick way to return the device to its stock state—it's certainly possible, but not with the same level of ease. The CyanogenMod Installer application didn't even last a full month on the Play Store, but the CyanogenMod team still says that they've seen "hundreds of thousands of installations of the application." Even if the Google Play Store won't be hosting the Installer anymore, the CyanogenMod team will continue to offer it for direct download and installation. Would-be ROM-swappers will have to first sideload the application to get it ready to go, but that shouldn't be much of a roadblock for the right type of user. Source: Ars Technica
  16. Since the team behind CyanogenMod formed Cyanogen Inc. the community has been wondering just what’s going to come of the new company, what big thing is going to happen as a direct result. Well, one such thing to happen is going to be the introduction of devices running CyanogenMod out of the box, almost like CyanogenMod Nexi, if you will. Recently, we heard that Oppo could be spinning off a part of their company to help Cyanogen Inc with a 2.5 Ghz Snapdragon CPU that could well have been the Snapdragon 805. There’s something fishy going on with Oppo spinning off a new division however, as Pete Lau of Oppo recently left the company just days after said rumors starting swirling. Now though, the official Google+ page for Cyanogen Inc. is teasing a new hardware partner. Simply stating the following: So, it would seem that CyanogenMod phones are very much coming to market in the near future but, from whom and when? These are questions that we’re obviously going to have to wait and see about but, we’re hoping out for a big name to come forward and breath new life into Android devices. While hardware has continued to improve over the past 24 months, software has only changed little by little. With each OEM offering their own “spin” on Android, we’ve got Sense, TouchWiz, skins from Sony, Huawei, Lenovo, ZTE and more. CyanogenMod aims to be the one version of Android that delivers the same experience no matter the device. While Motorola have shown the market that stock Android needn’t be boring or lackluster with the Moto X and now the Moto G, it’s going to be very interesting indeed to see just who Cyanogen Inc. will be shipping their first devices with. Source
  17. CyanogenMod Inc. has released an installer to help users with flashing the company’s popular Android ROMs on their device. The app is currently available for free in the Google Play Store. The app requires companion desktop software which is available to download on Windows PCs for free. Combined, the desktop software and mobile app should make installing a CyanogenMod ROM a breeze. Of course, the user’s Android smartphone must be on the list compatible devices to get the special treatment. You can download the CyanogenMod installer in the Google Play Store right now. or You can try out the pc windows version over here Original Article