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How to get Android 5.0 Lollipop on Samsung Galaxy S2

How to get Android 5.0 Lollipop on Samsung Galaxy S2

CyanogenMod has started to roll out CM 12 a.k.a Lollipop to a lot of devices, including the Galaxy S5, HTC M8, Nexus 6 and so on. Daily, more and more devices are able to enjoy Cyanogen’s take on the stock android build of Lollipop. Though many are still anxiously waiting for it to reach their devices. If people like me are still waiting and can’t wait any longer, there are plenty of unofficial CM12 builds all over the net. One in particular is made for a 4 year old device, the Samsung Galaxy S2. Those of you who still have this bad boy, can now breathe new life into the phone. Thanks to an XDA User Lysergic Acid, who posted the pure, yet unofficial CM 12 build of Lollipop 5.0.2. After using it for a week, the build seems to be quite stable for daily use, even though it is still under beta stage. Running the Galaxy S2 (GT-I9100) on Lollipop is a great experience. All the animations that come with the ROM are really appealing and just fun to use. The ROM is not very heavy on the battery as well, so that is a plus point always. No crashes in any apps so far as well. One thing the developer himself has mentioned that the camera app still has issues recording High Definition (HD) videos.  So, just change the settings to 480p and your good to go. I’m sure this will be corrected in future builds. Now if you want to try this, then you will be need to root your device. Rooting the device voids warranties and Talk Android Phones, XDA Developers and Lysergic Acid take no responsibility if you happen to brick your device while rooting it. If your up for it then, just follow the step by step guide below: Make backup of all your data Download the ROM and GAPPS  files from the source link and put it in your internal or external storage. Reboot the phone into recovery. (You will have to be using KitKat compatible recovery) Wipe Data/Factory Reset Wipe Cache Advanced > Wipe Dalvik Cache Mounts and Storage > Format/System Install Zip > and choose the CM12 ROM file (Takes around 4-5 minutes to install) Install Zip > GAPPS file (Takes a 2-3 mintues) Reboot System and Enjoy!! The initial boot up takes longer than usual, so do not worry if it takes a good 5 minutes to start. If you have done everything as mentioned, then you will have no problems in installing this ROM. Let us know in our comments below if you happen to install the ROM. Happy Flashing! 🙂 Source: XDA...

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CM12 – Android 5.0 is finally here!!

CM12 – Android 5.0 is finally here!!

Cyanogen Mod 12 or CM12 which most people know it by, is considered to be one of the most anticipated Android 5.0 Lollipop custom ROMs of 2015. Well, the wait is finally over for all those wanting to get their hands on the new iteration of CM (myself included). Cyanogen Inc. launched CM12 nighties today on a bunch of devices, with the promise of bringing the Lollipop ROM to many more devices in the future. According to them, they have completed 85% on the CM12-M Build, and will continue to add nightlies for more devices and finish CM11.  They will take out one last CM11 M13 build before stopping the (Android 4.4.4) Kit Kat code altogether. The new nightly builds will not have the following features at this point, but will be integrated in future updates. Theme Engine Quick Settings reorganization and customization Quick Settings Ribbon mode Navigation bar reorganization and customization Sound panel customization Lock-screen quick unlock Cyanogen have put up the list of devices that they have made the first official CM12 nightlies for and you can get them from their download page. ...

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CyanogenMod 12 – Android 5.0 Lollipop just around the corner

CyanogenMod 12  – Android 5.0 Lollipop just around the corner

Members of the Cyanogen Community are waiting anxiously for the release of  CyanogenMod 12, which is based on Google’s new Android 5.0 Lollipop. When the latest OS reached AOSP servers, people were excited for custom ROM developers like AOKP, Paranoid Android and Cyanogen to start working on their respective builds. Cyanogen have mentioned in their latest blog, that development of the CM 12 build is well under way. The ETA mentioned for devices to start getting CM12 has been given end of November or Early December. This is really exciting news, as now the oldest of phones can run Google’s latest Android version (That’s what I love about Custom ROMs). The number of supported phones has not been confirmed by then, but it is safe to assume it is going to be a long list.  Till then you can enjoy CM11’s latest M12 snapshot build so to keep your phone up to speed with the minor changes CM will keep on making for your device to have a smooth transition to CM12. Source:...

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Cyanogen Inc releases the CM11 M8 ROM packed with cool new features

Cyanogen Inc releases the CM11 M8 ROM packed with cool new features

Cyanogen Inc have yet to disappoint us, as they had promised they have delivered. Their latest stable ROM “CM11 M8” has been released and most of the handsets have started to get the update over the air. Cyanogen Inc have stopped making “RC” (Release Candidate) builds and have shifted their concentration to”M” (Monthly) builds. CM11 M8 is built on the Android 4.4.4 ROM, with it comes almost all the bug fix and security patches. Patches and bug fixes are not the  only thing you get with this update. The stock launcher, Trebuchet has been given a custom sliding panel to the left of the home screen. Similar to Google Experience Launcher. Last month Google announced their upcoming Android L OS, with it came a new notification option called “HeadsUp Notificaion”. The Cyanogen team have ported this feature in this build, so you do not have to wait for Android L. Security has also been increased with folder lock, so you do not need to individually unlock similar apps just unlock the folder and you are good to go. This makes it easily accessible as well protected from prying eyes. Here is the full changelog if you want to read. According to Cyanogen if you are using nightlies, and it is any nightly before June 29th, then you will have no problems in installing this ROM. If by any chance it is after that date, they you probably should download an older nightly before applying this ROM. Here’s the link to Cyanogen’s download page, grab the ROM for your device...

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How to install Google Apps (Gapps) on your Rooted Nokia X, X+ and XL devices – [Guide]

How to install Google Apps (Gapps) on your Rooted Nokia X, X+ and XL devices – [Guide]

 For those of you who are interested in enjoying the perks of Google Apps on your recently rooted Nokia X devices can do so now by just following these few simple steps: 1) First of all make sure that your device is fully rooted. Just in case you haven’t already rooted it, use Gandalf Exploit included in Framaroot app. (Download it from http://forum.xda-developers.com/atta…1&d=1391850491) 2) You would need a Root explorer app (https://play.google.com/store/apps/d…explorer&hl=es) 3) Extract and copy all apks from “NokiaX_Gapps_KashaMalaga_28.02.2014.zip” to /system/app and change permisions for this files. 4) Reboot 5) Extract and install as normal user every single needed apk include in “NokiaX_SomeGoogleApps.zip“. (If  you want to use Google Now Launcher, open it after it is fully installed ) 6) Launch the Play Store and log in using your Google account. 7) Enjoy 😉 So there you have it folks, for all those who want to give their Nokia X device a new look can now easily do it using these simple aforementioned steps. We would like to hear your views on it and if you have any trouble during or post installation then do feel free to drop a query in our comments section below. Cheers !! Note: Rooting would void your device’s warranty so do it at your own risk. Talk Android Phones would not be responsible for any damages incurred during or after the rooting process. Thank...

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How to Root a Nokia X, X+ and XL in 4 simple steps – [Guide]

How to Root a Nokia X, X+ and XL in 4 simple steps – [Guide]

Ever since Nokia announced their new line of Nokia X Android devices a couple of months back, the company has again managed to step in the limelight. Even though both the Nokia X and Nokia XL are based on the open source Android architecture, it does manage to distinguish its self from your traditional Android devices that include a few modifications and limitations imposed by the Finnish cellular giants that include Nokia’s own customized app store instead of the regular Google Play which is found on every Android device out there as yet and a bunch of other things as well. This little notion did disappoint a few potential buyers who wanted to give the Nokia X devices a try but were held back due to these minor drawbacks. Well you won’t be disappointed anymore. The beauty of Android devices is that no matter how complicated they are, they all have one thing in common which is the Kernel Open Source architecture that enables various possibilities for Rooting and replacing the original firmware with that of your liking. This is one of the main reasons for which the platform is so much adored and appreciated by not just developers but users in general as well. When it comes to rooting, the first name that springs in mind is XDA who throughout the years have managed to come up with solutions for almost all our Android related problems. With that said, our good friends ar XDA have yet again managed to impress us all with their latest rooting solution for the Nokia X devices which would then allow you to install any custom ROM of your choice. For those of you who are interested in rooting their devices need to follow these simple steps: 1. Download Framaroot.apk from here 2. Install it & Open 3. Click on Grandalf 4. Reboot your device So there you have it folks, for all those who want to give their Nokia X device a new look can now easily do it using these simple aforementioned steps. If you want to make your Android device feel more androidy then you here is a quick guide of installing Google Apps on your device. We would like to hear your views on it and if you have any trouble during or post installation then do feel free to drop a query in our comments section below. Cheers !! Note: Rooting would void your device’s warranty so do it at your own risk. Talk Android Phones would not be responsible for any damages incurred during or after the rooting process. Thank...

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