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How to get the Android 4.4 KiKat Transparent Status Bar

How to get the Android 4.4 KiKat Transparent Status Bar

Android 4.4 KitKat is the elusive candy for most users at this point in time, with users starting to very slowly but gradually get the updates. Well if your one like me who just can not wait for anything official to come and is not afraid to tweak your device, then my friend you have come to the right place. What sets apart Android 4.4 from the older versions is the subtle white color instead of the blue and most of the stuff has become transparent, including the status and notification bars. If you too want your device to have transparency all over then just follow the below steps: (Remember your device has to be Rooted and running a custom ROM like CM) Install Xposed Installer Open the Xposed app and go to Downloads Download Gravity Box Go to Framework in Xposed app Click on Install/Update Then go to modules where you can see Gravity Box and tick the check box. Restart/Reboot your device Go to Gravity Box App and start tweaking. To make the status bar transparent head on over to the Transparency Manger Mode and use the slider to adjust it. Voila Now you have a transparent status bar! Remember you can even make the notification bar transparent so just tweak away! To get the FULL Android 4.4 KitKat experience, download GEL (Google Experience Launcher) and the Android 4.4 KiKtat Theme for CM (This works will all custom ROMS who have an option to change themes in settings) from the Google Play Store. The settings seen on the pics are very close to what actual Android 4.4 KitKat looks like: Again do this on your own risk, We will not be responsible for anything happening to your device during this process. Have attached a few snaps to help you out how the final thing looks like. So go ahead and share with us what tweaks do you come up with to make your device all the more awesome! A Special Shout Out to +DinyarVirji for his participation  in the...

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CM 11 Developement gets under way

CM 11 Developement gets under way

CyanogenMod today have confirmed that they have started with the development of CM 11 which is Android 4.4 KitKat. CM has been one of the most stable custom ROMs out there, replicating the stock Vanilla theme of a Google device.  CM currently is on version 10.2 (Android 4.3 Jelly Bean) but is still in the nightly phase. Recently they have upped the version to M1, which means Milestone version. This is between a stable and test build, has very few bugs but can be used as a daily ROM. CM have been able to develop most parts of the ROM, but some features are a bit more tricky than others, mainly Trebuchet, Phone App and Lockscreen. On their Google Plus page they had posted that this will take a day or so more. So we can expect a nightly build by next week or two. CM have brought new life into aging devices with their custom ROMs and continue to do so! Keep up the good works guys we have your back all the...

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Nexus S gets a taste of Android 4.4 KitKat with new Custom ROM

Nexus S gets a taste of Android 4.4 KitKat with new Custom ROM

  Google promised that Android 4.4 would be able to run smoothly on low hardware, even smartphones having 512MB of RAM. Google seems to have kept their part of the bargain but sadly, the phone manufacturers don’t seem to be on the same boat though. Samsung already scratched the Galaxy Nexus from the list of devices to get the update. So devices before the Galaxy Nexus do not seem to begetting the update. Even though the old devices will not get official Android 4.4 KitKat on their devices, customs ROMs are always a possibility. That is the beauty of Android, developers can use the kernel to develop custom ROMs. The Nexus S is one such device which thanks to a XDA member cn.fyodor is getting its own custom Android 4.4 KitKat ROM.  The ROM has made the Nexus S relatively faster than before, so Google do seem to be on track of keeping their promise after all. The ROM is still in alpha stage so it would be having a couple of bugs, but you can do the usual stuff (surf the web, make a call etc) without any hitch, so if you want to have a sweet taste of Android 4.4 KitKat then head over to the XDA link provided below and try it out. ROM Link : XDA Note: We at TalkAndroidPhones do not take any responsibility for any issues faced while installing the ROM. So please backup everything and then try...

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Samsung Galaxy S4 gets Leaked Android 4.3 Test Firmware

Samsung Galaxy S4 gets Leaked Android 4.3 Test Firmware

  News for Android 4.3 for Samsung and HTC devices has been hovering around for quite some time. Earlier we gave you  the low down on Android 4.3 for the HTC One, now it seems to be the Samsung Galaxy S4’s turn. Thanks to our friends at SAMMOBILE we got our hands on the  Android 4.3 test firmware for the Galaxy S4 (GT-I9505). Samsung usually takes a while to release new versions of Android OS’s for its devices, as it has to update its Touch Wiz UX UI as well. According to our previous sources October is the confirmed month for the S4 getting the Android 4.3 update, so getting the test firmware right now will ease the wait for some people.  The full details of the test build are mentioned below.   Model: GT-I9505 Country: Open Europe Version: Android 4.3 Changelist: 1715731 Build date: Fri, 20 Sep 2013 18:48:24 +0000 Product Code: OXA PDA: I9505XXUEMI8 CSC: I9505OXAEMI8 MODEM: I9505XXUEMI8 Download:I9505XXUEMI8_I9505OXAEMI8_I9505XXUEMI8_OXA.zip   The update brings with a lot of stability improvements, making it more lag free (not saying Android 4.2.2 was lagging much).  Samsung Knox makes its debut with the test firmware and seems to be working without and hitch. It is basically Samsung’s security software for protecting your device. Samsung Wallet is also present in the update but right now you can not use it.  A new feature called Reading Mode which optimizes the screen for reading purposes but currently it works for some apps only. There are some UI improvements as well, but the main change we found which was a bit surprising as well that the update has improved the color reproduction of the display quite a bit, which makes the text even more sharper. (Which means the 1080p Full HD display just got better). We DO NOT recommend you using the update on your device if you are not used to trying ROMS on your device. If you are interested then just click on the lick above to download the firmware. Do note though that this is just the test firmware and Samsung are still developing it so we may find more changes when it is full and...

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CyanogenMod 10.1.3 – Android 4.2.2 Goes Stable

CyanogenMod 10.1.3 – Android 4.2.2 Goes Stable

All device soft-wares no matter which company, be  it Samsung, Apple, HTC, LG or any smartphone manufacturer after a few months starts to get boring, looking at the same old device again and again. If you are one of these people then this new would make you leap with joy. CyanogenMod are one of the leading custom ROM developers around and after the team was successful in raising $7 million via funds have become an official company. Then have finally removed the RC (Release Candidate) tab of their CM 10.1.3 OS which is basically Android 4.2.2 plus the CM goodies. This can be easily downloaded via their servers. With the new stable update you will get CM Account services which can be used to remote wipe out your device plus other useful options. According to CM this would be there last ROM based on 4.2.2 as they have already released nightly version of CM 10.2 which is 4.3. They are working hard to make it into a stable release as well, before Android 4.4 KitKat comes knocking next...

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CyanogenMod 10.1 Updated to RC3

CyanogenMod 10.1 Updated to RC3

If you are one of the millions of people who have rooted their android devices, then this post is just for you! CynagenMod does not need any introduction, it is one of the best android ROMs to use if you have a rooted device. People prefer it due to it being very stable, and it adds cool new features to the stock ROMs. Recently on Google Plus the development team of CyanogenMod 10.1 published their third release candidate (RC). This came with a lot of bug fixes including a fix for the preview issues seen after using the camcorder, bad launcher icon alignment in tablets, disappearing widgets, a crasher in the T9 launcher etc., in some devices. The update also brings with a lot of translation updates as well. Below is the list of some of the devices which support the new build of CM 10.1, they include: Sony Xperia Z Sony Xperia Tablet Z Google Nexus 7 Motorola Droid Razr Amazon Kindle Fire LG Optimus G Samsung Galaxy S III Acer Iconia Tab A700 Asus Transformer Pad Infinity LG Optimus 4X HD Google Nexus 4 HTC One X If you already have not got the update then you can download it from...

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