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CyanogenMod will now be known as LineageOS after company decides to close down major operations

CyanogenMod will now be known as LineageOS after company decides to close down major operations

It is indeed with a very heavy heart that we are posting this, but as you all must be knowing by now, our favorite CyanogenMod have officially decided to call it a day. In case you haven’t heard, Cyanogen Inc.is going through some big changes. The company is consolidating all of their efforts to a single Palo Alto office in California in order to better work their future endeavors. But with that also came word that some key personnel will be taking exits. Actually, “some key personnel” would be a vast understatement — Steve Kondik, for whom Cyanogen was a brainchild, is leaving the company. Thankfully, Cyanogen Inc. isn’t looking to screw over the development community with this move. While the company will be shutting down their efforts on CyanogenMod (not Cyanogen the OS) at the end of this year, they will make the source code available for anyone who wants to continue building on it. So, of course, a new team arrives to take that task: meet LineageOS. We’re not sure where LineageOS will go from here. We know the team consists of some folks from the original CyanogenMod project who either didn’t or couldn’t join in for the corporate hell ride, but we’re not sure who, exactly. We don’t even know for sure if Steve Kondik will be joining in, though a Tweet with the hashtag “Lineage” on his timeline seems to suggest as much. In any case, CyanogenMod is gone, and if you want to continue following the spiritual successor to that then here are the accounts you’ll want to pay attention to: @LineageAndroid on Twitter Lineage on Facebook +Lineage on Google+ LineageOS.org Source:...

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Wileyfox Storm and Swift – Cyanogen powered smartphones which pack a punch

Wileyfox Storm and Swift – Cyanogen powered smartphones which pack a punch

Say Hi to Wileyfox, a brand never heard before!  That’s because it is a brand new venture from Britain to compete with the already congested Android Smartphone market. Their goal here is similar to OnePlus, to provide good hardware without making a very big hole in your wallet. Today they have launched two smartphones Storm and Swift. The thing which got my  attention is that they both run CyanogenMod 12.2 (Android 5.1.1 Lollipop), and myself being a very old fan and user of CM I had to check them out! Storm Storm is the premium device in Wileyfox’s collection, housing some great specs with quite a budget friendly price tag. The Storm comes with a FHD LG 1080p 5.5 inch IPS display with 400 ppi. Under the hood you will find a Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 (64-bit 1.5 Ghz Octa-core) processor, 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal memory. The device also supports dual sims and a micro SD card upto 128GB. On the camera front the Storm does not disappoint either, housing a 20MP Sony EXMOR IMX220 CMOS Rear Camera and an 8MP selfie camera with flash. Lastly the device runs on a 2500mAh non-removable battery, which will more or less last you a day for sure. The device is available in Sandstone Black for £199. Swift The Wileyfox Swift is a much more budget friendlier option than the Storm, so obviously the specs have been dialed down a bit as well. The Swift houses a 5 inch IPS 720p HD display with Gorilla Glass 3 for extra protection. It is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 (64-bit Quad-core 1.2GHz) processor with 2GB RAM and 16GB internal storage with the option of expanding the memory via a microSD card (upto 32GB). The Swift is equipped with a 13MP Samsung rear camera with dual LED flash and a 5MP selfie camera in the front. The great thing about this device is that, the 2500 mAh battery is removable, so you can easily swap in a new battery when the old one dies.  It will be available for only £129.   Both devices are 4G compatible and will be available only online in Europe, Middle East and Africa. Swift will be available as early as September while the Storm will be available from October. So, what do you guys think about these devices? Do they have enough to carve their way in the Android smartphone market? Source:...

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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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