CyanogenMod 13 spotted, will allow Wi-Fi calling where supported

CyanogenMod 13 is soon going to grace us with its custom presence and then you will not have to worry about losing your Wi-Fi calling feature on your new phone again. T Mobile just included the Wi-Fi calling on their most recent smartphones used in areas where the network is not able to penetrate yet. Until now, this was one of the best reasons for you to stay on Android stock, but it is no longer the case, if you like to adorn your device with a custom ROM.     A Cyanogen Inc. employee, namely former AOKP leader Roman Birg recently posted a photo on Google + showing T-Mobile Wi-Fi calling on a custom ROM build. This confirms statements that this will be CyanogenMod 13 in the near future, a custom ROM based on Android 6.0 Marshmallow. This implementation will use some proprietary software plus some Wi-Fi calling code.     Although it is still in an incipient phase, Wi-Fi calling will soon become a norm for stock smartphones and custom ROM-using ones, especially since most carriers are allowing their customers to use off-contract phones. CyanogenMod 13 does not have an official release date as of yet, but alpha and beta builds will soon show up.   Source: Google+

Paranoid Android is dead! Remaining devs demotivated and inactive

There’s a rumor going around that Paranoid Android is dead. For those who don’t know, PA is one of the most popular ROMs around in the aftermarket communities. When you want to try a different Android experience, this is one of the most stable options you can try out there. This ROM has advanced features and a high-quality build, which is why it is one of the more popular custom ROMs to be used.     According to Andre Saddler, one of Paranoid Android’s team, there are only four people left working on the project at the moment:   “Paranoid Android is dead. Ever since OnePlus hiring its (sic) been done.” Saddler is referencing the fact that OnePlus created the Oxygen OS team earlier this year and most team members were fished from other developing teams such as PA. When the Oxygen OS news first hit, everyone was afraid of what the toll over PA would be; well, now we know!   Paranoid Android managed to release an Android 5.1 version of their custom ROM for the Nexus devices. There has been no update or release of any kind since July. Saddler mentions that the remaining team members felt demotivated after their luckier devs who went to Oxygen OS never spoke to them again.   Another dev member is more optimistic though, as he cannot confirm the official death of the team. The practicality of the Paranoid Android project is dead right now, at least until the remaining team members meet up. We can hope […]

Motorola Moto E 2015 and Huawei Mate 2 get nightly CyanogenMod 12.1 support

Motorola Moto E 2015 and Huawei Mate 2 are getting official CyanogenMod nightly builds. You can now download the files and flash them in order to give your device a rebel flair from all that Android conformity. These two budget devices are pretty popular with the public and, since most do like to tinker and bake their devices, especially cheaper ones, CyanogenMod will now probably be the most popular option for a custom ROM when it comes to these two.       Moto E 2015 is a small device with OK specs for its price while Huawei Mate 2 wants to be a device with a huge screen and a pretty small price too. They both have CyanogenMod 12.1 (which is the Android 5.1 equivalent) ROM files you can use now.   The Moto E 2015 is codenamed “otus” whereas the Mate 2 is labeled “mt2”. The first has two available builds while the second has three available CyanogenMod builds. Both device builds are around 250MB, but this does not include the Google apps which you will have to flash separately, in another package. Huawei’s device will receive a nice boost whereas the Moto E 2015 users will remain stuck to a pretty much stock version of Android. According to the logs, the Mate 2 has been worked on for a while now, which explains the work put on it.   You should still bear in mind that these are nightly builds; they can be full of bugs and problems, so flash at your […]

Galaxy Note 5 gets official TWRP support starting today!

Samsung Galaxy Note 5 is already getting official TWRP support starting today. The GSM version is first in getting this type of support as we already know that most experimented users will bake their devices and flash different custom ROMs on them.     Which Galaxy Note 5 version gets support first? The Note 5 showed up officially mid-August and it is already available for purchase in many places of the world. The Note series remains one of the more popular phablet lines out there, and this can only mean that some owners will want to root and mod their device to their liking.   Team Win’s Recovery project custom recovery will allow users to mod their Note 5 as they see fit. Keep in mind that this official support version is available for the GSM Samsung Galaxy Note 5 version, which means that if your device is carrier-locked, this will not work for you. The download is available in the source link below.   Source: TWRP

[How to] Improve performance on a rooted smartphone

You got your smartphone rooted and improved its overall speed, but what can you do to improve performance on a rooted phone? Performance boosters are not the best viewed pieces of software around, but if some of them can get a job done and improve CPU performance, they should not all be so easily disregarded. One of the better options you have of upgrading your device overall performance is the L Speed, a flashable ZIP created by developer Danijel Markov. The software applies several fixes in one go, fixes that are supposed to improve memory management and system-level functions. In order to improve performance on your rooted phone you will have to download and run the L Speed mod. It will offer you a command prompt interface for some tweaking. It can improve performance without you having to change anything too! The ZIP will apply some kernel changes by default, and these changes will also lead to RAM modifications and CPU calibrations. Your Android device will get an increase in performance and battery life as a result. What do you need for this to work? Rooted android handset Custom recovery BusyBox commands. Improve performance step by step Download the L Speed ZIP In order to begin this entire modding process, you will have to download the flashable ZIP from this LINK. It will start downloading automatically (we assure you there are no hidden viruses or anything in the link). After download, you can boot it into the custom recovery. Optional – Create backup Before you […]

Moto E 2015 open source files released today

Motorola is working on its current products and their software programs as it is attempting to update all of them. This ultimately means releasing kernel sources to the public as well. This time, the device getting this treatment is the 2015 Moto E, its low-cost smartphone. The device was updated to Android 5.1.1 in May and now its kernel source files are being published.       This will probably interest you developers out there and, if you are intrigued and eager, you can head over to Motorola GitHub (link in source) to find and download this package or any other Moto package that interests you (and is available at this time). After downloading the files, you can start tinkering with the source code to create beautiful ROMs, better recoveries and apps for instance.   Attention: this is not the package for the AT&T Go phone or the Verizon prepaid Moto E.   Source: Motorola GitHub