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One of the biggest advantages of Android is its open-source nature, giving manufacturers, users, and enthusiasts endless possibilities for customization and optimization. While manufacturer overlays such as HTC’s Sense UI, Samsung’s TouchWiz, or Motorola’s Motoblur are increasingly considered bloatware (especially with the release of the beautifully designed Android 4.0 ICS), custom ROMs have been steadily gaining in popularity. CyanogenMod, probably the best known custom ROM, enjoys massive popularity, thanks to its well-thought design and carefully optimized code. The various flavors of CyanogenMod provide a more flexible user experience, increased customization options, a wider set of features, and, in general, better device…

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The CyanogenMod  project has finally acknowledged that the 1,000,000+ devices running CyanogenMod  come with a gaping security hole – default root access. With privacy issues and app permissions becoming more of a concern to smartphone users, running a jail-broken (rooted) device negates any security and data safeguards that Google has tried to build into the OS. So, in an attempt to keep everyone happy, while improving security, the team has decided on a compromise that will allow enthusiasts to keep using root privileges but also provide better default security for the majority of users. Starting with the first public CyanogenMod 9 alpha builds, root access has been disabled by default but with the…

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The CyanogenMod team has recently released a flowchart about which Android devices will receive their CM9 (Android 4.0) upgrade, which left a lot of Android owners disappointed. Nevertheless, if you’re one of those who ended up in the wrong side of the chart, there’s no need to despair. You might still be able to breathe some new life in that “old phone” of yours! Android device owners that have CM7 or Android 2.3 installed and know for a fact that they will not receive an (official or otherwise) ICS update will especially enjoy CyanogenMod’s newest release. The CyanogenMod 7.2 Release…

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Pump some Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich into your Nook Color and check out how it will perform. Thanks to developers at XDA Developers, you can now install on your Nook Color a preview version of CyanogenMod 9, which is based on Android 4.0.1 Ice Cream Sandwich. Since this is a preview build of CyanogenMod 9, it is not yet stable enough to be used for daily operation. So, as early as this point, if you are unsure about what you’re getting into, or if you have little experience with Android hacks (or none at all), it may be good…

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Proud owners of the Motorola DROID 2 are in for an awesome New Year’s treat, as a team of Android developers is  working on bringing the Ice Cream Sandwich update to the DROID 2. As of today, the early build of the popular CyanogenMod 9 (based on Android 4.0.3 Ice Cream Sandwich) has been released for the Motorola DROID 2 Global. Featuring a 1.2 GHz Cortex A9 processor, the Droid 2 Global definitely cements the rumor that even older single-core devices can keep up with Android’s latest version. Released way back in late 2010, the Droid 2 Global is a…

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Ah the Galaxy Note, most of us in the US do not have it yet, unless we spent the money to import an unlocked one. Good news for those in the UK with the Samsung Galaxy Note, and want a taste of Ice Cream Sandwich, an early CyanogenMod 9 build has been ported over to the big 5.3″ Galaxy Note. It’s still very early alpha stage but it’s worth taking a look at. As with most of the ICS ROM’s Camera and Bluetooth aren’t working to well at the moment, but we are hoping that changes very soon. Of course…

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Sony Ericsson users can now rejoice. The CyanogenMod developer team has released CyanogenMod version 7.1 and it is now available for installation on the Sony Ericsson Xperia Ray.  CyanogenMod 7.1 includes the latest version of Android 2.3.7 Gingerbread firmware, as well as a whole slew of other functionalities. As always, it is necessary to follow the instructions accurately to prevent the unfortunate event of bricking your phone. Applying this update requires you to root your phone, which consequently voids your warranty. If your phone has already been rooted, you may skip the step for unlocking the bootloader. Pre-Firmware Update Instructions…

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Do you own a Toshiba Folio 100 and can’t wait any longer for the Android 2.3.7 Gingerbread update?  If you are eager to get Android 2.3.7 Gingerbread running on your Toshiba Folio 100, this article will teach you how to put that Gingerbread version on your device through the CyanogenMod custom ROM. For beginners, before you can apply this to your phone, you should first have your device rooted so that you will be able to accommodate CyanogenMod in your device, and then you can proceed and follow the instructions below. Updating Prerequisites Once you have ensured that you have…

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Many of you have heard in the news that a hidden application, known as Carrier IQ, is stored in over 140 million smartphones. This includes Android, Blackberry and iOS devices. Android developer Trevor Eckhart has posted a video in YouTube showing users that the application simply logged almost everything performed on the device. The 25-year old presented that Carrier IQ could record everything, including text messages, phone calls and web browsing history. Now you might think this is some sort of virus, however it is not. The developers confirmed that the application is not a type of malware, but a…

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I’m not too surprised by this as it wouldn’t even cross my mind that CyanogenMod would ever use data monitoring tools like CarrierIQ, but in case anyone was worried, fear not – the team has just confirmed that they will never use it in their software. Everybody with access to a web browser over the last week or so has undoubtedly seen the recent upheaval about Carrier IQ. The truth is, Carrier IQ has been around for quite some time. It is one of the nastier examples of bloatware installed by carriers, and it is more than likely something that…