Cyanogen Wants to Wrestle Android Away From Google

Cyanogen, the company behind the popular open source operating system and the OS of choice for last year's OnePlus One, wants to be even more independent from the Google-based software that lies at its foundation. According to Cyanogen's CEO, Kirt McMaster "We're attempting to take Android away from Google." » 1/25/15 10:00am 1/25/15 10:00am

Why Don't All Phones Have This Clever PIN Code Scrambler?

An upcoming build of the CyanogenMod operating system includes a simple but brilliant security feature called "Scramble PIN Layout." It's exactly what it sounds like: a way to scramble the keypad when you unlock your phone so that people can't peek at your keystrokes and learn your PIN. » 11/10/14 5:58pm 11/10/14 5:58pm

Nextbit Wants To Enable Magic App-Sharing For Android

App continuity is all the rage at the moment, thanks to Apple's recently-introduced feature to share apps and data between iOS and OS X devices. Nextbit, a software team of ex-Googlers, is trying to bring the same electronic wizardy to Android. » 10/27/14 10:00pm 10/27/14 10:00pm

OnePlus One Review: An Unbelievably Fantastic Smartphone

Maybe you've heard of the OnePlus One. It's the self-styled "flagship killer" aiming to swoop in from China and beat the Nexus 5 at its own affordability game. That's a tall order, but the OnePlus One fills it. It's so dirt cheap, and so incredible, that it's damn near unbelievable. » 7/02/14 10:00am 7/02/14 10:00am

Google Just OKed a Phone That Runs Modded Android Out of the Box

You like to mess with your phone? Unlock that bootloader and flash some ROMs? Soon there'll be another option for would-be tinkers who want to run mods. Google just approved the first ever Android phone to run the ever-popular Cyanogenmod right out of the box. » 12/20/13 12:40pm 12/20/13 12:40pm

Stream Everything To Your Chromecast With This Clever Workaround

People are greedy. We just are. What we want is all the content. All the content streaming to our Chromecasts. And as the dog days of summer have slowly ticked by Vimeo, Redbox Instant and Hulu have been the main streaming services to promise apps for our precious little dongles. Which is great, but we want more. We… » 8/11/13 9:12am 8/11/13 9:12am

Zombie HP TouchPad Gets Android Jellybean Before Almost Every Android…

Unless you've got a Google Nexus 7, you're going to be waiting a while for the official release of Jelly Bean for your tablet. Which is why it's a little surprising—and dare we say funny—that it's already popped up on HP's aborted TouchPad » 8/03/12 1:20pm 8/03/12 1:20pm

Here's An Alpha Version Of CyanogenMod For The HP Touchpad

The HP Touchpad just jumped up a few notches on the tablet scale now that the first public release of CyanogenMod is available for download. » 10/13/11 2:12am 10/13/11 2:12am

Steve Kondik, Cyanogen of CyanogenMod fame, joins Samsung Mobile

There's more big news in the Android world tonight. Steve Kondik, otherwise known as Cyanogen of the popular CyanogenMod ROM, has joined Samsung Mobile as a Software Engineer. » 8/15/11 11:55pm 8/15/11 11:55pm

Modders Make Android Work the Way You Want

CyanogenMod is one of the biggest hacks to ever hit the Android mobile platform. It's got an estimated 500,000 users. Many Android programmers use it as a starting point for their own coding projects. And according to the project's founder, a number of Google employees have it installed on their Android devices. » 5/22/11 2:00pm 5/22/11 2:00pm

Perk Up Your Galaxy Tab With Homemade Gingerbread

It's just possible that the crafty folks at the XDA developers forum have managed to upgrade the Galaxy Tab from trainwreck to fender bender. All it needed was a healthy dose of Gingerbread. Here's how to get it on yours. » 2/04/11 8:00pm 2/04/11 8:00pm

Cyanogen Custom Android Builds Will Live On, Sans Google Apps

When Google started hurling lawyerisms at the maker of the souped-up, stripped-down Cyanogen custom Android ROMs, the outlook was pretty grim. Luckily for Android hackers, Cyanogen and Google have reached an agreeable, albeit still stupid, compromise. » 9/28/09 7:52pm 9/28/09 7:52pm