CyanogenMod creator Steve Kondik on the challenges of refining the ROM

On the morning after the Oppo N1 launch, Steve “Cyanogen” Kondik was surrounded by several Oppo ambassadors and tech writers at a hotel lounge in Beijing. It’s a far cry from where he began: toying with Android ROMs out of “boredom” about five yea…


CyanogenMod 10.2 nightlies arrive, offer an unofficial taste of Android 4.3

Official Android 4.3 upgrades are currently few and far between, but you won’t have to wait for one if you’re willing to experiment — the first CyanogenMod 10.2 nightly builds have arrived. As of this writing, those with Samsung’s Captivate, Gala…


Unofficial Amber ROMs emerge for Nokia Lumia 820 and 920

If you’re a Nokia Lumia 820 or 920 owner, you now have a chance to try the Amber update a little early. WindowsMania.pl has posted unofficial ROMs (820, 920) that upgrade international versions of the Windows Phones to the Amber release ahead of …


MoDaCo.Switch to let HTC One jump between Sense and stock Android (video)

Not sure if you want the regular HTC One or its Google Play Edition? MoDaCo’s newly detailed MoDaCo.Switch ROM should let you have both. The custom firmware lets the indecisive run either the Sense interface or stock Android (AOSP) using only one …


Smartisan OS goes pre-alpha, available for international Galaxy S III only (video)

You may recall that a Chinese startup dubbed Smartisan promised to offer its first custom Android ROM on June 15th. Well, the time has come and the company stuck to its word, but there’s a catch: the software is currently still in pre-alpha status…


Purported HTC Accord Windows Phone schema leaked on Twitter

While certain other manufacturers claim a lot of the Windows Phone column inches, there are other players in the game. An image that recently popped up on Twitter reminds us that HTC is also a supporter of Microsoft’s mobile OS. The picture above cla…


CyanogenMod developers slap Jelly Bean on an Optimus 4X HD, tease CM10 (video)

That didn’t take long. The boys behind CyanogenMod promised a quick turnaround for its upcoming JellyBean-based update and are already teasing workable CM10 ROMs. CyanogenMod’s Ricardo Cercuiera tossed a video of an early CM10 build on his YouTube pa…