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Tips to Getting Your Code Merged

Posted by on 8:42 pm in Development, Features, General

Tips to Getting Your Code Merged

[Note: the below is adapted from a post on Google+ by one of Omni's Lead Developers, Andrew Dodd aka Entropy512.] While we have previously have included on the wiki a few notes about contributing to Omni, here are just a few observations regarding Omni code contribution, and some tips on getting your stuff merged: Indicate in the review comments what a patch is supposed to fix and, ideally, how to reproduce the problem or test the patch.  We personally hate blind-merging stuff that hasn’t been tested to actually do something. If...

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Easily Switch Between Apps With OmniSwitch

Posted by on 3:49 pm in Features

Easily Switch Between Apps With OmniSwitch

Android presents a relatively easy way to switch between running apps and ending apps, but there isn’t a great way to keep favorites readily available while at the same time giving you complete control over running apps. And that’s where OmniSwitch from Omni Developer maxwen comes into play. OmniSwitch is an open source, recent apps switcher with support for application control and favorites. The idea behind OmniSwitch was to make application switching as easy as possible due to that function becoming more and more important in...

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At last, Galaxy Nexus GSM Receives KitKat Nightlies

Posted by on 8:18 pm in Devices, Features, General

At last, Galaxy Nexus GSM Receives KitKat Nightlies

Whenever we have released posts about moving to KitKat or nightlies or new devices, inevitably some of the first comments tend to be everything from “Y U NO LIKE MAGURO” to “OMNI HATES CATS” to “ETA on Maguro builds” to “Does Xplodwild like the cha-cha?” Obviously only a few of those are correct (we’ll let you pick which ones), but it all boils down to this: The Galaxy Nexus GSM, after Google stated they would not be releasing official Android 4.4 for the Maguro, still remains one of the...

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Dev Diary: Making Android Multi-Window

Posted by on 6:00 am in Development, Features

Dev Diary: Making Android Multi-Window

“Android isn’t made for multi-window” You’ve probably heard that statement, or some like it, when discussions turn to multi-window on Android. However we have seen it done quite nicely on Samsung’s TouchWiz, Sony’s Quick Apps, and more. So yes, technically, it’s possible. Now the real question is: How to make that look good on Android, on small screens (yes, for me a tablet is still a small screen), and most importantly, how to render it useful and valid from an UX point of view. I’ve been working, as part of Omni, on...

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Integrated Phone Directory Without Google

Posted by on 2:58 pm in Features, General

Integrated Phone Directory Without Google

We love open-source, and we love it when open-source becomes useful. Unfortunately, some of the apps you have become accustomed to are closed down and proprietary. For example, the KitKat Dialer. Google’s new dialer application in KitKat brought with it some new, cool features like Caller ID and integrated Phone Directory but at the expense of not including those features in the open source AOSP Dialer. Some users are fine with using Google’s proprietary apps, commonly referred to as GApps, while others choose not to for one...

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OmniROM 2013 Year in Review

Posted by on 5:55 pm in Features, General

OmniROM 2013 Year in Review

A lot has happened in the few, short months that Omni has been public and we thought it would be a great opportunity to reflect on the last 3 months and to look to the future. After going public the middle of October with a presentation by XpLoDWilD at the BABBQ 13, we have had contributions from over 90 contributors, deployed over 30 nightly builds, brought some new, open source features to the Android community for all to use, and deployed OpenDelta - all in just over 3 months. Whew! Since Oct 13, 2013 we have seen over 656K unique visitors...

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OpenDelta Brings Incremental System Updates to Omni

Posted by on 6:21 pm in Features, General

OpenDelta Brings Incremental System Updates to Omni

One of the core tenants of Omni was that we wouldn’t just add a feature to the project without it being value-added and Open Source. This allows our focus to stay community-driven and encourage others to contribute to and benefit from the project. We all love to get those updates to our devices, but sometimes it becomes tedious to get an update that is 100MB+ over non-WiFi connections, or some of you start to get the jitters if you have to wait to download that new version. To that end, and because we needed a reliable update system...

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Samsung’s Big Thing of 2013 Is Omni’s Latest Nightly

Posted by on 5:45 pm in android-4.4, Devices, Releases

Samsung’s Big Thing of 2013 Is Omni’s Latest Nightly

Samsung has sold over 40 million (props to you if you read that in an Austin Powers voice) Galaxy S4′s in 2013, and that’s a tremendous number. Now just think if even 1% were running OmniROM! Well now that 1% can with the S4 being added to Omni’s nightly builds. That includes all variants of the S4 thanks to Omni contributors jakew02, jumoog and Evisceration: jfltexx, aka Samsung Galaxy S4 LTE [xda] jflteatt, aka Samsung Galaxy S4 LTE (ATT) [xda] jfltecan, aka Samsung Galaxy S4 LTE (Canada) [xda] jfltespr, aka Samsung Galaxy...

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Track Patches to OmniROM

Posted by on 9:57 pm in General

Track Patches to OmniROM

When operating any development project it is important to keep track of the changes you make so that those who wish to use your project can also keep track and decide if they want to install the update. Some people like to blindly install updates, but many more prefer to know exactly what it is that the developer did and decide whether or not they want to be on the bleeding edge. Once again it’s about choice and control. The best way for a developer to do this is to provide what’s called a changelog. This is definitely important...

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XDA TV Walks Through OmniROM Install on N1

Posted by on 4:34 pm in android-4.4, Devices, Releases

XDA TV Walks Through OmniROM Install on N1

XDA TV just posted How to Root, Install TWRP and OmniROM on the Oppo N1 by Producer Jordan Keyes, and it’s a great video definitely worth your time if you either happen to have (or soon will have) one of these large, great devices. He of course does a great job as always walking you through the device and how to take control of it, so you should have no problems following his lead. You can view the video here, or via the link above, and you can also download the latest nightly via our Downloads...

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