OmniROM Marshmallow Nightlies Are Underway
Jan23

OmniROM Marshmallow Nightlies Are Underway

With the release of Android Marshmallow (android-6.0) in October 2015, OmniROM has officially begun nightly builds for our supported devices as of January 10th, 2016. The following devices have been included for nightly support: Nexus 5 (hammerhead) Nexus 5X (bullhead) Nexus 6 (shamu) Nexus 7 (2013) (flo) Nexus 10 (manta) The following devices will be added in the next several days: Nexus 4 (mako) Find 7/a OnePlus One As a result of the time gap between the AOSP and Omni Marshmallow releases, along with the now well-known changes in Marshmallow, users will recognize the Settings layout from previous versions of Omni. Many of the features from previous versions of Omni have returned as well: DSPManager with xplodwild’s Stereo Wide Effect Status Bar Network Traffic Indicators Silent Mode (separate from Do Not Disturb mode) Ability to “unlink” notification and ringer volumes Separate Lockscreen Wallpaper OpenDelta OTA System Updater Support for SuperSU in System Settings Along with these previous features come several new and innovative features introduced with the android-6.0 branches of Omni, such as: OmniJAWS (Just Another Weather Service) Weather in Notification Header Long-pressable, custom locations, unit settings, etc. Enhanced Do Not Disturb mode Dark UI toggle With the release of Android Marshmallow, Google also began monthly security releases aimed to address various CVE vulnerabilities. The team’s goal is to have the security patches merged as soon as possible after AOSP source posting. To date, the team has had the merge completed within 24-36 hours after release. A few other minor notes to keep in mind regarding Marshmallow nightlies: OpenDelta only actively supports TWRP recovery for automatically flashing Over-The-Air updates. All other recoveries are unsupported and may not function correctly. Systemless SuperSU is the only current method to root official Android M nightlies Systemless SuperSU must be re-flashed after every OpenDelta update Bug Reports and Feature Requests can be submitted via the Omni Jira Bug and Feature Request Tracker All nightlies are SELinux enforcing Encryption is the user’s choice We will endeavor to keep you posted on new devices receiving Marshmallow support, but in the meantime check out our IRC chat, XDA forum section, and contribute your ideas....

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Finding Its Way to Nightlies: The Oppo Find 7
Sep03

Finding Its Way to Nightlies: The Oppo Find 7

The Find 7 is the spectacular 2014 flagship from Oppo, a Chinese-based company already well-known for their great developer support across the custom Android firmware world. They have opened their arms to the aftermarket firmware projects, like ourselves, even going so far as encouraging its users to try out different ROMs through various posts and polls. To further that development, they provided numerous devices to the OmniROM project and two of our lead developers, Entropy512 and maxwen, began working on the device. The flagship seemed to have almost everything right: A big, beautiful 5.5in screen (1080p for the 7a, 2K for the 7), top-of-the-line specs, a very nice camera, and the gorgeous skyline LED notification light. Unfortunately, for all the good they have done, they did do one thing wrong: the internal storage is set up in the legacy Android fashion, with the /data partition separate from the user-accessible internal storage. This was a great peeve to most users who were accustomed to the unified internal storage solution Google introduced with the Galaxy Nexus and Ice Cream Sandwich 4.0. Oppo, if you’re reading this, please fix this for your next phone! This was also one of the issues that our devs wanted to tackle before officially pushing the Find 7 into nightlies. Now, after a few months of hard work fixing bugs and issues, Entropy512 and maxwen have deemed the device ready for the nightly roster, and have also provided a LVM-based solution that unifies the Find 7’s internal storage, for users who wish to proceed down that route. The nightly builds are now available for download, and are compatible with BOTH unified and non-unified internal storage formats. Please note that this is a unified build that is intended for BOTH the Find 7 and the 7a variant. Happy flashing! And remember to report any bugs you encounter to our JIRA instance. UPDATE: Entropy512 has also put together a very helpful reference for LVM Partition Mapping. We encourage you read it and become familiar with the...

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Completing the Galaxy Nexus Family: Sprint Variant (toroplus) Now Added To Nightlies
Jul20

Completing the Galaxy Nexus Family: Sprint Variant (toroplus) Now Added To Nightlies

The Galaxy Nexus was, and some might argue still is, a venerable device. Launched by Google as the first phone to showcase Android 4.0, AKA Ice Cream Sandwich, it boasted a variety of new features that one would consider commonplace today, but was not previously available. This included a 720p HD display and a zero shutter lag camera. Unfortunately, Google decided that it was not worthy of the 4.4 KitKat treatment, and so official AOSP support for it was dropped with 4.3 Jellybean. However, the custom ROM community was not just going to take this lying down. Through some hard work by dedicated devs and community members, the Galaxy Nexus remains alive today. For months now here at Omni, we have supported the GSM variant (maguro) and the Verizon LTE variant (toro), but not the Sprint LTE variant (toroplus). This was because we lacked a proper Galaxy Nexus maintainer, and even though we supported the former two, we considered them on “life support” because of this. This all changed recently when community member MWisBest stepped up to be our new maintainer. Thanks to his work, Galaxy Nexus devices have received several optimizations and fixes, and the Sprint LTE variant is now fully supported by Omni and added to nightlies. Head over to the download page if you own a Sprint Galaxy Nexus to start enjoying some Omni goodness! As always, bug reports are welcomed on our JIRA...

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OmniROM Nightlies Land on the Sony Xperia L
Jul14

OmniROM Nightlies Land on the Sony Xperia L

In the custom ROM community, we find that developers focus mainly on high-end devices while the lower-end device often go ignored. Most of the time it is not because these devices are not capable enough to run custom firmware, but simply because there is a lack of interest. However, that is not the case with the Sony Xperia L. Codenamed “taoshan”, the L has a 1GHz dual-core Qualcomm MSM8230 with Adreno 305 graphics. Nightlies have been kicked off for this device as of today, thanks to the efforts by community member Olivier. Community members are a crucial part of Omni, and we always welcome new members into the Omni family, whether you are a user or a developer. This also serves as a reminder that just because newer and greater devices have come out, we do not simply neglect older, less capable devices. Owners of the Xperia L may head to the download page to get started on enjoying some OmniROM KitKat goodness! As always, updates later on will be available through our OpenDelta incremental updater, as this is now an officially supported device. Lastly, should you have issues, please feel free to report them to our JIRA...

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At last, Galaxy Nexus GSM Receives KitKat Nightlies
Jan25

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 more sought-after devices for aftermarket firmware. And we have been listening. One of the biggest roadblocks to bringing up the Maguro involves Texas Instruments no longer supporting the device. Another has been that we dislike bringing a device up when we don’t have someone that can manage and test the device, i.e. we do not do blind builds. The core team has been pressed for time as we have been managing a large number of devices (45!), so as with all other devices being requested we encourage you to join in and get involved. All of that changed for the Maguro when community member Jiangyi stepped forward to help us bring up the device. After a few days of testing and such, the Galaxy Nexus GSM can finally be added to our list of Supported Devices. Special thanks go out to Grarak who helped kickstart the process to get the ball rolling. ...

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Samsung’s Big Thing of 2013 Is Omni’s Latest Nightly
Dec06

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 S4 LTE (Sprint) [xda] jfltetmo, aka Samsung Galaxy S4 LTE (T-Mobile US) [xda] jfltevzw, aka Samsung Galaxy S4 LTE (Verizon) [xda] The first nightly builds for these S4 variants began last night, so make sure to check out Omni’s downloads for them. [images courtesy of...

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