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OmniROM Posts KitKat 4.4 Nightly Builds For 15 (Count 'Em, 15) Android Devices, Shows Off New Features

When a new version of Android drops, it's Nexus this and Google Play that. But for a lot of advanced users (especially those who don't have the choice to go Nexus), custom ROMs are their first taste of the latest and greatest. In the tradition of independent developers and tinkerers delivering the goods, the relatively new OmniROM team has released nightly KitKat builds for no less than fifteen devices.

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Here's the full list of phones and tablets:

  • Galaxy S II (i9100G)
  • Galaxy S II AT&T (SGH-i777)
  • Galaxy S III (i9300)
  • Galaxy S III LTE (i9305)
  • Galaxy Note (N7000)
  • Galaxy Note II (N7100)
  • Galaxy Note II LTE (t0lte)
  • Galaxy Note II LTE AT&T (t0lteatt)
  • Galaxy Note II LTE T-Mobile (t0ltetmo)
  • Nexus 4
  • Nexus 5
  • Nexus 7 2012 3G
  • Nexus 7 2012 WiFi
  • Nexus 7 2013 WiFi
  • Oppo Find 5

If you haven't heard of OmniROM, it's a new family of custom ROMs that's quickly gaining steam among Android power users and enthusiasts.

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BLU Announces The Newest, Most Powerful Member Of The Life Series: Say Hello To The Life Pro [Hands On]

Back in April, I said that BLU "is a company to keep an eye on moving forward." A few months later, I reviewed (and loved) my first BLU device: the Life Play. Since then I've also taken a look at the Life View – the company's take on a large-screened phone – which was also very impressive for the cost. I'm definitely a fan of what BLU is doing right now, and the company seems to be keeping a nice momentum with the Life series.

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Xposed Framework 2.4 Beta 1 Adds Support For KitKat And Performance Improvements

The Xposed framework is a major boon to those of us who use an Android device that doesn't have a lot of support from the custom ROM community. It allows a lot of the things you want in custom ROMs - visual tweaks, interface changes, behavioral and button functions, fixes for annoying bugs, and a host of other things - via independent modules, with only root privileges. The latest beta release from developer "Rovo89" includes support for Android 4.4 and a bevy of performance improvements.

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CTIA And Carriers Blocked Samsung's Cellphone Kill Switch... Probably So They Can Sell You One

Smartphone theft is a growing problem. With more and more people carrying around a $500 gadget in their pockets, muggers and pickpockets are targeting smartphone owners for a quick and easy buck on the aftermarket. Municipalities all over the country have noted the rise in cell phone theft, and so have the manufacturers. But as CBS News reports, when Samsung built in a user-accessible kill switch to deter thieves, the CTIA and the five largest carriers in the country wanted nothing to do with it.

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[Hell Freezes Over] The Moto X On Verizon Gets The First KitKat Update, And It's Starting Today

There are a number of themes in Android news so common that we can almost pre-write the posts. One of the near certainties has always been that Verizon is going to take forever to update its phones. Well, that's why this news is so surprising. KitKat is coming to the Moto X on Verizon first, and it's happening today.

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FreedomPop Now Lets You Activate Some Sprint Devices On Its Free Phone Service

The low-cost Sprint MVNO FreedomPop just launched its freemium phone service last month, but now it's expanding phone selection by letting users bring their own handsets. However, that doesn't mean you can take just any Sprint device over the FreedomPop and kiss your bill goodbye – there are some restrictions.

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Sprint Spark's 'LTE UI Enhancement' Is A Constantly Spinning Status Bar Icon

Earlier today, we covered some interesting updates coming to Sprint's Galaxy Mega, Galaxy S4 Mini, and HTC One Max, all concerning LTE bands and "LTE UI Enhancements." These changes were of course related to Sprint's fledgling "Spark" tri-band LTE network which, according to Sprint, could potentially reach speeds of between 50 and 60 Mbps.

The network is only ready for a few cities (Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, and Tampa), but if you own a compatible device you'll get to enjoy Sprint's LTE UI Enhancement anyway.

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Motorola Announces The Moto G: A Competitive Mid-Range Phone For $179 Off-Contract, Coming To The US In January

The words "no compromise" and "mid-range" would seem to be mutually exclusive, but Motorola would like you to think otherwise. The company announced the Moto G in a live event, promoting a cheaper and slightly lower-spec version of the flagship Moto X. This phone is Motorola's wide-ranging model, the first that's been introduced since the X, and it's intended to be cheap enough to be purchased without a contract.

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We could tell you all the specs and technical details, but the most important factor in the Moto G is the price.

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Best Buy Releases Early Look At Black Friday Deals, Offers Discounted Smartphones, Tablets, Bluetooth Speakers, And So Much More

Thanksgiving is fast approaching, and what better way is there to work off those calories than a mad dash for that last high-end tablet reduced down by a fraction of its normal cost? The chaos of Black Friday strikes every year, and it only takes a look at the upcoming deals to understand why. Best Buy has released a preview of what discounts to expect in just a few weeks, and there are perhaps enough offerings on hand to make an Android fan line up outside the store right away.

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[New App] SmugMug's Popular iOS Photo App 'Camera Awesome' Comes To Android, Brings Along A Few Tegra-Exclusive Features

Sometimes a smartphone comes with a crappy camera. Other times, it just comes with crappy software. The good thing is that there are no shortage of compelling camera apps to choose to from, and today, there's one more. SmugMug's Camera Awesome has made its way over to Android after amassing over 20 million downloads on the Apple App Store and averaging a near perfect 4.5 star rating.

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Camera Awesome is packed with features, offering users an HDR mode, the ability to take panorama shots, and a high-speed burst.

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