Week Ending: March 21, 2014
“This Week in CyanogenMod” is an ongoing feature that aims to serve as a one-stop shop for weekly updates. Topics discussed are culled from our social media accounts, gerrit, status updates and general thoughts.
GalleryNext Beta Update
In January we debuted the beta for the GalleryNext application, a large scale effort to start addressing the the gaps we’ve identified in AOSP applications. The reception to the application has been great and the interaction we’ve seen on the Beta’s G+ Community has been consistent – even when we went a bit ‘dark’ on the status of the project.
Since our last update on January 27th, the Gallery team has been working to address the incredible amount of feedback.
To note just some of the many changes:
* Better scrolling and load times
* Delete and Undo support for local and cloud
* Chromecast and Roku support
* Better integration with image editors
* DeepZoom support
* Provider bug fixes (Dropbox, Google+, FB)
* New animations for image loading and previews
* UI and UX updates
The updated beta application has been published to the market and should be available for download later today. As a reminder, if you are not a part of the beta, you can join by following the steps below:
1) Join the CM GalleryNext Beta G+ group (https://plus.google.com/communities/106197197666453984916)
2) Visit the Beta program’s opt-in page (https://play.google.com/apps/testing/com.cyanogenmod.gallerynext/)
3) Join the beta and continue to the download link provided on that page.
Open Source Dialer Lookup
Courtesy of Xiao-Long Chen, CM 11 nightlies now have an open source implementation of the dialer look-up features showcased in Google’s proprietary phone application. You can now simply type ‘Pizza’ into the dialer’s name lookup field, and the dialer will return a list of nearby Pizza places.
Asus Transformer Pad
Long time Tegra maintainer and contributor pershoot comes through again, this week bringing in the Tegra 4 powered tf701T. Nightlies are already available on our download portal.
Status Bar Ethernet Icons
For those of you using ethernet adapters for your Android devices (tablets, Rasberry Pi, etc), you can now easily see the network device’s connection status.
New Nexus 5 dependency
Users attempting to flash Nexus 5 builds of any type dated March 18th or later must have the 4.4.2 bootloader as made available by Google, version HHZ11k. If you are on an older bootloader and attempt to flash newer builds, you will be met by a bootloader assert failure. You can update your bootloader via the fastboot, using the “fastboot flash bootloader bootloader.img” command. Our wiki has information available for those in need of help setting up the fastboot tool. Setting minimum requirements helps us minimize issues introduced by subtle incompatibilities using the older bootloader. The impacts seen can range from general stability, camera quality, and even improved battery life.
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