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Google Now is making the Weather card more functional and interesting, they tested rolled out the New Weather Home screen Shortcut to some users on January, the most interesting thing is the Weather Frog illustration, if you search for different places over the world, there are different illustrations showing the local weather status, day and night mode, even change in different hours, like dinner time, driving to work mornings, afternoon playing time, etc.
Google just released the Android N preview 2 update to modern Nexus series, many people are busy digging to find out the new stuff, at the meantime, they just noticed the system built-in Emoji have been redesigned, it looks more clear and conformity, OK you may ask can we get these new Emoji on our phones, the answer is YES! The following method will tell you how to update Android 5.1+ old Emoji to the Android N preview 2 new look, we just need root access and change one file then enjoy the new Emoji.
Once I got my new Nexus 5, I started to find an custom ROM for daily-drive, it should be stable, AOSP based, stock Android UI view, with necessary custom settings like volume key wake up, quick settings tile changeable etc.
I have been using Simple AOSP for a long time, it is simple and good like its name, but the community of SAOSP on G+ was gradually declined, the rom haven’t been update since February, I have to find new custom ROM, After taste the PureNexus (too many custom settings bring more bugs), Chroma (I don’t like the built-in emoji), even the Stock, I meet the Krexus ROM and decided to stick with it, you may ask me, Why?
It happened so fast, Google release the Android 6.0 marshmallow factory images on October 5th, Dmitry Grinberg post a developer guide about building Android 6.0 Marshmallow image for Nexus 4, all hardware functions seems running without bugs, you will be so exciting if you are a Nexus 4 user, as Google said they will not update Nexus 4 to Marshmallow.
It is time to suit up your Nexus 4 with Android 6.0 Marshmallow, follow this tutorial step by step, FYI, this tutorial does not need to run fastboot command to flash images, you just need TWRP recovery installed.
If you are a Nexus 4 user, and you have been always using custom roms, also you want to try the latest Android 5.1.0 rom, here is a tutorial show you how to install Android 5.1 lollipop custom rom on Nexus 4, this time we use the Simple AOSP rom for Nexus 4, which was built a few hours ago, tested and all thing working fine. here is the community of Simple AOSP on Google+.
Finally, Google released the Android 5.1.0 factory image for Nexus 4, after almost a month later than the first Android 5.1.0 factory image pop up. I have been using the custom Android 5.1 rom with my Nexus 4 for half a month, and I can tell Android 5.1.0 is obviously better than Android 5.0.x, much more smooth and stable, the only problem is we don’t have the latest binary files to suit Android 5.1,
CyanogenMod(CM) team has began working on CyanogenMod 10.2 since the day that Android 4.3 was announced on July 25th, we knew that CyanogenMod 10 is based on Android 4.1 and CM10.1 is based on Android 4.2, so CyanogenMod 10.2 is based on the Android 4.3, they call it a “Sweeter Jellybean”, as it brings a bunch of improvements to the current Android 4.2.2 system, such as low energy bluetooth, better photosphere, saving more battery, OpenGL ES 3.0 and many other humane improvements.
Well Android 4.3 was announced officially by Google on July 24th, and we were told that the over the air(OTA) update is rolling out to Nexus 7, Nexus 4 and Galaxy Nexus on July 25th, it actually happen and many Nexus users got the OTA notification today, but somehow you didn’t, you may be upset, and here is a old and useful method which can let you get Android 4.3 JellyBean OTA update notification pushing to your Nexus 4 or Galaxy Nexus as soon as possible.
Some people consider that the size of navigation bar on Nexus 4 is too big, but there is no such option to change the size of navigation bar in stock Android, some custom roms allow user to change it or hidden it, but if you don’t want to change your rom, here is a method of Changing the Size of Navigation Bar on Nexus 4.