In previous posts, I talked about why I switched from iOS to Android. After 1 year and a half, after 3 different Android phones (Nexus 4, Nexus 5 and Samsung Galaxy S5), I’m finally going to switch back to iOS. For several reasons in facts but the major ones are those: Application quality lower than on iOS Lower global stability on Samsung Touchwizz and Cyanogen I was pretty happy with Google Stock ROM, however it’s not available on all devices and the Nexus do not have the better hardware (not talking about Nexus 6).
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Cyanogen is finally available on Sumsung Galaxy S5 Europe (klte) :-). Thanks Cyanogen Team! For the moment, you can only grab nighly builds but everything is working fine on it. Regarding the difference with the Samsung ROM, I noticed the battery life time is a little bit reduced (up to 15% depending on your usage). Camera is working fine, calls, screen etc… are ok too. I only have minor bugs that I don’t really care in fact.
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As you may know, related to a previous post, I was using Aviate launcher on Android. I was so happy with it that I started to speak about it around me and promoted it. My friend Romaric (@evoxmusic) informed me that this software required too much access in his opinion and that I should look at the privacy policy of Aviate. After starting reading it, I could find this: we may collect Personal Information such as your name, email address, phone number, location information, unique device identifier, and third-party account credentials (for example, your log-in credentials for Facebook or other third party sites)
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I recently changed my smartphone (yes once again) because I was very interested in Galaxy S5 features compared to Nexus 5: Waterproof: better when you got child’s and can record video underwater! Better autonomy: I can have a normal day without charging it! Better camera: once again when you have child’s…The camera makes very good photos compared to Nexus 5. Bigger screen: not a big point for me but it is better Storage: can add a micro SD card.
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I wanted to upgrade my Android version from Cyanogen 10 to 11M5 on my old Samsung Galaxy S2. I though it would be an easy task, but not at all. First of all, I had to be in recovery mod (bottom button + vol up + power). Then I wanted to create a /sdcard but it didn’t want to mount and I didn’t want to format my sdcard. So I mounted a tmpfs onto it:
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As you may read, I recently decided to drop Cyanogen :-(. Google Now interface is fine, but not enough user oriented for now days in my opinion. A few months ago, a friend (@sebastien_han) show me Aviate and switched to it. This is an interface that helps you day to day to show you informations and apps you need depending on your localization. I really love it! Last week I discovered Cover which is a solution for the lockscreen.
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This post is to talk about my experiences on Cyanogen. I’m using this ROM since a long time now. When I was on my Galaxy S2, it was perfect! I do not remember to have special issues. I was using nightlies and it was stable enough for me. When I switched to Nexus 4, it was not too bad, but I sometimes had problems on updates that forced me to restore.
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Pierre Mavro / Deimosfr


SRE Lead DevOps at Criteo  •  Nousmotards Co-Founder

Paris - France