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SlimKat 4.4.2 beta 1.7 weekly

Hey guys,

We are now switching to our weekly release cycle so you can now expect to find our latest betas up on this site every weekend. We started jenkins for new builds some minutes ago: SlimKat beta.1.7. For detailed information see the changelog and explanations along with the install instructions from our last weekly here

As usual please remember that weekly builds are automated untested builds which may contain bugs although we know that they are pretty stable already. Fully stable builds will be announced when ready. So here we go...short changelog due to the fact that the last build was only 3 days ago:

  • fix icon distortion on power menu
  • fix navring ring distortion
  • updated dashclock and integrate it into the builds
  • fix for screenshot animation glitch in portrait
  • fb: fix and pimp custom lockscreen handle
  • QS: make dynamic tiles configurable
  • Properly handle null URIs
  • base: added national roaming info for Play in Poland
  • QS: enable haptic feedback and change Alarm tile longpress
  • Parse UUID string with Long.parseLong
  • core: added national roaming info for Free Mobile in France
  • Frameworks: Slim Shortcuts
  • Settings: Slim ES translations - thanks to Carlos
  • several kernel and device updates across all devices

SlimKat upcoming....

SlimKat 4.4.2 beta 1.6 weekly

Hey guys,

So google pushed yesterday the new 4.4.2 source and we decided after testing to give it a public weekly release on SlimKat. So here we go and say welcome to SlimKat 4.4.2 beta.1.6 weekly

Jenkins is building already. Also we can announce that all but four of our officially supported devices is now receiving a SlimKat version. Hard work over the last weeks has resulted in SlimKat working on all devices with an awesome result 

Please note: SlimKat and KitKat in general is in an early stage. Still some apps are not compatible and still some devices have to fight with smaller issues  but on the other hand a lot of devices are already quite stable. Whatever please keep in mind that these builds are labled for a reason as beta builds. As most slim users know we only tag our builds stable when they are already 100% stable and all features are back. But you will be surprised how stable it is already


Installation instructions are like always.....coming from another rom or < 4.4 means a fully clean install with manually format system. Please note as well that you need to flash the 4.4.1 gapps which are available in the downloads section. Clean install with manually format system is highly recommend as well if you were on an alpha version. For further install instructions follow this link please: here

Whatever we took some time now to write down all the things which were fixed, enhanced and new......and it resulted in 4 pages of we decided to just post which features you will have in the early SlimKat builds.....still we could not list everything as there is way to much which is already done but see below for a small changelog of last beta build  to the latest beta.1.6

At this point thanks to the entire SlimKat team, all contributors and helpers on the slim community and the testers/users which supported us during the alpha tag status. Again without you all this would never have been possible.

Changelog for beta.1.6:

  • update to 4.4.2
  • major cleanup on googles code
  • Quiet hours refactor and ringer mode
  • Slim lockhandle configurable
  • fix possible NPE on back button
  • fix statusbar background transition in certain cases
  • add for talkback content descriptions to navbar for ppl which are not able to see
  • fix notifications cut off on slim dpi
  • optimizing on image drawable handling
  • allow to disable QuickSettings completly
  • better Dialog handling on some places in Settings
  • show help dialog the first time the user enter a feature screen
  • fix keyboard crash on suggestions
  • music tile configuration options
  • battery tile new click/longpress behaviour
  • update NovaLauncher
  • update SlimIRC
  • a lot upstream and fixes over all devices
  • a bunch of optimizing and fixes in the base

Features till now:

  • Fully customizable quick settings the new way with new included music tiles and features
  • Notification drawer and quicksettings background as well with tablet support now
  • Notification transparency
  • Notification drawer shortcuts
  • Hide carrier label on notification drawer
  • Wifi access point is shown in notification drawer
  • Easy full swipe access between notification drawer and quicksettings
  • Quick pulldown for quick settings
  • Quick settings style options
  • Battery icon the new slim way reflected on quicksettings as well
  • Full Clock and date customization on status bar
  • Statusbar brightness control
  • Fully revamped navigation bar and navigation ring customizations much more ehanced to 4.3
  • Fully global menu customization the new way
  • SlimCenter
  • Mute Volume adjust sound
  • Ascending ringtone
  • Quiet hours new extended version
  • Mute Camera shutter sound
  • Control safe headset warning
  • Volume rocker music control
  • Less frequent notification sounds
  • Power connectivity alert
  • Fully customizable volume panel
  • Display rotation options
  • Fully customizable auto brightness hysterese
  • CRT animation the new way with new animation as well
  • Notification light options
  • Battery light options if device supports it
  • Volume rocker wake
  • Wake up on charge
  • Slims full customizable low battery warning
  • Enable/disable camera widget on lockscreen
  • Enable carousel animation on lockscreen
  • disable initial page hints on lockscreen
  • start widgets maximized on lockscreen
  • Fully revamped lockscreen target options
  • Lockscreen shortcuts
  • Lock before unlock the new way
  • Pattern size customizing
  • Systemwide blacklist support for calls and sms/mms
  • Slims Privacy Guard the new way
  • Auto keyboard rotation feature
  • Disable fullscreen keyboard
  • IME selector notification
  • Show permanent enter key on keyboard
  • Volume key cursor control
  • SuperUser
  • Mediascanner behaviour on boot
  • Wifi country code
  • Camera smart capture
  • Camera picture quality
  • Camera gps indicator
  • Camera colour filter options
  • Camera complete menu revamp the new way
  • Gallery video smart control
  • SMS/MMS has completly all feature back from 4.3
  • None intrusive incall UI
  • Dialer has all features back from 4.3
  • Torch app
  • System wide immersive mode aka expanded desktop
  • and tons of fixes on google code, revamps on old code, new features and polishing of old features and for sure a lot we still forgot to list here

Known bugs:

  • Navigation bar recents button sometimes needs to be pressed twice
  • Lockscreen when carousel animation is enabled dragging the camera icon messes the animation
  • Icons on global menu are sometimes a bit distored....not much

Device specific:

  • crespo: slight battery drain
  • maguro/toro/toroplus: sometimes random reboots....does not effect all
  • t0lte rare camera bugs but mostly stable
  • t0lte if you experience data drops please use latest CWM to flash

SlimRoms: Yours and Ours

Hey guys,
Shortly before Google releases the next version of AOSP, code-named KitKat, we will be preparing Slim for the new release . 
Firstly, let me begin with the incredible awesome journey we have all gone through.
In December of 2011, a new, small ROM based on ICS named SlimRoms was created by Arvind Raman. He single-handedly maintained Slim for several devices with the main purpose of having a slim sized ROM with some extra, useful features. The ROM gained attention as many users liked Arvind's philosophy. The userbase grew quickly and he had put a team together that could maintain existing devices as well as implementing Slim for new devices. As time went on, SlimRoms got more attention from developers whom also wanted to support Slim. As a result, they joined the team with the purpose of creating a unique ROM in a professional development environment. All of this was done to give the team and, more importantly, the users an awesome product with great features, visions, and most importantly, stability. When JellyBean (4.1) rolled out, SlimRoms grew into a 14 member team, many testers, and a large userbase whom have supported us all the way. We were also able to setup our own infrastructure: website, build servers, Jenkins, gerrit code review, bugtracker, IRC channels, G+ community, Facebook community, Twitter, our new launched Slim Forum, crowdin translations, etc etc
Because of this, SlimRoms received a major overhaul and developed new features that can now be found on nearly every rom. Beginning with The real dark Slim to switch the whole system and apps into night mode, our own interpretation of PIE, called SlimPIE,  to make PIE useful for devices with hardware keys, PrivacyGuard Manager - which we developed for ourselves as well as CyanogenMod, Notification and QS shortcuts, QuickPeak, our own method to handle the navigation ring/bar. That is just some of them! We implemented all these features while also having the main purpose of being as stable as possible. According to our userbase, which is spread over all SlimBean versions and devices, we have managed to do a pretty good job and have became one of the major player roms beside CM, AOKP and PA. This is thanks to our users as well. Some of our ideas were not perfect, but our userbase helped us to obtain the best UX for our product. I would like to thank every single user for their awesome support. We really appreciate it and try to give it back to you as much as possible.
Never the less, the next steps will begin with KitKat. We are already preparing a lot of things to get our ideas in to practice and to implement features Android has not seen until today (small teaser...a completely new multitasking way) as well as to grow the SlimRoms ecosystem. Also, a major, MAJOR part for us is the ability to provide our work as open-source, so that the whole Android realm can take advantage of it or will want to work with us on it. To begin, we will soon open our public trees on gerrit code review to the public so that everyone can contribute and work together with us. That being said, we also have some other areas where we would like to change and grow with your help. We are currently looking for the following people who would like to support and work with us on the different projects.
What we are looking for:
  • Themer and Designer: We want to set up a theming team that can take care of theming gapps and apps, as well as providing Slim with one of a kind themes, wallpapers, boot animations, etc. If you have experience, we would be very happy to include you in our theming team. Currently, we are all working on it in our spare time, while also developing. We know that our users would be very happy that themes get more attention. That said, we would be happy for people whom would like to work on web design on our different platforms as well. 
  • Device Maintainers: More and more devices are being released from the various manufacturers, and it is hard to support them all. If you have a device we do not currently support, and you want to officially maintain it as well as keeping it up to date with our device trees, contact us and we will work with you to make this possible.
  • Developer: With our current visions in mind, we are looking for developers to join our team. This ranges from frameworks base feature developers to app (to help create original, distinctive Slim apps and replacing common apps with our own), kernel, and hardware tree developers as well. You will find a very professional developer environment which is, in my opinion, a great place to perform a hobby in a semi-professional way. We are not just looking for "awesome, polished" developers, novice developers are also welcome. After all, SlimRoms has always been about learning new things. 
  •  Power-User / Social Platforms: We are searching for people for our social media team who would like to officially help in our forums threads as well on various other social networks to support our userbase more then we currently do. 
Besides the mentioned environment, we offer a friendly team which has the main purpose of having fun, learning, and solving problems. If you are interested in working with us, can relate yourself with our philosophy, and want to join the SlimRoms team please contact either me, Lars (kufikugel) or Josue (prbassplayer) through our forum and let us know what you can and would like to offer, as well as what your current level of knowledge is with Android. Please, do not be afraid as we all started with less knowledge than we currently have now.  After you gain more insight from us, let us know if we offer a place you feel comfortable with.
Again, thank you to every single user, tester, and developer for your awesome, awesome support. Without all of you, SlimRoms would never be possible!!!!!!!!!!!!!
kufikugel (Lars)