Samsung Announces the Hello Kitty Edition of the Galaxy Y

Ever wish you had a phone that truly portrayed your passion for Hello Kitty? Well Samsung has answered your prayers with the Hello Kitty edition of the Samsung Galaxy Y. The Hello Kitty edition will only be available in Germany and will cost approximately 229 euros.

This phone is full on kitty not only with the logo on the back, but it’s loaded with Hello Kitty ringtones, wallpapers and even a special home button. Other than the obvious customization this is the same Galaxy Y as before. Are any of you interested in this phone? What type of custom phone do you wish Samsung would make?

Source: SammyHub

UniFlash Makes Flashing, Modding And Backing Up Your Android Device Easier Than Ever By Using A Desktop Computer

 

While it’s a fairly straightforward process to flash ROMs on an Android device, it can be a bit intimidating especially as users need to also modify or backup their device— which simply can be a complicated process. Thanks to UniFlash, it is now a simpler process that is done all from the comfort of your desktop PC. UniFlash is the brainchild of XDA member MiHailPro and utilizes a simple GUI so users can edit and flash ROMs and partitions, add or remove system apps, edit system files, and even perform and restore backups. This means you’ll be able to edit your various partitions and edit or manage your ROMs without too much concern or worry as you finally have a simpler means through your desktop computer.

The tool is available now though we’d recommend you backup all the contents on your device considering you know, a snafu or two may happen. Hit the thread at the source link to see additional details.

source: XDA Forums

 

Still time to celebrate National Marshmallow Toasting Day with Android

It is getting late in the day, but there is still time to celebrate National Marshmallow Toasting Day. Yes, this is a real “holiday” celebrating the yummy goodness of marshmallows toasted lightly or heavily over the flames of a campfire. To help commemorate the day, Android Foundry has produced a nice wallpaper in several sizes to adorn your mobile or not-so-mobile devices.

After downloading one of the wallpapers you can find at the source link, go find your wood, matches, skewers, marshmallows, and any goodies you like to dress the melted gooey treats with and start celebrating!

source: Android Foundry

Download and Install the latest Jelly Bean Build (JR003O) for your Verizon Galaxy Nexus

Earlier today we told you that a lucky XDA member received a Jelly Bean OTA update for the Verizon Galaxy Nexus. You can download the test build and install it yourself, but you have to go back to stock (build IMM76K) to make it happen. Just follow the steps below.

  1. Make sure you’re running stock (If you’re not then you can use WugFresh’s Nexus Root Toolkit to restore/install stock)
  2. Unlock the device and install a custom recovery (Wugfresh’s Toolkit can do this as well)
  3. Flash the IMM76Q Package via the custom recovery
  4. Flash the JRO03O Package via the custom recovery
If you need any help or want more info, hit up the source link below.

source: Androidcentral Forums

 

Motorola’s Ice Cream Sandwich update includes a root checker

As you know Motorola recently upgraded the DROID RAZR MAXX, DROID RAZR, and DROID 4 (international versions as well) to Ice Cream Sandwich, but one thing that we weren’t aware of until today is that Motorola has installed a root checker. In the image of the DROID RAZR (above) you can see a “qe 1/1″, which means the device is currently rooted. If you see a “qe 0/0″, it means it was never rooted, and if you see a “qe 0/1″, it means it was rooted at one time, but not now.

What Motorola will do with this information is unknown, but I guess it’s possible that you could be denied a replacement phone if you’re in need. It would have to depend on the Verizon rep booting into recovery though, and my guess is that most of the reps will never do it. It could also be something that Motorola will use for their own information when examining returns. Either way, it’s better that you know about it now than later. More images after the break.

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Say Hello to the Ultimate Backup Tool that Doesn’t Require Root

If you currently own a rooted Android device, or flashed a custom ROM, chances are you’ve taken at least one nandroid based or titanium based backup of your system settings and application data. As you know, in order to take either of these backups, root access is required.

What about if you want to unlock your bootloader after you’ve been using your device for several months? Since it’s unlikely that you would already have root access, you were forced to lose this precious data.

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HTC One V Receives Unofficial CM10 Port

The HTC One V, the youngest sibliing in the HTC One series of Android devices, finally gets an Android 4.1 Jelly Bean-based Cyanogenmod 10 port. The CM10 nightlies port is available thanks to XDA Recognized Contributor jmztaylor for CDMA-based devices and XDA Recognized Contributor Lloir for GSM-based devices. Unlike most alpha and beta builds, the new build for both versions of the One V appear to be quite stable, with the exception of the LCD backlight never turning off and the camcorder not working. If you’re an HTC One V owner and feeling brave, hit up the source link and get flashing! But as always, it’s wise to take backups before proceeding.

Source: XDA

HTC Thunderbolt Official Ice Cream Sandwich build leaks, Hackers rejoice

An official Ice Cream Sandwich build for the HTC Thunderbolt just leaked. What does this mean?  All of the adventurous Verizon-ites out there can flash the ROM before Verizon gives the official thumbs up.  The  build number is 7.00.605.2 which bumps the device up to Sense 3.6 and greatly improves the user experience.  HTC even includes an awesome “Quick Settings” tab and a completely revampted settings menu.

The ROM itself is stock and deodexed, but does include root.  HTC’s “spyware” was also removed.  You can grab the file from the source link below.

Until HTC and Verizon finalize everything in the hopes of meeting their self-imposed August deadline, this will have to do.

source: teambamf

Sony Xperia S and AOSP – a Google experiment

Earlier this week, Jean-Baptiste Queru, Google’s Technical Lead on the Android Open Source Project (AOSP), announced a new experiment he was starting up. Up to now, the AOSP has focused on Nexus class devices. As Queru explains, AOSP was setup so that in theory it would be possible to plug in files for additional hardware targets. Thus far though, the theory has not translated into practice. Queru hopes this new experiment may change that and help identify and eliminate hurdles present in the theory as it moves to practice.

The target of the experiment is Sony’s Xperia S model. Queru selected the LT26 as it is a fairly powerful device currently on the market, has an unlockable bootloader, and a manufacturer that is friendly toward open source projects and philosophy.

If you are interested in helping out with the effort, check out the source link. Otherwise, keep an eye on this experiment as it may yield positive results not only for the Xperia S, but for other devices as well.

source: Google Groups
via: The Verge

Custom Kernel for the Nexus 7 Brings Huge Performance Boost

One of the biggest advantages of owning an Android device is having the ability to customize not only the interface, but the system settings itself. Part of that includes flashing a custom kernel, which can bring all sorts of enhancements to a variety of levels. Such settings include specifying voltages, underclock or overclock speeds of the CPU, custom color settings. You get the idea.

XDA Senior member clemsyn has created a modified kernel for the Nexus 7 called the Elite Kernel, which is a modified version of the Motley kernel originally created by XDA Senior Member _motley. Hit the break for the list of tweaks this customized kernel brings.

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