Well if that wasn’t fast! Samsung has already released source code for Sprint’s Epic 4G Touch that only began to start selling this morning. The developer community will be able to create custom kernels with access to this code. The phone still needs a root method before you can run custom ROM’s, but by the looks of things, it won’t be long.
Head to Samsung’s Open Source website for the download and Search for the SPH-D710.
Nice! Only after about a week since the Droid Bionic’s release and cvpcs has already gotten CM7 to boot up on it. As he mentions in the YouTube description, there are still a ton of bugs (no radio, charging, camera, or audio) and graphics aren’t perfect. What is working though is the touchscreen and accelerometer. Who cares, this is a really quick start and big thanks to @cvpcs for getting this rocking so far. We can expect this probably won’t take long to be fully working so stay tuned and be sure to check out the video below.
HTC Sense 3.5 hasn’t hit the official market just yet, but XDA member proxuser has whipped together a port for the Desire S. This ROM looks different than the one seen from the HTC Bliss ported to the Desire HD. This ROM is based off Runnymede WWE RUU 0.82.401.0 running on top of Android 2.3.5. This is an initial release, so there are some things to be worked out with the ROM, but that’s to be expected. Expect to see this ROM hitting other HTC devices soon. You can catch all the details over at XDA via the source link below.
As promised, HTC is keeping true to their word by adding more devices to their unlockable boot loader list over at HTCDev.com. Recently the HTC Flyer was the latest to join the list. If you are wanting to unlock your Flyer be sure to check its compatibility before you do. Currently only the WiFi and 3G models are supported. and they must have the latest updates. Keep checking the list if you’re an Evo View 4G owner because it’s likely that all renditions of the Flyer will soon be supported.
We have said it many times before but I will remind you again, unlock your bootloader at your own risk! Although the process is endorsed by HTC, they have this to say about the process. “It is our responsibility to caution you that not all claims resulting or caused by or from the unlocking of the bootloader may be covered under warranty.” We know it is fun to install custom firmware but please be sure to have some form of Android software knowledge. Hit the source link below for the full low-down.
A little over month ago we reported that the Droid X2 was confirmed using the 2nd-init method, the same method that brought CM7 to the Droid X. Unfortunately, there haven’t been many ROMs currently on the X2 to choose from. Things should start to change now as XDA member navenedrob has stated porting Atrix ROMs over to the DX2. The first one up is stock 2.3.4 Gingerbread 4.5.91 Atrix 4G port and updates along with the download link can be found in the source link below. This should be the first of many to help you un-blur your DX2. Let us know how this ROM works out for you.
If I was a betting man and you had an Android phone, I would say that you have updated your keyboard from the stock version that came pre loaded. There are a few really great options for alternate keyboards in the Android Market to choose from. From simple replacements like SwiftKey X, That aim to reduce keystrokes via prediction, to more exotic ones like 8Pen , that rely on unorthodox sliding movements. Which do you choose? I am sure by now you are asking yourself why not just use Swype? Well my friend, Swype doesn’t have the ability to predict the words you are slip sliding around. A fairly new app, TouchPal, just released out of Beta, ties both advantages together, making one extremely useful keyboard. With predictive sliding, this fresh idea comes with many features not found on other keyboards. Hit the break for the full list and to check out some more screen shots and a video of the app in action. Read more
Sick of all the regular lockscreen replacements just giving you a different slider to use? Well, XDA member Marinelli.Tv is offering up something a little bit different with Hidden Lock. Hidden Lock has no passwords, no codes to enter, and no patterns to unlock. Want to see how this works? Hit the break for the market link and QR code plus a video demonstration showing this app off. Let us know what you think.
Just yesterday we gave you step by step instructions for rooting your Bionic and the other Gingerbread running Motorola devices. Now, thanks to the awesome community over at Rootzwiki, we’ve got some unroot instructions as well. This is an updated version of what we showed you yesterday and full Windows based instructions for root/unroot are below (see source link for other OS). The disclaimer as always is you will void your warranty running this and we take no responsibly for the slight chance that you may brick your device. Happy rooting!
Instructions to Root:
1. Make sure you have Motorola drivers installed – Motorola Drivers 32bit Motorola Drivers 64bit
2. Download the PetesMotorolaRootTools v1.05.zip file and unzip it to your Windows PC.
3. On your phone go into Settings>Applications>Development and check the box for USB Debugging.
4. Plug phone into your computer and select “Charge Only” mode from your phones notification pull down.
5. Navigate to PetesMotorolaRootTools v1.05 folder and run Pete’s Motorola Root Tools.exe.
6. Follow the instructions in the command window.
7. Your phone will complete 3 steps, rebooting along the way. When it finishes, you will be rooted.
Instructions to UnRoot:
1. Make sure the Motorola drivers are still installed.
2. Make sure USB Debugging is still selected.
3. Connect your Bionic to your computer.
4. Run the Pete’s Motorola Root Tools.exe.
5. Select UnRoot My Phone at the bottom.
6. Your phone will reboot 3-4 times as the program goes through all 4 steps in the process.
Now this is what I’ve been waiting for! For all you ROM flashers out there who want to try out a bunch of different ROMs all at once, Android now has a multi ROM boot application available to do just that. The app is called Boot Manager and will allow you to have 5 different ROMs on your device all at once and switch between them with just a simple reboot. This is great for both the flashaholics and developers alike to have multiple builds or different ROM flavors to choose from at will. You’ll have to be rooted of course and it’s highly recommended you read the manual here before you get started. Boot Manager will cost you a slim $2.99, but this should be well worth it for you flashaholics out there. Grab it from our handy apps database here, by the source link, or by the QR code below. Be sure though that your device is supported before you attempt to use this app.
It looks like everyone’s favorite selling tablet, thanks to its ridiculous price drop, is surely going the way of the Nook Color in that no one ever gave it a second glance as a worthy contender in the “cheap but effective as hell” tablet market. The HP TouchPad has certainly come a long way since its first inception as a possible Android powered tablet. We’ve also recently seen the device running the latest version of Gingerbread 2.3.5 thanks to Team TouchDroid’s blood, sweat and tears. However, the real credit goes to the folks over at the CyanogenMod team, as its original code generators.
The CM7 team states that everything is running on the device smoothly with the exception of WiFi. Now we know that’s big, but if you can remain patient, it’s only a matter of time until that issue is resolved as well. Then you’ll have a cheap as hell Android tablet running one of the most respected ROM’s on the platform today. Once the build is final, you should have no problem sporting this little guy as your daily tablet driver. Check out the video after the break of the team’s progress and don’t forget to let us know what you think in the comments below. Were you one of the lucky users able to get your hands on the device for a mere $99 bucks? Read more