Nexus 4 Mod Allows For Improved Video Bitrate

 

It’s no secret that the Nexus 4 is a device that’s ripe for modifications and all, so a new mod has surfaced that allows for the device to have improved video capabilities. It appears that when you have a Nexus that’s been unlocked and rooted, the video framerate improves from 12Mbps all the way to 20Mbps. All that’s needed is a quick XML change to the following:

Install Google Now on your Ice Cream Sandwich device via GNow Gandlebars application

While Google Now has only been available for Jelly Bean devices (officially), that hasn’t stopped people from finding numerous ways to get it onto their Ice Cream Sandwich devices. Google Now has been available for Ice Cream Sandwich devices for some time now thanks to the folks at XDA. Back then you just needed to have a rooted device and being able to sideload an .apk file and changing some things in your build.prop.

Now there’s a newer method that utilizes an application called GNow Handlebars. Your ICS device still has to be rooted, and all you have to do is install the application and follow the simple steps:

Verizon Galaxy Note II bootloader unlocking process revealed

As always, leave it to the fine developers over at XDA. The Galaxy Note II, a supposed very secure device on Verizon’s network, has inevitably been hacked by XDA member ‘Adam Outler’ thus revealing a method to unlocking the bootloader on the device. If this sort of thing sounds like your bag, then the process will sound very familiar – especially if you’ve owned and tinkered with Samsung devices in the past. The process basically involves flashing three files via ODIN. If you’re not familiar with the process, it’s not for the feint of heart but our rooting guide and glossary of terms will certainly help. Click through the link to see the full post containing all steps.

source:  XDA

Nexus 4 gets LTE capabilities in certain (limited) AT&T markets

One of the biggest gripes that people had with the recently launched Nexus 4 was its lack of 4G LTE capability. However, as some tech geeks discovered a few weeks ago, the Nexus 4 does indeed have a 4G antenna since it is based on LG’s Optimus G (which has 4G capabilities). Recently it was thought that this antenna could only be enabled in Canada on Telus and Roger’s networks, since they are the only networks that are built to use LTE Band 4 (which runs on the 1700MHz and 2100MHz wireless spectrum). Turns out however, that AT&T also has several US markets in which it owns LTE Band 4 spectrum. Those markets include Phoenix, Raleigh, San Juan, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Oklahoma City, Dallas, Chicago, Charlotte, Athens, GA and College Station, TX.

And Then The Bootloader Was Unlocked: Verizon Galaxy Note II Is One Step Closer To Custom Glory

 

Time to pop the champagne bottles and have a celebration if you’re an owner of the Verizon Galaxy Note II— the bootloader looks to have been officially unlocked. Thanks to the tireless work of a few hard-working individuals, they have cracked what is the hardest part of the Galaxy Note II’s shell— despite Big Red’s strong insistence on keeping its devices “safe and secure”. The way the Galaxy Note II’s bootloader was cracked is quite ingenious too actually– all that was needed to do was to trick the Galaxy Note II into thinking it’s a device that’s 0.7-inches smaller and eventually flashing a PIT file in order to revert back to the Galaxy Note II’s original identity after the phone has been unlocked. The method has only been tested on one device as of this time, but with more time and usage of this method— we should see this unlock exploit work on most, if not all Verizon Galaxy Note II variants.

So we have root and now we have an unlocked bootloader. All we need now is those ROMs to eventually start a’flowin’! Hopefully you Galaxy Note II owners don’t have to wait too much longer for some of that custom ROM goodness.

source: Adam Outen+

Sony releases Emma, a flash tool for flashing stock ROMs on unlocked Xperia devices

Sony continues to show us how much love they have for hacking and tinkering by releasing Emma, a new flash tool for Xperia devices with unlocked bootloaders. It’s in beta, and it gives users the ability to revert back to Sony stock ROMs. For starters, it’s only available on the Xperia S, Xperia arc, and Xperia arc S, but more handsets will be added soon. You can download the software from their developer site and check out the video to see how easy it is.

CyanogenMod 10 Nightlies Now Available for Nexus 10

For all you Nexus 10 owners who are looking for some fun new features to play with, now’s your chance. The CyanogenMod team has just uploaded their first Nightly ROM for Google’s big 10-inch tablet. If you’re ready to get your High-Resolution hacking on, hit up the source link below to download CyanogenMod’s nightly ROM. Remember, nightly ROMs are alpha test builds and can often have several bugs. If you’re looking for some help unlocking, rooting, and flashing, check out this post for the Nexus 10 Rooting Toolkit. Be careful; only YOU are responsible if something happens to your device! Happy hacking!

Source: CyanogenMod

DROID DNA gets all-in-one unlock and root toolkit

The DROID DNA is probably the best smartphone available today, at least according to me. Since Verizon is such a stickler when it comes to bootloaders and all that fun stuff, it can be tough to deal with for newbies. Well XDA member hassoon2000 has come to the rescue with an all-in-one toolkit that will unlock, root, and flash your DROID DNA with a ClockworkMod or TWRP custom recovery. It’s GUI-based and it couldn’t be simpler. At hassoon2000’s request, I won’t get into any other details, so hit the source link for more information. If you like what he has done, we encourage you to donate for further development.

source: xda / donate

HTC Releases Source Code For DROID DNA Smartphone

 

HTC’s DROID DNA has earned tons of praise from the Android community, but it’s certainly apparent that all the hardcore tinkerers out there have been itching to get down and dirty into the real guts of the device— and HTC has delivered by releasing the open source code and binaries to the masses. The code is based off Android 4.1 and is specifically meant for developers and should allow for some slight ‘modifications’ improvements to the device and subsequently, the various custom ROMs out there. This should especially be of major importance to those of you who went ahead and unlocked the DROID DNA’s bootloader as well.

Interested parties can grab the source code (version 1.15.605.4) at the source link below.

source: HTCDev

Google releases Android 4.2.1 (JOP40D) factory images and binaries for Nexus devices

As expected, Google just posted the factory images and binaries for Android 4.2.1 (JOP40D) for the family of Nexus devices. For the Nexus 10, the factory image is still at JOP40C due to an issue. These files allow you to restore any of these Nexus devices to stock if you ever get into trouble, so download them now and keep them in a safe place. Links are below for both the factory images and the binaries.

factory images  / binaries

 

 

Well That Didn’t Take Long: HTC DROID DNA’s Bootloader Can Now Be Unlocked

 

Considering the HTC DROID DNA is currently the hottest smartphone of the season, it’s only natural that prospective and new owners will want to fiddle and tinker with the device right? Well the ability to fiddle and tinker with the device is now available thanks to the newfound ability to unlock the device’s bootloader. Thanks to the gang at Android Police, there is a softmod method available which allows for the device to be unlocked using HTC’s developer tool at HTCDev.com. It’s a fairly simple and straightforward process as all that’s needed is a couple of .zip files, an .apk and the execution of some commands and voila!!— the path to customization glory is cleared up for all.

If you’re interested in taking it to The Man and its oppression, you’ll find complete instructions at the source link below.

source: Android Police

Nexus 4 has functional LTE (in Canada)

 

I’m sure we’re all aware of the Nexus 4’s lack of LTE, and some of us are more than a little disappointed about it. Well, depending on what carrier you’re on and what part of the world you live in, we’ve got good news for Nexus 4 owners and potential buyers. Thanks to our Canadia friends, we’ve some videos of the Nexus 4’s hidden LTE chip working on the Telus network with a simple carrier menu code.

Latest Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean test build for the international Galaxy Note II leaks

The latest test build for the International Galaxy Note II (GT-N7100) just leaked. It’s Android 4.1.2 and its firmware version is N7100XXDLJ2. Unfortunately the 2 in the Android version number is not in the second position, so don’t expect the latest and greatest that the Nexus devices are rocking. However there are some changes which include:

  • New Additions in Notifcation Toggles
  • Notification Panel can now be customized
  • Continues Input in Samsung Keyboard (Like Swipe or Android 4.2 Keyboard)
  • New Ink Effect On Lockscreen
  • New Group Cast Application

Again this is not the final build, and the official and final build will probably drop in December or January. You can install it if you wish, but there could be some bugs. Hit the break  for flashing instructions.

International LG Optimus G gets bootloader unlock tool, Canada up next

As many of you know, the LG Optimus G is the sibling of the Nexus 4 as similarities are abound between the two devices. However, one area where the two devices differ is the Optimus G has a locked bootloader. Well one fine developer over at XDA, ‘thecubed,’  has officially addressed that issue. This developer has created Project FreeGee which is a tool to unlock the bootloader of the device. According to ‘thecubed,’ you can now install “whatever you want.” This includes Android 4.2 intended for the Nexus 4. You won’t be able to immediately install 4.2 upon unlocking the device, but it won’t take long. These developers never cease to amaze me. This only works on U.S. and Korean devices, but will soon be available for the Canadian version of the  Optimus G.

source:  XDA

Easy Nexus 4 Root Method Arrives via Toolkit

Nexus 4

What’s the first thing you’re going to do with your new Nexus 4? If you answered, “root that bad boy and unleashed the custom ROM hell hounds,” you’re in luck! XDA developer mskip posted the Nexus 4 Toolkit today to help get you there. If you’re so inclined, we highly recommend you follow our How to unlock and root the Nexus 4 Guide. Results tend to be more consistent with the so called “manual method” described in our guide, but the process is usually a bit tedious. If you’re looking for quick & easy, the Toolkit is for you.

Version 1.1.0, released today, will now let you flash a custom recover, which is essential in performing Nandroid backups and flashing a custom ROM. Hit the source for the full list of features and all important download link. Then you can take advantage of apps like Titanium Backup and One Power Guard for your newly rooted Nexus 4.

Source: XDA