I know the Optimus G on AT&T and Sprint is on many an Android fan’s wish list this fall. However, this bit of news may curb that enthusiasm just a bit. Our pals over at Android Central have personally written LG and received this response from LG themselves:
The Optimus G doesn’t support an unlocked bootloader.
Straight and to the point. I can’t say that this comes as a huge surprise, it’s just a little perplexing why manufacturers continue to do this. But there it is, right there in black and white. How will this decision affect your decision on a new device, if at all? LG Nexus anyone?
source: Android Central
We’ve come to expect complete root access for all most Android devices, even if they haven’t been released yet. So while the Sprint LG Optimus G will be in our hands in a matter of weeks, prospective owners will have the luxury of being able to root the phone as soon as they have their hands on the device. Thanks to some crafty folk at the Android Central Forums, it was realized that the Sprint Optimus G could be rooted in the same manner as the Korean version of the smartphone. Essentially, you’ll need a Windows-based computer, USB cable, LG driver and a subsequent additional file. It sounds relatively simple and straightforward enough, so if you are planning on grabbing that device, be sure to hit up the source link below to get all the details.
source: Android Central Forums
Following last month’s release of the DROID RAZR M Developer Edition, those anxious to be able to do the same type of customization with the RAZR HD are in luck. The DROID RAZR HD Developer Edition is now available from Motorola via their website. Be warned though: The second you purchase this bad boy, your warranty is void. Basically, there is no warranty. However, this edition does let you customize to your heart’s content like custom software and themes thanks to its unlocked bootloader. Having this luxury will set you back a cool $599. The Developer Edition will begin shipping on October 22nd.
As with any other Android device, root is eventually achieved. The Motorola DROID RAZR M, RAZR i, RAZR HD and Atrix HD have all received root thanks to XDA user djrbliss. The process that exploits root in these devices is called Motofail2Go and is a virtual one-click root process.
You’ll need a Windows PC, Motorola’s latest USB drivers and the program itself. If you’re brave and willing to give this a shot then head on over to the source link for instructions and more information regarding this rooting process.
As a leading Android device manufacturer, the pressure is on Samsung to do some leading by example and help the open source community that has done so much to promote the adoption of Android. Being a large corporation though means some issues may occasionally get overlooked despite their importance to the developer community. An example of this that is panning out over the past couple days involves Samsung’s support for developers working on some of Samsung’s Exynos 4 chips. Criticism and complaints have been mounting about the lack of documentation and source code examples. This makes it difficult for developers to create mods for Exynos 4 powered devices like the Samsung Galaxy S III. If the developers become frustrated enough, they could abandon a device like some CyanogenMod developers are doing with the Galaxy S III.
I wasn’t always the Android fanatic that I am today, I originally started as a strong supporter of webOS. When webOS died about a year ago, I was a little sad to see the card based OS go. Now it seems that webOS has found a comfortable home as an open source community project. Now this project was only recently released for the community to tear at, but already it’s found its way to Google’s flagship Android phone; the Samsung Galaxy Nexus. What was the perfect Android development device has now taken another step into a whole new world.
Only a few days after the port was released, the source code has now been released as well. Now it seems that the flagship of the Android world will now be the flagship for Palm’s forgotten OS as well. I personally am really excited to see what the super talented Android community can do with this new development platform. It may even help spawn some new ideas for Android development as well. A small part of me is happy to see the Android community take their open source brother under their wing.
With a name like “Pimp My ROM,” how can one not give it a try. All it needs is Xzibit’s face plastered on their banner and it’ll be perfect! Pimp My ROM is a cool little script that allows the user to easily install hacks, tweaks and many other things into their custom ROM. Here’s a small example of what you can do with this:
Individuals of a certain age may remember a time when a Sony Walkman was the technological, gee-whiz gadget of its time that set the standard for other portable music players. While much has changed over the years, the spirit of the Sony Walkman lives on today in the Sony Walkman Player app. Like other manufacturer specific apps included on Android devices in an effort to differentiate themselves, the Walkman Player is limited to Sony devices like the Sony Xperia S, Xperia T, and Xperia V devices. That situation has changed thanks to XDA forum member Rizal Lovins.
Using a copy of the app he extracted from his own Xperia S, Rizal Lovins has figured out how to get the app to install and run other Ice Cream Sandwich devices that have been rooted. Some quirks are still being worked out, but for the most part users can enjoy the visualizations, equalizers, animations, and other features of the music player app.
For instructions on how to install the Walkman Player on your rooted ICS device, hit the source link below.
source: XDA Developers forum
Today a rather catastrophic exploit was found in Samsung’s TouchWiz UI. The new hack allows websites to run a USSD code commanding the device to wipe itself back to factory state, and possibly even damage the SIM card. This means that just by simply visiting a infected website could remove all your pictures, contacts, apps and most importantly: your high score on Temple Run.
Luckily this piece of malicious code will only interface with the TouchWiz interface, so if you’re running CyanogenMod or any other custom ROMs, you’re most likely safe. The current list of affected device include the aforementioned Galaxy S III, the Galaxy S II, Galaxy Beam, Galaxy Ace and Galaxy S Advance.
As consumers start to get their hands on a new Amazon Kindle Fire HD 7 device, some will certainly want to stretch the capabilities of their new tablet. They will be met with frustration if they decide to pursue a new bootloader as it appears Amazon has locked down the devices extra tight. XDA forum member kinfauns did some digging only to discover Amazon has employed some high security device techniques similar to Barnes & Noble’s Nook Tablet devices. Unlike a Nook, the Kindle Fire HD 7 does not have an SD card slot that can be used as an alternate boot device. Developers are exploring workarounds for this situation.
There is good news though on the root front. RootzWiki contributor jcase(OP) has determined Amazon failed to secure a known method for gaining root access on Ice Cream Sandwich devices. Using the Android SDK, it is only a matter of minutes to root the device. Just hit the source link for the instructions if you want to give it a try. Just remember though, you are responsible for what happens to your device if you root it and something goes wrong.
XDA member Bin4ry recently posted his new root method that should be compatible with most ICS and Jelly Bean devices. He said in his post:
I made a small script which is able to root ICS/JB phones. It uses a remount timing issue in Androids “adb restore” service.
So normally it should work on nearly all ICS/JB devices, for some it won’t but the idea may work in a slightly modded version
It has been tested on the Nexus 7 as well as newer Sony Xperia devices.
- Download file and extract it
- Double click the RunMe.bat and follow instructions
As always, if you want more information or to jump in on the conversation, hit up the source link.
With the Jelly Bean update launching soon for the international Samsung Galaxy S III, it’s created envy for U.S. users. Thankfully XDA member remf4i posted a ported version for the Verizon version. It’s actually from a T-Mobile build, and it’s called ToUcHmYbEaNs RoM.
Of course with any ported ROM, there are always issues. For now the GPS is not showing directions and when setting the wallpaper by holding the homecreen, it force closes the gallery. However, you can set it by going directly into the gallery. We’ve seen a lot worse.
Just hit the source link below to get started.
Last month ASUS pushed out an update to their ASUS Transformer Pad TF300 to install Jelly Bean. This left owners of the higher-end ASUS Transformer Pad Infinity TF700 feeling a bit left out in the cold. XDA forum member MysticMgcn has come to the rescue in the form of instructions on how to use the TF300’s firmware on the TF700. According to his How-To post on the XDA forums, the only two things not working are changes to screen brightness and changing the DPI, which is set to 160. Screen brightness can be adjusted by using third-party apps, but there currently is no solution for the DPI issue.
MysticMgcn’s How-To includes instructions and files for rooted or unrooted devices, locked or unlocked bootloaders, and stock or custom recoveries. If you have a Transformer Infinity TF700, you may want to head over to the forum thread linked in the source to read up on everything you need to do to get Jelly Bean onto your device. Just remember, you will be responsible for anything that goes wrong with your device if you attempt this.
source: XDA Developers Forum
There has been reports that some users actually have a leaked Jelly Bean build for the One X, but nothing has surfaced until now. Football just posted a test only build, which is version 3.00.999.7 and is a whopping 641MB. We are assuming this is for the international version of the One X only. One problem is that Football is urging us to not install it since it’s strictly a test build and is unstable.
And last but not least, this is highly unstable release, 999 ID means it’s only for test purposes and you shouldn’t use it for everyday usage.
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.
- Make sure you’re running stock (If you’re not then you can use WugFresh’s Nexus Root Toolkit to restore/install stock)
- Unlock the device and install a custom recovery (Wugfresh’s Toolkit can do this as well)
- Flash the IMM76Q Package via the custom recovery
- 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