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.
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.
As reported a couple of days ago, Samsung will release the Jelly Bean update for international Galaxy S III’s shortly after the Unpacked Event on August 29th. We already saw a build leak last week, but a second build just leaked. This build is XXDLH7, and obviously it should be more stable than the previous one. Although some are claiming that it might actually be the final build, we have no idea if that’s true. Most likely it isn’t, but if you want to give it a try, just hit up the source link below. Again, this is for the international version (GT-i9300) only.
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.
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.
MIUI has proven to be a highly desirable aftermarket firmware among the developer community, and today marks the initial release of Jelly Bean builds for the Galaxy Nexus, Nexus 7 and Nexus S. Currently, the ROMs contain no major bugs, which is good news considering previous Ice Cream Sandwich builds offered less than ideal functionality. The massive changelog offers an in-depth look at the the backend changes that had to be made to support the bump to Android 4.1. Fresh features include a revamped video player UI, a new contact manager and hundreds of optimizations. You can read the official instructions and download your ROM after the break.
CyanogenMod (CM) and the Android Open Kang Project (AOKP) are the two most feature filled ROM’s that you can find in the custom ROM world. With CM10 Nightlies having been released just a couple of days ago, it was only natural for the AOKP team to follow suit and release their first official build of Jelly Bean AOKP. There’s far too many features that AOKP provides to list them all, but here’s the popular ones that you can expect:
- Notification Toggles
- Lockscreen tweaks (no custom targets yet)
- Navigation bar modifications
- Custom kernel performance options
- LED colors
- Notification wallpapers
- Phone ringer modifications (Flip call to silent, silent/vibrate when headphones are in)
- Plus more!
You can head on over to the source link for a download link, the device maintainer list and their Gerrit page. Let us know if you’ve given AOKP a shot and tell us your experience with the ROM!
source: AOKP Google+
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
The CyanogenMod team has formally announced that official CM10 nightlies will be available starting tonight. For rooted users, this is Christmas time as CM ROM’s are the current king when it comes to the Android modding community. The devices receiving the CM10 nightly treatment will include, but are not limited to:
- The US SGS3 variants
- The Galaxy Nexus variants
- The Nexus S varaints
- The Nexus 7
- The Transformer and Transformer Prime
- The SGS1 variants (Vibrant, Captivate, International, and i9000b)
- The SGS2 i9100g
- P3 and P5 tablets
According to the CM team, “Other devices will join the roster as they become ready and gain their maintainers blessing for nightlies.”
Just keep in mind that you, and you only, are responsible for anything that were to happen to your device if you decide to delve into flashing custom ROM’s. With that said, enjoy and let us know your experience with the CM10 nightlies once they become available later tonight!
source: CM’s Google+ Page
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.