Owners of Sony’s Xperia S phones may be interested in a couple root methods that have been developed for the handsets. The methods get around the locked bootloader of the Xperia S.
Over on the XDA Developer forums, member Sharaz22 has developed a “long” method to root the Xperia S. The method uses several batch files and then users complete some operations on Flashtool. To wrap up the install, Superuser from the Google Play store needs to be installed. Building on the work of Sharaz22 and others, XDA forum member hk2006 has developed a “short” version that is more of a one-click solution that basically wraps the long method into a single batch file.
The two methods do have some issues, including the lack of a custom recovery. With the “short” method, some users are reporting the batch file needs to be run more than once and some users with ICS have reported a factory reset may be required to address some lag issues.
If interested, check out the source links for all the directions and links to files needed.
source: XDA Developers Forum (long method thread), XDA Developers Forum (short method thread)
Remember how we told you about how XBMC was on its way a few days ago? Well it’s already here— albeit in an early form. CyanogenMod developer Jason Parker used his skills to develop a working port of the app for the Nexus Q and other Android-based set-top boxes, as well as most smartphones. From what we can tell, the interface looks like its centered around arrow keys and while touch input does work, the text is too small to see and operate on a smartphone or tablet. For now, it’s looking like the app may be best-suited for a set-top box that can run Android apps since there will presumably be a bigger screen to work with.
As you might expect, XBMC is still in its early form, so there may be a bug or two (or three or four). Nevertheless, it’s still cool to see the app being completely functional and somewhat ready for those who are ambitious enough to try it out.
source: Android Police
The Google Nexus Q has been quite the ambiguous device. Some just don’t quite know what to make of it and what its true potential could be. I feel the sky is the limit on the Nexus Q’s potential, and yesterday has proven just that with the first port of the much popular CyanogenMOD 9 ROM on the device.
With the Samsung Galaxy Nexus‘ source and repositories, the independent developer with the YouTube name of kornk00 was able to port the ROM right over. While WiFi, Bluetooth, and other things are working, sound is currently not working and the system UI crashes frequently. It is safe to say that this is still a work in progress and far from being ready. Surprisingly, Bluetooth pairing does work without the need of a third party hack and was able to pair speakers, keyboards, and use several remote control apps.
If the bugs and other things can be kinked out, this could be a huge step for the Nexus Q. Running apps and browsing through the internet directly from the Q would completely change the dimensions on what this device is capable of. Check out the video after the break to see CM9 on the Nexus Q.
For one to say that this whole “Verizon Samsung Galaxy S III locked boot-loader” fiasco has been tumultuous would be quite the understatement. First, Samsung acknowledged the locked boot-loader and stated that it’s the direction they have and always will believe in. Soon after, Samsung and Verizon announced a “developer” edition of their Galaxy S III that will feature an un-locked boot-loader tailor made for developers and hackers. While that made some happy, it came with a hefty $599 price tag and obviously doesn’t do much for the customers that have already purchased or pre-ordered their Verizon Galaxy S III.
Now in a sudden, and quite surprising twist, it seems as if Samsung and Verizon are planning on a software update that will un-lock the Galaxy S III’s boot-loader. Several customers have reportedly been receiving e-mails from Verizon customer service reps acknowledging a supposed software update that will un-lock the boot-loader. Here’s one of the emails that a reader from Droid Life received from Verizon:
Google’s magical mystery sphere, the Nexus Q, can stream Google Music, Movies, TV Shows, and YouTube videos. But developers are already hacking the Q to run apps and even play games… like Pong Brick Defender. Mobile development shop BrickSimple managed to modify a Q to play a Pong-like game using the Q’s rotating top volume control as the paddle controller. Simple, but this is just the tip of the iceberg with what we know the development community can do to this thing.
Check out the video after the break.
HTC seems to be running a little slow with kernel releases, but better late than never. They just released the kernel source for both the T-Mobile One S and the Sprint EVO 4G LTE. Again these source codes don’t mean much unless you’re a developer, but if you own one of these phones, you can be on the look out for better performance from custom ROMs.
Samsung has been releasing a lot of source codes lately so it’s no surprise the AT&T Galaxy Note Ice Cream Sandwich kernel was just released. In case you aren’t aware of it, the ICS update hit Kies a couple of days ago. With the release of the source code, CyanogenMod Nightlies are now supported for the AT&T Galaxy Note. Just hit the source link to get started.
source: Samsung, CyanogenMod
I know there are a lot of you that might want to get into rooting and utilizing custom ROMs, but just don’t know where to start. Although it’s always best to do things the manual way, we can understand why some of you might want something that’s quick, simple, and has everything in one place. That’s exactly what toolkits do. They allow you to unlock and root your device as well as flash custom recoveries and a whole bunch of other stuff.
Well XDA member mskip has a toolkit available for the international Galaxy S III (i9300) as well as 3 of the 4 U.S. Galaxy S III’s (AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint). Obviously Verizon isn’t included since the bootloader is locked. The U.S. variants get one universal toolkit, while the international version has its own. Hit the break to see a list of all the features, download links, and forum links.
If you own a Verizon Galaxy Nexus (toro), and you’re looking for a good AOSP-based Jelly Bean ROM, then you might want to try Peter Alfonso’s Bugless Beast 4.1. It’s based on Android 4.1.1 and is as close to stock as it gets. For enhancements, he did include native tethering, Google Wallet, improved scrolling, louder audio output, and Chrome is the default browser. It’s recommended that you download the offline speech recognition package in Google Search settings once you install the ROM.
It used to be called the Galaxy Nexus Root toolkit, but with version 1.5, it’s now called the Nexus Root Toolkit because it supports all Nexus devices, including the Nexus 7. WugFresh is famous for giving us the quick and easy way to unlock and root the Galaxy Nexus as well as flash it back to stock and re-lock it. There really couldn’t be anything simpler, although we do encourage you to go about things the manual way, which isn’t all the much harder.
Nonetheless, we understand that some of you might be a little nervous and that’s where the Nexus Root Toolkit comes in. It can even flash zips, install apps, restore android backup files, and flash/boot img files with just a double click. This new version now supports all Nexus devices. Hit the break for instructions and download links.