While reading all the reviews and hands-on articles about the Google Nexus 7 revealed last week at Google I/O, readers may have noticed the device runs the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean phone interface. That seems to be an odd choice for Google to make and has prompted users to work on getting the tablet UI onto the device. XDA forum member SladeNoctis has figured out a relatively simple way to accomplish this task as outlined in the source link after the break. » Read the rest
Many of you have been clamoring to try Google Now, one of the hot new features of Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. Well if you are rooted and running an AOSP-based Ice Cream Sandwich ROM, you can now take it for a spin. XDA member febcv figured out that you can modify the build.prop to make it happen. Hit the break for the instructions.
As we’ve seen over the last few days, folks are hard at work creating Jelly Bean ROMs for a variety of devices. Up to this point, work seems to be limited to smartphones or Nexus tablets. That appears to have changed with some work done by user randomblame over at XDA. He has succeeded in creating an SDK port of Jelly Bean for an Acer Iconia A500. It is not yet ready for daily use as several items are still not functioning, including audio, wifi, sdcard access, and usb mounting of flash drives. While work continues on those issues, users can at least get a taste of Jelly Bean if they are willing to root their device and install the ROM. Hit the source link for instructions and access to the files.
Since the Google Nexus 7 tablet was made available at Google I/O only a few days ago, some attendees (or others who have managed to get their hands on one) have been very busy. Over at the RootzWiki web site, user birdman has already posted a ClockworkMod and root method for Nexus 7 tablets.
Those who have the Nexus 7 on pre-order can now breathe a little easier knowing a root procedure will be ready for them as soon as they receive their device if they are inclined to root a brand new tablet. If you are among those interested in rooting your Nexus 7, just hit the source link for the details. Be sure you are familiar with the process and tools for rooting a device and remember, you are responsible for what happens if you attempt to root your device.
The development community has been off and running ever since the SDK for Jelly Bean was released a couple of days ago. It was originally only available to Google I/O attendees who received the takju version of the Galaxy Nexus. Shortly after, ROMs were created for all GSM Galaxy Nexus’ as well as the Verizon Galaxy Nexus. Then yesterday we saw the HTC One X receive a port from the Verizon ROM, but not much was working.
Now all we have left is the Samsung Galaxy S III, at least for flagship phones. Well XDA member faryabb, along with some help from randomblame, just delivered. Unfortunately this one is much like the One X in that there really isn’t a lot working, but it will give you a chance to see just how smooth and fast Jelly Bean runs thanks to Project Butter. Please note this is for the international version only which is model i9300.
Well this didn’t take long. Just mere days after it was announced, the Nexus Q has already been “modified” to run games. In case you’re not familiar, the Nexus Q is a streaming media player that plays content like music, movies and YouTube videos. While it’s a media player for the average consumer, it’s still an Android device at heart and features items like a smooth TI-OMAP 4460 processor— which is the same one that’s featured in the Galaxy Nexus. Being that it’s a Nexus-branded device, Google indirectly welcomed developers to try their hand at jazzing up the device, and that’s exactly what app developer Christina Kelly has done. Using some quick wits, Kelly was able to successfully load up Swords and Soldiers on the Nexus Q. While Swords and Soldiers loaded up, it doesn’t actually run— but even if it did, there’s still the item of ummm you know… the lack of touch controls— which makes the game pretty much useless on the device.
Still, you can’t help but be excited for the achievement. It should only be a matter of time before we see more clever hackery from other crafty developers for the Nexus Q.
The HTC One X has gotten itself an SDK port of Google’s Jelly Bean firmware thanks to the XDA developer by the name of tgascoigne. At this point it’s nothing you can use as a daily driver, but serves as a great way to get yourself a nibble of Jelly Bean if you’re a One X user. Many things don’t work such as the camera, WiFi, audio, and much more. The developer has stated that he’s already working with the actual Galaxy Nexus OTA of Jelly Bean ported to the One X. If he’s able to get that working that build should be far more superior than the current SDK build. If you don’t mind your phone pretty much unusable but still want to give Jelly Bean a shot, then head on over to the XDA thread and flash away. Of course, needless to say, your One X will have to be rooted and the boot-loader unlocked in order to flash the ROM. You can also watch the video at the bottom to see this port in action.
Own a Samsung Galaxy S II, but hate TouchWiz and wish you could see HTC’s Sense UI on the device instead? Well great you’re in luck as there is an official sighting of Sense actually booting up on a Galaxy S II smartphone. The dev team Sense4All had their hands on the breakthrough project and successfully fired up Sense 4.0 on the smartphone. That’s right folks: not sense 3.0, not 3.5 and certainly not 3.6—- Sense 4.0! XDA reports it isn’t quite certain what works and what doesn’t work just yet… though it’s clear that data and phone service are not working just yet.
The good news is that the dev team involved is just scratching the surface of the project. Getting the smartphone to boot is among the hardest part of the project and from here it would be a matter of ironing out any additional bugs and whatnot. Naturally the ROM is only accessible from developers for now, though additional developers are welcome to chip in and help. Here’s hoping the team comes through and successfully gets this port functioning so the rest of us normal folk can try it out.
Earlier this week we reported that Samsung released the source codes for both the T-Mobile and AT&T Galaxy S III. Today, they have gracefully given Sprint the same treatment and released the source code for Sprint’s CDMA Galaxy S III. Samsung has been on point and quick with releasing their source codes, something that HTC could learn a thing or two from. This should make the independent ROM developers happy and ROM’s should be of abundance for Galaxy S III on any carrier in the US. Any “crack-flashers” out there happy about Samsung’s speedy release on their source? Hit up the source link for downloads!
What do you get when you take stock Android 4.0.4 and double its performance? You get Linaro. Linaro is a build of Android that has many performance enhancements and optimizations, making the OS visibly snappier. In some cases, Linaro manages to double performance over stock Android 4.0, which is impressive since stock Android 4.0 is already fairly snappy over older versions of Android.
The good news is that Linaro’s code has been submitted to CM9, now awaiting approval. Once rolled into CM9′s code, all supported devices will get a great speed boost.
Bernhard Rosenkränzer, an engineer working on Linaro, showcased Linaro speed tests at Linaro Connect Q2.2012 in Hong Kong using two pandaboards, one running stock Android 4.0.4 (AOSP), and the other running the Linaro build of Android 4.0.4. Check out the video of Rosenkränzer describing Linaro and showing the tests after the break.