Earlier this year, Google dropped the Verizon Galaxy Nexus from being a “supported developer device” due to its CDMA binaries that could not be signed by the same platform key as the AOSP binaries. When this news broke, everyone was in a tizzy about the Verizon Galaxy Nexus not being a real Nexus device.
Well, Google has our backs and have just released Verizon driver binaries to use for the 4.1.1 Jelly Bean AOSP build. What does this all mean? Basically, it just means the Verizon Galaxy Nexus is still being supported as a developer device as much as it can be. These drivers will help ROM developers build custom Jelly Bean ROMs for Verizon’s Nexus.
It’s not all rainbows and unicorns, however. Jean-Baptiste Queru, tech lead of the Android Open Source Project, posted in a forum that he doesn’t consider “toro to be higher than ‘experimental’ at this point,” the term toro referring to the Verizon binaries. What that means is currently not totally known, but expect devs to pull this apart and tell us how it’s all working… or not working. Stay tuned.
Devs, click the source link for the binary downloads.
source: google developers
Good news for Sony Xperia Ion users today, the wizards over at XDA have discovered a root method that’s pretty simple to use.
It looks like once you’ve got your bootloader unlocked, all you’ll need to do is flash an insecure kernel which will allow you to run a root script. That’s it. A quick download of busybox and superuser from the Play Store will let you take advantage of your newly acquired freedom.
Well the Galaxy S III might be created for humans, but not for the development community. Well, at least for the Verizon version that is as its bootloader is locked by design. Now it was rooted over the weekend, but we need a method to permanently unlock the bootloader to allow unrestricted flashing from ODIN. Well our friends over at XDA created a bounty for anyone who can do it. Right now the total is at $1,320 and is sure to climb. Hit the break for the rules:
Those of you that aren’t lucky enough to be running a Jelly Bean ROM can still get a taste of it. We showed you how to get the wallpapers, the Sound Search widget, and now we have the Jelly Bean version (4.3.605) of Play Music compliments of XDA member Steveooo7.
Now there really isn’t a lot that’s different from the ICS version, but the widget is improved with album art and the buttons have a cooler layout. You have to be rooted for this one so download the apk from the link below, copy it to /system/app, change permissions to rw-r-r, and reboot. Head over to the source links to join in on the discussion.
Download Play Music 4.3.605
sources: xda (1) / xda (2)
One of the great things about Android devices is that well, you get to modify them and put them through unusual jobs, such as putting it to use as a topnotch gaming device. Okay, so many of you are looking perplexed, so let me explain: a crafty Galaxy Note owner realized the 5.3-inch screen of the device is too good to not be taken advantage of when it comes to gaming. So in having some time on his hands, the crafty developer went ahead and did the unthinkable— he literally gathered ports of popular games like Mario on his Galaxy Note, created an attachment terminal mount on his Playstation 3 controller, mounted his Galaxy Note to the controller and successfully configured the setup to allow his PS3 controller control the games. Impressive isn’t it?
Don’t take my word for it— check out the cool achievement in all its glory once you hit past the break.
The biggest question mark to come out of Google I/O is the Nexus Q. Trying to describe it to someone is an exercise in awkwardness at the very least. Google desicribes it as a “social streaming media player,” and once you see it working, it kind of makes sense. At $299 a pop, however, you have to wonder if this is more of a solution looking for a problem.
Personally, I like the concept, and once I update my router I should be able to give this thing a full review (seems like the Q is having issues with some routers and as luck would have it, mine is one of them). In any case, the idea is that anyone with an Android device, the Q app, and Play Store music or video content can easily add that content to the Q’s queue during a party, for example, and everyone gets to play DJ. That’s the social part. In its most basic form, it serves as simply a way to stream your Google Play content through your entertainment system, using your phone or tablet as a remote.
The important thing to realize, though, is that this is a Nexus device, meaning it is made for easy hacking, and to that end, some dev folks over at XDA Forums have put together a little guide on how to unlock, root, install and run apps on the Q itself, which requires pushing commands to it through a computer connected to the USB port since the Q has no real graphical user interface.
The hope is that devs will help expand the capabilities of the Q once new apps or ROMs can be cooked up. So there just might be an audience for this thing yet.
source: xda – rooting and unlocking | xda – installing apps
Overclocking is one of the main reasons a user decides to root his/her Android device. It has many good aspects to it from relieving any noticeable UI lag to making game-play that much smoother. If you’re an owner of AT&T’s HTC One X or Sprint’s EVO 4G LTE, then you’re in luck as there is now a couple of new kernels that will enable you to overclock both phone’s as high as 1.8GHz. Needless to say, overclocking can put some stress on your CPU and I wouldn’t recommend leaving it at 1.8GHz at all times. This is a modification and you will need to be rooted with the bootloader unlocked to do this, meaning you should do this at your own risk. Hit up the source links for more information and instructions on how to apply a speedy new kernel to your device!
source: XDA HTC One X / Evo 4G LTE
Good news from Koush of ClockworkMod fame… an alpha test build of ClockworkMod version 184.108.40.206 has been released that greatly speeds up device backups, and also reduces the file size of incremental backups to around 20MB.
For those who don’t know, ClockworkMod Recovery is a replacement for the stock recovery of any Android device. The recovery is basically a partition on the device’s memory that you can boot into and perform some basic functions, like a factory reset or a restore of the stock ROM. Besides that, stock recoveries don’t usually let you do much more.
ClockworkMod Recovery, however, allows you to perform several advanced recovery, restoration, installation and maintenance operations that aren’t usually possible with the stock recovery. It can be used used to help gain root access, back up device data, install custom ROMs and kernels, install themes, mods and more. ClockworkMod, built by Koushik Dutta, has been one of the most popular recovery replacements in the modding community.
Head on past the break for download links and more info.
Remember when Ice Cream Sandwich was the bomb? It seems so long ago, but how things change as ever since Google announced Android 4.1 Jelly Bean last week, everyone is clamoring to get it on their device. There has been numerous ports so far, but we can now add the Nexus S and the Nexus S 4G to the list. The Nexus S port came from XDA member DeXmax and now XDA member CooLoserTech ported it to the Nexus S 4G.
Unfortunately everything isn’t working and since both ROMs are cut from the same cloth, you can expect the non-working list to be the same.
Last week Jelly Bean was ripped for the GSM Galaxy Nexus, but this week brings us a pre-rooted and deodexed version thanks to XDA member bigxie. Since the system apps and framework are deodexed, it means modding and theming will be easier, plus the superuser app comes from ChainsDD. Also, the ROM comes packaged with Busybox for increased root-enabled functionality. If works for any version of the GSM Galaxy Nexus (yakju, takju, etc), so hit the source link for more information.