DROID Bionic and DROID 3 get their first custom ROMS

Now that we have the official bootstrap apps and an easy root method, ROMs for the DROID Bionic and DROID 3 will start coming out like wildfire. We present you with the first two; Unleashed for the Bionic and Steel Droid for the DROID 3. They have been de-bloated, include tweaks to build.props, and run on the latest firmware. This is only the beginning as we should see a lot more over the next few weeks.

Links – Unleashed (Bionic) / Steel Droid (DROID3)

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DROID 3 And DROID Bionic Official Bootstrap Recovery Hits The Market

You can go ahead and drop the unofficial bootstrapper you’ve been using for your DROID 3 and Bionic. Official bootstraps from clockworkMod for both are now up in the market for $2.99. The unofficial version will still work just fine, but there may be more support for the official version as well as upgrades. Hit up the break for both links for the market or by QR code.

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Droid X2 and Droid Bionic Join ROM Manager’s List of Supported Devices (Video Tutorial)

With over 3 million downloads, there’s no doubt as to why root users are downloading ROM Manager by the butload.  Its ease and simplicity have made it possible for those who know very little about ROM’ing to get their feet wet.  Well, among those millions we can now add Droid X2 and Droid Bionic users.  Thanks to the ClockworkMod team the list of supported devices continues to expand.  Obviously you’ll need root access for this as well as to be bootstrapped.  An official Bionic bootstrap is said to be coming soon but for now the current version will suffice.

If you’re a newbie, there’s no doubt about it.  ROM Manager is the tool to get things done when it comes to the awesome world of swapping ROM’s hassle free.  If you’re ready to give it a go you can head on over to our popular apps database for the download where you’ll also find a QR code available or you can simply grab it from the Android Market.  If you’re a X2 or Bionic owner and have successfully used ROM Manager, definitely feel free to let us know what you think of it in the comments below.  In addition, after the break, we’ve added the Android Market tutorial for the full walk through on how to install and use ROM Manager for your ROM’ing enjoyment.  Have fun.   Read more

Turn Your HTC Sensation Into An HTC Sensation XE [Courtesy of XDA]

XDA developer mike1986. has baked up a new ROM for your HTC Sensation based on the Sensation XE with Beats Audio Technology called Android Revolution HD. Another huge bonus is that is comes overclocked to 1.5 GHz with real dual-core support, enabled GPU UI rendering, SD card speeds teak, battery auto-calibration, and the 3D engine is overclocked from 266.6MHz to 320MHz. Sounds pretty cool right? Hit up the break to see what this ROM is all about and make sure to hit the XDA source link for all the details and instructions.

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OpenMobile Shows Off ACL On a MeeGo Device, Allows You To Run Android Apps In A Non-Android Environment (Video)

Now isn’t this impressive?  Ever wanted to tap into another OS’s ecosystem, like Android, and gain an instant pool of applications to run on your non-Android device?  Well, now you can.  Thanks to OpenMobile and their new ACL (Application Compatibility Layer), software they’ve made this a reality.  Small platforms, like Meego which is demo’d below, will now have the ability to gain instant access to Android’s 250,000 applications.  No need for developers to modify anything hardware or Android related.  The company has harnessed the ability to use Google’s run-time environment and Dalvik VM software to its fullest potential.  Rather than offer the software to individual consumers, the company aims to have the software pre-installed by OEM manufacturers.  Hit the break to check out a demo of the software running on a tablet with Meego on board and note its flawlessness.  You’ll immediately notice a slew of Android applications along side Meego apps.  Feel free to let us know what you think in the comments below.

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Droid Bionic Receives First Deodexed Version ROM

So, you finally got your hands on a Droid Bionic and you’ve only had to wait since last CES for it.  So now what?  How about a little Root & ROM action?  The initial “Deodexed” version is now available for your downloading pleasure and there’s promise of more action to follow.  Thanks to Kejar31, you can hack the Blur based device and start customizing until your hearts content.  Tweaks are at a minimum, but like we said, more is to follow and we should encounter some big changes in future releases.  If you’re feeling frisky and ready to give a try (at your own risk, of course) then hit the break for the full download instructions and source link which heads over to the thread.  Don’t forget to let us know what you think in the comments below.  We’re certainly looking forward to seeing what the developer’s community produces in the weeks to come.   Read more

HP TouchPad CyanogenMod Port Showing More and More Improvement Every Day (Video)

The HP TouchPad continues to make its debut as the CyanogenMod team improves its functionality hitting milestone after milestone.  The team, hard at work, has released another video demonstrating the device utilizing both of its 1.5 GHz cores to their full potential.  In addition, the teams has rectified the sound issue and touts the devices ability to sport 3D gaming.  Furthermore, hardware accelerated video is now working offering you 720p HD video playback for videos stored on the device as well as high quality YouTube videos.  The team aims to remain true to its original intentions which is to allow the device to dual boot on either Android or webOS.  Check out the video demo below and don’t forget to let us know what you think of the progress so far.

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DROID Bionic Car Dock Hack Puts Webtop And HDMI Mirroring In Car Entertainment System

This is a cool hack for sure. Forum poster smknacura over at DroidForums has posted a hack to run a DROID Bionic through his car’s entertainment system. Not only can he mirror the device through the entertainment system, but displaying the Webtop app was also a welcomed side effect (also running on the back seat monitors). I love to see stuff like this working. His basic instructions listed:

– First I took apart the car dock and grinded/drilled an opening so I could fit the micro hdmi cable.
– Then I docked the phone. Then aligned and plugged in the micro hdmi into the phone.
– I then epoxied the hdmi onto the case and let it dry.
– The stock power port was adjusted to match with the hdmi port and epoxied that as well.
– I put everything back together.

Check out more pics after the break. How cool is this?

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LG Optimus 3D and HTC Desire S Get Sprinkled With Some CyanogenMOD Love

The CyanogenMOD team continues to remain hard at work with gracing every device possible with their popular hit ROM. The latest and greatest to join the ranks are the LG Optimus 3D and HTC Desire S aka the HTC Saga.  It’s clear the team won’t stop until they’ve made a world wide recognized brand, if they haven’t done so already, and we’ve got no complaints here.   You can hit up our previous posts to get an idea of the slew and variety of different devices they’ve been working on.  The LG Optimus 3D has been given a very early build of CM7 and we highly look forward to seeing a finished and stable release.  In addition, the HTC Saga/Desire S has made the list of CyanogenMOD nightlies.  If you’re feeling frisky and want to get in on the action, we won’t stop you.  Just be aware of the possible bugs you’ll experience until it’s stable.  If you’re still willing, then head on over to the CyanogenMOD page via the source link and be a part of the success.  Don’t forget to let us know what you think in the comments below.

[via Ricardo CerqueiraCyanogenMOD ]

Tutorial: Root and ClockworkMod Recovery for the Samsung Epic 4G Touch [Videos]

A couple of days ago Samsung released the source code for the Samsung Epic 4G Touch, and now root has been achieved.  We have two methods which are essentially the same, but the first build is more complete:

From XDA member Zedomax:

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  1. Put your Epic 4G into download mode by holding down Power button and Volume down buttton, when you see an option screen, let go of both buttons then hit Volume up button.
  2. You should now be in download mode, connect your USB cable from Epic 4G Touch to a Windows computer. (Sorry ODIN uses Windows only…)
  3. Make sure you have Samsung Kies installed, it will install the proper drivers.
  4. Open up odin3 v1.85.exe, click on “PDA”, then select “SPH-D710_Zedomax_Kernel.tar” and hit Start.
  5. Your phone should reboot and voila, your phone should be rooted with SuperUser app.

Tutorial video below:

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