In November, the original DROID turns three. That makes it officially “long in the tooth” when it comes to smartphones. It’s the phone that really put Android on the map, and for that it holds a special place in many developers’ hearts. One such XDA developer, kfazz, has just extended the life of the DROID by releasing a pretty stable Jelly Bean ROM.
The ROM seems to run quite well. Obviously, the three year old hardware can’t keep up with today’s devices, but Project Butter shows through even on lesser hardware. The only thing not quite working yet is the camera, but give it time.
Hit the break to see a video of Jelly Bean running on the DROID, and head on over to XDA for the download link.
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.
Not long after a Jelly Bean build leaked for the international Samsung Galaxy SIII, a build has surfaced for the T-Mobile version, compliments of XDA-Forums member LuffarJoh. To flash this ROM you need to do the following:
- Download and Install the stock firmware (from Samsung)
- Download the OTA update and apply it (from Samsung)
- Download the .zip (XDA forum)
The actual OTA update is rumored to start rolling out later this month, but if you’re feeling brave head over to XDA and follow the instructions. But it’s always wise to take a backup before proceeding. Happy flashing!
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.
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+
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
Things just keep getting better and better for
I have been using CyanogenMod ever since the days of old, you know? The days when CM had its own app in the market for updates? The major reason is because of the tenacity this team employs while working, it’s all about excellence and passion– which is carried over into its development of the latest CM ROM for the Verizon Galaxy S III smartphone. Well, as of yesterday, a new
insecure bootloader can be flashed to the device, which helps in making things much easier than before. In light of this, the CM team has posted a new release of CM10 (alpha) that will be paired with the new bootloader. Users of the alpha build can expect better 4G connections and some other bug fixes as well on their Galaxy S III phones.
I will stress that this is an
alpha build and may not be suitable for a daily driver because of potential bugs or issues, but if you are an early adopter, then jump on in! Make sure to report your findings in the comments!
Back in July, we reported that we should all expect Android 4.1 Jelly Bean to hit the Samsung Galaxy S III sometime in Q4. It looks like Samsung is very well on that track as a leaked version of a TouchWiz based Jelly Bean ROM (XADLG4) has been spotted running on a Galaxy S III (i9300). As you can see in the video below, you’re greeted with the standard Jelly Bean intro and you soon see all of Jelly Bean’s goodness paired with Samsung’s TouchWiz interface. Some notable things that I liked seeing were the presence of notification toggles in the new Jelly Bean style notification shade, as well as Google Now. I can only hope that Samsung got rid of that horrid S-Voice app in Jelly Bean now that Google Now is present.
So far there’s no word as to when this will be available to the masses, but we’re hoping it’ll be sooner than later. As for Androids beloved rooted users, this leaked ROM has yet to hit XDA, but I have no doubt that someone will get their hands on this ROM and upload it on XDA in no time. As soon as that happens, we’ll be sure to inform you.
What do you all think of Jelly Bean on the Galaxy S III thus far?