New universal root method promises to root most ICS and Jelly Bean devices

XDA member Bin4ry recently posted his new root method that should be compatible with most ICS and Jelly Bean devices. He said in his post:

I made a small script which is able to root ICS/JB phones. It uses a remount timing issue in Androids “adb restore” service.
So normally it should work on nearly all ICS/JB devices, for some it won’t but the idea may work in a slightly modded version

It has been tested on the Nexus 7 as well as newer Sony Xperia devices.


  1. Download file and extract it
  2. Double click the RunMe.bat and follow instructions

As always, if you want more information or to jump in on the conversation, hit up the source link.

source: xda

Verizon Wireless Galaxy S III gets a ported TouchWiz Jelly Bean ROM

With the Jelly Bean update launching soon for the international Samsung Galaxy S III, it’s created envy for U.S. users. Thankfully XDA member remf4i posted a ported version for the Verizon version. It’s actually from a T-Mobile build, and it’s called ToUcHmYbEaNs RoM.

Of course with any ported ROM, there are always issues. For now the GPS is not showing directions and when setting the wallpaper by holding the homecreen, it force closes the gallery. However, you can set it by going directly into the gallery. We’ve seen a lot worse.

Just hit the source link below to get started.

source: xda


CyanogenMod Team Announces “M-Series”, Monthly Releases Of Its Experimental Builds


Those of you looking to get an even bigger CyanogenMod fix are now in luck as the fine development team has announced a new series of the CM releases called “M-Series”. These experimental builds will be released on a monthly schedule, similar to the experimental nightly builds released on a nightly schedule. The big difference between the nightly and monthly builds is simply put— an emphasis of quality of quantity. The CM team will occasionally do a soft freeze of the codebase that will block new features in order to stabilize the newly updated ROM. This action will be done until the build reaches the stable release phase, allowing for users to then be able to enjoy all those new experimental features and goodies.

At the moment, the “M-Series” ROMs are only going to be available for a handful of devices, but don’t fret— the list is ever-growing and there’s a chance you will see your device added here at some point. Hit the jump to see the full list.

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UniFlash Makes Flashing, Modding And Backing Up Your Android Device Easier Than Ever By Using A Desktop Computer


While it’s a fairly straightforward process to flash ROMs on an Android device, it can be a bit intimidating especially as users need to also modify or backup their device— which simply can be a complicated process. Thanks to UniFlash, it is now a simpler process that is done all from the comfort of your desktop PC. UniFlash is the brainchild of XDA member MiHailPro and utilizes a simple GUI so users can edit and flash ROMs and partitions, add or remove system apps, edit system files, and even perform and restore backups. This means you’ll be able to edit your various partitions and edit or manage your ROMs without too much concern or worry as you finally have a simpler means through your desktop computer.

The tool is available now though we’d recommend you backup all the contents on your device considering you know, a snafu or two may happen. Hit the thread at the source link to see additional details.

source: XDA Forums


AOKP Jelly Bean Nightlies Officially Rolling Out For The Nexus 7 Tablet


So you own a Nexus 7 tablet and want to get in on some Android Open Kang Project action? You’re in luck as the latest Jelly Bean-based AOKP is now available for all, courtesy of the official AOKP nightlies that have recently been rolled out. Along with the usual Jelly Bean goodies, users will be treated to such features like custom lockscreen targets and the option for 7 navigation buttons. AOKP is one of the more popular ROMs available and the latest build aims to make your Nexus 7 just a little bit better.

We’re sure you’re itching for more details, so be sure to hit the XDA threat to see everything in its entirety, including full instructions on how to slap the latest ROM onto the Nexus 7.

source: XDA Forums


Sony Releases Binary Files Required For AOSP Project

Google’s experimental AOSP project was announced last month, which promises to bring the latest open source Android to the Sony Xperia S. Sony seems to be following through on their part by releasing their closed-source binaries, which are required for this project to be viable. These binary files are essentially closed boxes of proprietary code (custom drivers, graphics firmware, etc.) which drive the Sony hardware specifically. Without these files, it would be nearly impossible to get an AOSP build working properly.

Sony has also stated their commitment to the innovation that open source brings, and says that these binaries should allow an AOSP build of Android to boot to the home screen. Of course, these files won’t be useful to the casual custom ROM fan until developers manage to make stable builds from them, but this is the first important step to getting a full-fledged AOSP build of Android running on the Xperia S.

Hit the source for the downloads.

source: sony

CyanogenMod 9.1 now being pushed out with SimplyTapp NFC integration

Mobile payments have yet to catch on with the majority of smartphone users, but CyanogenMod is trying to change that through its partnership with SimplyTapp. Starting today, official builds of CyanogenMod 9.1 are being pushed out with SimplyTapp NFC integration, allowing users to make payments from their smartphones with a single tap. Currently, the Nexus S, Galaxy Nexus and Samsung Galaxy S II are supported, as well as a wide range of devices that have built-in NFC. Builds are rolling out right now, so if you’re interested in hopping on the mobile payment bandwagon, catch the official instructions and downloads after the break.

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Download and Install the latest Jelly Bean Build (JR003O) for your Verizon Galaxy Nexus

Earlier today we told you that a lucky XDA member received a Jelly Bean OTA update for the Verizon Galaxy Nexus. You can download the test build and install it yourself, but you have to go back to stock (build IMM76K) to make it happen. Just follow the steps below.

  1. Make sure you’re running stock (If you’re not then you can use WugFresh’s Nexus Root Toolkit to restore/install stock)
  2. Unlock the device and install a custom recovery (Wugfresh’s Toolkit can do this as well)
  3. Flash the IMM76Q Package via the custom recovery
  4. Flash the JRO03O Package via the custom recovery
If you need any help or want more info, hit up the source link below.

source: Androidcentral Forums


New Jelly Bean ROM Now Available For… The Original Droid?

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.

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Say Hello to the Ultimate Backup Tool that Doesn’t Require Root

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.

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