The greatest custom recovery has just gotten its latest update for the Samsung Galaxy Nexus smartphone. ClockworkMod Recovery has just hit version 6 and is available for both the GSM and CDMA flavors of the phone. As expected, the new update will be some changes which includes the following features too:
- New backup format that de-duplicates data between backups.
- Faster backups.
- Fixed restores > 2GB.
- Minor UI tweaks (new background, animated Android)
If you’re rooted and itching to get in on some custom recovery action, you’ll find additional details once you check out the source link below.
source: Koushik Dutta+
Nexus S owners can now enjoy Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean AOSP courtesy of XDA member legolas93. All you have to do is download the files from the below links. After that, make a full wipe of data/system and flash in this order: the ROM, Superuser (Chains DD), and Gapps. As always, for more information, hit up the source link.
Download JB release file
Download JB Gapps
The Google Nexus Q has been quite the ambiguous device. Some just don’t quite know what to make of it and what its true potential could be. I feel the sky is the limit on the Nexus Q’s potential, and yesterday has proven just that with the first port of the much popular CyanogenMOD 9 ROM on the device.
With the Samsung Galaxy Nexus‘ source and repositories, the independent developer with the YouTube name of kornk00 was able to port the ROM right over. While WiFi, Bluetooth, and other things are working, sound is currently not working and the system UI crashes frequently. It is safe to say that this is still a work in progress and far from being ready. Surprisingly, Bluetooth pairing does work without the need of a third party hack and was able to pair speakers, keyboards, and use several remote control apps.
If the bugs and other things can be kinked out, this could be a huge step for the Nexus Q. Running apps and browsing through the internet directly from the Q would completely change the dimensions on what this device is capable of. Check out the video after the break to see CM9 on the Nexus Q.
Since Jelly Bean’s release to AOSP earlier in the week, developers have been busy at work porting the buttery OS to a variety of devices. Naturally, the famed CyanogenMod team would be among the first to get a functional ROM working on a device and so it comes that we see CM10 in all its glory on the sexy and powerful LG Optimus 4X HD. Superstud Ricardo Cerquiera posted a video on both his Google+ and YouTube pages which indicates CM10 working pretty well for the most part including the camera apps, phone app and multitasking looking topnotch. As with most early builds of ROMs, there are still a couple of kinks that need to be worked out— specifically the Google Search app that needs to be tweaked a little.
Naturally this is not available to the public just yet nor do we have an idea of when it will remotely be available. Still, considering the ROM looks smooth and solid for the most part, it’s not unreasonable to think the CM10 port will be here sooner than later.
source: Ricardo Cerquiera+
HTC seems to be running a little slow with kernel releases, but better late than never. They just released the kernel source for both the T-Mobile One S and the Sprint EVO 4G LTE. Again these source codes don’t mean much unless you’re a developer, but if you own one of these phones, you can be on the look out for better performance from custom ROMs.
Samsung has been releasing a lot of source codes lately so it’s no surprise the AT&T Galaxy Note Ice Cream Sandwich kernel was just released. In case you aren’t aware of it, the ICS update hit Kies a couple of days ago. With the release of the source code, CyanogenMod Nightlies are now supported for the AT&T Galaxy Note. Just hit the source link to get started.
source: Samsung, CyanogenMod
I know there are a lot of you that might want to get into rooting and utilizing custom ROMs, but just don’t know where to start. Although it’s always best to do things the manual way, we can understand why some of you might want something that’s quick, simple, and has everything in one place. That’s exactly what toolkits do. They allow you to unlock and root your device as well as flash custom recoveries and a whole bunch of other stuff.
Well XDA member mskip has a toolkit available for the international Galaxy S III (i9300) as well as 3 of the 4 U.S. Galaxy S III’s (AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint). Obviously Verizon isn’t included since the bootloader is locked. The U.S. variants get one universal toolkit, while the international version has its own. Hit the break to see a list of all the features, download links, and forum links.
As awesome as it is slapping on that custom ROM to your device, the process of having to backup and restore your applications, while simultaneously getting your settings just right is simply put, a pain. But wait a minute, what if it were possible to flash your apps in recovery right after the ROM? Well friends, App2Zip allows users to save precious time and do just that. Developed by SCDevs, App2Zip takes users’ current applications and places them into a custom recovery-flashable update.zip file. Users can then flash the ROM update.zip and then simply flash their applications in the same recovery session. All users need to do is fire up the app, give it root permissions, and it will create an update.zip. Sounds simple enough, right?
While it does seem simple enough for all users, the app is not confirmed to work with all Android devices. In fact, SCDevs gives out the following disclaimer:
“App2zip is in very early stage, does NOT work on some devices, so please first of all make a test to see if it works for you (e.g. backup an app you don’t care much, uninstall it and restore back via CWM recovery). Use at your own risk”!
Naturally, you’ll want to test App2Zip on your device just to confirm if it will indeed work or not. If you’re feeling a little lucky and want to grab the app for yourself, hit the break to see the Play Store link and QR code.
If you own a Verizon Galaxy Nexus (toro), and you’re looking for a good AOSP-based Jelly Bean ROM, then you might want to try Peter Alfonso’s Bugless Beast 4.1. It’s based on Android 4.1.1 and is as close to stock as it gets. For enhancements, he did include native tethering, Google Wallet, improved scrolling, louder audio output, and Chrome is the default browser. It’s recommended that you download the offline speech recognition package in Google Search settings once you install the ROM.
It used to be called the Galaxy Nexus Root toolkit, but with version 1.5, it’s now called the Nexus Root Toolkit because it supports all Nexus devices, including the Nexus 7. WugFresh is famous for giving us the quick and easy way to unlock and root the Galaxy Nexus as well as flash it back to stock and re-lock it. There really couldn’t be anything simpler, although we do encourage you to go about things the manual way, which isn’t all the much harder.
Nonetheless, we understand that some of you might be a little nervous and that’s where the Nexus Root Toolkit comes in. It can even flash zips, install apps, restore android backup files, and flash/boot img files with just a double click. This new version now supports all Nexus devices. Hit the break for instructions and download links.