As we’ve seen over the last few days, folks are hard at work creating Jelly Bean ROMs for a variety of devices. Up to this point, work seems to be limited to smartphones or Nexus tablets. That appears to have changed with some work done by user randomblame over at XDA. He has succeeded in creating an SDK port of Jelly Bean for an Acer Iconia A500. It is not yet ready for daily use as several items are still not functioning, including audio, wifi, sdcard access, and usb mounting of flash drives. While work continues on those issues, users can at least get a taste of Jelly Bean if they are willing to root their device and install the ROM. Hit the source link for instructions and access to the files.
We all like hidden treats provided by Google, don’t we? Well here’s a quick peek at the new Jelly Bean Easter egg and it’s just as fun as the last. To activate the Easter egg, simply go to Settings > About Phone/Tablet, and tap the Android version number 4-times fast (4 will get you to the very beginning, more will pass the start image) and your good to go. Once you see the picture of the cute jelly bean, just longpress on the screen to get to the endless game of flickin’ beans. Fun fun! Jump past the break to see a video of it in action. » Read the rest
Many users enjoy staying on the cutting edge by flashing a new ROM onto their devices. Verizon Galaxy Nexus owners who tried to flash a recently released Jelly Bean ROM onto their device discovered a problem with wifi connectivity issues. Connection strength could not be maintained.
Fortunately, XDA forum member mwalt2 took some time to dig into the reason and discovered a single file that differed between the Jelly Bean ROM and what Verizon provides. Restoring the Verizon version appears to fix the problem. Follow the source link below for the file and instructions on the fix.
The development community has been off and running ever since the SDK for Jelly Bean was released a couple of days ago. It was originally only available to Google I/O attendees who received the takju version of the Galaxy Nexus. Shortly after, ROMs were created for all GSM Galaxy Nexus’ as well as the Verizon Galaxy Nexus. Then yesterday we saw the HTC One Xreceive a port from the Verizon ROM, but not much was working.
Now all we have left is the Samsung Galaxy S III, at least for flagship phones. Well XDA member faryabb, along with some help from randomblame, just delivered. Unfortunately this one is much like the One X in that there really isn’t a lot working, but it will give you a chance to see just how smooth and fast Jelly Bean runs thanks to Project Butter. Please note this is for the international version only which is model i9300.
The HTC One X has gotten itself an SDK port of Google’s Jelly Bean firmware thanks to the XDA developer by the name of tgascoigne. At this point it’s nothing you can use as a daily driver, but serves as a great way to get yourself a nibble of Jelly Bean if you’re a One X user. Many things don’t work such as the camera, WiFi, audio, and much more. The developer has stated that he’s already working with the actual Galaxy Nexus OTA of Jelly Bean ported to the One X. If he’s able to get that working that build should be far more superior than the current SDK build. If you don’t mind your phone pretty much unusable but still want to give Jelly Bean a shot, then head on over to the XDA thread and flash away. Of course, needless to say, your One X will have to be rooted and the boot-loader unlocked in order to flash the ROM. You can also watch the video at the bottom to see this port in action.
During yesterday’s presentation Google showed off Project Butter, one of the most important improvements of Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. There’s many technical terms that Google explained on what it really is and what changes it makes within the kernel. For the general public and to put it into layman’s terms, it basically makes every UI transition on Android much smoother and buffers everything much faster. The speed improvement is throughout the whole OS and even works in conjunction with every app you use. This was a breath of fresh air and something that Android, even on ICS, needed.
Yesterday the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update was available for download, but it was only for the Galaxy Nexus devices that were given away to attendees at Google I/O, which happens to be the takju GSM version. We knew the development community would be super fast and make it available to all and they delivered.
XDA developer bigxie posted the GSM version and all you have to do is download the ROM (below), wipe, and flash via ClockworkMod Recovery. He even posted a root fix with an updated radio that you can flash with ClockworkMOD. » Read the rest
Own a Samsung Galaxy S II, but hate TouchWiz and wish you could see HTC’s Sense UI on the device instead? Well great you’re in luck as there is an official sighting of Sense actually booting up on a Galaxy S II smartphone. The dev team Sense4All had their hands on the breakthrough project and successfully fired up Sense 4.0 on the smartphone. That’s right folks: not sense 3.0, not 3.5 and certainly not 3.6—- Sense 4.0! XDA reports it isn’t quite certain what works and what doesn’t work just yet… though it’s clear that data and phone service are not working just yet.
The good news is that the dev team involved is just scratching the surface of the project. Getting the smartphone to boot is among the hardest part of the project and from here it would be a matter of ironing out any additional bugs and whatnot. Naturally the ROM is only accessible from developers for now, though additional developers are welcome to chip in and help. Here’s hoping the team comes through and successfully gets this port functioning so the rest of us normal folk can try it out.
It’s been quite a while (225 days to be exact) since AOSP released the source code for Android 4.0 ICS. Since then, the team over at CyanogenMod has be toiling away to get it onto as many devices as possible, and today they are announcing that 37 devices are now ready to receive the first release candidate. » Read the rest
It was only a matter of time since Samsung already released the source code for the AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint versions of the Galaxy S III. That time has come as all three are now officially rooted. Special thanks have to go out to XDA member howtomen for the AT&T version and cyper_zero for the Sprint and T-Mobile version. Also dawgslayer69 posted that the Sprint method works with the T-Mobile version.