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
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
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.
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.
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.
- Make sure you’re running stock (If you’re not then you can use WugFresh’s Nexus Root Toolkit to restore/install stock)
- Unlock the device and install a custom recovery (Wugfresh’s Toolkit can do this as well)
- Flash the IMM76Q Package via the custom recovery
- 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
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.