So you own a DROID 3 or a Bionic, but hate BLUR? Today is your lucky day. Kejar31 and Jrummy16 at RootzWiki have released their Liberty ROM to the general public. This attractive ROM features apps built from source, an attractive yellow and black theme and custom add-ons such as the Liberty Customizer (enabling you to add back BLUR apps). Hit the break to see full instructions for both the DROID 3 and Bionic from RootzWiki as well as screenshots of the attractive ROM in action.
If you are anything like me you must be getting excited to see ICS first hand, not only in person, but on your very own device. Not every one is going to be able to run out and purchase the new Galaxy Nexus and some can hardly wait for the official ICS update to roll-out for scheduled devices.
The peeps over at XDA have taken the wait away for you brave Nexus S owners who are willing to port an early unofficial build. The build is pretty close to the real thing but it is definitely not official. This build is based on an earlier version of ICS and some of the new Android 4.0 features are missing. There have been reports of minor issues ones that by no means make the device unusable: a few of the new icons are missing, NFC is a bust, the camera might have some glitches, and this build is sans facial recognition.
If you have a rooted device and are familiar with flashing ROM’s you may want to give this a whirl, if not I suggest just waiting it out a couple more weeks until Google pushes out the official release. Reports are saying that for an unofficial port it is super stable so if you’ve got a brass set and want to give it a try, hit the link below. Remember, anything YOU do to YOUR phone is at YOUR own risk!
There is one question we have been asked a lot lately regarding Android 4.0 and the plans for updating current phones; If my device gets the upgrade what happens to my hardware buttons? That is actually a good question, one until now didn’t have an affirmative answer.
As we suspected, the new Android ICS operating system will bypass the onscreen buttons and will utilize the device’s hardware buttons just like it did on its original OS. The folks over at Gizmodo spoke to a Google representative that confirmed this theory and describes the process like this:
ICS does have onscreen buttons but not always. If there’s a device with hardware buttons the onscreen buttons won’t be there, and the hardware buttons will act and function as you’d expect them to…. back and home will function as you’d expect, the search button will query the search bar (as you’d expect), and the menu button will query the menu overflow in the action bar.
I don’t think it will be Google’s task to re-design ICS to run on all the different manufacturer’s button layouts, rather it will be up to the manufacturer to tweak it as necessary before pushing out the update. We are keeping a close eye on those who claim to have plans to push out the ICS update to their devices, so stay tuned because we will let you know as we add more to the confirmed update list.
Verizon’s newest 4G slider has just been rooted. The Samsung Stratosphere slider is quite the phone despite its single-core chip. As previously mentioned, the phone has decent specs including a 1Ghz processor and Gingerbread 2.3. We know that while the stock phone sounds tempting enough, this phone like all Android phones are practically begging to be tweaked and customized to higher levels.
Our friends at RootzWiki have been at it again, claiming the rooted Stratosphere as its latest conquest. They were kind enough to provide a comprehensive and thorough guide for new Stratosphere owners interested in modifying their device. As always, their guides are thorough and detailed with the rooting process, though there is discretion the process “is not for the faint of heart”. You will use Heimdall 1.3.1 to flash the firmware to your phone using your computer (the creator highlights Heimdall works for Windows/Mac/Linux for those interested), move the necessary files to your phone, grant the necessary permissions, and you will be the proud owner of a custom rooted phone.
To see the step-by-step instructions and download the necessary files, follow the link below. Enjoy and happy rooting!
Did you know that when Verizon locks the bootloader on certain devices, it’s breaking the law? Hot on the heels of news regarding Motorola not unlocking the bootloader for its popular and upcoming Droid RAZR comes this surprising but much welcomed tidbit regarding FCC policies and procedures. It seems the carrier has forgotten a few things and we aim to send some reminders. But before we do so, we’ll need to reiterate why it’s illegal. Ever heard of “Block C frequencies”? Yeah, not many have. Andrew Krug of Android Activist offers an explanation:
C block? No I am not referring to what that one guy always does when you go out drinking on the weekend. The C block is a swath of 700MHz bandwidth also known these days as 4G LTE that was up for auction several years ago by the FCC.
And azrienoch from XDA adds:
Verizon has the largest 4G network because they bought it in 2008. At the time, the 700 MHz radio frequencies brought you your favorite broadcast television shows. When television switched from analog to digital, they became your 4G networks.
It seems that a tweet sent out earlier today by Motorola has gotten a little misunderstood and conclusions were made before the real meaning of the message would be deciphered. Motorola’s tweet read, ” We’ll be releasing devices for ICS 6 weeks after Google releases the final version of it”, and in turn, sent the rumor mill for a fill-in-in-the-blank hay day.
Two of the most reported rumors were: 1, Motorola was planning on updating current capable devices to Android 4.0; and 2, new devices would be revealed 6 weeks after the final version of ICS was released. Both of these turned out to be false and some clarification was later issued by Motorola to the folks at Android and Me putting all hear-say to rest. » Read the rest
As Peter Alfonso puts it, “The Beast is back,” as in Bugless Beast. Peter Alfonso created the ROM series, Bugless Beast, when the original DROID launched. When Android 2.3 Gingerbread hit the scene, he decided to go into a different direction by maintaining the stock appearance along with additional hidden features, which he called the PGA series.
The latest version, GPA18, brings back the Beast and updates your device to Android 2.3.7.
Full changelog after the break.
The new T-Mobile version of the Samsung Galaxy S II is an awesome device, one that many think is the better of all variations – you can peep our initial unboxing and review to check it out for yourself. Ever since Samsung released the kernal source it has just been begging to be rooted.
The folks over at rootzwiki have recently posted a how-to on rooting the device and it appears to be a cinch. Thanks to no locked bootloaders or rolling back to engineering builds, you should be on your way to superuser in no time. Using Windows drivers you simply flash the new recovery with ODIN 1.8.4 or higher and then you’re able to flash unsigned update packages like the one that contains the files required for root. To check out all the root packages, files, and easy to follow instructions hit the link below. Happy rooting!
It was only earlier today that I had mentioned that we were on the path to seeing a whole bunch of announcements claiming that certain devices will see ICS in the near future. Only hours after Google and Samsung had their Galaxy Nexus/ICS event did the ICS SDK become available, and manufacturers are eating it up. Motorola recently made an announcement adding another device to the ICS upgrade list, this time in tablet form.
Some moderator over at the Motorola support forums has confirmed that the Xoom tablet will be seeing an upgrade just like the Droid Razr. If this is true, and it happens before the Asus Padfone drops, it would become the first Android tablet to run Android 4.0. We can most likely trust the Moto support forums’ source, a moderator usually knows more details than the average joe.
With the recent announcement of Ice Cream Sandwich, it seems that all the device manufacturers are jumping on the upgrade bandwagon. Many are reporting future plans to incorporate Android 4.0 onto devices that are currently on the market.
Earlier today, HTC posted on their Facebook page that they too were going to be upgrading some devices to ICS as well. It seems that they are evaluating the functionality of the new OS and determining it’s usability on current HTC devices. The following excerpt explains the future upgrade plans and was taken from HTC’s Facebook page:
Since Google unveiled Ice Cream Sandwich earlier this week, HTC has been looking closely at the new OS’s features and functionality to determine our upgrade plans. We’re a recognized industry leader in providing fast and consistent upgrades to our Android devices, and Ice Cream Sandwich will be no different.
Upgrades require a careful balance of hardware and software to ensure the best possible performance and usability, so please stay tuned as we assess our product portfolio. Our goal is to upgrade as many HTC devices as possible and we’ll be sharing details on specific devices and timing in the coming weeks!
We will most likely see a lot of this type of thing from here on out. It makes sense to address the issue before customers jump to another Brand just because they have the next best thing. You can bet ICS updates will come to all manufacturers, some with more devices than others. Bring it on because we will take as many as we can get!