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New Verizon Galaxy Nexus Jelly Bean Binaries Added to AOSP

 

Lets face it, the CDMA Samsung Galaxy Nexus’ are the black sheep in the Nexus family. It’s always looking behind its GSM counterpart and never its equal. Today brings some good news to the Verizon Galaxy Nexus as Google just released the latest Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean (JRO03H) binaries for the device merely 3 weeks after it was welcomed back into AOSP.

These binaries should be welcomed by the rooting and developing community as it will now be a lot easier to create fully stable Jelly Bean ROM’s for the Verizon Nexus. Sadly, the other CDMA Nexus (Sprint’s) is still left in the dust and has yet to receive the same treatment from Google.

While most may be irked that these binaries weren’t released at the same time as the GSM’s version was, it’s always better to be late than never, right?

source: Google Developers
via: Engadget 

Snapdragon S1 devices won’t get support for CyanogenMod 9 or CyanogenMod 10

In a Google+ post yesterday, the CyanogenMod team announced that Ice Cream Sandwich (CM9) and Jelly Bean (CM10) won’t be supported for Snapdragon S1 devices. One such phone is the Nexus One and they stated that it would require a custom hboot to repartition the internal memory. The fact that there is only 512MB of RAM certainly doesn’t help the matter. On top of that, compromises to the CyanogenMod code would be necessary because of the proprietary libs available from 2.3.

They went on to say that “with enough time, effort, and hacks” it could be made to work, but they don’t feel the experience is worth all of that. Other main attraction phones that have the Snapdragon S1 are the HTC EVO 4G and the HTC Desire.

source: google+

 

Jelly Bean Factory Images Now Available for a Few Nexus Devices Including the Nexus 7

Have you been messing around a bit to much with the system files on your Jelly Bean powered Nexus device and want to return it back to its factory state? You in luck my friends as Google just released the factory 4.1.1 images for a few of the Nexus units, including the brand new Nexus 7. The devices with available factory images are as follows:

  • Galaxy Nexus (yakju): Android 4.1.1 (JRO03C)
  • Galaxy Nexus (takju): Android 4.1.1 (JRO03C)
  • Nexus S (soju): Android 4.1.1 (JRO03E)
  • Nexus S (sojua): Android 4.1.1 (JRO03E)
  • Nexus 7 (nakasi): Android 4.1.1 (JRO03D)

As you can see, the Verizon Galaxy Nexus has been left of the list, and the Korean and Sprint Nexus S isn’t available either. This just goes to show that if you want to stay up to date with the latest Android OS it pays to go with a GSM kit. If you see your device listed above and want to grab its factory image, hit up the source link below.

source: Google Developers

New Odin-less root method for Verizon’s Galaxy S III

Over at the XDA Developers’ forum, member Noxious Ninja has come up with a new method to root a Verizon Samsung Galaxy S III.  This new method was based on a desire to get around some issues users were having after using a previously developed root method. He also hoped to be able to produce something that didn’t require flashing ROMs. In the end, Noxious Ninja was able to modify a root method for an Asus TF300T to work on the Galaxy S III. Going a step further, he has even created a tool for users that don’t want to follow the manual steps. Users are warned that the tool is considered beta. The usual disclaimers about rooting devices apply, so proceed at your own risk if you are interested in giving it a try. Just follow the source link for the files and instructions. Let us know how it goes if you attempt this root.

source: XDA Developers

Legacy Play Store Allows You To See A List of Your Purchased Apps Again

Before the Android Market switched over to the Play Store the Market allowed you to see a list of your purchased apps under a “Not installed” section. After the transition to the Play Store, at some point along the update line, the list of paid apps went away. If you’re wanting the ability to see that list again, Paul O’Brien over at Modaco, has solved the problem. You can get the Legacy Play Store app that will solve your problem by bringing back the “Not installed” list of apps.

Paul was able to get the old version of the Play Store client and with some tinkering around, he was able to make it run alongside the official Play Store. Once again, in the Legacy Play Store your apps will have a My Apps screen with a list of all the paid apps you’ve purchased that are not installed on your device. The current version of the Play Store has a tab for all of your apps that are installed or you’ve ever installed, and lumps these together with any apps you’ve purchased. If you’ve purchased a  lot of apps, you may find yourself having trouble finding the small handful of paid apps you want for your respective devices.

HTC Desire HD Not Getting an ICS Update After All

After all the confusion on whether the HTC Desire HD will be getting an update to Android 4.0 or not, we finally have a solid answer from HTC. It’s now official that the HTC Desire HD will not be getting the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update. The manufacturer has said that the HTC Desire has the best software experience possible for it’s current hardware on Android 2.3. Here’s the companies full statement:

“After extensive testing, HTC has determined that the current version of HTC Sense with Android provides customers with the best experience on the HTC Desire HD.  When we consider new versions of software, we weigh a number of factors, but ultimately the customer experience on the product is the deciding factor. We apologize for any confusion this change may have caused our customers.”

If you’re wanting to try and get Ice Cream Sandwich for the Desire HD, owners will need to rely on the custom ROM community. If you’re willing to root your device, the community has already put together several unofficial 4.0 ROMs.

source: Android Central

AndroPlatina Utilities Aims to be the Root Toolkit for ALL Android Devices

I am a huge fan of rooting my devices, it allows deep customization and the ability to load any ROM I want to. I own a GSM version of the Galaxy Nexus and while I wasn’t planning on rooting it, 2 hours after delivery I was punching fastboot commands into terminal to do just that.

Well XDA recognized contributor, varun.chitre15, is working hard to make this easy to do for ALL devices and with one program none-the-less. It’s called “AndroPlatina” and is a toolkit to make hacking and modifying your Android device easy with just a few clicks.

CyanogenMod 9 reaches RC2, now supports several Samsung Galaxy devices

A little less than a month ago CyanogenMod 9 RC1 (Release Candidate 1) was released with a lot of excitement, but now with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean being all the rave I can see an Ice Cream Sandwich ROM release being easily overlooked. Nonetheless, this is CM and their legions of fans will be happy to know that CM9 RC2 is now available for download including support for several new Samsung Galaxy devices:

ASUS Transformer, Transformer Prime and Motorola Xoom Receive CyanogenMod 10 Preview Builds

The other day we received the CyanogenMod 10 preview builds for both the international and U.S. versions of the Samsung Galaxy S III and now there’s more! The CM 10 preview builds are now available for the ASUS Transformer and Transformer Prime (tf101 and 201) and with Motorola’s Xoom. With all the excitement around Jelly Bean and CyanogenMod 10, a working build for tablets is wonderful news to hear.

These are only preview builds though, so they may not be very stable. Unofficial builds also carry no guarantee on support, assistance or updates.

The Transformer builds are currently functional with Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, sounds, camera, video acceleration, minor dock functionality and most sensors. The GPS and light sensor functionality isn’t in there just yet, but the device’s core functionality is stable and working.

Here’s a quick video of the Transformer Prime running CM10 on its current build in action:

AT&T’s Motorola Atrix 2 Android 4.0 ICS Update Leaked

The last time we heard about an Ice Cream Sandwich update for the Motorola Atrix 2, it was supposedly due by Q3 of this year. It seems as if Motorola is working hard in keeping that promise as an ICS build has been spotted in Motorola’s internal servers. The new build will bring the Atrix 2’s software version to 67.21.123.

The Atrix 2 has been a forgotten phone these days, but I’m sure an update to ICS would be great for the phone and its owners. Although if you’re a little impatient, the developers over at XDA are looking into this leaked build as we speak and could be releasing a flashable build in the near future. Hit up the source link for further information and progress the the developers are making on this leaked build.

source: XDA

Thanks to CyanogenMod team, Jelly Bean (CM10) preview now available for International Samsung Galaxy S III (I-9300)

 

Yesterday we reported that an early build of CyanogenMod 10 was released for several US Samsung Galaxy S III variants. The T-Mobile, Sprint and AT&T Galaxy S III all got a taste of Jelly Bean and now it seems as if the international I-9300 S III has received the same treatment. So far WiFi tethering and the FM radio are quite buggy and still need some time to be worked on. While the camera works, it’s quite unstable and FC’s on occasion.

Keep in mind that these are just “preview” builds and aren’t meant for daily use just yet. One thing I have learned in my experience of rooting is that you never doubt these developers. In due time I’m sure they will iron out the remaining kinks and continue to refine the ROM. If you have an international Galaxy S III and interested in giving this a shot, then head over to the source link for instructions. Enjoy!

source: XDA

ClockworkMod Recovery Now At Version 6 For The Samsung Galaxy Nexus Smartphone

 

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+

 

Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean AOSP ROM now available for the Nexus S

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

source: xda

Verizon is not unlocking the Galaxy S III bootloader after all

In yet another twist involving Verizon’s version of the Samsung Galaxy S III, contrary to our earlier report, Verizon will not provide a software update to unlock the encrypted bootloader. Several users obtained information from Verizon and Samsung customer service reps indicating the Galaxy S III would be unlocked “soon.” The misunderstanding appears to stem from information regarding an update from Verizon to unlock GSM roaming on the S III, not an update to unlock the bootloader.

For now, users interested in a Verizon Galaxy S III are back to looking at the Developer Edition to be made available through Samsung if they want to avoid the locked bootloader. The other option is to wait to see whether the bootloader bounty produces any results.

source: Droid Life