If you’re an avid Android “rooter” and “ROM flasher,” then I’m sure the Nandroid backup feature that custom recoveries offer has been your best friend. It’s essential to perform a Nandroid backup before you wipe and flash your newly desired ROM in case something goes wrong and you need to restore your phone into a previously working state.
If you’re not familiar with how a traditional Nandroid backup works, you are required to turn the phone off and boot into the recovery to perform the procedure. A typical Nandroid backup takes about 4-6 minutes, thus your phone would be nonoperational for that period of time. An XDA developer by the name of ameer1234567890 found that troublesome as he would constantly miss important calls and texts from his family and took it upon himself in creating away to perform a Nandroid backup without having to boot into recovery. Online Nandroid Backup allows the user to perform a Nandroid backup without the need to turn your phone off, thus you won’t miss important calls or texts.
Using the program is actually fairly simple and easy to follow:
A few days ago we told you about how Android already has some built in functionality for multiple user accounts, but just not complete. If you’re not familiar with what this concept is, it allows you to have separate log ins for your tablet or smartphone. For example, you could set up your tablet the way you want as far as home screens and whatever apps you use, but other family members could log in under a different account, and they would get their own set up of apps and home screens.
This is something that is within the AOSP, but not something that is ready for prime time. It only means that it’s something we will probably see in a later version of Android like 4.2 or 5.0. None of this will stop the amazing Android development community as XDA member zanderman112 was able to setup multiple accounts using Terminal Emulator. Unfortunately there isn’t too much functionality, but this is a major start. Check out the video after the break.
Reports are coming in that AT&T has started pushing out an OTA update for the HTC One X today. The update, build number 2.20 that bumps Android to 4.0.4, has only gone out to a few users and it is unclear when it may roll out to the rest. Neither AT&T nor HTC have issued a change log that details what is included in the update. Users are reporting that it includes security fixes that block some root exploits, a setting to remove the menu button “bar” for some apps, and the ability to long press the multi-tasking button for a pop-up menu.
Users who have rooted their One X or who are thinking about doing so may not want to jump on this update just yet. The fixes for the root exploits have the consequence of also closing methods used to gain root access. Since AT&T and HTC do not offer bootloader unlocking on this version of the One X, the update will effectively block root access until the hackers figure out a new way to do so.
If you get the update, please post and let us know of any other changes that are included.
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?
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.
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.
Well it’s about time HTC. The kernel source for the AT&T One X was just released so developers can now use it in their custom ROMs for better stability. Right now most of you don’t have to do anything unless you’re a developer. If you aren’t, sit back and relax as the developers get to work to make things a lot smoother for you.
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.
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.
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.