While Sprint owners can enjoy all that pure ICS goodness on the newly released Galaxy Nexus, they have yet additional reasons to be excited for the device: the arrivals of CM9 Nightly and ClockworkMod Recovery. The ClockworkMod Recovery, which is the gold standard in ROM management will be available in touch and classic flavors, while the CM9 Nightlies will offer up users daily dose of new Android 4.0 code. Keep in mind though that as exciting as the CM9 Nightlies release is for users, keep in mind the codes may not have been tested and do not have any changelogs, so owners of the Sprint Galaxy Nexus may encounter a significant bug or two (or three or four).
So you’ve seen enough and ready to get into some CM9 or ClockworkMod action? Great— make sure you hit the source link below for full details and the download links.
source: CyangenMod | ClockworkMod
via: Android Police
Well what do we have here? Newly available factory images for Android 4.0.4 (IMM76I) can now be obtained via the web for all yakju variants of the GSM version Galaxy Nexus. In addition, there’s a new build on the horizon, “takju”. These images are highly coveted as they can assist you in a time of need, such as when you brick the heck out of your phone rendering it useless. The images can also help you move from a non-yakju build to a yakju one seamlessly. You’ll need fastboot of course and some experience flashing images can’t hurt either. Also note that as Google has begun selling their Nexus device on the Play Store, recall that this is not the same model, it’s the takju build. Takju is Android 4.0.4 (IMM76I) with some optimization for supporting Google Wallet.
source: Google Dev Site
An XDA forum member named rodrigojfuentes has come up with a method to root all Motorola phones that are currently running Gingerbread. If you have a computer running Linux, you’re ready to get started. PC and Mac users will need to run a Linux virtual machine to continue. From the command line, you just run a few commands, alter a few files, flash, and voilá… root attained! Ready to get started? Read the full directions very carefully at the source link below.
source: xda forums
The news we have today will definitely cause many to give a second thought to rooting their Sprint device. From the image above you’ll see that Sprint has a policy in place for handling rooted devices! We all know that the norm for carriers is to look down on you in shame if you root your Android device and not provide any support whatsoever. Many loyal Sprint customers, myself included, that love to tinker can take a collective sigh of relief, and no longer worry that you’ll be without support if you ever need to exchange that rooted device. They will take note that you’ve rooted your android device as it states, but they’ll do what they can to help and if a fix isn’t found, per standard procedure they will start the process of getting you an exchange.
Just note that although this policy is in place, it could be likely they won’t replace it if the problem was caused by rooting the device. So keep that in mind. I for one am glad to see this. I’ve been a customer of Sprint for a long while, and my complaints have been minimal. If you are a Sprint customer and have been on the fence about rooting your device, does this news give you that extra push to go ahead and do it? Let us know in the comments.
Time Warner customers who have been making use of the TWC TV app in the past will now be happy to hear that its latest update brings live TV streaming to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich devices, however there is a catch. The update will only work on phones that have not been rooted. For the Android community, this is a little bit of a shocker as a good bit of Android users take full advantage of Google’s software and root like there’s no tomorrow. It’s unclear whether this lack of support was a decision made by Time Warner themselves or if it’s just a bump in the road that will soon be remedied with a future update or some fancy handy work from the dev community. Only “Time” will tell. Hit the Play Store link below to get the goods.
Well that didn’t take long! XDA member Boosted has already released an .apk for rooted users and can be sideloaded like any other third party app. Simply download the .apk below and install. Before you do, be sure you allow the installation of “unknown sources” under your device’s security settings. Hit up the XDA link below if you want to get in on the thread conversation or make a donation to the awesome developer who brought you this mod. Nice work Boosted!!
Play Store Download Link
Back on April 2, we reported about the leak of the official Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich build for the Nexus S 4G on Sprint along with step-by-step instructions to manually install it (available now as an OTA update). Sitting at work while reading the article, I immediately cancelled my plans to eat lunch that day and reactivated my Nexus S that had been patiently lying on my kitchen table waiting for this day. I have always waited for the OTA updates in the past, never wanting to take a chance messing up my phone or computer, but this update was too important for old habits. The instructions were as clear as they come. I had to register for a free Jumbo Files account before the site would let me download the software, but after a 15 minute download, the rest was a piece of cake. The whole process took about 35 minutes, total, including the registration. Find out if it was worth the wait after the break.
Leave it to some crafty folks to ensure the latest and greatest tools are available for the latest and greatest devices in no time. While the HTC One X and One S smartphones are still newly released devices, the fine ClockworkMod development team has gone ahead and quickly pumped out the latest ClockworkMod Touch software for those devices. That means owners of those devices are one step closer to flashing not just one, but perhaps multiple ROMs because hey— we all love our ROMs, right?
Naturally, you’ll find the new ClockworkMod software when you hit the source link below. In addition, you will also find the traditional non-Touch version, if that’s your fancy. Well go on— get to it.
Now here’s a cool one for you tablet users that like to tweak the appearance of your UI! XDA member BroBot175 has created a Metro UI theme for all tablets running Honeycomb or ICS! The theme is a fully functioning replica of Windows 8 that allows you to create your own tiles, and organize them however you want.
I flashed this theme over a week ago on my Galaxy Tab when the project was in its infancy and now its gotten polished enough for daily use. BroBot175 has even recently added support all ICS and Honeycomb tablets because he was getting so many requests for added support. Just like any other theme you simply flash in ClockworkMod Recovery and will then have to transfer over the tile images to get started. Set-up can take a while because you have to plot out every single tile using Desktop Visualizer widgets but if you follow the devs step by step instructions you should have no problems at all. So for those of you who like to customize the look of your device and want something completely different than the ICS or Honeycomb layout, you really should check this theme out! Hit the source link below to get started.
The great thing about the Android platform is the fact it allows us to tinker and modify our devices, despite certain OEMs and carriers making a clear effort to deter us from doing such sinful acts. While HTC has given us some ability to unlock its devices, we do know that some very intelligent and crafty individuals are hard at work trying to make newer HTC devices (and other OEMs for that matter) more accessible to us– the common people, in the meantime. That’s why an anonymous person who has that mouthwatering AT&T HTC One X smartphone is ready to make the device just a little more interesting. Apparently he or she bought a prototype of the smartphone with full S-OFF in the bootloader. While the anonymous person may not be able to do anything on his or her own, the development community is sought upon to try and throw in their two cents on how to crack the additional codes in the phone. Ladies and gents— if the lucky owner and other developers are able to crack the code of the phone, we may just see a new world of potential for the device… sooner than we think. Stay tuned for further developments on this noteworthy story everyone!
Damn, that was fast! Yesterday we showed you what was to be the starting point of the new CyanogenMod mascot, rAndy. The CM team put out an open call for mascot ideas and rAndy was the the teams final choice. When announcing their decision they had said that they were going to be working with the artist to fine tune the little guy before making any finalization’s and would let us know when he is ready for the mainstream. Enter Cid, the final design for the new CM mascot and it only took a day to get him whipped into shape.
Cid (Pronounced: /si:d/):
When we started brainstorming names we wanted to pick something short, simple and fitting for the new mascot. Obviously trying to stray away from the *droid or *Andy type names we decided to pay homage to D.A.R.Y.L., B.O.B Maximillion or V.I.N.Cent and create a name that could also be an acronym.
We chose C.I.D. which is short for Cyanogenmod ID, the common thread that all CyanogenMod users share; each user’s unique place in our community.
Some of you may also be familiar with the concept of the “id”, the instinctual driving force behind our personalities. It seemed fitting, that this chaotic force and need for immediate gratification, was incorporated into the image of a OS which strives to be on the bleeding edge of Android development.
Thus C.I.D became Cid.
Alright, sounds good to me! Although I was partially attached to the cool looking owl entry they had, and apparently that was actually one of the designs that was hotly debated over. Either way I am cool with Cid and I look forward to seeing his cute little mug on a CM boot animation in the near future. What about you guys? Are you down with Cid? Tell me all about it in the comments below.