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.
For those of you ASUS Transformer and Transformer Prime owners who enjoy a little custom recovery action every now and then you’ll be pleased to know the CM touch version is now available to you. Over the weekend Sir Koushik Dutta released the touch recovery for the two tablets, adding to the ever growing list of compatible deices. This will make it the first “tablet” versions added to the list, though.
If you have yet to use touch recovery on any of your devices, well, you are missing out. After using the handy touch controls on my Galaxy Nexus, the OG version on my Transformer Prime just seems so outdated. Not that there is anything wrong with the older scrolling method, I just prefer to tap away at my hacking. :-)
To get the newest CM recovery on your Transformer and Transformer Prime is a piece of cake. You can automatically flash it through the ROM Manger app for the small price 0f $2 (you really should support CM development), go to the CM source link for manual install instructions, or you can use the flashable zip below (created by XDA member jvscorp). Happy touching!
Clockwork Recovery 184.108.40.206 by JvS Corp.zip
source: ClockworkMod / XDA
via: Android Police
It is a truth universally acknowledged that many of the most talented Android designers and developers don’t work for the giant manufacturers such as Samsung, Motorola and HTC. Some of the most impressive Android ROMS come from the independent developer community and it’s safe to say that CyanogenMod is the most reputable of all.
Only a couple of days ago we reported that the CyanogenMod team had been busy bringing Android 4.0 ICS to the HTC Sensation, LG Optimus LTE and LG Nitro HD by way of the CM9 ROM. It’s time for owners of the original Samsung Galaxy to take notice as, although Sammy itself won’t be bringing you some sweet Ice Cream Sandwich, CyanogenMod has added CM9 links for the i9000/i9000B, Captivate and Vibrant to its downloads webpage.
As a reminder, you need to be rooted to pick up these ROMs and if you’re not rooted, perhaps today is the day to change it. Hit the source link below to get started. Happy flashing!
source : CyanogenMod
Looks as though the CyanogenMod team has been busy lately! Earlier today we reported that the CM9 ICS ROM is getting under way for the HTC Sensation and now we see that CM9 nightlies are available for a couple of LG handsets. Lucky for you if you own a rooted LG Optimus LTE (GSM) or LG Nitro HD, because you can now officially board the nightly train to CM9-ville. If you own either of these devices and aren’t rooted yet, this would be a great time to look into it as the CM9 ROM is top-notch ICS in action. For those who don’t know about nightlies, these are early builds and will most likely have a few bugs here and there and will require you to reflash daily to stay up to date with the ongoing changelog. If you are gung-ho for this type of stuff, don’t hesitate to jump straight to the source link below, and for those who decide to give it a whirl, do us a favor and let us know in the comments how it goes!