One of the cool things about Ice Cream Sandwich is the fact that you can maximize your screen real estate while browsing the internet and still have functionality thanks to the quick controls. A quick check of the feature in the labs tab under settings and you are good to go. However if you are using it, what you see is what you get. You still have a browser that loads mobile sites with controls that cannot be customized. Don’t get me wrong I still think that the browser found in Android 4.0 is one heck of an upgrade versus any previous iteration but for me, not being able to customize the controls or load desktop versions of web sites goes against what Android is about. That is, being open, easily customizable, and amazingly quick.
Browser Plus looks to do just that while taking ICS’ browser to that next level, giving you both the ability to add extra settings in the quick controls and to render desktop web pages without having to root your device. You can change the browser User Agent String under settings in the advanced tab to do that. As far as I know this works on Android 4.0.1 and above with more devices running Ice Cream Sandwich slated to be compatible down the road; like the Nexus S. So for those of you wanting a little bit more customizability for your browsers can hit the break below to check out the market link or QR code, enjoy!
And the race to bring a 4G LTE toggle function to the Galaxy Nexus is well under way as Team BAMF emerges with the capability for the Galaxy Nexus device. These are the same dev’s who brought you the toggle button for the HTC Thunderbolt. Your device has to be rooted and it’s being touted that the function works well on most of the ROM’s available for the G-Nex. Note that they’ve had some difficulties getting it to work properly on a stock rooted Nexus, so be cautious. If you’re ready to check it out you can follow the simple instructions below.
For those of you that are still waiting for your Transformer Prime to ship you may be a little more reluctant on signing for your package when it arrives. Folks and users who were able to successfully get their hands on this fancy new Tegra 3, quad-core device are starting to report issues pertaining to the device’s GPS. Asus’ official take is for you to turn on WiFi for extra location assistance, however a few folks smell what could be a coverup as Asus pulled previous mention of a GPS feature on the tablet from their official site. While the Prime was updated to fix some bugs, those customer complaints weren’t addressed and there is no telling when they will be. This is interesting news considering the WiFi issues it was rumored to have that also the the supposed reason the tablet was rumored to be delayed.
The other day we brought to you a preview of CM9’s brand new launcher, Trebuchet. Well today we bring you news regarding CyanogenMod’s take on the stock music player. While Ice Cream Sandwich‘s music player is no slouch, the Cyanogenmod team is slated to have a host of features on top of those already there. The folks over at The Verge, were able to wrangle out the details on the music player by one of CM9’s developers, Andrew Neal.
There is a whole slew of customizations and features that make the music player that much more awesome. There will be a custom shake action feature that you can set up to go to the next song or play/pause for example. They will work through out the OS and even while the screen is off. You will see custom notification area controls with the ability to add or subtract controls to your heart’s content. There will be an ability to search the Android Market, set ringtones, and you will see swipe-gestures through out. It’s also planned for a full theme engine addition that will allow you to customize both the look and feel of the app.
Great news coming out of the HTC camp today as they updated the HTCDev website confirming more devices are officially able to be unlocked. Today’s update is as follows:
All HTC Android devices launched after September 2011 are unlockable. The website will be updated accordingly to reflect this in the coming weeks. We continue to work on models launched prior to September 2011, please check back often for the status of older devices.
Word has it that although the HTC Vivid and HTC Rezound are not on the ‘official’ list, they are still able to be unlocked using the web tool. If you own any newer HTC device and are wanting to unlock its boot loader, it might be worth your while giving the web tool a try. If you have any luck, let us know in the comments section below, and be sure to tell us what device you are using. Thanks!
Yesterday we brought you the story about how the folks at Droidrzr.com brought us the bootstrap that allowed for booting into ClockWorkMod Recovery on the DROID RAZR. While this is completely awesome in itself, we didn’t have any fastboot files should we mess up a ROM or MOD. That is, until today; daywalker04 over at XDA was able to get and release the 6.11.744 fastboot files should we actually mess up. These files will return you back to stock Gingerbread 2.3.5 with the ability to download the OTA update bringing you to the current 6.11.748.
For those with slow internet or non-premium XDA memberships, you can download the files in two parts (or as one here if you have fast internet), and put them back together with this. Afterwards you can flash these files in RSD Lite 5.6 (see the link below). This safety net helps should you soft brick your RAZR and has been tested by members of both XDA and Droidrzr.com with positive results.
The list over at HTCDev.com just keeps getting longer and longer doesn’t it? Well, though technically the HTC Rezound hasn’t officially made the list yet, it’s being reported that the same method and tools work just the same to unlock the Rezound’s bootloader. You’ll be left with “S-ON” afterwards, but it appears to most that this is how it’s left anyway after normally unlocking it with these tools. As stated above, the Rezound is not listed yet on the site, but if you follow the instructions to a “T”, you should be golden. Enjoy and hit the source link to get started.
Back when I first had my DROID RAZR I was a bit sad that there were no official recovery options should we botch a mod or ROM install. I mean there was nitroglycerin33’s bootstrap recovery, but there was no way to reboot into recovery should you not be able to access the bootstrap. This was causing a lot of folks issues as they were making attempts at flashing various ROMS only to soft-brick their phones. It was safe to say that without the ability to boot into a custom recovery the RAZR development community was stifled greatly.
While I returned my RAZR for my much loved Galaxy Nexus, I am glad to say that the development community has stubbornly pushed through and brought Koush’s famous ClockworkMod Recovery to the DROID RAZR. In order for this to work though, you must be rooted, and have nitro’s bootstrap apk file installed. As far as we know, this works for all current models of the RAZR and when I had the Razr I tested it with positive results.
For those of you that are interested in the process and getting CWM onto your RAZR you can hit the break below to check out the downloads and quick instructions on getting this installed. For the detail oriented, there is also a link to the detailed instructions on how to do this and you can get there by following the link below.
So get your custom recovery on with these files and instructions and give a big thanks to the folks over at DroidRzr.com for this. Of course you need to be rooted and you can do so by going here. Owners of the RAZR, does this help you breath a sigh of relief?
**Updated: As you folks know, we here at TalkAndroid strive to provide accurate and correct information to our readers but we ourselves are also human and make mistakes. While I gave credit to j.y.daddy over at XDA and linked to his bootstrap recovery files, it really was nitroglycerine33 and the folks/devs over at Droidrzr.com that brought the bootstrap recovery and the ability to flash roms. I mentioned nitro’s bootstrap in passing in the beginning of my post but really he and that program deserve the credit, as well as Droidrzr.com for providing the files.
A big apology for incorrectly giving credit where it wasn’t due. Also a big thank you is in order for the patience of the folks at Droidrzr.com and nitroglycerin33 until we could get this sorted out. So with that, check out the instructions below on installing the bootstrap and getting your modding on. I do have to say, Motorola has yet to release to the fastboot files needed to recover from a botched mod, so please, and I can’t stress this enough, flash mods with caution. Otherwise you may end up with a bricked phone. If that doesn’t deter you, follow the easy instructions below, courtesy of nitroglycerin33 himself.
A while back HTC made a promise saying that they would begin to offer the online ability to unlock bootloaders of HTC devices. While they have been slow to increase the number of unlockable devices, HTC is keeping true to their word and has added the EVO View 4G and myTouch 4G Slide to the list. If you are the owner of either of these phones and have been dying for an easy way to unlock the bootloader, your in luck! You can now head over to the HTCDev website to get your unlock on.
With the recent update to 6.2.1 for the Amazon Kindle Fire, it was a major bummer when it broke root access for the popular new tablet. However, we knew the dev community would come to the rescue pretty quickly, and as expected, they’ve not disappointed us. For all of those weeping over the loss of their precious root access, fear not, because thanks to boys over at Rootzwiki and AndroidPolice a root method has been made available again. Hit the source link for more information and to grab all of the necessary know how in getting your root access back. And if you haven’t updated your device in fear of losing root, the fear is over and you’re more than welcome to proceed now. Of course, proceed at your own risk. Enjoy and don’t forget to let us know how it worked in the comments below.
Gotta love CyanogenMod! Based on the newest CM9, the good folks over at XDA have whipped up a pre-Alpha build to enjoy on the OG Droid. Remember, this build isn’t meant to be your daily ROM and should only be attempted by folks that are comfortable making backups and flashing ROMs. I’m one of the sad bunch that is dying for a Galaxy Nexus, but enjoying an ICS ROM on my Droid X for now. If you can’t get your hands on a new GN, a ROM is how we will have to fly for the time being. Don’t forget to checkout any details and updates right down there in the source link.
If you are like us, then you are curious as to what Sense would look like on Ice Cream Sandwich. If you have a Sensation that’s rooted then you may be in luck as a leaked ICS ROM has surfaced. Even with the fact that HTC has promised ICS for the Sensation and that it appears it could be gracing the phone as early as February, folks are still chomping at the bit to get some Ice Cream Sandwich goodness on their devices.
The ROM is RCMix ICE v1.0 and it appears that it is based on a early official build that was leaked. As you can see, the standard Sense dock has been replaced with a more generic dock bar. It shows the ability to have folders but I feel this rendition of it is somewhat less amazing than the ICS folder visuals. I am also a little sad to see the standard Sense icons and polish as I think ICS is polished well enough to begin with, but Sense lovers will rejoice at the fact that it comes with most of ICS’ features. They are:
Well, it’s been quite some time since we’ve heard anything from the camp of twrp(Team Win Recovery Project) 2.0. But finally, the ClockworkMod alternative has finally kicked off for all to download and try out. For those eagerly anticipating the seamless ability to flash ROMs, back up your devices and wipe your Dalvik cache without being dependent on your volume rocker for navigating the menus, your time has come. TWRP (pronounced “twerp”) 2.0 is finger-friendly and compatible with both smartphones and tablets. However, at the moment there are only a handful of devices supported, such as the Nexus S, the Kindle Fire and the HP TouchPad to name a few. But we’re sure support for more devices is right around the corner. If you want to give it a try you can hit up the source link below and download it for yourself. In addition, don’t forget to check out the video below as well of the recovery app in action.
Any Droid X owners out there, that like me, are a bit depressed they can’t get a Galaxy Nexus right now? Well, here is something that made my day and should make yours too. Rootzwiki member firstEncounter has whipped up a CM9 based ICS ROM for the Droid X and let me be the first to tell you, it’s FAST and Ice Cream Sandwich tastes great! Be warned though that this is a beta, so do not flash this ROM unless your prepared to deal with some bugs and certain things not working. I also haven’t been running this ROM long enough to express any battery concerns, but this is a great treat to be able to try out ICS on the X and see what everyone is clamoring about for myself. If you need help or more details, be sure to head over to the Rootzwiki thread in the source link for all the details and fixes. Links to download and a list of what currently works and what doesn’t are right after the break.