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.
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:
- Photo Courtesy of Droid Life
Folks who own a Bionic are reporting that they are receiving a mysterious update bringing their system to version 5.9.901. They were a little miffed at what this update entailed and people were especially confused considering the major update that was already being pushed as of last week. Well it appears that this is no minor update in itself as the awesome folks over at Droid Life were able to get the details on what this release encompasses.
So whether or not you’ve received the update at hand, you can hit the break below to see what’s in store for you. Sadly some of it entails more Verizon Bloatware… But you may be able to look past that with connectivity and stability fixes they’ve packed in.
Us early adopters of new technology have to put up with the quirks and speed bumps that this new tech has to offer. I know this, you know this, we all know this, but sometimes they can be frustrating nonetheless. Less than a week after the launch of maybe one of the most hyped phones on the planet, the Galaxy Nexus, users are running into some major and minor bugs. Even with the 4.0.2 update right out of the gate, and a swift push for Android 4.0.3 in the coming weeks (though we aren’t sure when), some of these bugs are hard to over look.
While users have reported some bugs, even our writers have reported issues in their 24hr and 48hr initial impressions of the phone, some of them can be overlooked. However there appears to be a slew of newer found bugs that are giving users even more headaches. The folks over at RootzWiki are reporting that users are having issues with Multitouch in 3D games like Gun Bros and Shadowgun. Apparently after playing the game for a little bit, sensitivity on the right side of the touch screen is lost. This can be remedied with a quick turning off then back on of the display leading folks to believe that this is software related.
Quickly after the release of Android Ice Cream Sandwich 4.0.3 and the push to AOSP, developers over at XDA have created an almost fully functional ROM for both versions of the Xoom. A few issues for both the WiFi and 3G/4G versions are apparent and they are as follows:
What is working: (That I can tell so far)
- All the basics
What is not working:
-3G/4G – baseband issue?
*Need binaries from Moto
There also seems to be an issue with some green coloring on the screen at times, but it appears that we are pretty close to seeing a fully functional Android 4.0.3 ROM for the Xoom.
So if you have a rooted Xoom and want to give this a try, you can hit the break below to download the files and get the instructions on how to do this. Those who want to try this I wish you good luck and let us know how it goes, although if you have 3G/4G I would hold off until those work. A big thanks to razorbladex401, xxspark89xx and XDA for developing these. Note: You need to use fastboot for the 3G/4G files.
If you are anything like me then I bet you were pretty excited when you got your Galaxy Nexus yesterday. I bet you were also excited that there was already an update out to fix bugs on your phone moments after you got it into your hands. Well if you were impressed with that, Google has even more awesome news for you. Google announced today an incremental increase from yesterday’s update bringing it to 4.0.3.
Some of the new APIs in Android 4.0.3 include:
- Social stream API in Contacts provider: Applications that use social stream data such as status updates and check-ins can now sync that data with each of the user’s contacts, providing items in a stream along with photos for each. This new API lets apps show users what the people they know are doing or saying, in addition to their photos and contact information.
- Calendar provider enhancements: Apps can now add color to events, for easier tracking, and new attendee types and states are now available.
- New camera enhancements: Apps can now check and manage video stabilization and use QVGA resolution profiles where needed.
- - Accessibility refinements: Improved content access for screen readers and new status and error reporting for text-to-speech engines.
- Incremental improvements in graphics, database, spell-checking, Bluetooth, and more.
So there we have it. Although I have no idea on when this update will come out, I know I will be checking my status update option constantly. If you do get the update let us know and tell us what you think.
[via Android Developers Blog]
More good news for those of you who managed to score the Galaxy Nexus on this Merry Nexus Day. Not even two hours after the Android 4.0.1 images were released for the Verizon Nexus, Google has decided to drop the 4.0.2 factory images on us as well. The build for ICS 4.0.2 is ICL53F and is the current build you’ll have after the phone updates shortly after activation. For those of you who are wanting to flash, mod and tweak your phone it is suggested that you tuck these away just in case. Check back and we should have an update on how to flash these to your phones should you botch a flash.
maguro/yakju download link
toro/mysid download link
Yesterday we posted an article concerning the discovery of alternative builds on GSM Galaxy Nexus Phones. Google’s own build for the Galaxy Nexus is named “yakju,” however some owners who were not receiving updates for their device discovered the problem lay in the fact that their phone sported a different fingerprint, “yakjuwx.” Android software engineer Jean-Baptise Queru, shed some light on the information, declaring that yakjuwx and yet another alternative build yakjusc are from Samsung, not Google. While the experience is largely the same between the versions, only Google’s yakju build is guranteed updates as they happen. Samsung will presumably distribute the updates to their modified build at unknown time intervals. Not having to wait on updates is one of the major draws of the Nexus brand, so it comes as no surprise that many, discovering they had the yakjuwx build, were a bit disappointed. Others, however, turned their gaze to the impending release of the Galaxy Nexus on Verizon. Would it be receiving updates through Google, Samsung, or shudder Verizon?
It appears that those of us waiting to purchase the Verizon version can all take a big sigh of relief today, as JBQ has chimed in once more on the situation. He writes,
After reviewing the situation, Google concluded that the only Galaxy Nexus that can be supported in AOSP are the ones that are originally sold with a “yakju” or “mysid” system.
yakju is one of the GSM/CDMA+ variants, while mysid is indeed the CDMA/LTE variant for VZW.
There you have it folks. Verizon Galaxy Nexus gets its updates through Google. Rest a little easier, until our next startling discovery…
[via Google Groups]
The Samsung Galaxy Nexus, a phone which should stand as the epitome of a pure Google Experience device, has been receiving a lot of flak lately for inclusion of bloatware and exclusion of Google Wallet, at least in the Verizon version. That being the case, many have resorted to obtaining a purer version elsewhere, purchasing the GSM counterpart for use on alternative networks. As it turns out the GSM version may have its fair share of problems as well, besides the volume bug. One of the key aspects of a Nexus device is the fact that it is updated before any other devices, and the updates come to you straight from Google immediately thereafter they release them. As expected, Google pushed out update 4.0.1 and people started receiving it without missing a beat, some people that is. A buzz began when select XDA community members realized they had failed to receive the 4.0.1 update. Many of them anything but new to Android took matters into their own hands and decided to flash the update to their devices manually using the Google provided update zip file. They subsequently found that they could not manually install either.
What’s going on here?
It’s a work in progress and a pleasure watching it in the making as ICS comes to the Droid Razr. The folks over at RootzWiki managed to successfully boot Ice Cream Sandwich on the device. They’ve dedicated this a whole thread to keeping you up to date in what’s working, what’s not working, all features, news, pics and videos of the port. And if you can get through a ton of heavy metal music and bad viewing angles, check out the video of the new OS on the Razr and don’t forget to let us know what you think of it.