Factory Image Released by Google for HSPA+ Galaxy Nexus, ROM Flashers Everywhere Breathe Sigh of Relief

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Good news for you owners of the Galaxy Nexus. The Android Building Google Groups page put up an announcement stating that a complete factory image for your Galaxy Nexus has been released. This image includes the bootloader, baseband, and the rest of the system. As we all know, Google phones have always been easy to root and the Galaxy Nexus continues this tradition. This factory image will restore your phone back to its factory state should you mess it up. If you are interested you can un-archive the package and check out all of the files individually, however, there is a “flash-all” script that has been added so that flashing to the factory state is easy to do.

Jean-Baptiste M. Queru, Software Engineer for the Android Open-Source Project, was quoted to say:

“hopefully this’ll be useful to people flashing custom AOSP builds, as it provides a clean supported way to return to factory state.”

Those of you who are interested in flashing your phone, you can head to the link below the break to get your image. If you haven’t rooted your phone yet and are interested in doing so, you can go here. This is certainly good news for the Android community. What about you guys? Does this help you breathe a little bit easier? » Read the rest

Samsung Fascinate Gets “Alphalulz” Ice Cream Sandwich ROM

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The race is on, that is, to see how many different devices can we port ICS to in the least amount of time.  Next to make the ICS port list is the seemingly forgotten Samsung Fascinate.  The device was recently graced with the “Alphalulz” ICS build courtesy of the folks over at RootzWiki, primarily dev JT1134.  Working features include 3G call quality, WiFi functionality and the camera.  The build is definitely being touted as good enough to be your daily driver.  Want to give it a try?  Remember that you’re doing this at your own risk.  That being said, you can hit the source link for all of the download instructions.  Good luck and have fun with this.

[via RootzWiki]

 

 

Nexus S and Galaxy S Receive Early Build Of CyanogenMod 9

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We didn’t think it would take too long before the creators of CyanogenMod got………creative.  Since the Android 4.0 source code release, the team has been hard at work and now we’re seeing the blood sweat and tears begin to manifest into fruition. Early alpha builds of CyanogenMod9 for the Samsung Galaxy S and the Nexus S are surfacing and certainly showing some promise.  The build is doing well so far per Koushik Dutta, CM9′s initial developer.  He also states that as the build is performing well, it’s stable enough to become a “daily driver-type ROM”.  Video playback and MMS are experiencing some issues but otherwise it’s still a good build for Nexus S.

In regards to the Galaxy S, a beta version of CM9 made its way to the folks over at XDA and you can download it now to try.  The ROM is being touted as “functional” with the exception of some minor but important issues.  For instance, the Galaxy S version has been known to completely wipe users’ SD cards.  So keep in mind you’re attempting this at your own risk.  If you’re still interested in giving it a go, you can head on over to XDA via the source thread and try your luck.  Good luck and don’t forget to report back on how well the builds are working on your respective devices.

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HTC Releases Source Code For The Amaze, Rezound, Explorer And Desire S

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HTC, one of the hottest handset manufacturers in the word has just announced the availability of source code for several of its popular handsets.  Among these are the HTC Amaze, Rezound, Explorer and Desire S.  You now download the kernel source code by heading over to HTC’s Dev site.  Here’s to hoping the wide array of developers get on board and do what they do best which is checking out what’s under the hood, extracting some goodies and tidbits and of course, producing some awesome and useful custom ROMs for the masses.

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Koush Releases ICS Alpha Build For Nexus S, Now in ROM Manager [Courtesy of XDA]

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Have a Nexus S? Looking to get a taste of Ice Cream Sandwich? Well look no further. If you are wanting to get a taste of an early build of ICS check out Koush’s build available in the ROM manger. For those of you who don’t know, Koush is famous for the Clockwork Recovery mod  that allows the flashing of various ROMs and mods and for the ROM manager itself which makes the process entirely painless.  Let it be known that this is an Alpha build and everything isn’t working as it should be and that your Nexus S needs to be rooted. According to Koush:

“What doesn’t work:
Camcorder
Facebook account sync, missing apps from market. I am fairly sure this is a build fingerprint issue. Can probably be resolved by using the fingerprint of the Galaxy Nexus, etc. Will need to wipe between changing fingerprints.”

The GPS may not work but I will let you head over to XDA and read why that is. So for those of you who are chomping at the bit to get a taste of Ice Cream Sandwich, here is a chance by a more-than-reputable source. Just remember that it is an Alpha build and there may be some bugs or issues that have to be resolved. Hit the link below to download the zip file courtesy of Koush and XDA.

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Samsung Galaxy S II and LG Optimus 3D Already Receive ICS Port

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Its only been a few days since the ICS ROM dropped and you can bet ROM builders have been awake ever since trying to successfully complete a port. Some dudes have already managed to port rather slick looking builds onto their Galaxy S II and Optimus 3D. That did not take long at all!

Now don’t go getting all excited thinking that you can already throw one of these builds onto either your SGSII or O3D. The crafty gentlemen have yet to release instructions and the SGSII doesn’t even have the radio, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth working properly. As you can see in the picture above, the SGSII still shows ICS’ software buttons but plans are in the works to have them removed. Jump past the split to check out the videos showing the devices in action and rest assured knowing this could be on your own device soon enough.

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Root the Kindle Fire with SuperOneClick [Courtesy of XDA]

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With the Kindle Fire’s release, developers at XDA are wasting no time in getting the device rooted. Given the ability to enable sideloading, rooting is inevitable. Over at XDA there is a quick walk-through in setting up ADB on the Fire. Of course this can only be done after one is done installing the Android SDK. Once ADB is set up root is obtainable through the SuperOneClick application.

As of right now there are no custom roms available for the Fire but when they do come out, and they will, you will be one step closer to flashing a new rom. Given the Fire’s specs it will be interesting to see how developers can push this device to its full potential. For those of you who have a Kindle Fire and are wanting to root it, download the SuperOneClick Application here and hit the break for instructions on how to do so courtesy of developer death2all110 over at XDA.   » Read the rest

CyanogenMod Team Wasting No Time After Ice Cream Sandwich’s Source Code Was Released

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With the recent release of the precious Ice Cream Sandwich source code, the CyanogenMod team took off like dogs at the race once the gate’s are opened.  The team is hoping to get CyanogenMod9 up and running on some lucky Android device in about two months time.

..and we’re off. check back in 2 months :)  #cm9  #ics

The above quote was released on Cyanogen’s official Twitter account today and we can tell it sure got some folks speculating as to which device might be the first to get it and which are to follow.  Feel free to sound off in the comments below as to which device you’d like to see the OS gracefully hijack.  We’re looking forward to seeing what the team can do with this and which devices it can manage to pack the awesome OS into.  Stay tuned as you’ll be the first to know once they announce the “chosen one”.

[via Twitter]

Motorola Atrix 2 Gets Manual One Click Root Method [Courtesy of XDA]

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Already got yourself the new Atrix 2? Feeling a little bit superuser-ish? Your in luck then! XDA forum member, jimmy273, has posted some instructions on how to root the new Motorola device. Jimmy273, being the modest man he is, doesn’t take full credit for this feat and passes some credentials on to p3droid for creating this method. All Jim did was use p3droid’s Bionic root method and tried it on his Atrix 2 and had success.

To see all the gritty details hit the source link below. There you will find full instructions and files needed to gain superuser status. Be sure to read the instructions thoroughly and check out what other forum members had to say. Good luck and happy rooting!

[via XDA forums]

Nexus S Gets Unofficial Android 4.0 [Courtesy of XDA]

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If you are anything like me you must be getting excited to see ICS first hand, not only in person, but on your very own device. Not every one is going to be able to run out and purchase the new Galaxy Nexus and some can hardly wait for the official ICS update to roll-out for scheduled devices.

The peeps over at XDA have taken the wait away for you brave Nexus S owners who are willing to port an early unofficial build. The build is pretty close to the real thing but it is definitely not official. This build is based on an earlier version of ICS and some of the new Android 4.0 features are missing. There have been reports of minor issues ones that by no means make the device unusable: a few of the new icons are missing, NFC is a bust, the camera might have some glitches, and this build is sans facial recognition.

If you have a rooted device and are familiar with flashing ROM’s you may want to give this a whirl, if not I suggest just waiting it out a couple more weeks until Google pushes out the official release. Reports are saying that for an unofficial port it is super stable so if you’ve got a brass set and want to give it a try, hit the link below. Remember, anything YOU do to YOUR phone is at YOUR own risk!

[via XDA]