Sometimes it sure doesn’t take long for the firmware of new devices to leak out, and seldom does it leak out before the device has even launched. That’s not the case here however, as the Samsung Galaxy S II firmware for Android 2.3.3 is now available for download at this location. The firmware build number is I9100OXXKDC, compiled on April 26th by SamFirmware, so it shouldn’t be long now before we start seeing some nice custom development handy work. Who knows, we may even have some of it available before the Galaxy S II launches in North America!
One of the greatest features, among so many of CyanogenMod 7, is the awesome themes engine. With all kinds of themes to choose from, CM7 packs it all. But what if you’re looking for a Honeycomb theme? better yet, what if you need a Honeycomb theme for your tablet device? Got that covered too.
XDA Member mad-murdock has put together a great theme based off Honeycomb and optimized for tablets. He’s taken the original Honeybread theme for CM7 on smartphones and customized the sizes of icons, widgets and the general UI to show nicely on a larger screen resolution. Also, if you’re the coding type, the source is available for anyone to work with as well.
Originally posted by mad-murdock
[CM7][Theme]HoneyBread Alpha 4 [TABLET TWEAKED]
After i developed the tablet tweaks, a lot of people started modifying framework and systemui to exchange the buttons instead of doing it with a theme. the way they were going just was bad by design. no fixes are included except those people repeat their work with every new nightly build. thats the reason we use theme engine by now. it works for all devices and all versions.
my initial complaints about modifying those files and my suggestion to use a theme were ignored – so i came to the point to do it myself.
all i did was adding honeycomb icons for the soft buttons to the already existing honeybread v4 theme
The theme is in Alpha stage, meaning some functionality may not work, but isn’t that the beauty of open source alpha releases anyway? Head on over here to grab this tablet theme.
Unfortunately, there are those people out looking to steal our personal information every chance they get. And they are always getting better at that as well. This cause applications to be questioned, scrutinized, and put to the test as to the quality of its security permissions. But this isn’t a a bad thing, it keeps these companies on their toes to make a quality product.
This is what has happened with Skype for Android. Android Police through creating their own app called Skypwned, has found some vulnerabilities in Skype for Android that can leave our precious devices open to attack. Hit the source for more on this issue…
Those who have been waiting for the Gingerbread updates to come to the Google Nexus One device won’t need to wait anymore, as HTC Developer Center posted the Nexus One Gingerbread system image code for download from their portal. Developers will no doubt grab this image and get right into customization, cause really, that’s the best thing about Android software, and although some manufacturers warn against customization, HTC seems to keep endorsing it.
Grab the latest system image from the source link below.
If you’ve got a Samsung Galaxy S (I9000) and you feel you may never see an update while you still breathe, you may breathe easy friends. At least in Europe anyway. The Samsung Galaxy S Euro style has just gotten an Android 2.3 Gingerbread ROM leaked and running as you’ll be able to see in the video below.
This official Gingerbread update will still need to come to those in North America by way through the carrier, but still, it gives hope to some who had none. If you choose not to wait however, make your way to the source link below at XDA-Developers to download with full instructions.
The LG Optimus 2X is a beast of a smartphone by anyone’s standards today. What typically happens with deadly phones like this however, is that the carrier or manufacturer decide to pre-load it with a bunch of apps they think will improve the overall use for the consumer. As this is a much larger subject as to why they should just leave the OS alone and let US decide what apps to install, the LG Optimus 2X will be launching with little more than stock Android 2.2, with an upgrade to Gingerbread right after launch. NICE!
That said, there’s always a need to put a little more than stock Android on your beastly device right? So, the LG Optmius 2X, also known as the T-Mobile G2X when they launch it, has gotten some custom coding courtesy of Paul from MoDaCo. Paul successfully built a custom recovery, kernel and custom ROM for the Optmius 2X, which means that when it launches, which we hope to be very soon, you’ll be able to bring it home and start loading it up with some CM7, or maybe a few other ROMs that may be available by the time this hits the market. Head on over to the xda source link below to stay up to date on the developments available for the Optimus 2X.
For anyone that’s been missing the BLN (backlight notifications) from the Google Nexus One on the new Nexus S, there’s a nice little custom kernel now available that will light up your softkeys instead. This comes from the development community at XDA. Here’s video proof.
If you’d like to give it a try, you can download it here. Also, there’s been some users who have not been able to get it working on their devices, so if you try it and it doesn’t work out, let them know by commenting on the thread link below.
All those who have been waiting to get their itchy fingers on the kernel source code from HTC for the following devices need wait no more. As you can see above, HTC posted the kernels on their Developer Center site for download for;
HTC Incredible S – 2.6.35
T-Mobile myTouch 3G Slide – Froyo MR – 2.6.32
HTC Wildfire – Froyo MR – 2.6.32
Grab a Red Bull and head on over to the source link below to begin your customizing weekend just a couple days early.
many have been toiling over the ability/inability to keep their Motorola devices unlocked via bootloaders, especially after the Xoom came out this year. Now, some of the keys necessary to unlock Motorola devices have made their way online via Twitter. With these, its said that developers will now be able to create completely custom signed .sbf files, thus making them available to be flashed from the encrypted bootloader found on many Motorola devices.
We should start seeing some cool and interesting things come about now that these are available, so if you’d like to keep track, hit the source links below or keep with us as we like talking about this stuff anyway.
Don’t like that tired old weather widget that came built into your Samsung Galaxy S? Miss the nice weather widget you had on your old HTC, but haven’t found one that looks as good as it does work for your area? Then maybe the custom Miui Weather app from xda member scott951 could be the one to install for you.
The widget comes with great animations, as well as support for most of the US and Europe. You’ll want to check by doing a search for your specific are’s apk file. If you like what you see above and want to check it out for yourself, you can download a working flashable zip on post number 140 at the thread here.