The Omate TrueSmart smartwatch is unique in that it runs full Android and function on its own, unlike other smartwatches that require a smartphone. Because of that, it makes sense that the TrueSmart would be a little more desirable with the developer and enthusiast community. That’s especially true today, as an early build of TWRP has been released for the smartwatch to make it easier to flash ROMs and mods on the device.
Whenever a new smartphone or tablet is released, recoveries are built for it within weeks. That looks like it’s starting to be the case with other Android powered devices, including smartwatches, and I bet that’s going to be a trend we’ll see a lot of this year.
If you’re interested, you can check out the Google+ post below to download the recovery for the TrueSmart.
In case you were unaware, Nexus and Google Play Edition devices need to be rebooted after you unlock the bootloader. According to Android Police, changes have been made to the unlocking process and not rebooting would send your device into an infinite reboot into recovery. On the Nexus 4, Nexus 5, Nexus 7 (2013), LG G Pad 8.3 GPE, and Sony Xperia Z Ultra GPE, the bootloader is not wiping the device clean as it once did. Users should be rebooting prior to installing a custom recovery.
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As promised, Dan Rosenberg aka djrbliss on the XDA Developers forum released some additional details about his attempts to unlock the Samsung Galaxy S 4. Yesterday he posted a pic showing the unlocked bootloader that seemed to indicate he had recovery capabilities. He confirmed that in his latest post on the subject where he reports his work will allow custom kernels and recoveries.
Rosenberg also confirmed he had achieved the unlocking on an AT&T variant of the Galaxy S 4. However, he is not planning to release any details until Verizon starts to ship their version later this month. If you think you will be interested in unlocking your new Galaxy S 4 using Rosenberg’s tools, he does recommend that you not accept any OTA updates prior to his publishing his release despite the risk of missing out on security updates.
source: XDA Developers forum
Verizon has a tendency to lock down phones on their network, but fortunately, Big Red hasn’t been able to ruin the developer experience on the Droid DNA. Just to show its resilience, the Droid DNA has been added to the list of supported devices in Flash Image GUI. Flash Image GUI is a neat little app that lets you flash kernels and recoveries without rebooting to recovery. If you’re the kind of person who likes to flash something new on their phone a few times a week, this app is a huge time saver. But remember that anytime you flash new software on your device, it can be risky, so be sure to keep a reliable backup just in case things go awry. If you’re a Droid DNA owner who wants to give the app a go, hit the link below.
The day Droid RAZR HD and Maxx HD users have been waiting so anxiously for is finally upon us. A developer by the name of Hashcode has released what is known as a “Safestrap” application in the form of an installable .apk file, effectively allowing users to play around with the phone’s software without fear of bricking their device.
The new application gives users the ability to partition multiple sections of the handset’s internal storage in order to flash custom ROMs without affecting the firmware you use as your daily driver. Tinkerers will be excited to know that this is also the method by which you will use to flash a custom recovery, ultimately giving you complete control ofyour RAZR HD.
For more information and directions on how to perform the process, jump past the break.
If you’re an avid Android “rooter” and “ROM flasher,” then I’m sure the Nandroid backup feature that custom recoveries offer has been your best friend. It’s essential to perform a Nandroid backup before you wipe and flash your newly desired ROM in case something goes wrong and you need to restore your phone into a previously working state.
If you’re not familiar with how a traditional Nandroid backup works, you are required to turn the phone off and boot into the recovery to perform the procedure. A typical Nandroid backup takes about 4-6 minutes, thus your phone would be nonoperational for that period of time. An XDA developer by the name of ameer1234567890 found that troublesome as he would constantly miss important calls and texts from his family and took it upon himself in creating away to perform a Nandroid backup without having to boot into recovery. Online Nandroid Backup allows the user to perform a Nandroid backup without the need to turn your phone off, thus you won’t miss important calls or texts.
Using the program is actually fairly simple and easy to follow:
As awesome as it is slapping on that custom ROM to your device, the process of having to backup and restore your applications, while simultaneously getting your settings just right is simply put, a pain. But wait a minute, what if it were possible to flash your apps in recovery right after the ROM? Well friends, App2Zip allows users to save precious time and do just that. Developed by SCDevs, App2Zip takes users’ current applications and places them into a custom recovery-flashable update.zip file. Users can then flash the ROM update.zip and then simply flash their applications in the same recovery session. All users need to do is fire up the app, give it root permissions, and it will create an update.zip. Sounds simple enough, right?
While it does seem simple enough for all users, the app is not confirmed to work with all Android devices. In fact, SCDevs gives out the following disclaimer:
“App2zip is in very early stage, does NOT work on some devices, so please first of all make a test to see if it works for you (e.g. backup an app you don’t care much, uninstall it and restore back via CWM recovery). Use at your own risk”!
Naturally, you’ll want to test App2Zip on your device just to confirm if it will indeed work or not. If you’re feeling a little lucky and want to grab the app for yourself, hit the break to see the Play Store link and QR code. Read more
Good news from Koush of ClockworkMod fame… an alpha test build of ClockworkMod version 126.96.36.199 has been released that greatly speeds up device backups, and also reduces the file size of incremental backups to around 20MB.
For those who don’t know, ClockworkMod Recovery is a replacement for the stock recovery of any Android device. The recovery is basically a partition on the device’s memory that you can boot into and perform some basic functions, like a factory reset or a restore of the stock ROM. Besides that, stock recoveries don’t usually let you do much more.
ClockworkMod Recovery, however, allows you to perform several advanced recovery, restoration, installation and maintenance operations that aren’t usually possible with the stock recovery. It can be used used to help gain root access, back up device data, install custom ROMs and kernels, install themes, mods and more. ClockworkMod, built by Koushik Dutta, has been one of the most popular recovery replacements in the modding community.
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While Sprint owners can enjoy all that pure ICS goodness on the newly released Galaxy Nexus, they have yet additional reasons to be excited for the device: the arrivals of CM9 Nightly and ClockworkMod Recovery. The ClockworkMod Recovery, which is the gold standard in ROM management will be available in touch and classic flavors, while the CM9 Nightlies will offer up users daily dose of new Android 4.0 code. Keep in mind though that as exciting as the CM9 Nightlies release is for users, keep in mind the codes may not have been tested and do not have any changelogs, so owners of the Sprint Galaxy Nexus may encounter a significant bug or two (or three or four).
So you’ve seen enough and ready to get into some CM9 or ClockworkMod action? Great— make sure you hit the source link below for full details and the download links.
source: CyangenMod | ClockworkMod
via: Android Police