CyanogenMod 7 (CM7) – A ROM for every Android phone

I would like to start off by saying this: This is not even a final release. It’s only the first release candidate and I still plan on using it for my daily driver. It’s that good. Now, on to the clearly unbiased review/explanation.

The great thing about CM is that it’s not phone specific. If your phone is supported (and there are a lot of them) it will run on your phone the exact same way it will run on mine. Also, even if your device isn’t supported, you have a very good chance someone from XDA has already ported it for you. So unlike several of the other ROMs I’ve reviewed on here, this isn’t specific for the Evo. If you want to see if your device is compatible, check out their website:

Continue to read the reviews below.

Enable USB host mode on the Motorola XOOM

So you have a Motorola XOOM and you need more then the 32GB of on board storage. You could use the SD card slot, but that is not enabled yet. What do you do? If you have rooted your XOOM you can enable USB hosting which will give you the ability to hook up a flash drive or use a USB keyboard.

Your XOOM must be rooted If you have not rooted your XOOM yet, you can follow the directions here.

You will also need an OTG Cable.

Instructions as from the source:

Very similar to rooting the device. Extract the img file from the ZIP above, and place it in the same folder as your adb and fastboot binaries. Then, run this:

  • adb reboot bootloader – (reboots into the bootloader)
  • fastboot flash boot rootboot.usbdisk.img – (which loads the new boot.img onto the system)
  • fastboot reboot– (Reboots the device)

Lastly — using adb or root explorer, you need to alter your /etc/vold.fstab by adding this line to it: dev_mount usbdisk /mnt/usbdisk auto /devices/platform/tegra-ehci

This tells VOLD where to mount the device, when it’s plugged in. After the change, you need to reboot. The altered boot.img adds a folder called /usbdisk, so that way if you connect a USB thumb drive using the cable I linked to above, it will automount the thumb drive and you can access files. I tested this with an HP 125W FAT32 8GB thumb drive, and it worked without an issue. The only caveat I can think of is that YMMV on thumb drives – some might require more power than the Xoom can supply.

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Unroot and re-lock your Motorola Xoom – find out how

So bad here we told you about rooting the Motorola Xoom, then found out it may not be a great idea based on how Motorola may deal with your warranty and upgrade status to 4G. Now that we know the Flash 10.2 update is here, it was announced that rooted or unlocked Xooms would need to be rolled back and relocked or unrooted to get the update installed properly. Like we’re surprised there right?

How do you go about that? Well, someone detailed some fine instructions for everyone to follow, just in case.

Note: This will wipe your Xoom

  1. You’re going to need to have the Android SDK installed. You can download it here.
  2. Download the official HRI39 build from Motorola here.
  3. Unzip the files in and move or copy them to the /platform-tools folder in your SDK folder.
  4. Connect your Xoom to your computer.
  5. Type adb reboot bootloader. Wait for it to reboot into the bootloader.
  6. Type the following commands, waiting for each to finish before continuing:
  • fastboot flash boot boot.img
  • fastboot flash system system.img
  • fastboot flash recovery recovery.img
  • fastboot flash userdata userdata.img
  • fastboot erase cache

You’ve now successfully flashed your Xoom back to stock. Now it’s time to relock the device.

[via Android Central Forum]

Return your Nook Color to stock

The Nook Color has become a popular tablet as well as an e-reader. You may need to get it back to stock if you are experiencing any of these issues:

  • can’t download market apps
  • getting “server error” when trying to get into android market
  • tried the youtube “my channel” trick
  • tried the google talk login trick
  • can’t update to stock 1.1.0 from 1.0.1 no matter what you try. the “” just won’t take!
  • pre-rooted 1.1.0 doesn’t help me
  • attempted custom ROMs/hacking caused errors

If one of the above is an issue or for whatever reason you can return your device back to the stock kernel in just 5 easy steps.  The instructions are straight forward, and you can find them courtesy of our good friends at Android Central via the source link. You can then proceed to re-root it if you want.

[via androidcentral]

ACE ROM available for the Sprint Epic 4G


Here’s another ROM out for Android devices, and this time it’s for the Sprint Epic 4G. No doubt because people who have the means are just tired of everyone having to wait for the carriers and manufacturers to get together and put out some updates for us all. Thankfully, AC Forum member Paul627g doesn’t feel like being the patient type, so he’s put out the ACE ROM for the Sprint Epic 4G.

In doing so, this ROM has a long list of tweaks including a deodexed system, all the Samsung bloat-ware removed and a full ext4 compliance. So if you own a Sprint Epic 4G, and don’t feel like waiting for an update, or just feel like getting rid of ‘Car Home’ from your app list, check out the forum here.

[via Android Central]

HTC Desire HD gets Gingerbread and HTC Sense 2.1 via leaked ROM

The latest Android device to get some Gingerbread lovin’ is the HTC Desire HD, via a ROM that leaked previously but it now being updated by the folks over at XDA Developers. The screenshot above is showing the base leaked version, however.

If you have an HTC Desire HD and want to try Gingerbread out and HTC Sense 2.1 interface, be sure to click the source link at the end of the article. But keep in mind that these are test builds and as such, they will be buggy. But if you do try out this ROM, please leave a comment and let us know how you’re liking it!

Also, hit the break to see a couple screenshots!

[via XDA Developers]

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HTC Evo Shift 4G has ROM Manager and ClockworkMod Recovery available

The HTC Evo Shift 4G now has support for ROM Manager and ClockworkMod Recovery, if you’re the hacking type. There were some concerns over recovery being able to backup Sprint’s WiMax keys. but that seems to have been resolved now, which was the only thing left stopping the process from installing correctly.

You’ll need to be sure your Evo Shift is rooted first, and then the easiest way to get it going is to use the ROM Manager, which you can get here as well. The ClockworkMod Recovery version for the Evo Shift is listed as version, and you can download it manually from this location, just look for “Evo Shift” in the download list.

[via XDA-Developers]

Unlock your Samsung Galaxy S 4G


If you got yourself a Samsung Galaxy S 4G, you no doubt are loving the 4G speeds. But what if you’re curious on what the other networks are like with that Galaxy S of yours? You’re in luck as XDA Member sanfranx415 has found the unlock code buried deep within the Galaxy S 4G.

After you give yourself root access to your device, you’ll also need to grab a hex editor to be able to get your device operating on another network. The file that contains the code is called “bml3.bak”. Once you have that file, you’ll need to do a hex search for an 8 digit code, which is the Network unlock Control key. Once that’s changed, you’re laughing.

For details and full instructions, hit this thread. Also, hack cautiously.

[via XDA-Developers]

HTC Inspire 4G gets overclock treatment, screaming at 1.8GHz?

Overclocking: it’s the magical word around the mobile-sphere nowadays, and it looks like the HTC Inspire 4G isn’t immune to the speed demon’s charm. In following the trend set forth by the Xoom, which recently got overclocked to similar speeds, a member of XDA Forums is now claiming he’s brought some “liquid quick” to one of HTC’s latest.

While there isn’t yet a whole lot of confirming or denying, it’s certainly exciting for current users, as well as those looking to get the device. All we know as of right now is that the hack is only compatible with CyanogenMod 7.

Be sure to hit the source link for the full thread, and let us know what you think in the comments!

[xda via phandroid]

Nook Color Gets Modified To Become An In-Dash System (Video)

Just when you thought the list of things a rooted Nook Color could do was coming to a close, think again.  We’ve seen the Nook initially get rooted, sport custom ROM’s over clocking it, rock Honeycomb 3.0 and now some dedicated and determined modder was able to build his own car mount for the Nook after rooting it.  Take a look at the video below of the rooted in-dash goodness, courtesy of ebay member juicedigital.  And don’t forget to let us know what you think in the comments below.

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