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LG G2x Gets CM10-Based ROM, Pure AOSP 4.1.2 ROM Compiled for HTC One X+
While the momentum on Android 4.1 has slowed and focus has shifted to Android 4.2, it hasn’t stopped developers from bringing it to devices that didn’t have it before. Even if the device already has ICS or Jelly Bean, many users prefer the vanilla flavor of Android. If it doesn’t, then it’s a welcome update they’d probably never get otherwise. Two new devices have gotten AOSP Android 4.1 recently: the T-Mobile LG G2x and the HTC One X+.
XDA Forum Member adampk provided the release for the G2x. It’s based on CM10 and It’s pretty stable. Most of the major issues have been solved such as camera, hardware acceleration, and WiFi. However, there are still some issues being worked on, including RIL and battery indicator. It’s had several updates, and users haven’t reported much else wrong other than what’s listed. However, the big news is that adampk won’t be releasing any more CM10-based updates. Starting with the next update, the ROM will be based on CM10.1. This is great news for G2x users who don’t want to be left behind. It may bring some new issues, but at least it’ll be fully up to date.
XDA Recognized Contributor and Developer Lloir has released a pure AOSP ROM for the HTC One X+. This is actually a very simple ROM because it doesn’t have any influences of other AOSP-based ROMs. How basic does Lloir make this ROM? It doesn’t have any add-ons whatsoever. This even includes Superuser. If you want root, or any other mod, you have to add it before you flash it. Currently, the only thing not working is Bluetooth with headsets, so this is actually a pretty stable release for One X+ owners.
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