CyanogenMod 9 RC2 Released for Various Devices

While the XDA Portal has seemingly been Jelly Bean, Jelly Bean, JELLY BEAN as of late, there is still much development work to be done on finalizing and perfecting builds based on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. After all, many would rather have a bullet-proof daily driver than an admittedly awesome preview build, which could potentially be a bit buggy.

As such, the CyanogenMod team has now released CyanogenMod 9 Release Candidate 2. Users can expect RC2 to be quite stable. It also adds support for new devices. As described on the CyanogenMod blog:

This release serves to stabilize CM9 as a product that you’d let your mom use, as well as add support for the following devices:

* Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 (all variants)
* Samsung Galaxy SII on AT&T – Skyrocket
* Samsung Galaxy SII on T-Mobile – Hercules
* Samsung Galaxy Note on AT&T
* Samsung Galaxy SIII – i9300 (International GSM model)

In addition to the new devices, those which were previously supported in earlier CM9 builds retain official support. Currently supported devices, courtesy of a discussion thread created by XDA Forum Member safariking are:

Cyanogenmod 9 RC2 Supported the following devices

– P3113 (Galaxy Tab 2 7”)
– P3110 (Galaxy Tab 2 7″)
– I9300 (GalaxyS3)
– quincyatt (T-Mobile Blaze 4G) [Ed: this is actually the AT&T Galaxy Note]
– Skyrocket (Galaxy S2 LTE ATT)
– Hercules (Galaxy S2 T-mobile)
– Zeusc (SE Xperia Play CDMA-R800x)
– Zeus (SE Xperia Play -R800i)
– Wingray (Motorola Xoom WIFI)
– Urushi (SE XperiaRay-ST18i)
– Toroplus (Galaxy Nexus Sprint)
– Toro (Galaxy Nexus VZW)
– TF300T (Asus Transformer Pad)
– TF201 (ASUS EeePad Transformer Prime)
– TF101 (ASUS EeePad Transformer)
– Smultron (SE XperiaMini-ST15i)
– satsuma (SE XperiaActive-ST17i)
– p930 (LG Nitro HD / Optimus LTE)
– pyramid (HTC Sensation)
– N7000 (Galaxy Note INTL)
– Mango (SE XperiaMiniPro-SK17i)
– Maguro (Google Galaxy Nexus GSM)
– iyokan (SE XperiaPro-MK16i)
– I777 (Galaxy S2 ATT)
– I9100G (Galaxy S2 G)
– Hallon (SE XperiaNeo-MT15i)
– Haida (Haida)
– GalaxySMTD (Galaxy S)
– GalaxySBMTD (Galaxy S B)
– galaxyS2 (Galaxy S2)
– EpicMTD (Epic 4G)
– E937 (Lg My-Touch)
– E730 Lg Optimus Soul)
– Crespo (Google Nexus S)
– Crespo4G (Google Nexus S 4G)
– CaptivateMTD (Samsung Captivate)
– Coconut (SE LiveWithWalkman-WT19i)
– Anzu (SE XperiaArc-LT15i)
– P5113 (Galaxy tab 2 WIFI 10.1″)
– P5110 (Galaxy tab 2 3G 10.1″)

Interested in getting in on some RC2 action? If so, head over to the safariking’s discussion thread and head over to the CyanogenMod Mirror Network. Be sure to also check out the CyanogenMod blog for more details and CM-related announcements.

Jelly Bean Alpha for the Sensation and Amaze 4G

The march of Jelly Bean 2012 is in full swing. In the last week, we brought you Jelly Bean-related news on such devices as the ASUS Transformer TF300T, the Acer Iconia A100 and A500, and an XDA Developer TV roundup. The pace is truly awesome. The latest devices to the latest and greatest version of Android are a couple of T-Mobile HTC devices—the HTC Sensation and the HTC Amaze 4G.

XDA Forum Member sahil_lombar with the help of others, brings Jelly Bean AOSP to the Sensation. HTC Amaze users get the goods thanks to XDA Recognized Developer sportsstar89, who actually brought AOSP in the form of CyanogenMod 10. Both ROMs are alpha releases, which means there’s a pretty decent list of things working and not working. For now, things not working on the Sensation include:

Radio
Wifi
Audio
Google Now
Camera
Light Sensors
Button and Notification lights
and many other things

And for the HTC Amaze:

* Wi-Fi (Got borked again)
* GPS
* GSM
* Camera

The developers for both ROMs are working to get the issues resolved, so users only need to have patience until the work is completed. While both ROMs are stable enough to play with, neither one is ready to be used a daily driver just yet. Until then, though, sit back and enjoy the development.

For full feature lists and more details, users can either head to the HTC Sensation JB thread or the HTC Amaze 4G JB thread.

Source-Built Jelly Bean for the Acer Iconia A100

As the proverbial wave of Jelly Bean crashes against the shores of XDA, more devices are popping up with AOSP builds seemingly every day. We brought you news of the Acer Iconia A500 getting the first JB AOSP ROM which was released mere hours after the source was released. Now, the older sibling of the A500, the Acer Iconia A100 receives a piece of Jelly Bean ASOP goodness as well.

The initial builds of Jelly Bean for the A100 were actually SDK ports from the A500. After source was released, XDA Senior Member pio_masaki, with the help of some others, have made the switch over to source-built, and the A100 is well on its way to having stable Jelly Bean. When the initial port was released, it was pretty rough with a lot of things not working. In a few short days, however, the ROM has gained a lot of stability. Currently, the only things not working are:

Camera
Gallery
Sound (kind of)

Since tablet users don’t typically use their cameras, that makes this ROM pretty solid for anyone who wants to use it as a daily driver for the time being. Rest assured, though, that the bugs will likely get fixed, so expect this to be a perfectly solid build in the near future.

To learn more, go to the original thread.

Team Win Recovery Project Updated to 2.2

Just about three months ago, we brought you news that the Team Win Recovery Project had received a massive update to version 2.1. April’s release largely heralded the start of a new age in recoveries—where one would no longer have to deal with cumbersome menus, instead interacting with a very user-friendly GUI.

It wasn’t simply about the GUI either. In addition to bringing an unrivaled level of UI polish, TWRP 2.1 offered users many advanced features such as update.zip queuing, a basic file manager, and dual storage support for Nandroid backups. Additionally, TWRP added support for the open source scripting engine OpenRecoveryScript, which works in conjunction with the previously covered GooManager.

How do you follow up something as revolutionary as TWRP 2.1? With TWRP 2.2, of course. That’s how! The new release builds on the previous offering by delivering many recovery “firsts.” For starters, this is the first recovery to feature on on-screen keyboard. Why would you want such a thing? How about naming and renaming Nandroid backups! TWRP 2.2 is also the only recovery to split extremely large backups, allowing users to backup and restore /data partitions larger than the 2 GB FAT32 file size limit.

In the words of XDA Recognized Developer Dees_Troy:

– On-screen keyboard in recovery! — supports long press, backspace repeat, and swipe left deletes everything left of the cursor
– Name new backups and rename existing backups
– Rename files and folders in the file manager
– Pseudo-terminal emulator
– Support decrypting an encrypted data partition on Galaxy Nexus (enter password using keyboard)
– Backup archive splitting — allows backup and restore of data partitions larger than 2GB
– Simplified XML layout support between resolutions
– Added dual storage selection radio buttons to zip install, backup, and restore pages
– Improved zip install compatibility
– Updated update-binary source code
– Numerous small bug fixes and improvements

Eager to get started? I know I am. Head to the links below to obtain the appropriate version for your device:

Your Warranty is Not Void – XDA TV

XDA-Developers is a site dedicated to phone development and customization. Sometimes carriers and device manufactures lock down their devices. Sometimes this is done to cover devious practices. Other times, it’s done to try and ensure that you will buy the next device they release. Why would anyone buy the Galaxy S III when they can put Ice Cream Sandwich on their Galaxy S II?

Here at XDA we port things to other things, and we create new things. Our developers figure out ways to get the lastest Android on older devices and the latest features on all devices. Currently to do this, you have to root your device. Some people—even some manufacturers—think that rooting your device violates your warranty. XDA Elite Recognized Developer  AdamOutler talks your the freedom to root your device in the United State of America. This right is granted with any full warranty with a device. Check out this video to understand your rights.

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This Week in Development: More Jelly Bean Ports and Helping Devs with Logcat – XDA TV

With I/O 2012 having come and gone, a lot of exciting news has appeared on the XDA Portal. If you missed it, there is no need to fear. This Week in Development, Jordan talks about the articles on the XDA Portal that you may have missed. Some of the stories mentioned are the log cat article and Google Ears being available for any Ice Cream Sandwich ROM. Jordan reminds you to check out XDA Elite Recognized Developer AdamOutler‘s XDA TV Google I/O 2012 Developer Review.

Jordan then spends some more time talking about the latest news from the developments from Google I/O 2012. Jordan mentions the Day two and three Recap. In Jelly Bean news, the OS has been ported to the CDMA Galaxy Nexus and the Acer Iconia A500. What are you waiting for? Check this video out!

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Experimental Toolchains and Guide for Android Kernel Building

We here on XDA love innovation and development. We especially love it when one of our members decides to push development on the Android mobile platform further. XDA Recognized Developer ezterry has done just.

The developer has not only created detailed, cross-platform guides on setting up a development environment in Linux, Windows, and MacOSX; but he also provided the latest experimental toolchains for compiling, not normally found when downloading pre-compiled packages directly from Google.

When I asked him about the benefits of this newer toolchain his response was this:

The newer compiler ought to generate more efficient code from the same original C source. This means hopefully a kernel built with these versions of the toolchain will run faster, allowing kernel tasks to complete sooner, and with luck allow more CPU to go to your applications and games when your system is under load, and spend more time sleeping when your system isn’t under load.

He also went on to explain why someone creating a new environment should use his packages rather than the normal pre-built ones:

The cygwin toolchains are more infrequently built, and both that and the Linux one matches, thus other users can participate on the same kernel from the two different computer OS’s.

These are compiled in the same manner as the toolchains Google includes pre-built. Thus we are more assured the compiler knows about Android conventions when they differ from other ARM Linux builds. Ezterry also explained that not only did he go through all of this work to develop a better kernel for the Acer Iconia A500 Tab, but:

…to provide building instructions to both developers that are running on Linux boxes (as nearly all developers building from source are today) as well as allowing Windows developers with Cygwin installed to be able to build the kernel, and hopefully start introducing themselves to the kernel and using git on the systems they are more used to.

The guides are quite detailed, but if you feel ready for it, head on over to the original thread and get your development on.

Forum Added for the Acer Iconia A700

While many Android tablet fans have been salivating for the upcoming Asus Transformer Infinity and its high resolution 1920 x 1200 display, the Infinity is not the only game in town when it comes to full HD Android tablets. Acer recently announced the upcoming Iconia Tab A700, which will be the successor to the popular and wallet-friendly Iconia Tab A500.

Powered by a 1.3 GHz quad-core Nvidia Tegra 3 processor, and backed by a gig of ram and 32 gigs of internal storage, the Iconia A700 is no slouch. The device also features a 36.26 Wh battery, and tips the scales at 1.47 lbs. However, its defining trait will surely be its 10.1″ 1920 x 1200 display, which will allow users to watch full HD content without any scaling whatsoever. The device is slated to ship by the end of the month, and just like its predecessor, it’s reasonably priced at just  $449.

Can’t wait to get your hands on one? Join in on the discussion in the newly created forum.

TWRP 2.1 Touch Recovery Now Available for Aconia A100

With Team Win updating their new recovery to include a touch interface and new features to what has been dubbed TWRP 2, developers for devices that weren’t initially supported have been working on making the new touch recovery a part of their device’s repertoire. While most haven’t received the touch enabled awesomeness just yet, those carrying the Acer Iconia A100 have, and they can flash it immediately.

XDA Senior Member ZeroNull has ported the now popular touch recovery to the Iconia A100, which makes it the second Iconia tablet to receive the touch recovery after its cousin, the A500. The recovery, which is actually based on the A500 version, is relatively easy to install. However, users do have to be running certain firmware first. Says ZeroNull:

Before anything make sure you have the latest ICS leak C/O Vache, Root, and Unlocked Bootloader.

So if you don’t fulfill those requirements, you should steer clear of this for right now, as it’ll probably won’t work. For those who meet the prerequisites, the installation instructions are a cakewalk. Simply download the included package, unzip and run the install.bat executable file on a Windows PC, and wait for everything to settle down. Once it does, you’ll have TWRP 2 on your A100.

For additional info, the full instructions, download links and more, hit up the original thread. Touch enabled recovery for the win.

Team Win Recovery Project Updated to 2.1

We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again: touch-based recoveries are the future. Aside from giving end users easier access to device firmware modification, they add a much needed element of polish to the Android hacking experience. While some may say that these upgrade recoveries take away from the feelings of thrill and excitement, I argue that they offer a more efficient interface and enable some truly unique new features not available in the recoveries of yesteryear.

In a rather large update to what is arguably the most popular touch-based recovery around, XDA Recognized Developer Dees_Troy presents to us Team Win Recovery Project (TWRP, for short) version 2.1. Aside from simply bringing a friendly UI, TWRP 2.1 packs a healthy feature punch by offering zip queuing, a basic file manager, and dual storage support for backups.

TWRP supports scripting via a new scripting engine called OpenRecoveryScript for use with GooManager. With ORS, users can install multiple update.zip files from within Android, wipe cache & dalvik, and run a backup. Furthermore, in the name of openness, Team Win has submitted ORS as a commit to ClockworkMod.

In the words of the developer:

Team Win Recovery Project 2.0, or twrp2 for short, is a custom recovery built with ease of use and customization in mind. We started from the ground up by taking AOSP recovery and loading it with the standard recovery options, then added a lot of our own features. It’s a fully touch driven user interface – no more volume rocker or power buttons to mash. The GUI is also fully XML driven and completely theme-able. You can change just about every aspect of the look and feel.

New features for version 2 of the recovery software:

Zip queuing as seen in TWRP 1.1.x is back
Dual storage capable (backup, restore, and install zips from internal or external storage – you choose)
Slider control (swipe to confirm most actions aka swipe to wipe)
Lockscreen (with slider to unlock)
Basic file manager (copy, move, delete, and chmod any file)
Added support for devices with /data/media (most Honeycomb tablets, new ICS devices like Galaxy Nexus)
Displays sizes of each partition in the backup menu
Added listbox GUI element (currently used for listing time zones)
Updated stock XML layouts to be more consistent and easier to port to different resolutions
XML layout files are significantly smaller
Partitions available backup are more accurate for some devices
Removed unneeded error messages (/misc errors, unable to stat sd-ext, etc.)
Fixed a bug with blkid detection code
Fixed bug where a blank line was inserted between every line of text during zip installs
Fixed a bug during zip installs where an invalid zip would cause TWRP to get stuck in the zip install
Added setting for themers to toggle simulation mode to make theming easier
New devices added – Galaxy Nexus GSM & CDMA (preview only, manual install), Acer Iconia Tab A500, HTC Vivid, Motorola Defy
Added support for .jpg images in the theme engine
Changed images for stock tablet theme – makes tablet builds about 500KB smaller
Removed unneeded non-GUI images from GUI – makes all builds about 100KB smaller

If you’re itching to get started, please visit the development threads listed below. If instead you are looking to theme the recovery, visit their theming guide.

Build.prop Mod for Acer Iconia Tab A100 Adds Market Compatibility and Performance Tweaks

The Acer Iconia Tab A100 may have been superseded by the newer Acer Iconia A500, but thanks to the works of developers like crossix the aging tablet isn’t on its last legs just yet.

If you happen to own an Iconia Tab A100 and want to try this mod, it’s highly recommended by crossix that you back up your original in case anything goes wrong, but otherwise the mod is pretty powerful and simple to use. It is a list of changes that the user can to the build.prop in order to improve performance and functionality. Crossix explains:

Your build.prop file contains a lot of information about your tab. Things like what model, version of android, manufacturer and other info can be found within, but it also can control certain aspects such as display density, wifi scan time and other misc tweaks that improve overall smoothness.

The mods are all changes made to the single file, so there’s no need to flash or adb push anything. Simply grab the modified build.prop, place it where your current build.prop is and you’re done. Changes made range anywhere from the name of the device to the Iconia A500 so you can get apps in the Market intended for only the A500 to a range of tweaks to improve system performance.

For a list of all the changes made, the download link to the modded build.prop and additional disclaimers you can find all that and more in the original thread.

Vote for the Best Tablet of 2011!

Previously we asked you what you thought the best phone of 2011 was. Now, it’s time to move to tablets. In 2011, we saw a huge wave of Android 3.0 Honeycomb tablets with dual-core CPUs, plenty of RAM, and even some with 4G connectivity. Click on to vote for your favorite tablet of 2011! (more…)

Lenovo Thinkpad Dump Available

Every time a new device comes out, we tend to either want to get it or what is included with it. Since most of us are cash strapped and cannot spend $400 – $700 dollars per device each time one comes out, we are only left with the option of trying to get what we currently have to look and behave in the same way as the original thing. For this purpose, you normally will need dumps of systems such as the one that surfaced in the Acer Iconia A500 forums for the Lenovo Thinkpad. XDA member triebstahl has posted a link to the dump in the hopes that someone would grab it and strip it of all the goodies that Lenovo packed on the upcoming tab. Whether a whole port will be required to get the UI going on other devices or not is still not clear. However, if the launcher is a stand alone like Ex GoLauncher, there should be no need for a complicated port.

Having said that, if you have the required porting skills, please be sure to pop in, grab the image and have fun while getting it to boot in other tabs.

some nice apps reinstalled and a great favorit launcher

You can find more information in the original thread.

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