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CyanogenMod 9 RC2 Released for Various Devices

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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 vari

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Jelly Bean Alpha for the Sensation and Amaze 4G

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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 a. . . READ ON »

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Source-Built Jelly Bean for the Acer Iconia A100

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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 th. . . READ ON »

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Team Win Recovery Project Updated to 2.2

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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 pr. . . READ ON »

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Your Warranty is Not Void – XDA TV

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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 . . . READ ON »

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

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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. Wha. . . READ ON »

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Experimental Toolchains and Guide for Android Kernel Building

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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 wi

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Forum Added for the Acer Iconia A700

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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 scali. . . READ ON »

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TWRP 2.1 Touch Recovery Now Available for Aconia A100

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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, . . . READ ON »

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Team Win Recovery Project Updated to 2.1

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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 b. . . READ ON »

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

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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 c

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Vote for the Best Tablet of 2011!

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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! . . . READ ON »

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Lenovo Thinkpad Dump Available

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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 . . . READ ON »

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