Anyone with on XDA will have undoubtedly gone through quite a few different ROMs in their respective devices. More often than not, this is partially due to us never being completely happy with a single one. It could be because the theme doesn’t necessarily appeal to us, or maybe a you need to use a ROM due to a certain feature, such as EPST on Sense ROMs. For this purpose, there is always the option of dual booting (assuming that your device can do it) What if you could just switch back and forth ROMs easily on your Xperia Play? Lets say that you are torn between rooted stock and AOSP but you really cannot make up your mind on which one to use daily. Well, thanks to the efforts of XDA member KeiranFTW, you now have the ability to switch between two ROMs at your leisure. The dev has prepared a specialty kernel that will allow the device to have the option to dual boot from SD card.
The installation process is neatly laid out for anyone who can read and understand ADB commands, so missing out a step is really not an option unless you are not paying attention. As an added bonus, it seems that the EXT2 image that must be used after partitioning the SD card will give your device a nice I/O boost, which can be seen in Quadrant scores. All files, instructions, and requirements are in the OP, so please read it carefully.
If you have any feedback or suggestions for the dev, please make sure that you leave them on the thread.
How to dualboot:
What you will need:
An SD Card
7zip or alternative(Archive manager on linux is good)
Notepad++(gedit is good)
You can find more information in the kernel thread.
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Thanks Leraeniesh for the tip!
February 22, 2012 By: egzthunder1
For many of us, having notifications on the top bar is an ultimate necessity for today’s Android. You can learn about things that go on in the background that may be automated such as Market updates to some apps, and other useful things such as getting notifications about e-mails, text, messages, missed calls, etc. However, there comes a point during your day where having 10 small icons on your top bar can become a bit of an eyesore. Among these notifications, you may have a few that you may want to keep handy as you intend attending to them at a later time but don’t want to go through each and every app to get rid of these notifications.
If this sounds like your case, then you will be happy to see what XDA member gruesomewolf has in stock for you. Slide to Clear will allow you to get rid of individual notifications in a flash by simply holding them and sliding them to the side of your screen. Something worth noting is that the mod itself is not compatible or included with other Tweak sets such as Leedroid (a compatible version can be found in the second post).
Installation is simple, just flash the provided zip through Recovery. However, if you have doubts or feedback, please let the dev know.
This mod will add Slide to Clear Notifications to your status bar. Anyone who has ran CM knows what Im talking about, for those that dont I have a little video.
You can find more information in the original thread.
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February 8, 2012 By: Haroon Q. Raja
While it may not be Ice Cream Sandwich just yet, Motorola has released an official OTA update for the Atrix 2 that updates the OS to Android 2.3.6 Gingerbread and brings several improvements and bug fixes to this popular dual-core device.
The update includes:
As of now, a direct rooting method for this version isn’t available so by flashing it directly, you will lose root and will not be able to gain root till a method is churned out by the developers. However, there is a way to retain root when updating to 2.3.6 if you are already on rooted 2.3.5. The instructions for that can be found in this forum thread.
February 7, 2012 By: Ian Stacy
Every time we publish a story about the mods and developments on the Nook Color, it makes me seriously wonder if the Barnes and Noble people knew what was possible with the little ebook reader they were selling.
XDA Senior Member racks11479 has updated his multi-boot images for the Barnes and Noble Nook Color to include an SD image with both Gingerbread and Ice Cream Sandwich. Since the ICS build is semi-unstable and he still needed access to Gingerbread, racks11479 created this dual boot image for use on an SD card rather than the internal eMMC.
Following the SD versions release he put together a flashable version for the adventurous. Building the SD card requires the use of a partition manager and an image burner, but that’s a small price to pay to protect your devices precious eMMC.
If you decide to flash to your internal memory then, as usual, you take your devices future into your own hands. Check out the thread here to try it yourself and be sure to thank racks11479 for another great contribution to the Nook Color world!
The Samsung Galaxy Note will start hitting AT&T shelves on February 19th! Pricing looks like it will be $300 US with a two year contract, which sounds more like a phone coming to Verizon Wireless sadly. Different to the Euro black model, US market will get it on two color options: Ceramic white and Carbon blue. Like all of the other Galaxy phones, the US model has four control keys below the display instead of the two touch keys and the physical home button on the international model. The insides are also different, equipped with a 1.5GHz, dual-core Qualcomm MSM8660 Snapdragon processor instead of the Exynos processor in the international version.
The Note comes with a lot of accessories including:
Protective Flip Cover Case
Pen Holder Kit
Initially will come with Android 2.3.3, but here’s hoping the update to Ice Cream Sandwich comes at the same time as the international version.
I got the chance to play with the Euro version and the size didn’t feel as big as you might think, the over all speed is impressive, but I think the one thing Samsung improve is the external build quality.
What do you think of it?
In our bleeding edge world, many of the articles and updates that we talk about relate to the latest or upcoming version of a piece of software. Sometimes it is easy to forget that the standard is still Android 2.3. Since most Gingerbread based smartphones come equipped with 3G, it makes sense that they would be capable of SIP calling.
Unfortunately, many carriers and custom ROM builders do not integrate this feature natively into their builds. XDA User sevet decided to do something about that.
With a little ingenuity, sevet was able to enable 3G Sip calling to appear native within the ROM, allowing the user forgo third-party applications. The process is fairly straightforward, however, please keep in mind that this modification is for developers and advanced users, so please be careful! If your feeling adventurous though, please head on over to the thread here and get cracking. Your phone will thank you for it.
January 24, 2012 By: Will Verduzco
Not too long ago, we added the LG Nitro HD to our forums. This was done with good reason, as LG’s LTE-enabled, 720p-capable, and dual core-toting beast is one of the most appetizing devices available for AT&T—at least until the Galaxy Nexus (possibly) arrives for the carrier. Now, all we need is some development activity to back up the great hardware.
Kicking open the doors for development activity, XDA forum member bytecode64 successfully ported ClockworkMod 5 Recovery to the device. Next, the Nitro HD had its /system partition de-odexed thanks to XDA forum member kernelpan1c, making it easier for ROM developers and themers to create the modifications they do best.
What’s next for the LG Nitro HD? That’s for you, the development community, to figure out!
January 10, 2012 By: liwen
If you’re a ROM flashing addict (and, truth to be told, you should be if you’re visiting this site), you probably don’t even know that the Samsung Captivate, AT&T’s version of the Galaxy S, didn’t get its official Android 2.3 Gingerbread update up until a couple of hours ago. But for everyone else running the stock ROM, you can now look at Samsung’s instructions for applying the update, which sadly requires the dreaded Kies software. But better than nothing, eh?
Here is a changelog provided by Samsung:
New User Features
- Download Management.
- Intuitive Text Input.
- New layout for larger fonts and easy inputs
- Word prediction. Multi-touch for numerical input (Shift + Numbers)
- One-touch Word Selection and Copy/Past
- Fixed Top-menu in Gmail.
- Voice Search added into the search categories.
- Vertical play mode added for YouTube.
Of course, there’s a nice forum thread where you can discuss this latest and last major update – the Captivate, just like its other Galaxy S brethrens, isn’t going to get any official Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich love.
December 30, 2011 By: liwen
There are many CyanogenMod-based ROMs available, but not all are officially supported, that is, listed on their website. In particular, you’ll notice that the Samsung Epic 4G, Sprint’s version of the bestselling Galaxy S isn’t there yet. But that’s only a matter of time now, since Decad3nce, the developer of the CM7 port, announced a few days ago that the “Samsung Epic gets officially forked into Cyanogenmod”.
Ice Cream Sandwich is the latest version of Android, but who cares? For owners of the Streak 5, which has been discontinued and since left neglected with Froyo, Gingerbread is better than nothing. Luckily, forum member neocoritol has found an update lying on Dell’s servers.
With the recent announcement of webOS’s impending transition to an open source license, some of us may have temporarily forgotten about our favorite little green robot. Rest assured, however, that some does not necessarily mean all.
Thanks to hard work by XDA Senior Member scott951, adventurous TouchPad owners can now experience a taste of MIUI-flavored Gingerbread on their tablets. Unlike previous Android ports to the tablet, which have mainly centered around CyanogenMod and its derivatives, this MIUI infusion results in quite a favorable tablet experience.
- All sensors
- Wired earphone/headphone
- MIUI Backup (don’t backup contacts)
- MIUI Themes
- No On-Screen Menu (working on it)
- Other Random Bugs
Stability and functionality seems to be excellent for an alpha ROM. As such, this ROM is scheduled to shed its alpha status quite soon.
TouchPad owners wishing to get in on the action should proceed to the ROM thread.
Many announcements have been occurring with the new work of Cyanogen team, even some versions of CM9 starting to pop out for the Nexus S and Galaxy S. But now we want to let you know about the latest CyanogenMod ROM 7 for the Kindle Fire; XDA member JackpotClavin posted a couple of images showing the Gingerbread-based ROM booted up on his 7-inch Kindle tablet, he is not giving the code for download yet because there are still a lot of bugs to work out.
With source code and root firmly in hand it was only a matter of time before someone got a custom ROM up and running on the Kindle Fire. Judging from the pictures it seems that WiFi is working but if you are not a power user we recommend waiting for something a little more polished before risking your shiny new Kindle.
Originally posted by JackpotClavin
[ROM] CM7 for the Kindle Fire
Howdy everybody! I just got CM7 to boot for the first time on the Kindle Fire. As of right now, I believe the touch screen is off 90 degrees. I know there’s a fix in the source code, I just forgot where it is but I’ll look. It might actually be an edit to the build.prop.
Since we can’t navigate to items in Clockwork, we have to bring the items to us. Basically what I did was I shifted the entries of Clockwork so the “Install update.zip from sdcard” was listed first, not the Reboot system now option. That way, we can just press OK (The power button) and it’ll install the CM zip. I also changed it so you don’t have to scroll all the way down to the “Yes” option to confirm install as I pushed that to the top also so we can just press OK. In the update.zip I included the wiping of system, data, and cache because we can’t navigate to mounts and storage to wipe those things in Clockwork, so we have to do it automagically.
Continue on to the discussion thread
November 22, 2011 By: Sam Caplat
I wrote an article two days ago slating HTCdev and their tardiness in GPL compliance. I was harsh and unforgiving, and quite right too. We’re not here to play devil’s advocate or apologise on their behalf. The article listed phones the kernel source code hadn’t been published for. Some devices remain unpublished, but a small collection have been published today, including the Rezound, Amaze, Explorer, and Desire S.
Well done, HTC, hopefully we’ll see full GPL compliance soon. Please visit www.htcdev.com to download your required resources.