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.
Flashing, upgrading, and more flashing. This is what most people at xda do to try and keep up with the times. This is almost a full time job/hobby for some people and sometimes, not even the devs can put out roms fast enough. Because of this, there are ways to provide junkies or ORD addicts with a faster fix. SVN, which really stands for subversion is a command that allows updates of software giving you the opportunity to easily roll back and update without any major difficulties. Basically, using SVN would allow anyone to update the builds directly from the developer’s repo. The advantage of this is that you will not have to download a full new build every time as this will allow you to simply update the builds every time with whatever changes the dev may have made from the previous one. This works great for people who release nighties. If you are curious as to how this is done, XDA Recognized Developer LiquidSolstice has put out a fantastic guide, which is in essence fool proof to get this up and running in no time. The guide is complete with explanations, examples, links to files and programs, and even a full list of repos from devs present in the EVO 3D area. However, this is universal enough to be used with any dev that works with a SVN server.
Intrigued? Please be sure to stop by the tutorial and make sure that you read the whole thing as you can end up flashing a bad zip if you don’t.
As promised, I’m posting this graphical guide up for those who wish to use SVN in order to obtain nightly builds of ROMs and all other items that utilize SVN for distribution.
You can find more information in the guide thread.
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November 16, 2011 By: Will Verduzco
Given Amazon’s lax attitude towards device modification, we all knew this would happen sooner or later. However, many of us were reluctant to plunk down our hard earned cash on only the prospect of root access. Now, you may pick up the $199 dual core beast without reservation. Thanks to a little bit of .ini and .inf wizardry by XDA forum member death2all110, our fears have been allayed.
Root is achieved through the highly regarded SuperOneClick method. While the minor modifications make its title a bit of a misnomer, the process is still relatively painless. As always, however, exercise some caution to avoid ending up with a $200 paper weight.
So I was messing around with different one clicks since I got ADB going on my kindle fire and I was able to Successfully use SuperOneClick 2.2 to root my kindle fire!
While there’s not too much an end-user can do with a rooted Fire at the moment, this opens the doors to all sorts of development for the device. Will the Fire become the next Nook Color? Given its dual core processor and gorgeous screen, we sure hope so! Personally, I’m hoping for a CyanogenMod 9 build of Ice Cream Sandwich. Let us know what you are looking forward to most in the comments section. These are exciting times, folks!
A tad late but always worth pointing out if you are not the kind of people who scroll all the way to the end of the forum’s list. Late last week, we decided that the AT&T SGS 2 variant known as the Skyrocket was different enough from the original AT&T SGS2 that rather than having it as a separate sub-section, it would have its own forum. The differences go all the way down to the core of the device as the original SGS2 sports an Exynos 1.2 GHz dual core processor, whereas the Skyrocket is loaded with a 1.5 GHz dual score Snapdragon. On top of that, it boasts a larger screen at 4.5 inches, which makes it match its T-Mobile brother, the Hercules and it comes loaded with Android 2.3.5, which is still not the latest but it is closer than 2.3.4 is. Last but not least, the device is loaded with 4G capabilities, so now you can take advantage of AT&T’s high speed LTE data. The device keeps the beauty of the original SGS2 and basically adds more power to it.
If you already have one or are thinking about getting one, check out some of the most recent developments, which we will talk about shortly.
You can find the Skyrocket’s home on xda right here.
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