We’ve all come across some weird looking characters on our phones while browsing Twitter, reading emails, or checking Facebook. They often appear as square shapes or blank spaces. Most of the time, these “glitches” are due to Emoji characters.
Emoji characters are an extensive set of icons or smilies, more commonly used by our dear friends, the iPhone users. The reason you don’t see them correctly on your Android device is because up until Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, Google had not implemented Emoji support in it’s mobile operating system.
For those running Ice Cream Sandwich, XDA Forum Moderator iridaki has come up with a fix to provide Emoji support just for you. The fix makes use of Android’s “fallback fonts.” Installations is through the usual method of flashing in recovery.
Though originally intended as a fix for Sony Xperia devices, iridaki has also provided simple fix for other Android devices, which consists of a simple xml file edit.
If you want to add Emoji support to your Ice Cream Sandwich device, check out the mod thread.
September 10, 2012 By: jerdog
The Samsung Captivate Glide is a Galaxy S II derivative on AT&T. Back in April when Samsung announced the list of carrier devices that would be receiving Android 4.0, the Glide made the cut. Since then there have been a few leaks, with not much being said from Samsung regarding an official release date.
After 5 months, Samsung has finally released the update via KIES. In order to apply the update you will of course need to be on a stock, unrooted UCKI3 or UCKL1 ROM. The official information and instructions from Samsung can be found here.
While there is currently not a rooted version available from the talented developers in the Captivate Glide section, rest assured that it is coming soon. Until then, if you require a rooted ROM, then you should stick with what you have.
It’s always good to see newer software gets ported to older devices with enough functionality to actually use. It can add new life to older devices and make them more tolerable for at least a little bit longer. Now, the HTC EVO 3D has a working Sense 4.1 port, and it comes not long after the official update to Ice Cream Sandwich.
XDA Senior Member chubbzlou is credited for having created the original port of the Sense 4.1 ROM to the device. From there, XDA Senior Member gruesomewolf turned it into a mean, lean, and mostly functional ROM. So far, the ROM seems to be very stable and usable as a daily driver. There are, however, some issues that still need to be worked out. The current issues include:
-Effect in Gallery will FC
- For data roaming to work the data roaming widget must be turned on.
-Camera will FC if you choose any option but auto (I will fix this asap)
-Choosing smooth options in tweaks will cause a sense fc
[Link to a working Camera]
So yes, some kinks need to be worked out, but there’s nothing overly terrible or obtrusive. On the good side, there are a number of enhancements to boost performance, sound, and other parts of the ROM so users will have an overall decent experience.
If you’d like to know more, take a look at the original thread.
Just a short time ago we brought you news that the Acro S was rooted. As the only Android phone out there that can swim, that’s great news. However, that is not all that developers had in store.
With the device rooted, developers could get started on creating the things that make XDA go ’round, including ROMs, kernels, hacks, mods, and others. As a result, the Sony Xperia Acro S now has CyanogenMod 9. Not impressed? Okay, it also received CyanogenMod 10 on the same day.
XDA Recognized Developer FXP, who regularly brings CM goodness to Xperia devices, released both builds. There are some issues with the unofficial CM10 build related to the camera, and the known issues on the CM9 build include:
Known issues being worked on:
* The recovery on first attempt fail to mount /system
* ALS is disabled (broke PowerManager)
To better keep track of issues, FXP has provided a bug tracker. Aside from the issues reported, users have predominantly good things to say. And for many, the ROMs can be used as daily drivers. For more info, check out the CM9 thread or the CM10 thread.
September 4, 2012 By: jerdog
For those who love to receive updates to their mobile devices, the Telus, Bell and Rogers versions of the Samsung Galaxy S III (SGS-I747M) are currently getting a maintenance OTA update from Samsung.
The update purportedly brings improved stability, bug fixes, better battery life, and screen brightness adjustments available via the notification bar. The baseband is I747MVLLH1 with the OS Build being IMM76D.I747MVLALH1 (Android 4.0.4). There is currently no word on if the AT&T version will be receiving an OTA or not.
For those currently running a stock, unrooted ROM you should be receiving an OTA notification, but if not you can always check manually via Settings > About Device > Software Update. If you are running a rooted ROM then you will need to wait for a developer to package the update for you.
Head on over to the discussion thread to chime in or follow for the latest notifications.
A few days ago, we reported on the Motorola Droid impressively receiving a working Jelly Bean ROM. The Droid’s GSM successor, the Motorola Milestone 2 has now followed suit and been given a number of recent updates in the form of CyanogenMod 9 and CyanogenMod 10.
XDA Senior Member tezet started an Alpha version of CyanogenMod 9 several months ago in order to give users a taste of CM9 on their Milestone 2. Though labelled an alpha build, a large number of the standard functions of the phone are functional. However, video functions still remain problematic.
XDA Senior Member sfc3001 has taken tezet’s ROM as a base and continued the CyanogenMod 9 development with his own creation. Also labelled an alpha build, this ROM has only a small number of outstanding issues that are by no means show stoppers. These include WiFi tether and phone encryption.
Taking it one step further, tezet has also produced a Jelly Bean-based CyanogenMod 10 ROM for the Milestone 2. Development is very much active, with regular updates. Amazingly, there are no major issues that limit the ROM’s functionality.
These custom ROMs, as with all others, are a testament to the great work the developers here on XDA put into keeping these older devices alive with much newer flavors of Google’s Android operating system.
If you would like to CM your Milestone 2, take your pick of these threads:
Way back in 2009, HTC released their third Android smartphone, the HTC Hero. The device shipped with Android 1.5 (Cupcake) or 2.1 (Eclair). Yes, that’s how long ago it was! In it’s day, it was a very popular device here on XDA, attracting a good number of developers. But as with all older devices, it has since slipped by the wayside and has become somewhat forgotten. For most people, that is.
Within the last few months, both the CDMA and GSM versions of the Hero have received both Ice Cream Sandwich and, more incredibly, Jelly Bean custom ROMs added to their arsenal.
For the CDMA version, XDA Senior Member tvall brings us Ice Cream Sandwich based CyanogenMod 9. Development has slowed of late, but the ROM appears to be functional, with only camera and USB mass storage not functioning.
CyanogenMod 9 on the GSM Hero is brought to us by XDA Senior Member jordfaz. Again, there are a few minor issues, such as GPS and hardware acceleration, as well as some minor issues with the camera. Despite this, the ROM is otherwise functional.
XDA Senior Member Shelnutt2 has gone one step further and has brought Jelly Bean to the CDMA Hero in the form of CyanogenMod 10. Of course with builds of this nature, there are a number of known issues, such as audio, camera and hardware acceleration, but these are being worked on by a number of members in the ROM thread.
Not to be outdone, the GSM Hero also has CyanogenMod 10 thanks to XDA Senior Member jordfaz. Based on the CDMA version mentioned above, the same known issues apply. The ROM is an alpha build and should only be flashed if you wish to help with development or provide feedback.
If you’re an HTC Hero owner and want to try out one of these newer Android flavors, head over to one of the development threads:
August 31, 2012 By: jerdog
While running CyanogenMod on a CDMA device has many advantages, one glaring disadvantage is the ability to update your PRL (Preferred Roaming List) or data profile, which are only available via stock ROMs. Often times if you need to run a GPS fix or update your PRL, you need to backup your CM9 install, restore to a previous stock ROM, do the ROM dance, run the desired process, dance a jig, restore to CM9 install, and hope for the best. Well now you don’t, thanks to the Epic Touch CM team.
The Epic Touch CM team has put together a nice temporary ROM which boots the FF18 stock firmware from the /EMMC partition on the Samsung Epic 4G Touch without changing your current ROM. This temporary ROM allows you to do the following, and more:
- Update Profile
- Update PRL
- Sprint Activation
- Dial codes and diagnostic mode
August 31, 2012 By: Haroon Q. Raja
To all Samsung Galaxy R GT-I9203 users waiting to get official ICS on their device, we’ve got news for you! The ICS update was recently spotted on SamMobile. Although the OTA may be pushed out to your devices very soon, those who can’t wait can download and install it manually right away.
This is the European I9103XXLQ9 Update and it was spotted here on XDA by Recognized Contributor ardatdat. As is the case with every official Samsung ROM, this one is also TouchWiz based. Not being a carrier-specific version, this can be installed on any Galaxy R i9103 and contains no carrier bloatware apps. Here are some more details:
Regions: Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Spain, United Kingdom
You can grab the firmware from SamMobile and flash it to your phone using Odin or Heimdall. Though keep in mind that it will overwrite your recovery if flashed directly, so if you want to retain it, you might want to wait for a custom ROM, or flash a custom kernel with recovery after flashing it.
For more information, visit the discussion thread.
Since the announcement from Asus that Jelly Bean would be bestowed upon its Transformer series all the way back to the original Transformer, the development scene for the TF101 has been booming with activity. There have been new ROMs, new patches, and an overall renewed sense that this device, while being over-powered by its younger brothers, still has quite a bit of life left in it.
The work of XDA Forum Member RaymanFX manifests yet again in this sub-forum, and this time it does it in the form of a brand new recovery. Most Android users are undoubtedly familiar with ClockWork Mod, which is a custom recovery image used in a large percentage of unlocked devices. With it, you can flash ROMs, kernels, other recoveries, zip packages, and much more. This latest installment of the infamous recovery, created by XDA Recognized Developer Koush, brings in some much desired functionality to the device. The main appeal is that much like TWRP by Team Win, this recovery is touch enabled (at least one of its versions is), so banging on the volume rockers to get to the folder that you need is not a problem anymore. Another nice feature is that this recovery, unlike many of its predecessors, has the ability to back up the kernel as well.
Please do keep in mind that this is just the initial release of this recovery, and as such it has somewhat limited functionality. Upcoming revisions promise to bring in the ability to browse the internal SD card. This means that, unless you feel like booting and rebooting while getting in and out of recovery, you will need to make sure that whatever you are planning on flashing is in the external card.
You can choose your flavor if you’d rather not have touchscreen capabilities on recovery. Please leave some feedback for the dev if this worked the way it should, and look forward to newer versions being released shortly.
ALL MY RECOVERIES HAVE A FULLY WORKING BACKUP SYSTEM (CAN BACKUP KERNEL) !
You can find more information in the original thread.
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August 29, 2012 By: jerdog
The Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 has recently received the ICS update, and now its little sibling can join in the family fun. The Galaxy Tab 8.9 WiFi now has an update to ICS available via KIES for those who have chosen to remain stock.
For those who prefer to take full control of their device, XDA Senior Member safariking has put together a package that you can flash via ODIN. The package has been rooted, deodexed, and zipaligned for your pleasure. Safariking also promises that a custom recovery-flashable version will be made available soon.
Visit the original thread to download the package and join in the conversation.
August 27, 2012 By: Jimmy McGee
This has been another great weekend on the XDA Portal. XDA Developer TV Producer Jordan covers all the news you need to know to keep you updated. Jordan talks about controlling your appliances with your Android Device and overclocking your Samsung Galaxy S III. Jordan mentions the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 receiving its first custom ROMs.
August 24, 2012 By: jerdog
The HTC Thunderbolt was one of the first LTE devices on Verizon, but quickly faded into the background as the HTC Rezound was launched. HTC however stated via Facebook that the Thunderbolt would be receiving an ICS update by the end of August, along with all of the other promised devices, though we’re coming up on the end of the month, with still no official date of release.
Never fear though as leaks are bound to happen, and according to PhoneNews the official update from Verizon has leaked. The version number in the leak is 7.00.605.2, and you can visit the XDA discussion thread where they’re discussing the leak and where to download it here. There are reports of some running the leak with no issues, and others stating they are having numerous force-close issues, so your-mileage-may-vary. For those running this device, keep checking the Thunderbolt development section for a ROM based on the leak to pop up.