September 23, 2013 By: Will Verduzco
Blob files for Nvidia Tegra-powered Asus devices are incredibly useful. This is because they allow us to easily flash images to our devices using Nvflash at an extremely low level.
Given the low level at which APX (Nvflash) mode runs and how this is much more primitive than booting into a standard Android recovery partition, a device with the appropriate blobs is practically unbrickable. Thus, blob files can be used to get us out of seriously sticky situations that would otherwise be unrecoverable without major device surgery.
Naturally, you’d want to have the appropriate blobs for your device just in case anything goes wrong. Thanks to XDA Recognized Developer rayman (and the rest of the crew on the AndroidRoot.mobi team), this is now possible on the (original) Google Nexus 7, as well as the Asus Transformer Prime, TF300T, and TF700.
Flatline creates these blobs for the aforementioned devices. A custom recovery image is used to flash a custom bootloader, as well as to generate the appropriate blobs. This solution is unique from other Nvflash solutions in that doesn’t require a working /data partition for image storage. Rather, blobs can be retrieved from /tmp/AndroidRoot, as explained in the guide linked below.
You can get in on the discussion by visiting the original thread. To go ahead and get started on your own device, visit the developer team’s full guide, complete with modified recovery images and all other required files.
[Thanks to OEM Relations Manager jerdog for the tip.]
January 2, 2013 By: Former Writer
When it comes to running Linux on Android devices, the simplest method is by using chroot. It basically allows users to run Linux in a virtual box of sorts over top of Android. However, some developers have begun experimenting with replacing Android altogether. Great strides have been made in doing so on the ASUS Transformer TF700.
XDA Forum Member rabits has been working on running Ubuntu on the TF700. Not as chroot, either, but as the real deal. It’s currently on release version 0.6.2 and users who install it will get Ubuntu 12.10. Here are some of the feature highlights:
Dualboot with Android CleanRom 2.7.2 – Initrd now support dualbooting linux (from any sdcard or usb device) and Android with wifi.
Test Linux boot – Temporary boot image for AndroidRoot bootloader. After reboot you get your android back.
Graphical boot – You can login by ubuntu user in graphical mode.
Keyboard remapping – Special keys is replaced to default (Esc, F1-12, Ins, Print, Break, Del, Home->Alt, Search->Meta4) by evdev keymap.
Touchpad 2 fingers scrolling – Move 2 fingers up-down to scrolling. 2 finger tap – is mouse 3rd button.
WiFi – You can connect to internet or lan through wifi
OpenGL ES – 3D and games (eduke32, Jagged Alliance 2) and nice browsing by Chromium
Audio and Video up to 1080p – Use nvgstplayer to HW decoding FullHD video
nvgstplayer –sas=”audioconvert ! pulsesink” -i – Fullscreen mode
nvgstplayer –svs=”nvxvimagesink” –sas=”audioconvert ! pulsesink” -i – Window mode
To help keep users apprised of development progress, rabits has a working list of things that have been implemented and things that still need work. It’s about half done, and users can get a real Linux experience without too much difficulty. Of course, there are some issues, such as Unity having problems and some driver issues.
December 16, 2012 By: Conan Troutman
Well, here we are. Another day, and yep, you guessed it: Another device is now running Android 4.2. This time, it’s the turn of the Asus Transformer TF700. although admittedly, this particular build has been available for a little bit of time now. While the official update to 4.2 for TF700 owners can’t be far away, there’s no need to sit around waiting. However this is, of course, an AOSP-based ROM. So if you’re a fan of all ASUS stock ROMs, it might be best to hang on a little while longer.
This particular build comes courtesy of XDA Senior Member nycbjr, and is (thanks to some recent audio/speaker related development wizardry) up and running with most of the major functionality we all expect from a daily driver ROM. There are, however, still some issues with the camera and GPS functionality. But how many people actually take photographs with a ten inch tablet in the first place? All the important stuff is working such as WiFi, sound, SD cards, rotation, Bluetooth, HW acceleration, and so on.
Assuming you’re already running a custom recovery, it’s simply a case of flashing the ROM and gapps. So if you feel like sprucing up your TF700 with a touch of 4.2 AOSP, check out the original thread for more details.
October 29, 2012 By: David Watt
By now, we are all quite familiar with CyanogenMod 10. When a device you own receives official CyanogenMod 10 nightlies, you know it’s good news. So we can now make Asus Transformer TF700 owners happy by reporting that CyanogenMod 10 nightlies have come to the device, brought to us by XDA Senior Member dasunsrule32.
In this instance, the majority of features are working as expected, with only a small list of known issues:
Anything not on this list should be working as expected, so TF700 users basically have an almost fully functional CyanogenMod 10 ROM. Of course, you should backup your data before flashing this ROM make sure you read the instructions posted in the thread before flashing, as they contain important information.
If you want to try CyanogenMod 10 on your device, head over to the ROM thread.
After the wildfire of development that erupted when Jelly Bean source was released three months ago, OEMs have started stepping up and providing official updates for their devices. Several devices have already been updated, with many more getting firmware leaks. One device that has already gotten the Jelly Bean love is the ASUS Transformer TF700. What’s more, it’s been rooted.
XDA Senior Member hiemanshu has posted a method to root and install a custom recovery on the Transformer TF700 Infinity after it has been updated to Jelly Bean. Most users likely used the Root Keeper application to keep root. However, if you bought the device recently with Jelly Bean already on it, or forgot to use Root Keeper, this will help get you back on track.
First and foremost you’ll need your device unlocked. After that, it’s a matter of downloading the appropriate Jelly Bean ClockworkMod Recovery, flashing it over Fastboot, and then SuperSU via the recovery. It’s a pretty common method, so users shouldn’t have much trouble getting it to work. So far no one has reported any major issues, and the process should take about 10-15 minutes.
For additional details and download links, check out the original thread.
September 20, 2012 By: Former Writer
For many members of us here at XDA, our volume rockers and power buttons take a serious beating. Between flashing ROMs, navigating recoveries, and actually using them to power on the device and adjust the volume, these hardware buttons get a workout. Thus, many worry that someday these buttons will stop working. Thankfully, there is now a group of applications you can use to take a little pressure off the oft used buttons.
XDA Forum Member tobnddl has you covered. He created a list of applications that help you adjust your volume and turn the screen on or off without touching the power or volume control buttons. This is both useful for those who need to extend the life of their buttons and those who have already managed to wear them out.
The applications are called Turn Off The Lights, Volume Control Widget, and Awesome On Off. Between the three of these, you will have an effective software substitute for your hardware volume rocker and power button. They are all free in the Google Play Store. and tobnddl includes impressions and instructions on how to use each effectively. While this may have been written for the ASUS Transformer TF700, there’s no reason why any device couldn’t make use of this.
For download links and details, go to the original thread.
It is unfortunately more and more common for applications to be incompatible with certain devices. There are a number of reasons for this, but the big two are either that the hardware is incompatible or you live in a region where that application isn’t offered. Sometimes, an application is blocked from installing through Google Play on a particular device even if it works perfectly. An example of this is how ASUS Transformer TF700 owners can’t install Flipboard from the Google Play Store. That doesn’t mean they can’t install it with positive results through other means.
XDA Senior Member Pretoriano80 has posted a thread with the APK for Flipboard for TF700 owners. There are no tricks to installing it it, simply download and side load with your favorite file manager. You don’t even need root. Despite not being available in the Play Store, the application works perfectly well, and users are having no issues. So far the only annoyance is that Flipboard is stuck in portrait mode by default. There have been suggestions as to how to get it to go landscape, but each solution only works for a few.
If that doesn’t bother you, though, head to the original thread to download it. The APK isn’t modified in any way. So if you have a different device that isn’t getting the Flipboard magic, you could likely use this APK for your device as well.
As we near the end of the season and OEMs are finally starting to catch up to our Jelly Bean development, the unofficial ports of Jelly Bean have begun to slow down. Mostly because (nearly) every conceivable device is already running it. However, when a popular ROM hits a device, it can still be a big deal. A prime example is the ASUS Transformer TF700, also known as the Infinity, which received an unofficial CM10 port.
When we first started bringing you news of Jelly Bean, the ports were alpha builds with a lot of things wrong with them. That doesn’t seem to be the case anymore. The TF700 CM10 port is working pretty well, with only a few minor issues. This comes after much hard work from XDA Senior Member nycbjr, who fixed the device tree and created the first AOSP Jelly Bean port for the device, and thus aided subsequent work such as this one by XDA Senior Member hiemanshu. In the words of hiemanshu:
Would love to thank CM for their great work and nycbjr who spent a lot of time on this
Hiemanshu says the only really big issues are the GPS doesn’t work and some screen tearing in portrait mode on certain applications. Everything else seems to work, including:
Wifi, BT, Audio, Camera, HDMI Out
So if you don’t use portrait mode often and you don’t plan on taking advantage of the GPS capabilities, then this could very well be a daily driver for you. If you happen to need those features, stay tuned because fixes are on the way. For additional information, check out the original thread.
September 9, 2012 By: Haroon Q. Raja
Last month, we brought you the news of Jelly Bean rolling out to the Asus Transformer TF300T. In response, there was a loud outcry from users of Transformer Infinity for not getting Jelly Bean on their higher-end device before or with the more budget-friendly TF300. Guess what? The TF300 Jelly Bean firmware fully works on the TF700 as well.
Almost all the features are working except for changing screen brightness, though that can be accomplished with third-party apps. Also, the DPI is set to 160 and changing it in build.prop seems to do nothing at the moment.
Installing the TF300 firmware to the TF700 requires you to perform a few additional steps. However, they are simple enough for anyone to follow—no hacking required. XDA Forum Member MysticMgcn has written detailed installation guides for rooted and unrooted devices, with locked or unlocked bootloaders, and stock or custom recoveries.
You will lose root and bootloader unlock by installing the ROM. However, the bootloader can easily be unlocked and the device can be rooted after the update using the instructions provided.
You can download the ROM and install it using the instructions provided at the forum thread.
September 5, 2012 By: Former Writer
Around here, many users enjoy various AOSP-derived ROMs. There are quite a few options, including such well known ROMs as CyanogenMod, AOKP, and ParanoidAndroid. There are many more options as well, which is great because the more the merrier.
Now, the Android Developer Alliance development team has released the AffinitySERIES ROM to various devices. Their missions statement is pretty simple, as explained by ADA member, and XDA Recognized Developer, blueHarford:
One of our biggest things is No Drama, no secrets, BIG on communication which i think alot of other teams lack. We are not the best we will not boast ourselves or ever use the word kang. We feel like one of the first teams to start AOSP project to where it truley is part of the open source community. Were not out for recognition were out to make good products.
Fast, Responsive, Intuitive & Professional UI
GLaDOS v2.1 Power Kernel Built In
First of its kind Customized Toggle Icons
Custom Awesome Popup SMS Features
Facebook Contacts Support
Custom Power Widget
4 Way Reboot Menu
Exclusive ADA Wallpapers
5 Way Lock Screen Targets
Beautiful Weather Lock Screen
Voice & Data (SVDO)
Customized Navbar Settings
Modified Navigation Bar Options
Clock Modifications – Left, Center, and Right Clock AM/PM Weekday Abbreviation
Battery Options 6 Styles to Choose
Many, many more…!
Users are reporting that the ROM works well and has very few issues. Most are reporting no issues at all, which is great for a Jelly Bean ROM. Now that the initial release is out of the way, the team is looking forward to the host of other devices they plan on supporting in their second round of releeases. The official list includes:
Asus Transformer TF101
Asus Transformer Infinity TF700
Samsung Galaxy Tab2
Droid RAZR/RAZR MAXX
Samsung Galaxy Nexus (toroplus)
Samsung Galaxy Note
Samsung Galaxy SII and SIII
August 7, 2012 By: Former Writer
Development on the ASUS Transformer TF700, also known as the Infinity, has just begun to pick up speed. With bootloader unlock and root already possible, it’s just a matter of developers getting their digital claws into the tablet to see what it can do. To an extent, that’s happened already, as a few mods have already been posted for the newest non-Nexus ASUS tablet.
XDA Senior Member d14b0ll0s has released five modifications that users can make to their Infinity without requiring too much more than root and an unlocked bootloader. The mods cover a few specifics such as build.prop tweaks, minfree tweaks, and the customary root and unlock methods. The mods also include a fix for screen flickering when using Smart Dimmer.
One big issue it deals with, though, is yet another I/O speed throttling issue. Sadly, the Infinity has inherited the Transformer Prime I/O bottleneck problem. For those who aren’t on the latest from ASUS, the answer so far has been using the SIO I/O scheduler to try to squeeze a little more performance out of the tablet. However, ASUS seems to actually want to fix this problem, as the latest OTA actually has a slightly faster I/O scheduler than SIO. It doesn’t make the problem go away, but it’s a little more manageable until a more permanent fix can be found.
For more info, check out the original thread.