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Posts Tagged: ClockworkMod

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Yesterday, we covered a guide by XDA Recognized Developer Dees_Troy on compiling TWRP recovery. As powerful, user friendly, and customizable as TWRP is, some people still prefer other recoveries such as the popular ClockworkMod Recovery.

Yes, we’re aware that there’s the automated CWM Recovery Builder, which turns the whole affair into a point-and-click affair. But let’s face it: The truly nerdy like doing things the old fashioned, hands-on way. It builds character, teaches us a little about development, and is just plain rewarding to do. So once you’ve decided that you wish to compile CWM the old fashioned way, how exactly do you go about doing so? Depending on your current knowledge level, there are a few places where you can begin.

If you’re an absolute beginner, you’ll probably need help setting up a build environment, syncing sources, and so on. If this applies to you, first visit a simple and straightforward guide created by Senior Member buffo1987. The guide, while originally intended for the Samsung Galaxy S i9001, can be easily reworked to apply to newer devices. It starts out with installing the needed libraries, creating directories, installing the repo, and syncing. It then continues all the way to compiling the recovery. And as mentioned earlier, there would be some small tweaks that you have to make along the way to get it working on other devices.

If, however, you are a bit more advanced and don’t need help with the initial steps involved in building, visit this guide by Recognized Developer Shaaan. His guide forgoes the build environment setup and syncing and is quite a bit more general, so it can easily apply to any number of devices.

Wherever you start, keep in mind that half of the fun in mobile hacking is the journey. Good luck building.

definite guide

So much of our Android experience is dependent on modifying various APKs. Modding, theming, ROM and app developing in one way or another often require some sort of tweaking, modifying, or refashioning of an APK. So XDA Senior Member XperienceD has decided to create a ‘Definite APK Modding and Theming’ thread intended for everything to do with modding and theming.

XperienceD starts this thread off with a thorough, ‘all-in-one’ guide on APK decompiling and recompiling, signing and zipaligning, .9PNGs, and flashable CWM zip files. Categorized into these respective sections, the guide comprehensively covers every tool, step, and code with sufficient detail and covered minutiae needed. He does so in such a way that any novice or aspiring developer without an engineering or computer science degree can follow. XperienceD eases the process with asides of advice, links to other guides, external resources and sites, and the inclusion of numerous helpful visuals and videos.

XperienceD’s guide is most definitely one of the more thorough and comprehensive guides that I’ve come across. Not only is it a great starting point for the beginner, but even the experienced folks may find the guide worth a read and a bookmark. So if this has gotten you curious, make sure to check out the original thread for more information.

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Jordan531

An unofficial build of  Recovery has been released for the Android-powered . That and more are covered by Jordan, as he reviews all the important stories from this week. Included in this week’s news is an article about using  to root and install TWRP on on your  easily and news about development on the .

Jordan talks about the other videos released this week on XDA Developer TV. XDA Developer TV Producer Kevin gave us video on DLNA, Elite Recognized Developer AdamOutler tore apart the , Jordan interviewed the creator of Casetop and released a highlights video. Pull up a chair and check out this video.

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Some time ago, we gave the Android-powered Ouya game console a place in our forums. Since then, we’ve not heard too much about this curious little non-phone/tablet device other than a guide to help users connect via ADB, sideload apps, and obtain root access and some as of yet fruitless efforts towards UART and Play Store access.

Luckily, this development lull has been interrupted thanks to XDA Forum Member mybook4, with some help from Forum Member sonofskywalker3 and Recognized Developer rayman. Mybook4 managed to port an unofficial CWM build to the device.

To install the CWM port on your own device, you need to first achieve root. To do this, visit Forum Member tcollum‘s root thread linked in the introduction. After you’ve achieved root access, fastboot boot into a recovery image stored on your computer. Once in the temporary recovery, flash a recovery-flashable update.zip for permanent recovery access.

Those interested in getting started should head over to the recovery thread. To learn more about the process, and how sonofskywalker3, mybook4, and rayman achieved this, visit the development project thread.

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Having a good recovery makes the process of modifying, tweaking, maintaining, and backing up your Android device much easier, so that you don’t have to go through the procedures manually. Installing a recovery is probably one of the main activities for a newly rooted phone, along with installing new firmware and a couple of other essential mods. But what happens when your new phone doesn’t have a CWM to install?

The ‘How to Port CWM to New Devices‘ guide at XDA-University thoroughly covers the procedure of doing exactly what you think: porting CWM to new devices. It’s not an entirely simple, requiring a suitable build environment, but fear not, as the guide does do a good job at detailing the steps that you have to go through. Using the source code of CyanogenMod 10 to build CWM 6, the guide breaks down each step of the compilation process accompanied by examples of code and helpful definitions of terms you may never have heard of. Once all done, you will have the resulting recovery.img that you then flash onto your device using Android Debug Bridge (ADB).

The whole process is estimated to take about 15 minutes, but of course, this will change depending on factors such as level of skill and experience.

If you would like to give this a go, make sure to visit the porting guide at XDA-University.

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On location in Kansas, your friend Jordan is here to update you on the exciting Android news from XDA. Jordan mentions the first custom ROM for the HTC One X+. Jordan also talks about the release of Safestrap for Kindle Fire HD, which Brings recovery to the device.

In Ubuntu news, Jordan mentions the release of a desktop installer for the Nexus 7. Finally, Jordan talks about ClockworkMod recovery beta being released for Motorola RAZR i. Pull up a chair and check out this video.

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MiniCM10 for Xperia X8

Ever since the release of Jelly Bean source code to AOSP, ports for various devices have been popping up frequently. Sony Ericsson Xperia X8 owners waiting to get a stable build of Jelly Bean on their devices need wait no longer, as  nAa Jelly Bean kernel and MiniCM10 ROM bring the latest version of Android and CyanogenMod 10 to their devices.

Developed by XDA Recognized Developer nobodyAtall, the nAa custom Jelly Bean Kernel prepares your X8 for Jelly Bean ROMs by setting up the custom partitioning required for JB ROM installation. It also comes bundled with ClockworkMod recovery. To install this kernel, you must have your bootloader unlocked. After that, proceed to the kernel installation, and you will be ready to install Jelly Bean ROMs on your device.

Want a good ROM to start with? The same developer released MiniCM10 for the X8, which brings features of CyanogenMod 10 to the device. While we have previously featured an unofficial CM10 ROM for the X8, that ROM lacked a working camera and FM Radio. Both ROMs, however, currently lack hardware video encoding and decoding. Head over to the ROM’s discussion thread for the download link and installation instructions.

Touch Recovery

Caring is sharing and in the world of AOSP Android development, that’s more than a motto, it’s basically a rule. More ROMs have been forged from the depths of repositories like Github than any other single source out there and ROMs don’t even comprise all the source code in Android repositories.

It is with the caring and sharing in mind that XDA Senior Member Napster and XDA Recognized Developer DooMLoRD of Team UtterChaos have merged their Touch versions of ClockworkMod Recovery and have released the repositories containing their source code to the public.

Their mission? To give the code to any developers who want or need it in order to port the super nifty touch recovery to phones that do not yet support it. Of course, they already know that XDA Recognized Developer, and CM Team Recovery Guru Koush has been working on his touch recoveries, but they say:

we are well aware that koush is already working on a touch version of CWM recovery… we do not mean to compete with anyone… since we have been working on this for a while, we felt others might benefit from this and learn something new, we sure did learn a LOT ourselves throughout this project…

So for any developers out there who are yearning to port the ClockworkMod Touch Recovery on their device, you can find the Github link and all additional information in the original thread.

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Koush, a well-known developer, just released the beta of his new Touch Recovery. Finally no more volume up, volume down, power button to control what you want in the dark screens of recovery world. Just boot, tap and flash it!. For now the recovery works only on CDMA and GSM for the Galaxy Nexus, and GSM for the Nexus S. Also some members confirmed it works on the Nexus S 4G as well.

The recovery has to be flashed from fast boot, so be sure you’ve got your ADB drivers all lined up and your device installed correctly before proceeding. Here you can see a video of how it works.

Despite the beta is only available for a select few devices, we expect to see it soon for more devices. Until then, we still have to use the “old” one.

Download links on the source

xperia cwm thing

Installing a recovery on a phone has the potential to be challenging. On some devices, it’s as easy as flashing a kernel. On others, it’s knowing how to use ADB in your command prompt (or terminal) to push the recovery to the correct partition and hope you didn’t just turn your beautiful device into a very expensive paperweight.

In either case, XDA Senior Member pvyParts and friends have posted an application that will install a recovery straight from the app itself. No need for computers, debug mode or any of the other potential problems some people may have with other methods. Says pvyParts:

This App will work with the 2011 Xperia porfolio. it will install CWM into the system partition so you can use recovery even with a locked bootloader!
The Recovery has been ported by nobodyAtall @xda for the Xperia phones!
All Credits to him!

all i did was bundle it into a nice easy installer. ( i also made some changes to the chargemon file to turn the LED on to signal when to pres your keys )

The development of this invaluable tool is ongoing, so if you give it a shot and experience some problems, make sure to report it so it can be fixed. The app has been posted in the Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc forums, but pvyParts says it’s compatible with the 2011 Xperia line up, so there may be hope for those carrying something other than the Arc.

For additional details, change logs, a full compatibility list, screen shots and discussion in the original thread found here. As always, make sure you do a full back up of your device if you can, just in case.

touch cwm

We’ve previously shown you some touch-enabled recoveries: for one, the fully touch-based 4EXT Recovery Touch, but also modded CWM versions. However, both had their own shortcomings; while the modded CWM versions use on-screen buttons which emulate the functions of hardware keys, without taking full advantage of the touchscreen, not everyone might be willing to change to a completely different recovery if they’re already used to ClockworkMod. But what if – what if ClockwordMod was updated with a fully touch-based interface?

Apparently, that’s coming soon, as CWM developer Koush is teasing in a new video. It shows the usual ClockwordMod Recovery, but with enlarged list items that can be touched directly, eschewing the need for any emulated buttons. Scrolling also works, but only “very rough”  – the scrolling algorithm looks very basic for now, though that (and graphics) will presumably be improved in later versions.

View the full video on YouTube.

kindle fire touch recovery

Team UtterChaos has been steadily moving along with their work. When last we saw them, they released touch enabled recovery on a pretty good number of phones.

Well, the list has grown once again. Team UtterChaos, comprised of XDA Recognized Developer DooMLoRD and XDA Senior Member Napstar, have begun adding tablets to their list of supported devices.

For those toting the Amazon Kindle or the HTC Flyer, you now have the option to use a touch-enabled recovery.

For those with the HTC Flyer, you can find your touch enabled recovery thread right here. It’s packed with features, based on ClockworkMod4 and is easily flashable over recovery. However, it is still a beta version so there are some bugs and warnings. Says DooMLoRD:

THIS RECOVERY IS STILL IN TESTING… MAKE SURE THAT U HAVE UR COMPLETE DATA BACKED-UP (INCLUDING SDCARD DATA)…

and incase this doest work correctly make sure that u can restore to factory condition…

“Partition SDCard” option in CWM5 WILL WIPE UR EXTERNAL SDCARD!!!

I have only tested it to work on my WIFI Flyer… please check if it works for the 3G version… if 3G version uses a different partition table THEN DO NOT USE IT ON 3G VERSION!

So make sure you exercise the correct caution before flashing, including making a backup and making sure you can get factory reset back to stock.

For those toting the Kindle Fire, you can find your touch-enabled recovery thread right here. This is still in alpha testing, as DooMLoRD says:

THIS RECOVERY IS STILL IN TESTING… MAKE SURE THAT U HAVE UR COMPLETE DATA BACKED-UP (INCLUDING SDCARD DATA)…
and incase this doest work correctly make sure that u can restore to factory condition…
DO NOT rapidly tap the on-screen buttons…

So if you have either device and want to check it out, make sure you take a little pre-flash caution but otherwise have fun. It’s only a matter of time before they’re completely stable.

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For those who are unfamiliar with AGPS Patch, XDA Senior Member crypted gives a brief explanation:

This patch was created to provide quick GPS locking across North America. But, it has been ported into a worldwide solution for multiple devices. Using a general ROM without this has resulted in 10+ minutes of GPS delay. Also, GPS lock kept being lost. By using this patch, most people experience a GPS lock within 10 seconds (2 – 20 seconds range can be expected). Typically, a device using this patch will lock onto 7 – 9 satellites. Users have reported up to 11 satellites being locked at once. Without this patch, the average satellite count is 4.

Well, now users who own a HTC Desire S join the already impressive list of supported devices who can utilize this patch. With three ways to install the device, including ClockworkMod, ADB Push and just copy/paste the files into the correct directories, users of all knowledge bases will be able to find the way that suits them best.

Additionally, scripted’s original thread contains pro tips for getting your GPS to work better and an FAQ that has virtually every possible reason why your GPS isn’t functioning from the case getting in the way of signal to a rare bug that prevents usage entirely.

While there’s a list of supported devices, scripted says:

you can use any build with any phone. You may have good luck with specific builds that do not fit your phone or carrier criteria. If you’re curious, test it and see.

So for anyone who’s interested, check out the thread linked above.

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