February 14, 2013 By: Samantha
Sony’s Small Apps debuted on the James Bond’s very own Xperia T, allowing the superspy to do some quick and simple maths calculations and jot down some quick reminders among other functions while having other applications running simultaneously. Useful to many Xperia users who have had received ports to their Xperia devices running stock ICS firmwares such as the Xperia Arc, Xperia P, and Xperia Ion, Sony Small Apps have also been ported to devices from any manufacturer running CyanogenMod versions 9 and 10 and Paranoid Android version 2.55.
Ported by XDA Forum Member c3ma138, they allow users to have floating applications running over other applications concurrently. Installation is relatively simple, requiring users with root access to flash the ROM-respective flash file in recovery mode on their devices and then installing an app called ‘SLauncher’ once flashing has finished and phone rebooted. Tested on a Samsung Galaxy SII running CyanogenMod 9 and 10, and a Sony Xperia S running CyanogenMod 10, c3ma138 assures that any Android device, regardless of manufacturer, running the compatible ROMs will be able to enjoy Sony’s Small Apps.
This is great news for CyanogenMod 9 and 10 and Paranoid Android 2.55 users, as they don’t often see ports of manufacturer-specific features. For more details on the port, please check the original thread.
December 26, 2012 By: Haroon Q. Raja
XDA forums are full of ROMs of all sorts, and for devices of all types. One can usually find a new version of Android for many of these devices much before the manufacturer pushes its official update—and that’s if they decide to do it at all. Most of these releases come in the form of CyanogenMod or AOKP builds. However, you can’t always find a ROM based on the latest version of Android for some of the less popular devices. Whether it’s that, or you just want to get into ROM development yourself, XDA Senior Member mithun46 has written a brilliantly detailed guide for you at the recently launched XDA-University forum to help you compile CyanogenMod 10, 10.1, and AOKP for practically any device.
The guide walks you through the entire process, starting from setting up the environment on Ubuntu 12.10, installing and configuring all the required software, pulling the source code, making the necessary changes to get it working on your device, and compiling it into an installable build.
So what are you waiting for? Check out the forum thread and start compiling your own ROMs!
2012 is rapidly coming to a close, and if the Mayan’s are to be believed, so is the end of all time. Just in time, XDA News Corespondent Jordan talks about the top stories from 2012, and the end of 2011. Some of the stories mentioned are regarding making calls using MagicJack on an Android phone and Adobe Flash on Jelly Bean devices.
Additionally, Jordan talks about the Top XDA Developer TV videos of 2012. From XDA Developer TV Producer Erica’s Gorilla Glass video to azrienoch’s explanation of Why We Root? Plus a bunch of videos from XDA Elite Recognized Developer and XDA Developer TV Producer AdamOutler. Pull up a chair and check out this video.
December 17, 2012 By: Jimmy McGee
Android 4.2.1 landed on the the Asus Transformer TF700 and more, this weekend at XDA-Developers. Our friend Jordan takes the time to round up those stories that we may have missed. First he talks about increasing the video bitrate on the Google Nexus 4. In other news you can now share apps across multiple users on the Google Nexus 7!
December 14, 2012 By: Jimmy McGee
Permanent Root for the Nook HD and HD+ and root for the Galaxy S III Mini I8190 are only two stories released this week at XDA. Our friend Jordan takes the time to round up all the important stories. Jordan talks about the the stable release of the Linux kernel with ARM support. In other XDA Developer TV releases, Jordan talks about XDA Developer TV Producer Erica’s Big Android BBQ video and Elite Recognized Developer AdamOutler‘s Verizon Samsung Galaxy Note II bootloader unlock, and XDA Developer TV Producer TK released a app review of Silence.
In CyanogenMod 10 news, Jordan talks about the release for the LG P350 and Optimus 3D. Also, Jordan mentions the Samsung Galaxy S III i9300 getting unofficial Cyanogen 10.1 releases as well. Many more devices get release this week so pull up a chair and check out this video to find out which ones did.
December 12, 2012 By: Joseph Hindy
Even the less popular devices need some lovin’ too. The Samsung Rugby Pro and Samsung Rugby Smart aren’t the most well known smartphones on XDA. However, that hasn’t prevented developers from hacking then and releasing some good stuff. Now, the Rugby Pro has official TWRP, and the Rugby Smart has CM9 and CM10 ports.
XDA Senior Member kemonine96, who has done much work with XBMC, has released various treats for the two devices. The most recent offerings are TWRP for the Rugby Pro, and CM9 and CM10 for the Rugby Smart.
For the Rugby Pro, it’s been accepted by Team Win as an officially supported TWRP device. That’s pretty good news for a lesser known device. With TWRP, users can flash whatever they want in style. For more info, check out the Rugby Pro thread.
The CM9 and CM10 ROMs are both still in their alpha stages, but have a surprisingly small number of things wrong with them. Currently, CM9 has the following issues:
Display auto-brightness toggle — Is not possible, the Rugby Smart lacks a light sensor
2G data only toggle does nothing
No device serial number shown — prop:ril.serialnumber
And for CM10, the issues are as follows:
SD Card swap (CM10 Limitation)
So while there are issues, all of the biggest features like camera, Bluetooth, and WiFi actually work. So these could be used as daily drivers. Both ROMs are being actively worked on, so issues will be fixed in future releases.
If developers have proven anything since the release of Android 4.1, it’s that it can run on just about any device. Recently, two LG devices have gotten the port. The first is the LG Optimus 3D, which is a dual-core device. The other is the much older LG Optimus Me P350, with it’s 600 MHz single-core processor.
XDA Senior Member keyur2maru released the unofficial CM10 port for the Optimus Me P350. The Optimus 3D received an official release from the CM Team, announced by Ricardo Cerqueira. The thread is maintained by XDA Senior Member mivv.
Both ROMs work fairly well. The official release doesn’t have a working or not working list, but users are reporting some occasional network loss, some issues with root, and a few other minor issues. The CM Team is releasing nightlies, so expect the issues to lessen over time. The P350 port is a little more rough around the edges. The current list of things not working includes:
Not Working or Partially Working:
Reboots When End Button is Pressed [We're Trying]
Sensors [Will be Fixed]
Native Usb Tethering – use an external app
Reboots When End Button is Pressed
Panorama – It Captures But it is Blank Image
So it’s not daily driver material yet, but it’s getting there.
December 10, 2012 By: Conan Troutman
Some devices are lucky enough to get unofficial updates to the latest Android builds in no time at all, others have to endure a little bit of a wait. Some devices however, such as the Amaze 4G, are left hanging just that little bit longer than most. Fortunately though for Amaze owners looking for CM10 on their device, the wait is now over.
XDA Recognized Developer sportsstar89 posted an unofficial build of CM10 for the device, which has all the major functionality you’ll need for daily use covered. Things such as WiFi, data, Bluetooth, GPS, audio, camera, CPU management, and so on work. However, as with any new build, there may be bugs. If you do happen to find that something isn’t working quite like it should, this is where your logcats come in handy. That said, there doesn’t seem to be anything too serious that would prevent you from enjoying CM10 on your Amaze. The usual rules apply: recovery, flash, flash GAPPS, and you’re good to go.
If you want to check this out for yourself and give your Amaze 4G a new lease of life, take a look at the original development thread and see how it runs.
Update – It seems that since I wrote this the build has been given approval by the CM team and is now oficially official.
December 10, 2012 By: Jimmy McGee
Android 4.2 for the Motorola Xoom, and more this weekend at XDA. Our friend Jordan takes the time to round up these important stories and serve them up to us in bite-size pieces. First, he talks about the Galaxy Note II‘s multi-window functionality being ported to the Galaxy S II. In other, news you can now pre-order XDA gear!
In CyanogenMod 10 news, Jordan talks about the unofficial release for the Droid RAZR M. Also, Jordan mentions the HTC G2 / Desire Z getting a CyanogenMod 10.1 build as well. Finally, the Xperia Arc and Arc S get unofficial CyanogenMod 10 releases. Pull up a chair and check out this video.
December 10, 2012 By: Joseph Hindy
While the Kindle Fire HD and Google Nexus 7 made quite the splash upon release, the launch of Barnes & Noble’s latest tablets was a bit less bombastic. That didn’t stop developers from noticing and hacking it. Now, the Nook HD and Nook HD+ have root.
XDA Senior Member verygreen has done a lot of work for the latest tablets from Barnes & Noble, starting with root and ending with a very early build of CM10. The root process is for both Windows and Linux. It’s a very easy, one-click solution. Users simply download the package, unzip it, and then run the applicable script. The only known issue is that superuser.apk doesn’t install properly. However, they can easily be fixed by installing your favorite Super User app from the Play Store.
The CM10 installation is rough, as you would expect from an early build. It’s installed on the SD Card, and if you want it, you have to compile it yourself. Thankfully, verygreen gives instructions on how to do it. It’s very much a test build, and is in no way a daily driver. However, verygreen is asking for input from anyone who tests it, as the build is still very much in development.
It is always an exciting time when an AOSP-derived ROM makes its first appearance on a device. It not only gives users a chance to try out vanilla Android on their new toys, but also sets the stage for future AOSP releases. Plus, users seem to really enjoy the full Google experience. Now, Motorola Droid RAZR M users can run CyanogenMod 10.
The unofficial port was released by XDA Senior Member dhacker29, who also released an unofficial build of CM10 for the RAZR HD. Unlike the Droid RAZR HD release, which was for the developer edition only, this CM10 release can used on both the consumer and developer versions of the Droid RAZR M. As can be expected, this is an initial release and that means it’s a little rough. The main features that are still broken include:
These are the main features that are broken, but they are just the ones that dhacker29 knows about. There is likely other issues as well that still need to be found and fixed. Even so, WiFi Direct and NFC aren’t the worst things that could be wrong with an initial port. So if those are features you don’t use very often or don’t intend to use, this could very well be a usable ROM.
For installation instructions and more, check out the original thread.
December 8, 2012 By: David Watt
Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 owners can start to get excited, as the device now has a CyanogenMod 10 ROM, albeit in a very pre-alpha state. With only 384 MB of RAM and a single core 1 GHz CPU, the Xperia X10 is one of those devices you just don’t expect to see running Android’s latest 4.1 Jelly Bean.
XDA Senior Member scritch007 is the developer responsible for the ROM. Having previously released CyanogenMod 9 for the X10, he is using the same knowledge in order to get the CM10 ROM up and running.
The ROM is in a beta state, so it’s safe to assume it’s not ready for every day use quite yet. There are a number of main issues listed:
But to counter that, there is also a large list of working features:
Due to the fact that scritch007 is still in fact working on the CM9 ROM, development on the CM10 ROM may take time, so don’t expect it to be fully functional anytime soon.
If you want to try the ROM in it’s alpha state, or feel you can help develop it further, check out the ROM thread.
December 7, 2012 By: Jimmy McGee
There was a lot of great news this week at XDA, starting with the report of the new Google Now updates. Jordan covers many other stories as well. Jordan talks about the many different rooting articles. First, the Odin root method for the Verizon Galaxy Note II. Second, was the story on the application called Root Transmission. Third, was the video covering three ways to root the Samsung Galaxy S III on XDA Developer TV. In other XDA Developer TV releases, Recognized Developer Benjamin Dobell talked about Heimdall and USB Logging, and TV Producer TK released a app review of Naked Browser.
In CyanogenMod 10 news, Jordan talks about the unofficial release for the AT&T Galaxy Note II. Jordan mentions the HTC Sensation getting a release as well. Finally, the Defy and Defy+ get unoffical CyanogenMod 10 releases. Pull up a chair and check out this video.