December 4, 2012 By: Joseph Hindy
The Galaxy Note II wasn’t released long ago, but it has enjoyed a controversial existence so far. While the phone is quite an impressive device, Samsung has had some issues with documentation that has frustrated many developers working on all Exynos-based devices. That didn’t stop the AOSP goodness from flowing in, though, and now the AT&T Galaxy Note II variant has a CM10 port.
The port was released by XDA Senior Member madmack. It is an initial release, so it’s a little rough around the edges. As madmack notes:
Radio, audio, wifi, bluetooth and GPS should work. I haven’t had time to test this thing thoroughly so feedback is welcome!
The stylus doesn’t work. Need to investigate.
Dev talk: The device tree was forked from N7100. Most of the board share the same peripherals so it was a matter of getting the correct defconfig and the correct initramfs.
That should be encouraging for AT&T Note II owners, as many of the issues should be fixed relatively soon. Of course, as with most ports, there are likely to be a couple lingering issues. However, the majority of the issues should be fixed soon. This is also good news for the other US variants of the Galaxy Note II. Because they share largely the same hardware, getting this ported to the other versions should be a relatively simple task.
For the full details, check out the original thread.
November 28, 2012 By: Joseph Hindy
The last time we brought you news about the Samsung Galaxy S I9001, it was to tell you that CyanogenMod 10 had been ported. Since then, the CM10 efforts for the device have been taken over by XDA Senior Member ivendor. Since then, AOSP development for the Galaxy S I9001 has been a veritable frenzy. With AOSP-built ROMs flying all over the place, and even some fun ROM ports.
The release of CM10 for the device in turn made ports like AOKP and PACman possible. The Galaxy S I9001 now has both. XDA Senior Member camcory has released the increasingly popular PACman ROM, and XDA Senior Member crybert took care of AOKP. Both ROMs work pretty well but users are reporting their quirks.
For AOKP, some users are reporting that the GPS isn’t functioning properly, the internal memory isn’t being recognized properly, and some random rebooting problems. For PACman, users are reporting unusually high RAM usage along with some graphical glitches in areas like landscape multitasking. The ROMs do work for the most part, so don’t let a few bugs scare you away.
The big port that is being worked on is the also increasingly popular FlymeOS. This is thanks to XDA Forum Member sc4les. The ROM seems to have many more major issues. The list of things not working includes:
browser (webview error, seems pretty common for custom roms. will be fixed soon. well it starts already)
network settings (3g works fine, so do calling and sms)
there are some graphical glitches, but only in some places
email (cant view emails due to webview error I think)
the resolution for the launcher doesnt work 100%
So that isn’t daily driver material just yet, but progress is being made. This is a shining example of the kinds of fun things developers can do once a solid AOSP-based ROM appears.
November 26, 2012 By: Jimmy McGee
Our good friend Jordan is here to get you caught up on all the Android development news from this weekend. Jordan updates the news we recently reported regarding the 4G chip in the Nexus 4. Also in 4G related news, Jordan talks about the HTC Incridible 4G LTE getting a Non-HTCDev bootloader unlock. Finally, Jordan covers the article detailing how to compile Android 4.2 for the AT&T Galaxy S II Skyrocket.
In CyanogenMod 10 news, Jordan mentions the unofficial alpha release for the Samsung Galaxy W. Also, Jordan mentions CyanogenMod 10 for the developer edition of the Droid Razr HD. Lastly, there is an experimental CyanogenMod 10.1 release for the Samsung Galaxy SII i9100G. Pull up a chair and check out this video.
November 24, 2012 By: Conan Troutman
AOSP loving Samsung Galaxy W (i8150) owners rejoice because CM10 has arrived, albeit in alpha form. With its 512 MB of RAM and single core processor, the Galaxy W is one of those devices that, according to some, would struggle to run Android 4.0—let alone 4.1. However, all that means to the developers here at XDA is, challenge accepted.
XDA Recognized Developer arco68 Recently released his unofficial version of CyanogenMod 10 for the device. Despite its alpha status, the build seems to pretty darn functional and should be usable on a daily basis unless you have some pretty specific needs. The list of features currently not working is fairly short, and extends only to WiFi tethering, Vsync (that’s buttery smoothness to you and me), and panoramic photos. However, some users are reporting issues accessing their SD cards at times.
You need to make sure that you are using one of two specific recoveries before flashing this build, otherwise you risk damaging your device. So make sure to read up before flashing. Once you’re recovery is set, the usual rules apply: Wipe, flash the zip, flash GAPPS, and you’re good to go.
If you feel like sprucing up your i18150 with a little CM10, head on over to the original development thread for more info.
November 24, 2012 By: Jimmy McGee
XDA Developer TV News specialist Jordan talks about the news you may have missed this week. First thing Jordan talks about Android 4.2 for the Nexus S. Also, mentioned is that the Samsung Wave I and Wave II received CyanogenMod 10 releases. Finally, Jordan covers the article detailing how Google has released a UI testing framework.
In Samsung Galaxy Camera news, Jordan mentions how the device has been rooted. Also, Jordan covers the three part series from XDA Elite Recognized Developer and TV Producer AdamOutler. AdamOutler unboxes the device and shows basic usage in part one, does a complete tear down in part two and shows how to root the device in part three. Also Released this week on XDA Developer TV, was a video talking about why we root by TV Producer azrienoch. Pull up a chair and check out this video.
November 24, 2012 By: Joseph Hindy
Very recently, the CyanogenMod team released CM10 final to the community. However, many developers are still trying to get CM10 ported to their devices. Now, the ROM is available for the Developer Edition of the Droid RAZR HD.
XDA Senior Member GoClifGo05 posted a thread on behalf of the ROM’s developers, XDA Senior Member dhacker29 and XDA Recognized Developer Hashcode. Unfortunately, as stated, it’s for the Developer Edition of the phone only. It seems trivial, but it will not work on the regular Droid RAZR HD.
This is an alpha build of the ROM, so as expected, there will be some issues. Exactly what those issues are haven’t been listed, as not many users have given it a try yet. However, it presumably at least boots and has most of the core features working. In terms of issues, most users seem to be having problems just getting the ROM installed. Currently, it isn’t compatible with SafeStrap 3, and users may run into problems trying to install it via TWRP and CWM. The most common error is that it can’t get /system mounted for flashing. These are all bugs that will likely get fixed with later versions of both the custom recoveries and the ROM itself.
For more details, check out the original thread.
Now onto something different, but not quite different: our mandatory serving of news coming from the pseudo forgotten areas of XDA. No, we are not talking about Off-Topic General, but rather the section for the infamous Samsung Wave and Wave II. Due to the ever increasing popularity of Google’s Android OS, other smaller players essentially fall short in terms of expectations and support. Development costs become a financial burden, as opposed to a profitable venture. This was the case with Samsung’s own BadaOS. So, what is the next best thing you can do if you have a device running this? Flash Android on top of it.
The latter part of that statement is not a simple feat by any means, particularly due to the OS not being designed to work on the hardware. Having said that, when you have people like XDA Elite Recognized Developer Rebellos on task, you know that there is now a chance to get much needed support for the device. In this particular case, Rebellos was able to port CM10 onto the Wave and Wave II. However, the initial version is nowhere near daily driver status. In fact, radio connectivity is non functional, the battery gauge is broken, and according to the dev, the experience is rather slow. All in all, this is an alpha stage build.
Please leave some feedback for the dev and remember to back anything important up if you are going to dive into this.
So once again it’s time. Introducing the first alpha development preview of CyanogenMod 10 (based on Jelly Bean) for the Samsung Wave.
This preview is intended only for developers as it is in a very early development stage and not all features of the device are fully working.
You can find more information in the original thread.
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[Thanks Rebellos for the tip!]
November 16, 2012 By: Jimmy McGee
CyanogenMod team releases a final version of CyanogenMod 10 for various devices while dealing with website extortion issues. These are only two exciting stories from the XDA Portal this week. Other stories rehashed by Jordan include three other video releases on XDA Developer TV. Released this week by XDA Developer TV Producer TK was his two part review of the Samsung Galaxy Note II and it’s S-Pen. Also, released this week was XDA Developer TV Producer azrienoch’s discussion of the DMCA.
In Android 4.2 news Jordan mentions the release of an image for the Nexus 7, Nexus 4 and Nexus 10 devices. Finally, Jordan mentions that the Android 4.2 update hits AOSP, the SDK has been updated and the Nexus binaries have been added too! Pull up a chair and check out this video.
Recently, the more astute among you may have noticed that the CyanogenMod project has begun to use the cyanogenmod.org domain rather than their previous .com version—a seemingly incongruous change, unfortunately driven by a malicious team member (turned rogue).
SatanR1, to use his username, bought the .com domain name for CyanogenMod via his company, Metserve Enterprises, when they started their own site to host builds and infrastructure such as their build system and distribution network. At some point in the past few months, the owner of the domain decided to fraudulently impersonate Steve Kondik (Cyanogen) towards companies, in order to seek donations and financial contributions. These were claimed to be going to the CyanogenMod project, but were in fact going directly to the impersonator himself.
To make matters worse, this user had (and has) full control of the .com domain name (which CyanogenMod are currently attempting to regain via the ICANN dispute procedure). The impersonator tried to extort $10,000 from the team to have the domain name returned (which they naturally cannot and will not pay). As of today, the domain name has been directed away from the project’s site, presumably in an attempt to try to gain some further money from the team.
To echo the request from the CyanogenMod Team,
If you are a company out there that believes they have also entered into agreements with “CM” by this person impersonating Steve, please contact Shade@chemlab.org. We’d like to get a handle on how widespread this was before we file charges.
The Android community is fairly tightly knit, and to see such a flagrant abuse of trust is frankly shocking. To see someone attempt to extort vast sums of money from an open source project (after already having obtained large sums of money by purporting to represent them to other companies) is likely very distracting for the team, yet they have pressed ahead with the release of CyangenMod 10 nonetheless.
I hope you will agree that this kind of behavior is totally unacceptable, and that such unethical business practices, especially by someone operating under the guise of their business, should be condemned by the community as a whole.
Update: Thankfully, it appears as if the situation is now resolved.
There comes a time in life, when everything must evolve and better itself. This does not happen overnight and certainly not by itself. Apparently, this seems to be the case for the infamous CyanogenMod ROM. The latest installment, known as CM10, is finally getting to a point where the CM team has deemed the release as highly stable and almost bug free. This is great news for anyone using AOSP-based ROMs. as many of them share parts of the CM code as well.
The best part about this is that it allows anyone to try Jelly Bean 4.1, despite not being able to due to lack of updates coming from device manufacturers or because the device may no longer be supported/ineligible for updates. They can now enjoy the improved experience that is offered by the newly revamped OS. Having said that, and going back to the ever evolving nature of our devices’ firmware, you may want to keep an eye out for newer versions of CM (10.1 maybe?) because as of yesterday, 4.2 source code was released to the AOSP, and it comes loaded with all the goods we talked about earlier.
One last thing worth mentioning is that, while the list of supported devices under the CM umbrella is huge, it does not mean that every device supported will receive CM10 final just yet. Only a few of the most popular devices have gotten the green light to label the release as “Final,” including most variants of the SGS3, several variants of the SGS2, HTC One X, Motorola Xoom, and of course the Nexus devices, as well as a few others. So, keep your eyes peeled to see if your device is in the “chosen” list.
You can find if your device is included in the list or not by visiting the CM downloads page, and by visiting your local device forum here on XDA.
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[Thanks willverduzco for the tip!]
November 13, 2012 By: Joseph Hindy
Over the last five months, official and unofficial CyanogenMod 10 builds have popped up on more than a few devices. Even now, devices are still getting their first set of releases and users are still excited about it. The LG Optimus 2X has had CM10 releases for quite some time, but they haven’t been working as they should be. Now, there is a fix.
XDA Senior Member wkpark released a CM10 Nightly Patcher that fixes the known issues in the nightlies, and makes them work on the Optimus 2X. A list of features and fixes include:
This is a CM10 Official nightly patcher for SU660
this patcher automatically fix for SU660 stuff
- fix updater-script for CWM5 of SU660
- fix partition number from 9 to 10 in the vold.fstab
- fix HOME key in the Generic.kl gpio-keys.kl
and you can select kernel for SU660
- normal kernel (152MB carveout)
- 112MB carveout kernel
- 1500MHz overclocked kernel with OV/UV feature. (Please see attached files for kernel developer. It could be used for P990)http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1971350
If you couldn’t tell from the feature list, it also includes a selection of kernels, one of which features overclocking. To use the patcher, download the proper nightly build, and place it in the same folder as the patcher script. Next, run the script, and you’ll be given a new zip that flashes both appropriately.
For more details, check out the original thread.
November 9, 2012 By: Jimmy McGee
In case you missed any exciting Android news from XDA, our friend Jordan is here to help you get caught up. Jordan mentions the Jelly Bean leak that has been rooted and deodexed for the Verizon variant of the Samsung Galaxy S III. Jordan talks about the other video released this week on XDA Developer TV by XDA Developer TV Producer TK reviewing Holoweb Browser.
In Android 4.2 news, Jordan mentions the core and Google apps from Android 4.2 being available for any Jelly Bean device. In CyanogenMod 10 news, Jordan mentions the unofficial release for the Samsung Galaxy GT-I5510. Finally, Jordan talks about the file manager added to CyanogenMod Nightlies. Pull up a chair and check out this video.
The HTC Explorer was never one of the most popular smartphones to grace the pages of XDA. The Explorer is a low end device that was released in late 2011. With only a 600 MHz processor and 512 MB RAM, it was never going to grab any headlines. This is what makes the recent high level of development activity on the device all the more impressive.
First up, XDA Senior Member oblikas brings us TWRP. The popular touchscreen driven recovery system allows you to do much more than flash a ROM. While it does work as intended, at version 22.214.171.124, it’s not updated to the latest version at the time of writing.
Next up, XDA Senior Member derefas has managed to port HTC Sense 4.0 to the Explorer. Given that the device originally shipped with Sense 3.5, this is an exciting port for Explorer owners, giving their device a complete refresh. The only listed known issues with the ROM are occasional USB issues, Bluetooth, Wifi and Superuser, though these last three issues have been fixed by the dev and will be working in the next ROM update.
Further to this, XDA Senior Member sam_0829 has impressively ported Sense 4.1 to the device, using the HTC Desire HD as a donor. The main functional parts of the device such as radio, sound and camera are all working, but as the Desire HD has a much higher screen resolution, a large amount of the ROM needs to be re-sized to fit the Explorer’s 320 × 480 screen. The dev has created a thread in the hope that others will be able to provide help in re-sizing, so that a usable ROM can be put together.
If Sense isn’t your cup of tea, and you prefer a more true Android experience, there are a number of ROMs available that are more suited.
XDA Senior Member sakindia123 has been busy, and brings us unofficial builds of both Cyanogenmod 9.1 and 10. The Ice Cream Sandwich based Cyanogenmod 9.1 ROM is fully functional with no known issues. The Cyanogenmod 10 ROM is almost completely working, with the only issues being with video decoding and voice search.
Another non Sense option is an unofficial AOKP ROM, built from source by XDA Recognized Developer flowish. This ROM has no known issues and of course has all the standard AOKP features.
Finally, if you haven’t been hiding under that rock of late, you’ll no doubt have heard of PACman ROM, an amalgamation of the best features from Paranoid Android, AOKP and Cyanogenmod 10. This port of PACman ROM is brought to us, again, by XDA Senior Member oblikas. Given the ROM has only just been released and is in an alpha stage, there are a few issues at present, including the camera, audio and USB mass storage.
There are of course many other custom ROMs available in the HTC Explorer Development forum. This article is just intended to highlight some of the more recent development taking place.
If you want to try out any of these ROMs, check out the relevant ROM thread: