September 28, 2012 By: Jimmy McGee
This has been another great week on the XDA Portal. XDA Developer TV Producer Jordan covers all the news you need to know to keep up to date on mobile phone developments. Jordan mentions the issues with having the wrong fonts in Windows 7.8 ROMs causing problems and the AnyTAG Near-field communication app for Android. He also covers XDA Elite Recognized Developer AdamOutler‘s video Android Augmentation and Electronics Mod 101: Hacking a Relay into a Circuit, XDA Developer TV Producer azrienoch’s Samsung, What Did We Do to Make You Hate Us? video, and XDA Developer TV Producer TK’s app review of App Manager.
In Jelly Bean news, Jordan mentions the official release for the International Galaxy S III. Also, mentioned is the release of the unofficial CyanogenMod 10 downloader for finding nightlies easily. Pull up a chair and check out this video.
September 25, 2012 By: Former Writer
When it comes to source-built releases, there always seems to be that one glaring issue that lingers around long after the others are fixed. For instance, last year the EVO 4G developers had some trouble with getting WiMAX on CyanogenMod 7. Usually it is something minor like the camera or Bluetooth. Two devices that have struggled with this are the ASUS Transformer Prime and the AT&T Galaxy Note.
The original mod for the Transformer Prime was created by XDA Forum Member eSbek and was later tested and confirmed working on the AT&T Note by XDA Forum Member linkkoriri. Given the large number of differences between the ASUS tablet and the Samsung phablet, the method is likely compatible with other devices as well.
It only works CM10 and ROMs based on CM10, so if you’re running a different build, you may be out of luck. To use, download the mod and replace the audio_policy.conf file with the one you downloaded. After that, reboot and you’re done! For the Galaxy Note owners, it has also been confirmed that using the audio_policy.conf from the Galaxy Note 2 dump.
September 19, 2012 By: Haroon Q. Raja
A couple of months back, we wrote about the Samsung Galaxy Ace S5830 getting an unofficial port of Android 4.1 Jelly Bean based CyanogenMod 10. Meanwhile, the Jellaxy project has also brought another unofficial CM10 port to the device. While CM10 may seem to be “just right” for many of us, there is always room for improvement. XDA Senior Member King ACE has filled in some of that room by developing a mod that adds several features to CM10 running for the Ace.
The features include smooth scrolling, center clock on lock screen and status bar, 30-step volume control and ICS-style on-screen controls. The mod is built for the Jellaxy ROM for the Ace but should work on other CM10 ports available for it as well. Note that it will not work on other CM10-based ROMs such as MIUI that have a modified framework.
Before installing the mod, it is recommended that you backup your existing SystemUI.apk from /system/app and framework-res.apk from /system/framework, in case you wish to revert the changes. You can find more information in the original thread.
September 17, 2012 By: Jimmy McGee
This has been another eventful weekend at the XDA Portal. XDA Developer TV Producer Jordan covers all the news you need to know to keep up to date on mobile phone developments. Jordan talks about the news of a new RPG Alpha needing beta testers. Jordan mentions the Google Tool to port Android Apps to iOS. Jordan mentions the comprehensive guide to Github.
In CyanogenMod 10 news, Jordan mentions the official nightlies for the Motorola Xoom. Also, mentioned are the unofficial releases for the Transformer TF700 and the Atrix 2. Pull up a chair and check out this video.
September 16, 2012 By: Conan Troutman
It’s time for another CM10 for [insert device here] post. This however is not just any old device. It’s the Motorola Xoom, the Honeycomb lead device—a tablet that’s stood the test of time. It also happens to be this author’s tablet of choice, which is why I’m pretty excited. A highly optimized and tweaked build of Android 4.1 has been available for the Xoom (WiFi Wingray, 3G Everest, 4G Stingray) for a while now thanks to the fantastic work of TeamEOS. However, more options is never a bad thing, and many users have grown to love CyanogenMod.
XDA Recognized Developer Steady Hawkin broke the news of official CM10 nightlies for both the Winray & Stingray versions. All the usual nightly build rules apply, so don’t submit bug reports without a logcat to back it up. Up until the most recent nightly there were some issues with sensors, and some people are reporting that their system partition is quickly maxed out. However there are workarounds for these issues, and for the most part the builds seem to be pretty stable.
Check out the original nightly release thread for more info, change logs, and the all-important download links.
Of all the devices that have gotten official and unofficial ports to Ice Cream Sandwich, there aren’t many that had a worse time than the Motorola Atrix 2.
What has been called the dreaded ICS leak of 2012 by members of the Atrix 2 sub-forum community, the initial leak left many users with bricked devices or devices that could be bricked at any time. Thankfully, that’s all over now, and this time the Atrix is getting some Jelly Bean goodness that shouldn’t turn your phone into a paperweight.
XDA Forum Member wanggjghost, along with the help of some other devs and members, has released an unofficial CyanogenMod 10 port for the Atrix 2. As is par for the course with this wave of AOSP Jelly Bean releases, the ROM is quite stable with only a few minor bugs. As of right now, here is what isn’t working:
Not working now:
camera, video, maybe more
So if you can live without your camera, this could be a ROM you run every day. Of course, there could be other bugs as well that haven’t yet been documented. If you happen to find one, you should probably report it so it can get fixed. Aside from that, users are reporting a solid experience.
For download links and more, visit the original thread.
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 8, 2012 By: Haroon Q. Raja
The CyanogenMod project is known for adding extensive features not available in stock Android. Recently, a new version of the Messaging app appeared in CyanogenMod 10 nightlies. The app boasts new message pop-ups and revamped notifications, and adds gesture support for quickly responding to texts using predefined templates.
September 6, 2012 By: David Watt
We recently reported on the growing number of devices receiving CyanogenMod 10 nightly builds. We can now add another device to this list. XDA Recognized Developer CMTeamEpic brings the Samsung Epic 4G to the exclusive group.
Considering the Epic 4G originally shipped with Android 2.1 Eclair, receiving official CM10 nightlies is a very nice bonus for the device. The ROM itself is highly functional with only a few known issues:
Those looking to get their hands on the CyanogenMod 10 nightlies should head on over to the ROM thread.
[Thanks to XDA Senior Member hamagc for the tip!]
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.
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:
September 2, 2012 By: Haroon Q. Raja
The Samsung Galaxy Mini has recently received Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean in form of an unofficial port of CyanogenMod 10 by XDA Senior Member TheWhisp. While the ROM seems to be working fine for those who have given it a shot, there is a problem. Due to the device having limited internal memory, there isn’t enough storage space left on the /system partition after installing CM10 to be able to install Google Apps. This can be a major issue for many, as most of us rely on Google Apps. Luckily, there is a fix for this now, thanks to XDA Senior Member killar_aka_arabu, who has written a script that removes unnecessary apps from the system partition to free up enough space for Google Apps installation.
To get started, grab the latest unofficial CyanogenMod 10 nightly and the latest Google Apps, and transfer them to your phone. Next, visit the guide thread and follow the instructions provided to flash the ROM and free up internal memory space by running the provided scripts, before flashing the Google Apps package.
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.