December 5, 2012 By: Former Writer
Over the last couple of weeks, we’ve been bringing you news of mskip’s toolkits making it to the Nexus 4 and the Nexus 10. It’s a popular and well known toolkit with extensive features. There is a second toolkit making its way around to Nexus devices, known as Wug’s Nexus Root Toolkit. We brought you news that it was released for the Nexus 7. Now, it’s available for the Samsung Nexus S and Nexus S 4G, the Nexus 4, and the Nexus 10.
XDA Recognized Developer WugFresh has been busy this month. The toolkit has made to five different Nexus devices in just a few weeks. The core features of the toolkit are the same for all releases, and include:
This program will automatically bring together all the files you need to unlock and root your device in a few clicks, or flash it back to stock and re-lock it. You can also use this program to backup/restore all your important data, flash zips, set file permissions, push and pull files, install apps, and much more! With the included file association options, you can perform tasks like flashing zips, installing apps, restoring android backup files, and flashing/booting img files with just a double click! The program includes a full featured interface for automating tasks in TWRP, enhanced restore features, an in-built auto-updater/notification system, ‘any build’ mode, and quick tools utilities. All the latest Android builds and Nexus devices are now officially supported, including the new Nexus 10, Nexus 4, and 3G Nexus 7 (with full 4.2.0 support).
The premise of this toolkit is to make rooting easy and provide a few extra features like installing applications and pushing files. For those looking for a root-bringing toolkit, you should give them a shot.
Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock somewhere, you know that Google has released a few new devices (Nexus 4 and Nexus 10), as well as a refresh to the Nexus 7. What makes this different from previous Nexus releases is that there are two new manufacturers added to the mix with Asus (Nexus 7) and LG (Nexus 4) joining Samsung (Nexus 10 as well as Nexus S and Galaxy Nexus) and HTC (Nexus One).
We recently told you about XDA Elite Recognized Developer Chainfire’s new project to automatically root devices and keep them as stock as possible, and we now have an important update to share with you, as Chainfire has added CF-Auto-Root support for the new Nexus devices. What makes this update different from previous versions is that fastboot support has been enabled, as well as an updated version of SuperSU (v0.99).
Follow the links below to learn more and to obtain the downloads.
December 3, 2012 By: Haroon Q. Raja
With the release of Android 4.2, Google added several new features to the the OS. While the CyanogenMod team has officially started the transition to 4.2 based CM 10.1, it may take a while for them to start rolling out the latest 10.1 nightlies for all devices. That’s where XDA Recognized Developer and Team Euroskank member makelegs has stepped in, providing us with a working self-compiled kang built from the latest CM 10.1 sources for the Google Nexus 10.
Announced through Google+ by makelegs, this build joins the CM 10.1 builds for Nexus 7 already bring provided by Team Euroskank. As with all nightlies, some glitches here and there would be expected. However, based on the response in the forum thread, the build seems solid enough to be usable, and it lets the early adopters among us give CM 10.1 a shot before it’s officially released.
You can find more information and download links in the forum thread.
December 2, 2012 By: Former Writer
Earlier, we brought you news that the universal naked driver received a well deserved update. For those who are unaware of the universal naked driver, it is a project that fits as many drivers as possible into a single driver install to save new users hassle. It’s been updated once again, and this time for the newer Nexus devices.
The new update supports the Nexus 4, Nexus 10, Nexus Q, and—even though it’s a little late—the Nexus S. XDA Senior Member 1wayjonny posted the update in the Nexus 4 forums. The drivers are supported on Windows XP, Vista, 7, and 8.
For most Windows machines, it’s a matter of installing the drivers like any other driver, which is install and go. Windows 8 users may have a more complicated time installing it, but it’s still pretty easy. 1wayjonny posted a tutorial for Windows 8 users to disable driver signature enforcement, so that the drivers can be installed correctly. Once installed, all your devices should be supported under a single driver. For anyone who has a number of devices or plans on adding a member of the Nexus family to their device list, this is definitely something to check out.
To learn more, check out the original thread.
It didn’t take long for developers to sink their teeth into the latest Nexus releases. In an almost instantaneous fashion, the Nexus 4 received a toolkit to help with all rooting and recovery needs and the Nexus 10 was rooted. And now, there is an awesome toolkit for the Google Nexus 10.
XDA Senior Moderator, Recognized Developer, and toolkit guru mskip has released yet another all encompassing toolkit—this time, for the Nexus 10. As we’ve come to expect from his toolkits, there are many, many features. It’s perfect whether you just got your device or have had it awhile. The feature list includes:
* Install correct adb/fastboot drivers automatically on Windows xp/vista/7/8 32bit+64bit
* Backup/Restore a single package or all apps, user data and Internal Storage
* Backup your /data/media (virtual SD Card) to your PC for a Full Safe backup of data
* Unlock/Re-Lock your Bootloader
* Root Stock Jelly Bean builds (upto 4.2.0 JOP40C)
* 1-Click For All to Unlock the Bootloader, Root, Rename the Restore File and Flash Custom Recovery
* Perform a FULL NANDROID Backup of your system (Boot, Cache, Data, Recovery and System) via adb and save in Custom Recovery format on your PC which can be Restored via CWM Recovery
* Pull /data and /system folders, compress to a .tar file and save to your PC
* Dump selected Phone Partitions, compress to a .zip file with md5 and save to your PC
* Install BusyBox on your phone
* Extras, Tips and Tricks section available to all ToolKit Donators
* Auto Update ToolKit to latest pushed version at startup (donator feature)
* Program up to 10 Quickpic slots and run them very quickly (donator feature)
* Mods section to automatically perform certain tasks on your phone
* Download Google Stock Image directly to correct ToolKit folder for extracting and flashing (no need to move it manually anymore)
* Flash Custom Recovery or Google Stock Image to phone
* Rename the Recovery Restore File present on some Stock Roms
* Use adb sideload in Custom Recovery to root/unroot zip files very easily
* Boot into CWM Touch Recovery without Flashing it
* Boot or Flash .img Files directly from your PC
* Install a single apk or multiple apk’s to your phone
* Push Files from your PC to your phone
* Pull Files from your phone to your PC
* Dump selected LogCat buffers to your PC
* Dump BugReport to your PC
* Set Files Permissions on your phone
* Open new Command Prompt for manual input
* Reboot Phone to Fastboot Mode or Android from fastboot mode
* Reboot Phone to Fastboot Mode, Recovery, Android or Download Mode from adb mode
Too long, didn’t read? It does pretty much anything you could possibly need it to, including obtaining root, unlocking, re-locking, recovery, pulling logs, reboot options, installing APKs, and lots of other stuff. If you have the Nexus 10 and you plan on doing some modding, this is definitely a toolkit worth trying out.
To learn more, head to the original thread.
It didn’t take long for developers to get their hands into the Google Nexus 10. There were bootloader unlocking tutorials and root guides basically upon release. ClockworkMod Recovery and TWRP have also been released for the device. Now, source-built ROMs have started showing up for it, including a favorite among XDAers, ParanoidAndroid.
XDA Recognized Developer jaybob413 has released the popular AOSP ROM for the Nexus 10. For those who don’t remember, ParanoidAndroid is a forked ROM (formerly from CyanogenMod, but now directly from AOSP) with a unique hybrid mode that lets users select per-app DPI and layout settings. Of course, it has Android 4.2 as the base, making it among the first ParanoidAndroid ROMs to do so.
There are some issues, though. As jaybob413 explains:
Before you go any further, 4.2 still has a quite a few bugs that need to be resolved by Google. You can read about some of them HERE
This is a blind build depending on the community for testing, so YMMV. Please make sure you have backups for anything you don’t want to lose.
Caution is advised. No promises this will not eat your device and take over your home.
So while users haven’t really reported any issues, this is definitely a work in progress and there could be issues. This on top of the issues that are already known in Android 4.2.
For the full details, check out the original thread.
November 21, 2012 By: Former Writer
While some may have a problem understanding why we would want to do so, the Nexus 4 was rooted in short order. With the whirlwind of Nexus 4 news, it’s easy for some to forget there was a second Nexus device released. The Samsung-made Nexus 10 was released as well. And just as you would expect, it already has root.
XDA Senior Member zedomax has released a series of videos to help get users rooted. There is one video for each supported operating system. As it so happens, all of the big three are supported. So users can root whether they’re running Windows, Mac, or Linux. Included also are step by step tutorials with pictures.
To make things a little easier, all the needed files come in a single zip file. So it doesn’t matter which tutorial you need to follow, all the tools are in a single spot. Just download the zip, unpack the files, and follow of the tutorials to get rooted with a custom recovery. In addition, zedomax has posted a short FAQ video for those who experience bootloops after unlocking the bootloader. Users have reported that the tutorials work well, and so far there have been no major problems.
For all the tutorial videos and download links, check out the original thread.
November 15, 2012 By: Former Writer
Well that didn’t take very long, did it? The new series of Nexus devices has been released, and developers have already started getting their hands dirty coding for the new toys. As they are Google devices, their bootloaders are unlockable. And after only a couple of Fastboot commands, they are ready to be developed on. The Nexus 10 got its first big piece of development with the release of an unofficial build of ClockworkMod Recovery.
XDA Senior Member shimp208 ran the stock recovery.img through the old ClockworkMod Builder and released the results. They are the 220.127.116.11 versions and there is a touch and non-touch version available.
While there are a lot of members who would love to help test it, most Nexus 10 tablets haven’t been delivered yet. So this is a truly untested recovery. Thus, proceed at your own risk. To help reduce the risk of potential soft bricks, shimp208 has put up a warning for users who don’t intend on testing. We’ll echo that here: Don’t flash if you don’t intend to test it. Once it has been thoroughly tested, the okay will be given and users can start flashing things all they want. For those that do want to test it, you’ll have to flash it via Fastboot, as there are no alternate methods right now.
For more details, check out the original thread.
November 13, 2012 By: Haroon Q. Raja
Earlier today, we brought you news of the Andriod 4.2 OTA update for GSM/HSPA+ Galaxy Nexus in the US, and Android 4.2 factory images for Galaxy Nexus, Nexus 4, Nexus 7, and Nexus 10. While that’s enough to get end users excited, Google isn’t leaving ROM and app developers behind either. Android 4.2 Jelly Bean has been pushed to the Android Open Source Project, and the Android SDK has bee updated with 4.2 based API17.
News of the AOSP update was shared with us by XDA Forum Member dilwaala, and soon afterwards the SDK update followed. With the AOSP update, ROM developers can now incorporate the latest Android source code, meaning we should start seeing plenty of 4.2-based AOSP ROMs for a range of devices pretty soon. When it comes to the SDK update, it will allow app developers to utilize the latest APIs provided in Android 4.2 when developing their apps.
Last but not the least, Google has made the latest Android 4.2-based proprietary binaries available for Galaxy Nexus, Nexus 7, and Nexus 10. This means full hardware support for these devices in custom ROMs. For some reason, Nexus 4 has been entirely left out of AOSP for now, with no source or binaries published. According to AOSP Tech Lead JBQ, there’s no ETA on those yet either.
November 13, 2012 By: Haroon Q. Raja
The past few hours have been quite exciting for Nexus device owners. Earlier today, Google started rolling out the Android 4.2 Jelly Bean OTA to the Google Play variant of the GSM/HSPA+ Galaxy Nexus (takju). The OTA update file was shared with us by XDA Senior Member HAKA, along with installation instructions for all GSM/HSPA+ variants of Galaxy Nexus (yakju and yakjuxx). The method involves first installing the latest 4.1.2 takju factory image on non-takju devices, to be able to install the 4.2 update. However, there is no longer any need for that.
Hours ago, Google uploaded Android 4.2 factory images for not just the Galaxy Nexus, but also for Nexus 7 (both WiFi and GSM/HSPA+), Nexus 10, and Nexus 4. While an official yakju image for Galaxy Nexus is still not available, the takju factory images can directly be installed to any yakju or yakjuxx device.
In case the code names have your mind in a jumble, takju is the Galaxy Nexus variant sold by Google in the US Play Store, which comes with Google Wallet pre-installed. Yakju is the exact same device sold internationally by Google, but doesn’t ship with Google Wallet. Yakjuxx is the exact same device sold internationally by Samsung. Google directly updates takju and yakju, while yakjuxx devices are updated by Samsung.
You can download factory images for all these devices at the Android Developers Website.
Earlier today, we announced the creation of forums for the US Samsung Galaxy Note II, Motorola Droid RAZR HD, and the Meizu MX. Now, we would like to share an even bigger announcement. Following Google’s unveiling of the Nexus 4 and 10, we have created two new forums for the newest arrivals in the Nexus family.
First up is the Google Nexus 10. With a retina-besting 2560×1600 resolution, the Samsung-built tablet packs the world’s highest resolution tablet display. And at 10.055 inches, this equates to 300 ppi. It is powered by the latest generation Exynos 5250 processor, which features two ARM Cortex A15 cores running at 1.7 GHz and a powerful ARM Mali T604 GPU. The device comes with 2 GB of RAM, and either 16 or 32 GB of internal storage.
Next is the Google Nexus 4. The LG-built phone is powered by a 1.5 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro processor, featuring four Krait cores and the class-leading Adreno 320 GPU. In addition to the fast processor, the Nexus 4 also packs 2 GB of RAM and either 8 or 16 GB of internal storage. The device also features a 4.7″ 720p display, delivering 320 ppi.
The Nexus 4 will sell unlocked for $299 (8 GB) and $349 (16 GB). The Nexus 10 will come in at $399 (16 GB) and $499 (32 GB). Both devices will ship with Android 4.2, a revamped version of Jelly Bean, and are slated to launch on November 13th. Want to get in on the action? If so, make sure to head over to the newly created forums listed below and check out the Google Nexus website and official blog post!