July 9, 2012 By: Jimmy McGee
In this episode, Jordan talks about the important articles on the XDA Portal. Jordan talks about the CyanogenMod team starting work on Jelly Bean-based CyanogenMod 10. Also covered is the step-by-step guide on how to compile kernels from source. Jordan talks about the petition for root for the Verizon Galaxy S III, and the root and recovery for the Verizon Galaxy S III.
Jordan then talks about the latest news for the new Nexus line of devices. There is an easy-to-follow root guide for the Nexus 7, along with unbricking instructions. Finally, the article about rooting, unlocking and installing apps for the Nexus Q is covered. What are you waiting for? Check out this video now!
July 7, 2012 By: Joseph Hindy
One thing XDA users look for when a new device is announced or released is the device’s development atmosphere. Having good specs, great pricing, and the latest software can’t hurt either. Future Google Nexus 7 users have nothing to worry, as the device’s development is already healthy, despite not having been released yet.
For starters, we already brought you news of the Nexus 7 being rooted. We also talked about enabling a full tablet UI On the Nexus 7. Furthermore, users also already have a custom ROM as well as a custom kernel with a number of modifications made. The kernel has the following features:
Overclocked to 1.5GHz
Voltage tweaks at OC clocks
And the ROM features include:
Superflous apps removed
Ad-blocking host file
Original Nexus 7 boot animation
Want more? Okay. XDA Elite Recognized Developer AdamOutler has even created a Nexus 7 Hack Pack. The pack contains various binaries and reference materials that could prove essential in the development of more complicated modifications and applications. The pack is also scheduled to grow, as AdamOutler and others dig further into the Nexus 7.
For additional information on the current active developments for the Nexus 7, feel free to hit up any of the links above or visit its development forum. The release date is still a couple of weeks away, but Nexus 7 development seems to be progressing nicely.
Google I/O 2012 brought with it a variety of exciting announcements in both software and hardware. Many Android enthusiasts have been drooling over the 7 inch, Tegra 3 powered Nexus tablet since it’s unveiling at the kenote of the event. As you are no doubt aware, the tablet is already available for pre-order through the Play Store, where it is listed as ’Ships Soon (2-3 weeks)’.
Power users awaiting their pre-orders won’t have to wait for a root method, though. In no time at all, the root method was documented and shared to the community—weeks before release! The process requires the use of ADB and fastboot via command line, and works on any OS as long as the Android SDK is installed.
Thanks to the unlockable bootloader on the Nexus 7, the root procedure is as simple as one would expect. XDA Forum Member FadedLite has gathered the instructions in his root tutorial thread for the lucky people already using the device or those who simply want to be prepared for their upcoming tablets. As is expected when unlocking via fastboot oem unlock, your user data will be cleared. Be sure to save all of your important data beforehand.
The Nexus 7 will arrive very soon. If development for the device continues at this speed, the tablet will undoubtedly become a community favorite!
When the Google Nexus 7 tablet was revealed at Google I/O just days back, many were disappointed to see Google’s flagship Android 4.1 JellyBean tablet running the phone interface for portions of the OS, rather than the tablet-optimized interface seen on all Honeycomb and Ice Cream Sandwich tablets. Luckily, this can be fixed with a quick hack, provided your device is rooted.
The choice of a phone UI over a tablet one may be intentional by Google to keep things simple and familiar for the market they are trying to target with this device, but for those of you who want to make best use of the screen real estate by eliminating the top notification bar and integrating it into the bottom system bar, the fix lies in editing your LCD density in build.prop found in the /system partition.
If it sounds complicated to you, don’t worry; it isn’t! With our previously covered free app BuildProp Editor, you can easily edit any line in the file, or you can simply go with the manual method and use any root access file explorer (like this one or this one) to edit /system/build.prop.
Once you have the file open for editing in the BuildProp Editor or any editor of your choice, simply change the entry for ro.sf.lcd_density to 170 from the current value. Once done, save and reboot. Upon reboot, you will get the familiar tablet UI on your Nexus 7 in all its glory. Yes, it’s that simple.