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Posts Tagged: LG Optimus Black

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Google made a point to state that KitKat could run well on devices with as little as 512 MB of RAM. In the time since its release, we’ve talked about many projects that brought Android 4.4 to the most unexpected targets. And in addition to the memory requirements, the device must also have enough storage to house the ROM and GApps.

The  was released two-and-a-half years ago with Android 2.2 Froyo. Some devices simply refuse to find a permanent home in the drawer and gather dust, and the Optimus Black is one of these devices. A few weeks ago, XDA Senior Member Evisceration introduced an experimental build of OmniROM. Development is still at very early stage, so most of things aren’t working as intended. Two most noticeable bugs are no audio and a lack of network connectivity, so at this point it’s more for testing than daily driver. But hopefully, most of bugs will be fixed in time. And while the builds are currently “unofficial” due to their current early alpha status, the end goal is to make these the official OmniROM builds for the device. Nonetheless, it’s extremely nice to see KitKat at such old device, but it’s XDA and such things are perfectly normal to see.

If you are an Optimus Black owner or have one safely tucked away in a drawer, it’s time to prepare your hardware for some flashing. Make your way to the development thread to learn more.

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The weather widget has, since the days of TouchFLO in Windows Mobile, become an iconic feature on most smartphones. Its main purpose in life is to make your life a little simpler by giving you snippets of information regarding the weather in your neck of the woods (or anywhere in the world). In this day and age, the Android ecosystem has spawned several different variants of the infamous widget, each one presenting different features and eye candy animations. Manufacturers also present their own versions of it and LG is no exception. The weather/clock widget from the LG UI is a nice looking, animated widget that pretty much looks great on any home screen (YMMV, of course).

This is all great but, getting it to work on a ROM without the corresponding framework is a different story altogether. We normally either look for a flashable zip, an APK, or something to quickly get our fix. Asking devs to port it would also be a viable option, however, you could end up waiting for a while depending on who you ask. Since we at XDA-Developers believe in getting what you want/need by learning, we are always glad to come across guides like the one created by XDA Forum Member devilex94. The dev has created a quick guide showing how to modify framework.jar from any ROM in order to get the widget working. The process is relatively straight forward, and in essence it involves pulling and decompiling the aforementioned jar, adding a file provided by the dev, recompiling it, and pushing the modified framework.jar back into /system/framework.

There are a few tools that you will need, such as apktool for compiling/decompiling the framework.jar. We strongly recommend that you take a look at the original apktool thread by XDA Forum Member iBotPeaches as well, in case you are not familiar with how it works. Happy porting!

Requirements-
*A nice working rooted mobile phone
*A working PC with java installed
*apktool-[Don't ask how to use it]

You can find more information in the original thread.

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While there are tools available to convert ROMs from one type to the next, they sometimes require a number of steps, and are often complicated and frustrating. This is especially true for devices that have their own ROM file type such as Motorola’s SBF or LG’s KDZ. As development on Android continues, it was only a matter of time before developers found a way to switch from those proprietary file types to something a little easier to work with.

For the LG Optimus Black, and possible other LG devices as well, there is now a tool that automatically converts KDZ ROMs to Bin/FLS types with just one click. Developed by XDA Forum Member jes0411, the automated ROM converter also has a number of other features. Among those, users can choose whether or not to inject ClockworkMod Recovery into the ROM as well. Once finished, users can install as usual. If they want root along with it, it’s as simple as downloading the superuser.zip provided in the thread and flashing it after the ROM flash. A nifty tool like this makes conversions a breeze, and should be included in any ROM developer’s tool repertoire.

For more information, head to the original thread.

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LG has announced their schedule for Ice Cream Sandwich updates. Similar to Samsung and Sony Ericsson, only their 2011 models will get the official update to Android 4.0.

The rollout will begin in the second quarter of 2012 with the LG Optimus LTE, Prada phone by LG 3.0, LG Optimus 2X, LG Optimus Sol, LG my Touch Q and LG Eclipse, followed in the third quarter by the LG Optimus 3D, LG Optimus Black, LG Optimus Big, LG Optimus Q2 and LG Optimus EX.

The exact dates, which may vary by country and carrier, will be announced separately, according to LG. However, since there’s no mention of the US-carrier branded versions, like the T-Mobile G2x, AT&T Thrill 4G and Nitro HD, their fate remains unclear.

Read the full statement on Facebook.

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We hadn’t added anything in a while, so after much deliberation and tons of requests, we have decided to give LG Optimus Black owners a little spot to play, hack, develop, and do everything that is normally done on XDA. The device seems a bit on the medium to low end side, considering some of the other higher end devices that LG has been putting out lately. However, it still packs quite a punch with  a 1 GHz OMAP 3630 processor from Texas Instruments, 512 MB, and a few other features including a very slim profile, the “now” mandatory 5 MP camera, and a few other perks. The only downside of this device is that it comes loaded with Froyo 2.2.1, which is likely the more reason for so many people requesting a forum for it, so that they can put Gingerbread on it (or Ice Cream Sandwich when the time comes).

Well, the ground has been broken, so now it is time to develop. Please pop in there if you have experience with this device, or if you can help people with things such as rooting, cooking roms, etc.

You can visit the LG Optimus Black home on XDA here.

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