One of the biggest appeals of Android—aside from it being open source—is the ability to customize every aspect to get a completely individual and unique experience. Users and developers alike have used countless tools, ROMs, themes, modifications, and whatever else they can get their hands to customize their Android experience.
MIUI users running Windows now have another tool, with which to customize Android. XDA Forum Member Clever_Name_Here has released a PC based tool that will allow the average user to theme their MIUI ROM manually. The Theme Editor includes a number of features, including the ability to change things like the splash screen, boot animation, re-sizing and editing icons in various ways, and even features a text editor for those aficionados who would rather edit the code. Additionally, the PC app will be supported for quite some time, and the developer is asking for feature suggestions on future releases. Need a little more? The themes created in the theme editor should be compatible with all iterations of MIUI no matter what phone it is running on.
More information, screen shots, and download links can be found in the original thread.
There is a new ROM that’s looking to make that very exclusive “all phones must have it” list. Say hello to DianXin OS, or DX OS as it’s being referred to. As XDA Senior Member qtwrk will tell you:
i know you guys may think it looks like MIUI , but i asure you it’s totally different ROM nor MIUI-based modification.
As with MIUI, it’s based in Asia, so the ROMs available to try currently still have some translation to go through and are only available on a couple of devices. Namely, the GSM and CDMA versions of the Samsung Galaxy S.
The people who are working on it currently are the aforementioned qtwrk on the GSM model and XDA Senior Member swamp goblin, who ported it to the CDMA version from qtwrk.
So far, these are the only two phones that we could find running the OS, which is reportedly only 3 weeks old. It can be expected to start making its way around the forums as people start warming up to the idea. In 6 months we could all be saying that development is not truly active until there’s CM, MIUI and DXOS are present.
If you have a Samsung Nexus S and want to check it out, or if you just wanna see what all the fuss is about, then you can head on over to the GSM Samsung Nexus S thread found here and the CDMA Samsung Nexus S thread found here. Inside these threads you’ll find download links, discussions, installation instructions, the all-important screen shots and additional information about this potentially awesome new Android-based OS. As per the norm, these ROMs are still in beta so exercise the usual caution when flashing (making a nandroid backup, etc).
MIUI has been making its way around the Android world pretty fervently recently and it’s march continues on to the Sony Xperia Neo.
The port is brought to you by XDA Senior Member taaviu, who was kind enough to port it based on the latest MIUI source.
Included is all the features of your typical MIUI ROM along with a few extras, including:
I added AltDrawer, modified theme, some speed, battery tweaks and edited build.prop
I want to keep this Rom clean and fast. Also Stable and no FC.
As well as language packs for the following:
Arabic French German Russian Slovak
Brazilian Greek Hebrew Vietnamese
Czech Hungarian Italian Thai
Danish Korean Persian Turkish
Dutch Polish Portugese
English Slovenian Spanish
That isn’t to say there aren’t a few issues with it. Here’s the list of things that aren’t quite working right yet:
BUGs: FM, HDMI, call recording and few small bugs.
BUT another part ROM is good and fast like hell.
Additionally, the first boot will be a little slow. The solution is dead simple, just reboot and you should be good to go with a smooth, fast experience. However, if you can live with the bugs and want to experience the MIUI goodness, you can find the download links, installation instructions and further information in the original thread.
It’s always good news when a device gets MIUI. Along with CyanogenMod, it’s among the most popular ROMs out there and a “must have” for pretty much any Android device.
The features are pretty standard for an MIUI ROM and include a couple others:
*All features of Official MIUI
*Wi-Fi Calling (Yes it works!)
*Zipalign and Permission scrips by Team Kang
*Trinity Kernel by morfic
There is also a 2nd build with a different kernel in case you’re more into overclocking your CPU than you are saving on battery life so whichever fits your need better is available to you.
As with any ROM there is a few known issues. With this ROM there is a surprisingly low amount, just a few users getting an “invalid SIM” message when trying to use WiFi calling after a reboot. Nothing too bad and stormageddon has even taken the liberty to post patches that fix an annoying theming bug should anyone get it. Isn’t that just super nice of him?
So if you’re aching for some MIUI love, then you can head on over to the original thread for all the change log, shout outs, download links and discussion goodness. You can never go wrong running MIUI.
We all knew it would be happening soon, as the AOSP ROMs are essentials for most new phones and tablets and the Amazon Kindle Fire is the latest and greatest device that MIUI calls home and the development of the Amazon Kindle Fire remains on fire (bad pun ftw!).
XDA Senior Member leech2082 released the port which, for a first release, has a surprisingly low number of things not working in comparison to most ports that make first appearances on devices. According to him:
Everything seems to be working except MIUI Themeing and Video! Certainly you guys will find something I missed
So if MIUI theming and video are a couple of things you can live without and MIUI is something you’ve been waiting for, then now would be a great time to check it out. The installation instructions are easy and pretty standard for a ROM flash. Boot into recovery, wipe everything, flash and profit.
The boot up can take a few minutes, and as leech2082 will tell you:
what i have found is the boot animation may cycle twice before fully booting. Also after flash when you hit reboot sometimes it brings up the TWRP screen again. If that happens just hit reboot. Since there is not hard buttons on kindle we included Button Savior you will see if on the right side of screen by default
Not a big deal and easily fixable so nothing to be scared of and no reason not to take advantage of the always fun MIUI goodness. For more information, the shout outs, download links, screenshots and more thorough instructions, feel free to mosey on over to the original thread.
December 27, 2011 By: Joseph Hindy
The port is working pretty well, with a very short list of things not working so far and it’s still, as fuss132 puts it,
like 70% CM7 and 30% MIUI.
So it’s not a pure MIUI release just yet and it is still in the testing stage. If you happen to check it out, the known issues are:
GPS not working
Sometimes Kernel anic (Just remove Battery and reboot)
Some Miui Apps not working: Miui Stats, Miui Settings (so CM7 Settings included)
Video recording with Camera in very bad quality
And, of course, here’s your list of things that does currently work:
HW Acc + GPU Support
Of course Touchscreen
MIUI Apps: Miui Notes, Miui Music, Miui Contacts, Miui Phone, Miui Talk, Miui Browser, Miui Camera
Miui Lockscreen (Please activate it in your Device´s Settings)
So if you’re up for a little MIUI fun and you happen to own Samsung Galaxy SL i9003, then you can check out the original thread for additional information and installation instructions. If you’ve tried it and want to chime in to let us know how it’s working, feel free to do so!
The build is still an Alpha, but so far it has working:
Call audio in and out
Data works confirmed 3G and 4G work and are being displayed and registered properly!!
SMS messages work!!
MMS works when receiving an MMS but you can’t send an MMS yet from internal storage cuz it can’t find it yet.. I’m fixing this now also
ADB works, ADB remount is in the next update that I should have up in a few hours..
MIUI is something that I don’t feel gets enough attention here on XDA. As an MIUI user, as of yesterday, I now understand what our own Chad Hughes of XDA TV meant when he said “it’s as close as it comes to an OS replacement”. Disregarding the speed and stability of this type of ROM, something fun to do with it is to play with the theme engine, much like Cyanogen Mod’s.
XDA member krunalkp has put together a fantastic thread in which he attempts to update daily with some of the best MIUI themes. My personal favourite is ‘New Jeans’, but there are quite a few to choose from. Why don’t you tell me which is your favourite down below?
This collection of themes really shows a bright future for MIUI and its great theme engine. If you’d like to get your hands on any of the themes featured, head on over to the original thread!