January 19, 2013 By: jerdog
At the end of last year, we started selling XDA cases with our friends at CruzerLite, and we’ve seen some phenomenal interest. Our current lineup is the Samsung Galaxy Note 2, Samsung Galaxy S III, Samsung Galaxy Nexus, and the Google Nexus 4—but we want to add more. So we have decided to hold a poll and let the users choose which device(s) to add to our current lineup.
Below you will find some of the top devices at XDA. Please choose one from the list that you would like to see offered, and we will pick from the top 3 devices. The voting ends on February 15, so make sure you place your vote for the devices you love!
EDIT: The results are in, and displayed below. We’ll keep you updated as to the final options when they become available.
December 31, 2012 By: Former Writer
For some Motorola Droid RAZR owners out there, this Christmas was a very Merry one indeed. As it turns out, Verizon had accidentally flipped the update switch, and some owners got a very early update to Android 4.1. Unfortunately, the switch was flipped off eventually, but not before a good number of people got the update. Now, that build is available for developers and users to try out and work from.
XDA Senior Member spc_hicks09 managed to grab the update as it was being pushed and uploaded it for all to have. Along with the download, spc_hicks09 has also provided a rather extensive set of instructions for users who want to install it. There are some risks though, as spc_hicks09 explains:
CAUTION!!!!! AFTER INSTALLING THIS UPDATE, IT IS COMPLETELY IMPOSSIBLE TO GO BACK TO ICS!!! YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED!!
So if anyone is thinking of flashing this, do keep in mind that you won’t be able to go back—at least not yet. The good news is that if you follow the instructions precisely, you can even maintain root.
For additional details, check out the update thread. Just be sure that you are fine with the possibility of not being able to revert back to ICS after updating.
You don’t have to look far to find a Motorola Droid RAZR owners who didn’t feel a little cheated when the RAZR Maxx came out—same phone, same specs, and a substantially larger battery. In short, it’s everything the RAZR should have been. Well, there is now a method to fully convert your Droid RAZR into a Droid RAZR Maxx.
XDA Forum Member Faekie posted a tutorial that takes the internal hardware of the RAZR and transplants it into the housing of a RAZR Maxx. This includes its wonderful, gigantic battery. As it should be noted, this will void pretty much all warranties. And since you’ll be working with most of the components, it’s quite dangerous. Proceed at your own risk.
The process is going to take a long time. The Droid RAZR will have to be almost completely torn down and then rebuilt in the body of a RAZR Maxx. There is quite a bit that goes into the procedure. If you don’t believe, watch any XDA Unboxing video. Faekie has also provided a list of websites that will sell the appropriate RAZR Maxx parts, as well as a list of tools you’ll need. As some have pointed out, there are kits that let you do this, but this is a far less expensive method.
For the full tutorial, check out the original thread.
December 18, 2012 By: David Watt
CyanogenMod 10.1 has been spreading like wildfire across the XDA forums, mainly in the form of unofficial ROMs. The latest device to receive a CM10.1 ROM is the Motorola Droid RAZR.
XDA Recognized Developer Hashcode put together what is currently an alpha release of CyanogenMod 10.1. The staple functions of device, phone, data, and WiFi are all functional, but the list of non working features is significantly longer:
So if you’re looking for something stable for use as a daily driver, this ROM isn’t for you quite yet.
The ROM is available for both the CDMA and GSM variants of the Droid RAZR. If you want to give it a try, check out the ROM thread.
When new devices are released, there are a plethora of ways to enjoy it. For many, it’s getting one pre-ordered. For others, it’s waiting for system dumps or firmware leaks, and using them to port the newest stuff around to older devices. It can’t match the experience of actually owning the phone, but it does give potential owners or fans great insight as to how the new software runs. Motorola Droid RAZR users can now get a taste of what’s to come on the Motorola Droid RAZR M.
XDA Forum Member BondGarcia has successfully ported some elements of the RAZR M to the original RAZR. This includes the very popular circle clock widget, the launcher, and several core applications like Messaging, Gallery, and Camera. Granted, it isn’t everything available, but it’s definitely a good start and a nice way to see what the RAZR M interface will be like.
Installing the various APKs is quite simple. You’ll need a root-enabled file manager application. Drop the APKs into /system/app and, more or less, you’re done. You’ll have to change permissions for the launcher, but otherwise you’re good to go. BondGarcia recommends backing up the replaced applications, so that you can revert easily should you need to.
To get started, check out the original thread.
September 8, 2012 By: Former Writer
This year, we’ve been on a kick to help teach users how to develop on various platforms. Whether it’s something like compiling ROMs from source or creating icon sets, there are threads scattered across XDA that help teach those who are interested how to do various things. Motorola Droid RAZR users can now learn how to port battery mods and notification toggles to their favorite ROM.
The guide originally started out as a simple battery mod with custom notification toggles. However, XDA Senior Member alteredlikeness, who was also a part of the Atrix 2 ICS leak disaster, eventually added a guide on how to port the battery mod and custom toggles to any ROM. Of course, it can be used for any battery mod and custom notification toggle setup.
It is a very long method and takes quite a bit of time for those not familiar with the tools involved. In short, users will be decompiling the systemui.apk and the services.jar, applying the new battery mod and toggle set, recompiling and applying them to whatever ROM they so desire. Anyone attempting to do this will need APKTool, 7zip, Notepad++, and WinMerge at least.
For more info, go to the original thread.
September 5, 2012 By: Former Writer
Around here, many users enjoy various AOSP-derived ROMs. There are quite a few options, including such well known ROMs as CyanogenMod, AOKP, and ParanoidAndroid. There are many more options as well, which is great because the more the merrier.
Now, the Android Developer Alliance development team has released the AffinitySERIES ROM to various devices. Their missions statement is pretty simple, as explained by ADA member, and XDA Recognized Developer, blueHarford:
One of our biggest things is No Drama, no secrets, BIG on communication which i think alot of other teams lack. We are not the best we will not boast ourselves or ever use the word kang. We feel like one of the first teams to start AOSP project to where it truley is part of the open source community. Were not out for recognition were out to make good products.
Fast, Responsive, Intuitive & Professional UI
GLaDOS v2.1 Power Kernel Built In
First of its kind Customized Toggle Icons
Custom Awesome Popup SMS Features
Facebook Contacts Support
Custom Power Widget
4 Way Reboot Menu
Exclusive ADA Wallpapers
5 Way Lock Screen Targets
Beautiful Weather Lock Screen
Voice & Data (SVDO)
Customized Navbar Settings
Modified Navigation Bar Options
Clock Modifications – Left, Center, and Right Clock AM/PM Weekday Abbreviation
Battery Options 6 Styles to Choose
Many, many more…!
Users are reporting that the ROM works well and has very few issues. Most are reporting no issues at all, which is great for a Jelly Bean ROM. Now that the initial release is out of the way, the team is looking forward to the host of other devices they plan on supporting in their second round of releeases. The official list includes:
Asus Transformer TF101
Asus Transformer Infinity TF700
Samsung Galaxy Tab2
Droid RAZR/RAZR MAXX
Samsung Galaxy Nexus (toroplus)
Samsung Galaxy Note
Samsung Galaxy SII and SIII
Motorola and their locked bootloaders have been a topic of discussion here on the XDA Portal on multiple occasions. They have locked down all of their newest devices, and have even released updates to lock down the older ones. This has caused a lot of backlash from members here on XDA, especially since Motorola was acquired by Google not too long ago. This caused speculation as to whether Motorola would take the open source values of their parent company, and if so, when this would happen. It seems as if this may be starting to happen now.
Motorola has released the first version of their bootloader unlocker tool. It has a lot in common with HTCDev. Users will need the Android SDK and the Motorola drivers. Then, it’s a matter of signing in to the MotoDev website, submitting your Device ID, obtaining an unlock token, and unlocking that bootloader. This is great news, as there are many Motorola users who have been waiting to have their devices unlocked.
Of course, with the good there comes the bad. It is not yet compatible with many devices. The first release supports the Developer version of the Droid RAZR, the Verizon and WiFi Xoom, and the Motorola Photon Q on Sprint. That’s it. However, those with other Motorola devices should not be disappointed, as this is the first step toward Motorola revising their bootloader policy.
August 11, 2012 By: Former Writer
Motorola does things a little bit differently than most other OEMs. For Samsung and HTC devices, users usually just boot into a custom recovery and flash whatever they want. If the bootloader is locked, sometimes flashing things via HBoot or Odin Mode is required. For Motorola devices, many of them use a BootMenu Manger like application or a Bootstrap application to get recovery on the device so things can be flashed on it. First time Motorola users may find this confusing, as it’s not as clean cut as Samsung and HTC devices. The process has been written out for Moto Droid RAZR users in tutorial form to help make things easier.
Written by XDA Senior Member HSD-Pilot, the tutorial outlines how to use the BootMenu Manager application which was developed by XDA Senior Member whirleyes. It is quite extensive and has two main parts. The first of which helps users install ICS custom ROMs onto their RAZRs, whereas the second includes general usage, tips, and troubleshooting.
Included in the tutorial is a nifty video for those who’d rather watch than read. The tutorial is also complete with screenshots to help illustrate the various steps. It walks users through preparing for ROM flashes, how to flash ROMs, how to use the BootMenu Manager recovery, how to format Webtop correctly, and a plethora of other things that a RAZR flasher may need. To complete it, HSD-Pilot has an entire section on how to resolve boot loop issues including restoring Nandroids and using RSD Lite.
All in all, it is so thorough that it even managed to impress XDA Elite Recognized Developer and Developer Admin pulser_g2, who commented:
This looks brilliant actually!
I wish someone would write this up on the forums for the Defy.
So who’s up to that task? For more information on the RAZR BootMenu Manager tutorial, check out the original thread.
When essentially the same device is released on both GSM and CDMA carriers, development on one can be stronger than development on the other despite the fact that they are otherwise identical. This is the case on several devices such as the HTC EVO 3D and the Motorola Droid RAZR. However, this is no longer an issue as there is now a patch for the Droid RAZR to allow CDMA ROMs to work on the GSM version of the device.
Developed by XDA Senior Member dtrail1 with the help of a few other members and devs, the patch can be applied to only a few CDMA ROMs at the moment. They do happen to be pretty popular ROMs, though, and include Black Widow CM9, Eclipse ICS, and Black Widow AOKP M6. There are a few problems, though. For instance, Black Widow CM9 users who use the patch will lose their camera functionality, and it’s been reported that the bug will take some time to fix. Otherwise, the process is pretty simple. For the AOSP-based ROMs, simply flash the ROM like normal, flash a bootmenu patch, and then flash the GSM patch. For Eclipse ICS, it’s the same sans the bootmenu patch. Thus far, aside from the known issues, users have reported that it works quite well.
For more info, check out the original thread.
June 19, 2012 By: Former Writer
Not long ago, we brought you news that the Motorola Droid RAZR ICS update was rooted. This not only allows users who upgrade to get root again if they lose it, but also allows users just buying the device to root it for the first time. It is always good to see root methods obtained for new versions of Android on a popular device. However, that is not the end of the story for the Droid RAZR. There is now also a one click root solution and custom recovery specifically for the device’s ICS update.
Developed by XDA Recognized Contributor pedrotorresfilho, the one click method does as its name implies. Based on the root method mentioned above, the one click method simply requires users to plug in the device and run the script. This is especially helpful for those who aren’t comfortable using Command Prompt or Terminal commands.
As if that weren’t enough, thjere is now a custom recovery specifically made for Droid RAZR ICS users. XDA Senior Member hacker812c created an unofficial port of ClockworkMod Recovery for the Droid RAZR that works for ICS. This allows users to flash ROMs safely after upgrading, without having to worry about compatibility issues. Combined with the one-click root method, Droid RAZR users can get root and recovery at the drop of a hat. Additionally, these methods will work with both the GSM and CDMA variants of the RAZR, but users need to be sure they download the correct files for their devices.
Even though Motorola devices may have their bootloaders locked forever, that hasn’t stopped most of their devices from at least obtaining root. Recently, the Motorola Droid RAZR received an update to Ice Cream Sandwich. However, as when all devices get a new firmware update, there was the question of re-rooting the device. Thankfully, that issue has been solved.
The method, written by XDA Forum Member hacker812c will help users get root on most Motorola Devices. The original exploit was for the Droid 4 and was created by XDA Senior Member Rick#2. XDA Forum Member miloj then created the method, which was originally for the Transformer. In the words of hacker812c:
This method run in CDMA and GSM Razr…
This method run in all versions ICS 4.0.4 for Razr
This method run in all versions ICS BRAZIL and ICS Leaks
This method run in all versions ICS CHINA / 4.0.3. and 4.0.4
As far as root methods go, this one is old school. There’s no one-click available for this method yet, so users will be required to do it manually using either a Linux Terminal or a Windows Command Prompt. This is not to say that it’s difficult, but may require a little extra time for those who are used to one-click methods. For anyone having problems, there’s also a few troubleshooting tips.
For the download links and full instructions, check out the original thread.
April 21, 2012 By: Former Writer
Some Android devices have aftermarket accessories that are a little different from your standard car chargers and screen protectors. For many Samsung devices, there’s a jig that will put users into Download Mode (read: ODIN) if they soft-brick their devices. The Kindle Fire has a factory cable that users can make that helps with similar problems. And now for the Motorola Droid RAZR, there’s actually a way to avoid buying those extra accessories or soldering motherboards—unless of course, that stuff tickles your fancy.
XDA Forum Member vel0city has posted a thread that will allow users to actually get a charge while in AP Fastboot without the use of special, $40 cables or tearing the phone apart to fix things. The method is aimed for users who have the worst of the soft bricks in the Droid RAZR world, in which you can only enter AP Fastboot.
Unfortunately, prior to this method, users would have to either purchase a $40 factory cable or perform a manual hardware modification in order to charge while in AP Fastboot. The reason behind that is because in order to flash anything in AP Fastboot, your battery must be at 50% or higher. In more simple terms, if you soft bricked with no battery charge, you were in some trouble. However, vel0city shows that you can, in fact, still get a charge without any untoward purchases or hardware mods, and this should save many people a big headache. What’s more, vel0city actually puts the step by step on how to get your RAZR back to the way it was pre-crash and offers to help get the Droid RAZR Utility to anyone having trouble finding it.
For more information, the full method and more, check out the original thread and get those batteries charged and those soft bricks fixed!