March 16, 2014 By: Will Verduzco
It’s becoming increasingly difficult to find an Android-powered smartphone with a hardware keyboard. And although larger screens, better software keyboards, and super thin device profiles can win over the hearts of the masses, rabid texters will often accept no substitute for the physical keyboard. As such, many users still desperately cling on to their older devices with hardware keyboards, such as the Motorola Milestone 2.
Work has been underway for quite some time to bring Android 4.4 KitKat to the Motorola Milestone 2. Not too long ago, XDA Senior Member Engle_Mars released a relatively functional build for the device. But now, thanks to the work of Senior Member czechop, we have an almost fully functional unofficial CM11 build.
Czechop’s ROM is based on previous work for the Motorola Defy by Recognized Developer Quarx, with additional credit going to Tezet, Blackd0se, and others. While Czechop’s build was initially released back in November, recent releases have fixed practically all bugs, such that there are no known issues at this time.
Those desperately clinging on to their hardware keyboards should head over to czechop’s unofficial CM11 thread to get in on the action. And if you’re a developer looking to base your work on what czechop has already accomplished, head over to his Github.
October 5, 2012 By: Jimmy McGee
Often times when devices are moved to the “Legacy and Low Activity” section of the XDA forums, they are quickly abandoned. The accumulated information sits and gathers dust, like Atlas Shrugged at a rural public library. But sometimes, you may just find that there are diehard fans, working away in their secluded corner of XDA Developers.
XDA Forum Member czechop has found a way to boot a custom kernel on his Motorola Milestone 2, while bypassing the bootloader signature check. Motorola in their infinite wisdom has locked their bootloaders. So, in a word, this is Huge. This was accomplished with the use of 2ndboot. According to XDA Recognized Contributor nogoodusername this benefits not only the Milestone 2, but the Motorola Defy, Motorola Defy+, Motorola Bravo, and possibly the Motorola Milestone. To accomplish this, however, those devices would need their own kernel, ramdisk, devtree and rmdline. On a grander scale this has the potential to spawn great breakthroughs with OMAP3 powered devices.
A few days ago, we reported on the Motorola Droid impressively receiving a working Jelly Bean ROM. The Droid’s GSM successor, the Motorola Milestone 2 has now followed suit and been given a number of recent updates in the form of CyanogenMod 9 and CyanogenMod 10.
XDA Senior Member tezet started an Alpha version of CyanogenMod 9 several months ago in order to give users a taste of CM9 on their Milestone 2. Though labelled an alpha build, a large number of the standard functions of the phone are functional. However, video functions still remain problematic.
XDA Senior Member sfc3001 has taken tezet’s ROM as a base and continued the CyanogenMod 9 development with his own creation. Also labelled an alpha build, this ROM has only a small number of outstanding issues that are by no means show stoppers. These include WiFi tether and phone encryption.
Taking it one step further, tezet has also produced a Jelly Bean-based CyanogenMod 10 ROM for the Milestone 2. Development is very much active, with regular updates. Amazingly, there are no major issues that limit the ROM’s functionality.
These custom ROMs, as with all others, are a testament to the great work the developers here on XDA put into keeping these older devices alive with much newer flavors of Google’s Android operating system.
If you would like to CM your Milestone 2, take your pick of these threads:
August 2, 2011 By: mic_888
Motorola Milestone 2 owners might be interested to learn that XDA forum member Liori has posted the news that someone on a Chinese forum has figured out a way to apply the multitouch mod to the Motorola Milestone 2.
The XDA member has translated the instructions from the forum into English for the XDA community. In order to get up to 6 multitouch points on your Android device, you’ll need to download the attachment and unzip the milestone2_more.ko file to the root of your SD card and follow the rest of your instructions.
Note that choosing more than 6 touchpoints will cause the system to crash.
To download the file and further feedback and instructions, head on over to the forum thread.
Every week, we select five questions and answers, found on the forums. Even though some of these questions and answers might not be of help for you, they might still be interesting to read.
Q ’Why is the first test score in Quadrant always lower than the following ones ? ‘
A There’s no expert explanation to this fact, but we guess that it has got something to do with the OS keeping the processes and data in memory. It could also be the CPU that’s been revved up after the first test.
Q ’How can I install apps on my Inspire 4G from the market that are blocked by AT&T?’
A The best way to avoid this is by installing Sideload Wonder Machine. It’s software for you PC, which allows you to sideload applications to your phone without directly accessing the Android Market.
Q ’I've looked everywhere in the settings and can’t find a way to zoom in while taking a picture or movie. Anyone know how?’
A Use the volume keys
Q ’How can I remove MOTOBLUR from my Motorla Milestone 2?’
A There’s no way to get rid the complete Motoblur service from your phone, you can however hide it using any other homescreen replacement such as Launcher Pro or ADW Launcher. Note that this only hides the homescreen replacement, not the other services like remote device finder etc.
Q ’Today I noticed the screen of my Nook Color was oversensitive, it was incredibly frustrating and almost unusable. How can I solve this problem?’
If you have a burning question, make sure to search the forum first before posting. If you didn’t find the answer, you can post your question in the appropriate forum.
January 14, 2011 By: egzthunder1
Once again, the voices of the people have been heard by our administrators and as such we have added forums for development, general talks, and apps for 3 new devices (many of them not even out yet). The Motorola Milestone series adds yet another member to its clan with the Milestone 2. Other growing players in the mobile world are coming out with more advanced devices to try and compete with giants like HTC and Samsung, so we figured we would provide them with a good fighting chance as well. The Dell Streak 7 and the Sony Ericsson Arc, which will also be debuting soon, have been added as well. It is good to note that all three of these device manufacturers have implemented tougher than usual anti-rooting techniques in order to “protect” their devices. So, here is our chance to show them that “resistance is futile”
So, do you plan on getting any of these? If so, head over to the fora and share what you may have or know.
Go to the Milestone 2 Home.
Go to the Streak 7 Home.
Go to the Arc Home.
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