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Former Writer · Oct 14, 2012

Team Win Recovery Project Updated to 2.3

The last time we brought you news about TWRP, it was to announce that TWRP 2.2.2 had been released. It had fixed a lot of bugs from the initial release of TWRP 2.2 and added a few new features. Very recently, TWRP has been updated again to version 2.3. There were a whole bunch of awesome improvements with TWRP 2.2 and a lot of unique and brand new features as well. TWRP 2.3 promises no less. The official change log...

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Former Writer · Aug 18, 2012

Motorola Releases HTCDev-Like Unlocking Tool

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...

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Former Writer · Jul 26, 2012

Make Your Own SBF Files for the Photon 4G

Many manufacturers have proprietary tools to flash firmware. Samsung uses tar files via Odin and Heimdall, Motorola uses SBF files via RSD Lite, and so on. So what if one wanted to create an SBF file for a Motorola phone? It's not an easy process, but it is now possible for Motorola Photon 4G owners. The process is fairly complicated. XDA Senior Member peetr_ has written up a tutorial guide on creating a custom SBF file for users to flash via...

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Will Verduzco · Jul 12, 2012

Team Win Recovery Project Updated to 2.2

Just about three months ago, we brought you news that the Team Win Recovery Project had received a massive update to version 2.1. April's release largely heralded the start of a new age in recoveries---where one would no longer have to deal with cumbersome menus, instead interacting with a very user-friendly GUI. It wasn't simply about the GUI either. In addition to bringing an unrivaled level of UI polish, TWRP 2.1 offered users many advanced features such as update.zip queuing, a basic...

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Former Writer · Jun 10, 2012

Make Your Photon Work on US GSM Carriers

One of Sprint's major selling points with the Motorola Photon 4G is that it is a world phone. In addition to picking up service from Sprint's CDMA network, it can also connect to GSM networks worldwide, allowing travelers to continue using the phone despite not being in a Sprint area anymore. However, users have found it quite hard to get working on domestic GSM networks such as AT&T and T-Mobile, and it actually hadn't been done yet. Until now, that...

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Former Writer · May 19, 2012

3G CDMA Tweaks for Droid X2 Working on Photon 4G

Not long ago we brought you a couple of tweaks for the Droid X2 that brought 3G speed improvements.While we live in a world of 4G internet for mobile phones, there are still a whole bunch of users out there who either don't live in a 4G area or don't use 4G because they like their phone battery to extend past the traditional workday, so they stay on 3G speeds and reap the battery benefits. Recently, XDA Forum Member mykeevee...

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Former Writer · May 16, 2012

Photon 4G to be Locked Down Like Atrix 4G Next Update

Let us all let out a collective sigh as Motorola continues to publicly hate on all of their rooted users. We've already brought you coverage of the shady Motorola practice of giving out Atrix 4G handsets that cannot be unlocked. Now the time is coming for the Motorola Photon 4G as well. The dual-core Motorola device, which also happens to be the only dual-core Motorola device on Sprint, has an update coming up that will lock the bootloaders and prevent the flashing...

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Former Writer · May 14, 2012

Useful Modifications for Photon 4G Running CM9 and MIUI

Rarely do you see a huge collection of mods and fixes in a single thread, but it's a great thing when it happens. This is the now the case for the Motorola Photon 4G, which has received what amounts to an entire thread full of modifications, fixes, themed apk files, guides and whatever else you can think of. While many forum members who contributed to the thread, XDA Recognized Contributor Th3Bill is the one compiling all of these contributions into one...

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Former Writer · Apr 17, 2012

Easily Unlock Fastboot and Radio on Motorola Photon 4G

Sometimes, flashing to root a device, unlock a bootloader, install a ROM or kernel, or even install a theme can seem like a task one would rather not take. After all, there are many root methods out there that, if done incorrectly, can hurt your device. Users with the Motorola Photon 4G can now gain full fastboot support and unlock their radios with extreme ease. XDA Forum Member scottgl9 has written up methods for Moto Photon users to do both with two...

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Will Verduzco · Apr 10, 2012

Team Win Recovery Project Updated to 2.1

We've said it before, and we'll say it again: touch-based recoveries are the future. Aside from giving end users easier access to device firmware modification, they add a much needed element of polish to the Android hacking experience. While some may say that these upgrade recoveries take away from the feelings of thrill and excitement, I argue that they offer a more efficient interface and enable some truly unique new features not available in the recoveries of yesteryear. In a...

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Former Writer · Feb 28, 2012

Beats Audio Hacked Onto Photon 4G

Many people love Beats Audio because of Android's lack of a built-in equalizer, and it can be said that some Android phones need Beats Audio to deliver a music experience that isn't so, for lack of a better word, bland. While certainly not for everyone, Beats Audio has cultivated a following from various users. XDA Forum Member willblake13 has ported Beats Audio to the Motorola Photon 4G. The modification itself consists of the Beats Audio libraries that were pulled from...

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Former Writer · Feb 19, 2012

Motorola Photon Confirmed to Get Ice Cream Sandwich in Q3 2012

The wait list for Ice Cream Sandwich is much like the waiting list of a popular LA night club. The big names always get in first while everyone else stands outside in line, hoping they got a good enough spot. Of course, finally entering the nightclub is something to be quite excited about. In this metaphor, I am speaking of the Motorola Photon 4g, who's been patiently standing in line behind it's older siblings, such as the Motorola Droid 4...

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Ben Elliott · Aug 15, 2011

Motorola Photon 4G Gets Unlocked Bootloader!

We added forums for Motorola's new Photon 4G earlier this month in the hope that it would instigate development for the device, and users were pleased to find that over the weekend a way around Moto's pesky locked bootloader had become available. Thanks to XDA member Yay 4 Juggs, it became apparent to the XDA community that by flashing an update and following some simple instructions, owners of Sprint's latest WiMAX device could flash custom ROMs to their hearts' content. Also...

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egzthunder1 · Aug 2, 2011

Motorola Photon 4G Forums Added

It seems that Motorola enjoyed the success of the Atrix and the Bionic, and went ahead with the release of their latest Tegra dual core equipped mobile device. The Photon 4G is the manufacturer's latest response to the high demand for 4G enabled devices. The Photon is loaded with many of the same powerful specs that its competitor's carry: 8 MP camera with HD capabilities, 16 GB of internal storage, 1 GB of RAM, and a huge 4.3" 540x960 screen...

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