POSTS TAGGED: Motorola Photon 4G

Team Win Recovery Project Updated to 2.3

TWRP

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 includes:

Rebased onto AOSP Jelly Bean source code
Rewrote backup, restore, wipe, and mount code in C++ classes for easier maintenance going forward
NOTE: backups from prior versions of TWRP are still compatible with 2.3
ADB sideload functionality from AOSP is included in 2.3, see this link for more info
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Motorola Releases HTCDev-Like Unlocking Tool

Motodev

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, itR. . . READ ON »

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Make Your Own SBF Files for the Photon 4G

RSD Lite

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 RSD Lite. There are a lot of pros to having a custom SBF of your own, especially on locked bootloaders. As peetr_ explains:

But the better from this comes on locked bootloaders.
In case of softbrick, you don´t have to flash full SBF, root and install bootstrap.
You can just

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Team Win Recovery Project Updated to 2.2

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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 file manager, and dual storage support for Nandroid backups. Additionally, TWRP added support for the open source scripting engine OpenRecoveryScript, which works in conjunction with the pr. . . READ ON »

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Make Your Photon Work on US GSM Carriers

Moto Photon

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 is.

XDA Senior Member halfevildruid released a modem that unlocks the Photon and allows it to work freely on AT&T and other GSM networks. The method does have its issues though. Using this radio and switching to a domestic GSM network w. . . READ ON »

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

3G

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 got a little bold and tested the tweaks on the Motorola Photon 4G. Surprisingly, they actually worked, despite being on a different Motorola phone on a different carrier. Mykeevee tested the tweaks on CyanogenMod 7.2, so it’s unclear if it’ll work with every ROM. Howev. . . READ ON »

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

Moto Lock

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 of SBF files. While this likely won’t affect the current rooted community, new devices and replacements will likely come with this update preinstalled.

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Useful Modifications for Photon 4G Running CM9 and MIUI

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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 spot for ease of access. The thread contains dozens of mods, guides, and themed apps for users running CyanogenMod 9 or ICS-based MIUI to check out.

The best part? None of the modifications are difficult to use, so whether you’re a flashing pro looking . . . READ ON »

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Easily Unlock Fastboot and Radio on Motorola Photon 4G

No Flash

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 fastboot flashable files. The methods are a little bit of a misnomer because while there isn’t any flashing via recovery or use of ADB, there is a package users must download and install via fastboot. So technically, there is a little flashing, but it̵. . . READ ON »

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