February 19, 2014 By: Tomek Kondrat
Before Motorola was acquired by Lenovo, the OEM released two very interesting smartphones. The Moto X and Moto G were the first and probably the last devices made by the formerly American OEM in a cooperation with Google. Not so long ago, we talked about the Moto G receiving an unofficial CyanogenMod port. Now, however, the G and a few other Motorola devices will receive official CyanogenMod nightlies.
The CM team has released three unified builds, which is a bit of a surprising move, considering that the list of supported devices is quite long. The “mysterious” moto_msm8960 build will work with the Photon Q, Atrix HD, Razr M, and Droid Razr HD. The second build, dubbed moto_msm8960dt, should work with dual-core devices like the Moto X, Droid Maxx, Droid Mini, and Droid Ultra. You need to figure out which phones are which, as builds for other devices will simply not work properly or even can brick your device. So be sure to double check before flashing, and check your home forum here on XDA to get the necessary info.
A build for the Moto G is separate due to its internal hardware. And I can’t can’t write about official nightlies for device code named falcon without mentioning XDA Senior Member dhacker29, who did a terrific job bringing up the device tree for this phone.
Motorola devices aren’t the only receiving these new unified builds. A couple of Samsung devices will receive unified builds as well. The list of phones is quite long and includes following devices:
Builds include only Qualcomm-based devices, as Exynos devices are still using platform-specified builds.
As you can see, the CyanogenMod team are on fire and make things as easy as possible both for developers and end users. The builds are located over on the official CyanogenMod download page. You can also check out the source code by visiting team’s Github and typing the name of the device in the search box.
[Big thanks to XDA Recognized Contributor herna for the tip!]
Some phones allow you to connect to both CDMA and GSM networks. This means that you can have signal pretty much wherever you go. However, hacking phones to use such capabilities can take a little time. Now, Motorola Photon Q 4G LTE users have a SIM card mod to help unlock their phones.
XDA Senior Member CornholioGSM released a step-by-step hardware tutorial to help users connect whatever SIM card they want to their Photon Q. Be warned: It is a complicated process, and can potentially mess up your device. As per the norm, you’re responsible for breakage. Here’s a list of the tools you’ll need:
Soldering Station, Hot Air Rework Station with Nozzle Straight approx Ø7mm Dia, Solder Flux (not important), Tweezer, Small wires (you can use bonding wire from old headphones), Screwdriver and Good Nerves
The mod revolves around taking the device apart to get to the SIM already in the phone. Then, you modify it to use other SIM cards. CornholioGSM has not only provided pictures of the mod, but videos as well, including a final test video to show it works. This can be great for Photon Q users who want to play with their phones on other networks.
For all the details, check out the original thread.
October 1, 2012 By: FallenWriter
The Motorola Photon Q is an interesting device. As one of the only mainstream smartphones released in the past year to feature both powerful specs and a slide out keyboard, it caters to a niche of users who still desire the feeling of physical keys under their fingers while enjoying all the latest games and applications. Development on this system has actually been quite robust, as both CWM and TWRP have made their way to it.
Now, in what many would feel to be a natural progression, XDA Forum Moderator arrrghhh (the same moderator who brought TWRP to the Photon Q) has released the first modified, custom, source-built kernel for the device. Featuring GPU and CPU overclocking as well as having been built with the infamous “Linaro” toolchains, the kernel’s feedback has been one of speed and smoothness. So if you’re a Photon Q 4G LTE user, stop reading this line, jump to the original thread, and give this beast a go!
Just a short time ago, we brought you news that the Motorola Photon Q 4G LTE got root and ClockworkMod Recovery. Usually, users would be happy with just that, but having more options is always better. One popular alternative to the venerable is the Team Win Recovery Project. Now thanks to XDA Forum Moderator arrrghhh, the Motorola Photon Q 4G LTE has its own TWRP port.
To get started, users need to be unlocked via MotoDev. Users are then to install GooManager from the Play Store and use it to flash the recovery. If you’re not already rooted, you can then flash SuperSU to obtain root.
For additional info, check out the original thread.
August 30, 2012 By: Former Writer
Not long ago, we brought you the amazing news that Motorola is finally taking some positive strides in their locked bootloader policy. Why is this great news? Because this is XDA Developers and we like our bootloaders unlocked. The only issue with the new MotoDev site is that it only supports a few devices. One of them is the Motorola Photon Q 4G LTE, which was recently given its own forum here on XDA, and now has a root and recovery method.
What makes this so interesting is that this is the first root and recovery method released that requires users to use the MotoDev dev site to unlock their bootloader. Users are to unlock using the MotoDev website, then follow the instructions written up by XDA Recognized Developer shabbypenguin. It’s a pretty basic root method. Users have to flash the recovery using Fastboot and then flash SuperSU via the custom recovery that they just flashed in the previous step. Once done, users will be rooted and running a custom recovery.
The root method is still in beta, though, and testers are still doing their thing. However, so far no one has reported any massive issues. USB Mass Storage has been reported not working, but that should be the only outstanding bug in recovery right now. For more info, check out the root thread.