January 13, 2012 By: Joseph Hindy
Users of the Samsung Galaxy Mini have had a lot of excitement. Not long ago, CyanogenMod9 was successfully ported to it and it’s also had CM7 for quite some time.
XDA Senior Member squadzone has kept the train rolling on the development for the Galaxy Mini with his simultaneous release of RZ Recovery and ClockworkMod Recovery. This gives users a more familiar recovery experience and makes the process of making back ups and flashing ROMs a little easier.
Both recoveries work perfectly fine, with the exception of the RZ Recovery being unable to read ClockworkMod backups. The feature list for the RZ Recovery is:
-=Arbitrary update.zip selection (with folders) (don’t have to rename files to update.zip).=-
-=rom.tgz support (of course)=-
-=Unsigned update.zip support=-
-=ability to wipe system, data, boot, dalvik-cache, battery stats, cache-
-=No automatic backup when installing a rom.tgz=-
-=update.zip from folder support=-
-=Ability to install APK’s, IMG’s, ZIP’s, TAR’s, TGZ’s from the same menu=-
-=Wipe battery statistics=-
-=clockwork nandroid restore=-
-=Ability to root any ROM=-
-=12 predefined colors + random color selection=-
-=Rave mode: random color every time screen is redrawn=-
-=preinstall update.zip menu=-
-=battery status (charging status, temperature and charge level) display=-
-=android_secure nandroid / wipe support=-
-=Hold volume keys to scroll=-
-=Touch screen scrolling on some devices=-
-=Can add plugins for new menu=-
Squadzone didn’t post a feature list for CWM, but since it’s one of the most popular recoveries of all time, you can easily find a feature list if need be.
If you own a Galaxy Mini and want to check out the recoveries, you can find the original thread for the RZ Recovery here and the original thread for the ClockworkMod Recovery here. In both threads you’ll find download links and instructions for installation. As with any installation of recovery, there is a small risk of damage to your device, so be sure to back up your device before attempting to flash.
January 3, 2012 By: liwen
If you’ve got an LG Esteem from MetroPCS and craved for some custom ROMs, your wait may, well, still go on for a bit, considering that the device isn’t that popular (and doesn’t even have its own forums). But apparently, another important milestone was crossed a little over a week ago: it has gotten custom recovery, thanks to the work of, among others, recognized developer PlayfulGod.
He has released scripts for Windows and Linux that will both root and install the recovery of your choice, either ClockworkMod or Raidzero, with one click. For download links and further instructions, visit the forum thread.
Well the development didn’t stop there. The reportedly sexy (in a non-threatening Johnny Depp sort of way) XDA Recognized Developer DooMLoRD, who not only brought root to the device, has also now released a custom recovery for the device as well.
And did so without even owning the tablet. Mad props.
The recovery is a heavily modified ClockworkMod 5 release with everything you loved about ClockworkMod recovery plus a few extras, including:
changes to graphics (ported some graphics from CWM5.5 ICS edition)
revamped layout for recovery menu (to improve navigation) [renamed few options and changed their order]
changed “wipe data/factory reset” option to just “factory reset”, and detailed the partitions which will be wiped
added reboot options
Now, as DooMLoRD notes, this is still in the testing phase so before doing anything drastic, be sure to back up your current system! He also notes:
currently this recovery doesnt allow u to flash/backup/restore the boot and recovery partitions… thats because i was not able to find the device block associated with those partitions… if u know wht partitions are mapped to /boot and /recovery do let me know and i will add that feature asap!
So, as with any work in progress, tread with caution. However, if you want to check out all the details, instructions, the full changelog and downloads you can find all that and more in the original thread found here.