Development doesn’t always quite feel like development without the custom ROMs. They’re such a pivotal part of our mobile experience that a proper Android experience would be hard to come by without flashing a few first. So if you just happen to be contemplating building your own, XDA-University is a great place to start your journey at.
The How to build an Android ROM guide over at XDA University is a great introductory overview to help you get started. While it doesn’t actually go into the specifics of how to actually create each component that goes into a custom ROM, it provides beginners with a comprehensive yet digestible breakdown of the essential components. These include the:
Each of these components are important to a successful ROM build, and if one of these go awry, your ROM may not boot. So make sure to check out the guide at XDA-University, as well as the wealth of guides in the XDA forums for more instruction and details.
Even though the HTC Sensation XL has been available since May 2011, there is still a dedicated community trying to keep the phone as up-to-date as possible. XDA Senior Member S.a.M.e.R_d released a ROM that allows XL users to enjoy the full benefits of Sense 4.1.
Currently, the ROM is on its seventh build, and the change log shows that there has been some rapid development since it first went live in December of last year. Common problems with early ROMs such as front and back facing camera issues seem to be fixed in the latest build, as well as apps that you will only find in an HTC Sense device.
S.a.M.e.R_d has also created a host of modifications that are ready to be installed on builds 6 and 7 of the ROM. Battery mods, Samsung’s lock pattern, Rosie mods and a multitude of fonts are all available. If for some reason you are stuck with V5 or below, there are some modifications ready to be downloaded.
If you have a Sensation XL laying around and wish to try Sense 4.1, this looks to be a great place to start. For more information about the ROM, please visit the original thread.
The Acer E350, otherwise known as the Liquid Gallant, is one of those devices that sits squarely in the middle of the road. While more than capable of running Android 4.0.3, its specs aren’t really anything to write home about. This coupled with the fact that Acer’s devices aren’t particularly renowned for their developer support means that the E350 wasn’t given it’s own dedicated forum. That however has not stopped those with the device from providing it with that all important trio of root, recovery, and ROM that no device should be left without.
XDA Forum Member jaapstreepjan posted a thread detailing exactly how to go about gaining root access and installing a custom CWM-based recovery to the E350, as well as a simple tweaked stock ROM to be flashed from your shiny new recovery. The ROM includes some enhancements such as Google Now, init.d support, and a less bloated /system partition among others. The root method is courtesy of XDA Forum Member Bin4ry, and the recovery via XDA Forum Member erlucky.
If you own one of these devices and are looking to extend its capabilities, check out the original thread for more info.
October 17, 2012 By: Conan Troutman
Despite being somewhat abandoned by Motorola as far as official updates are concerned, the Motorola Defy & Defy+ are refusing to accept that the latest versions of Android are out of the question. Having recently received an unofficial version of CM10 based on Android 4.1.2 thanks to XDA Recognized Developer Quarx, these devices continue to defiantly (see what I did there?) push the limits of what they are capable of.
As you might expect, this build is still in quite an early stage. There might be bugs, and it may not be suitable for use as a daily driver quite yet. That said, the general feedback within the development thread seems to be very good, without any deal breaking issues being reported so far. The build includes its own custom kernel, the (love it or hate it) CRT screen off animation, and a patch for the flashlight function.
Zips are flashable via recovery of choice as you might expect, and both the Defy and Defy+ use the same ROM. So if you’re itching for the latest and greatest on your Defy/Defy+ then check out the development thread for more info.
Update: The good feedback for this ROM continues to roll in and it seems that my comment about possibly not being suitable for use as a daily driver is inaccurate. Stability, you can haz it.
September 3, 2012 By: Haroon Q. Raja
AOKP fans who are also lucky owners of Google Nexus 7, you’re in for a treat! If you have been waiting to get the latest Jelly Bean-based AOKP on your device, your wait is now over. Official AOKP nightlies have started rolling out for the Nexus 7. For those of you who are still surprisingly unfamiliar with AOKP, it’s an AOSP-based Android ROM that has gained a lot of critical acclaim over the past year, and has made its reputation as one of the most popular Android ROMs available for multiple devices, along with CyanogenMod and MIUI.
August 31, 2012 By: Haroon Q. Raja
To all Samsung Galaxy R GT-I9203 users waiting to get official ICS on their device, we’ve got news for you! The ICS update was recently spotted on SamMobile. Although the OTA may be pushed out to your devices very soon, those who can’t wait can download and install it manually right away.
This is the European I9103XXLQ9 Update and it was spotted here on XDA by Recognized Contributor ardatdat. As is the case with every official Samsung ROM, this one is also TouchWiz based. Not being a carrier-specific version, this can be installed on any Galaxy R i9103 and contains no carrier bloatware apps. Here are some more details:
Regions: Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Spain, United Kingdom
You can grab the firmware from SamMobile and flash it to your phone using Odin or Heimdall. Though keep in mind that it will overwrite your recovery if flashed directly, so if you want to retain it, you might want to wait for a custom ROM, or flash a custom kernel with recovery after flashing it.
For more information, visit the discussion thread.
Flashing ROMs is one thing, but how many of you feel like you’re ready to go deeper into the world of customization? XDA Recognized Developers LeoMar75 and GadgetCheck present KitchenPro which will give you the ability to modify/customize your device on the go. It will show you how to use the application to its maximum potential with some features like:
-Added Download & Install Packages tab for faster Install of Packs
-Added the Ability in Browse/Install the ability to flash .tar,CWM.zip and zImages
-Download Speed info
-SD Card Space Warning
-New Rating and Comment Layouts
-New Server Info and Star Rating’s
-Full & Perfect Landscape view compact-able
-More than one preview for the themes available
-Slider-able & Select-able ICS Style custom View-pager
The app also includes a preview and Tutorial explaining everything you need to know.
For now this app works only with Samsung Galaxy Note and Galaxy S2, let´s hope in the future can be available for more devices.
Moreover, Developers are also placing a full operational custom ROM to use it along with the app.
kitchen Pro App comes with the ROM, however if you only need the apk you may download it as a separate file in the original thread. Now you can build your Rom as you wish!
Originally posted by LeoMar75
The ROM will come as a Base
It will have the Stock Samsung Look to it and will have all major tweaks to it, The Kitchen app from now on will come built into the ROM itself and it will be Locked to only our ROM.The Kitchen will now Auto Update itself when ever i publish a Update, So you will always be using the updated app.
All the Mod’s,Themes and other Stuff that you can customize will be aired by the KitchenPro.
Make sure you have the latest Revolution Rom kitchen running in your phone
It may happen that after a package has been installed from the Revolution Kitchen Pro app, on the first boot you phone hangs at the Boot logo, just long press power button and restart your phone!
I’d like to point out that i am not responsible for any issue with your phone! Also it’s highly recommended to backup efs folder before to start playing with your phone!
For those people who is coming from LeoMar75 Revolution ROM 2.7.1 and has installed Kitchen Pro app v1.1
-Backup user data with the kicthen v1.1
-full wipe and download the new rom
Hopefully with the kitchen app v1.2 that comes with the new ROM you will be able to restore you user data backup but you need to copy files from /sdcard/download/Revolution/userdata_backup/ to /sdcard/download/CheckROM_REVO/userdata_backup/
Please leave your feed back and/or comments.
Thanks for reading.
XDA Recognized Developer JoelZ9614 brings Ice Cream Sandwich to lucky HTC Rezound owners. The first version of his ROM comes with Sense 3.6, which is identical to previous Sense 3.5, with only a few “inside” fixes; ROM is stock 3.10.605.7 Base and includes the Sony Bravia Engine, all over Android 4.0.3 ICS.
Developer mentions about some stuff he´s still working on like the data arrows and Google Calendar Sync which are not properly working at the moment.
Normally one should have to wait quite some time before getting the official update but lets not forget that thanks to the Chefs is that we can enjoy all the fresh stuff popping out on our devices a couple of days after they are launched. Of course your help is very important!, by leaving your feed back is that the new versions are corrected and launched.
Originally posted by JoelZ9614
Well just got my rezound yesterday and i didn’t see any Sense 3.6 stock roms people can base off of so here it is.This Rom Will Receive No Updates It’s Just A Base For Everyone To Use Just Give Me Some Credit In The OP Is All I Ask.
Ramdisk is special for sony bravia engine so you need the new PH98IMG.zip
Yes your main version will change to the latest ics leak one so take precautions
The Great Users Of XDA That Bought Me This Phone Thanks Guys
Continue on to the original thread
Thanks for reading.
We already knew to expect that the HTC Sensation was getting an upgrade to Ice Cream Sandwich, but what we didn´t expect was that also will receive a white version as well. We have already seen Sensation XL in white and it looks quite nice. Currently, the Sensation comes with Android 2.3 Gingerbread, a dual core MSM8260 Snapdragon at 1.GHz and S-LCD capacitive touchscreen with 540 x 960 pixels, 4.3 inches. The white version has the same specs as the one we already know and only changes its appearance with a nice white and silver color.
The expected launch date for this model is pointing to March 1st, and with the release date we hope HTC Sense 4.0 is finished and ready to load into the White Sensations. Unfortunately for the devices already circulating in the market there is no specific date for the “official” update, which will arrive via OTA.
HTC Germany is the first to confirm the launch of the white Sensation.
Please tell us what you think by leaving a comment below and thanks for reading.
XDA member AidenM shows the first ever ROM for HTC Flyer loaded with the newest operating system from Android: Ice cream sandwich. The work is based on Sensation RCMix 3D Leak w/ Dexter_nlb’s fixes for hardware and since it´s a beta version some bugs are present.
So far the Developer has a green light on:
- Market access
- AOSP lockscreen
- ADB access
- External SD
It’s not perfect, here’s what’s not working:
- Some settings panes (keyboard selecter)
- Rotation is blurry and pixelated
- HTC Apps not correctly sized for display
- Cannot take notes using the Pen
In order to install this ROM, you need to be Honeycomb S-OFF, after that just place the ROM on the root of your SD card and good to go. Remember always to do a nandroid backup and to wipe data and Dalvik just to be on the safe side. Here you can see a video of how it looks.
Much work need to be done before we have a fully daily operational ROM but it´s a good start, so if you are using it please report back to developer with your feed back so future versions can improve.
Thanks for reading.
Originally posted by AidenM
You must have followed this guide first.
Then simply place the file on your external sd card (the one you can take out) and flash it. Reboot, it will take some time but it will.
Stuff you may or may not care about (read anyways)
When selecting a book in the Reader app it is not sized correctly but the book itself takes up the whole screen so it is usable
Root can be buggy, sometimes it denies permissions
Over 500 MB Free RAM
HW Keys are in testing but right now they crash the system.
Continue on to the ROM thread to find more
Have you ever think about making your own ROM? You may say it´s too complicated, but if you are willing to learn heres something for you.
Whether you are a normal user, chef or developer you may find this installer useful for your future works, you should check this out. XDA member amarullz shows his open source work called AROMA Installer, which from a normal user view will be easy to learn how to choose which mods and apps you want to install on your device.
Developer states that chefs can easily add or remove apps using with winrar and if you customize AROMA Installer you can even make your ROM multi device compatible just in one ROM File.
You can find on the original thread additional resources like the source code, a way to customize your KeyCode, custom fonts and even a way to create your own fonts. Be sure to read all the content before starting, and please leave your feedback.
Originally posted by amarullz
What is AROMA Installer
“AROMA” was taken from Bahasa Indonesia (Indonesian Language) and it’s mean “Scent”, but also abbreviation of “AMARULLZ ANDROID ROM MANIFESTATION”. It was advance update-binary for Android that contains many features like Wizard Installation, Touch User Interface (AROMA UI), Customizable Packages, System Inspecting, Themeable, and User Interactive. All release version will had “Scent Things” codename, example in 1st version it has codename “Anggrek” which mean “Orchid”.
How AROMA Installer Works
When user select the zip file to install it, the recovery will extract the update-binary and runs it with few arguments, all process and stuff was simply handled by update-binary, the recovery only show the information passed by update-binary via custom pipe. The great things is that update-binary can do anything if we can code it in C/C++, but not all people can easily playing with C/C++, and Its not effective and not fun at all to compiled it every time we need to change the process. That’s why the custom script also used in AROMA Installer, it was simply edify script that used in normal updater-script but with expanded functions available.
Continue on to the installer thread to find more.
Thanks for reading.
The Motorola Atrix 4g has been able to stay pretty recent with development, already having a couple of CyanogenMod7 ports and updated ROMs with the stock firmware.
To help keep up with the latest and greatest, XDA Senior Member jokersax11 has brought a port of CyanogenMod9 for those carrying the Atrix 4g. The ROM is pretty stable, with only a few things missing from being perfect. Here’s a list of things that aren’t working:
Adobe flash issues- either adobes fault or 2d issues fault
Car dock-missing apk
Some 2d issues, mostly works
Built in video playback- use 3rd party for now as its driver related
The list of things that are working is much longer and these problems aren’t the worst out there so people who would like to run this as a daily driver could do so if they can look passed the issues. Also, based on the updates, it appears as though jokersax11 will be sticking with it til everything is working perfectly so for those who aren’t ready to flash this yet, keep an eye out on the original thread for updates, download links and additional information.
December 29, 2011 By: Former Writer
Soon, compiling CyanogenMod for your phone will be as easy as opening a user interface and adding a little information. Or at least that’s the plan from CyanogenMod team member, and XDA Recognized Developer, lithid-cm, who has released an alpha version of this powerful new software which will, as the name implies, compile CyanogenMod for you.
As stated, it is an alpha release, so if you’re expecting to download it and start porting CM to every phone on XDA, then you should probably pull the brakes a little bit. The features as it is right now include:
Check for repo installation on startup / or create a repo
Add and remove devices quickly and easily.
Remove all non english languages.
Remove live wallpapers
Remove cm wallpapers
Check if adb is running or not.
Update the repo
Built in color themes. > http://goo.gl/cED8t
Plugin support. (More information on this to come)
Odex plugin built into the package. This will take your connected cyanogemod installed phone and odex the rom on the phone.
And, as expected, there’s still a few problems as well:
There is nothing under the menu option 99. This is a placeholder for information about me and the compiler. If you select it it will just exit you out of the script.
There is no checking for installed software. You will need to install the needed packages on your own to compile. Check post 2 for needed software.
I have only tested this with ubuntu 11.04.
Removing the CM wallpapers from the build only works with gingerbread for now. Everything else is working as expected for me.
I don’t check for open ports on your network, so there might be issues connecting to the repos and syncing. I have not built error checking for that.
With a plethora of features still to be included and some bugs to work out, this beautiful, wonderful and purely awesome piece of software is definitely something the aspiring developer should be checking out. You can find more details, the features to come list, download links and installation instructions in the original thread .