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Chris Gilliam · Mar 10, 2015

SkyDragon ROM: First Sense 7 ROM for the HTC One M8

The HTC One M8 is frequently lauded as a standout among last year's smartphone offerings, boasting a sleek metal design, and a gorgeous software experience. But with the updated UI of this year's lookalike M9 set to hit store shelves later this month, industrious XDA Forums members have been hard at work bringing the latest software advances to the phones we already own. Nowhere is this push for Lollipop and Sense 7 felt stronger than with the previously featured team behind the...

Jimmy McGee · Feb 11, 2015

LiquidSmooth Review (Sort of) and Overview – XDA TV

Over that past couple of months we have, sort of, reviewed CyanogenMod 12, AOKP and OmniROM. However, there are many great Lollipop based custom ROM options out there. LiquidSmooth has been around for a while. LiquidSmooth is focused on providing users with smooth, stable and fast ROMs. Does their latest Lollipop release stand up? In today's video, XDA TV Producer droidmodd3rx, shows off LiquidSmooth on his Google Nexus 6. The main features covered and talked about in today's video are Liquid...

Jimmy McGee · Feb 10, 2015

Must Have App Review: ROM Toolbox

Here on XDA, we love our custom ROMs. Some of us install nightly builds every morning, and some even change ROMs multiple times per day. With all these changes, it is often nice to have a box full of tools to help you out with the minutiae of flashing ROMs. Talented Developer “JRummy” offers up a toolbox for your ROMs and ROM flashing. In this video, XDA TV Producer TK reviews ROM Toolbox.  TK shows off the application and shares...

Mario Tomás Serrafero · Jan 23, 2015

Spotlight: Resurrection Remix (5.0.2) for GT-I9300

The Galaxy S3 was a massive success for Samsung and even today it remains their most popular phone, and one of the most popular Android phones of all time as well. At the time of its release, it packed more muscle than the usual smartphone, and with the Exynos (GT-I9300) version being one of the first quad-core mobile chipset carriers out there, it began the trend of the "quad-core or nothing" buying habit many users have today when reading spec sheets....

Jimmy McGee · Aug 27, 2014

Software Build Automation with Jenkins – XDA Developer TV

Many members of the XDA community come to learn and begin in the exciting world of software development. Once you've gone through the development process and written your software, you need to ensure that maintenance does not cause additional problems and the results are always completely reproducible. This is where a build automation system comes in to play. Jenkins is one such software which allows you to keep a hands-off approach to building and releasing your software. In this episode...

Tomek Kondrat · Apr 8, 2014

Nokia X Receives its First Source-Built Custom ROM

The Nokia X is the first Android-powered device family from the legendary Finnish manufacturer. It's become quite the commercial success due to being a relatively cheap device with pretty decent hardware specification. And after it was rooted and received ports of TWRP and ClockworkMod recoveries, it was only a matter of time before custom ROMs would show up. XDA Senior Member dhacker29, who ported AOSP to Moto G, now brought a working Code Aurora-based build of AOSP Jellybean 4.1.2 to the Nokia X. The...

Samantha · May 7, 2013

XDA University: Building Your Own Android Rom

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...

rstanford · Mar 17, 2013

First Sense 4.1 ROM for HTC Sensation XL

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...

Conan Troutman · Nov 22, 2012

Root, Recovery, and ROM for the Acer E350

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...

Conan Troutman · Oct 17, 2012

Android 4.1.2 Build Now Available for Motorola Defy & Defy+

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...

Haroon Q. Raja · Sep 3, 2012

AOKP Jelly Bean Nightlies Now Rolling Out for Nexus 7

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...

Haroon Q. Raja · Aug 31, 2012

Official ICS Update Available for Samsung Galaxy R I9103

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...

orb3000 · Feb 10, 2012

KitchenPro For Galaxy SII & Note

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...

orb3000 · Feb 9, 2012

ROM With Sense 3.6 ICS For HTC Rezound

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...

orb3000 · Feb 7, 2012

HTC Dresses Sensation In White Ice To Receive ICS

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...

orb3000 · Feb 3, 2012

First ICS ROM For HTC Flyer

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: - Wifi - Market access - AOSP lockscreen - Rotation - Touch - ADB access - External SD It's not perfect, here's what's not working:...

orb3000 · Feb 3, 2012

Touch And Customizable ROM Installer AROMA

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...

Former Writer · Jan 23, 2012

Motorola Atrix 4g Gets CyanogenMod9

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: camera Adobe flash issues- either adobes...

Former Writer · Dec 29, 2011

New WIP CyanogenMod Compiler Makes Compiling CM Easier Than Ever

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...

Former Writer · Dec 21, 2011

Fruit Cake Maker Turns Your Motorola Triumph Into a ROM Factory

Most of the new development on XDA is in the genre of kernels and ROMs but every now and then a gem like this falls into our lap. Everyone meet Fruit Cake Maker. XDA user samcripp has released a tool that will, as he puts it: allow the user to create a picture perfect .img from your boot and system partition. It will then create an update.zip from it...a self contain ROM, already ready for installation, already inside an update.zip....