December 28, 2013 By: Tomek Kondrat
It’s been quite some time since Google launched Android 4.4 KitKat, alongside its Nexus 5. Google has even released two point revisions to the OS. And despite lacking official support, the Sony Xperia Tipo and Google Nexus Onehave already gotten unofficial ports of this OS. The number of older devices running KitKat gets bigger and bigger every day.
Now, developers from the AndroidArmV6 group, most notably XDA Recognized Developers psyke83 and erikcas, XDA Recognized Contributor yajnab, and few others did some remarkable development and brought initial builds to some extremely popular Samsung devices: Galaxy Ace, Galaxy Gio, Galaxy Mini and Galaxy Fit.
Builds for these devices are still quite early, so some bugs like the camera are still present. These devices have very little internal storage, so a lack of space is currently an issue. However, we hope that the developers will find a solution to solve all the issues. Android 4.4 on these devices is a big thing, as they were initially released with Android 2.2 and upgradeable to Android 2.3.
The newest KitKat builds for these devices can be found in the threads below:
Whether you love it or hate it, HTC Sense has a habit of making an appearance on unexpected devices. The latest to join the club is the Samsung Galaxy Gio. No you didn’t misread that, I said Galaxy Gio.
XDA Senior Member voetbalremco is the person behind this. As you may expect, there are bugs so don’t go trying to use this as your daily driver just yet. While issues with RIL and SD Card detection have been fixed, there are still some remaining issues with WiFi, Bluetooth, sound, sensors, and so on. However, it does boot and offer basic functionality, even if only to marvel at the wonder (or travesty, depending on your point of view) that is Sense on a Samsung device.
The ROM itself is based on the latest Chinese RUU intended for the HTC Explorer, which means it’s a Sense 3.5 ROM based on Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread. As you’d expect, SuperUser and BusyBox come pre-installed, and multiple languages are supported. Voetbalremco would like to hear from any other developers out there who may be able to contribute to this project and make it suitable for daily use.
If you think you can help out or just want to try this out for yourself, head over to the original thread.
[Thanks to iok1 for the tip.]
July 26, 2012 By: Conan Troutman
It’s always nice to see older and lower spec devices brought up to date and in line with the heavyweights. Those with ARM v6 devices such as the Samsung Galaxy Ace, Galaxy Gio or ZTE Blade, might not have ever expected to see your device running Ice Cream Sandwich, let alone Jelly Bean. That, however, is not how things work here at XDA. There’s always somebody out there who refuses to accept that their device will not run the latest version of Android. Thankfully for the three devices I just mentioned, they were right.
While XDA Senior Member Matt4321 has posted an unofficial version of CM10 by konstaT for the ZTE Blade, XDA Senior Member Maclaw has been doing the same for the Samsung Galaxy Ace and Gio. Obviously these build aren’t going to be flawless, but they certainly do show that these devices are capable of a whole lot more than they are often given credit for.
CM10 for the ZTE Blade is functional for the most part, but has some issues with hardware acceleration. Also, the camera, tethering, and FM radio aren’t working—although a 3rd party app can be used to tether wirelessly. As far as the Ace and Gio builds are concerned, there are few more serious bugs such as the microphone, headphones, camera, and deep sleep not functioning as they should. The earpiece speaker does not currently work, but a fix has been found and will be incorporated into the next release. Bugs aside, it’s still pretty impressive to see 4.1 on these devices at a time when HTC has shown reluctance in updating a much more capable device to 4.0
If you want to try out CM10 on your device, visit the release threads below:
January 15, 2012 By: Former Writer
Script writers prove time and time again that ROM and kernel developers aren’t the only ones who can bring better performance and fun, new features to our rooted Android devices.
It is with that in mind that XDA Senior Member slaid480 has done some exploring around the Android OS core and come out with a script with a number of great and useful modifications to make the Samsung Galaxy Gio GT-S5660 more optimized than ever in a nice, clean, easy-to-install script.
The list of improvements is quite long, and includes:
-Touchscreen sensivity increased
-Zipaligning apps while Booting
-Less aggressive settings for kernel
-Turbo Charged,Makes The launcher very smooth!!
-Better VM management
-Handled Dalvik cache
-New way of loading Binaries
-Battery Life improvements
In order to install it, you’ll need ClockworkMod 4 or ClockworkMod 5 along with Android 2.3, so if this looks like something you’re interested in, make sure you get the proper recovery before flashing.
If you’re using a different script from slaid480, he wants you to know:
PS: If you are using One on My script you Should delete Them Then flash This one
Otherwise, you’re good to go.
For additional information, installation instructions, download links, shout outs and further requirements, you can find all that and more in the original thread. If you’re looking for a nice script that makes things work better, it’s definitely worth checking out.