February 3, 2014 By: Tomek Kondrat
Imagine that you’re flashing the latest nightly of your favorite ROM. If you are performing a fresh install by wiping all of your data, this also means that you have to flash all of your modified system apps, user apps, modules, and so on. And if you’re doing this on a regular basis, all the wasted time really starts to add up. So what do you do? Do you manually install these apps again, or do you add them to your favorite ROM? One of the better solutions is to use Aroma Installer by XDA Recognized Developer amarullz. However, you normally need some experience to configure it properly.
A few days ago, we talked about a Windows-only tool to create flashable ZIP files. Now, it’s time to present yet another tool that can be used on every OS with Java installed. With Android Flashable Zip by XDA Senior Members Nikhil and RajatPatel, you can easily add apps, boot animations, ringtones, and much more to a flashable ZIP. And since the tool uses Aroma installer, you can pick and choose which apps you want installed when applying the ZIP.
Aside from requiring Java to be installed on your PC, tool currently only supports a few devices—namely the Samsung Galaxy R (i9103), Samsung Galaxy Nexus (maguro), LG Optimus 4X HD (p880), and Samsung Galaxy Note II (N7100). That said, the supported device list will surely increase in time. And even if your device is unsupported, you can always give it a try and report your findings in the thread. Just be prepared in the event that something does go wrong.
If you want to easily create AROMA-based flashable ZIPs, head over to the development thread and give Android Flashable Zip Creator a shot.
The Samsung Galaxy R, a lesser spec’d variant of the Samsung Galaxy S II, was plagued with hardware problems not long after it’s release, and production was soon halted. Due to this, it’s certainly not one of the busier device forums on XDA. That said, we can report that the Galaxy R has now received an unofficial port of ever popular CyanogenMod 10.
XDA Senior Member Adam77Root (with the help of XDA Senior Member karthik050782) has worked his magic and has managed to get a semi-stable release together for Galaxy R users. Though currently labelled “Alpha 2,” the list of working features is enough to get most device owners salivating:
From that list we can see that the majority of features that define a smartphone are working as required. The only issues listed as not working are:
There are a few workarounds required for various thing, but considering the ROM is still in an alpha state, the functionality of the ROM is impressive.
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.
With the release of a new version of Android, it’s only fitting that fresh new versions of custom recoveries are released as well. Custom recoveries are among the most frequently used post-root modifications, as they serve as the primary flashing interface for nearly everything. With TWRP’ receiving an update to 2.2, it is only fitting that ClockworkMod Recovery also be updated. So far, the alphas can be tested on at least the Samsung Galaxy R i9103 and the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, but expect the list to grow very quickly.
XDA Forum Member Adam77Root is responsible for bringing it to the Galaxy R and XDA Forum Member D3VI0US brought it to the Galaxy Nexus. Even though the devices are pretty different, both recoveries have are reported as working quite well with only a few issues.
Both the touch and non-touch versions are available for the Galaxy Nexus. However, there are not any flashable update.zips yet, so users are currently stuck installing the recovery by pushing the recovery.img file provided to the device manually. The Galaxy R is touch-enabled only—albeit with a few more known issues than the Galaxy Nexus version—which users can install by flashing a zip in their old recovery. Both devices are working with alpha builds, so users should be mindful that there may be bugs that haven’t been reported yet.
For additional details, follow the links below.
[Thank you goes out to XDA Recognized Contributor cooleagle for the tip!]
If your device runs a stock ROM, whether that might be a leaked version of the latest impending update or simply a rooted version of the devices current official firmware, chances are it’s going to include a certain amount of “bloat.” You know, those apps and widgets that OEMs feel are oh-so-important to the overall user experience. The fact is though that most of us disagree, and could quite happily live without most of them. There are many different ways to remove them, but if you find yourself regularly repeating that same process everytime you update your device, this might be of interest to you.
XDA Recognized Developer / Contributor eaglerazor123 has written a simple script to automatically strip out anything you might not want with just a few clicks. The script itself is based around a Samsung firmware for the Samsung Galaxy R, but to adapt it to any other device is simply a case of tweaking the list of .apk files. Once you’ve made these changes, you have a very simple and quick way of de-bloating any ROM you flash in the future. As an added bonus, once the bloat is removed you are given the option to install any .apk. This is handy if you removed something like the TouchWiz launcher and need to install a replacement.
You’ll need a rooted device with a custom recovery and ADB set up to take advantage of this script. You can find the full set of instructions in the original thread.
Owners of the Samsung Galaxy R i9103, today is your lucky day as XDA Senior Member eaglerazor123 is presenting the first custom ROM for such device. The ROM is Based on DKK5 with Stock Kernel and includes the following goodies:
Added Epic4g Touch Launcher
No SMS Log
Auto EFS Backup
Auto Zip align at every boot
Added sqlite.so & Sqlite_ini.so from ICS
Added App Process and System Server from ICS
CM7 Music App & DSP Manager
Build Prop Tweaks
Senior Member eaglerazor123 presents this as the first attempt at a ROM for this device so some bugs may be present. For that it´s important that you leave your feed back so future versions are corrected.
Continue on to the ROM thread, and happy flashing!
The Samsung Galaxy R is a variant of the Samsung Galaxy S II that is less expensive. Instead of the Super AMOLED Plus display, the Galaxy R has a Super Clear LCD at 4.27″ and WVGA resolution. And instead of the Samsung Exynos CPU found on the Galaxy S II, the Galaxy R has Nvidia’s Tegra 2 chip. The Galaxy R now has its own spot on XDA! Click on to the forums.