December 15, 2012 By: Former Writer
While the momentum on Android 4.1 has slowed and focus has shifted to Android 4.2, it hasn’t stopped developers from bringing it to devices that didn’t have it before. Even if the device already has ICS or Jelly Bean, many users prefer the vanilla flavor of Android. If it doesn’t, then it’s a welcome update they’d probably never get otherwise. Two new devices have gotten AOSP Android 4.1 recently: the T-Mobile LG G2x and the HTC One X+.
XDA Forum Member adampk provided the release for the G2x. It’s based on CM10 and It’s pretty stable. Most of the major issues have been solved such as camera, hardware acceleration, and WiFi. However, there are still some issues being worked on, including RIL and battery indicator. It’s had several updates, and users haven’t reported much else wrong other than what’s listed. However, the big news is that adampk won’t be releasing any more CM10-based updates. Starting with the next update, the ROM will be based on CM10.1. This is great news for G2x users who don’t want to be left behind. It may bring some new issues, but at least it’ll be fully up to date.
XDA Recognized Contributor and Developer Lloir has released a pure AOSP ROM for the HTC One X+. This is actually a very simple ROM because it doesn’t have any influences of other AOSP-based ROMs. How basic does Lloir make this ROM? It doesn’t have any add-ons whatsoever. This even includes Superuser. If you want root, or any other mod, you have to add it before you flash it. Currently, the only thing not working is Bluetooth with headsets, so this is actually a pretty stable release for One X+ owners.
When source code gets released, it is an exciting time. Whether it’s device specific or full Android code, source code getting released means that developers can keep on developing. Some kernel source has recently been released for the LGSU660. For T-Mobile LG G2x users, it could mean a lot as the LGSU660 is very similar to the LG G2x.
It seems like that this kernel support not only SU660 but also P990/P999
For G2x owners, this is great news. It means that their current AOSP offerings can get some much needed bug fixes and more stability. In many cases, AOSP offerings may have issues like camera, Bluetooth, or even video playback not working properly. Source releases such as this can drastically help fix the issues. As per the norm, LG has removed the proprietary drivers. So devs still have a lot of work ahead of them.
Recently, we brought you news of Paranoid Android being ported to the Sony Xperia Play. Well, we are happy to report that the list of ported devices is growing fast. For the uninitiated, Paranoid Android is a hybrid ROM that allows users to scale and project every app, every widget, even system components individually. As described in the Galaxy Nexus Jelly Bean port by XDA Forum Member molesarecoming:
To be honest, this is not tablet mode at all, it has nothing to do with silly build.prop hacks. This is the first and only Android rom to feature true Hybrid mode. This rom lets you scale and project every app, every widget, even systemcomponents individually. Remember, android is modular, everything is an app: Lockscreen, navigationbar, dialogs, popups, keyboards, widgets, and your regular apps of course. Apps have the capability to switch into various designs or layouts according to the device they run on. This can result in a complete new experience as many apps will transform to the better.
Now for every element that you like chose a mode (PhoneUI, Phablet/Nexus-7UI, TabletUI) and/or a size. You are 100% independent of the system DPI which runs nicely in whatever value it has been assigned to. You do not need to boot your phone into a certain DPI. Neither will most of the changes you apply require a reboot. You will not suffer from the myriads of troubles which normally haunt you under build.prop tablet mode. Your market, phone, etc. will all work, apps won’t shrink on you unless you shrink them yourself. This project will entirely transform your device, but retain the aesthetics and the feel of your phone.
In addition to the Galaxy Nexus, T-Mobile LG G2x owners now can enjoy a port thanks to XDA Recognized Contributor tonyp. I personally own this device, so I can speak from experience that it is stable enough to be used as a daily driver. Check out the ROM thread for more information and download links.
Other devices that have received ports include the HTC EVO 4G and EVO 4G LTE thanks to XDA Recognized Contributor mazdarider23. To get in on the action, visit the HTC EVO 4G ROM thread and EVO 4G LTE ROM thread. The list is growing very fast and is already quite large, check this page out to see if your device has received a port yet.
The LG Optimus 2x was the world’s first dual-core cell phone. Similarly, the carrier-branded T-Mobile G2x variant was the carrier’s first dual-core phone. It launched with great expectations, but fell miserably short for many users. Luckily for G2x owners like myself, we have XDA-Developers.
The most recent addition to the list of device-saving mods is the TeamWin Recovery Project recovery by XDA Recognized Developer helicopter88. Unlike other aftermarket recoveries, TWRP was built with ease of use and customization in mind. They started from the ground with AOSP recovery and added all the standard recovery options, and then added a slew of their own. First, it is entirely controlled by touch—no more wear and tear on those hardware keys! Additionally, the GUI is fully XML-driven and can be themed. Just about anything can be changed to one’s liking.
If you’re a G2x owner and are ready for a totally different recovery experience, you can get started in the T-Mobile G2x thread. If you have the LG Optimus 2x, you can find the goods for your device in the Optimus 2x thread.
Also, I have thrown together a one-click NVFlasher for the T-Mobile G2x variant to make flashing a breeze. You can find the download link in my post.
July 2, 2012 By: Former Writer
With the newer phones coming out and having increasingly impressive hardware, it’s easy to forget that not long ago, devices suffered from this little problem called lag. Although the lag problem has been all but snuffed out by the advances in hardware and software over the last year or so, there are still some devices out there that have lag issues. In some cases, these lag issues can even be fixed.
This is the case with the T-Mobile LG G2x. Being among the first wave of dual core phones, it was not too long ago that this was a flagship device for T-Mobile. That does not mean that the device isn’t subject to lag, however, and now there’s a way to fix it. XDA Senior Member flak0 has released a mod that will get rid of the lag.
The mod is easy to apply. Users can flash it via custom recovery. After it boots, users download their favorite script managing application and turn on the script entitled tune.sh. Additionally, flak0 has included what the tweak includes, and shows users how to do it manually for those willing to get their hands a little dirty.
For more information, head over to the original thread.
Sometimes a device just needs
a little a lot of extra cleaning. Be it from applications that leave behind folders and files after an uninstall or add-ons and scripts, Android flashers often need a supreme wipe to clean out the partitions. This option is now available on the LG G2x. XDA Forum Member mansa_noob has release an application called Cleanup Batch that will wipe every conceivable thing off of every partition on your phone.
Okay, so wiping is a bit inaccurate. What the application actually does is re-create all the partitions, destroying all remaining data in the process. Says mansa_noob:
The contents of the zip file can be used to super clean G2X before a new ROM flash. This tool recreates all the partitions in the phone so wipes the pointers to all files (everything). The method it employes has existed from before. The files here will stop short of pushing a ROM, so that you can push your favorite ROM.
This allows for a super fresh, completely clean new ROM install that will take care of any potential lingering traces from previous ROMs. While it’s just nice to have that clean flash feeling, this tool can solve a number of problems, including a Bluetooth problem that mansa_noob was having prior to using the tool. Using it to wipe all modified partitions and recreating them, any incompatible modifications that aren’t wiped conventionally are solved.
Head over to the original thread for additional information, download links, instructions, and more.