April 14, 2014 By: Will Verduzco
There are more than a few excellent options in the custom recovery world nowadays. Although the most common aftermarket solution is still ClockworkMod Recovery and its ports after all these years, many are growing increasingly partial to TWRP’s blend of innovative features, fantastic UI, and overall user friendliness. Thus, it’s naturally quite a big deal when an official TWRP port hits a device.
You may recall that a few weeks ago, we added forums for the Oppo Find 7. Now, XDA Senior Recognized Developer Dees_Troy has gone ahead and given it some official TWRP love. But before you go ahead and install it on your device, there’s one small caveat. Currently, TWRP for the Find 7 only supports the 7a model, which is the version with the 1o80p screen. As such, it’s currently untested on the higher end, Quad HD variant, and will likely not display properly due to the display differences—assuming it works at all.
The Find 7 isn’t the only device receiving the official TWRP love. Senior Recognized Developer Dees_Troy and Recognized Developers jmz and simonsickle also managed to bring this touch-friendly recovery to the GSM, Sprint, and Verizon variants of the HTC One M8 (2014).
Both builds offer the full TWRP 126.96.36.199 featureset. And with the exception of the minor caveat regarding the Find 7 build (confirmed working on only the 1080p variant), everything should work as planned. So if you’ve got yourself a Find 7a (1080p) or a GSM, Sprint, or Verizon variant of the HTC One M8 (2014), head over to the threads below to get your TWRP on.
April 9, 2014 By: Will Verduzco
Ever since its launch just a few short weeks ago, we’ve seen a flurry of development activity for the HTC One M8 (2014). This began with the WeakSauce root method, and has since continued with Firewater S-Off and a full GPe RUU. In other words, things are looking great on the dev front for this brand new device, but that doesn’t mean that everything’s peachy.
On certain variants of the M8, there have been a few stumbling points here and there. For the Verizon HTC One (M8), this has been the lack of a functional custom recovery. But now thanks to the work of XDA Recognized Developer simonsickle, there is now a working, unofficial TWRP port for the device.
Pretty much everything works with this port
except for ExFAT write. However, read access works, as do pretty much all of the other features you’d expect from a user-friendly custom recovery. And to make things even better, simonsickle has made the device tree he used to compile the recovery available on his GitHub.
So if you own a Verizon HTC One M8 and you want to get in on the custom recovery fun, head over to the development thread and give this a whirl.
Update: Apparently even though simonsickle hasn’t tested ExFAT writes, users are reporting that they do indeed work. Now you have even more reason to go give this a shot!
March 27, 2014 By: eagleeyetom
The importance of an aftermarket recovery is undeniable. These amazing tools make various tasks easy, and allow users to flash various modifications, as well as create Nandroid backups that save us when we get the bootloop blues. Recoveries are also needed to easily flash a ROM. Because of this, you can pretty much find one or more custom recovery for every device with a forum here.
The most popular recoveries around are ClockworkMod Recovery, PhilZ Recovery, and Team Win Recovery Project. TWRP was recently ported to NovaThor SoC Sony Xperias: P, U, Go and Sola. The user responsible for the porting is XDA Senior Member NoobCoder.
The recovery is distributed in a rather interesting way, as a script splits the boot.img, extracts the ramdisk, adds the recovery, re-packs the ramdisk, and creates a new boot.img. Because of this, it can be used with every kernel available. Of course, the recovery might be also used on locked bootloader devices, but that requires some skills and various modifications to system files.
[Big thanks to XDA Senior Member cpkunki for the tip!]
February 7, 2014 By: eagleeyetom
Team Win Recovery Project, better known as a TWRP, is the custom recovery of choice for quite a few Android users here on XDA. Created by XDA Senior Recognized Developer Dees_Troy and his partner in crime, XDA Recognized Developer bigbiff, TWRP has earned its fair share of fans thanks to many interesting features like scripting used by OpenDelta, as well as themes and other innovative features that make the recovery worthwhile to try.
Installing the TWRP is really easy and can be done through apps like Goo.im Manager. However, there are other ways of getting TWRP installed on your device. XDA Senior Member S.a.M.e.R_d made a handy root-only application to install TWRP for you without hassle.
The application automatically recognizes the make and model of your device, and downloads the newest compatible version of TWRP. Once downloaded, it can also flash the recovery. Before using it, you must keep in mind that this application is still described as being in alpha state, and some bugs might be present. To properly run TWRP Recovery Installer, your device must be rooted and your phone or tablet must be supported by TeamWin.
The application and all the necessary information can be found in the original thread.
IMPORTANT: Before heading over to the link above, please keep in mind that damaging your recovery partition can seriously damage your phone, so double check everything before using this app.
December 4, 2013 By: Jimmy McGee
In this episode, XDA Developer TV Producer Jordan shows you how to root your Oppo N1. The Oppo N1 is hot news in the Android ecosystem. It is the device that is pushing the limit of phone size, and some say even phablet size. This thing is huge. But as usual at XDA, we must root all the things, and the Oppo N1 is no exception!
Jordan presents step-by-step instructions on how to gain root access on your Oppo N1 using tools from the XDA Developers Forums. First, Jordan shows you how to gain root access using XDA Senior Recognized Developer Jcase’s APK root exploit. Then, he installs TWRP and OmniROM. If you wanted to root your Oppo N1, take a moment and check this video out.
We try not to feature too much in the way of unofficial ports here on the XDA Portal. But sometimes, something special comes along that prompts us to make an exception. Recently, we saw the first custom ROM pop up for the Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch thanks to XDA Senior Member fOmey. Now, another development milestone has been crossed on the device, once again thanks to fOmey.
This time, fOmey has ported the awesome TWRP recovery to Samsung’s smartwatch, bringing touch-friendly and powerful recovery software to the device. Installation involves first entering download mode by powering on and holding a certain key combination. Once in download mode, you use Odin on your Windows-based computer to flash the image.
To get started on your own Galaxy Gear, head over to the recovery thread and give this a shot. These are crazy times, folks. But while we have watches with touch screens, I’m still waiting for my flying car.
Earlier today, we gave the Oppo N1 a place in our forum. That’s with good reason, as the company has continually demonstrated a rather healthy willingness to work with the aftermarket development community. This has lead to impressive early work by developers such as XDA Senior Recognized Developer XpLoDWilD. And now, another piece of the puzzle has fallen into place.
Earlier today, XDA Senior Recognized Developer Dees_Troy and Recognized Developer bigbiff released TWRP for the Oppo N1. The release for the N1 comes with all of the trademark, user-friendly features that you’ve come to expect from TWRP2 such as a completely touch-based menu interface, a fully skinnable GUI, and quite a healthy list of additional features.
Installation is incredibly simple if you’re already rooted. Simply download the GooManager app from the Play Store (or Direct APK Download) and install the recovery from there. Alternatively, you can manually download and flash the recovery image by visiting the TWRP website.
Great work, once again by TeamWin! Head over to the development thread to learn more and get the goods on your N1.
[Thanks to OEM Relations Manager jerdog for the tip!]
November 11, 2013 By: Will Verduzco
Many may question the need to theme their Android recovery. After all, recovery partitions are strictly utilitarian by nature. But as recoveries are becoming user friendly, the overall look of the UI should be brought up to par as well. And if you’ve been earning your Frequent Flasher miles, you might as well make the experience even more pleasurable when trying out those latest kernel updates and nightly ROM builds.
Not too long ago, we talked about a rather unique set of TWRP recovery themes for 720p devices created by XDA Senior Member Primokorn. At the time, one in particular caught our eye. That was, of course, the unofficial XDA theme.
Unfortunately, these recovery themes were only compatible with 720p devices. And since most new flagships now ship with 1080p screens, many on modern devices were left out cold. Now, Primokorn has also created 1080p TWRP themes. And yes, our favorite unofficial XDA TWRP theme is there as well.
October 19, 2013 By: Jimmy McGee
During the BBQ, there were many great events and presentations. You’ve already seen the presentation by XDA Elite Recognized Developer XpLoDWilD. However, that was not the only presentation by an Elite Recognized Developer from XDA. Elite Recognized Developer Dees_Troy, also known as Ethan Yonker, gave a presentation as well. For the few who may not recognize the name, he is the lead developer of TWRP and member of Team Win.
Ethan’s presentation was entitled “Software Architecture and Design.” In this session, Ethan discuss good programming practices in regards to software architecture and program design. Ethan draws real-life examples from his own experience developing TWRP. Examples are primarily in C++, but the discussion centers less on the specifics in the code and more around designing an architecture using object-oriented programming to create software that is more flexible, powerful, and easier to maintain.
OmniROM, a new project by Dees_Troy and other developers, was also announced. If you want to see the presentation where it was announced, please check out XpLoDWilD’s presentation. But be sure to check out this video! Also, be sure to check out XDA Developer TV Producer Jordan’s interview with Dees_Troy on XDA Developer TV.
October 19, 2013 By: Jimmy McGee
Before his presentation at this year’s Big Android BBQ, Ethan Yonker (XDA Elite Recognized Developer Dees_Troy) takes a moment and sits down with XDA Developer TV Producer Jordan for a quick chat. Jordan and Dees_Troy talk about his accomplishments, his projects, and a little about himself.
Dees_Troy is the developer responsible for such projects as TWRP (Team Win Recovery Project). Dees_Troy is also part of the group behind the newly announced OmniROM. He gave a presentation about “Software Architecture and Design” at the Big Android BBQ, be sure to check out that video. Check out this video to hear what Dees_Yroy has to say about TWRP, OmniROM, and his other projects.
October 2, 2013 By: jerdog
With the Big Android BBQ just days away, we thought it would be a good time to let you all in on what is now a not-so-well-known secret: TWRP Lead Developer, and XDA Elite Recognized Developer, Dees_Troy will be giving a presentation at the big event. His talk will be on “Software Architecture and Design.”
If you’ve ever used TWRP, you know how valuable this recovery has been to the Android development scene. And if you’re a developer who is always looking to improve your knowledge of, or instill best practices into your development process, then this talk is for you. Here’s the description of his talk, as provided by Dees_Troy:
“I plan to discuss good programming practices regarding software architecture / program design. I will draw real-life examples from my own experience developing TWRP. Examples will primarily be in C++ but the discussion will center less on the specifics in the code and more around designing an architecture using object oriented programming to create software that is more flexible, powerful, and easier to maintain.”
So if you’re chomping at the bit to make sure you fit in the important sessions at the BABBQ, this is definitely one to put on your list in permanent marker.
Sometimes, it’s those little tweaks that fill us with the most joy inside—you know, little goodies like boot animations, themed icons, and the like. After all, our mobile devices are growing so incredibly powerful that not even manufacturer-supplied bloatware can hold them back from delivering acceptable levels of performance. Because of this, many have taken to creating and applying themes all throughout their OS in the form of themed apps, launchers, and icons.
Not too long ago when we were talking about TWRP2, we mentioned that it had recently acquired theme support. At the time, we laughed, wondering why anyone would actually want to actually theme their recovery. Again, though, it’s those little things that seem to matter most.
XDA Senior Member Primokorn created a set of beautiful TWRP themes compatible with 720p devices. One in particular caught our eye, and you can see it in the image to your right… Need I say more?
September 18, 2013 By: Jimmy McGee
Google released the new Nexus 7 (2013) and everyone has been waiting with baited breath for XDA Elite Recognized Developer AdamOutler to do one of his famous XDA Unboxings. In an XDA Unboxing, Adam tears apart an innocent device all the way to its bare components. He then identifies some of the components and tells us what they do.
In this episode, AdamOutler shows off the New Nexus 7 (2013), and he strips it down to its bare bones. He then shows you how to do a screen replacement. He finishes off the video by showing you how to install TWRP recovery. After further tweaking, Adam fixed the mushy button issue. Anyway, check out this video.