September 13, 2014 By: Tomek Kondrat
In the last few days, we’ve talked about some fairly high end devices receiving official ports of popular ROMs or updates via OTA. Users of mid-range devices usually must be more patient when it comes to waiting for their devices getting developer support. Patience, however, is certainly a virtue.
The HTC Desire 816 was announced at MWC in Barcelona in February of this year and eventually released in April. This 5.5” phablet brought a number of high-end specs into mid-range world. Now, Desire 816 owners have a proper reason for celebration, as XDA Recognized Developer Grarak and XDA Senior Member v_superuser laid the cornerstone for the future development for this device by releasing a CyanogenMod 11. This port is still in quite an early stage and some things simply don’t work. However with a bit of a luck, everything should be fixed in the not so distant future.
There is more of good news for Desire 816 users. The device has been given an official TWRP support. This means that the latest version of the recovery is available to download and should work without issues. Grarak also created a first custom kernel that will enhance the Sense experience.
As you can see, many good things have been happening lately in the Desire 816 community. If you are an owner of this phablet, feel free to visit the CyanogenMod development thread to get some taste of source-built sweets for your device.
September 10, 2014 By: Tomek Kondrat
Team Win Recovery Project, known more simply as TWRP, is one of the most popular custom recoveries available for Android. It has a nice layout, a ton of features in its easy to use UI, and it gives us the ability to dive into custom ROM world. This recovery is available for most popular devices–no matter if they are big or small. XDA Senior Recognized Developer Dees_Troy and XDA Recognized Developer bigbiff who developed most of the features, have updated the recovery and bumped its version to 2.8. It’s a major release so the list of changes is huge.
What’s new in the latest TWRP? The UI layout hasn’t changed, but the recovery gained quite a lot of new features that many of you will surely love. Likely the most important one is a C++ based MTP implementation which allows transferring files both to microSD cards and emulated storage. If you are a pro user, you would also love the ability to execute the ADB commands right within the recovery without touching the screen and using a GUI. The newest version of the TWRP will also natively support QHD screens and smaller ones used in smartwatches.
Here’s a full changelog of the latest release:
Add MTP support to recovery thanks mostly to bigbiff with a little help from Dees_Troy
Add command line capabilities – you can now execute various TWRP features via adb instead of the touchscreen
Add support for color in the console and give error, warning, and highlight lines different colors
Track backup and restore progress based on file sizes to provide a much more accurate indication of progress
Improve handling of /misc thanks to mdmower
Improve setting of time on Qualcomm devices thanks to [NUT]
Allow using images on slidervalue GUI objects thanks to Tassadar
Allow using variables and addition and subtraction in variables for easier theming
Add support for 1440×2560, 280×280, and 320×320 resolutions and update 240×240
Allow ui.xml file to include additional xml files to help break up the theme and make TWRP easier to maintain
Other minor fixes and improvements
If you want to upgrade your recovery, download the image file from the TeamWin’s website, reboot your device to fastboot mode and flash the image. If you don’t want to mess with the command line, you can use application like TWRP Manager by XDA Recognized Developer jmz. You can also seek for guidance in your device forums.
July 26, 2014 By: Will Verduzco
Over the past week or so, we’ve talked quite a bit about the first two Android Wear-powered smartwatches, the LG G Watch and the Samsung Gear Live. Last night, we saw a great toolkit for G Watch owners. And just one day before, temp root was achieved on the Gear Live and its restore images were pulled.
Now, the development community has reached the next major milestone thanks to custom recoveries for both devices. The custom recoveries for both devices come in the form of the highly versatile and feature packed TWRP recovery. These images are thanks to TWRP project leader, XDA Senior Recognized Developer Dees_Troy. And as can be expected from official TWRP releases, the recovery images seem to work great for those who’ve flashed them.
Currently, there’s not terribly much that you can do once you have these images installed. There are no custom ROMs available yet for the Gear Live, and there is just one available for the G Watch in its Android Dev section. However, having TWRP lets you create Nandroid backups, as well as be ready to flash future development work when it appears.
[Many thanks to KidCarter93 and AdamOutler for the tips!]
June 12, 2014 By: Jimmy McGee
If you spend any amount of time on XDA, you probably also spend a lot of time in your recovery. Perhaps you hate blue, or perhaps you just want to change things up a little. And since we like changing things, wouldn’t it be great if you could apply themes to your TWRP Recovery more easily?
XDA Senior Member ScumpinatoS offers up an application that allows you apply themes to your TWRP Recovery very easily. In this video, XDA Developer TV Producer TK reviews TWRP Theme Manager. TK shows off the application, its uses, and functionality, and then he gives his thoughts on the application. Check out this app review.
Team Win Recovery Project, or TWRP for short, is one of the most popular custom recovery options available. It offers support for a wide variety of devices both new and old. It has all the features that you would expect to find in a recovery, as well as a whole lot more. One such not necessarily essential, but nonetheless welcome feature is support for custom themes. While a recovery might not be the first thing on everyone’s list of things to theme, I suspect that a few of you out there spend just as much time looking at recovery as you do actually using your device.
For those of you who do theme your TWRP, XDA Senior Member ScumpinatoS created an application that might be of interest. It’s called simply, TWRP Theme Manager, and in case you haven’t already guessed, it will allow you to download, install, and manage themes for your recovery. You can browse available themes and download them via the app or import your existing themes from SD card to make dressing up TWRP just that little bit easier.
The application does not require root and is compatible with devices running Android 4.0 or above. Please note that the version 2.7 of TWRP is the only version compatible with TWRP Theme Manager. Check out the application thread for more information.
May 18, 2014 By: Tomek Kondrat
It’s been a short while since Motorola, now owned by Lenovo, announced the Moto E. In many ways, the E is quite similar to the extremely popular Moto G thanks to its affordable price point and great user experience. This cheap, but capable good device may well become a big success.
The Moto E was launched with a near stock Android firmware and an unlockable bootloader. And soon, the custom ROM madness will arrive, since a system dump was just released by XDA Senior Member Saumitra Yadav. But the above isn’t the end of today’s good news for Moto E users. XDA Recognized Developer cybojenix managed to port TWRP to the “Condor,” which is the Moto E’s code name. And since a working TWRP build allows users to flash SuperSU or other root brokering applications, root has also been achieved.
It’s not entirely necessary to flash TWRP in order to gain root access. If you prefer to keep your stock recovery, just boot TWRP using fastboot and flash SuperSu. Since this TWRP build is an initial release and Motorola hasn’t yet released kernel source, some things don’t work. Luckily, the list is short and contains only two major issues. For starters, touch support while in recovery doesn’t work until the device is put to sleep and woken up again.
Also, you cannot write to the SD Card.
April 20, 2014 By: Will Verduzco
You may recall that back when TWRP2 introduced a couple of years ago, it brought with it the open source Open Recovery System (ORS). With ORS, purpose-built applications are able to queue various recovery tasks from directly within Android itself.
ORS eventually lead to the creation of various interesting applications such as the previously covered TWRP Manager. But what if you wanted an application to control virtually all aspects of TWRP from within Android? Now with TWRP Coordinator XDA by Senior Member Samer Diab and Recognized Developer Helicopter88, you can do precisely that.
As its name suggests, TWRP Coordinator allows you to initiate basically any TWRP-related task you could possibly want. This includes installing and updating TWRP, rebooting to recovery, flashing ZIPs, creating / renaming / deleting / restoring backups, wiping data, performing a factory reset, wiping specific partitions, fixing permissions, and much more.
With such a powerful application, you’d be right to want to prevent unauthorized use. Luckily, TWRP Coordinator offers both password protection and the ability to hide it from your launcher app. If you either lose your password or wish to launch the app after it’s been hidden, simply dial *#8977# into your phone dialer.
Naturally, you need to both be rooted and have TWRP (both official or unofficial) recovery installed on your device. As mentioned earlier, the application can install TWRP for you, but this naturally only applies to devices with official TWRP support.
You can get started by visiting the application thread.
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 22.214.171.124 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: Tomek Kondrat
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: Tomek Kondrat
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.