November 4, 2012 By: jerdog
Back in 2003, a group of mobile device enthusiasts decided to create a community where other like-minded enthusiasts and developers could come together, share ideas, and learn to take their devices to new heights. Now, almost 10 years later, XDA Recognized Developer Dees_Troy has continued that mantra.
For the unfamiliar, Dees_Troy is part of Team Win, which is responsible for such projects as TwinPic 3D, Kernel Manager, Fr3vo, HDMwIn, and WiMax in CM7. Even with past successes, the team is probably best known for the Team Win Recovery Project, aka TWRP. TWRP is a unique project, providing touch and recovery-theming functionality to a historically mundane recovery experience. It has been ported to countless devices, allowing many more users to experience the joy of selecting what they want to do without using the volume keys and other combinations to select items to flash.
Not only has Dees_Troy made sure that the TWRP source is public (read: open-source) but he has also put together a very handy guide to compiling TWRP for your device. He does include a nice little note before you get started:
All of TWRP 2.x source is public. You can compile it on your own. This guide isn’t going to be a step-by-step, word-for-word type of guide. If you’re not familiar with basic Linux commands then you probably won’t be able to do this.
It’s a very valid warning, given that the process to compile correctly and then edit the corresponding files and such is not for the faint of heart, and can quite possibly result in an irreversible situation like a bricked device or a loss of data. That said, the guide walks you through compiling CM7/9/10 and then setting up TWRP for your specific device before beginning to compile.
If you’re interested in joining in on the fun, visit the guide thread first for more information.
The HTC Hero seems to be one of those HTC device that never completely loses it’s following. A few weeks ago, we reported on the HTC Hero receiving both Jelly Bean and Ice Cream Sandwich ports. To further back this up, we can report that the Hero has also received a TWRP (Team Win Recovery Project) port. In fact two developers have thrown their hat into the ring.
XDA Recognized Contributor jordfaz has ported TWRP 22.214.171.124 to the Hero. The popular “touch” recovery has been on fire of late, being ported to a large number of devices. The only stand out issue with this particular port is that the “reboot to recovery” option from the ROM doesn’t work. Everything else is working as it should. XDA Senior Member kemoba has ported a more recent version of TWRP, 126.96.36.199 to the Hero. At the time of writing, only a couple of very minor issues exists:
In the good old XDA way, both jordfaz and kemoba are working together on fixing a number of minor issues for future releases.
September 19, 2012 By: Haroon Q. Raja
Team Win Recovery Project was recently updated to bring several improvements and bug fixes to the popular custom recovery. For those unfamiliar, TWRP is a custom recovery with an impressive touch-based GUI that packs quite a punch and makes recovery operations a flash, no pun intended.
TWRP is officially available for dozens of Android devices, and is quickly becoming the custom recovery solution of choice for many enthusiasts. It is an open source project and utilizes the open source Open Recovery Script, which Team Win created.
- Significantly improved sd-ext handling (ext partitions on sdcards)
- Changes to kinetic scrolling in file selectors
- Fixed a problem with using periods in backup names
- Fixed problems in XML layouts with mounting system and USB storage
- Fixed a problem with unmounting a partition before formatting during restore
- Add Jelly Bean decrypt support
- Updated 320×480 theme to match others (thanks to Llewelyn)
- Improve “symlinking” of /data/media to either /sdcard or /emmc
- Added sanitizing of device IDs for invalid characters (thanks to bigbiff)
- Fixed free space calculation when switching backup devices on /data/media devices
- Fixed a problem with using OpenRecoveryScript to create a backup without providing a backup name
Want to grab TWRP 2.2.2 for your device? Head over to the appropriate forum thread link below for your device:
For those unfamiliar, TWRP stands for Team Win Recovery Project. It’s an open source recovery for Android devices that offers an advanced touch-based UI and Open Recovery Script support, as well as several other features not offered in other recoveries.
This port comes courtesy of XDA Senior Member Ron G, and based on the user response, it is working virtually bug-free on the device. Installation is as simple as flashing the provided file from your existing recovery.
You can find more information, the complete feature list and the download link in the forum thread.
September 15, 2012 By: Former Writer
When a device is first rooted, it usually doesn’t take very long for a custom recovery to appear as well. In many cases, root and recovery are released simultaneously. Of course, sometimes it takes a little longer than usual to get something working on a device and thus users may have root but no easy way to install things like custom ROMs, custom kernels, or modifications that could make the device even better. For Samsung Galaxy S Advance owners, after a long, long wait, you now have a custom recovery.
XDA Forum Member diego-ch, along with the help of other developers, has released a kernel that also packs the latest TeamWin Recovery Project recovery on it. As with most Samsung devices, the way to install the kernel is through either Odin or Heimdall. A word of warning: Installing the kernel will increase your flash counter. Aside from having a functional custom recovery, the kernel also adds CIFS support. If you’re a Galaxy S Advance owner and you’ve been looking to flash some easily, check out the original thread.
[Thanks to XDA Recognized Contributor varun.chitre15 for the tip!]
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.
Not too long ago, we reported on the AT&T and Rogers One X receiving a one-click root and bootloader unlock courtesy of XDA Forum Moderator and Recognized Developer kennethpenn. What do users inevitably want next? A nice, touch-based recovery, of course!
The vast majority of our readers have either heard of or are currently using Team Win Recovery Project. For those who aren’t familiar, please refer to our previous article covering the release of the touch-based version 2.1. In short, TWRP 2.1 delivers a completely touch-based and extremely user-friendly recovery experience that is as feature packed as it is fun to use.
Team Win Recovery Project 2.1, or twrp2 for short, is a custom recovery built with ease of use and customization in mind. We started from the ground up by taking AOSP recovery and loading it with the standard recovery options, then added a lot of our own features. It’s a fully touch driven user interface – no more volume rocker or power buttons to mash. The GUI is also fully XML driven and completely theme-able. You can change just about every aspect of the look and feel.
- Touchscreen driven with real buttons and drag-to-scroll
- XML-based GUI that allows full customization of the layout – true theming!
- Settings are saved to the sdcard and persist through reboots
- Ability to choose which partitions to back up and which to restore
- Ability to choose to compress backups – now with pigz (multi-core processor support for faster compression times)
Those upgrading from the unofficial ClockworkMod recovery port should note that CWM Nandroid backups are incompatible with TWRP. So if this applies to you, be sure to create a fresh backup after installing TWRP on your device.
Head over to the recovery thread to get started with TWRP 2.1 for the AT&T / Rogers One X. Those who instead prefer a one-click method can visit kennethpenn’s thread, which features an unofficial CWM build rather than TWRP. However, if you don’t mind a few more steps, we highly recommend trying out TWRP!