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!