October 17, 2012 By: Conan Troutman
Despite being somewhat abandoned by Motorola as far as official updates are concerned, the Motorola Defy & Defy+ are refusing to accept that the latest versions of Android are out of the question. Having recently received an unofficial version of CM10 based on Android 4.1.2 thanks to XDA Recognized Developer Quarx, these devices continue to defiantly (see what I did there?) push the limits of what they are capable of.
As you might expect, this build is still in quite an early stage. There might be bugs, and it may not be suitable for use as a daily driver quite yet. That said, the general feedback within the development thread seems to be very good, without any deal breaking issues being reported so far. The build includes its own custom kernel, the (love it or hate it) CRT screen off animation, and a patch for the flashlight function.
Zips are flashable via recovery of choice as you might expect, and both the Defy and Defy+ use the same ROM. So if you’re itching for the latest and greatest on your Defy/Defy+ then check out the development thread for more info.
Update: The good feedback for this ROM continues to roll in and it seems that my comment about possibly not being suitable for use as a daily driver is inaccurate. Stability, you can haz it.
August 31, 2012 By: Haroon Q. Raja
To all Samsung Galaxy R GT-I9203 users waiting to get official ICS on their device, we’ve got news for you! The ICS update was recently spotted on SamMobile. Although the OTA may be pushed out to your devices very soon, those who can’t wait can download and install it manually right away.
This is the European I9103XXLQ9 Update and it was spotted here on XDA by Recognized Contributor ardatdat. As is the case with every official Samsung ROM, this one is also TouchWiz based. Not being a carrier-specific version, this can be installed on any Galaxy R i9103 and contains no carrier bloatware apps. Here are some more details:
Regions: Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Spain, United Kingdom
You can grab the firmware from SamMobile and flash it to your phone using Odin or Heimdall. Though keep in mind that it will overwrite your recovery if flashed directly, so if you want to retain it, you might want to wait for a custom ROM, or flash a custom kernel with recovery after flashing it.
For more information, visit the discussion thread.
February 10, 2012 By: orb3000
Since Google’s launching of Android 4.0 back in October 2011, the main question most of us want answered is if our devices will be upgrade-able, and when? We know there are hardware limitations to take into consideration.
HTC’s first wave of Android updates will bring Ice Cream Sandwich to its phones powered by dual-core Qualcomm S3 processors. The majority of HTC’s phones running on this chip are already on the update list, and we expect the remaining devices to be added shortly. HTC would also be delivering the Android 4.0 update to its phones powered by single-core Qualcomm S2 processors.
From the HTC´s official Facebook we know the full list of devices upgradeable to ICS:
End of March updates:
HTC Sensation 4G
HTC Sensation XE
Later this year updates:
HTC Sensation XL
HTC Amaze 4G
HTC EVO 3D
HTC EVO Design 4G
HTC Incredible S
HTC Desire S
HTC Desire HD
This devices are expected to get ICS as well but nothing official yet:
HTC Desire Z
DROID Incredible 2
HTC Inspire 4G
myTouch 4G Slide
HTC Hero S
HTC EVO Shift 4G
Of course we would like to see Android 4.0 running on all HTC devices but those who own phones powered by Qualcomm S1 chips should not expect an ICS official release, thanks we have great Chefs in XDA so you still may enjoy the new OS
Please leave your comments and thanks for reading.
We already knew to expect that the HTC Sensation was getting an upgrade to Ice Cream Sandwich, but what we didn´t expect was that also will receive a white version as well. We have already seen Sensation XL in white and it looks quite nice. Currently, the Sensation comes with Android 2.3 Gingerbread, a dual core MSM8260 Snapdragon at 1.GHz and S-LCD capacitive touchscreen with 540 x 960 pixels, 4.3 inches. The white version has the same specs as the one we already know and only changes its appearance with a nice white and silver color.
The expected launch date for this model is pointing to March 1st, and with the release date we hope HTC Sense 4.0 is finished and ready to load into the White Sensations. Unfortunately for the devices already circulating in the market there is no specific date for the “official” update, which will arrive via OTA.
HTC Germany is the first to confirm the launch of the white Sensation.
Please tell us what you think by leaving a comment below and thanks for reading.
Last week, T-Mobile issued the Ice Cream Sandwich OTA update to Nexus S customers. Great news for some, miserable news for others. I didn’t found out exactly what all Google and T-Mobile included in the update, but apparently a new bootloader was included. For some users, that meant a nice, Nexus-shaped brick.
So XDA Recognized Developers AdamOutler and Rebellos of Team Hummingmod set out to do what they do best: unbricking devices. And they released revision 37 of the UnBrickable Resurrector, which added support for the Nexus S.
Using Linux, the UnBrickable Resurrector, and the latest version of Java, Team Hummingmod’s solution brings your Nexus S back to life in six steps. No hardware modification needed, at all.
Your only other option is, at the moment, through JTAG. “This method works by injecting a specially modified bootloader which calls back code used by the IROM for secure boot, but without security checks,” AdamOutler explained, “The unsecure code is uploaded into the device and the pointer is set to execute the proper location, thereby booting the device off USB.”
AdamOutler is currently working on the UnBrickable Mod hardware solution. While what he has should work in theory, he’s looking for either working or non-working Nexus S phones to prove it, and make a Do-It-Yourself guide.
If you would like to lend your Nexus S to the cause, or if you’d like to check out the software solution, UnBrickable Resurrector, please visit the development thread.