December 28, 2012 By: Joseph Hindy
Android 4.2 AOSP development has been pretty widespread. Despite the busy holiday season, developers have found ways to get Android 4.2 AOSP ROMs on devices of every shape and size. Recently, two more devices have been given some Android 4.2 goodness—the ZTE Blade and the Nexus 7 3G.
XDA Senior Member eak1080 has released an official CyanogenMod 10.1 build for the Nexus 7 3G. Given that the Nexus 7 is a Google-controlled device, the CM10.1 build is pretty much complete. All of the main features work, with only a couple of ROM features not working properly. If users want Picasa Sync, there is a fix they’ll need to flash; and the Quick Settings Toggles are a work in progress. Otherwise, the ROM should be pretty stable and usable.
The ZTE Blade port was actually built by MoDaCo’s KonstaT, but posted to XDA by Forum Member android@sam. Even though the ZTE is not a pure Android experience like the Nexus 7, the ROM is still pretty complete. There are only a few things wrong, including:
Bluetooth (& bt-tethering)
Wifi tethering (use an external app, e.g. WiFi
Tether for Root Users)
USB-tethering (use an external app)
Despite the small number of things wrong, KonstaT has stated that this ROM is really only for developers, advanced users, and testers as it is not yet a complete ROM. So this probably isn’t 100% ready for daily use, although it could be used that way if Bluetooth is not needed.
There are quite a few devices out there that are capable of dual booting. Now it seems that the ZTE Blade has also joined that club thanks to XDA Forum Member android@sam. This project is still at a very early stage, and is currently only compatible with one particular CM9 ROM. However, it demonstrates that dual booting is indeed possible on this device.
The developer plans to extend the project to support as many of the ROMs currently available for the device as possible. In the developer’s own words:
This mod works on the basis of two scripts which are to be executed in the terminal emulator or script manager and a modified boot.img to boot the rom from sdcard instead of NAND.
The process involves quite a few steps, including partitioning your SD card and replacing the boot.img of the ROM, but all of these are covered in the original forum thread and you should be up and running in no time. If you would like to test this out, head over to the original thread.
July 26, 2012 By: Conan Troutman
It’s always nice to see older and lower spec devices brought up to date and in line with the heavyweights. Those with ARM v6 devices such as the Samsung Galaxy Ace, Galaxy Gio or ZTE Blade, might not have ever expected to see your device running Ice Cream Sandwich, let alone Jelly Bean. That, however, is not how things work here at XDA. There’s always somebody out there who refuses to accept that their device will not run the latest version of Android. Thankfully for the three devices I just mentioned, they were right.
While XDA Senior Member Matt4321 has posted an unofficial version of CM10 by konstaT for the ZTE Blade, XDA Senior Member Maclaw has been doing the same for the Samsung Galaxy Ace and Gio. Obviously these build aren’t going to be flawless, but they certainly do show that these devices are capable of a whole lot more than they are often given credit for.
CM10 for the ZTE Blade is functional for the most part, but has some issues with hardware acceleration. Also, the camera, tethering, and FM radio aren’t working—although a 3rd party app can be used to tether wirelessly. As far as the Ace and Gio builds are concerned, there are few more serious bugs such as the microphone, headphones, camera, and deep sleep not functioning as they should. The earpiece speaker does not currently work, but a fix has been found and will be incorporated into the next release. Bugs aside, it’s still pretty impressive to see 4.1 on these devices at a time when HTC has shown reluctance in updating a much more capable device to 4.0
If you want to try out CM10 on your device, visit the release threads below:
While there are many people who aren’t fans of Samsung’s OEM skin Touchwiz, that doesn’t mean that others wouldn’t enjoy it if they were given the chance to use it. When a device development begins to get a little stagnant, it’s nice to see the opportunity to see a different UI come in and give users an opportunity to flash something new. And now we have some TouchWiz to play with on the ZTE Blade.
With some help from others on the same quest, XDA Senior Member weeo has released TouchWiz for the Blade, and believe it or not, the user response has been positive. Along with TouchWiz, users will also get a number of other modifications to their Blades. Says weeo:
- SII Boot animation
- SII sounds
- Bravia Engine
- SGSII Icons
- Samsung apps
- Beats Audio
- TWapps ( not complete + FC’s )
- WBAWS Kernel (I think)
- Much more & More to come!
The bundled extras all amount to a pretty decent experience for Blade users. It is still in beta, though, and some Samsung apps as well as the Samsung keyboard is reported as force closing. However, the developer is working on fixing everything, so users who want to try it out need not fear that things won’t get fixed. Until then, though, users would do best showing patience.
If you’re running the Blade and want some TouchWiz action, check out the original thread for more information, screen shots and download links. As usual, don’t forget that backup!
April 25, 2011 By: egzthunder1
Well, it seems that the concept of devs and cooks having all the fun tweaking roms has pushed XDA member Charles Darke to develop and release an app that would allow you to tweak various parameters in your Android device. Blade Buddy will enable tons of hidden tricks in your device to speed it up a bit, make your device compatible with a few games that would otherwise not run properly or at all, reduce some of the memory consumption, and thus it may end up allowing you to increase battery life in the process. The app can also help you unlock the network component of your device and also, you can mount the device as read-write, which would grant your file explorer access to the root, thus turning it into a root explorer type of application. Finally, it also has a HEX editor, which you may want to stay away from unless you know what you are doing.
If you have tried this, please share your feedback with the dev.
- Hardware acceleration (required for some games to run)
- Disable boot animation
- Enable/Disable Stagefright codecs (helps some games, and videos – depends on device whether this helps or not)
- Disable forced camera shutter sound
- Change LCD Density
- Change WIFI scanning interval
- Alter Dalvik VM Heap Size
- Alter Dalvik VM Heap Start Size
- Alter Dalvik VM Heap Growth Limit
- Ability to remount /system as read-write or read-only, effectively turning any explorer into a Root Explorer
- Integration with basic settings Spare Parts Plus!
You can find more information in the application thread.
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Due to an overwhelmingly amount of requests, we have decided to include the ZTE Blade forums to our ever growing Android family. The Blade is popular for a very good reason… bang for your buck. This device is comparable spec-wise to most of the other mid range devices like the LG Optimus S. However, the price is what sets it apart from the others. Google it around, you will be surprised, I can guarantee you that. The device sports a rather large screen 3.5 inch and is packed with a fairly good processor and enough on board memory to allow you to run all of your programs with ease.
Development on this device has been underway for some time now and it is quite advanced. So, if you were waiting for this, now is your chance to get your hands dirty with the rest of XDA.
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