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Root for Optimus 3D V20x Gingerbread Achieved

Rooting a device for the first time is exciting. However, that is unfortunately not where the battle for root typically ends, despite end user wishes. When new OS or bootloader updates are released, root access is often lost. Unfortunately, the push to root the new firmware isn't always as fervent as on the original ROM. Luckily...

Mozilla’s Boot to Gecko Running on a Samsung Galaxy SII

You could be forgiven for not having heard of Mozilla's new project called Boot to Gecko. Truth be told, I knew very little about it until XDA Senior Moderator and Recognized Developer pulser_g2 revealed that he had it running on a Samsung Galaxy SII. So what is Boot to Gecko? It's a completely open source project from the...

Root and First ROM for the Nextbook Premium 7

Getting first root on some devices is quite a big deal---the kind of news that everyone hears about. However, first root of smaller and more obscure devices can sometimes escape the notice of even the most observant. Such is the case with the Nextbook Premium 7 tablet. XDA Forum Member Dochoppy has taken care of those...

Everything Xperia Arc Users Need to Get ICS Working Right

Ice Cream Sandwich has been a little screwy for some Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc owners. Between some WiFi and Bluetooth issues, and some issues getting Face Unlock and Gapps to work; it has been an uphill battle to make the recently released ICS beta work well. Thankfully, there's ways to fix these problems. XDA Senior Member dinesh690,...

Sim Unlocker for Select SGS2 and SGS Brings Easy Unlock

Getting SIM unlock can be a pain and usually requires some wacky progress using hex editors, or paying a carrier or third party to give you the code. Since paying money for something you can get free is never preferable, and a lot of people don't even know how to properly wield a hex editor,...

Comprehensive Guide To Successfully Manipulating Troublesome ICS .APKs

Application package files or APKs for short, are something that I'm sure most of you are familiar with, whether you're a Developer or a Themer you probably spend a fair bit of time tinkering with them. However, if you've spent much time editing APKs since the release of Ice Cream Sandwich then you may well...

Closer to Perfection–Ubuntu 11.10 Running Natively on HP Touchpad

Ubuntu and the infamous HP Touchpad.  For those of you around the HPT scene, you know that this is likely a comparable device to the HD2 in terms of flexibility. The device runs WebOS natively, Android (all the way to ICS thanks to the good people at the Cyanogen team), and as of October of...

Transformer Prime Bootloader Unlocker Tool Released

This has been a long time coming. From the rumors to the official announcement, and the long waiting period in between, it has finally happened. The Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime bootloader unlocker has finally been released. XDA forum member hobbypunk has posted a thread that links to the Asus website where Transformer Primer owners can...

ssLauncher Brings a Unique Look to the Launcher Market

Launchers hold a special place in the Android world as the application that all Android users use the most. The homescreens, the dock, the app drawer, all of it is apart of the launcher experience and you literally cannot turn your device on without encountering the launcher. As it stands, there are a number of launchers...

Xperiment Shop Open and Ready for Requests for Custom Graphics

Graphics can be hard to come by if you don't have any money. Either they cost a lot and look really cool or they cost nothing, look really cool but the artist is up to their eye balls in requests. To help take the load of the free graphics artists, XDA Member Xperiment2012 has started a...

Full Touch Recovery Released for Some Sony Ericsson, Huawei and Samsung Phones

Choosing your recovery is a big deal. For most people, they're luck enough to get at least one good one and it's usually ClockworkMod Recovery. On other devices, though, users can have two, three up to half a dozen choices for their recoveries. For some select devices, they now even have the option for a...

Motorola Photon Confirmed to Get Ice Cream Sandwich in Q3 2012

The wait list for Ice Cream Sandwich is much like the waiting list of a popular LA night club. The big names always get in first while everyone else stands outside in line, hoping they got a good enough spot. Of course, finally entering the nightclub is something to be quite excited about. In this metaphor,...