Developments

Nokia Lumia 800 Gets First Custom ROM!

A while back, we told you about the Lumia 710 getting its first custom ROM. Well today we have even bigger news: the Nokia Lumia 800 (the 710's more expensive sibling) has received its first custom ROM, courtesy of XDA Forum Member lucifer3006. Known as RainbowMod and based off of Windows Phone 7.10.8773.98 (Tango), the...

S Voice Back Again, the XDA Way

Earlier, we reported that the S Voice application that was ripped from the Samsung Galaxy SIII leak had stopped functioning. Now though, in what appears to be the final chapter of the S Voice saga, the application is back up and running, XDA-Developers style thanks to XDA Senior Member ithehappy. Apparently the original application had a build.prop...

S-Voice Given to the World, Taken Away Just as Quickly

As many of our readers are aware, the much lauded Samsung S-Voice application from the Samsung Galaxy S III was ripped two days ago and made available for the world (and most of XDA) to ravenously consume. Many users today, however, are reporting that the application is no longer functioning. When the app is opened and...

Extremely Alpha CM9 Arrives for the Droid X2

Now that Motorola has confirmed that it will not release an Ice Cream Sandwich update for the Droid X2 (much to the dismay of many X2 users), it stands to reason that some clever developer would whip together an ICS build for the device. XDA Recognized Developer dragonzkiller has done just that, and released an extremely...

OpenDESIGN Aims to Bring OEM Features to AOSP ROMs

Most users load an AOSP ROM to get away from the OEM experience. Many users who like HTC, Samsung, Motorola, and LG hardware sometimes do not like the software that comes with them. HTC Sense has always been a little too bloated, and some have even considered TouchWiz bloatware from the start. Due to these...

Iconia A500 GPS Culprit Found and Fixed

With tablets getting bad raps for bad GPS reception, it's no surprise that developers and users alike are trying to find ways to fix them. For some, it requires hardware support, as many Asus Transformer Prime users have been getting USB dongles to help boost their GPS signals to acceptable levels. Thankfully, though, some tablet...

Atrix 4G Dual Booting Method for Linux and Windows

Dual booting on the Motorola Atrix 4G has been quite the ordeal for many users. Although there have been multiple attempts, the path towards a working dual boot solution has been a little more difficult for the Atrix. Actually, until a few days ago, developers couldn't get dual booting working on the Atrix 4G at...

HTC Unbricking Project Exits Beta, Delivers Final Release

For owners of many HTC device such as the HTC Amaze 4G, EVO 3D, MyTouch 4G Slide, Sensation, and the Vivid/Raider/Velocity, this has been a long time coming. A fully functional method to restore a device from a full brick is a pretty big deal. This then gives users more confidence when performing potentially risky...

Enable Software Rendering on the Xperia Arc for Better ICS Performance

Just because a phone gets ICS---be it officially or unofficially---doesn't mean that the hardware is ready to receive it. In some cases, it takes a mod or a tweak to get things rolling. And in most cases, you can get an ICS ROM working just as well, if not better, than its Gingerbread counterpart. This...

Guide Helps Users Port AOSP ROMs to Their Device

In Android, things are ported all the time. Sometimes it's a ROM going to different devices, apps coming from different platforms, or in some cases even root methods can be shared between devices. As it stands, porting things can yield some of the most exciting and rewarding development work until built-from-source ROMs like CyanogenMod 9...

AT&T HTC One X Acquires Root

All hail root! Recently, it was announced that HTC would not be supporting the AT&T version of the HTC One X (known internationally as the One XL) through the HTCDev website. The reasoning was shaky at best, as HTC mentioned having restrictions. Hopefully this doesn't signal the slow reversion back to the locked bootloader days. Thankfully, however,...

CyanogenMod Compiler Now Builds CM with a GUI

XDA Recognized Developer lithid-cm has dropped a bombshell on CM users and kangers everywhere with the release of the newest CyanogenMod Compiler, or 'CMC.' Similar to what we wrote about a little over a year ago, this release helps users build CyanogenMod from source. However, the first-party CMC differs from other alternatives by offering a GUI for compiling...