HTC Hero is a legacy Android device that came packaged with 600 MHz Arm Processor with ancient Android Cupcake on board. However the phone was able to gain immense popularity at that time and we can easily say that Android development entered its renaissance period with extensive experiments on HTC Hero. Even today there are scores of Android fans who have this phone and apart from this, the phone still boasts of an undeterred developer support at various Android portals and forums. Recently HTC Sense 3.5 was extracted by some Android hackers from certain leaked RUUs of HTC Runnymede and Bliss. This new version of Sense from HTC is basically a revamped, thoroughly optimized and more stable Sense 3.0.
If you are a Sony Ericsson Xperia Android phone owner and were looking to Overclock or Undervolt your phone, then there is some great news for you. Senior XDA Member, inteks, is out with his SetXperia, CPU voltage control app that easily allows you to overclock or undervolt your Xperia series Android device. The app has been tested and is compatible with Sony Ericsson Xeperia Neo, Arc, X10 and X8. However the developer suggests that this might work on other Xperia devices as well. The app can be taken as a SetCPU alternative and offers scores of different feature that let your keep a close tap on your phone’s CPU voltages. This app for overclocking and undervolting Sony Ericsson Xperia series Android phones come with a variety of tweaks and optimizations that are meant to enhance user experience and stability.
In case you opted to go for an AT&T Samsung Galaxy S II and are now waiting for root, then your wait is over! Development for AT&T Samsung Galaxy S2 kicked off as soon as the phone’s kernel source was made available. And the results so far have been awesome! Developers have not only managed to cook a custom stock kernel with root, but there are couple of popular ROM ports available for flashing. Senior XDA Member and Android Developer, Entropy512, released a stock and pre-rooted kernel packaged in stock system image. Flashing this System Image will not only give you root access on your phone, but will also unbrick your device if your flashed a bad PIT file earlier.
Samsung Galaxy S II is one of the hottest dual core Android phones that is making huge sale records through out the world. The phone’s variant, Epic 4G Touch, has also been recently launched in USA which has made Sprint gain a lot of new customers coming to their network for the sake of this phone only. Although Samsung Galaxy S II is a great phone and comes jam packed with features, but there are some instances when it isn’t compatible with your usage pattern. For instance, folks who are highly text savvy and opted to go for Samsung Galaxy S II are pretty annoyed at text messages auto converting to MMS after 4 SMS. Similarly you can not add more than 20 recipients in the recipient box. Read More
If you are a Nexus S owner and aren’t satisfied with graphic performance of your phone, then there is some great news for you! Ganaboy, XDA Member, discovered a workaround for Google Nexus S that basically removes FPS limit and lets you enjoy gaming and video graphics to the max. Due to this issue, some games and apps like Quadrant, Raging Thunder, Roboto, Asphalt 6, NOVA and Fruit Ninja graphics were laggy and didn’t really had the same appeal they do on other compatible Android devices. The fix for this issue is tiny, but it highly effects your gameplay and app experience. Read More
Motorola Photon 4G is a high-tier Android phone that was the first phone with a fairly expensive initial rooting solution. When the phone was launched, the Dock method was the only rooting method available. However some developers were able to figure out a generic exploit that made rooting possible without pain and a single click. Since the phone got rooted, the development is rapidly taking place for this phones with multitude of Android hackers, modders, designers and themers participating in releasing custom kernels, tweaks, mods, hacks and full fledge ROM. The team ACS, guys behind producing the first rooting kernel for Sprint Epic 4G Touch, has released custom Photon Penguin Kernel for Photon 4G.
In case you are a Samsung Infuse 4G owner and were waiting for MIUI custom ROM for your device, then your wait is over now! MikeyMike01, XDA Recognized Developer, has managed to port Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread based MIUI Custom ROM on Samsung Infuse 4G. For those who don’t know, MIUI is a custom firmware / system for select Android devices with root. The main purpose of these custom ROMs is to enhance user experience and also to provide stability. MIUI ROMs have managed to gain a huge fan base due to the functionality it offers and greater aesthetic values. MIUI ROMs were initially criticized for their striking resemblance to iOS UI, but later extraordinary amount of themes and mods managed to silence the critics. Read More
Huawei U9000 Ideos X6 is a mid tier Android phone that has managed to gain popularity among Androiders looking for a budget handset. The Ideos X6 appeared in a Market ruled by giants like HTC, Samsung, Motorola and LG but was still able to make its mark because of low price and great features. The Huawei Ideos X6 comes with 1.0 GHz Scorpion Processor and has a powerful 5 Megapixel camera capable of recording video at 720p. Apart from this, the handset comes with AOSP Android 2.2 Froyo with possibilities of Gingerbread update after gaining root.
Official Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread Update for Verizon HTC Thunderbolt is on the roll now as we reported earlier. The update is meant for phones without root and if you have accidently updated your rooted phone, then its likely you are in a boot loop right now. When its Android, there is a way and of course you can restore your phone to normal settings if you are stuck in a boot loop due to accidental application of the official update. Read More
Couple of weeks back we reported
regarding Android 2.3.6 Gingerbread update for Google Samsung Nexus S. Although the update did upgrade the OS version to 2.3.6, but one major flaw was broken Wi-Fi Tethering. Concerned Androiders and Nexus S owners debated this issue for quite some time
. Apparently an all new Android 2.3.6 Gingerbread update for the Google Nexus S is on the roll again but this time with fixed wireless tethering and a different build code. The build number of this update is GRK39F whereas previously it was GRK39C. As the update is pretty much similar to what rolled out previously, it is apparent that there is no changelog available for this one.
Finally there is some great news for Verizon HTC Thunderbolt users as official Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread is rolling out now. Like all other major updates, this process is going to happen OTA so make sure that you are connected to internet via W-Fi or 3G. This update for HTC Thunderbolt is jam packed with fixes and features. We believe that this update isn’t meant for users with root and it will be a great idea to wait for some custom ROM to come integrated with this update.
Samsung Epic 4G Touch is perhaps the most popular Android dual core phone among Sprint subscribers in the US. The development community of this phone is relatively active than other Android phones as they were able to gain root privileges on this phone right after it was initially launched. Along with rooting the phone, the Epic 4G Touch developer community was also able to overclock the phone as well as ported ClockworkMod Recovery. Once ClockworkMod Recovery got ported on Samsung Epic 4G Touch, custom ROMs started to spring up on different Android portals and forums to enhance the user experience and to fully utilize the advantages associated with running custom kernel and / or root. Read More
Epic 4G Touch is the first Samsung Galaxy S II variant that launched via Sprint in US. The phone now boasts of a huge developer and user community with root coming to the phone within hours of its initial launch. However some users aren’t comfortable after rooting their device as all sorts of issues have started to come up on their devices. Also there are some kernel and ROM developers looking to get their hands on a stock kernel that has never undergone any rooting procedures.
Finally there is some great news for Motorola Droid 3 as the first Android Gingerbread custom ROM for the phone has finally surfaced. Droid 3, until lately, proved to be a hard nut to crack when it came to rooting and flashing a custom Recovery. However with advent of an easier single click rooting method and Koush releasing the official Bootstrap recovery app for the phone, things got simpler for ROM developers. Read More
HTC Sensation is the dual core Android beauty that has managed to capture a massive owner-base within months of its initial release. However some HTC Sensation owners have come across a strange screen unresponsive issue that has no software remedy available. The users who got this issue with their Sensation tried everything possible, from ROMs to patched, but it just doesn’t go away. Senior XDA Member, Zmfl, is now out with a simple fix that basically tinkers with problematic placement of “a small silver pin”. The silver pin is basically phone’s “grounding” connection with back cover and it eventually starts losing proper contact with the phone. Once the screen loses connection with back cover, you will notice elevated unresponsiveness on your phone. We don’t know if we can place this under the category of “bad engineering / designing”, but with so many users getting affected due to this little thing; its “bad” after all!
Finally there is some great news for Samsung Galaxy S 4G owners as Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread update for this phone just got released unofficially. The credit for releasing this update for general public goes to SamFirmware. This Android portal is dedicated to releasing official Android firmware/ROMs for Samsung phones that are still to be made public by Samsung or the carrier. This firmware/ROM leak for Samsung Galaxy S 4G and Samsung Infuse 4G updates your phone to Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread integrated with all the changes. Apparently Samsung Galaxy S 4G's Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread update is meant for AT&T subscribers with Infuse 4G dedicated to T-Mobile only. We aren’t sure if you will be able to regain root access on your phone after upgrading to this build as there are no testimonies supporting re-root after upgrade. There is no clear or published changelog regarding Android 2.3.5 GB, so you will have to find the differences and fixes, if any, on your own.
MIUI custom ROMs have managed to gain huge popularity due to their rock stability and aesthetics. Although MIUI ROMs are great and offer huge user experience enhancement, but language has been a major pitfall for many flashers. MIUI is basically developed by Chinese Android developers and although there are English scripts available to enforce the language, but sometimes bits and pieces are left out. The US chapter of MIUI, basically responsible for rolling out MIUI builds for Android phones located in the US or which need English as the OS language, has released a MIUI Pure English build. This MIUI build is version 1.9.23 and is based on latest Android 2.3 Gingerbread. The claims regarding this build are that you don’t find Chinese characters while you use the ROM. Read More
In case you have a Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 phone and want to get the new Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread keyboard, then your wait is over. Senior XDA Member, Blackwatch89, is out with some modified keyboard files that let you port the all new Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread keyboard on your Sony Ericsson Xperia x10. In order to get this new keyboard working on your Xperia X10, you will need to have root on your device along with xRecovery installed. Read More
Samsung Galaxy S II is a wonderful dual-core Android phone that has managed to gather a huge fan base within months of its release. Although the phone is excellent, but native TouchWiz call logs also show SMS logs. For some it might be useful, but the majority doesn’t want their Text logs alongside their call records. Senior XDA member, Juffo, is out with a solution that helps you getting rid of SMS logs from Call Logs option available in TouchWiz launcher. The hack is only applicable on Samsung Galaxy S II phones with root and preferably running a fully deodexed custom ROM. The tweak basically tinkers with Logsprovider.apk and disallows any SMS / Text logs appear along with call logs.
Finally there is some great news for LG Optimus Black owners as a working build of unofficial CyanogenMod 7 Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread is now available. The credit for this build goes Arcee, Android developer at RootzWiki Forums, and according to him, the build is compiled from currently available CM7 sources. For those who don’t know, CyanogenMod is a custom firmware distribution for select Android devices that is meant to enhance user experience and bring stability. You might also want to go through our complete CyanogenMod 7 walkthrough
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