Nook Color Gets ICS! Seems like progress has been made in bringing the ICS based CM9 ROM to the Nook Color and we’re actually looking at at a ROM that now has quite a lot of things working in it thanks to the efforts of XDA-Developers forum member dalingrin
. However, the ROM is still a work in progress and not fit for use as a daily driver. More so, novice users should not even try being adventurous with this ROM to try and install it.
Do you have a Motorola Flipout lying around? The device is sure a peculiar one, with a full QWERTY keypad and a pivoting point in the lower right corner, around which the screen and keyboard half rotate. The device was launched with Android 2.1 Éclair and never really saw an update coming it’s way. If you still haven’t rooted this flashy looking phone, we can tell you, doing so is as easy as installing an app on your phone. Actually that is
what you’ll be doing.
Sony Ericsson Xperia Play gets ICS! Finally, after the Xperia Arc, Ray & Neo V got ICS ports, the Xperia Play seemed to have been left out in the cold. Not anymore thanks to XDA-Developer forum member nickholtus
who has released what is an Alpha build, based on Android 4.0.1. So let’s take a look into what this ROM has to offer.
If you’re here, you have probably managed to update your S-OFF and rooted EVO View 4G to Honeycomb 3.2, consequently ending up soft bricking your device. Luckily, there is a solution out of it that will fix your device in no time and have it back, up and running tahnks to Android Central forum member and developer beezy. So lets not waste more time, and get down to business! Read More
The Droid 3 gets Ice Cream Sandwich! Owners of the Droid 3, can finally taste the ICS goodness on their device thanks to XDA-Developers forum member Hashcode
. The ROM has been developed using the CM9 sources as well as some of the published Moto Source from Droid 3 and RAZR. The ROM is an Alpha build right now and like a lot of ICS AOSP ROMs out there; has bugs and glitches that need to be ironed out.
The first Droid from Motorola, gets its first taste of Ice Cream Sandwich! This comes in from XDA-Developers forum member kfazz
in the form of a custom ROM based on Android 4.0.3 and is a Pre Alpha release for now, meaning, the ROM is not fully functional or suited as a daily driver. The ROM is strictly meant for advanced users who can help test the ROM, or for those who are simply adventurous. So if you wish to try out the first early ICS build for the first Droid, do not let us stop you.
Lately, several phones have been released with hardware support for using them as USB hosts, so that you can connect USB mass storage devices to them and access the data stored on them right from your phone. However, it is more than likely that you have faced difficulties in doing so on your Galaxy Nexus, despite the fact that it supports the USB On-The-Go feature. Apparently, Google has disabled the automated mounting for mass storage devices for some reason unknown to us right now. While we aren't sure whether Google is working on this or not and whether we will see this functionality added in an update or not, you can do it right away with free app StickMount. More info after the jump! hat does the app do? It automatically mounts and dismounts your USB mass storage devices. Oh and, if you're not rooted, this app is not for you as the app requires root permission in order to run the commands required to mount the external storage. More on the app, after the break!
The LG myTouch was developed by LG for the US mobile carrier, T-Mobile. The device packs a potent hardware setup with a 1Ghz Scorpion CPU, HSPA+ connectivity and a 5MP camera capable of recording at 720p. Such a device, deserves to be rooted to unleash its true potential, and what better way to root it than the SuperOneClick tool. However, the tool does work, only after a slight commands sent via ADB. No, its still not complicated at all. We’ll show you how. Read More
Galaxy Precedent is a CDMA based mobile phone intended for the budget market. It is not uncommon for budget phones to have their rooting guides on popular Android forums buried underneath a pile of guides concerning the much hotter phones. If you still have a Galaxy Precednt lying around, or are still using one and have never rooted it, you may like to know that rooting the device is simply a one click automated process. Want to root yours? Just read on for our complete guide.
Ice Cream Sandwich for the HTC Sensation has arrived, but layered with the HTC Sense 3.5. Earlier we covered a post on an ICS leak for the Galaxy S II, and that too, carried the TouchWiz UI on it, and people had mixed feelings about that. So how would people feel about running ICS with Sense 3.5, remains to be seen. For now, lets take a look at the ROM that comes from the popular developers at XDA, the RC Team. RCMix ICE
is based on Android 4.0.1 and we take a look at what the ROM has to offer and how you can install it on your Sensation.
Amazon pushed out a software update for the Kindle Fire this week, and while all went good for users with non rooted devices, those who updated their rooted devices, lost all root access and the Android Market, keyboard apps, and are now back to a stock Kindle Fire. Well, you had to see this coming Kindle Fire users, but if you’re one of the few lucky ones who got caught into this post and were considering updating to 6.2.1 but are now deciding not to, hold that thought, because there is a fix available, thanks to XDA-Developers forum member eldarerathis
. He has released a pre-rooted updated ROM that you can now flash on your Kindle Fire and be running the 6.2.1 updated ROM without loosing root access and privileges.
Kindle Fire gets automated root, recovery and market installation! Earlier we covered a guide on rooting the Kindle Fire
, followed by a guide on installing the Android Market on the device
. Honestly, very tedious methods, and we’re sure there are plenty of users out there with the Kindle Fire wanting to root their devices but are waiting for a rather simpler solution than the ones available. Guess what, that simpler (way simple!) solution is now available, thanks to XDA-Developers forum member Vashypooh.
He has developed a tool that automates the rooting process, market installation, recovery installation (the new TW 2.0 touch based recovery) and much more. Aptly named, Kindle Fire Utility
, it is going to become every Kindle Fire’s owner dream come true.
Android 4.0.3 ICS based ROM for the HTC Thunderbolt – still in the Alpha stage – was just recently released by RootzWiki forum member ProTekk. Being an Alpha 2, the one thing that is keeping this ROM from being used as a daily driver is the non functional radio. The camera is broken too, but that is something most enthusiasts can do without for a while for an ICS ROM. More on the ROM and how you can get it up and running on your Thunderbolt, after the break. Read More
If you fancy running the Ice Cream Sandwich OS on your Droid X and don’t mind a broken radio, Camera and GPS, you may want to check out the new EncounterICS ROM by RootzWiki forum member firstEncounter. According to the developer, it was the disappointment of ICS development on the Droid X that made him whip up this very ROM. Based on Android 4.0.1 we take a look at the ROM after the break. Read More
Nexus S 4G gets Android 4.0.3 Ice Cream Sandwich, but it only comes as a port for now, courtesy of Android Central forum member Beezy
. Further credits go to gbhil
, Cory Streater
, Team Hydro
. The port comes right after the recently released Android 4.0.3 OTA update for the Nexus S GSM
device, and frankly we all saw this coming. However the actual update for the 4G should be coming out anytime now but if you want to give this ROM, named, ICS-Dooderbutt 4.0.3 v1
a run on your device, we can tell you that the ROM seems to have most stuff functioning very nicely, apart from Wi-Max of course and a broken camera as well.
If you have just installed the Android 4.0.3 Ice Cream Sandwich ROM for the Xoom
that we covered, you would now have lost all root access on the device. However, thanks to XDA-Developers forum member anidrin,
we now have a confirmed working root solution of the Xoom on Android 4.0.3 ICS. If you flashed the CWM packaged ROM, you will have the recovery intact on the Xoom, even if not, no worries, you can get it back easily. All that, after the break!
Let the Ice Cream Sandwich madness begin! Motorola Xoom, Google's flagship Honeycomb tablet, has just received it’s first working ICS ROM thanks to XDA-Developers forum member razorbladex401. The ROM is a work in progress and meant for the Xoom Wi-Fi only, but for some strange reasons people on the forum have reported it to be working on their 3G Xoom tablets as well, however, if you do have a 3G Xoom, we advise you to stay away from such adventures, especially if you have never rooted or installed custom ROMs on it. Coming back to the ROM, there may be some graphical glitches as per the developer, but the important thing is, Wi-Fi is working, and users are reporting a very snappy and smooth OS. We again advice, that users who have experience with custom ROMs on their Xoom devices, only they try this out, you never know what bug you might hit and want to revert back. Oh and one more thing, you will loose root, but there’s a cure for that. Link, can be found at the bottom of the post. Read More
The beginners rooting solution for the Galaxy Nexus is here! Chainfire
has has just released the first CF-Root kernel for the Galaxy Nexus running Android 4.0.2 (ICL53F) which is perfect for users wanting to root their device with no hassle at all and want to keep the phone as close to stock as possible. Contrary to previous versions of CF-Root for various devices, CF-Root for the Galaxy Nexus does not contain the ClockworkMod recovery due to kernel and recovery being separate partitions on the device. This means you don't need to flash a recovery with your kernel.
If you have a Galaxy Mini running Android 2.3.3/4 and SuperOneClick is not working out for you in trying to root your device, there still is a way to get that done. It’s not exactly the one click solution you would have hoped for as offered by SuperOneClick, it's still easy enough and requires you to flash a file from recovery so you should be able to root it without much hassle. The method and files used were originally meant for the Galaxy Ace, but apparently they works just fine for the Galaxy Mini as well. Read on for more information and our complete step-by-step instructions.
Ice Cream Sandwich for Nexus S, has begun rolling out from Google. Just a day back we covered the MIUI ICS based custom ROM
for the device, and now Google steps in with the official update to Android 4.0.3. User are excited beyond doubt, the one’s that just received the OTA, and the one’s in wait, but waiting can be annoying, and we’re sure they’re already out there looking for a manual way to update the Nexus S to the official ICS. Well there is a way, and it’s easy. Looks like Google is holding onto it’s trend to update it’s Google phones before anyone else does, so if you have a Nexus S and have not received the OTA yet, for reasons that could be a rooted device, custom ROM or more, here’s the manual method.