Install Leaked Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean ROM On Sony Xperia S

The Xperia S was Sony’s flagship device in its NXT series and while one would have expected Jelly Bean to have hit the device way back, it's still been a seemingly endless wait so far. However, there's finally some good news in this regard, albeit not from Sony itself. You can now install the leaked 6.2.B.0.68 Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean firmware on your Sony Xperia S, thanks to XDA Recognized Developer DoomLoRD. While this firmware was originally meant for developer (brown) devices, DoomLoRD was able to successfully modify it to boot on productions devices. However, being a leak, you shouldn't expect everything to work flawlessly. If you still wish to given it a shot, you can install it right away. Read More

How To Root HTC Butterfly X920D & Install TWRP Recovery

HTC became the first smartphone manufacturer to release a phone with a screen resolution at 1920x1080 pixels, starting a trend among all major manufacturers who are following suit with their latest flagships. In addition to the Droid DNA, HTC's other flagship featuring this full HD resolution is the recently released HTC Butterfly, and if you've already got your hands on one of these beasts, we've got great news for you! The device has already been rooted, and as it turns out, rooting it is actually just a walk in the park. So if you want to root your HTC Butterfly and install TWRP recovery on it, let's show you how.

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Driving Dashboard ‘Sony Car’ Ported From Xperia Z To All Android Devices

Google Play Store has plenty of apps that make it easier to use your phone while docked in your car, and there’s a built-in dock mode available on most Android phones out there as well. However, not everyone is comfortable with fancy voice commands or alerts, and some people just can’t be bothered automating the functions of their phone when driving. With Sony Car app, you can make using your phone while driving arguably safe. Even though it lacks even the slightest bit of automation-related features or alerts for the driver, what it does have is a clean and well laid out interface that is essentially a launcher with really big icons optimized for using in dock mode. There is more to it than meets the eye, so read all about it after the break. Read More

How To Install Any Digitally Unsigned Drivers On Windows 8

“A digitally signed driver is required” & “The driver installation failed” are a few of the error prompts you may have come across when attempting to install drivers on Windows 8. Unlike its predecessor Windows 7, Windows 8 strictly enforces a driver signature check, verifying the signatures with its own local database. While this means drivers for your old devices are under strict scrutiny, it also spells a bit of a pain for even newer devices, including those for several Android phones and tablets. I came across this issue when trying to flash a soft-bricked Xperia device back to life, but kept running into the dreaded “The driver installation failed” error when installing the crucial fastboot drivers. If you’ve been there, you know the frustration that follows, but what followed after that for me was a ray of light and hope! Ok enough drama. You can install your unsigned drivers - be it fastboot drivers, or drivers for your toaster - in a couple of easy steps, as explained after the break. Read More

How To Increase Video Recording Quality On Nexus 4

Camera quality has never really been the punch line for Google's Nexus series of Android flagships, and the new Nexus 4 does not fall far from the tree either. As the first Nexus phone to hold an 8MP camera, it has caused quite a few users to notice and complain about unwanted level of noise present in videos recorded at HD resolutions. However, a Nexus is the epitome of relentless Android customizations and XDA Recognized Developer enyceckk has just come up with a way to improve the Video quality by increasing the video bitrate from 12Mb/s to 20Mb/s. Based on the developer's claims and user feedback, the mod does improve video recording quality on the device. Read More

How To Unlock Verizon Galaxy Note II Bootloader

The Verizon Galaxy Note II’s bootloader has been unlocked! Verizon is and has been infamous for locking down all the devices it has to offer but fortunately, Android users have had the support of a massive developer community that is determined to defy all such ridiculous restrictions. Earlier, the DROID DNA from HTC had its shackles broken and now, the Note II has joined the list as well, thanks to recognized developer and XDA's Elite Recognized Developer AdamOutler. Custom recoveries and ROMs like CM 10.1 are now a possibility and luckily, the unlock method isn’t that complicated either, unlike the unlock for the DROID DNA. So if you own the Note II and are yearning for an 'in your face, Verizon!' moment, read on after the break! Read More

How To Install & Boot Into Multiple ROMs On Google Nexus 7

Dual booting or multi booting ROMs on an Android device is not entirely unheard of, but it has lacked the simplicity users often require for doing so. Our latest entrant in the multi boot club is the popular Google Nexus 7 tablet, which is now capable of not just running two Android ROMs, but multiple ROMs. What's more - you can even run add Ubuntu to the mix, as has been the trend lately. Yes, you heard it right, the Nexus 7 can now run multiple Android ROMs and Ubuntu, all from the same multiboot setup courtesy of XDA Recognized Developer ‘Tasssadar’ in form of MultiROM. More on this awesome mod and how you can get it up and running on your Nexus 7, after the break! Read More

How To Get The Note II Multi-Window Feature On Galaxy S II I9100

The latest Galaxy S3 Jelly Bean update brought the much talked about and well received Multi-Window feature to Samsung's flagship that was originally a marquee feature for the Galaxy Note II. The leaked and the official Jelly Bean update for the Galaxy S2 however, was a different story as the Multi-Window feature was left out. Don't be disappointed though, as XDA-Developers forum member ‘mythtrandyr’ decided to take matters into his own hands and released a fully working Multi-Window mod for the S2. The official Jelly Bean update coupled with this awesome Multi-Window mod has given the S2 a major boost and appeal to several owners who were considering ditching this phone for something newer. I know I’m not doing that anytime soon now! More on the mod and how you can get it up and running on your SGS II after the break. Read More

CF-Auto-Root Brings Easy Rooting To Nexus 4, Nexus 7 & Nexus 10

If you're an Android enthusiast and haven’t been living under a rock, you must have heard about the famous CF Root kernels that XDA Elite Recognized Developer Chainfire has been releasing, especially for Samsung devices. These kernels simply rooted your Android device once flashed and installed a custom recovery, keeping the rest of the firmware totally stock. Recently, Chainfire moved on to CF-Auto-Root that skips, even ditches, the recovery from the mix to keep the experience as close to stock as possible. Considering the popularity of this method, it is no surprise that it now supports the latest Nexus devices, i.e., Nexus 4, Nexus 7 and the Nexus 10. How does it work, what changes does it bring, and how can you use it to easily root your device while keeping everything else purely stock? Let's find out. Read More

Overclock HTC DROID DNA To 1.8GHz With Beastmode Kernel

HTC finally released the source code for the DROID DNA, while Verizon decided to locked down the bootloader. However, that didn't keep the developer community from doing something about it, and the bootloader was shortly unlocked, paving the way for custom kernel development. In the latest development on the kernel side, ‘Team blackout’ has just released the aptly named  Beastmode kernel that will rev up the DNA’s CPU frequency to 1.8GHz, with added overclocking for the GPU and FSB! You wonder if 1.5GHz is insufficient on Quad Core, and no it is not. Though the way things go in the developer community, if it can be done, why not? More on the kernel and how you can flash it on your DROID DNA after the jump. Read More

Android 4.2 Based Paranoid Android Brings Hybrid UI To Nexus 4 & Nexus 10

Phablet mode hits the Nexus 4 and the Nexus 10! The latest version of  Paranoid Android ROM based on Android 4.2 is one of the most exciting developments headed the Nexus 4 and Nexus 10’s way since the devices got rooted. In case you're wondering why I seem so excited, this custom ROM offers a hybrid interface - a perfect mix of both phone and tablet UI that works wonderfully phones with large screens as well as tablets. Considering Paranoid Android looked good on the Galaxy Nexus, we can already tell it'll look stunning on the new HD IPS display of its successor. As for the Nexus 10, a customizable tablet UI will only add to the pleasure of using it. The ROM is based on the new Android 4.2 AOSP so don’t be surprised if you run across some bugs or issues on the Nexus 4, since full AOSP source code for it hasn't been published yet. More on the ROM and installation instructions for both the Nexus 4 and Nexus 10 after the jump. Read More

HTC DROID DNA Toolkit: Root, Install Drivers & Flash Custom Recoveries

Earlier, we covered a guide on rooting the DROID DNA, and while it wasn’t the most complex root guide we have covered, manual root methods are never newbie friendly. So if you have been reluctant all this time - either out of fear of damaging your device or because you were waiting for a more convenient method - try recognized developer and XDA-Developers forum member hasoon2000’s HTC Droid DNA All-In-One Toolkit. The toolkit will help you easily root your device, install drivers for it on your PC, flash custom recoveries and kernels, install APKs, backup data and more. Note that it is meant for Windows only, and as specified by the developer, will not be getting Mac or Linux variants. Read More

Unlock The HTC DROID DNA Bootloader Unofficially

HTC DROID DNA gets unofficial bootloader unlock! Verizon continued following its trend as it locked down the DROID DNA just as the phone hit the shelves, pulling the plug on the official bootloader unlock method from the HTC Dev website. Those who didn't get a chance to unlock and root their DROID DNA before this should know that thanks to the efforts of recognized developer Justin Case (and a working exploit by Sean Beaupre), Verizon has been outmaneuvered. Users can now unlock the bootloader and proceed with gaining root access on the device. The method involves software mod to change the carrier information, so that the device can be unlocked from HTC Dev. More on it after the jump! Read More

Overclock Google Nexus 4 To 1.8GHz On Android 4.2 Jelly Bean

A wolf in a sheep’s clothing? Many of you might not agree, but looking at the simplistic design of the Nexus 4, it doesn’t exactly scream out the mighty specs it has on paper. At 1.5GHz, a quad-core CPU coupled with 2GB of RAM is more than enough to take whatever the world of Android throws at it. So how does overclocking to 1.8GHz and upping the GPU to 487MHz sound? All this courtesy of recognized developer ‘faux123’, who has just released a custom kernel for the Nexus 4, compatible with all stock (rooted) and custom ROMs based on Android 4.2. Some of you are probably wondering if there’s any need for this, but that’s for you to decide. I’m telling you it can be done, and just showing you how. Read More

HTC One X+ AIO Toolkit Offers Easy Root, Bootloader Unlock & Recovery Flashing

One click bootloader unlock and root for the HTC One X+ is not entirely the newest development for the device. Earlier, we covered a guide on rooting the One X+, and while it was as simple as a root can get, there's more to modding an Android device than just gaining root access. This is where the HTC One X+ All-In-One Toolkit  comes in. From recognized developer and XDA-Developers forum member ‘hasoon2000’ – responsible for a major number of HTC Android toolkits – this toolkit lets you easily root the device, flash custom recoveries, flash kernels, backup data and more. Unfortunately, it is meant for Windows only, and the developer has stated that there will be no Mac and Linux variants. Read More

Nexus 10 Toolkit: One-Click Root, Unroot, Unlock & Driver Installation

I don’t own a Nexus device, never have, and throughout that time, I have envied those who do. The reason is simple; an unbelievably paced and strong developer support. To prove my point, recognized developer and XDA-Developers forum member ‘mskip’ has just released an all-in-one toolkit for the Google Nexus 10, just a short while after releasing his toolkit for the Nexus 4. In case you’re not familiar with the Nexus 4 toolkit, this Google Nexus 10 Toolkit, in addition to unlocking your tablet's bootloader and rooting it, offers a plethora of additional features that make it a must-have for both novice and advanced users. The toolkit, as per trend, is only available for the Windows platform. Read on after the jump for more on the toolkit and how you can use it to prepare your Nexus 10 tablet for some serious mods. Read More

RecoverX: Flash Major Custom Recoveries On Almost All Android Devices

Few things in Android modding are as easy as sitting back, clicking one or two buttons on the computer and watching it do all your work for you. But it seems that is quickly changing. There are now several automated or one-click solutions not just for Android, but other mobile platforms as well. However, with well over a thousand different Android devices produced by different manufacturers, different rules apply to each device, and not everything can be centralized – dare I say – like the iPhone. XDA-Developers forum member ‘LEDelete’ believes otherwise and has pushed me to believe that, to some extent, essential Android hacks can, in fact, be centralized. With his tool, RecoverX, the developer has managed to centralize custom recoveries for “more than 18 devices”. I see a lot more device froma  total of 19 manufacturers. The tool serves the very simple purpose of downloading and flashing custom recoveries meant for your device – nothing less, nothing more. What makes it special? Find out after the jump. Read More

Easily Root Google Nexus 10 On Windows, Linux & Mac With Superboot

One-Click root for the Nexus 10 has finally surfaced thanks to the efforts of recognized developer, ‘paulobrien’ of MoDaCo. Superboot is the famous no-nonsense script that has rooted the likes of the Nexus 7, HTC One X, Galaxy Nexus and many more Android devices. Earlier, we covered a manual root method for the Nexus 10. The method is quite straight forward, but if you're unfamiliar with ADB or other common requirements of conventional Android hacking, we'd suggest you go with Superboot. As always, the script is meant to be run on Windows, Linux and Mac. Read More

Root, Unlock All Google Nexus Devices On Linux & Install CWM Recovery

This universal toolkit roots the latest Google Nexus 10, Nexus 7, Nexus 4, Galaxy Nexus and Nexus S on Linux. While the guides and toolkits we covered earlier were mostly for Windows, XDA-Developers forum member tatelucas' Universal Nexus Linux Toolkit fills the platform void with an all-in-one solution for the open source OS. The toolkit is pretty easy to set up, and while it may not have a plethora of features like the Nexus 4 toolkit, it is pretty much all you need to start modding your Nexus device. Read More

How To Root Google Nexus 10 & Install ClockworkMod Touch Recovery

Google Nexus 10 rooted! Google seems to be churning up some very effective and potent Android devices this year with the likes of the Nexus 4 and Nexus 7, both of which have already gained root access. The Nexus 10 was not going to fall behind and why should it, it’s Google’s most prized tablet to date with a screen resolution and ppi density that out-specs Apple's 4th generation iPad. If you are one of the lucky few who have ordered the Nexus 10 or have already got your hands on one, you can thank XDA-Developers forum member ‘Kidgoo’ for testing and coming up with the root method, and recognized developer, ‘Chainfire’ for the SuperSU zip and binaries. If you need a little push with rooting the Nexus 10, here are our top 10 reasons for rooting an Android device. Read More