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
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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HTC HD2 is perhaps the only smartphone in recent history that has remained undefeated in paradigm of Mobile OS development. The phone surfaced with WinMo 6.5 and then opened its doors for Android, Meego, Ubuntu and Windows Phone 7. Recently a lot of NAND based Android ROMs have emerged for Read More
HD2 that basically allow the users to boot right from the phone’s internal NAND memory decreasing SD Card lags etc.
Finally there is some great news for Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 owners as some fellow Androiders have managed to port Xperia Play Games Launcher on this phone. The hack basically allows you to experience the Xperia Play launcher’s awesomeness that’s currently restricted to Xperia Play users only. All credit for this tweak / port goes to DikeJ and DCQua at XDA developers.
Sprint Epic 4G touch is Samsung Galaxy S II variant for US customers and was able to grab a lot of developer attention following it’s release. We have previously covered rooting method for this phone along with a custom kernel that basically allows overclocking up to a whooping 1.6 GHz. The best part is ClockworkMod Recovery that is flashed on your phone as soon as you root it via ODIN method. After the availability of ClockworkMod Recovery for Epic 4G Touch, ROM developers / chefs can be seen in action and there are a couple of custom ROMs available for this phone already. These custom ROMs are based on stock firmware with less bloatware and other customizations that allow enhanced user experience. Of course lots of users are waiting for CyanogenMod and MIUI, but it will take sometime for these ROM versions to surface for Epic 4G Touch.
HTC Sensation XE is the officially announced Android phone that will come packed with awesomeness of Beats Audio along with a blazing 1.5 GHz Dual Core processor. The phone is set to launch with custom made Beats handset that has been engineered to output extra ordinary sound and audio playback. The Android firmware on top will be modified to deliver the best audio user experience. And on top of that, the phone is set to carry a sleek aluminum body with pinches of red complementing the looks. Although that phone has been only announced and hasn’t been released yet, but underground Android community is already at work with a leaked system dump that allegedly belongs of HTC Sensation XE. The development of this leaked firmware has reached a point where HTC Sensation users can actually convert their phones into Sensation XE and take max advantage of Beats Audio!
Samsung Galaxy S II is the hottest dual core Android phone that has gained massive user base since launch. The phone got rooted within hours of initial release and the development community has supported the phone wonderfully since then. In case you have root on your Samsung Galaxy S II and want to tweak your phone without the hassle of testing different ROMs available, then you can also manually tinker with build.prop files to optimize your experience. XDA member, KNZO, has compiled a complete list of Build.Prop tweaks for Android in general and S II in specific.
Whether it’s Mobile Internet User Interface, or My iPhone User Interface, MIUI
ROMs and ports have managed to move from being just a Chinese initiation with Chinese language and locale, to one of the most downloaded and desirable ROMs and ports out there. Built upon the CyanogenMod ROM’s framework, MIUI fuses together elements from the Android OS such as Samsung’s TouchWiz UI and the iPhone’s iOS, bringing us something quite unique. Being heavily focused on the UI and graphics, the performance is exceptionally good as well with the ROM being almost bug free and very smooth and slick in operation on the officialy supported phones. Constant upgrades on a weekly basis are continually evolving the ROM to be better and more better. The latest version as we write this post right now, is the MIUI 1.9.16 ROM based on Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread. Paired with the Samsung Galaxy S I9000, we’ll walk you through the latest version starting with the key highlight features of the ROM.
The big news for HTC Desire S users is here! CyanogenMod nightlies for Desire S are officially rolling out now as per announcement from XDA member Nexx. The CyanogenMod 7.1 for HTC Desire S is based on Android 2.3.5 Gingerbead with stock CM 188.8.131.52 kernel and is fully compatible with Tiamet custom kernels. For those who don’t know, CyanogenMod is a Android AOSP based custom ROM that is meant for enhancing your phone’s capabilities and unleash the true potential of Android. We recently did a comprehensive walkthrough of CyanogenMod and you can click here for that. In order to install CyanogenMod 7.1 Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread on your Desire S, you must have root along with ClockworkMod Recovery installed. It’s necessary to mention here that you can only acquire permanent root on Desire S if you have S-OFF. Read More
Are you a Samsung Infuse 4G owner looking to get the excellent CyanogenMod 7 ROM on your phone? Are you interested in going beyond that, and compiling it for your device yourself, right from the source code? We've got some great news for you - the CyanogenMod 7 source code is now available for this device, and anyone with the required skills can use it to compile this popular Gingerbread-based custom ROM on their device. More details, feature list and instructions after the jump.
Finally there is some great news for Motorola Droid 3 owners as Hashcode has released Bootstrap ClockworkMod Recovery for the phone. Like other bootstrap recoveries, this one won’t be available in Market for sometime as it is still in beta stages. This version of ClockworkMod Recovery pretty much works as it should but ROM flashing / booting isn’t supported in this version. You can still make NANDROID backups, clear caches, factory reset and perform wipe in this modified CWM recovery for Droid 3. The credit for developing this Bootstrap ClockworkMod recovery goes to Hashtag at Rootzwiki forums.
HTC Runnymede is the new high-tier Android phone that is set to be released in November or December this year. However some industrious hackers have already got their hands of the leaked official firmware of this phone. The result of this, like always, is that Android hackers and developers at different Android portals , blogs and forums are hard at work to cook Runnymede firmware based ROMs for their devices. Runnymede firmware / official RUU comes with Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread running HTC Sense 3.5 UI. For those who don’t know, HTC Sense 3.5 UI is a Sense 3.0 successor and comes loaded with extra widgets, lockscreen accessible apps and homescreen portrait compatibility. As of now, HTC Sense 3.5 has managed to gather a massive fan base owing to enhanced utility and beautiful looks. Read More
MIUI ROM development for Samsung Galaxy S II started couple of months back. Since then there have been countless versions of official and unofficial MIUI ROMs surfacing for this phone. Although MIUI is the choice of folks who like to go with MIUI’s interface and aesthetics, but some of them do miss great apps from TouchWiz that unfortunately aren’t part of MIUI. Apps like Music Hub, Social Hub, TW Calculator, Photo Editor, Samsung Keyboard and Photo Editor were able to capture a massive fan base due to their great interface and excellent utility.
HTC has been really active lately with a massive Android line-up all ready to be unleashed in Q4 this year. HTC Bliss, Runnymede and HTC Sensation XE are all high-tier Android phones that will make it to general users in October / November. Although all these phones are to launch with HTC Sense 3.5 as their primary UI, but it is interesting to see that Bliss’s Sense 3.5 is different than that of HTC Runnymede. Both these phones had their system dumps [ROMs] leaked couple of days back and now developers are busy cooking custom ROMs based on these RUUs. Previously we discussed HTC Bliss’s Sense 3.5 getting ported to different handsets and today it’s about HTC Runnymede stealing the show. The Sense 3.5 version on Runnymede is certainly a succession of HTC Bliss with lockscreen bearing distinct brightness and music widgets. Read More
Finally there is some great news for HTC myTouch 4G users as Sense 3.5 integrated custom ROM is now available. BeatMod BlissSense ROM, based on Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread with HCT Sense UI has been recently released on XDA forums by ZFr3eak and sbryan12144. The ROM comes with some great speed tweaks along with Ext-4 support and is the only Bliss port for myTouch 4G that is truly ad-free. Apart from this, the ROM is fully zip aligned, pre-rooted with scores of crap-ware removed to optimize user experience. Read More
We have been witnessing unofficial CyanogenMod 7 Android 2.3 Gingerbread ports on HTC Sensation for quite sometime now. However, the official Alpha version of CM7 has been released yesterday that can be installed on your phone as a daily drivers. Since CyanogenMod nightlies were temporarily halted due to security situation with kernel.org, so this Alpha CM7 for HTC Sensation is your best shot for now. For those who don’t know, CyanogenMod is a custom Android firmware based on AOSP code that is directed towards delivering enhanced and highly optimized user experience. Recently we did a comprehensive post on the features of CyanogenMod 7
Sam Firmwares has done it again! Yes folks, the official Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread ROM for good ole’ Samsung Galaxy S has been released online by SamFirmwares.com. For those who don’t know, Sam Firmwares have this “ability” to get hold of unreleased official Samsung ROMs through methods best known to themselves. This Android portal also released leaked Galaxy S, Spica and other Samsung Android phone officials ROMs / patches since it came into existence.
HTC Sense 3.5, extracted from ROM dump of HTC Bliss Android phone, is perhaps the hottest UI available for HTC devices. There are numerous people looking to port HTC Sense 3.5 on their devices and ROM developers are readily cooking their custom firmware with HTC Sense 3.5 integrated. Recently the Sense 3.5 UI ROM made it to HTC HD2 in shape of a Gingerbread ROM but like all initial ports, the camera wasn’t working as expected. The main issue was a jittery video recording and blurred still captures after flashing / installing a custom ROM with Sense 3.5. Read More
In case you have already acquired root on your LG Thrill 4G, then you can now install ClockworkMod Recovery. Kudos to designgrears, senior XDA member and ROM / Android developer, for this extraordinary achievement. For now, Nandroid is working fine in this custom ClockworkMod Recovery image for LG Thrill along with ADB access. More important features like flashing Zip files, Wipe, Factory Reset and other toggles do not work for now. We believe that the developer will soon release a version that will come with all these goodies and functionalities as working. Read More