Finally there is some great news for Samsung Sprint Epic 4G Touch Android phone owners looking to get Overscroll Glow on their devices. Senior XDA Member, deano0714, has managed to find a workaround that let’s get Overscroll Glow without having to tinker much with your phone’s framework. For those who don’t know, Overscroll Glow is basically an eye-candy that crates a glowing area when you try to pull any menu on your phone down. This feature is certainly an add-on and won’t engage in intervening in any other phone processes. We believe that this Overscroll Glow hack / tweak has been ported to Epic 4G Touch from Samsung Galaxy S II.
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.
There is some interesting news for Motorola Droid 2 Global owners, as some hackers and modders have managed to find a way to boost 3G connectivity on these phones. The tweak basically involves bridging 3G speed increase hack and also fixes the Droid 2 Global’s weak GSP Signal strength. XDA Member, Rotkaeqpchen, also deployed the same hack on his Motorola Droid 3, with some modifications, and was able to come up with favorable results on his phone. Read More
LG Thrill 4G Android phone was released in August 2011 and boasted of a 1GHz Dual Core ARM Cortex processor with 4.3 inch screen. The phone has proven to be a worthy Galaxy S II competitor, but for some users, slow GPS locking has been a major problem. The problem isn’t faced by everyone and apparently the handsets who do face slower GPS unlocking don’t have a gps.conf system file. Read More
Sprint Epic 4G Touch is the hottest Android phone in the US at the moment. This phone is basically Samsung Galaxy S II branded as Epic 4G Touch on Sprint. The phone has a massive developer and support base already and root on this phone was achieved within hours of it’s release. As the development for this phone continues, there is now a custom Kernel that not only gives you root and ClockworkMod Recovery, but also oveclocks your phone to a whooping 1.6 GHz. For those who don’t know, Overclocking is an integral part of this “Android Globe” and is "religiously" done to enhance phone’s performance.
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 Droid Charge is a high-end Android phone that debuted with 4.3 Inch AMOLED plus display carrying Android 2.2 Froyo on board. Due to the slim design and 4G LTE capability on board, the phone was able to gather massive fan base within days on its release. The primary camera of Droid Charge comes with a whooping 8.0 Megapixel resolution along with shot modes like Action, Add Me, Cartoon, Smile Shot etc. The phone can capture video at 720p HD and play back the same rate with a convenient HDMI TV out port also on board. Read More
Epic 4G Touch is the first Samsung Galaxy S II variant available via Sprint in the US. As soon as the phone was released, it was able to attract a lot of developer attention. Some industrious hackers and Android developers managed to gain permanent root privileges on Epic 4G Touch couple of days back. There were many who were wondering what to do next after rooting their device and ACS, Android Creativity Syndicate, just came out with a befitting answer. The ACS team , with help from other able developers, has managed to port ClockworkMod Recovery on Epic 4G Touch! The custom recovery is a must if you have root on your device and want to perform functions like flashing custom ROMs, installing kernels, backup and restore your device and clear caches etc..
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.
Permanent root for Droid 3 was gained couple of days back with help on an exploit by DJrbliss. However there has been a lot of speculation among Droid 3 owners regarding the system apps that can be safely removed. Droid 3 comes with loads of carrier / manufacturer branded apps that basically hinder streamlined user experience. These apps are also commonly referred to as Bloatware / Crapware. Senior XDA member, Psouza4, has developed a script that helps the users in getting rid of all the bloatware that is present on Droid 3. The script basically renames all the bloatware files on your Droid 3 so that they are no longer by the Android system. The one downside of this script is that all apps, regardless you like them or not, are renamed. There is also a restore script available that will help you in re-enabling all the apps that were disabled.
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 220.127.116.11 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
Earlier today Droid 3 custom bootstrap ClockworkMod Recovery emerged and now its Droid Bionics' turn! Yes you read it right! CVPCS has released Bionic Bootstrap Recovery that is intended for users with root. This version of ClockworkMod recovery isn’t official as the official versions come signed by Koush. Read More
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.
Samsung Galaxy S II made it to Sprint by the name of Epic 4G Touch. And as soon as the Android development and hacking community got hold of the phone, the quest for acquiring root privileges kicked off. The latest news in this regard is that Epic 4G Touch now has root and majority of the phone’s functionality remains intact after running the exploit. The root became available a day before yesterday but due to some driver hiccup, the original exploiter had his Epic 4G Touch bricked. Now we believe that all issues have been solved and all you need is ODIN and a .tar file to do the deed. The root method involves a pre-rooted .tar file flashing via ODIN which will provide SuperUser permissions.
In case you are using HTC Sensation, Inspire 4G or Desire HD and want your GPS to lock under 10 seconds, then there is some great news for you. Senior XDA member, crypted, has developed a GPS optimization scripts that initially improved GPS locking in North America and was later made compatible to support worldwide geographic locations. Majority of the users who have deployed this patch on their HTC devices have managed to get GPS lock within 10 seconds. Read More
MIUI version 1.9.9 started rolling out for select Android devices couple of days back. Our friends at Android Spin discovered that after flashing MIUI 1.9.9, some phones lose root rights! It was discovered while some users tried to restore their apps from Titanium Backup after a fresh MIUI 1.9.9 installation. This is a really simple tip but will save you from the trouble of re-rooting or flashing your phone altogether. Read More
Acer Iconia A100 is a 7-inch A500 successor Android tablet that was released last month. Although Iconia A100 is the first 7 Inch tablet to come geared with latest Android 3.2 Honeycomb on board, but the screen issue along with bad finishing didn’t help in cultivating a mentionable user base. However there are folks who opted to go for this tablet and the Android development community isn’t ready to desert them altogether. Some industrious hackers have managed to gain root on this device through the standard ADB procedure. However it will be interesting to see if things move in direction of custom ROMs and kernels from this point onwards. So far only root has been achieved and there are no signs of a custom recovery. Read More
HTC Flyer got an unlocked bootloader via Revolutionary couple of weeks back. Although Revolutionary does the job briliantly, but there are some who’d like going official way for unlocking their tab’s bootloader. HTC Dev Portal, the official developer resource from HTC, started operating some weeks back and also started offering unlocked bootloaders via web. Although HTC has tried it’s level best to help people cool off with this bootloader unlocking availability, but it’s complex nature makes Revolutionary the most preferred method. The upside of this HTC Dev bootloader unlocking for HTC Flyer tab is perhaps compatibility with most of the versions and models available. 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