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
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.
The Nexus S Gets MIUI Ice Cream Sandwich based ROM! If you haven’t been walking on the moon or living in your basement in fear of a nuclear war, you would know MIUI has been working on its own iteration of the ICS OS. Guess what? They just released it for the Nexus S. It’s official, that’s the best part, so if you have a Nexus S and were very depressed when you heard about the Huawei Honor U8860 getting a demo version of the ICS officially (or maybe you didn’t), this more then makes up for that. Want this ROM on your device? Read on!
A rooted Android device without a custom recovery, is like a battle tank with no turret. Motorola’s Droid devices have always been a tad bit hard to tackle when it comes to root and recoveries, or if not hard, they come with their own set of requirements. The Droid X for instance, once rooted, can be flashed with the latest ClockworkMod recovery, but you need the bootstrap app installed form the market, which essentially becomes a system app from that point onwards. So if you have a rooted Droid X and want to flash custom ROMs to it but do not have a custom recovery installed, no worries, we’ll show you how you can install the ClockworkMod recovery on the device in no time.
Nexus phones from Google have always been the first in line to receive Android OS updates as they come. That said, Nexus users still like to take their devices out for a spin running custom ROMs, recoveries and more, that is till another update hits the device and tempts the users to update and in turn loose the custom recovery and root access they might have. The Galaxy Nexus just received an update to Android 4.0.2 Ice Cream Sandwich (ICL53F) and those with rooted and custom recoveries on the device are already tempted. Needless to say, a lot of Galaxy Nexus fans out there are yet to receive the device as well. Now, thanks to XDA-Developers forum member Chainfire
, you can install the new update on your phone without loosing your current bootloader (unlocked), recovery and root.
CyanogenMod 7 ROM for the Kindle Fire now has working audio and video. Earlier we covered a post on CM7 for the Kindle Fire by XDA-Developers forum member JackpotClavin
but that ROM had quite some stuff missing, majorly audio and video support. XDA-Developers forum member whisteltop
has picked up where JackpotClavin
left off, with the intention of working on his build and bringing audio and video to the kindle fire on CM7. He has apparently managed to succeed in doing so and according to him, he had the ROM tested by some users who report it to function without any issues so far.
Sony Ericsson Xperia devices finally get the taste of Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS)! Coming from the developers over at at the Sony Ericsson Developer blog, the ICS release has no doubt stirred up the otherwise quiet Sony Ericsson development in context to ICS. The ROM for now, is an Alpha version and is meant as a test release for advanced users, so that the developers can gain useful feedback. It has been made available for the Arc S, Ray and Neo V devices for now, though hopefully support for more devices may follow once this ROM is ironed out. More on the ROM and how to get this running on your device after the break.
The HTC Desire gets Ice Cream Sandwich thanks to XDA-Developers forum member Sandvold.
ICS is all the hype right now, and since its source code was made public, custom ROM development for a handful of devices has progressed not only quickly, but has yielded successful results as well. While some users wait for stable ICS builds, some devices are already enjoying the ICS goodness. The ROM by Sandvold
for the Desire here, is a Beta, but according to the list of broken functions, we have come to the conclusion, that this ROM can in fact be used as a daily driver.
Quite a lot of Galaxy Nexus owners have complained about the inability of the Ice Cream Sandwich to allow removal of the Google Search bar on the device. For some, search bars are not really appealing at all, so when the find themselves restricted from doing so, they turn to Android developers. XDA-Developer forum member djmcnz
has released a mod that now let’s you remove that search bar giving you a 4x5 grid, rather than the 4x4 originally. How does this work and what else does it offer? Read on after the break.
While the likes of the Galaxy S II devices are yet to receive a working and stable Ice Cream Sandwich ROM, be it official, or be it custom, the Samsung Vibrant seems to be fairing real well to its successors right now. ICS Passion
ROM is developed by XDA-Developers forum member neobuddy89
and is simply one sweet and stable ROM brining the goodness of the Ice Cream Sandwich to your Vibrant without the instability issues that plague most ROMs build for the newer generation of the Samsung Android devices. We take a look at what this ROM is all about and how you can get it up and running on your device, after the break.
Earlier we covered a post on the CM9 released for the Nexus S by Koush
. Based on the Ice Cream Sandwich OS, the CM9 for the Nexus S was actually an alpha release by Koush – who is actually working on the CM9 project for the Nexus S – and will soon become the official CM9 release for the Nexus S. Now Team Liberty forum member mobile_sensei
has managed to port that very ROM onto to the Nexus S 4G. but of course, there’s also the addition of the scripts and tweaks that are found in Liberty ROM. Credit also goes to jrummy16
, Kwiboo, aosp
The core appeal of an insecure boot image
for an Android device, is its life jacket like role for a device that is otherwise irrecoverable. An insecure boot image gives you a degree of recoverability at the very earliest stage of the device boot process, even if the /system partition on your device has been messed up. With an insecure boot image, you stand a chance and connecting your device via ADB to a computer and sort things out to try and recover the device. The Kindle Fire however, was missing an insecure boot image, but not anymore thanks to XDA-Developers forum member paulobrien
. More on this after the break.
With Ice Cream Sandwich, came the Galaxy Nexus, and with the Galaxy Nexus we saw the elimination of the hardware capacitive / physical buttons, used to navigate an Android device. With those buttons now conveniently built into the OS for the Galaxy Nexus, Google decided to do away with the much useful Search button. So, you no longer have access to the Search button at anytime on the screen. Kind of annoying for some people. Besides, there’s still plenty of room for one button down there! XDA-Developers forum member paulobrien
was quick to get this rectified. Well, no Google didn’t, he had to do it himself, so hats off to him for releasing a mod / patch that now makes the search button a permanent on screen button on the Galaxy Nexus. And not just that, he also added a few more twists to it as well, including placements and the addition of the legacy menu buttons placement and behavior as well. More on it, after the break.
Earlier we covered a guide on installing ClockworkMod recovery on the LG Thrill 4G, but that process involved the use of ADB, and for some, that is just downright tedious and complicated. Thanks to XDA-Developers forum member rdannar, users can now get ClockworkMod recovery up and running on their device in no time at all without the use of ADB, or for that matter, a PC. Ok you will need the PC to download the recovery and copy it onto the root of your internal SD card, but that’s about it. However, if you can, you can always download the recovery straight from the phone as well. Up to you. Read More
Honestly who would have though the Ideos X6 was capable of leaping to a massive, 2Ghz overclock. We’re talking about a budget oriented phone here after all. This comes in from XDA-Developer Napstar who developed a custom kernel for the device that was then overclocked to 2Ghz. Credit also goes to XDA-Developers forum member DoomLoRD. Read More
ClockworkMod 5 has been ported to the Ideos X6! This comes in from XDA-Developers Napstar with instructions on how to get this recovery up and running on your Ideos X6. Features such as Backup, restore, install from zip, ADB recovery support and mounting SD card as USB storage device from the recovery, are all functioning fine. So far no official ClockworkMod recovery has been released for the Ideos X6, but ports like these are keeping devices like the Ideos X6, alive and kicking. Read More