The announcement of Ubuntu for Phones and the more recent one of Ubuntu for Tablets had sparked huge interest in the entire smartphone enthusiast community and kept countless Nexus device owners waiting to get their hands on the Ubuntu Touch experience. Finally, the wait is over, as Ubuntu Touch Developer Preview has landed on the Nexus series of devices including Nexus 10, Nexus 7, Nexus 4 and Galaxy Nexus, just as Canonical promised it would. Though if you have rushed to the original installation method provided by Canonical at the official Ubuntu Wiki, many of you must have been disappointed at learning that the method required you to be running Ubuntu on your PC in order to install it. A Linux based OS running PC is not everyone's cup of tea and it’s hardly fair to install or even dual boot a new OS only to be able to install a new one on your mobile device – and one that is already highly experimental at this point. Luckily, there is an easier and much more more familiar way to get Ubuntu Touch up and running on your Nexus devices, irrespective of the OS on your PC. That's right - we are talking about the usual flashing from a custom recovery. So let's get on with it.
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
Galaxy Nexus owners rejoice – Google has officially started pushing the Android 4.2 Jelly Bean update to the device. The update is currently being pushed to users of the US GSM/HSPA+ variant of the device but it can be installed manually to the international GSM/HSPA+ variants as well and as ever, we’ve got you covered with our detailed installation guides. So read on, and get Jelly Bean 4.2 up and running on your Galaxy Nexus in no time.
Google started rolling out the latest Android 4.2 Jelly Bean for Galaxy Nexus, and hours ago, we featured a guide on how to get it up and running any GSM/HSPA+ variant of the device. If you want to go one step further and root the phone on the latest Android firmware, we’ve still got you covered. In what follows, we will guide you through the process of rooting your Galaxy Nexus on Android 4.2 Jelly Bean.
Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean-based CyanogenMod 10 Alpha Peview is now available for all four variants of Samsung Galaxy S III, Galaxy S II and Galaxy Nexus, so those of you who can’t wait to get their hands on the latest version of the world’s most popular custom Android ROM need to wait no more to preview it right on their beloved Android devices. Details and download links for all these phones after the break. Read More
The Galaxy Nexus GSM fixates itself on some Android 4.1 Jelly Bean goodness! Just a while back Google released an OTA for the GSM based Tajku Galaxy Nexus that were handed to the conference attendees at Google I/O. Well, the idea was to keep the release exclusive, but we’re talking Android, and that fact alone, is enough to guarantee that Jelly Bean will be ripped out of one of those devices and released onto the internet. Well, guess what? XDA-Developers forum member PTzero
has made that happen and the release went viral on the internet in no time. However, not to undermine PTzero
’s effort, the release was actually an update to the Tajku
devices running the IMM30B build and only a handful of people actually had that going for them. That said, those who did have that build, had to flash the update via Fastboot and some users were looking to flash the IMM30B build just so they can flash this update on their phone. However, all of this was too complicated and too sketchy where you were almost shooting in the dark. So while some dismayed and some eagerly awaited for a proper zip package they could flash, it has finally happened and that too, at quite some speed. Galaxy Nexus GSM users are now looking at not one, but three Android 4.1 Jelly Bean based custom ROMs, including a stock ROM, ready to be flashed on any Galaxy Nexus GSM device, without the worry about the current build you’re on.
If you haven’t been living under a rock, you would know that Koush
has been working on a touch based ClockworkMod recovery for our Android devices. Touch based recoveries are becoming more and more demanded since a few have already been launched in the Android world. However, to this date, a lot of users remain committed to the ClockworkMod recovery. So after teasing us with what the Touch based rcovery will be like, Koush has now released the recovery for the Galaxy Nexus (CDMA & GSM) and the Nexus S (GSM), but it’s a beta for now and remains largely untested. So if you own one of these devices, you can flash the recovery to your device quite easily.
Many Android users, especially those with a Galaxy Nexus, often complain about the agonizingly low volume levels of their devices. If you’re among these disgruntled users, then here’s a volume enhancement solution that might please you. Meltus, the developer behind the volume enhancement tool Volume+, has released a beta (v1.8.1) of his app that now includes support for Galaxy Nexus and all devices running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich or higher. While the latest update mainly focuses on enhancing the volume levels on Galaxy Nexus in particular, the developer is optimistic that it should work equally effectively for all other devices, Android OS versions and custom ROMs.
Galaxy Nexus gets a touch based
ClockworkMod recovery. This comes in from RootzWiki forum member unstableapps
along with Chris Ennis.
The recovery is an Alpha build right now, and is only meant for advanced users at this point. The recovery while sporting touch functions via the on-screen navigation controls (Up, Down, Back and Enter), retains navigation controls via the hardware keys as well.
Galaxy Nexus gets MIUI! Earlier we covered a post on the ICS based MIUI ROM for the Nexus S
and Nexus S fans scrambled to get their hands on that ROM. Guess what, it’s the Galaxy Nexus’ turn to enjoy some MIUI goodness while retaining the ICS functions. Named ViciousMIUI
, the ROM is an unofficial MIUI build for the Galaxy Nexus but is in fact quiet stable with a lot of functions working quite nicely. For more on the ROM and how you can instal it on your device, read on!
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
VillainROM is a well known name in the world of Android custom ROM, especially when it comes to Samsung handsets. After making its mark on the Galaxy S and Galaxy S II, the developers have turned to the latest Galaxy Nexus, and come up with the first AOSP R1 ROM for the device. The ROM is compiled directly from the Android source code repo (branch = android-4.0.1_r1.2 (ITL41F) with Google apps/permissions, etc. added.
Galaxy Nexus hits 1.4Ghz! The device is still to reach most eager Android users, and the device has already begun receiving overclocked kernels and revving it up. XDA-Developers forum member coolbho3000
has recently released a kernel based on the latest sources in AOSP. While the kernel brings in 1.4Ghz overclock to the CPU on the Galaxy Nexus, the GPU clock has been increased from 307Mhz to 384Mhz, and the annoying Volume Down key interference has been removed as well. The kernel also uses paulobrien's
ramdisk for unsecure adb. More on this kernel and how you can get it up and running on your device, after the break!
The Galaxy Nexus has been rooted, it received ClockworkMod recovery 5, received one or two custom ROMs, and finally got a fix a for the annoying Volume bug it came with. While a lot of folks have yet to to get their hands on the device, a few already are enjoying every minute spent on this device. However, there are always some people who try out all the mods on their latest devices, and once done, they just simply want to revert back to stock, because life is simple and beautiful that way. Of course other reasons could include, warranty affairs or more. So if you want to revert your shiny new Galaxy Nexus back to complete stock, like it came from the factory, XDA-Developers forum member Evostance
has put together a very useful guide on getting your Galaxy Nexus back to stock in almost no time.
The infamous volume bug in the beautiful Galaxy Nexus running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich sure has frustrated some very excited users. If you already have one, or have ordered one and are already fretting over this, no need for that anymore. Thanks to XDA-Developers forum member paulobrien, a fix is now available to rid you of this issue. The fix is actually an official, and fixed boot.img file, which is to be flashed onto your Galaxy Nexus. Of course you will need to have an unlocked bootloader for that. Read More
We have confirmation, that ClockworkMod recovery, has finally found its way onto the Galaxy Nexus (Maguro), running Ice Cream Sandwich 4.0. Earlier we covered a guide on rooting the Galaxy Nexus and it wasn’t long after the device was released in the UK and a few other places, that Koush – developer of the famous ClockworkMod recovery for the Android OS – tweeted that the recovery was now out and available for the powerhouse of a Galaxy Nexus. So if you were lucky enough to get your hands on this baby and have already rooted it, you can now install ClockworkMod recovery on it and have a go at some custom ROMs and possibly more mods that will follow. Read More