So you’ve rooted your Android device and have been hearing about the benefits of those awesome custom kernels, but are too afraid of manually flashing them yourself using command line tools? Or you flash different kernels often but would prefer to have a more convenient, GUI-based method of installing them right from your device? XDA Recognized Developer frapeti
has developed Universal Kernel Flash
to take care of all your kernel flashing needs. At the time of writing, Universal Kernel Flash has been confirmed working for the LG Nexus 4 (E960) and a few Samsung Galaxy series devices including the S4 (GT-I9500 & GT-I9595), S III (GT-I9300), Ace 2 (GT-I8160) and S Advance (GT-I9070 & GT-I9070P) running stock as well as custom ROMs based on various versions of Android from Gingerbread to Jelly Bean, and the developer is working on adding support for even more devices. Let’s find out more about this handy little app right after the jump.
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.
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.
The Galaxy S III seems to be making some really fast progress in terms of third party support for software development for this device. Earlier, we had covered quite a few ways of rooting the device, including installation of ClockworkMod recovery as well. For those who fear flashing files via ODIN, XDA-Developers forum member mskip
has just released a Samsung Galaxy S3 Toolkit
, making life for inexperienced rooters who just got their hands on a brand new S3, very easy. If you thought the functionality is limited to just rooting, installing recoveries and kernels, the toolkit offers a plethora of functions ranging from installing APK files to pulling or pushing files onto the device. Read on for more information on this invaluable toolkit and how you can use it for your SGS III.
Tool kits for Android devices are a blessing literally. With the abilities to perform multiple functions from one app and mostly via a convenient one click method. XDA-Developers recognized member hasoon2000
has been hard at work developing a toolkit for the latest HTC devices out there, but best of all, he has released versions of the toolkit that are particular to the device at hand. The tool kit covers the recent HTC One X, One S, Vivid, Rezound and the likes of myTouch 4G Slide and the Amaze 4G as well. The tool kit lets you not only root the device, install a custom recovery, flash a custom kernel, but brings with a few very useful extra commands as well. We talk more about it, and how you can use this tool, in detail after the break.
The Xperia S gets a touch based custom recovery, called DoomRecovery
, based on the famous ClockworkMod Touch recovery, thanks to the efforts of renowned XDA-Developers forum member and developer DooMLoRD
. Credit also goes to Napstar
from Team UtterChaos
for adding in the touch capabilities to the recovery, Frosty666
for the vibration triggers, FreeXperia Team (Bin4ry & jerpelea)
and of course, Koush.
The recovery is based on the sources from the CWM 5.0.2.x but quite a few changes have been made to bring you the DoomRecovery including some really cool aesthetics. Read on after the break for a preview of the recovery running on the Xperia S and a tutorial on how to get this recovery running on your Xperia S.
A few select HTC and Samsung Android phones have just received an app that lets you flash kernel and recovery images straight from within the Android OS (while booted). The app, called Flash Image GUI
, comes to us from XDA-Developers forum member joeykrim
, and is basically a GUI interface for the Linux binary. The app can flash kernels, logos, and recoveries on the Samsung Moment, Intercept and Acclaim. Devices like the Samsung Epic however can only flash the kernels (zImage). The HTC Amaze 4G, EVO 3D CDMA & GSM, EVO, EVO Shift, Nexus S / Nexus S 4G and the LG Optimus get to flash kernels (anykernel & boot.img) and recoveries (zip or image files).
The Galaxy S series, is surely a league of Android devices with seemingly unlimited development coming in from fans. USB host functionality has been a hot topic for a about a year now with more and more Android devices seeming to support the function, especially the newer Android devices. That said, Ice Cream Sandwich is all the rage right now, and would it not be awesome if the Galaxy S got USB Host functionality while running the ICS OS? Indeed it will be, or should we say it is, thanks to XDA-Developers forum member sztupy
who took the kernel form Teamhacksung's ICS Build 14 and modified it to enable the USB Host function on the Galaxy S and the Captivate as well.
Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 LTE gets a 1.9Ghz overclock! This comes in straight after the device was rooted by XDA-Developers forum member Da_G who is also responsible for this OC kernel as well. 1.9Ghz is huge, but before you get excited, you need to be aware that this is meant for the 8.9 LTE SGH-i957 model and not the 73XX Tegra 2 powered 8.9 models. Read More
The LTE Version of the Galaxy Tab 8.9 has finally been rooted. This breakthrough comes in from XDA-Developers forum member Da_G
who has made rooting the device as easy as flashing a kernel a via ODIN. Once the kernel is flashed, you will have complete root access on the LTE enabled tablet.
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.
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
1.7Ghz on a dual core Android device is simply wicked! The Galaxy Note was already a powerhouse, and this jump to a 1.7Ghz
CPU clock is simply insane. The overclock comes in through a custom kernel called AbyssNote, developed by XDA-Developers forum member Chris
X. The kernel also includes a few more tweaks that you can check out at the the forum thread
, but the most amazing feature of this kernel, is the minimum clock dropping to a minor 50Mhz! Imagine the battery being saved.
Since XDA-Developers forum member g1011999
released the sources while working on his ICS build for the Kindle Fire, developers picked up on those sources and are coming up with custom kernels, where these kernels are still a work in progress. That said, renowned Android developer DoomLoRD
has also jumped into this development and released his version of a custom kernel for the Kindle Fire. The kernel is also OC’d allowing users to up the CPU’s clock to 1.2Ghz. More on the kernel and how you can get it up and running on your device after the break.
The G-Slate development is picking up pace. This newly released custom kernel meant for the G-Slate running Honeycomb 3.1 is testament to that. RootzWiki forum member ChifzReloaded
, who was also responsible for bringing us the bootloader unlock, has released a custom kernel, that, for now isn’t fancy at all, but according to him, it is faster than the current stock one. The kernel offers no OC support right now, and whether that would be added to it or not in the future, is unclear for now. More on the kernel and how you can install it on the G-Slate, after the break.
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 HTC Vivid gets overclocked to 1.89Ghz! For a dual core Android device, this is huge! The Vivid, currently running Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread, originally comes powered at 1.2Ghz (dual-core of course) and is a power house with its massive 4.5” screen and 1080p@60 frames video recording capability. You will have to admit, that the specs really do scream out aloud and are more then enough to cope with many media intensive tasks. However for some, enough, is not acceptable. XDA-Developers forum member, bananacakes
has been working hard on a kernel to allow users to overclock the Vivid up to 1.89Ghz. More on the kernel and how you can get it installed on your device, after the break.
T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy S II T989 users have a hit gold! Thanks to XDA-Developers forum member zedomax
users of the T989 model finally have a chance at enabling USB Host support on their device via an OTG cable
. This can be done so via a custom kernel that zedomax
has spent almost a week on so hats off to the guy! The kernel is very easy to install, being recovery flashable (as in you can install it via a custom recovery if you have it installed). Now the kernel may not exactly be bug free, but for the most part it is and for the function it was meant to serve, it lives up to it remarkably well. Still being out for just over a day or two, do not be alarmed or surprised if you encounter any bugs with this kernel installed on your device. Got your geek mode in overdrive? More on the kernel and how you can install it on your device, after the jump!
Earlier we covered a post on overclocking the T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy S II to 1.8Ghz
with the Jugs custom kernel. 1.8Ghz is a massive overclock especially if you consider the fact that you’re overclocking a dual core processor. If you own an AT&T Galaxy S II Skyrocket, you might have felt left out, but not anymore thanks to XDA-Developers forum member Da_G
, who has recently released a custom kernel ported over from the Jugs0.3 kernel to the Galaxy S II Skyrocket. Yes, this means your Skyrocket can now hit the 1.8Ghz
mark! To be precise the the overclock supports a max of 1.83Ghz @ 1.3v and even gives you UV support, init.d support, boot animation support, compiler optimizations and is an insecure kernel itself for ADB root access.
Just when we think that the Galaxy S II has been pushed to its limit, we are proven wrong and the device shows no limits. Earlier we covered a news on the Galaxy S II being OC’d to 1.6 Ghz
, and considering that we’re talking about a dual-core processor here, it was massive! Now, Team Kang
of XDA-Developers has released a custom kernel that will push your device to an insane 1.8Ghz
, but not the international version of the SGS II, but T-Mobiles Galaxy S II. How would you go about achieving this on your device? Simple just flash the custom kernel on your device if you're rooted and have a custom recovery installed. We’ll show you how, as we take you through a step by step installation guide.