Boot Multiple Android ROMs On Droid DNA With MultiROM

The ability to boot multiple operating systems has always been the strong point of PCs, but in today’s age, the smartphone is the new PC, and it only makes sense to be able to install and run different operating systems on our phones and tablets to get the most out of them. Among the various multiboot solutions that we’ve seen so far, MultiROM by XDA Recognized Developer Tasssadar is perhaps the most promising. After letting enthusiasts boot multiple Android ROMs as well as Ubuntu Touch and even Firefox OS on Nexus 4 and Nexus 7 for quite a while, MultiROM has been ported to the HTC Droid DNA by XDA Senior Member jamiethemorris. While the currently available ROM support may not include other operating systems, it still allows you to boot multiple Android ROMs on your device on your external storage. Read on to learn more. Read More

How To Easily Install CM ROM With The Official CyanogenMod Installer

Here at AddictiveTips, we’re all for flashing custom ROMs to our Android devices and taking them to levels of customization not usually possible on stock Android (though that’s changing fast with the awesome Xposed framework). CyanogenMod has been one of our favorite custom ROMs for quite a while, and for good reason – it has been around on the custom ROM scene since its very beginnings, and supports the most devices out there. If you have been intrigued by the idea of installing it to your device but the whole process of manually flashing a custom recovery, downloading different files, booting into the unfamiliar recovery interface and using it to install the ROM has been keeping you from it, your worries may be over. The team behind CyanogenMod now offers an easy solution for installing the ROM to an impressive list of popular devices with little hassle, in form of CyanogenMod Installer. All you have to do is install both the Android and Windows apps of the installer, launch them both and follow the easy instructions, and the downloading as well as installation will be done for you automatically behind the scenes. What’s more – it doesn’t even require root access, so you can even do it on a stock device! Read More

Dual-Boot Android, Ubuntu Touch Or Firefox OS On Nexus 4 & 7 With MultiROM

The Nexus line of devices are amazing for offering users a great experience with no tie-ins with any manufacturer or carrier restrictions. In addition to the pure Android experience and official updates to the latest versions of the OS promised and pushed by Google directly during their lifecycle, Nexus devices are known for having immense customization possibilities, thanks to their easily unlockable bootloaders and extensive developer support on forums like XDA. Those developers end up achieving amazing feats on these devices due to their open nature. That’s exactly what Recognized Developer Tasssadar at XDA has accomplished with MultiROM – a multiboot method that lets you boot not just multiple Android ROMs but also Ubuntu Touch and Firefox OS on your Nexus 4 or 7 (2012 & 2013 editions). After installation, you are able to choose your desired ROM upon boot. In what follows, we’ll be guiding you through the process of setting up MultiROM and using it to install another Android ROM, Ubuntu Touch or Firefox OS on your Nexus 4 or 7. Read More

Install Unofficial AOSP-Based Android 4.4 KitKat On Nexus 4 & 7

Nexus 5 and Android 4.4 KitKat have been the talk of the town ever since their release a few days back. Though the previous line of Nexus devices – the Nexus 4, 7 (both 2012 and 2013 editions) and 10 – will not be left in the dust when it comes to the KitKat update, and will in fact be the first devices to receive it, first in form of OTA updates and then as factory images provided officially by Google. Though if you own a Nexus 4 or Nexus 7 and can’t wait till the Android 4.4 OTA hits yours, you can get a taste of KitKat on it right away, thanks to the efforts of the awesome Paranoid Android team at XDA. These early AOSP-based, source-built ROMs provide a pure vanilla experience that’s a staple for all Nexus devices, and don’t include any of the modifications found in Paranoid Android ROMs. For more information, download links and installation instructions, read on after the jump. Read More

Install AOSP-Based Android 4.4 KitKat ROM On Galaxy Nexus

When Google unveiled Android 4.4 to the public just a few days back, they announced that various current Nexus products (Nexus 4, both editions of Nexus 7, and Nexus 10) would soon be getting KitKat pretty soon, but rather disappointingly, Galaxy Nexus would never see the latest version of Android. In official form, that is. There were two reasons behind this decision: a) Texas Instruments – the chipmaker behind the SoC that the device uses – has quit the mobile SoC market, and will not be supporting the device in form of the proprietary binaries required to get a fully functional build, and b) the device is no longer in the 18-month update window that Google promised, and is therefore not eligible for any future updates. Though that doesn’t mean the community can’t do anything about it; thanks to the developers at XDA, we now have a couple of Andorid 4.4 KitKat ROMs available for the device. Read More

Install Leaked Official Android 4.3 ROM On Samsung Galaxy Note II

With the next version of Android already on the horizon, the latest Samsung devices have been getting Android 4.3 updates pushed out to them lately. Though the previous (yet recent) iterations of these devices aren’t going to be left behind either. That said, as the history of Samsung’s updates go, newer devices get such updates before they are pushed out to older ones, and the same is true for Samsung Galaxy Note II. If you can’t wait for Samsung to officially start pushing the update to your Note II via OTA, we’ve got good news for you. The latest official (TouchWiz) firmware for the the International variant of the device (GT-N7100) based on Android 4.3 ROM and codenamed XXUEMJ5 has been leaked by SamMobile, and you can install it right away. Read More

How To Dual-Boot TouchWiz & Any AOSP ROM On Samsung Galaxy S4

The Samsung Galaxy S4 and the HTC One have a lot in common. Both these devices represent the very best in terms of both hardware and software that the Android smartphone industry has to offer, and are the pride of their manufacturers. Also, both these devices come in two variants: the standard version running the respective manufacturer’s tweaked OS (Samsung’s Touchwiz and HTC Sense), and the Google Play editions that run stock Android the way it’s built by Google and shipped on Nexus devices. Though what if a user wants to experience both variants of the OS on the same device? We recently took a look at dual-booting HTC Sense and Google Play Edition stock Android on HTC One using MoDaCo.SWITCH, which was later made available for Samsung Galaxy S4 as well. Grarak’s Rom Switcher is a similar tool that let's you dual-boot TouchWiz and any AOSP-based ROM on the S4. Read More

Install Paranoid Android ROM On The New Nexus 7 (2013)

Google's hot new tablet, the Nexus 7 (2013), has just received one of the most popular custom Android ROMs out there: Paranoid Android based on Android 4.3 Jelly Bean! Undoubtedly, this is exciting news for all owners of the new Nexus 7 who can now get their hands on the much useful Halo and PIE controls the ROM has to offer, coupled with some of the best features you could ask from an AOSP-based custom ROM. Running this ROM with it’s customizable hybrid of tablet UI on the device's gorgeous 1920x1080p screen will truly showcase the awesomeness that is Paranoid Android, especially if you're new to Android and have not had the chance of using this ROM. The ROM is fully stable and functioning nicely for most users, so if you want to add some zing to your Nexus 7, head on after the break to see how you can get this ROM up and running on your device in no time. Read More

Install Leaked Stock Android 4.3 Jelly Bean ROM On Nexus 4

Google showcased a few features of Android 4.3 at I/O this year but unlike 2012, the latest version of Android wasn’t the focus of the event this time. That said, two devices running Android 4.3 Jelly Bean have already been released: Google Play editions of Samsung Galaxy S4 and HTC One, but the last Nexus phone i.e. Nexus 4 hasn’t received the latest version so far. While the official Android 4.3 release for the device might still take some time to surface, we’ve got the next best thing for you – a flashable zip file of Android 4.3 JWR66N for the Nexus 4 based on a Nandroid backup that was leaked just a couple of days back. Read on for more details and installation instructions. Read More

CyanogenMod 10.1 – A Complete Hands-On Review & Guide

When it comes to the custom ROM scene for Android, the one name that instantly comes to mind is CyanogenMod, and for good reason! This is where it all started, or at least where it all got real and big. When Steve Kondik (Cyanogen) started the project just to improve Android for himself and share the fruits of his labor with other users of the platform, he didn’t have the remotest of clues that it would one day get to this magnitude. Today, it’s undoubtedly THE biggest third-party Android customization project in the world, with support for hundreds of devices and counting, both in form of official ROMs and unofficial ports by third-party developers. Join us as we take an in-depth look at CyanogenMod 10.1 and all the features it offers that make it one of the best custom Android ROMs around. Read More

Paranoid Android’s HALO Notification System – A Complete Review

CyanogenMod is usually the first name that comes to mind when talking about custom ROMs for Android, but it isn’t the only big player in the game. Over the past couple of years, a few other ROMs like MIUI and AOKP have also joined the ranks of this behemoth, but none of them has been as innovative as Paranoid Android. In addition to bringing us per-app system colors, choice between phone, tablet, phablet and hybrid UIs, and the famous full-screen PIE navigation system, the latest and arguably the greatest feature brought to the world of Android by this AOSP-based ROM is HALO – a Facebook Chat Heads-style notification system that works universally for all your system and app notifications. What’s more – it also opens up the relevant screen of the appropriate app in a floating window for you to respond to the notification, so you don’t have to completely switch to that app from what you’re doing. Let’s take a more detailed look at it right after the break. Read More

Install Leaked Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean ROM On Samsung Galaxy S III

The entire Android world seems to be talking about two devices these days – Samsung Galaxy S4 and HTC One. Sammy’s latest offering comes with a lot of nifty features added to the software that make it smarter than your average smartphone. If you already have a Galaxy S III and are not sure whether you wanna shell out extra dough just to get those features or stick with what you’ve got, we have some amazing news for you! You can now get the latest S4 camera features and more on your S III without having to shell out a penny, thanks to SamMobile who have shared the latest official Android 4.2.2 XXUFME3 firmware with us that just got leaked hours ago. Read on for details & installation instructions. Read More

How To Install HTC Sense 5 ROM On DROID DNA [Guide]

Running Sense 5 UI on the HTC Droid DNA is something not many users would've been expecting, or at least not this quickly. Having been ported from HTC One, this Sense 5 ROM is proof that third-party development for the DROID DNA has started to pick up pace. Sense 5 made its debut with the HTC ONE and offers a fresh redesigned interface to the UI that most HTC users are familiar with. A fancy but slightly complicated app drawer, HTC BlinkFeed and HTC Zoe are some of the key new features of Sense 5, with a focus on minimalism and content this time rather than on heavy graphics - a design philosophy pioneered by Metro design language of Windows Phone OS. The port comes in from XDA Recognized Developer newtoroot in the form of a functional ROM. Installing it on your DROID DNA is a breeze, especially if the bootloader of your device is already unlocked. If not, don't fret as I will walk you through the procedure step-by-step to get this Sense 5 based ROM up and running on your DROID DNA! Read More

Install Leaked Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean ROM On Sony Xperia S

The Xperia S was Sony’s flagship device in its NXT series and while one would have expected Jelly Bean to have hit the device way back, it's still been a seemingly endless wait so far. However, there's finally some good news in this regard, albeit not from Sony itself. You can now install the leaked 6.2.B.0.68 Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean firmware on your Sony Xperia S, thanks to XDA Recognized Developer DoomLoRD. While this firmware was originally meant for developer (brown) devices, DoomLoRD was able to successfully modify it to boot on productions devices. However, being a leak, you shouldn't expect everything to work flawlessly. If you still wish to given it a shot, you can install it right away. Read More

How To Install & Boot Into Multiple ROMs On Google Nexus 7

Dual booting or multi booting ROMs on an Android device is not entirely unheard of, but it has lacked the simplicity users often require for doing so. Our latest entrant in the multi boot club is the popular Google Nexus 7 tablet, which is now capable of not just running two Android ROMs, but multiple ROMs. What's more - you can even run add Ubuntu to the mix, as has been the trend lately. Yes, you heard it right, the Nexus 7 can now run multiple Android ROMs and Ubuntu, all from the same multiboot setup courtesy of XDA Recognized Developer ‘Tasssadar’ in form of MultiROM. More on this awesome mod and how you can get it up and running on your Nexus 7, after the break! Read More

Android 4.2 Based Paranoid Android Brings Hybrid UI To Nexus 4 & Nexus 10

Phablet mode hits the Nexus 4 and the Nexus 10! The latest version of  Paranoid Android ROM based on Android 4.2 is one of the most exciting developments headed the Nexus 4 and Nexus 10’s way since the devices got rooted. In case you're wondering why I seem so excited, this custom ROM offers a hybrid interface - a perfect mix of both phone and tablet UI that works wonderfully phones with large screens as well as tablets. Considering Paranoid Android looked good on the Galaxy Nexus, we can already tell it'll look stunning on the new HD IPS display of its successor. As for the Nexus 10, a customizable tablet UI will only add to the pleasure of using it. The ROM is based on the new Android 4.2 AOSP so don’t be surprised if you run across some bugs or issues on the Nexus 4, since full AOSP source code for it hasn't been published yet. More on the ROM and installation instructions for both the Nexus 4 and Nexus 10 after the jump. Read More

Install Leaked Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean On Samsung Galaxy S II

There was enormous speculation, numerous fake troll attempts and countless people losing sleep over it, but finally the wait is over! One of the most successful Android devices to date – the Samsung Galaxy S II – now has an official, fully working Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean ROM available for it. Super-excited? Let’s get it up and running on your S2! Read More

Manage Your Android Device, Flash & Mod ROMs From Your PC Using UniFlash

Do you flash custom ROMs and mods on your Android device frequently? Do you also modify your current ROM to customize it to your taste? Are you always doing this on the command prompt, transferring files using ADB and flashing using fastboot or recovery? Now there’s a way for you to do all of that and more right from your PC without having to meddle with command line tools directly, thanks to free tool UniFlash. In what follows, we will guide you on using UniFlash to flash, mod, hack and manage your Android device. Read More

Install Leaked Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean On Samsung Galaxy S III I9300

Got an international Samsung Galaxy S III (I9300)? We’ve got news beans for you, and they’re made of jelly! A leaked Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean build has been spotted out in the wild, and we have grabbed it to bring it here for you. This ROM is reportedly a test build of Jelly Bean and the final release may have differences. Though it looks quite refined and everything seems to be working flawlessly. The build number is XDDLG4 and it is meant only for the international version of the Galaxy S III i.e. the I9300. Also, being official Samsung firmware, it sports Samsung’s TouchWiz user interface. To learn what has changed and for the download link and installation instructions, continue reading. Read More

Install CyanogenMod 9 Stable On Your Android Device

After months of development and testing, Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich based CyanogenMod 9 Stable has finally been made available officially for many Android devices. CyanogenMod is undoubtedly the most famous custom Android ROM in the world and is amongst our top favorite ROMs here at AddictiveTIps. If you want to learn more about CM9, check out the list of major features, or install it on your own Android device, read on to see a list of officially supported phones and tablets, along with our complete installation guide and the download links. Read More