One reason for Android gathering such a huge fan base is perhaps the easy and comprehensive backup/restore functionality it offers. There is a wide range of apps available in Android Market that let you backup and restore your apps without any issues. Although Titanium Backup
is the must go-for Android backup and batch-restore application, some users like ROM Manager to backup and restore their complete system/ROM. It's no hidden fact that users who fancy rooting and modding their devices, tend to try various ROMs and kernels, and very frequently. Most of theses ROMs come with a pre-requisite to completely wipe and reset system and user data. ROM Manager, created to help ROM flashers and downloaders, provides a facility to backup your current ROM along with all user data via ClockworkMod Recovery. This backup is made in the form of a zip file and can be reinstalled via recovery whenever need arises, but it will restore everything!
So how do you get back individual items like messages, MMS etc? Hit the jump to find out.
For all of you who went for $99 HP TouchPad for the sake of getting Android are in luck! CyanogenMod 7 Android 2.3 Gingerbread Alpha build, that was demoed extensively through videos on different streaming sites, is now available for public download and installation. Compared with an early Android installation method, the procedure to install CyanogenMod 7 on HP TouchPad is lesser complicated and is do-able by virtually everyone. For those who don’t know, CyanogenMod is a custom Android based ROM that is available for select devices and is intended to enhance and optimize user experience. You can head to our detailed CyanogenMod guide and review posted here
to gather more information regarding this ROM.
Android is the fastest growing and widely adapted Smartphone OS that is gaining unmatched popularity throughout the globe. The main reason for this popularity is based on the fact that Android is perhaps the only Smartphone operating system that is completely customizable to the core. The customization span of Android ranges from utility apps to modifying internal system flies. Recently the Android Gingerbread keyboard gained immense appreciation due to the fact that it was easier to type and fancier to look-out. Some industrious Android themers have managed to roll out better looking fancier versions of the same keyboard.
Samsung Galaxy S II [S2] is perhaps the best Android phone that is now available throughout the globe. It is pretty astonishing that this beauty was released in the US only a month back. Since the time of this phone’s US release, users have been either converting to Sprint for their Epic 4G Touch or moving to AT&T for their version of Samsung Galaxy S II. For those who don’t know, Samsung Galaxy S II is an extremely thing, stylish Android phone that comes with a 4.3 Inch display and a dual core processor on board. Apart from general Android users and fans, this phone has also managed to capture a whole lot of developer attention and now there are dedicated development, modding and hacking threads for this phone on different Android portals, forums and blogs. Read More
AT&T Samsung Galaxy S II [S2] was released couple of days back and since then the phone has managed to gather huge underground developer support at XDA and other Android portals. Currently the phone stands rooted with a custom kernel via ODIN and ROM developers are hard at work to cook some awesome bacon for this device. And as ROMs are being consistently developed for this device, there are mods, hacks and tweaks that are surfacing to optimize and enhance your experience while using the phone. Read More
Samsung Galaxy S II is the hottest phone that has managed to gather a huge fan base in very less timespan. The phone has also managed to gather a lot of developer attention and now there is a sea of custom ROMs, kernels, tweaks and mods to enhance and optimize the phone usage. Like Samsung Galaxy S i9000, there is a small feature or “glitch” in Samsung Galaxy S II that overrides the ringtone volume set by user during an incoming phone call. The call volume then slowly recedes to the volume you have set and that’s very annoying for some of us. Read More
CyanogenMod 7.1 Android 2.3.7 Gingerbread custom ROM stable build has been released and is now available for download. This CM 7.1 is the official build and is compatible with 68 select Android devices. Originally the stable release was planned for last week, but due to some glitches with automated compiling system, it was held back. Read More
HTC Sensation is undoubtedly the latest “sensation” among Android phones who prefer being loyal to HTC. The phone comes with 1.2 GHz Dual-Core processor and has 768 MB RAM that ensures a powerful, speedy and butter-smooth user experience. Apart from these awesome specs, the bootloader of HTC Sensation is entitled for official HTC Dev unlocking which makes things easier for underground development community. There are scores of custom Android ROMs, kernels and tweaks that are consistently surfacing for HTC Sensation. Read More
There isn’t a Chevron-like unlock for Windows Phone 7’s latest update Mango just yet. There are some lengthy and overly complex procedures out there, but a vast majority of users won’t even dream of going near them as Mango is pretty good in itself with a lot of features users have wanted for a long time
. However, if you still want something new and improved on your device, and are brave enough to risk your HD7, there’s a new custom ROM out now by the name of DeepShining. You don’t need to have a jailbroken device to flash this ROM, just follow the procedure described past the break. Read More
Samsung Galaxy S II [S2] is the thinnest Android phone that comes with a 4.3 Inch screen and packs the power of 1.2 GHz Dual Core with 1.0 GB RAM. The phone, when launched, received an overwhelming response from Android fans and aspiring users. It's quite surprising that Samsung Galaxy S2 made it to US market after it was released in every nook and corner of the globe. Sprint was the first carrier to get a Galaxy S II variant by the name of Epic 4G Touch and AT&T closely followed suit. AT&T Samsung Galaxy S II received some awesome root treatment right after its launch and a modified ODIN-Flashable kernel was produced for this purpose. The development community is already very active regarding this phone which means custom ROMs, kernels, hacks and tweaks are rapidly surfacing to enhance and optimize user experience.
Samsung Sprint Epic 4G is quickly gaining fan base due to its awesome features. However the data limit imposed by Sprint isn’t really cool when you have to tether your other devices on 3G. But when its Android, there is always a possibility of getting things done. Senior XDA Member, Necrosan, has released a workaround that lets you bypass data limit with a 3G Hotspot [tethering] hack. This hack basically helps in removing the data limit and is workable on rooted phones with deodexed EG30 ROMs. After deploying this tweak on your Epic 4G Touch, you can enjoy free 3G tethering without any hindrance from Sprint’s limit plans.
HTC Hero is a legacy Android device that came packaged with 600 MHz Arm Processor with ancient Android Cupcake on board. However the phone was able to gain immense popularity at that time and we can easily say that Android development entered its renaissance period with extensive experiments on HTC Hero. Even today there are scores of Android fans who have this phone and apart from this, the phone still boasts of an undeterred developer support at various Android portals and forums. Recently HTC Sense 3.5 was extracted by some Android hackers from certain leaked RUUs of HTC Runnymede and Bliss. This new version of Sense from HTC is basically a revamped, thoroughly optimized and more stable Sense 3.0.
In case you opted to go for an AT&T Samsung Galaxy S II and are now waiting for root, then your wait is over! Development for AT&T Samsung Galaxy S2 kicked off as soon as the phone’s kernel source was made available. And the results so far have been awesome! Developers have not only managed to cook a custom stock kernel with root, but there are couple of popular ROM ports available for flashing. Senior XDA Member and Android Developer, Entropy512, released a stock and pre-rooted kernel packaged in stock system image. Flashing this System Image will not only give you root access on your phone, but will also unbrick your device if your flashed a bad PIT file earlier.
If you are a Nexus S owner and aren’t satisfied with graphic performance of your phone, then there is some great news for you! Ganaboy, XDA Member, discovered a workaround for Google Nexus S that basically removes FPS limit and lets you enjoy gaming and video graphics to the max. Due to this issue, some games and apps like Quadrant, Raging Thunder, Roboto, Asphalt 6, NOVA and Fruit Ninja graphics were laggy and didn’t really had the same appeal they do on other compatible Android devices. The fix for this issue is tiny, but it highly effects your gameplay and app experience. Read More
Motorola Photon 4G is a high-tier Android phone that was the first phone with a fairly expensive initial rooting solution. When the phone was launched, the Dock method was the only rooting method available. However some developers were able to figure out a generic exploit that made rooting possible without pain and a single click. Since the phone got rooted, the development is rapidly taking place for this phones with multitude of Android hackers, modders, designers and themers participating in releasing custom kernels, tweaks, mods, hacks and full fledge ROM. The team ACS, guys behind producing the first rooting kernel for Sprint Epic 4G Touch, has released custom Photon Penguin Kernel for Photon 4G.
In case you are a Samsung Infuse 4G owner and were waiting for MIUI custom ROM for your device, then your wait is over now! MikeyMike01, XDA Recognized Developer, has managed to port Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread based MIUI Custom ROM on Samsung Infuse 4G. For those who don’t know, MIUI is a custom firmware / system for select Android devices with root. The main purpose of these custom ROMs is to enhance user experience and also to provide stability. MIUI ROMs have managed to gain a huge fan base due to the functionality it offers and greater aesthetic values. MIUI ROMs were initially criticized for their striking resemblance to iOS UI, but later extraordinary amount of themes and mods managed to silence the critics. Read More
Finally there is some great news for Verizon HTC Thunderbolt users as official Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread is rolling out now. Like all other major updates, this process is going to happen OTA so make sure that you are connected to internet via W-Fi or 3G. This update for HTC Thunderbolt is jam packed with fixes and features. We believe that this update isn’t meant for users with root and it will be a great idea to wait for some custom ROM to come integrated with this update.
Samsung Epic 4G Touch is perhaps the most popular Android dual core phone among Sprint subscribers in the US. The development community of this phone is relatively active than other Android phones as they were able to gain root privileges on this phone right after it was initially launched. Along with rooting the phone, the Epic 4G Touch developer community was also able to overclock the phone as well as ported ClockworkMod Recovery. Once ClockworkMod Recovery got ported on Samsung Epic 4G Touch, custom ROMs started to spring up on different Android portals and forums to enhance the user experience and to fully utilize the advantages associated with running custom kernel and / or root. Read More
Epic 4G Touch is the first Samsung Galaxy S II variant that launched via Sprint in US. The phone now boasts of a huge developer and user community with root coming to the phone within hours of its initial launch. However some users aren’t comfortable after rooting their device as all sorts of issues have started to come up on their devices. Also there are some kernel and ROM developers looking to get their hands on a stock kernel that has never undergone any rooting procedures.
Finally there is some great news for Motorola Droid 3 as the first Android Gingerbread custom ROM for the phone has finally surfaced. Droid 3, until lately, proved to be a hard nut to crack when it came to rooting and flashing a custom Recovery. However with advent of an easier single click rooting method and Koush releasing the official Bootstrap recovery app for the phone, things got simpler for ROM developers. Read More