Recently we reported T-Mobile getting some awesome root treatment via ODIN. However after rooting the phone, you don’t have much to do now other than installing apps from Market that need root or removing bloatware. Although the quest for gaining root on this phone has remained very slow, but we believe that soon Custom ROMs, kernel and tweaks will start surfacing to enhance your post-root experience. For now, the BlackChrome theme for T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy S II has been made available by mongo41, Senior XDA member and developer. The theme is meant to completely overhaul your phone’s TouchWiz UI with a neat dark and stylish out look. This BlackChrome Theme for T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy S II [S2] comes complete with a customized semi-transparent icon pack. The icons, quite interestingly, display text rather than any image. Read More
Finally there is some great news for T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy S II owners looking to root their phones. It has been a really slow root achievement because Samsung didn’t release the kernel source until recently. The method to root T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy S II is pretty identical to gaining root privileges on Samsung Galaxy S II generic version and AT&T Galaxy S II [S2]. You will need ODIN for root method and unlike full recovery and root kernel flash, you will first install recovery followed by SuperUser.zip to gain root rights on your device. If you’ve been using ODIN before or know regarding flashing kernel Tar files, then this will be a piece of cake for you. Read More
There is some great news for Motorola Droid 3 as Hashcode, Rootzwiki Android developer, has managed to port the latest CyanogenMod 7.1 Android 2.3 Gingerbread on this phone. This CyanogenMod build for the Droid 3 is an OMAP optimized AOSP ROM based on the latest CM sources. The ROM comes with plenty of features working, but as it is still a pre-alpha, so you can expect to see some force closures and other glitches. Folks have managed to port CM on Droid 3 before as well, but the tester and user response regarding this build has been highly favorable. Read More
Finally there is some great news for HTC Amaze 4G users as a pre-rooted stock 1.36.351.5 ROM is available for download and install. HTC Amaze 4G, until now, has proved to be a hard nut to crack with only one temporary rooting script. The script even made things worse and was taken down by the developers within minutes. So far, flashing this pre-rooted Android 2.3 Gingerbread custom ROM on HTC Amaze 4G seems to be the only method to gain permanent root with init.d and custom boot image support.
Hulu, the online video service, managed to gain massive popularity due to its ease of access and loads of free streaming content. In case you have an HTC Inspire 4G and were looking to stream Hulu videos on your phone, some good news awaits you. Senior XDA member, metaldool, has managed to find a workaround that allows all Inspire 4G users to watch Hulu from the comfort of their phones, provided they have root access. The script that enables Hulu video streaming on the Inspire 4G, was originally created by compuw22c, XDA developer, and libflashplayer.so file was tinkered by metaldood to achieve the desired results. Hit the jump to read more and enable this feature on your HTC Inspire 4G.
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.
Samsung Galaxy S i9000 has remained one of the heart-favorites of Android fans and users for quite some time. Until now, the phone hasn’t lost its charm and there are folks who still like keeping their Galaxy S and not upgrading to other high-tier Android devices. Samsung Galaxy S was released on Rogers at Samsung Captivate and like other regional versions, it has certain different and distant characteristics from other variants. Recently we got a request to cover a rooting guide for this phone and to our utter amazement, there is no well drafted root instruction guide or video for Roger’s Samsung Captivate upgraded to Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread in September this year.
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
Rooting your Android device is an attempt to unleash its full potential, break it free of the chains that bind it. If you’re wondering why you should root your device, you should see our guide on the top 10 reasons to root your Android device
. Assuming that you have root access on your device, you might now be wondering what more you could possibly do with it. Because root alone is just a state and you’re not accomplishing much with that. So here are 15 of the best apps that you might need, or you may want to try after you get root access on your Android device.
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
Google Nexus Prime is the first Android phone that will surface with much awaited and much longed-for Ice Cream Sandwich Android 4.0 on board. The phone with this new OS was set set to released on October 11th but due to unfortunate demise of Steve Jobs, it has been delayed to 27th October. The Ice Cream Sandwich event will be hosted by Google and Samsung where both these corporations will unveil the OS update along with the phone that will come loaded with it. The Google Nexus Prime comes packed with 1.5 GHz Dual-Core processor along with 1 GB RAM and has the capability to snap video @ 720p. The phone will feature a mega 4.65 Inch screen that will theoretically make it more of a tablet than a phone.
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
Custom recovery is an integral part of Android OS as it allows users, developers and hackers to perform crucial functions like restoration, maintenance and flashing / installation. Virtually every Android phone gets root and then immediately a custom recovery is brewed in order to flash custom kernels, ROMs and patches. Custom recoveries also perform other useful functions such as wiping dalvik cache, battery stats, restore and backup system etc. and do complete cache and system format in order to implement new framework on the phone / tablet. When it comes to custom recoveries for Android phones / tablets, ClockworkMod Recovery developed by Koush is the most favored and widely adapted by Android users. In case you need more information regarding custom recovery in general and ClockworkMod Recovery in particular, then head to our detailed custom recovery guide posted here. Read More
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.
If you are a Samsung Galaxy S 4G owner with a bricked device, then you are in luck! 1madfitter, Rootz Wiki Forums member, was able to unbrick his device following a series of “rituals” that otherwise sound pretty weird. Apparently 1madfitter’s Samsung Galaxy S 4G was facing a permanent brick situation with a total blackout of screen and no signs of “life”. The process to get your Samsung Galaxy S 4G Android phone is pretty easy but requires a lot of patience and determination. We weren’t able to figure out the logic behind this unbricking workaround, but as long as the deed is done; who cares! Read More
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.
If you are a Sony Ericsson Xperia Android phone owner and were looking to Overclock or Undervolt your phone, then there is some great news for you. Senior XDA Member, inteks, is out with his SetXperia, CPU voltage control app that easily allows you to overclock or undervolt your Xperia series Android device. The app has been tested and is compatible with Sony Ericsson Xeperia Neo, Arc, X10 and X8. However the developer suggests that this might work on other Xperia devices as well. The app can be taken as a SetCPU alternative and offers scores of different feature that let your keep a close tap on your phone’s CPU voltages. This app for overclocking and undervolting Sony Ericsson Xperia series Android phones come with a variety of tweaks and optimizations that are meant to enhance user experience and stability.
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.