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.
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
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
Huawei U9000 Ideos X6 is a mid tier Android phone that has managed to gain popularity among Androiders looking for a budget handset. The Ideos X6 appeared in a Market ruled by giants like HTC, Samsung, Motorola and LG but was still able to make its mark because of low price and great features. The Huawei Ideos X6 comes with 1.0 GHz Scorpion Processor and has a powerful 5 Megapixel camera capable of recording video at 720p. Apart from this, the handset comes with AOSP Android 2.2 Froyo with possibilities of Gingerbread update after gaining root.
Official Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread Update for Verizon HTC Thunderbolt is on the roll now as we reported earlier. The update is meant for phones without root and if you have accidently updated your rooted phone, then its likely you are in a boot loop right now. When its Android, there is a way and of course you can restore your phone to normal settings if you are stuck in a boot loop due to accidental application of the official update. Read More
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
Finally there is some great news for Samsung Galaxy S 4G owners as Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread update for this phone just got released unofficially. The credit for releasing this update for general public goes to SamFirmware. This Android portal is dedicated to releasing official Android firmware/ROMs for Samsung phones that are still to be made public by Samsung or the carrier. This firmware/ROM leak for Samsung Galaxy S 4G and Samsung Infuse 4G updates your phone to Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread integrated with all the changes. Apparently Samsung Galaxy S 4G's Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread update is meant for AT&T subscribers with Infuse 4G dedicated to T-Mobile only. We aren’t sure if you will be able to regain root access on your phone after upgrading to this build as there are no testimonies supporting re-root after upgrade. There is no clear or published changelog regarding Android 2.3.5 GB, so you will have to find the differences and fixes, if any, on your own.
Samsung Galaxy S II is a wonderful dual-core Android phone that has managed to gather a huge fan base within months of its release. Although the phone is excellent, but native TouchWiz call logs also show SMS logs. For some it might be useful, but the majority doesn’t want their Text logs alongside their call records. Senior XDA member, Juffo, is out with a solution that helps you getting rid of SMS logs from Call Logs option available in TouchWiz launcher. The hack is only applicable on Samsung Galaxy S II phones with root and preferably running a fully deodexed custom ROM. The tweak basically tinkers with Logsprovider.apk and disallows any SMS / Text logs appear along with call logs.
Finally there is some great news for LG Optimus Black owners as a working build of unofficial CyanogenMod 7 Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread is now available. The credit for this build goes Arcee, Android developer at RootzWiki Forums, and according to him, the build is compiled from currently available CM7 sources. For those who don’t know, CyanogenMod is a custom firmware distribution for select Android devices that is meant to enhance user experience and bring stability. You might also want to go through our complete CyanogenMod 7 walkthrough
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In case you have HTC Salsa with S-OFF and you want to root and flash ClockworkMod Recovery, then there is some interesting news for you. BigBearEVO, Senior XDA Member, has compiled a complete walkthrough on getting root and ClockworkMod Recovery easily on HTC Salsa. For those who don’t know, HTC Salsa is a mid-tier Android phone with a dedicated Facebook button. The phone wasn’t able to gather much user attention due to its mediocre specs and mostly it was shipped S-ON. In order to root and flash ClockworkMod Recovery on your phone, you need to have S-OFF i.e. unlocked bootloader on your phone. In order to check-out if you have S-ON or S-OFF, pull the battery out, then insert it back in followed by booting the phone while pressing volume down button along power key. Your phone will now boot up in pre-Fastboot screen that will have S-On or S-OFF credentials stated on the first line. Read More
Finally there is some great news for Motorola Droid 3 owners as ClockworkMod Recovery is officially available through ROM Manager. Koush, the developer of ClockworkMod and ROM Manager, added support for ClockworkMod Recovery today and you can get it through ROM Manager. Hashcode, XDA Member, also released a bootstrap ClockworkMod Recovery as an unofficial solution earlier. According to his, if you plan on getting the new official ClockworkMod Recovery from Koush, then remove the earlier version. Here is what he exactly has to say about this issue: Read More
Although Android has a huge development community but it is also a fact that development is highly fragmented. This means that normally you don’t find a tweak, ROM, hack etc. that comes packaged all your desired features and you have to flash / install them on by one. Sahha, XDA member, has done some effort to change the concept altogether as he has developed a custom script that addresses multiple issues and brings awesome features on Xepria Arc.
HTC HD2 is perhaps the only smartphone in recent history that has remained undefeated in paradigm of Mobile OS development. The phone surfaced with WinMo 6.5 and then opened its doors for Android, Meego, Ubuntu and Windows Phone 7. Recently a lot of NAND based Android ROMs have emerged for Read More
HD2 that basically allow the users to boot right from the phone’s internal NAND memory decreasing SD Card lags etc.
Motorola Photon 4G is a high-tier Android phone that was able to score a huge fan base right after developers were able to achieve root and a custom recovery. It was, however, ironical that Google Talk version that came pre-installed on Photon 4G didn’t have video and voice chat support. Ballerx43, Senior XDA member, after spending a whole lot of time with Atrix 4G Dev community finally figured out the method to enable voice and video chat on Google Talk installed on Motorola Photon 4G. The method, for now, isn’t an easy single click one and requires the user to have ample command over ADB etc.