Motorola has had a dark past when it comes to bootloaders. Apart from a couple exceptions (most notably, the XOOM), all of the major Motorola devices have had locked bootloaders, and thus, Android customization enthusiasts have been shut out from such tweaks as custom kernels.
Recently, there has been quite an outcry directed at Motorola and their bootloader policy, in the form of petitions and hijacked polls, and it looks like they have heard users' requests. Read More
The CyanogenMod crew seem to have had a pretty busy Easter weekend - first they released the pre-alpha for the Thunderbolt, and last night they dropped an update to CM7 for all other platforms. This update brings the current version of CyanogenMod to 7.0.2 and is primarily a bug fix release, but it is also the first "stable" release of CM7 that we've seen for the OG Motorola Droid.
Among the many bug fixes included in 7.0.2 is the GPS issue that EVO owners have been experiencing since the initial release of CM7. Read More
Yes, you read right - CyanogenMod 7 for the Thunderbolt. We're super excited, too, because we can finally get our Thunderbolt Gingerbread on! But, please be careful, this is a pre-Alpha release (that means the release before the release before the beta), so be careful. Here's what does not work:
-USB Tethering does not work.
-Phone Testing menu does not display correct radio options. If you play with it, you will have to relfash a Stock based rom to 4G back.
We told you about Samsung dropping the source for the Sidekick 4G this morning, and now it's LG's turn to release some code. The lucky winner is... the G2x. That's right, this awesome new beast-of-a-phone has already received ClockwordMod Recovery and now it's about to get even better - as soon as devs get ahold of the source and start cooking up some homebrew Android goodness (CyanogenMod, anyone?).
It's hard to believe they've done in a week what HTC thinks could take 90-120 days of hard work and intensive decision-making! Read More
So this one came as a shocker to me: according to PocketNow, an official Gingerbread 2.3.3 ROM has been leaked for the Samsung Galaxy Ace. For those unfamiliar with the Galaxy Ace, it is a budget smartphone that's available primarily in the European market as part of a quartet of devices, including the Galaxy Gio, Galaxy Mini, and Galaxy Fit.
The update is probably not final and could contain bugs, so download it at your own risk. Read More
Keeping up with its newfound timeliness as of late, Samsung has dropped the source code for the recently released Sidekick 4G. Considering the Sidekick seems to be easily rootable using the SuperOneClick method, it probably won't be too long before we are knee deep in all of the custom ROM goodness that we can handle.
Head over the the Open Source Developers Center and search for "SGH-T839_Opensource.zip" to snag the download. Read More
That's right, less than 24 hours after its release, the LG G2x has received a test version of ClockworkMod recovery, thanks to Android developer @ChrisSoyars. Do note that as this is an initial release, it may still have a few bugs, but everything seems to be working exactly as it should.
The original post in the source thread provides a download link and installation instructions, but there's a catch: it's Linux specific. Read More
Of all the things that are cool and impractical in this world, this has to be one of my favorites. At one point or another, all EVO 4G owners have wanted to ditch their desktop PCs in lieu of their smartphone, right? Okay, maybe not - but if you ever get the urge to do so, then XDA member Lokifish Marz has the setup for you.
Using mostly free software and a little bit of elbow grease, he has his EVO 4G set up as a fully functional desktop computer, including a mouse, keyboard, speakers, monitor - the works. Read More
Thanks to the hardworking devs over at the XDA-Developers forum, the Xperia arc(sic) has been rooted. The pair responsible for the breakthrough, Bin4ry and zdzihu, released the how-to info early this morning (or late last night for you insomniacs). It seems like a pretty simple process: Unlock the bootloader, download Bin4ry's file, and flash it with fastboot.
This currently only applies to the UK version of the device, but it is expected to be ready for phones running the global firmware sometime tonight. Read More
There's just something about UI enhancements that everyone loves. When Gingerbread first dropped, themers were scrambling to port it to multiple ROMs, and of course, it was no different when Honeycomb came out. Of all the wonderful things about the Android 3.0 UI, though, there's one that stands out in the crowd because it's drastically different from previous versions of Android: the lockscreen.
I can't say that I've talked to one person who dislikes the Honeycomb lockscreen; it's actually quite the opposite. Read More