We’ve covered custom ROMs a few times before on Android Police, telling you how and why you may want to try them out on your own Android device. If you want to install a custom ROM onto your phone, but don’t know which one to go for, you may want to consider Cyanogen, which is compatible with the HTC Dream, Magic, Nexus One and Motorola Droid.
I’ve been testing the CyanogenMod for the past few weeks, and have found it to be extremely stable, whilst adding numerous features that can’t be found on the stock version of Android 2.1. Read More
HTC Hero CDMA (Sprint, Cellular South, etc) users using a Custom ROM, such as damageless' DamageControl or flipz's Fresh, listen up.
In order to take advantage of the latest improvements Sprint has made to the phone's ability to receive and utilize signal efficiently, updating to the latest ROM is not enough.
There is a special component outside of the ROM itself called the Radio Baseband, which ROM developers don't include (for whatever reason) into the custom ROM images, and instead sometimes provide as a separate update. Read More
We are still trying to assemble all the bits and pieces but it looks like Sprint was preparing the 2.1 upgrade for tomorrow, May 14th but uploaded the updater and the new instructions today.
A user of SDX-Developers by the name of chrisfeltdrum was downloading what he thought was an older, previously released in February update, when he realized the OS version he upgraded to was actually Android 2.1.
Chris immediately posted this information to the SDX-Developers forum for confirmation, and in a matter of minutes other users have confirmed the update was indeed official 2.1 and not the old Feburary release. Read More
As you may have seen, I've been running Android 2.1 on my Sprint HTC Hero for a few weeks now, and I'd like to follow up the mega [p]review of all the new features with a few subtle observations that made me, a long-time Hero user, happy.
These may be small things but it takes only a few of them to take the overall phone experience to a new level.
By the way, if you want to experience Android 2.1 on your Hero without waiting for Sprint/HTC to release it, you can proceed to this how-to that I compiled just for you: To All Complaining About Android 2.1 On HTC Hero – Step 1: Chill Out. Read More
Many of you are complaining about Android 2.1, even though Sprint is well within the promised June timeline.
I understand - it's frustrating to see phone by phone get upgraded with your Hero sitting on the sidelines, ever since its release last October.
I know how you feel but the truth is, we don't know whose fault it is.
Maybe it's Sprint's evil plan for everyone to buy more EVO 4Gs. Read More
Have you been hearing about all this custom ROM business - Cyanogen, DamageControl, etc and wondering what in the world all those are about?
Or perhaps you already know what those are but are still afraid of trying custom ROMs on your phone because you don't know how to install them or don't want to lose your data and current OS state?
Well, today is your lucky day because in this article from the "I wish somebody showed me how to do this crap when I was getting started" series, I will show you how to
- easily install a custom ROM but only after you
- back up your current system and exact phone state so that you can
- restore to that exact state with a click of a button
What do you have to lose now? Read More
Every year Google holds a conference for developers, called Google I/O, and every year most of you - pretty much all of you but the lucky 4000 people, cannot make it for one reason or another (like the price which is $350-400 USD).
Well, this year, Google announced that it is putting up the keynote speeches, which usually contain the most interesting of the announcements, online at https://www.youtube.com/GoogleDevelopers, and they're going to do it live. Read More
damageless and TrevE, the developers behind the DamageControl ROM which brings Android 2.1 to Sprint HTC Hero CDMA, have been silently working on a new version of the ROM for the last few weeks.
Yesterday night, the world saw the newly updated ROM v2.08 finally go live with the following changelog:
- New DConfig tweaker tool
- Theme Server
- New beefed up apps2sd. If any errors are encountered post /data/dcboot.log
- Scheduler tweaks
- Working Friendsync
- Gallery3d fully working
- Newer XDA keyboard
- Fixed sprint NFL
- Optimized Even more/Cleaned up directories
- Connection tweaks
- Fixed Facebook sync
- Ring delay fixes
- More dalvik tweaks
- Potential audio fix & battery life fix
**First boot will take awhile if upgrading.
If you have not heard yet, Cyanogen and gang have finally released CyanogenMod 5 for your G1/Mytouch 3G. If you are new to using ROMs, make sure to follow the instructions carefully, so you don't brick your phone. Anyone who has used ROMs, whether Cyanogen’s or not, also needs to follow the instructions as you will need to install DangerSPL which has bricking potential (unless you already have it installed). Read More
Ever wondered what the whole Android custom ROM scene was about?
What is all this talk of installing "aftermarket", custom upgrades on your phone?
Who needs it? Why do it? Is it safe?
Don't fret - I'm here to explain - the AndroidPolice Academy is now in session.
By the way, the word ROM means R
emory, but has migrated in the modding community to mean an actual custom OS image that you install into the ROM area of your phone.