The Pixel 3a and 3a XL are capable mid-range phones, standing out from the competition by using the same high-quality cameras as in Google's flagships. With the devices being on the market for about two months now, the modding community has already had plenty of time to work on them. And indeed, TeamWin has ported its TWRP software to the two phones, unlocking their full custom ROM and root potential. Read More
TWRP is by far the best custom recovery for Android devices; it can do everything from flashing ROMs to performing full storage backups. The last time we covered the project, it added official support for the Essential Phone, Nokia 8, and HTC U11 EYEs. More phones have joined the party since then, including the Moto Z3 Play and a handful of budget Samsung devices. Read More
TWRP is by far the most popular custom recovery, and it can do everything from installing ROMs to backing up your entire phone. For TWRP to access the internal storage, it has to support the encryption method used by whatever Android version you have installed. If you're already rocking a custom ROM based on Android 9, you'll be happy to know that the latest version adds decryption support for Pie. Read More
The Galaxy S9 and S9+ launch day is upon us, and with it comes one invaluable tool for all your modders, tinkerers, and free spirits out there: TWRP support. TeamWin's is now the best custom recovery you can flash on any device and support for the Galaxy S9 and S9+ was inevitable. But just in case you were a teeny bit worried it might get delayed, we're here to let you know those fears are unfounded. If you got the Exynos version of the flagship at least.
You can find the links for the TWRP pages below, with the downloads and instructions. Read More
We've covered TWRP many times in the past, usually when the custom recovery adds support for more devices. Just last month, it became officially available for the Pixel 2 (in alpha), the Moto G5, and others. This time, TeamWin has announced an update that has started to roll out to all supported phones and tablets. Read More
It's that time again: multiple TWRP builds for a multitude of various devices have become available, ranging from some obscure Pantech phones to LG and Samsung mid-range handsets. Read More
Midrange devices are really the perfect target for something like TWRP. They're capable devices, but they usually suffer from intolerably bloated interfaces and/or get updates way too late or not at all. A custom recovery is the starting point from which any enterprising user can start flashing mods and custom ROMs onto their device to get over any of the previously mentioned hurdles.
And so it's nice to see TWRP come to 3 Android phones that count somewhere in the midrange category. The first is the MediaTek version of the Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 (the Snapdragon version got TWRP a couple of months ago). Read More
The Galaxy Alpha isn't Samsung's most powerful phone, but it has made a name for itself regardless. Specs aren't everything, and folks are excited just to see a company so enamored with plastic take a chance with metal. The Alpha's aluminum band may not make the handset look all that distinctive in pictures, but it makes a difference in person.
This design may have attracted some users to the phone who would have otherwise been put off by TouchWiz. Fortunately for the more adventurous among them, there's the possibility of installing a custom ROM at some point down the road. Read More
Remember when Pebble blew its $100,000 Kickstarter funding goal out of the water by raising over 50 times that much? Well it's not the only watch born from that crowdfunding platform to bring in a ton of cash. The Omate Truesmart watch, despite being even bulkier than most of the already chunky competition, finished its Kickstarter campaign with over $1,000,000. Much of this money came from enthusiasts eager to have an even smaller build of Android on their wrist at all times - so for those people who are already unconcerned with thoughts of practicality or fashion, TeamWin has recently added support for the TrueSmart to TWRP. Read More
TeamWin, the developers who originally developed CyanogenMod's WiMax compatibility, have been working on TWRP (Team Win Recovery Project) for a while now, and have just released the second iteration of the custom recovery.
TWRP 2.0's most notable new feature is without a doubt its touchscreen-centric GUI -- while this isn't a first, it certainly is extremely convenient: gone are the days of "scrolling" through lists with super-stiff volume buttons and selecting items with a click of the power button; with TWRP 2.0 you can simply tap and be there!
Other than that, most of the other new TWRP 2.0 developments concern bugs and glitches in the original version of the recovery, so we shan't spend any more time on them; instead, let's take a look at some of TWRP's core features, as listed on TeamWin's website (these were present in the original iteration as well):
- Ability to save custom recovery settings
- Touchscreen driven with real buttons and drag-to-scroll
- XML-based GUI that allows full customization of the layout – true theming!