A new video has appeared online which seems to show a custom ROM booting on Verizon’s Motorola Droid X — a very big deal for anyone who has been following Moto’s extreme attempts to ensure that such a feat would never be possible.
As an excellent article by our own Joe Levi explained, Motorola has included a chip in the Droid X, known as eFuse, which makes it theoretically impossible to run any bootloader besides the stock one which ships with the phone. The chip essentially monitors certain code, and if it detects anything other than what is expected, the [...]
CyanogenMod 6 has finally made it out of the “Release Candidate Stage” and is now available for download and install on supported Android devices. For those of you who don’t know, CyanogenMod is a ROM for various Android-powered phones. Built from the official Andoid Open Source Project (AOSP) codebase, CyanogenMod adds various tweaks, enhancements, and replacement apps with the intent of making your Android phone faster, more stable, and less dependant on carriers to update their handsets (as evidenced by the T-Mobile G1 running Froyo, and running it well).
It seems that the endless wait is over, as Verizon has just sent out an official tweet that the Droid Incredible Froyo update begins rolling out today. For those who have not been following this saga, rumors of an imminent upgrade began all the way back in June, and have reached a fevered pitch lately as everyone and his mother seemed to have the inside scoop on this anticipated release.
Engadget reports that besides the usual Android 2.2 features, users will also benefit from pre-installed Adobe Flash 10.1, 720p video recording capabilities, and the same mobile hotspot feature [...]
Just like so many of its Android brethren, Verizon’s Motorola Droid 2 has been rooted, opening up the gates for bloatware removal and other hack-y goodness. Apparently the success of rooting the eFuse-guarded Droid X went a good way towards enabling the D2 to fall victim to the same fate — although users should be aware that the task requires installing ADB drivers, inputting command line prompts, and other non-trivial steps. Also, while the creator of this method originally suggested that it should work on the Motorola Backflip as well, anecdotal evidence so far suggests [...]
If you’ve got a stock Droid X running Android 2.1 and have been aching to get some of that sweet Froyo, today is the day you’ve been waiting for.
0. This is a copy of a leaked OTA update. If you have modified your Droid X from the stock configuration you’ll need to revert before proceeding any further! (This tutorial doesn’t cover how to do that.)
1. Download the update.zip file and place it on the root of your sdcard. The mirrors hosting this file can be found here.
2. Turn off your Droid X.
3. Reboot your Droid X into recovery [...]
Master Baron over at XDA-Developers has come up with a very interesting way to prolong your battery life, and has an app build to test his theory.
His theory uses the following logic:– You can get 2G coverage in all the places that you have 3G coverage– 3G uses more battery power than 2G– You don’t “need” 3G data when your screen is off– Turning off 3G data when your screen is off should save you battery life
The downsides? It’s still pretty beta, and it only works on CyanogenMod 6 ROMs.
If you’d [...]
The HTC EVO 4G was rooted the same day that it was originally released — and custom ROMs free flowed to the rooted devices shortly thereafter. Unfortunately, after you flash a factory ROM you typically loose your root access. It should come as no surprise, now that the Android 2.2 (Froyo) update is rolling out over-the-air (OTA) it, too, has been rooted.
First off, the following applies only to those who have already rooted their EVO. If you haven’t, the following isn’t for you. However, if you aren’t rooted, but are interested in doing so, you can get [...]
This morning we reported provided step-by-step instructions to manually flash Froyo on your Motorola Droid without waiting for the over-the-air update. Now it turns out that the FRG01B update may have been canceled while a new version is prepared.
This shouldn’t come as a complete surprise, even Google’s own Nexus One went through several iterations before the “final” Froyo build was pushed out to everyone.
This raises a few questions:
Q. What if I already have the FRG01B Froyo build on my Droid?A. You will get an update OTA that will [...]
The Motorola Droid (original) was the first Android-powered phone to come out with Android 2. Granted it was 2.0.1, but it was still a leap ahead of the game. Shortly after Android 2.1 was released, the Droid got updated to 2.1 as well. Now that Android 2.2 has been out for a while, Droid owners are wondering what’s taking Froyo so long to come to their devices.
A lucky few have begun to get the over-the-air (OTA) update to their Droid’s, but this is generally a slow process to keep from overwhelming both Google’s update servers, and Verizon’s [...]
It seems that a very large number of custom ROMs are being based off CyanogenMod ROM these days. Not only that, CyanogenMod ROM is being ported to more and more handsets. I run CyanogenMod on my Nexus One and my wife runs CyanogenMod on her G1 (both Froyo, by the way).
But what about your Android? Is the CyanogenMod Team (aka “Team Douche”) building a ROM for your phone? If so, what’s their progress? Luckily there’s a Google Doc for that:
What’s on the list?– Dream– Sapphire– Nexus One– Motorola Droid[...]
The HTC EVO is an awesome device, but it’s sorely lacking in the CyanogemMod department… but not for long.
Cyanogen and taostcfh are listed as the “maintainers” of the EVO port of CyanogenMod 6, and recent tweets from Cyanogen himself says indicate a ROM for EVO that is stable enough to release should be available soon.
The first release is probably going to be missing wimax, hdmi, and fm radio, but Cyanogen is already very impressed with the performance of the ROM on the phone.
To stay up-to-date with CyanogenMod ROM for EVO keep an eye on [...]
As I mentioned yesterday, Motorola has really ticked off developers and power users, but the ramifications of just how tightly they’ve locked down their newest Android-powered phones are just now coming to light.
If you want to load a custom ROM onto an Android phone you have to “unlock the bootloader”. But Motorola doesn’t want you to be able to do that on their phones. In fact, they have even installed another chip in their hardware that monitors the bootloader’s code, and locks down the phone if it’s changed from what it [...]
This Android Quick Tip is actually two tips in one! Unlike some “other” smartphones that just barely added the ability to multi-task to their OS, Android has had it since day one. On Android you can run many, many apps at the same time, and using this often-overlooked tip, you can easily and quickly switch between them.
To do this, tap and hold the Home button: a grid of up to 6 of your last run apps will open, tap an icon to switch to that app. But what if you’re a power-user and want to be able to quickly switch between more than six apps? You can always go [...]
What operating system runs on Motorola phones? There was a time when Motorola had their own OS than ran their phones. Today that landscape is changing. Today, Motorola is almost exclusively an Android shop.
According to John Ellis, director of software and services for Motorola put it this way: “We doubled down on our bets with Google. We’re happy about it. Sanjay is raving about it. … The complexity for us was monstrous. We would have internal development paralysis because we were afraid of breaking anything.” (androidguys.com)
On this surface, [...]
It wasn’t long ago that Cyanogen and his team got Android 2.1 working on the G1 (video) — a feat that many said couldn’t be done.
Now they’ve gone and proven everyone wrong again: Froyo (Android 2.2) can run on the G1 — and run well.
Of course, getting this up and running isn’t for the faint of heart, and it’s not yet “fully cooked” — it’s still a release candidate (more stable than alpha and beta ROMs, but still with some rough-edges).
Come take a look at the first Android phone running the latest [...]
According to a post at Google’s Nexus One Blog, the “official” Android 2.2 (“Froyo”) update for Nexus One is being rolled out over-the-air (OTA) even as we speak.
According to the post, “Starting today , Nexus One users will begin to receive the Android 2.2 (codenamed Froyo) over-the-air software update on their phones. In order to access the update, you will receive a message on your phone’s notification bar. Just download the update, wait for it to install, and you should be all set.”
Google goes on to say that the [...]
The wait for MaxSense, a new UI for HTC Windows phones, is nearly over. If you haven’t heard of Maxycy’s latest endeavor, MaxSense is essentially a major overhaul of HTC Sense 2.5. With it, we still get the Sense features we know and love, but now they’re reconfigured and combined with some sweet, new features. Most notable are the 3 Android-like home screens (customizable with widgets), Sense launcher, 75 quick links panels, and a custom taskbar.
If you’re a fan of Sense 2.5 “power” mods, like Co0kie’s Home Tab, you’re going to [...]
It looks like T-Mobile is pulling the update for the carrier’s HTC HD2 until further notice due to some bugs that range anywhere from decreased battery life to bricked HD2s. If you have not updated your HTC HD2 yet, you can visit the T-Mobile upgrade page to find out more information and you can check there to see when a ROM upgrade would be offered in the future.
You’ve got a Nexus one, you’ve rooted it, and you’re running CyanogenMod (or some other custom ROM), and you were hesitant to flash the stock ROM and recovery image to be able to install the Froyo Android 2.2 update. I don’t blame you!
If you waited, you’re in luck! The developer community has again pulled together and released a version that you can flash from your recovery ROM (Clockwork, RA, etc.).
This isn’t the stock Froyo update, however. A few extra bells and whistles have been added (specifically SuperUser support and related [...]
Android 2.1 is the latest version of the Google’s operating system on handsets today. Android 2.2, codename “Froyo”, was announced at Google IO 2010 and should start rolling out beginning in a week or so.
In the meantime, a lot of users are still on older hardware such as the HTC Dream and Magic (such as the T-Mobile G1, etc.).
Steve Kondik, known better as “Cyanogen” has taken the Android source code and released his own versions for Dream, Magic, and Nexus One phones. The Nexus One has Android 2.1, but Dream and Magic are still on 1.6. But [...]
T-MoNews.com is reporting on a rumor that the HTC HD2 for T-Mobile may be getting a ROM update soon to address many of the bugs that may cause the device to freeze. These bugs are mainly due to HTC’s custom messaging and Twitter apps that are so integrated with their custom Sense UI.
Wouldn’t it be nice if we also saw an upgrade to Windows Mobile 6.5.3 though?
Cyanogen has released an experimental version of his ROM which brings version 2.1 to one of the oldest Android handsets: the HTC Dream, Magic and Sapphire (which you may know better as the T-Mobile G1 and myTouch 3G).
This version is experimental, Cyanogen even warns you that he’s not responsible if it eats your cat.
So what can you expect? Check out our video and see for yourself.
You like HTC’s Sense UI, but you have a Google Nexus One. If only there were a way you could run a ROM on your Nexus One that made it look and feel like, say, an HTC Desire.
Lucky for you, it’s not as hard as it sounds! The HTC Desire, as it turns out, is almost identical to the Google Nexus One, and the ROMs are basically interchangeable.
If you’re interested, read my previous article about How to Root Your Nexus One, then substitute an HTC Desire ROM for the CyanogenMod ROM in step 7.
See how it’s done in this video: