As quickly as Samsung upgraded the international version of the Galaxy Nexus phone to Android 4.1, we obviously hoped that the Sprint and Verizon branded models were to follow suit not long after. That hasn’t quite happened, unfortunately, and both phones are still waiting to officially join the Jelly Bean fun.
Sprint and Big Red have both promised to roll out the update in a matter of weeks, but if you feel that you simply can’t wait anymore, you do have a few options to help you perform the upgrade yourselves. For Verizon’s 4G LTE-enabled Nexus, the latest such option comes from XDA senior member mmuzzy, who has posted an AOSP build of Jelly Bean on this forum thread [...]
Although the eager hackers from XDA developers have already launched a Jelly Bean port for the Google / HTC Nexus One, the people behind CyanogenMod have recently announced that the first Nexus smartphone ever will not be officially compatible with Cyanogen versions beyond 7.x (Gingerbread).
Unfortunately, there are also a bunch of other smartphones that won’t be getting official support for Cyanogen Mod 9+, namely almost all smartphones that are based on the first generation Qualcomm Snapdragon processors (this translates into “all smartphones using a QSD8x50, MSM7x25, MSM7x27 or MSM7x27T SoC”). Some of the most popular smartphones based on the Snapdragon S1 are the [...]
Google’s fresh new Nexus 7 Tablet comes with the latest (and some say greatest) Android version out of the box, but that hasn’t stopped independent devs having their way with the new gadget’s software. While I’m sure most regular users are more than content with Nexus 7’s Jelly Bean official build, I’ll bet there are people amongst you who are dying to try out something different too.
What better alternative than a CyanogenMod 10 port, slightly modified and supposedly working like a charm? Before getting overly excited, you should know that everybody’s favorite independent dev team hasn’t yet released an official CM 10 [...]
We reported on the Jelly Bean “Easter egg” that comes standard with the latest version of Android a while back. You tap 5 times on the Android version number displayed under about phone or about tablet and you’ll be greeted with a large Jelly Bean. If you then press and hold on said Jelly Bean for a second or two, Jelly Beans fill the screen and you can playfully flick them away.
Not to miss out on the fun, it seems our favorite Android modding team, CyanogenMod, has joined in on the Easter egg game with CM10. In a similar fashion to the stock Android Easter egg, you tap on the CyanogenMod version and you’re greeted with Cid’s [...]
There are plenty of CyanogenMod fans among Android fans, and plenty of them must have surely purchased a Samsung Galaxy S3, the most important Android handset of the year, at least thus far. They’re certainly waiting for CyanogenMod 10 to be released for their recently acquired device and we have good news for them – CM 9 is already available for all U.S. versions except for Verizon’s.
Steve Kondik, the Android guru behind the CyanogenMod firmare has released CM 10 preview builds for three of the available four Galaxy S3 versions including AT&T’s, Sprint’s and T-Mobile’s. And we’re not really surprised to see them come [...]
Usually some of the first devices built from Android source (AOSP) fall to the likes of Nexus devices. Thankfully, developers don’t always play by those rules. Shortly after the source code for Jelly Bean 4.1.1 was released, the Acer Iconia A500 received a very nice alpha build of Jelly Bean. Over the last few days, XDA Developer randomblame and his team have been tweaking and hacking away at their source built beauty and so far have nearly everything working. For some, this early alpha build may even be sufficient as a daily driver (if you’re into a bug or two while running the latest and great version of Android). I don’t know about you, but that describes [...]
When Google first launched the Nexus Q last month at Google I/O 2012 they made it publicly known that the Q had a USB port for general “hackability”. That statement alone and the limited features of the Nexus Q to some meant that Google wasn’t entirely sure yet what the Q could evolve into. Since it’s launch, developers have been busy hacking away at the Q, trying to determine new uses and add more functionality. We’ve seen the Q turn into a gaming console, be able to play Netflix movies, and launch some standard Android apps.
Developer Jason Parker has decided to step things up a notch by porting full blown Android, via CM9, to the Nexus [...]
If you’ve ever doubted the benefits of having an unlocked bootloader, now it’s the time to reconsider that position. The CyanogenMod team has officially released the latest version of CyanogenMod 9 (CM9) for most U.S. Galaxy S3 versions available in stores, with the sole exception (U.S. Cellular and C Spire have not shipped their Galaxy S3 yet) of the Verizon model, which as we’ve learned a couple of days ago, has a locked bootloader.
Verizon tried to blame the issue on Samsung at first, which caused Samsung to release a “Developer Edition” version that works just as well on Verizon, but has an unlocked bootloader. The only (major) [...]
Android Open Source Project lead Jean-Baptiste Queru announced on the official Android Building Group that Android 4.1.1, Jelly Bean has been released to AOSP. The release will be tagged as android-4.1.1_r1 in AOSP, a slight bump in version number from the Google I/O 2012 developer preview release. The “.1″ most likely represents a few last minute bug fixes or changes. The Android 4.1.1 binaries (JRO03C) have also been released for the GSM Galaxy Nexus (maguro), Verizon Galaxy Nexus (toro), and new Nexus 7 (grouper). The Nexus S and the Motorola Xoom will soon follow. The full Jelly Bean source code can be download once it’s done uploading and replicating. [...]
A few days ago we learned that Verizon’s Galaxy S3 version comes with a locked bootloader meant to prevent users from running certain unwanted apps on the device or from rooting it and/or flashing other ROMs on the handset. However, that doesn’t mean that Verizon Galaxy S3 buyers will not be able to circumvent these carrier-imposed security features. In fact, we already have a report from xda-developers that tells us that root and recovery are possible on the device.
We have already told you that other Galaxy S3 versions can be rooted (from T-Mobile, Sprint and AT&T) but that particular procedure was not available to Verizon subscribers [...]