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Acer Iconia A500 gets an alpha Jelly Bean AOSP ROM

by: Derek RossJuly 15, 2012

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 [...]

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Nexus Q gets the CyanogenMod 9 treatment

by: Derek RossJuly 15, 2012

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 [...]

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CyanogenMod 9 arrives for all Galaxy S3 models, except the Verizon one

by: LucianJuly 12, 2012

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) [...]

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AOSP 4.1.1 released: Developers, start your engines!

by: Derek RossJuly 9, 2012

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. [...]

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Verizon Galaxy S3 gets root and recovery even though it comes with a locked bootloader

by: Chris SmithJuly 9, 2012

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 [...]

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Android Authority On Air – Episode 19 – To root or not to root

by: Derek RossJuly 6, 2012

This week on Android Authority On Air we’ll try not to rage or voice our opinions too much over this weeks Patent Wars segment. The Galaxy Nexus has been banned in the US. You can’t even buy it from the Google Play Store. And that Android fans, has us fuming. We’ll try not to talk about #boycottapple too much as we have many other issues to discuss. From Amazon phone rumors, to CM10, to the Nexus 7 and Jelly Bean information, all is not doom and gloom this week.

Rising out of the sadness of the Galaxy Nexus being banned raised some pretty tough questions this week for many [...]

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CyanogenMod talks Jelly Bean and CM10

by: Derek RossJuly 5, 2012

Last Tuesday, the CyanogenMod team announced that CM9 had officially reached Release Candidate status. The Android community rejoiced, knowing that they were one step closer to getting a stable CM9 build for their device. Then, the following day, Android Jelly Bean was officially announced at Google I/0 2012. This left a lot of users around the custom ROM community wondering. What’s going to happen with CyanogenMod 9? Will Jelly Bean be CM9.1 or CM10? And more importantly, when will CyanogenMod bring Jelly Bean goodness to my device?

Today, the CyanogenMod team shed some light on this [...]

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Nexus S 4G is “fully supported in AOSP” henceforward

by: Chris SmithJuly 5, 2012

AOSP, also known as Android Open Source Project if you’re not familiar with the acronym, is a very important term for Android devices, as it defines the Android source code developed by Google, which everyone can customize the way they see fit.

Android Police now reports that Jean-Baptiste Queru, the “Android Open-Source Tech Dude at Google,” revealed that the Samsung Nexus S 4G, available from Sprint, is now “fully supported in AOSP, with no restrictions.” Here’s his original message posted on the Android Building group:

We’ve been able to resolve the issues around Nexus S 4G, and we can now properly distribute its CDMA and [...]

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Acer Iconia A500 is the first non-Nexus tablet to get a functional Jelly Bean port

by: AdrianJuly 2, 2012

The list of devices officially announced to get Android Jelly Bean soon might not be very long, but, if you want to take the latest mobile OS version for a quick (unauthorized) spin, you can already do it on a bunch of gadgets.

The Tegra 3-powered versions of the HTC One X and the Samsung Galaxy S3, as well as Sprint’s and Verizon’s Galaxy Nexus, have all been treated with unofficial and almost fully functional Jelly Bean ports, following impressive efforts from several skilled independent devs. However, those are all smartphones and we felt the need to see how Jelly Bean works on tablets, too. And given that the Nexus 7 hasn’t yet been officially released, we [...]

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Sprint and Verizon Galaxy Nexus join the Jelly Bean fun, courtesy of unofficial ports

by: AdrianJune 30, 2012

The latest (and hopefully greatest) Android OS version, 4.1 Jelly Bean, is only a couple of days old, but independent developers have already done a magnificent job of porting it to some of the most popular smartphones around.

The GSM Galaxy Nexus might not have needed any unofficial hacking work, as it was the first phone to get an official OTA update to Android 4.1, but the Verizon and Sprint versions did require some “illicit” activity to go down.

Fortunately, both models of the “pure Google phone” already have functional Jelly Bean ports and, if you’re into flashing custom ROMs, you can head over to the XDA Developers and ACSyndicate forums and [...]

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