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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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Unofficial Jelly Bean port for international Galaxy S3 is now available, a lot of non-working features at this time

by: AdrianJune 29, 2012

The Android 4.0 ICS rollout to older devices has been and still is grueling, but the first signals for Jelly Bean’s evolution are promising. The Galaxy Nexus has already received an official OTA update to Android 4.1, while the list of devices already announced to be getting upgrades in the near future include the Nexus S and the Motorola Xoom.

The official efforts to bring Jelly Bean to as many gadgets as possible are, however, simply crushed by the independent developers’ work, and we are very glad to announce that the latest and greatest Android smartphone can now (unofficially) run the latest (and hopefully greatest) OS version.

That’s right, ladies and [...]

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Google Nexus 7 root achieved, tablet yet to ship to consumers

by: Chris SmithJune 29, 2012

Well, that didn’t take long, rooting the Google Nexus 7, a tablet that’s just two days old. Those of you that already own the device – that pretty much means Google I/O attendees and anyone else the grabbed one from them via eBay and other channels – and feel courageous enough, can now experience the Google Nexus 7 root on your own.

The initial Nexus 7 root procedure, thoroughly covered at RootzWiki, was not as easy as you may have expect it to be, according to Android developer birdman:

This isn’t going to be super simple. Its [sic] not ment [sic] to be. but here is one quick and dirty method for root. I recommend you [...]

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Like AOKP on the Asus Transformer TF101? Steer clear of Build 39 and 40!

by: SamJune 27, 2012

Just a small bit of information today for you Asus Transformer (TF101) fans. If you like the AOKP ROM as much as I do and keep flashing every upgrade, don’t flash Build 39 or 40! Whilst other devices work perfectly fine with these build versions, the Transformer suffers from bugs in both builds.

Build 39 Issues

This build was catostrophic and wouldn’t even boot. While it was endlessly cycling in a boot loop, I realized I should probably have googled to see if there were any major problems with the ROM. Needless to say there were bug reports everywhere. A little lesson for all custom ROM users, always look up the ROM version before you flash it! Also, I am [...]

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AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile Galaxy S3 all rooted, let the custom ROMs flow!

by: AdrianJune 23, 2012

Although we’ve been praising Samsung for making the new Galaxy S3 available on all major US carriers at (around) the same time, unlike what happened with the S2 last year, the actual releases haven’t been that well organized.

And despite the fact that there are many US tech users still waiting to get their hands on the S3, the independent developing community has worked unbelievably fast and has already managed to post root methods for all three American carrier-branded S3s available.

Our good pal Chris Smith told you earlier today all about the Sprint root, a hacking method that also works smoothly on the T-Mo S3, and now the AT&T rooting pack is up for [...]

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CyanogenMod 9 and AOKP come to the Galaxy S3

by: Gary SimsJune 18, 2012

For those who have Samsung’s new Galaxy S3 Android super phone but want something closer to the vanilla Android experience, rather than the heavily customized UI provided by Samsung, then here is some good news for you. The S3 is now part of the official CyanogenMod 9 nightly build process and will eventually receive an official stable version of CyanogenMod 9 when it is released.

Due to the hard work of XDA Recognized Developer XpLoDWilD, the Galaxy S3 has been added to the listed of supported CyanogenMod 9 devices. Initial reports are that the firmware is stable and highly functonal, however there are a few minor issues:

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