motorola-xoom-tablet

The Android 4.1 Jelly Bean OS has everyone excited and we can’t wait to get it for our devices! Unfortunately, OEMs and network carriers don’t have the best track record with OS update rollouts, as a lot of users are still waiting for an official upgrade to ICS. Although the list of devices that will eventually receive JB is slowly growing, the question of “when” is still unanswered. This is where we look to custom ROMs for our Jelly Bean fix. With the release of the Android 4.1.1 source code, third-party developers have been hard at work to get functional Jelly…

google-nexus-7

One of the boons of buying a Nexus device is that it’s bound to receive more love from the developer community than other Android smartphones or tablets. Such is the case with Google Nexus 7 tablet, which is just a week or two away from reaching the eager hands of customers. Even though the Google’s flagship tablet isn’t officially available yet in stores, some hackeries and tinkerings are already lining up to greet the Nexus 7. You may have noticed from the many reviews of the Nexus 7 you’ve ogled upon that the device comes with a phone UI –…

Galaxy-S3-

Verizon initially got a lot of fire after announcing a Samsung Galaxy S3 release date weeks after AT&T and Sprint. With the “unprecedented demand and limited supply” problems, things are on a more even field, with AT&T only just releasing the device. Verizon’s Samsung Galaxy S3 is all set to release on July 12, and we’ve received word that some lucky Verizon customers have already got their hands on a pre-ordered device. The Verizon Samsung Galaxy S3 in the hands of some developers means that hacks and rooting methods are already being worked on. Granted, it hasn’t been the easiest,…

google-now-google-search-jelly-bean

There are a lot of new features introduced with the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean OS but none have been more talked about than the somewhat controversial Google Now feature. While the continuous location tracking and other personal information requirements have the “tin-foil hat” people running for the hills, no one can deny that Google’s “more than just another” virtual assistant can be incredibly helpful, as long as privacy isn’t your biggest concern, of course. Google Now also comes along with the much improved Voice Search, which you can check out in action here. You can also check out our guide on…

aokp-rom-TFPrime

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…

samsung-wave-smartphone

With Google I/O starting tomorrow, we are all excited about the possible announcement of the next iteration of the Android OS, Jellybean, expected to be Android 4.1. ICS also known as Android 4.0, took things to a whole other level for the OS, and we can only hope for better and bigger things from JB. Unfortunately, while OEMs and network operators have all been promising swift upgrades to ICS for their older devices, this has not been the case. The rollout has been slow, to say the least, and the only sure way to be using an Android 4.0 device is if…

cyanogenmod

The final, stable release of CyanogenMod 7.2 has been much anticipated ever since the first Release Candidate (RC) build back in March. Now after a further two RCs and a load of bug fixes, the CyanogenMod team has declared that CyanogenMod 7.2 is ready. In case you don’t know, CyanogenMod is a replacement Android firmware based on Gingerbread 2.3.7 but with new features and options not found in official firmwares. The first big change in CyanogenMod 7.2 is the number of devices supported. Companies like Samsung and LG keep releasing new phones and the CyanogenMod team works hard to include as…

InfectedROM Eternity HTC Thunderbolt

With all the recent attention towards models like the Samsung Galaxy S3 or the HTC One X, the HTC Thunderbolt isn’t exactly basking in the spotlight anymore. That being said, there are millions of Thunderbolts still in use today, and they make for a dang good daily driver. Developers know this, and that is why the InfectedROM team are still providing nightly ROM builds to faithful Thunderbolt users. After scanning the extensive list of features, I gave the InfectedROM Eternity a test drive on my HTC Thunderbolt. I was quite impressed. InfectedROM Eternity Features Ziggy’s Kernel - Overclock up to 2GHZ…

xda Android-hacker-toolkit

With over 4.5 million registered users, the XDA-Developers community has established itself as one of the strongest and most connected Android hacking online “groups”. And what better way to grow and expand than by helping other, more inexperienced users gain access to this wonderful developing world? That’s probably exactly what Jason Tyler and Will Verduzco asked themselves when they started working on the “XDA Developers’ Android Hacker’s Toolkit” book, released yesterday, and available for purchase both in “physical” and e-book forms. The book intends to be a “complete guide to rooting, ROMs and theming” and is a “simple, one-stop resource…

htc-one-x

It might not be “designed for humans” and it doesn’t come from the most popular and successful Android manufacturer of the moment, but the HTC One X is one heck of a phone and some even consider it the greatest out there. There was, however, one thing missing to make the One X truly amazing, and that was a custom ROM to tickle the imagination of amateur (and professional) rooters. Less than a week ago, we found out that the phone’s bootloader was finally unlocked, so it was only a matter of time until we could flash some tweaked software goodness on…