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 HTC’s flagship.
Modaco forum’s “TripNRaVer” user is officially the first dev to crack the One X’ software and [...]
The independent developers community has really had a field day with the Galaxy S3’s software, although Sammy’s flagship is yet to be made available to the wide public. The device’s official ROM has been leaked more than a week ago, the S3 has been rooted even earlier, the first custom ROM has appeared almost instantly after, the S Voice app was made to work with non-S3 devices and, finally, the TouchWiz UX launcher was ported to the Galaxy S2.
That’s some very impressive work from modders and hackers already, but that’s not all that has been done with S3’s software. XDA Senior Member madphone has put together a very cool Galaxy Nexus Add-on, that ports many [...]
It has only been a few days since ASUS released the bootloader unlock tool for the Transformer Pad TF300 and users of the somewhat budget-friendly tablet can already play with an experimental build of CyanogenMod 9, courtesy of XDA developer XpLoDWilD of Team HackSung.
Even though the Transformer Pad TF300 ships with Android 4.0, a lot of users would prefer a custom ROM such as CM9, which is based on Android 4.0.4, for its amazing extra features and for the well-known improvements in device performance. After all, there is a reason CyanogenMod is the most popular custom ROM available to Android users.
This is an experimental build and comes with its fair share [...]
Samsung’s Galaxy S3 still has a long way to go before its official release, especially in the US or Canada (where it still doesn’t have a precise launch date), but you can already play around with the new phone’s software.
A couple of days back, XDA dev Chainfire managed to root the S3 without even holding it for a second in his hands, while just hours later the official ROM had been leaked, courtesy of another industrious developer, Faryaab. It was only a matter of time before we began to see custom ROMs pop up on the web, so it should come as no surprise that XDA Recognized Developer ::indie:: has already put a new firmware up for download.
While this first [...]
We all know that what sets the Android OS apart from its competition is its open-source nature which gives us the ability to customize and tweak the interface to suit our own needs. Of course, the ability to create such “custom ROMs” requires a certain level of technical expertise which a lot of everyday users don’t have. Specialized teams of developers have been working hard to build such ROMs, that not only replace the existing interface your device features, but in most cases also enhance the overall performance of the device.
One of our very own here at Android Authority, Sam Cater, wrote a wonderful article explaining what exactly a custom ROM [...]
If you own an Android device, or for that matter visit any Android-related news site then you will have heard about ROMs. Though a lot of people catch onto what ROMs are, for some people it’s not such an easy thing to get your head around. If you aren’t quite sure what a ROM is, hopefully I will clear things up for you today.
First I should explain what a ROM is. The term ROM is misused, and a pseudonym. Up until recently, ROM’s were storage chips consisting of Read-Only-Memory. Ever played Gameboy games? They were ROM’s. Sometimes there was a separate area in the cartridge where you would save games to, but the game itself was Read-Only. You [...]
One of the biggest selling point of Android is its open source nature, that allows users to customize the OS to suit their own needs. Of course this requires a certain degree of technical competency that a lot of “regular” users lack. Luckily, actual “computer scientists” have been working hard to create custom ROMs for the everyday user to enjoy.
One such group of custom ROM creators is Team Kang, responsible for bringing to you the Android Open Kang Project (AOKP). The AOKP ROMs provide extensive customization and have gone from strength-to-strength in over 30 builds, to become one of the most popular Android custom ROMs around.
If you [...]
Ever wondered how well the custom Android ROMs for the Galaxy Nexus fare against each other when it comes to battery usage? If so, the table below (built by a passionate modder by the name of Shayes) should provide a good reference point, although there is one major variable that was not taken into consideration when the table was built. But let’s go through the details before I’ll explain what I’m talking about.Not all custom ROM’s for the Galaxy Nexus were included in the test. In addition, the stock ROM for the Galaxy Nexus was also not tested, so that we can see how well it ranks up along custom ROMs when it comes to battery percentage lost due [...]
One of the best features about Android is having total control over how you customize your device. More specifically, Launchers and Skins give Android users access to tons of new user interfaces and features. In addition, a bunch of Android devices are subject to bloatware. When this happens, the average user probably is not interested in playing around with custom ROM’s or even rooting. Putting aside some of the more well known launchers, SPB Software recently release SPB Shell 3D. The app, which will cost you $14.95 in the Android Market, will bring a whole new look and feel to your Android 2.1+ device. Over 100,000 people, including us, have already downloaded the [...]
For some users, rooting is the only way to go. It gives you root access to flash custom ROMs to your device and a number of other cool features. Unfortunately, rooting does void the warranty of your device and the only way to get it back is to restore your phone’s stock software. For those of you who want to try more apps, but aren’t willing to root your phone, there’s an alternative for you. It is possible to install apps on your device’s SD card without rooting your phone.Requirements
Before you begin, you’ll need to have a few things:You need to move all your applications from your SD card to your phone memory, so that your data [...]