The Sony Xperia T is slated to receive the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update sometime in the first quarter of this year. For the impatient and advanced developers, Sony has released an alpha Jelly Bean custom ROM for the Xperia T. Sony had earlier released an alpha Ice Cream Sandwich ROM for its 2011 line-up of Xperia devices.
The Japanese company is also releasing the open source archive along with the Jelly Bean ROM for the Xperia T. Since this ROM is in alpha, it only has limited functionality, and is squarely aimed at advanced developers to taste some of the new Jelly Bean features on the Xperia T.
The custom ROM from Sony does not include the new Jelly Bean UI look and feel, along with all the usual Google apps including Play Store. Wi-Fi, FM Radio, NFC, Bluetooth and even the modem is also turned off. This means that there is no way for users to make any phone calls via their T after they flash this custom ROM on their handset.
To flash the custom ROM, you are required to unlock the bootloader of Xperia T and then use Sony’s official flash tool. Head over to Sony’s developer website for the announcement, steps and the download links.
If you are tired of waiting for the Jelly Bean update for the Xperia T, fret not. Sony says that the update is coming really soon, and there is no need for normal users to unlock their handset and install this Jelly Bean custom ROM.
MIUI ROM for Android is the most polished custom ROM you will ever come across, in the Android ecosystem. The ROM is built from ground-up, thanks to the AOSP code, and is influenced from iPhone’s UI. The ROM has some very nice touches, which I hope will one day make it to Android.
Now, the popularity of the MIUI ROM was noticed by a Chinese handset manufacturer, Xiaomi. Today, Xiaomi have released a new handset dubbed MI-One, which runs on MIUI ROM.
The handset is no slow-couch, and is a beast in its own right. The 4-inch screen on the beast has a FWVGA (480×854) resolution. The MI-One is powered by a 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon S3 chipset, and packs 1GB of RAM along with 4GB of internal memory. The Adreno 220 GPU clocked at 266MHz, handles the graphics department.
Other key specs of the handset include Wi-Fi b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.1, GPS with A-GPS, microSD card slot, dedicated microphone for noise cancellation, 3.5mm audio jack and a customizable MI-button. The back of the MI-One sports an 8MP camera with an LED flash. It will also come with an unlocked bootloader.
The handset will be powered by a beefy 1930mAh battery, and will come with interchangeable back covers. As stated before, the MI-One runs on Android 2.3.5 based MIUI ROM
The best part about the handset is its pricing. The Xiaomi’s MI-One will retail in China for ï¿¥1999, which comes to around $312 U.S. dollars. The handset is expected to be available in China, sometime in October this year, There is no word as to whether Xiaomi intends to bring the MI-One to other regions of the world or not.
The CyanogenMod team has finally released the first release candidate of CM7.1, which is based on Android 2.3.4.
Along with the latest version of Gingerbread, the CM team has also added some new features and support for more devices. With the release of CM7.1 RC, the CM team supports more than 44 Android powered devices. New inclusions include the Motorola Cliq XT, LG Optimus 2X, Samsung Galaxy S and the HTC Incredible S.
The whole change-log of CM7 RC1 can be found here. The default ADW launcher has also been updated to support transitions.
Since the ROM is still in RC, there might be some bugs and issues with it. Do report the bugs you find, to the CM team, which will help them in getting close to the final release. CM7.1 RC1 can be downloaded from ROM Manager, or directly to your PC from here.
For the unknown, CM7 is the most popular AOSP based custom ROM out there. The amount of features and personalization offered by CM ROMs is unmatched. It includes some very useful features like DSP Manager, Theme Manager, Notification toggles in the notification bar, multiple lock-screens etc.
Less than a week ago, we reported that the recently released HTC Thunderbolt has got root access, along with its first custom ROM.
The problem with the root method was that it was pretty complex and newbies could get easily confused. Now, an XDA member dbzfanatic has released an easyroot application for the Thunderbolt. The rooting app will only work with firmware version 1.12.605.9 or lower.
As of now, the application is available only for Windows based PCs. The application does have a few bugs, which should be hopefully sorted out soon. Users should keep in mind, that the one-click root app weighs in over 800MB!
The app will also take some time to root your phone since it has to push’ some heavy files to your phone’s memory card, which takes time. Thunderbolt owners can find more information about the Easyroot application from here.
Also, quite a few custom ROMs have popped up for the Thunderbolt including an un-official CM7 port and some custom kernels. Thunderbolt owners need to root their phone before flashing a custom ROM on their handset. Users can check out the various ROMs available for the Thunderbolt here.
Via – AndroidPolice
After the launch of the highly successful Motorola Droid, Motorola started shipping its phones with locked down bootloader. These highly locked down bootloader severely restricted the modding capabilities of Moto phones.
One of the most talked about phones this year the Motorola Atrix 4G also ships with a highly locked down bootloader. However, the highly talented developers at XDA managed to get root access to the phone system’s partition in quick time.
In fact, at the moment many Custom ROMs are also out for the Atrix (They are not AOSP based, though).
Now, another awesome developer Sogarth has got a full-blown Linux distro, Ubuntu, up and running on the Atrix 4G. This mod is obviously not meant for the faint hearted, and newbie Atrix owners are highly recommended to stay away.
Possibilities of bricking your beloved Atrix or putting it into an infinite reboot loop are also very much possible. As usual with these mods, a few caveats do exist like installing certain packages can break the Ubuntu installation etc.
The highly complicated steps of installing Ubuntu on the Motorola Atrix 4G can be found here.
It was just a couple of days ago that Motorola started rolling out the Android 2.2 Froyo update for the Milestone.
However, the update was meant only for unlocked and unbranded Milestone handsets. Nevertheless, Today Motorola Canada has announced that the company will be releasing the Froyo update for the TELUS branded Milestone handsets sometime next week.
The Froyo update for the Milestone will bring with it performance improvements, bug fixes and some new features including Flash Player support. Other changes include JIT complier, new security features, text-to-speech and stability improvements.
The U.S. version of the Milestone, the Motorola Droid, got its Android 2.2 update just after a month of the official FroYo launch. However, it is only after nearly ten months that Motorola thinks it is time to update the Milestone to Android 2.2.
Officially, the Milestone got its Android 2.2 update this week. Unofficially, the phone got an Android 2.2 based Custom ROM last year in July itself!
This move clearly shows Motorola’s U.S. only strategies. The company has already highly restricted its activities outside the United States, and even closed a bunch of their service centers all over the world.
No wonder, most of the Motorola phones including the Droid X and the Atrix 4G have not been launched anywhere outside the United States, and in some cases Canada.
Motorola Milestone owners rejoice! Motorola Europe has finally started rolling out the Android 2.2 (FroYo) update for your handset.
The update comes out nearly 7 months after the original Motorola Droid got its Android 2.2 update. There is hardly any major difference between the Droid and the Milestone in terms of hardware, except for their mobile radios, and the latter featuring a locked down bootloader.
The Android 2.2 FroYo update will bring with it voice search, speech-to-text recognition, Flash player support, Wi-Fi tethering and performance and stability improvements. The update is being rolled out slowly in selected countries by Motorola. Users can check here, whether the Froyo update is being rolled out in their country or not.
Instructions on upgrading the Milestone to Android 2.2 can be found here. Milestone owners should NOT even hope that Motorola will release the Android 2.3 Gingerbread update for the handset.
If they want to taste Gingerbread on their handset, they need to flash a Custom ROM on their handset like CyanogenMod 7. Not only custom ROMs provide users with a taste of the latest version of Android, they also have many nifty features and are more faster and stable.
Nokia’s first Symbian based touch OS S60v5 features only one home screen unlike many other touch based OS like Android. With Symbian^3, Nokia increased the number of home screens to 3, which users could fill up with a total of 18 widgets.
However, most of the Android phones ship with up to 7 different home screens, which a user can personalize according to his or her choice. Now, the Symbian modding community has cooked up a custom firmware for the N8, which increases the total number of home screen on the device to 6.
Below is a video of an Nokia N8 in action with six home screens :
The custom firmware also includes the latest version of all the system applications including the music and video player. The custom firmware also includes the available camera mods for the N8 including the continuous Auto-focus in video recording along with 30FPS. The jpeg image save quality has also been increased to 100%.
N8 owners can flash this custom firmware on their handset by using Phoenix. The full steps and change-log of this custom firmware can be found here (It’s not in English though).
The HTC Vision a.k.a the T-Mobile G2 in the United States, and the HTC Desire Z in the rest of the world has got its first Android 2.3 Gingerbread based ROM, with HTC’s beautiful Sense UI on top of it.
TeamVillain have released a new custom ROM for the Vision SenseGinger which is based on Android 2.3 with the Sense UI running on top of it. The ROM is based on the Wildfire S ROM that leaked a few days ago.
As usual, the ROM does have some bugs including the Bluetooth function not working.
Here is the full bugs-list from the official SenseGinger thread at XDA :
* Camcorder hangs when pressing record
* Bluetooth does not work
* HTC Hub fails to log in
* The “card” mail widget does not work
* Landscape mode in Sense is bugged (thanks to HTC for this), I would advice against using this too often
* Question mark doesn’t work on hardware keyboard
HTC Vision (G2/Desire Z) owners need to make sure that they are using ClockWorkMod 3.0 so that they can flash this ROM on their handset. I expect TeamVillain to squash most of the bugs in this ROM in the upcoming few days.
The current line-up of Xperia handsets from Sony Ericsson may never get the Android 2.2 officially, but this has not stopped the developers at XDA forums to support the phone. The biggest member of the Xperia family the X10 got its Android 2.2 based custom ROM quite a few weeks ago.
Now, three of its smaller siblings the Xperia X8 and the X10 Mini/Mini Pro have got their share of Android 2.2 based custom ROMs. The ROMs for all the three phones mentioned above are based on Android 2.2 with HTC Sense UI on top of it. These ROMs have been ported to these smaller Xperia siblings from the HTC Hero and Legend. Kudos to the developers for all their hard work!
However, not everything works at the moment. In most of the ROMs, the camera functionality is broken along with some Bluetooth and media playback issues. Nevertheless, the developers are hard at work and are churning out new updates with every passing day.
Hopefully, these issues will soon be fixed by the developers and all the members of the Xperia family can get their share of Android 2.2 love, unofficially. X10 Mini owners should head over to this thread while X10 Mini Pro and X8 owners should head over to this and this thread, respectively.