When the Droid X was released by Motorola, a lot of fuss was made about its locked down bootloader. The locked down bootloader on the Droid X meant no custom ROMs for the phone. The modding community was quite shocked with this piece of information, since the Motorola Droid had an unlocked bootloader and that made it a popular phone. However, the modding community did not lose hope and started working on the Droid X. Within a couple of weeks of its launch, the Droid X was successfully rooted by birdman.
Now, the modding community has got another major breakthrough. ROM Manager developer koush has managed to get Clockwork recovery working on the Droid X. He even posted a picture of Clockwork recovery on the Droid X on his twitter profile. However, he did mention that the Droid X bootloader is still locked. He managed to get clockwork recovery working on the Droid X by hijacking the boot process of Android.
Sadly, this means custom ROMs for the Droid X is still sometime away.
It was after ages that Facebook released an update for the Facebook mobile application for the Android OS to make it less crappy. The latest release of the application boasted of tons of new features like Photo Reel, Support for events etcetera. You can read about the change-log here.
However, I will suggest our readers not to download this application. What’s the reason you ask? According to Flipz the guy behind Fresh ROM’s the updated version of the Facebook app has a wake lock bug. This bug uses/wastes the CPU and the RAM/ROM power even when the phone is in sleep mode. This has a huge impact on the phone’s battery life and drains it in no time.
According to the Android Developer website :
Device battery life will be significantly affected by the use of this API. Do not acquire WakeLocks unless you really need them, use the minimum levels possible, and be sure to release it as soon as you can.
If you hold a partial wakelock, the CPU will continue to run, irrespective of any timers and even after the user presses the power button.
Flipz has discussed about this problem in-depth on his blog. Here is the link to it. Hopefully, Facebook will release an update to fix this WakeLock bug sooner than later.
One of the main reasons why the Motorola Droid sold like hot cakes in the U.S was because of its unlocked bootloader. The unlocked bootloader allowed the modding community to play with the phone to their hearts content. Thanks to the unlocked bootloader users could flash a custom ROM with tweaked settings, overclock their CPU etcetera. Sadly, the European version of the Droid a.k.a Milestone featured a locked bootloader due to which it did not do sell very well.
When Motorola announced the Droid X, the modding community hoped that the Droid X will also feature an unlocked bootloader. Sadly, it was found out that the Droid X uses the same bootloader as the Milestone. Now in a shocking move, Motorola has officially announced that it won’t allow Custom ROMs on their handset from now on.
Securing the software on our handsets, thereby preventing a non-Motorola ROM image from being loaded, has been our common practice for many years. This practice is driven by a number of different business factors. When we do deviate from our normal practice, such as we did with the DROID, there is a specific business reason for doing so. We understand this can result in some confusion, and apologize for any frustration.said Lori Fraleigh from Motorola.
Motorola even suggest people to buy a Nexus One or a Google ADP1 developer phone for flashing and playing around with their phone.
Bad move from Motorola here! I am sure the sales of Droid X and Droid 2 will take a huge hit due to this.
It was just last week that the HTC Desire got the Android Froyo update unofficially“. Now it is the U.S only HTC Incredible which has got the Froyo update unofficially. HTC had said that most of their Android phones launched in 2010, will get the Froyo update by the end of 2010.
If you are impatient and cannot wait for such a long time, then users can flash the CyanogenMod 6 on their Incredible. This custom ROM, which supports many devices including HTC Magic, G1 etcetera, brings Froyo to Incredible. However, this custom ROM has stock Froyo which means no HTC Sense UI. A user over at Droid-Life managed to flash this Custom ROM on his Incredible and took some benchmarks of the device. The results were downright impressive!
If you don’t want to lose the Sense UI, then there is a Custom ROM codenamed SkyRider for you. Keep in mind that this ROM is still in beta, but manages to bring Froyo and Sense UI together on the Incredible. This ROM still has a few bugs related to Camera, Wi-Fi etcetera.
Officially, HTC still has not specified a date when the HTC Desire will be getting the Froyo update. Unofficially though, the Desire already has a custom ROM based on Froyo. A person with the username udk over at XDA forums has posted a video of Froyo running on the Desire. Along with Froyo, this custom ROM also brings 720p video recording to the Desire.
Here is a 720p video recorded from the HTC Desire –
No release date of the ROM has been specified, but hopefully it should be up for download in just a few days. Currently, a beta version (v0.3) of the ROM is up for download. The main advantage of a popular Android phone is that that many new features are added to it thanks to Custom ROMs from Modder.
In all probability, this custom ROM will be released by udk before the official Froyo update from HTC arrives.
A new custom ROM for the Samsung Galaxy S, MoDaCo Custom ROM, has been released. This Custom ROM is based on official ROMs. This ROM can be cooked and then can be downloaded from the Online Kitchen. In simple words, it means that you can select what you want, and the custom ROM chosen by you can then be downloaded.
Before you can use the ROM on your device, you have to make sure that the JFB is running on your device (You can download it from here, see the link under requirements title). The optional Google applications available are AllShare / DLNA, calculator, Daily Briefing, Email, Live Wallpapers, Maps (unmodified Google Maps 4.3.0), Memo, Mini Dairy, My Files, Samsung Apps, Samsung IME, Social Hub, Voice Dailer, Voice recorder, Voice Search, Write and Go and Youtube.
The third party applications available are Beebplayer, Fancy Widget, ThinkFree Office, Swype and WaveSecure. You can select whatever you want, then cook your desired ROM and after that you can download it. This is the initial release, more updates will come gradually.
HTC Touch Pro2 which is part of the Sprint network has Windows Mobile 6.1 installed by default. If you are looking to upgrade the ROM to Windows Mobile 6.5, you will be able to do it thanks to a custom ROM released by HTC Pedia.
The custom ROM can be applied on devices which are HSPL unlocked. The Windows Mobile 6.5 for HTC Touch Pro2 contains several pre-installed applications including Adobe PDF, Audio Booster, Facebook and more.
You can download the HTC Blue Smoke Sense 2.5 ROM CE OS 5.2.21895 (Build 218126.96.36.199) from here.