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OnePlus Releases Early CyanogenMod-Free Lollipop For the One

Posted by wicked January - 1 - 2015 - Thursday Comments Off


In the last few weeks, we’ve read quite a bit regarding the issues surrounding OnePlus, Micromax, and Cyanogen Inc. The drama between these three companies is full of unexpected twists, accusations and court trials. While we wait the conclusion of this soap-opera, OnePlus decided to start the new year in a very sweet way.

We recently talked about how OnePlus has been working on delivering a CyanogenMod-free firmware that will one day become the default firmware in future updates and devices. OnePlus engineers have had a busy holiday break, and they’ve managed to release an alpha version of Lollipop for their flagship OnePlus One. The alpha version is still far from release candidate status, but it’s a good base for future releases.

At this point, it is essentially a stock AOSP ROM with next to no OEM additions. However, due to the early status, some things may not quite work expected. For example, camera and video recording may be unstable, and capacitive keys do not turn off when software keys are enabled. Some apps are still crashing, but this should be fixed in the near future.

OnePlus recommends that you use TWRP to flash this update. The archive does not contain Google apps, so if you’re planning to use Google’s services, you need to download one of the available packages. After flashing, a factory reset is required.

To get the update, make your way to the OnePlus alpha Lollipop thread for additional info.

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Make Your CM11 ROM Look Like Xperia Z3’s Firmware

Posted by wicked December - 31 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off


Unlike some themed firmware by various OEMs, every AOSP ROM looks pretty much the same. Porting applications and features from Sony’s or Samsung’s firmware is difficult but absolutely possible if you know what needs to be done. The Sony Xperia Z3‘s firmware has loads of interesting things that can be used with almost every AOSP ROM.

Sony engineers worked hard to make a firmware which isn’t overly skinned and has lots of features. Thanks to the guide made by XDA Senior Member gamzekal and his teammates you too can learn how to port the Xperia Z3’s elements to an Android KitKat ROM. Gamzekal has taken CyanogenMod 11 as the “working material” but these modifications can work with other CM-based ROMs. Modding apps take lots of time and you will need to read through dozens of guides that have been linked in the thread but you should definitely give it a try, if only for learning purposes.

After completing all of the steps in the guide, you should encounter a few defects which will need to be fixed or replaced by third party applications. The list of flaws won’t be long so you should still be able to use your newly-ported ROM as a daily driver.

You can learn more about “transforming” your phone into an Xperia Z3 by heading over to this thread.

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AOSP for Sony Devices: Past, Present and Future w/ Alin Jerpelea – XDA:DevCon 2014

Posted by wicked December - 23 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off


It’s Holiday time, and as a gift to those of you who were not able to make it to XDA:DevCon 2014 in Manchester, UK, we will begin posting our videos from some of the presentations. Over the next 12 days we will be releasing the sessions for you to enjoy.

The first video we are posting is a familiar face to xda:devcon, Sony’s Alin Jerpelea. At the 2013 xda:devcon Alin talked about Android and Legacy Devices. In 2014 Alin spoke about the past, present and future of AOSP for Sony Devices with his session being rightfully called AOSP For Sony Devices: Past, Present and Future.

Have you ever wondered what Sony is doing to open up for more collaboration and more innovation in the Open Source community? In this session video you will see Alin share with the audience where Sony is taking AOSP for Xperia in the short term. Sony wants to support external community innovation, so Alin will discuss how Sony will improve their work on openness around AOSP.

Be sure to stay tuned for more exciting xda:devcon 2014 coverage.

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Sony Updates AOSP Sources to Android 5.0.1

Posted by wicked December - 21 - 2014 - Sunday Comments Off


Just a few days ago, Sony did an utterly fantastic job by pushing out numerous device trees for all 2014 Qualcomm based Xperia devices to its GitHub account. This came as a rather big surprise for some, but Sony wants to finish this year with a little extra oomph. The Japanese OEM decided to update the device trees, kernel and binaries to Android 5.0.1. Way to go, Sony!

The list of currently supported devices is impressive. In addition to almost the entire Xperia Z line, Sony also supports the Xperia E3, Xperia M2, Xperia T2 Ultra, and Xperia T3. If you have one of those devices, you can try to build the AOSP by following the provided materials. Keep in mind that these ROMs aren’t intended for daily use and you have to unlock your bootloader first in order to flash them. This will unfortunately break the camera, so backuping your TA partition isn’t a bad move.

Sony’s move is definitely good for developers who can use the updated binaries to improve the stability of custom ROMs. It’s also a fantastic learning material for all Android enthusiasts wanting to learn more about Android development.

As always, updated source can be found at Sony Mobile’s GitHub. More information about Sony AOSP Project is available one Sony Developer page.

[Thanks to XDA Senior Recognized Developer jerpelea for the tip!]

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Android 5.0.2 and New Factory Images For Nexus 7 (Wi-Fi) Available

Posted by wicked December - 20 - 2014 - Saturday Comments Off


Android 5.0 is has been publicly available since early November, and the number of devices getting Google’s latest OS is growing bigger every day. In the first few weeks after its release, Google focused on stability and released quite a few update builds. Now, it’s the time for a small numerical bump, because Android 5.0.2 has just been pushed into Google’s AOSP repos.

Android 5.0.1 was rather minor update, with only a few notable changes. Android 5.0.2 is definitely bigger, but it’s still not huge. Google  managed to address some issues with MountService which should now start before performBootDexOpt. This fixes a previously reported bug in the issue tracker. Some other changes related to NAND have also been pushed. Fstrim, introduced in Android 4.3, caused some serious issues on Lollipop. According to this log provided by XDA Recognized Developer cybojenix, devices turned off for the night had problems with fstrim being launched at all. Google addressed the issue and devices with slow NAND should now have a noticeable performance boost.

Nexus 7 (Wi-Fi) and Nexus 7 (Mobile Data) device trees have been updated. As a result, new factory images for the Nexus 7 (2012) and updated binary files are have been pushed. As usual you can get them from the Android Developer Page. An updated device tree for tilapia is a good sign, as it’s one of two devices that haven’t received an official update already. There is a light at the end of the tunnel, signaling that Google will finally bring official Lollipop to the missing devices sooner rather than later.

If you want to build Android 5.0.2 yourself, you can update your current sources by executing the following command:
repo init -b android-5.0.2_r1 && repo sync

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Sony adds AOSP support to all 2014 Qualcomm-based Xperia units

Posted by wicked December - 17 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

Sony is one of those manufacturers who seem to have found a groove in balancing their support for after-market software for their devices and continuing to encourage those who are part of the community who tweak the AOSP (Android Open Source Project) for their Sony devices. Because of this commitment, Sony has even now made AOSP support official for all Qualcomm-based Xperia devices released in 2014. Pretty nifty.

This means that AOSP support is now available for the Sony Xperia E3 and the Xperia T3, adding to the devices earlier supported – the Xperia M2 and the Xperia T2 Ultra. Sony also announced that they have updated the source code for the latter two units to give them stability improvements.

What does this mean? Well, if you’re not familiar with the AOSP community, then here it is – it means that the source code Sony is providing (as downloadable binaries) can now be used by developers and enthusiasts as a base for developing their own ROMs – that is, their version of Android.

Check out the AOSP announcement here at this link. Also, you can go directly to the download of the binaries here. If you want more information on Sony’s AOSP support, click here.

VIA: Xperia Blog

Sony Now Supports AOSP On Entire 2014 Qualcomm Line

Posted by wicked December - 16 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off


Back in the summer of 2012, Sony made waves in the independent developer community when they partnered with Google to include the Sony Xperia S in the Android Open Source Project code base. After that experiment ended, they have continued to support AOSP on their released devices, with the Xperia Z3 being their most recent addition. Even confusing steps taken by Sony Mobile to purposely break the camera on their Z* line (since the Xperia Z1) if a user chooses to unlock the bootloader on their device (using tools Sony themselves provide) has not dampened the desire of developers  to have AOSP on their Xperia devices.

Sony has honored that desire again with recent activity on their SonyXperiaDev Github account as well as a post on their Sony Developer World blog. The new activity speaks to Sony adding the Xperia T3 and Xperia E3 to their Open Device project, as well as pushing updates to improve stability for the Xperia T2 Ultra and Xperia M2. Of course, due to Sony’s legal department not fully understanding how to work with open source, the typical disclaimer from Sony Mobile applies:

As usual, you should be aware of that this software is not intended for daily use as there are important limitations. For example, the camera is not working and the modem is not enabled, which means you cannot take photos or make phone calls.

So if you’re interested in checking this out, you can follow the nice instructions from Sony. Let us know your thoughts on Sony’s open source efforts in the comments below.

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Google nixed the fingerprint scanner on the Nexus 6

Posted by wicked December - 9 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

On one of the earliest rumor articles regarding the recently launched Google Nexus 6, a number of things were predicted that have been realized by Motorola (the maker of the phone, if you didn’t know) – this includes the gigantic 5.9-inch screen, the codename “Shamu” (the whale), the November release, and that it would come with what is now Android 5.0 Lollipop. But one prediction got nixed – the plan to have a fingerprint scanner with Google’s newest flagship Android phone.

There are evidences of this in the code for the Android Open Source Project, and there are people out there who have nothing better to do than to pore through the lines of code in the AOSP. The commit that removed the fingerprint support can be seen here on the Android source website, and it shows the lines of code that tells a lot about what could have been.

The code line that says “system/vendor/lib/hw/ValidityPersistentData:synaptics” may tell of hardware being supplied by Validity Sensors, Inc. It is, quite tellingly, a fingerprint sensor company that was acquired by Synaptics a year ago. The plan – evidently, from the lines of code – was to have a swipe scanner, where the user would have to swipe a finger across the screen, quite unlike the iPhone’s static fingerprint scanner.

We now know that Motorola ultimately chose an outfit called Atmel to supply the Nexus 6’s touchscreen sensors. All of this are in the bounds of what could have been, and the Android world is still waiting for a Nexus that can provide good fingerprint security. Will the next generation of finally have it?

VIA: Ars Technica

Android 5.0.1_r1 Sources and Factory Images

Posted by wicked December - 3 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

Android 5.0.1_r1 Manifest Screenshot

A month ago, XDA Developer Admin pulser_g2 wrote an article about how Google’s QA team seemed to be absent in the bring up of Android 5.0.0. Many of us hoped that a future update would solve at least some of the issues many have pointed out.

Earlier, the Android 5.0.1_r1 sources were released, and from what we can gather from the logs, most, if not all, of the bugs that have been pointed out have not been fixed.

Hopefully, Google will soon realise it is not a good idea to have bugs scattered throughout Android, and will release a new revision soon fixing the issues that have been pointed out.

If you want to build these sources, then you first need to sync the correct branches. All you have to do is go to your AOSP sources on your machine, and type in this command:
repo init -b android-5.0.1_r1 && repo sync
You can also run this command to sync the AOSP sources from scratch:
repo init -u -b android-5.0.1_r1 && repo sync

A full log, summary log and difference are available in Gist form.

The factory images for the Nexus 9, Nexus 7 (2013) and Nexus 10 have also been released, and are available on the Nexus Factory Images website. Binaries can also be downloaded from the Nexus Binaries website. It shouldn’t be too long before other Nexus devices get similar updates.

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Android 5.0.1 Lollipop hits AOSP, Nexus factory images available

Posted by wicked December - 3 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

Google HTC Nexus 9 Android 5 Lollipop-20

Are you still waiting for the Android 5.0 Lollipop update on your device? Well, it’s old news already, Google has pushed Android 5.0.1 to AOSP, and has a few Nexus factory images all ready for install.

This is a minor bump update, look for build number LRX22C on Android 5.0.1 release 1.

We’ll need time to dig deep and see what the new Lollipop has to offer. Perhaps it will unlock a few features that some of us have found worrisome of Lollipop, like the inability to turn off device encryption. Eventually, we hope it will let us utilize the LED notification lights or tap to wake on the Nexus 6.

Android 5.0.1 AOSP factory images

As far as those factory images go, owners of the Nexus 9 (WiFi), Nexus 7 2013 (WiFi) and Nexus 10 are in luck. Of course, our wishful thinking for the Nexus 6 updates will have to wait, as you’ll notice there is no image for the monstrous phone just yet.

Perhaps this update is the reason many devices have been taking so long to receive the Lollipop update. Maybe it is just me, but this feels a little like the rapid release of Android 4.4.4 before most manufacturers could get their Android 4.4.3 update out there. In the end, many phones skipped the 4.4.3 update altogether.

Head on over to Google’s AOSP Android 5.0.1_r1 build page to see all the particulars of build LRX22C.

Any of you ready to flash another build of Android Lollipop?