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Android 5.1 Images Available and More – XDA TV

Posted by wicked March - 13 - 2015 - Friday Comments Off


Android 5.1 Lollipop factory images have dropped for Nexus devices! That and much more news is covered by Jordan when he reviews all the important stories from this week. Included in this week’s news is the announcement of ASUS releasing the kernel source for the ZenFone 2 and be sure to check out the article talking about HTC Blinkfeed being ported to other devices! That’s not all that’s covered in today’s video!

Jordan talks about the other videos released this week on XDA TV. XDA TV Producer TK released an Xposed Tuesday video covering the Xposed Framework Alpha 2 release. Then TK reviewed the RAVPower 15W Solar Power charger. Finally, TK gave us an Android App review of Clip Stack. Pull up a chair and check out this video.

Be sure to check out other great XDA TV Videos

Check out Jordan’s YouTube Channel and Jordan’s Gaming YouTube Channel

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Android Lollipop 5.1 factory images are now ready for download

Posted by wicked March - 10 - 2015 - Tuesday Comments Off

Lollipop statue Android Google straight on

Just a few hours ago, Android 5.1 became official, though it had been spotted running on Android One devices earlier this year. The new build includes three main features, multiple-SIM card support (a staple for many Asian devices), device protection, and HD voice calling along with bug fixes and the likes.

While there are no concrete details as to when the update will arrive OTA, Google has thankfully begun to post the factory images. Those who know what to do need only click on the link below, find their device, get their download on, and patch away. For those who aren’t quite sure what to do with a factory image, we have a guide that should help you along the way. Keep in mind that the guide was written for Android 5.0 Lollipop, but the same steps apply. Be aware that making a mistake with the process may brick your device, so please do so at your own risk.

The factory images are available directly from Google and can be accessed by clicking this link.

For reference, the images for the following devices are currently provided (the list will be updated as more devices are added):

  • Nexus 5
  • Nexus 7 2012 (Wifi)
  • Nexus 10

The following are currently unavailable:

  • Nexus 4 – Pending Release
  • Nexus 6 – Pending Release
  • Nexus 7 2012 (Mobile) – Pending Release
  • Nexus 7 2013 (Wifi) – Pending Release
  • Nexus 7 2013 (Mobile) – Pending Release
  • Nexus 9 (Wifi) – Pending Release
  • Nexus 9 (LTE) – Pending Release
  • Nexus Player – Pending Release

Anyone flash Android 5.1 to your Nexus yet? If so, how is the experience treating you, notice any improvements so far?

Paranoid Android outing 5.0 Alpha 2, Lollipop alpha build

Posted by wicked March - 9 - 2015 - Monday Comments Off

Here’s another after-market Android OS group that we like talking aboutParanoid Android – a group who makes ROMs and already have a good following in the after-market developers community. They officially support a number of Nexus and Oppo devices, plus the OnePlus One. Today they announced that they have made available Paranoid Android 5.0 Alpha 2, their second alpha build based on Android 5.0 Lollipop AOSP.

The build is available for download now (check source link below), but there are some caveats to this new build. The announcement over at the PA official blog said that addon.d backup functions are not included in the build. What this means for the layman is that in installing the Alpha 2 build, users will also have to flash Google Apps and SuperSU (root) and any other extra apps they use after flashing the build’s ZIP File.

With this new build, Paranoid Android is bringing back the App Ops feature which was made available in Android 4.3 but was dropped. Android 5.0 brings that back, allowing users to easily set restrictions for apps who want access to almost everything on your device. The build also gives users leeway to reorder the Quick Settings tiles by dragging them around – usually a headache for those who want to reorder them but can’t because AOSP doesn’t allow that.

If you want to try out the new build, head on over to the PA blog and look for the download link for this new build. Remember the warnings, and make sure you have working backups.

SOURCE: Paranoid Android

Microsoft invested in Cyanogen’s anti-Google war chest, says tip

Posted by wicked January - 30 - 2015 - Friday Comments Off

According to sources familiar with the matter, Microsoft has invested in Cyanogen, Inc., making a small contribution in the $70 million of the $100 million that the startup claims to have been able to raise. The startup has so far only accounted for the $30 million of the total. More than just a magnanimous donation, however, this move is seen to be Redmond’s play to wrest control of Android away from Google, a sentiment that it shares with Cyanogen. Of course, this rumor is likely to raise many mixed emotions over the future of the platform and Microsoft’s involvement.

CyangoenMod is, by far, the most popular Android ROM in existence, but it is no secret that it has little love for Google’s ways. In a recent interview, Cyanogen, Inc. CEO Kirt McMaster didn’t mince words when he said that “We’re going to take Android away from Google”. As they say, “them fighting words.” CyanogenMod already takes its base from the Android Open Source Project or AOSP, the “non-Google” part of Android that is available to the public. It adds its own features and services on top, some of them matching what Google offers. But how far can Cyanogen really go without, or even against, Google?

Cyanogen wants to build its own OS, Android-based most likely, but without any dependence on Google. It will be that OS that it will be pushing to OEM partners, like Micromax. But it will take more than just the core OS to make a mobile platform a commercially viable enterprise. You will need an entire ecosystem of services and apps. There are some that do already exist outside of Google’s control, outside of Google Play Store, but it wouldn’t be an understatement to consider them small. Then there’s the question of fragmentation, long pointed out to be Android’s Achilles heel in the crusade against the iPhone. Android is just slowly catching up in unifying its platform landscape. Should Cyanogen’s thrust be successful, there will be another major Android variant that developers might have to mind, unless the two branches can agree on a common trunk. That might be easy for simple apps, but when you insert APIs and services into the equation, things get a bit murky.

Cyanogen has basis for its battle cry, and it is definitely not the only one. Although technically an Open Handset Alliance (OHA) venture, Google practically has a stranglehold on Android’s development. OEMs may sometimes have the final say in what goes inside their devices, but even there Google is starting to put its foot down. Google has also been seen to replace core Android features and apps with its own proprietary bits. That may be good for unification, but not exactly for the openness that Android has been known for. Still, relatively speaking, Android is exponentially a more open platform than, say, iOS, but for how long, no one knows. That’s the dark future that Cyanogen and its supports are fighting against.

Things get more complicated, however, with Microsoft joining the fray. The tech giant has a rather complicated relationship with Android. For one, it has its own mobile platform which will see a renewed experience with Windows 10 later this year. At the same time, it actually also profits from Android through licensing fees. This investment leaves Microsoft with a minority stake in Cyanogen. A small one, but still a stake. Veterans in the industry might recall Redmond’s infamous “Embrace, Extend, Extinguish” strategy of the past and might shudder at what the future may hold.

SOURCE: Wall Street Journal
VIA: SlashGear

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