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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.

The post Sony Now Supports AOSP On Entire 2014 Qualcomm Line appeared first on xda-developers.

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?

Android 5.0.1 code pushed to AOSP, coming to Nexus soon [UPDATE]

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

When it comes to Android Lollipop rollouts, majority of Nexus devices should have already had the dessert by now, though there might still be a few nooks and crannies where the latest version has yet to arrive. That said, there might already be a new update soon, coming to Nexus devices first of course. The Android Open Source Project has just seen a push to its code repository for build number LXR22C, which is set to become android-5.0.1-r1.

The full changelog isn’t out yet, but considering it is a maintenance release, we can expect just a few minor changes. It should also be noted, however, that what goes into AOSP isn’t always the final form of what gets released as OTA updates, though in the case of very minor updates, they usually come close. No word yet on when this update is expected to land, but it could very well before the year ends.

In the meantime, Android 5.0 itself is still making its way to OEM devices. After an initial rush of deployment, things have more or less slowed down. Those still waiting for the sugary sweets include Samsung, Sony, and HTC. The latter seems to be experiencing some problems in their HTC Advantage promise, as even the updates for the Google Play Edition of the HTC One M7 and M8 have been delayed again and again.

[UPDATE] That was fast! Google has just uploaded LRX22C factory images for at least three Nexus devices: the Nexus 9, the 2013 Nexus 7 (WiFi only), and the Nexus 10. It is perhaps no coincidence that only Nexus tablets have been updated. We’ll keep you posted on what this surprise Android 5.0.1 update brings to the table and when they will make their way to Nexus smartphones.

SOURCE: Google
VIA: Droid Life

Android 5.0.1 Pushed to AOSP as Build LRX22C (Updated: Factory Images Too)

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

Don’t be surprised if an update to Android 5.0.1 shows up on your Nexus device in the near future. Google seems to have just pushed it to AOSP as Android 5.0.1_r1, which is also known as build LRX22C. 

Before updates, we would imagine that factory images will become available.

We will try to update this post as we know more about it.

Update:  And just like that, Android 5.0.1 factory images have gone live for a handful of devices, including the Nexus 9, Nexus 7 (2013) WiFi, and Nexus 10. Basically, we are looking at the WiFi devices.  You can grab individual image files here.

Via:  Google Source

Android 5.0.1 Pushed to AOSP as Build LRX22C (Updated: Factory Images Too) is a post from: Droid Life

Android Lollipop Lands for the Sony Xperia Z Ultra

Posted by egzthunder1 November - 28 - 2014 - Friday Comments Off

XZU Lollipop

The undisputed king of the beasts–at least in Sony’s current stable, is the 6.4-inch behemoth known as the Sony Xperia Z Ultra. The sheer size of this device (and the lack of accessories to carry it outside of pockets) has been a major cause for the not-so-successful life of this phablet. Other than this, the device itself is a powerhouse worthy of carrying the “Z” denomination in its name. One of Sony’s most prominent moves in the past couple of years has been to be more forthcoming and open with the third-party developer community. They are getting faster at delivering updates and are releasing sources for AOSP projects for their hottest devices, so that devs can actually develop on them. While the Xperia Z Ultra has not yet been added to the growing list of devices in their GitHub, due to the similarities in hardware with the Xperia Z1 (for which sources have been released), XDA Recognized Contributor Saatvik Shukla has been able to successfully port the new OS to the device.

There are several things to keep in mind regarding this build, and the Xperia Z Ultra in general. Care must be taken as there are two variants of the device: the regular Xperia version and a GPe version. While they share some (most) of the same hardware, the partitions are different and, unless otherwise stated by the dev, cross-flashing between them can brick your device. The GPE supposedly should be out sometime soon, and the regular sometime in the near future. With that being said, for those of you eager to try this out, you have a good chance of getting a pseudo daily driver with this as it has most of the core functionality intact. The only things still missing are basically camera, GPS, and video playback which can be “fixed” by using a player other than the Android stock one such as MX Player. There are a few other not so critical bugs in there as well but nothing that is as critical.

The dev has stated that it should work fine and that the basic requirement is that your device needs to be bootloader unlocked to flash it. This is a very early beta (version 3 as of the time this article was written) and there are bugs that are to be expected. If you do run into more, undocumented bugs, please be sure to report them as well as you can, including logs whenever possible.

As for fellow GPe owners, hang in there… Google should release the GPe build soon. Happy flashing!


  • Not working/Bugs

    • Video playback

    • Camera

    • Signal indicator is broken when connected to LTE

    • GPS

You can find more information in the original Xperia Z Ultra Lollipop thread.

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OmniROM looking to put out Android 5.0-friendly version soon

Posted by wicked November - 24 - 2014 - Monday Comments Off

We’ve talked about OmniROM a number of times already here at Android Community. This was a project started a few years back in the wake of the CyanogenMod ROM project going commercial, and the response to the project has been very warm, with a number of famous developers getting on with the program. There were questions on how fast they were going to be able to put out a Lollipop-flavored ROM, and seeing as they were able to boot a device recently under Android 5.0, it shouldn’t take long.

OmniROM – in a recent post – has admitted that they haven’t been very good at communicating project progress to their followers. They’re even inviting tech bloggers and writers to volunteer and do exactly that for them. But within the post, they have communicated their optimism about being able to put out a ROM soon based on the Android Open Source Project 5.0 (AOSP).

The developers are saying that when they do come out with one, it might only be for a few devices – mainly those with native hardware support for Android Lollipop at the beginning. The lack of OEM support for Android 5.0 (for now) makes it difficult to put out ROMs with AOSP 5.0 as a platform. But they are calling on devs to join the project to see if they can widen the support for an AOSP 5.0-based ROM to older devices.


OmniROM devs also lament the fact that Google seems to be withdrawing some of its critical apps as part of the G-apps package for AOSP, and OmniROM devs say that they are working on correcting that. That probably means that they will be ripping said apps from proprietary Android 5.0 builds. So hold on to your hats folks, it shouldn’t take long for an OmniROM build to come out sporting Lollipop flavors.