Halloween was a wonderful day for every Android-fanboy this time round as it was when Google released the Nexus 5 and along with it Android 4.4 KitKat. Although, for some (Galaxy Nexus owners), it wasn’t as good a day. Google officially announced that it’s Galaxy Nexus (both GSM and Verizon variants) would not receive any Android 4.4 KitKat goodness. To put it in another way, the Galaxy Nexuses will be stuck on Android 4.3 for eternity; ..and then the good Lord said, “let there be XDA”.
According to XDA Developers, the following AOSP ROM is quite stable (it is!) with the exception of a few isolated issues like animation and graphical glitches (did not bother us much) which will be fixed in the upcoming releases.
Pre-requisites to flashing this ROM
- Back up data and settings using a recommended custom recovery tool, like ClockworkMod (CWM) or TWRP, as it creates a complete image of the existing phone setup.
- Ensure USB debugging mode is enabled on the phone, by navigating to Settings > Developer Options (if you don’t see Developer Options, follow this pastie -> http://bit.ly/1h0xTLg)
- You must be rooted on your current firmware before updating and have a custom recovery installed. We suggest using ClockworkMod recovery.
Steps involved in updating the phone
- Connect your Galaxy Nexus to your computer and transfer the files you downloaded onto it’s storage.
- Power off the phone and disconnect its USB cable from computer.
- Boot the phone into Fastboot mode by pressing and holding Volume Up, Volume Down and Power buttons together.
- Once the device reboots, you should see something like this —
- Use the Volume up and Volume down buttons to navigate to the red banner above the opened up Android to say “Recovery mode” and then press the Power button.
- In ClockworkMod recovery, perform a full data wipe task by choosing Wipe Data/Factory Reset (use volume buttons to navigate and power button to select the desired option in recovery).
- Wait until the wipe process completes and then perform Wipe Cache Partition. Let the process complete and then select Wipe Dalvik Cache from advance option. This will prevent ROM related errors or boot loop issues.
- Once the wipe process is done, return to main recovery menu and select Install Zip from SD card.
- Then select Choose zip from SD card. Now, locate the Android 4.4 ROM zip file you copied earlier to the phone and select it by tapping Power button. Confirm the ROM installation on next screen and let the installation begin.
- Then, repeat the previous step for installing Google Apps as well.
- After Google apps is also installed, go back and tap on reboot system now in the recovery menu. The phone will now reboot automatically. The first boot might take about five minutes to complete. So, don’t worry!
- Once rebooted, you will be greeted with the Android setup wizard. Set your phone up and enjoy!
Steps involved to get get root access on the 4.4 ROM
- Install the Nexus Root Toolkit you downloaded earlier. It will extract certain files so make sure you install in within a folder.
- Once installed, you will be asked to select your device. Select Galaxy Nexus GSM/HSPA+ and the select you ROM as Custom ROM – KK. Then, let the toolkit do it’s thing until you’re greeted with the following dialog box.
- Under the Root section tick Custom Recovery if it’s un-ticked and then press Root.
- From here on, just follow the instructions the pop up on your computer and you’ll be fine.
- Once, the process ends, you will an up and running KitKat ROM with root access.
Source: XDA Developers
Update1 : Cyanogenmod 11 is now available for the Galaxy Nexus and it installs Kitkat!
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Facebook has relesed their new launcher, Home, available on the Google Play Store. However, it’s currently US-only, and only available on a bunch of devices (for reasons known only to Facebook.)
But if you’re from another part of the world, and want to try it on your device, and it’s not supported yet? Don’t worry. Here’s a small tutorial to help you out. Although, you’ll need to be rooted for it to work.
1) First of all, get the Facebook Home .apk for here
2) Then, go into /system using a file manager of your choice (I used Root Explorer from the Play Store). You’ll find a build.prop text file there.
3) We have to edit the following values –
ro.product.model=”Some unique string”
ro.product.name= “Some unique string”
ro.product.device=”Some unique string”
Replace your device’s unique string with “GT-I9300” (without quotes)
4) Reboot. Install the Facebook Home APK and open it. Boom. That’s it. All done.
As it happens, you don’t need Facebook Home to use Chat Heads. It comes with the Messenger app update. So, if you only want Chat Heads, just update Messenger!
#Update1: This method is cumbersome and time-consuming so please follow the this article instead
October thus far has been full of all sorts of tech announcements.Apple sent out invites for iPad Mini Event.Microsoft is going to release Windows 8 and the new Surface tablets soon and now Google’s come up with a pretty nice invite if you ask me pointing towards the LG Nexus and maybe Android 4.2
Announced via email, just two Mondays from now at 10am, Google will be revealing what’s new with Android. For those who won’t be able to attend, Google will be live streaming the entire event here.
We couldn’t be more excited to see what Google has prepared for us. Fortunately, we have less than two weeks to wait. For more information what we think Google will reveal at the event, check out the links below. Is there anything special you hope Google will surprise us with?
~ Update : The event has been cancelled due to Hurricane ‘Sandy’ and there is currently no new date that has been announced by Google.
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Multiple sources have told us LG is working on a Nexus phone, and today we recently received the first hands-on report of the device. The source claims he is not a Google employee, but apparently he has access to one who says the devices were handed out last week for testing.
“I can confirm the next nexus is LG Optimus based. The phone looks surprisingly like the Galaxy Nexus and does not have sharp corners like the LG Optimus we already know. It has a silver’ring like the iPhone 3G around the outer edge of the screen which seemed to be similar to the Galaxy Nexus in size but was much better in brightness.
I couldn’t have said if it was larger in the few minutes that I had the phone. Also, it has Nexus written on the back like the Nexus 7 except there is a color element to it. The ‘X’ is in four colors. There was also the LG logo on the back.
Android 4.2 in its current state looked exactly like the 4.1.1 we love. There were no tabs on that build version for home-screens as you suggested from your other tipster. What I was amazed by is how fluid everything seemed to be from exiting apps, switching, etc. It seems like they’ve increased the number of transitions and their types. It still had the hodge-podge mess of multiple communication tools: Messenger, GTalk, Voice and SMS.”
As for the specs part of the leaks,the new nexus is gonna come with a lot of horsepower.The LG Nexus will have a Quad Core Snapdragon S4 processor – confirmed to be clocked at 1.5GHz – with an Adreno 320 GPU, as well as 2GB of RAM,.It’ll have a 1280 x 768 True-HD IPS screen and an 8 megapixel camera running the new and improved Jellybean 4.2.
Considering this along with other leaks,this is what mockup artists came up with.
If you ask me,I’d say this looks really sleek and sexy which has become the trademark for Nexus devices in the last few years.The launch event is scheduled for later this month (no fixed date as of now).Don’t worry,we’ll keep you posted!
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Note: You need to have your bootloader unlocked and fastboot setup on your computer to make this work.And ofcourse,you need to be on android 4.1 Jellybean.
We at T101 finally managed to find a solution that worked, and the familiar root permission prompt finally popped up. If you lost root access after upgrading to Jellybean or maybe you wanna root your new Galaxy Nexus running JellyBean,then continue reading (this was tested on a GSM Galaxy Nexus I9250, but should work on other variants as well.We are not responsible if ‘you’ screw things up).
Here’s a guide that’ll work for sure.
- Download your favorite recovery, say ClockworkMod Touch.
- Download JB-SuperSU.zip from this link.
- While booted into Android, push JB-SuperSU.zip to your Galaxy Nexus’s /sdcard using your computer, or download it straight from the device.You could also use adb to push the file (ADVANCED USERS ONLY)
- Reboot into the bootloader buy powering down and booting up while holding both volume buttons and power until the bootloader comes up.It’ll look like this .
- Flash the custom recovery by issuing this command from your computer:
fastboot flash recovery recovery-clockwork-touch-184.108.40.206-maguro.img (or whatever the recovery name is that you downloaded in step 1)Note: For some reason I can’t get the recovery to stick anymore – upon reboot, the Nexus reverts back to its stock recovery. If someone knows how to fix this, please leave a comment in this post.
Renaming /system/recovery-from-boot.p after obtaining root did the trick – you have to remount /system as rw first, of course.
- Now that you have the custom recovery installed, scroll down to Recovery mode in the bootloader menu using the volume down button and press the Power button to enter it.
- Select Install zip from sdcard, choose zip from sdcard, select JB-SuperSU.zip that you pushed in step 3.
- Reboot your phone.
- Dance around the room.
GOOD NEWS for Google Nexus S owners,there is a team of developers out there working on getting a port of the new Android OS over to your device. If you’re one of the brave, let’s get you started on getting this thing set up!
Be aware that this isn’t an official release, in fact it is an SDK port, so it is bound to have some problems. The following are a list of bugs:
- 3G(for some)
- Panorama Mode
- Camera will force close for the 1st time
Step 1: Backup everything on the storage (SD card) of your phone. Plug it in to your computer and mount it as a drive. Copy everything off into a folder on your computer. You will lose everything during the next step.
Step 2: For those of you new (and even old) to rooting your phone, I am going to choose the simplest way for you to go about this. The good guys over at XDA Developers Forums have created a a batch file, which is a file that executes a list of commands, that will handle rooting your phone. Its simple, but it requires Windows XP/Vista/7.
- Download the current stable version here.
- Extract the files to a folder on your desktop.
- Connect your phone to your PC and install one of the two supplied drivers.
- You will choose either 32-bit or 64-bit and that depends on what your PC is. If you are unsure, choose the 64-bit installer first.
- Make sure you have USB debugging turned off.
- Execute the run.bat file as Administrator and follow the instructions.
One you are finished and you had no errors, your phone will have the following:
- Your phone will now have an unlocked bootloader.
- Your phone will now have Clockwork Mod Recovery installed (this is most important).
- Your phone will now be rooted.
- Now you will want to download the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich ROM from here.
- Copy the .ZIP to the root of your internal space on the phone.
- Reboot into recovery mode by powering off your device completely then hold Power + Volume Up at the same time while powering back up.
- One inside Clockwork Mod Recovery, choose ‘wipe data/factory reset’.
- Then choose ‘install zip from sdcard’.
- Select ‘choose zip from sdcard’.
- Toggle down to the zip file and hit your power button.
- You’ll confirm the install and let it do its thing.
Step 4: Enjoy your new Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich powered Nexus S
Here’s a video demonstrating ICS on the Nexus S :
Ice-Cream Sandwich Overview :