[Tutorial] Install Android 4.4 KitKat on a GSM Galaxy Nexus

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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.

Downloads Required

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 UpVolume Down and Power buttons together.
  • Once the device reboots, you should see something like this —Fastboot_gnex
  • 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.

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  • 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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The History Of Windows

Everyone’s heard the news about Windows 8 being a flop by now. Although Microsoft will tell you Windows 8’s initial sales are even more than Windows 7, we at T101 would suggest you take that with a pinch of salt. It’s activations tell us how many actual people are switching to Windows 8. Volume Buyers such as Dell, HP, Acer and others usually account for the initial huge demand of all Windows OSes. So 60 Million licences sold doesn’t necessarily mean 60 million computers are already running Windows 8! We at T101 were amazed to find that every alternate Windows OS was a flop right from Windows 3.0.

Windows 3.0
Rating: Average

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Windows 3.1
Rating: The First Success

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Windows 95
Rating: Average

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Windows 98/98 SE
Rating: Global Success

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Windows ME
Rating: Poor
ME- Mistake Edition?

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Windows XP
Rating: Crazy Success

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Windows Vista
Rating: Total Flop

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Windows 7
Rating: Good

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Windows 8
Rating: Poor

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Now that we’ve finished our little history session, we get to the main meat of this theory and start asking why? The change from Windows 3.1 to Windows 95 is the first place this happened. Although Windows 95 sold like hotcakes, it was the dawn of a new idea. I’m doing all this on a Windows 7 laptop and I wouldn’t upgrade to Windows 8 even if Microsoft paid me to!

We hope this was helpful!
Please leave your comments below!

[News] Windows 8 Default Wallpaper Leaked

Microsoft is close to announcing the Release to Manufacturing (RTM) version of Windows 8, the final code for its new operating system. As the announcement approaches, the final default wallpaper for Windows 8 has leaked out by our friend’s at TechIt.The wallpaper features two daisy flowers surrounded by a clear sky in the backdrop.

Nothing more to say,so,here’s the wallpaper (Click on it to enlarge).
#Update1 – The guys at Win8china have located the default lockscreen wallpaper as well.
Check it out here 

Stay tuned for more on Apple,Microsoft,Google and the world wide web!

[Tutorial] How To Install Windows 8 Release Preview In A Virtual machine Using VMWare Workstation

In the previous post we talked about installing Windows 8 Release preview natively,this post deals with installing it in a virtual machine.Let’s get straight into it!

Materials required  : 

1) Windows 8 .iso image 

2) VMWare Workstation/Player/Fusion (Installed)

Here’s a video demonstration that’ll help you install Windows 8 easily – 

You can install the drivers using this video – (Coming Soon!)

[Tutorial] How To Make A Bootable USB/DVD To Dual-Boot Windows 8 Release Preview

Have you ever wanted to try the ‘now-so popular’ Windows 8 yourself? I’m sure you have.Anyone can read up on it or maybe watch a YouTube video or two to catch up on where Windows 8 stands currently but using it first hand is a totally different experience.There are loads of ways you can try it out but the most popular and most easiest methods include a) Running  it in a virtual machine or b) Running it natively alongside your preferred OS (Windows 7/Ubuntu/OS X etc).This specific post is gonna deal with running it natively ’cause it’s a little more stable as compared to running it in a virtual machine.Although,if you wanna save time and run it in a virtual machine,go ahead and follow this post.

Materials required :

1) A 4GB or higher USB or a blank DVD

2) Windows 8 .iso image 

3) Windows 8 USB/DVD tool

Procedure :

Step1 : Install the Windows 8 USB/DVD tool and then run it as admin.

Step2 : Plug in your USB or put your DVD inside.

Step3 : Select your .iso image with the tool and then select USB or DVD depending on what yo’re making.

Step4 : Then,just let the tool do it’s job (It may take some time depeneding on your Writing capabilities).

Step5 : Once the tool prompts you ‘Backup complete’,you’re all set.Just restart your computer and boot from the DVD/USB you made.

Video Tutorial 

That’s it folks! Enjoy your metro-style apps on Windows 8 and  make sure you comment below if you have any queries.

[MUST HAVE] F.lux

Ever notice how strenuous it becomes for your eyes at night whilst using the computer or iPad?
This is due to the fact that the screens are made to simulate the suns light, but at 2 in the night its probably best not to look at the sun.

“F.lux fixes this: it makes the color of your computer’s display adapt to the time of day, warm at night and like sunlight during the day.

It’s even possible that you’re staying up too late because of your computer. You could use f.lux because it makes you sleep better, or you could just use it just because it makes your computer look better.”

This is one of the best tweaks I’ve ever used. It basically changes the brightness and color temperature in accordance to the sunrise and sunset patterns of your region. Its a must have. The tweak is currently present for osx, windows and even on cydia for our beloved iDevice’s.

Get it here-
http://stereopsis.com/flux/

Stay Tuned for more Tech News and App Reviews.

[Tutorial] How to ROOT & Get a Partial Recovery for Droid Razr XT910 [Windows Only]

Firstly Thanks to @FrAsErTaG on Twitter for Tweeting the XDS Article on Twitter.You Should All Follow him.

“For those already rooted and wanting to install the recovery just follow the manual method.If you are looking for root and recovery please use the oneclick method, if that fails please post where it failed and follow manual method.

To root you need the following
Both Methods:
MOTO USB DRIVERS

One Click:
Root + Recovery Package (Modified Doomlords package)

Manual Method:
ZERGRUSH V2 by Doomlord
Bionic Bootstrap Recovery by cvpcs

1)Instructions: (Manual Method)

-Install USB Drivers

-Extract Doomlords Package

-Enable debugging on device. Settings -> Application -> Development -> Tick USB Debugging-Connect device to PC

-Test if device is recognised in command prompt using ADB Devices (Optional)

-Run the Runme.bat file in Doomlords package.

-After the reboot install the Bionic Bootstrap Recovery.

-Open Bionic Bootstrap Recovery and click Bootstrap Recovery (After Success), you can now reboot into recovery.

-Enjoy

2)Instructions: (One Click)

-Install USB Drivers

-Extract Doomlords Package

-Enable debugging on device. Settings -> Application -> Development -> Tick USB Debugging

-Connect device to PC

-Test if device is recognised in command prompt using ADB Devices (Optional)

-Run the Runme.bat file in Root Recovery package.

-DO NOT DISCONNECT YOUR PHONE AFTER REBOOT, Recovery will be installed on Reboot.

-Once prompted everything is “All Done” you can disconnect the device.

-Open Bionic Bootstrap Recovery and click Bootstrap Recovery (After Success), you can now reboot into recovery.Enjoy

Tested on: 

1)Optus XT910 with Build 6.5.1_73-spd-ird-12

2)Rodgers XT910

3)Verizion RAZR VZW 6.5.1-73_DHD-11_TA-3

Disclaimer: 
Recovery is not designed for this device, Currently Nandroiding does not backup /system, but backs up /data,
Usb mounting is not working
flashing from .zip works for /data
You have been warned!

Credits:
Doomlord for creating package
Revolutionary team for the zergrush local root binary.
cvpcs for the recovery for the bionic

[Via XDA-Developers] We Take no Credit.We’re just spreading the word :P

PEACE!