There has been a huge storm on the internet about Verizon and their shared data lately.  I am primarily a VZW subscriber but do have service with Sprint as well.  I think the data sizes are a little small but other than that the plan is decent for the average consumer which after-all is who VZW is aiming for.  All of the people like me that are building ROMs and tweaking where they can are going to have some regrets losing unlimited data.  Read on to see my data usage and how this new shared format will actually save me over $80 a month. Read the rest of this entry »

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Here it is the link to the XOOM IMM76L update.  Instructions coming soon.

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A few weeks ago I posted a link to some of the CM9 themes out there and have kept looking for new ones since those released.  I am pleased to write that there are lot more of them now and I have been trying a few here and there.  I am hoping to try a few and then either weekly or possibly monthly write up a post of my favorite ones.  Here are a few that I found in the last few weeks that I think are worth a mention.

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For those that were waiting to see if IMM76K would come back to the Google servers it appears the link is working again.  I have not done any MD5 checking to see if it hashes out the same yet but assume since it is the same link that it is the same file (Windows Compare from a command line says they compare OK though).  Hopefully this means the VZW has signed off on the update and anyone that did not use the instructions here: http://rants.strifejester.com/2012/05/01/imm76k-direct-for-verizon-galaxy-nexus/ will be getting the OTA shortly.  This also should help alleviate worries that using the manual instructions would take you off the official update path.

With the 4.0.4 leak out a lot of people were wondering what happens if this is not made available to the general public.  I did some digging around have been working with the built in backup of ICS using ADB.  Read on for instructions to backup your phone. Read the rest of this entry »

CM9 Themes Growing

Posted: May 15, 2012 in Android
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I follow the CM9 team on G+ and came across the post about the new Holo themes the other day.  I went and grabbed the 2 that were currently available and was very satisfied with changes and how much of CM9 changed with it.  If any of you ran the ROM I put together for the NS4G you will know I like the color red.  Good news, some new colors have been added and red is one of them.  Read more for links to the Play Store. Read the rest of this entry »

The Droid X2 Soak test went out over the weekend and I wanted to play with it a little before releasing it and instructions for those of you out there that are not registered to the Motorola feedback network.  So far the phone does seem more responsive which is to be expected after a kernel update.  Read on for the file and how you can manually install it. Read the rest of this entry »

Over 700 Views Today

Posted: May 1, 2012 in Android
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So far the count when I am writing this is at 704 views.  Not sure how accurate WP is but I want to thank everyone that stopped by and read the post and clicked the links.  I will be working on getting instructions up of the radios and how to flash them soon.  Mempodroid is a great utility that helped a lot of stock users get to 4.0.4 ahead of the rollout.  I will also be working on a walkthrough to use mempodroid to root your locked device for those that are not ready to take the plunge and unlock their bootloader.  Thanks again to everyone.

So everyone has been waiting for the IMM76K update today and here it is. Read the rest of this entry »

NS4G OTA Test

Posted: April 23, 2012 in Android, Nexus S 4G
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I have seen a few posts on other forums about people wanting to go back to stock to get the OTA.  There have also been a lot of questions about rooting after the OTA and if it will remove root.  I decided I would take my phone back to 2.3.7 and then install superuser for 2.3.7.  After that I will take the OTA to see if a few things happen.  Is the recovery replaced?  Does the OTA remove the SU binary and in effect superuser access?  Read on to see the results and what the next steps are. Read the rest of this entry »