Custom Marshmallow ROMs in development for Nexus 7 (2012) and Galaxy Nexus

Custom Marshmallow ROMs in development for Nexus 7 (2012) and Galaxy Nexus

Custom Marshmallow ROMs in development for Nexus 7 (2012) and Galaxy Nexus

Unfortunately, not all the devices in the Nexus line-up have made the cut for an official Android 6.0 Marshmallow update, but the developer community is already hard at work to bring Marshmallow to the older Nexus 7 (2012) tablet and Galaxy Nexus smartphone.

Starting with the Nexus 7, Dmitry Grinberg, the same developer who recently pushed out a Marshmallow ROM for the Nexus 4, has uploaded a working AOSP ROM, although you’ll have to find a GAPPS package yourself. Everything appears to be working correctly, or at least not major bugs are listed, although the build is for the WiFi only version of the tablet, at least for now.

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Android 4.4 KitKat for Nexus 4, Nexus 7 available for download (AOSP ROMs)

Android 4.4 KitKat for Nexus 4, Nexus 7 available for download (AOSP ROMs)

Android 4.4 KitKat for Nexus 4, Nexus 7 available for download (AOSP ROMs)

Android 4.4 KitKat is not yet officially available for Nexus devices, but AOSP builds for the Nexus 4 and Nexus 7 (both models) are available for download.

Owners of the Wi-Fi Nexus 7 (2013) version can get their AOSP KitKat fix from Rootzwiki, while the Wi-Fi Nexus 7 (2012) model has its ROM ready via Paranoid Android. A Google Apps package for them can be grabbed from here.

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webOS ported to Nexus 7, but should we even bother to try?

webOS ported to Nexus 7, but should we even bother to try?

webOS ported to Nexus 7, but should we even bother to try?

Back in the day, webOS was lauded as a potential contender against the first-gen iPhone’s iOS in its early iterations. But the platform had stagnated, and Android fast became the dominant platform in the smartphone industry. HP — which acquired webOS when it bought Palm — has since spun off its webOS division, and the project is in development and marketing limbo.

Independent developers are still working to port webOS on a variety of Android devices, which include the Samsung Galaxy Nexus and Barnes & Noble Nook Color. If this is the kind of news that interests you, you might be happy to know that webOS is now being ported to the Google Nexus 7.

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How to prepare the Nexus 7 for flashing custom ROMs

How to prepare the Nexus 7 for flashing custom ROMs

How to prepare the Nexus 7 for flashing custom ROMs

We see a lot of toolkits that perform a variety of functions with just a click of a button. There are rooting toolkits that allow you to easily root your Android device. You can also unlock the bootloader or even flash a custom recovery with these toolkits create by Android enthusiasts. I came across a new and unique toolkit that allows you to instantly prepare your Google Nexus 7 for flashing a custom ROM.

XDA Developers member jamesst20 created the JROMFlasher toolkit for the Nexus 7. This toolkit will easily wipe the data on your tablet, flash custom recovery, and even places the developer’s custom ROM right on your tablet’s SD card so you can instantly install the developer’s ROM to your Nexus 7 if you want to.  However, you will need to manually boot to recovery and install the ROM to your tablet. This toolkit also works on Windows, Mac, and has been tested out on Linux Mint 13 and Ubuntu.

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OTA Update Center: easy solution for devs of custom ROMS

OTA Update Center: easy solution for devs of custom ROMS

OTA Update Center: easy solution for devs of custom ROMS

One thing that custom ROM’s don’t benefit from, the way stock ROM’s do, is a good way of checking for updates on your phone and then being able to update the ROM with the latest version from there. If this were to be done easily and painlessly, I think a lot more people would be interested in using custom ROM’s for their phones.

Some use custom ROM’s just because they like being on the cutting edge, even if they already have a phone with the latest version of Android. Others do it out of necessity to keep their phones on the latest version of Android, long before the manufacturers have abandoned them. Either way, the easier it will get for users to use custom ROM’s, the better it will be for everyone.

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Nook Tablet locked bootloader bypassed, one step closer to allowing custom ROMs

Nook Tablet locked bootloader bypassed, one step closer to allowing custom ROMs

Nook Tablet locked bootloader bypassed, one step closer to allowing custom ROMs

The Nook Color turned out to be a fantastic hacking tablet, and the folks in the xda-developers forum are trying to help the Nook Tablet gain similar status by getting around that pesky locked bootloader. It hasn’t been unlocked yet, but one member has successfully compiled a Linux tool (Kexec) for B&N’s hardware that could let you bypass the bootloader and is currently working on a module to make it run. Once that happens, developers will be able to load their own software and begin porting CyanogenMod and other custom ROMs to the tablet. That work is already on its way with the popular ROM-loading tool ClockworkMod “somewhat” running on the Nook. Having full control of the OS would be a huge improvement over the app sideloading and temporary rooting users have had to live with. We obviously can’t make any guarantees this latest workaround will be effective, but we’ll keep you updated on the progress.

Thanks, nickboy98!

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How popular are custom ROMS for Android?

How popular are custom ROMS for Android?

How popular are custom ROMS for Android?

Motorola Droid Mod

Mobile Crunch are reporting an interesting piece of information that reveals just how popular modding in the Android ionosphere really is and just how many people like to do it. The tech blog is reporting that a ‘hacked’ Android 2.2 ROM for the Motorola Droid downloaded 40,000 times in a week.

After running through their article we really like their methodology because it has been independently performed, almost inadvertently. When Peter Alfonso, a MOD developer himself, released a highly customised version of Android 2.2 for the Motorola Droid, he put the link through bit.ly (A short URL alternative) and posted it on Twitter. After one week of downloads, bit.ly statistics report that there were a total of nearly 40,000 downloads (37,642 to be exact).

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