Android :: Best Site For Rooting And Applying Custom ROMs?
Jan 4, 2010
So I am pretty computer savvy but just getting into the phone scene. Wondering what site is best for the hacker side talk of phones?
Androidcommunity vs Androidforums vs XDA dev forums?
Which is better for instructions on rootings and applying custom ROMs?
Which is better for finding ROMs?
Which has more users?
Which has more experts?
Anyone familiar with the other site or one I may not know about can fill me in a bit? I seem to like this site the most but if there is more information elsewhere, I may need to pool my resources. I would prefer for android forums to be my 1 stop shop n go.
I just wanted to know if there are any benefits of rooting without installing custom roms? Now i've seen many threads here listing many benefits but its not clear whether u get those extra features from the custom roms or just from being rooted. So i was to root my phone and then leave the stock rom on, what extra would i be able to do?
I have searched here and via Google searches about Rooting and custom ROMs. I still am not quite sure what any of it means. I know rooting allows access to things that you normally cannot do such as removing HTC and Sprint apps. Which I would LOVE to do. I mean, who the hell wants the stock widget anyway?
I have been using the INC for about 2 months now and i really do like the phone. As all of you know, the battery sucks. I picked up the 1500 battery about the same time the 2.2 came out and the battery life dropped over the 2.1/stocker. I thought it may have been the battery so i used the stock 1300 for a while and it was TERRIBLE. To add to the issue, the battery takes longer to charge then it does die. And thats why i am posting this. Could someone give me a list of what i need to do while rooting my phone and installing custom roms? that will speed up charge time? Normally i wont ask for help like this but i have zero time to sit down and read about everything. Just looking for a simple fix to get me by for the next few months.
Custom roms/rooting business and I'm looking for a few pointers.
1) do I need to use a computer to root my device?
2) will I be able to use flash and various other features such as installling apps to my sd card that are included in the 2.2 firmware for android, (which Samsung completely abandoned us in updating from. 2.1)?
3) (according to features listed above that I need) which rom is the best?
I'm feeling the itch to go beyond the standard settings in Android and get into rooting. I'm following along with a lot of the developments here, but I often feel like I'm missing a lot of the background knowledge and vocabulary (what is recovery, how does one access it, what are all these different programs - nandroid, adb, etc.) to have a really strong grasp of what's going on here.
Now, if this were my computer, I'd just hop right in and start following along as best I can and mess things up along the way, no biggie, I have multiple computers and I'm competent to fix them.
I don't have a landline though, so I want to be a little more prepared before I accidentally brick my link to the outside world. Is there a good "tinkering with Android primer" out there that any of you would recommend?
Also, how easy is it to get back from whence I came on the Ally? I read the thread on unrooting, and I honestly didn't understand a lot of it, so I'm just looking for a "not gonna happen" or "it'll be easy when you finally understand."
I have been messing around with rooting and installing custom roms then going stock messing with settings then going to another to see how I like it. In the past, after I flashed a stock .sbf file I would be prompted for the Froyo OTA update. I just did it again last night. I was wondering, can you flash your phone too many times where you start to cause problems? And, does Verizon keep a check on how many times you've downloaded an update? Or, is it just not popping up because FRG22D is out?
I looked over at the instructions and it says all you data will be wiped. So rooting will likely be the absolute first thing I do. After you root its stated you can flash custom roms. Can someone go more in depth on this? Will Sense not work anymore once the phone is rooted? Any other points of interest that is worth noting?
So after having seen that I could use CyanogenMod 10.1 to get version 4.2.1 onto my Tab, I've gained a particular interest in rooting my p3113. With that said, I still have concerns about security with custom roms;
-How do I make sure I am as secure as possible? -Is it still safe to purchase with Google Wallet on the Play Store? -What should I avoid in order to remain safe?
I know the "risks" involved in rooting a device, although following instructions will assure that such issues do not occure. So other than the actual security issues, I need no additional information
Having obtained the bootloader unlock key from Huawei, how does one unlock and root the phone? Will one be able to backup the original firmware that comes bundled with the phone and restore it on a whim, if required? Are there any custom ROMs for this particular model?
Anybody have a complete guide to rooting official 2.1 eris and then flashing custom ROM ? I got this Eris from ebay, anyway I can restore it to default official ROM if it is rooted and then go through the whole process ?
Ok I'm new to this rooting thing so bear with me. I want to root my vibrant but I have some questions. Does the one click root work? And how does it work? Also what does the lag fix do? And do I need a computer to use it? Will rooting and applying lag fix not allow me to get froyo? Again I'm sorry if these questions have been asked.
I was wondering if there is an easy way to change the boot animation on my EVO as well as the splash screen. I do realize there is a long way to do it without root, but I am operating from a Mac. If there were some rooted apps that do this, please point me to them.
Is there a file site similar to gridlocks rom site where all the roms are compiled? On the eris section everyone posts a screenshots so they know what they are getting before downloading. I don't see that much here unless I'm missing something?
I'm soon to be getting my first android phone, htc desire on t-mobile UK (so from what ive heard it will be branded), i will be rooting it and ideally a custom rom. im happy with the rooting process (done quite a bit of modding with consoles), im just at a loss with custom roms for it at the minute, if anyone could suggest one that would suit my needs it would be awesome.
Im after a fairly similar to stock, idealy 2.2, but with some performance tweaks, im after: -HTC sense -a2sd -the ability to overclock (and ideally auto underclock settings when in sleep mode) - battery performance tweak
and also what is the difference in omoled vs slcd screens when it comes to custom roms and rooting, and also just generally in day to day use? are there any differences in quality, display etc?
and also whats the best os for rooting, roms etc? i mainly use a mac but also have xp, vista, 7 and linux. i understand theres no software currently for mac? and id rather stay away from 7 if at all possible (my copys not that stable) all help would be greatly appreciated, and i hope this is in the right forum
I have a hero on orange. I have managed to root the phone and can download root apps etc.
I am struggling to get a new rom ( can anyone recommend) downloaded. i have installed an app called "rom manager" which gives me the option to install rom from SD card. I have or think i have a villian 10 rom in zip format which i have on the root of my SD card.
It is recognised when I search on rom manager gives me 2 options to backup and wip/clear cache and says press ok to complete install.
I press ok and nothing happens. What am I doing wrong? should the rom file be zipped and if not can anyone give me a few short steps from here?
I'm rooted, and swap roms, backup everything pretty confidently (thanks again to Joe for helping me get in the pool).
But there are some things I don't understand. I really want to go to a 2.1 ROM. I've tried a few with verying degrees of happyness, and some of the later ones I've tried just send me through enless reboot cycles. I've tried Pete's new one (figuring if anybody put out something dependable it would be him) and though it boots up FAST and runs great, after playing around for a while it sends me through reboot cycles and freezes up.
I always follow all instructions to the "T", so it makes no sense that others are having success when I am not. Is there some other process that I have to go through that are just unspoken "common sense" steps among the more advanced users that aren't outlined in install instructions? Or am I just supposed to let the phone do it's thing for a while after installing? It just makes me nervouse when it is looping through 3-5 reboots in a row.
I just received my Motorola Droid this past Friday. Verizon offered it to me after going through 3 HTC Eris's, 2 in one month.I love this phone! It is so much faster and more responsive.I want to root, what are the best ROMs to do this with?
I just got a LG revolution for free as a replacement for my Droid X until I can upgrade. and So far I really dig this phone. I miss my 8mp Camera a bit, but that sacrifice is well worth the faster CPU, and the myriad of other improvements and performance boots over the Droid X.
ANYWAYS. So I am not new to rooting or using ROMs, did it all the time on my DX and D2G. But I haven't had a chance to check out whats out there for the Revolution. where i can find the tools i need to root this phone (can i use 4zroot ?) and the how to on it.
Finally going to make the root leap on my D1 today.
I have some pretty specific and limited needs and I have been reading EVERYTHING on rooting for the last two weeks and still don't have a clear idea on a few tidbits.
Here is what I hope to achieve by rooting:
1. Wireless wifi tether
2. Improved battery life
3. Eliminate my wifi problems that came with FRG01B OTA
4. Be AT LEAST as smooth and fast as my current setup
5. Be AT LEAST as reliable/bug-free as my current stock Froyo
I am entirely satisfied with the look and feel of my device so I don't NEED to have any themes etc...
I know through research that some ROM's provide easy wifi tethering and some do not. I need one that does since that is my prime requirement.
I am also concerned about the new OTA this week screwing up my root access before or after I root the device.
In reading a bazillion threads everyone keeps saying that each phone is unique in what ROMS/Kernels the phone will "like" which I find quite baffling honestly...but I guess you all know what you are talking about.
I would not even change ROM or kernel if I can achieve my 5 requirements, but from what I see, I do need to change my ROM at the least.
Any recommendations on which ROM's to try? Please note any ROM that does not allow easy wifi tethering is a waste of my time.
I already have ROM Manager, SetCPU and Titanium Backup all queued up on APPBrain for me and I will be pulling the trigger on this today.
I have read all the instructions on rooting the "hard way" and the "easy way" and my time is very valuable so I will use easyroot or the other one...Universal Androot.
I just wanted to quickly bring up a topic that I had noticed lately. This comes to my attention for two reasons, firstly someone had posted that he had a user that reported a vague error message like "deleted all my pics", and the dev's were not able to reproduce it. Secondly, I myself have seen bug reports that really may not be relevant to my application. I had recommended to that first dev to just ignore the error for now since there was not enough info to reproduce it, and also for a second reason, there is no way to know what the user is truly running. For example, I've had a few bug reports, where a user says of my app "Doesn't work on HTC hero", but then another user will post "Works fine on Hero". I also had found a posting on the internet in a forum where a user had tried to use some of my software on a custom ROM, and he was having problems.
I guess the issue I'm bringing up here is that with the android market being somewhat "limited" in functionality, it makes it very hard on us developers to handle any customer issues such as bugs, etc. Especially since they could be using a custom ROM, or have ROOT access which also may even be affecting the software. My point is that developing for android in a professional manner is really not an easy task, and possibly it's just starting to be worth it (with market 1.6 at least there are some improvements) to develop paid apps. Basically Google needs to work harder though to improve this situation - and if users expect better apps (there are lots of complaints about the market being full of junk) then they need a way to report issues better, etc. And really it's not even up to a dev to try to match up with a custom ROM, technically it's not supported! (It's up to the dev of course if they want to investigate and try to support it).
What seems is going to happen is android is not only going to have multiple configs (which fortunately for us seems that the market will help filter them out if you app does not support them), but also we never can really know what is on a user's system. They may have some custom stuff, and they see a bug, but it could really not be our bug, but rather, in the system itself. This is why I still recommend that bug reports have to be weighed carefully as to whether they may really be a problem or not. It's an investment in time and while makers of free apps no doubt may not mind, those of us who develop paid apps don't want to multiply our costs by going down blank pathways.
I don't think I see any resolution to the situation in the near future, but I just wanted to make it clear that if a user reports a bug in their comments and gives you one star, it's not the end of the world. If you can reproduce it quickly and fix it, then that is great. But if not, move on - there is no way you can know exactly what they are talking about. I think some devs get too anxious about that one bad report. There is no way we are going to avoid that report! Because they may be using an untested ROM or such anyway, and it may not be worth your time to look at it in the long run. I've had few low stars here and there as well, and trust me, just keep improving your app and you will rise back up. As devs we need to encourage one another and I just want to try and help devs not get anxious about things that are really beyond their control.
Does custom roms, rooting, developing tricks etc. that work on a certain phone will work on another phone with same hardware...In other words are custom roms work on phones with same hardwares.For eg. Mmx a110 and a89 have the same processor,so will custom roms for a110 work for a89..If not why??
Is there any new development on this tablet. Been searching google and all I come up with that is close is the MID 7015. I guess my question is can the same roms and rooting procedures work with the MID7012.
Has anyone tried this to build your own custom ROM? There are bits and pieces of different ROMs that I want to have in one, but haven't found the one that will work for me, so I'm considering trying to make my own to have *EXACTLY* what I want, but I know *NOTHING* about coding. I found this link over on XDA, has anyone tried it before?