Tag Archive | cyanogenmod

Idea Blade and ICS ROM!


Android’s Ice Cream Sand witch (4.0) is a very smooth mobile OS. Its aesthetically pleasing interface has attracted many of the users. Though the official version is available for a few devices, there are unofficial versions available from various forums and communities like Cyanogenmod.

I have found two stable ROMs for ZTE Blade in a forum. I tried it in my Idea Blade and it was awesome experience. It was very smoother and faster than the gingerbread. It has option to enable to GPU acceleration making the device work faster. ICS’s new dialpad and UI is very interesting and pleasing too.

ICS roms need atleast 180MB system partition to install. It is possible to install it in Idea Blade since it has 220MB. Well, these custom ROMs are built from Cyanogenmod 9 and are experimental. Having said that, it do have issues. I faced keyboard lag in my Idea Blade. Also application crashes occurred. Still if you want to try and experience how ICS work is, you may try from below links. I found Tilal’s version is more stable with me. I just placing the forum address below so that you choose independently.

I have tested another ROM AOKP(Android Open Source Kang Project) based CM9 Remix 6.6.9. It is the most stable ICS ROM for Idea Blade. Since the phone has only 256MB RAM, it is advised to creat Swap partition of another 256MB using ROM Manager or through recovery menu. You can download this rom from here.

See my previous posts for instructions on how to flash a ROM.

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Cyanogenmod 7.2 RC2


After a while, Cyanogenmod RC 7.2 RC2 has been released. It was said that 7.2 stable release will be released soon. However it is noticed that, a subsequent release candidate is released for ZTE Blade and implies there may be a delay for stable version for this device. Whatsoever, with this release they assure many bug fixes and though a release candidate, it can be used like a stable version.

I am yet to check out the feature of this device though it was released on May 9. Meanwhile I was testing CM9, yeah the Ice Cream Sandwich version in my Idea Blade. Unfortunately it is not working after reboot and my SD card got corrupted. The interesting thing is many service personals yet to learn how to root an Android Device and I had to find out the actual issue from Googling and fix it by myself!

Well, as I said I am gonna check out this version and update you all soon. Stay connected and check out my previous posts. Please like and follow my blog and my facebook page.

Cyanogenmod 7.2 RC1: Worth Trying


Cyanogenmod has released a release candidate for its latest ROM based on GIngerbread 2.3.7, Cyanogenmod 7.2. This is the final release in 7.x series and is coming with some couple of back ported features and fixes from 4.0, Ice Cream Sand witch. This particular version supports 20 new devices and in a total of 70! No official confirmation on date of final release. I had tested this ROM in my Idea Blade and found very interesting.

Comparing with the previous version, 7.1, this version has improved a lot. A notable change is predictive text dialer. Now you can directly search for a contact from dialer by simply pressing the numbers. This is indeed a good thing. Next, it supports installation in SD cards. Yes, previous version also supported this feature, then what is the new thing? It is, now you can install any application, I said any, to the SD card by default. That is interesting, no!

ADW is the pre-installed launcher in it. With some tweaks you can make it more faster. I prefer not to install any other launchers unless you are using a high memory device. This version has cyanogenmod’s propitiatory features such s theme support, DSP equalizer, and CPU overclocking etc. Unlock screen options are updated. Now you can completely disable the unlock screen or change its style. Also, you can move the notification bar to the bottom of the screen. This option is available in the tablet tweaks.

One major issue reported with this RC is that, it eats battery like anything. Battery is draining fastly and also some of the applications are crashing. After reviewing the overall performance, I PRESUME 7.2 will be a good alternative.

Cyanogenmod 7.2.0 Release candidate ready for testing


Cyanogenmod, the popular android based firmware developing community, has released their latest version. This version, 7.2 RC1 is based upon Google’s Android release 2.3.7 and is the final release on 7.x series. Cyanogenmod official blog reports it has added a couple of backported features and fixes from Android 4.0, Icecream sandwitch. One of the major bug fix it claims is about SD card ringtones. Its earlier versions sufered from misteriously vanishing ringtones from SD card.

Cyanogenmod added support for nealy 20 new devices adding a sum of 70 in supported devices list! I tested it is my idea blade and found working well. Though it is crashing at times, its overall performance is satisfactory. If you are not interested in tesing, do not use this release candidate and install previous stable version.

Following devices are supported for testing Cyanogenmod 7.2 RC1 (List originally taken from cyanogenmod blog)

  • ace –  HTC Desire HD / Inspire 4G
  • anzu –  SE XperiaArc-LT15i
  • blade –  ZTE Blade
  • bravoc –  HTC Desire CDMA
  • bravo –  HTC Desire
  • buzz –  HTC Wildfire
  • c660 –  LG Optimus Pro
  • captivatemtd –  Samsung Captivate
  • click –  HTC Tattoo
  • coconut –  SE LiveWithWalkman-WT19i
  • cooper –  Samsung GalaxyAce
  • crespo4g –  Google Nexus S 4G
  • crespo –  Google Nexus S
  • desirec –  Droid Eris
  • droid2 –  Motorola DROID2
  • droid2we –  Motorola DROID2 World Edition
  • e510 –  LG Optimus Hub
  • e730 –  LG Optimus Sol
  • e739 –  T-Mobile LG myTouch
  • encore –  Barnes&Noble Nook Color
  • epicmtd –  Samsung Epic 4G
  • espresso –  HTC myTouch 3G Slide
  • fascinatemtd –  Samsung Fascinate
  • galaxys2att –  Samsung Galaxy S2 ATT
  • galaxys2 –  Samsung Galaxy S2
  • galaxysbmtd –  Samsung GalaxyS_B
  • galaxysmtd –  Samsung GalaxyS
  • glacier –  T-Mobile myTouch 4G / HTC Glacier
  • hallon –  SE XperiaNeo-MT15i
  • heroc –  HTC Hero CDMA
  • hero –  HTC Hero
  • inc –  Droid Incredible
  • iyokan –  SE XperiaPro-MK16i
  • jordan –  Motorola Defy
  • legend –  HTC Legend
  • liberty –  HTC Aria
  • mango –  SE XperiaMiniPro-SK17i
  • mesmerizemtd –  Samsung Mesmerize
  • morrison –  Motorola Cliq
  • motus –  Motorola Backflip
  • olympus –  Motorola Atrix
  • one –  Geeksphone ONE
  • p500 –  LG Optimus One
  • p920 –  LG Optimus 3D
  • p925 –  LG ATT Thrill
  • p970 –  LG Optimus Black
  • p990 –  LG Optimus 2X
  • p999 –  T-Mobile G2x
  • passion –  Google Nexus One
  • saga –  HTC Desire S
  • satsuma –  SE XperiaActive-ST17i
  • shadow –  Motorola Droid X
  • sholes –  Motorola Droid
  • showcasemtd –  Samsung Showcase
  • smultron –  SE XperiaMini-ST15i
  • speedy –  HTC Evo Shift
  • supersonic –  HTC Evo
  • tass –  Samsung GalaxyMini
  • u8220 –  Huawei U8220
  • urushi –  SE XperiaRay-ST18i
  • v9 –  ZTE V9
  • vega –  Advent Vega
  • vibrantmtd –  Samsung Vibrant
  • vision –  T-Mobile G2 / HTC Desire Z
  • vivo –  Droid Incredible S
  • vivow –  Droid Incredible 2
  • zeppelin –  Motorola CliqXT
  • zero –  Geeksphone ZERO
  • zeusc –  SE Xperia Play CDMA-R800x
  • zeus –  SE Xperia Play -R800i

 

Upgrading Idea Blade from Froyo to Gingerbread


Idea Blade is a customized version of popular android device ZTE Blade. This phone is being sold in many countries under various names. In India, Dell and Idea are selling this handsets under the name Dell XCD35 and Idea Blade respectively. Though these are primarily from ZTE, it differs in hardware. Dell XCD35 is the original ZTE device shipped from Europe with 512MB intenal memory whereas Idea Blade is a Chines make with only 256 MB internal memory. However this device shows a wonderful performance while comparing with its competetors.

As you know Android is an open sourse software platform, anyone can make changes in it. However Android phones do not handover the root licence to the customers. Rooting is the privilege to access the system files. Since these files are vulnerable to attacks, typically rooting is not allowed by default by Android phone vendors. There are various softwares avaiable in Android Market, now known as Google Play, for gaining root access in android devices for free of cost and as paid versions. However rooting voids the manufacture warrenty!

There are many customized ROMs are available and it can be replaced by the stock ROM. Being a demanded android device, ZTE Blade is in the supported device list of the most popular ROM, Cyanogenmod.Though Idea Blade is upgradable to Android 2.3, no official packages are available yet. However still you can try two customized ROMs, Swedish Snow RLS6 and Moldovan-Mile-High-Mountain-Pie-RLS9. The first mentioned one is latest one and is recommended coz the other have an issue with camera.Cyanogenmod 7.1 is tested Idea Blade and it is found working well. After a clean installation without any add on packages such as google apps, there will be a free memory if 130 MB. Swedish Snow is pretty good and once it  is installed there will be a free memory of minimum 115MB.

Here is the step by step guide to upgrade Idea Blade from Froyo (2.2) to Gingerbread(2.3). Again, this is an unofficial release and rooting process will void your manufacture gurantee. Also, try these at your own risk!

1. First of all, download the  package  file from here and copy it to the SD Card. Then the device must be rooted. Download Z4root and install it in the phone. Copy the installation file into the SD card and open it using filer or any file explorers. Make sure to enable Unknown sources in Settings > Applications in order to install the package. Also enable USB debugging in deveopement page. (Note: This whole process will wipe the entire data in the phone. You should take back up of your contacts and whatever data you need).

2. Once it is installed you need to root the device by selecting permanent root. You may be asked to give super user privilege and allow it. Once rooting is completed, system will reboot automatically.

3. Download another software ROM Manager from Android market and install it. This program also should have super user privilege.

4. It is highly recommended to take a backup of your current ROM so that at any point, you can restore your stock ROM(Original ROM). You should have sufficient memory in SD card to take a back up (aroudn 300-500MB). Meanwhile you may be asked to install and addtional package clockworkmod recovery. Click on yes and it will be automatically installed. No worries!

5. Once back up is complete, click on the reboot into recovery button in ROM manager. Phone will reboot into recovery mode. (You can manually do it by shutting down the phone, restart it and press power button and volume key while booting. )

6. Now the real play begins. You need to click on wipe data/factory reset option. You can use volume keys to navigate and Home key to select. Click on this option and you will reach confirmation page. Select Yes and it will wipe all user data in some moments. (Remember, with this process whatever there in the phone will be lost.)

7. Now return to the main screen and you need to wipe cache and dalvik cache as well. Once these two are done with come to the main screen.

8. Now choose install from Zip in SD card. This will open the SD card file and you need to select the zip file and then click on home button. Installation will finish in some minutes. Stay cool!

9. Once installation complete message is shown, click on reboot now. First boot will take time upto 10 – 15 minutes. Once everything is set, you will see the home screen.

10. Additional packages and advanced knowledge can be obtained from the developer page.

Installation Procedure for Cyanogenmod

  1. First of all you need to install Z4root and root your Idea Blade. Run a permanent root and restart your device. Now install ROM Manager from market. Though ROM Manager has a rooting option, it is not capable of rooting Idea Blade and Z4root is recommended.
  2. In ROM Manager, take a back up of your current ROM. You will be asked for installing clockworkmod recovery, press OK to continue. Once clockworkmod recovery is installed, try back up. Phone will be rebooted once back up  process is completed.
  3. Open the ROM Manager again and click on Download ROM and under Free category you can see various free to use custom ROMs. Click on Cyanogenmod and it will show a list of ava ilable updates. Install the latest stable version(unless you want to view the latest features in a developer preview). You will be asked for opting additional packages. Google Apps is recommended.
  4. Once download is done with, it will show Pre-ROM installation options. Choose to empty cache and dalvik cache.
  5. System will boot into recovery and start installing the Cyanogenmod into your Idea device.
  6. Once installation is finished wait for first Cyanogenmod loading. It will take some minutes and your Idea is ready with Cyanogenmod

In Cynogenmod, camera will not work. You need to run a patch to fix this. Search the cyanogenmod forums for the patches.