Team Win Recovery project is undeniably one of the most popular custom recovery tools for Android and it offers the best support to most devices running on the OS. This is what you need in order to be able to flash a custom ROM or completely backup your device before tinkering. TWRP just finished working on two more devices: HTC One A9 and Galaxy Trend from Samsung.
HTC One A9 is one of the most overpriced devices around and it bears the stigma of being considered to look too much like an iPhone. On the other side, Galaxy Trend is one of the cheapest Samsung offerings on the market and it dates back two years with a 4” screen (480 x800p) and 512MB of RAM. The HTC device needs a custom ROM if you want to get rid of the UI changes and the Samsung smartphone could use an overhaul because it is old, sad and lonely.
If you have one of these devices and want to change some of their software, you can grab TWRP for each from the source link below. Happy flashing!
Instagram has been flirting with multiple account support and now that is finally starting to become real to more and more users. A while back, the app got multiple account support for some users, but it was rapidly removed. Now the feature is back and it is here to stay.
Instagram announced today via a post that the new feature is officially in full effect. In order to get it, you will need the v7.15 update. The multiple account feature is beautifully involved into the app. You are able to add a new account from the settings menu and in order to switch between existing accounts all you have to do is tap the drop-down menu on your profile page.
Your profile photo will appear throughout the app so that you know which account you are using at any given time. This change will basically make your life easier by letting you switch between a personal and a professional account at any given time.
You can download the Instagram app from the Google Play Store widget below. Will this new feature help you in any way? Let us know in the comment section below!
Do you have a OnePlus X or a Honor 5X device? If you do, you must like nice-looking smartphones with affordable prices and mid-range specs. Now, you can also safely flash custom ROMs on them because Team Win Recovery Project has offered official support to both devices. If you want, you can download the TWRP recovery images for the devices from the source links below.
The devices were chosen to get official support because the Android community usually gravitates towards a certain type of smartphone: mid-range, good looking and with great performance. These two manage to fit into every category.
Since there are so many devices on the market at the moment, it is impossible to offer official support to all of them, therefore these two are pretty lucky to get any support at all. It may be the case that they did get TWRP support because OnePlus X is gaining some momentum on the US market while Honor 5X is just entering the market.
If your phone is already rooted, you can install the TWRP via the official app. If not, you can get the images from the web and install via fastboot with the help of your PC.
OnePlus has been attempting to redress itself for a few months now, trying to please its users with updates, hot fixes and price reductions for its devices. The latest move in attempting to appease customers is to drop the price of OnePlus 2. The ordering and shipping difficulties that customers complained about in the past are now being taken care of (with the drop of the invite system) and orders above $100 will ship for free.
OnePlus 2 will drop $40 from its price, going down to $349 permanently. The smartphone launched in July and it came in two different configurations: a 16GB storage version with 3GB of RAM and a 64GB version with 4GB of RAM. The rest of the specs are comprised of a Snapdragon 810 processor with a 5.5” 1080p display, 13MP camera, fingerprint sensor and a 3300 mAh battery. The 16GB version is out of stock at the moment, but the 64GB version used to cost $389 until today. Keep in mind that OnePlus’ flagship does not have NFC, fast charging or wireless charging, if that makes any difference.
Anyone who bought a OnePlus 2 in the last 15 days will also get the retroactive $40 discount, which is a great and unexpected deal that will not make them feel somehow cheated.
Jide Remix Ultra is a multi-window tablet made by a crowdfunding company that launched the project last year. The product has been around for a while now, and after a few security patches and updates, it has begun to prove that it is not a shabby device at all! Even if Jide may not be the first OEM that comes to mind when you think technology, you can rest assured that their products are always root-ready and special.
Jide is renowned for their heavily customized version of Android OS – Remix OS – because the software version brings a level of multi-tasking on the market that no usual Android user has ever seen. The largest tablet, Remix Ultra, has managed to change a lot since launch thanks to a number of updates and bug fixes, and it is now worthy of appraisal.
Jide Remix Ultra specs:
11.6” full HD IPS 1920 x1080p display
NVIDIA Tegra 4*1 A15 processor at 1.8 GHz
64GB storage plus SD card support
8100 mAh battery
5 MP rear camera with 5MP front camera.
When it comes to design, Jide Remix Ultra looks pretty fancy with bright colors and a clean-looking shipping box. The back of the device has a sheet of aluminum that helps with heat dispersion; plus, it can be “broken” by a hinge that will turn the back into a kickstand that will rest at 40 and 80 degrees, which is rather helpful, considering its size and weight. The tablet ships with a detachable keyboard that acts as a cover when not in use.
When it comes to the OS, Remix turns out to be a great interpretation of Android. Multi-windowed mode is usually useful, but it is mostly forgotten after a few days but, in this case, it becomes a very important step to take in exploring the tablet. The UI looks more like a desktop interface that what you can see on most Android tablets. On the taskbar you can manage apps pretty confidently in order to complete more actions at the same time. Remix OS is very different from stock Android, as most alterations have necessitated changing in order to function as desired. The settings menu looks more like Windows than anything else, which means that you will not be able to use third party launchers (yet).
Jide Remix Ultra is not a tablet meant for gaming, but for multitasking, which is where it excels in tests. That is not to say that games do not work pretty well on the tablet, but you may get some lag and frame spikes here and there. On AnTuTu, the device gets a mid range score of 41341, and on Basemark OS II it manages to stay just behind Samsung Galaxy A5 Duos (2014).
The full HD display is very bright and clear in the 11 inches it must cover. It is perfect for movies and browsing while still maintaining a battery balance. The colors are well balanced and the saturation is moderate. The stereo speakers offer clear and crisp audio with no distortion.
Both cameras on the Jide Remix Ultra tablet are of similar quality and they can take 2560 x 1920 photos and record 1080p videos. You will probably not use them very much though, because of the size of the device itself. The cameras are mostly intended for video calls and the lack of flash will make them behave poorly in low light conditions.
If you feel like rooting your Jide Remix Ultra tablet, you should know that you can fairly easily do so. Reports suggest that it has been done with KingRoot already. There is a new OTA for Remix OS 2.0 coming soon, which means that if you do not want to lose such opportunities, you may not want to root.
When it comes to battery life, it all depends on how you use the tablet or how many apps you keep running in the background on a daily basis.
Jide Remix Ultra is a very good tablet for daily uses and it does manage to accomplish what its creators had in mind. If you need a tablet good at multi-tasking, you should know you will find a good choice in Jide’s offering. If you are interested in buying such a tablet, you should know that you can find it on Amazon, where it costs somewhere around $300, which is a pretty good deal for what the device has to offer.
Whenever you flash ROMs or ZIP files on your Android device, you will surely need and use TWRP. It is the most common and supported custom recovery for Google’s OS. Now, it is finally getting a new update. The 3.0.0 release is just around the door and it brings about many many changes, including a new theme to match Android’s newest look.
Below you can see the official changelog for TWRP’s newest update:
Completely new theme – Much more modern and much nicer looking (by z31s1g)
True Terminal Emulator – Includes arrow keys, tab and tab completion, etc. (by _that)
Language translation – It won’t be perfect and especially some languages that require large font files like Chinese & Japanese won’t be availble on most devices. Also some languages may only be partially translated at this time. Feel free to submit more translations to OmniROM’s Gerrit. (mostly by Dees_Troy)
Flashing of sparse images – On select devices you will be able to flash some parts of factory images via the TWRP GUI (by HashBang173)
Adopted storage support for select devices – TWRP can now decrypt adopted storage partitions from Marshmallow
Reworked graphics to bring us more up to date with AOSP – includes support for adf and drm graphics (by Dees_Troy)
SuperSU prompt will no longer display if a Marshmallow ROM is installed
Update exfat, exfat fuse, dosfstools (by mdmower)
Update AOSP base to 6.0
A huge laundry list of other minor fixes and tweaks
The new TWRP version looks much better and it has a smarter theme engine as well (if there is an incompatible theme, the engine will revert the recovery back to stock and it will not break anymore). Some things may not work out perfectly, so you should keep an older version of TWRP at hand, just in case you get into trouble.