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Moto X Pure gets kernel source code published

Motorola just released the kernel source for the Moto X Pure and it is codenamed Clark. Motorola managed to push the open source code to Github where everyone can take it from and dabble in baking and tinkering with their device. This comes after the release of Android 5.1 source for the Moto X 2014.

 

Moto X  Pure

 

As always, this is mostly news for developers and not the everyday user, but you may just as well benefit from it in one way or another. The kernel source is always an important step when it comes to creating good mods and apps. The source code is based on Android 5.1 and it is 145MB in size. You can go to the source link and grab it for yourself.

Source: Github via AndroidPolice

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[How to] Improve performance on a rooted smartphone

You got your smartphone rooted and improved its overall speed, but what can you do to improve performance on a rooted phone? Performance boosters are not the best viewed pieces of software around, but if some of them can get a job done and improve CPU performance, they should not all be so easily disregarded. One of the better options you have of upgrading your device overall performance is the L Speed, a flashable ZIP created by developer Danijel Markov. The software applies several fixes in one go, fixes that are supposed to improve memory management and system-level functions.

Improve performance with L Speed mod, dorylabs.com

In order to improve performance on your rooted phone you will have to download and run the L Speed mod. It will offer you a command prompt interface for some tweaking. It can improve performance without you having to change anything too!

The ZIP will apply some kernel changes by default, and these changes will also lead to RAM modifications and CPU calibrations. Your Android device will get an increase in performance and battery life as a result.

What do you need for this to work?

  • Rooted android handset
  • Custom recovery
  • BusyBox commands.

Improve performance step by step

  1. Download the L Speed ZIP

In order to begin this entire modding process, you will have to download the flashable ZIP from this LINK. It will start downloading automatically (we assure you there are no hidden viruses or anything in the link). After download, you can boot it into the custom recovery.

  1. Optional – Create backup

Before you flash the file, you can backup your data if you have NANDroid backup active. Just in case something goes wrong and you want this performance boost mod off your device, this would be the easiest way to get back to normal, by restoring the backup you previously made.

  1. Flash the ZIP

The second active step in your attempt to improve performance on your rooted phone is to use the Install button on the TWRP recovery main menu. When you are there, you can navigate to your device’s Download folder and select the “L_SPEED_V2.0_REVOLUTION.zip” file. You then swipe the slider to start installation and tap the “reboot system” after it has finished installing.

When your device is back up, some system changes will have already been made. These changes should make your experience noticeably better when it comes to performance and battery life. Just in case you want to change things just a bit more, you can go to the L Speed command prompt interface.

  1. Optional – customize L Speed settings

In order to change a few options on your new piece of software and further improve performance on your rooted phone you can download Terminal Emulator for Android, an app you can install, open and type su in, after which you tap Enter. The app will then require Superuser access and you will have to Grant it.

The Terminal Emulator now has access to your smart device. You will have to type LS and press Enter to access the L Speed menu and 2 to access the setting wizard. At this stage you can manually improve performance on your rooted device because you can easily enable or disable different RAM, CPU and kernel features. To activate or deactivate said features, you will have to press the desired number and tap Enter. As these changes will require a reboot to apply, you can choose whichever you want to implement and then reboot your smartphone.

L Speed works on all ROMs that have init.d support.

This is just one way of getting your device to significantly improve its performance and its battery life. Have you tried any apps or software to improve performance on your rooted device yet? Let us know in the comment section below.

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How to make your rooted phone run faster

You just went through all the trouble of rooting your device just to get rid of some bloatware and get more access to the software side of your device, but how can you make your rooted phone run faster? Rooted smartphones always get an upper hand when it comes to being able to do what you want when you want and to just keep those pesky apps that shouldn’t take your phone over at bay. There’s got to be some things you can do to make your handset run smoother and faster now that you went through all that trouble, right?

 

Rooted phone

 

 

Disclaimer: the next tips require skilled hands and if you are a novice at modding smartphones, you should not adventure in the world of drastically changing your smartphone’s software as things may go wrong in the process. Stick to more general steps that can help your device perform faster. Do not blame us if you do use any of the following tips and something goes wrong with your smartphone.

 

What can I do to make my rooted phone run faster?

Update your custom ROMs

 

When you use a factory-sealed phone, you usually get a device with a stock ROM or official custom ROM. Usually, pre-existing operating systems are made to please the masses and you will definitely always find some features, apps and widgets that have no meaning or use to you. You can change that when you root a smartphone and get a custom ROM you can manipulate better. In short, custom ROMs are optimized stock ROM frameworks that make your device run faster and easier to scale to your needs and desires. If you need a custom ROM or a kernel that gives you breathing room, you can head over to the Android XDA Forum to find the ROM that will change your mobile life forever.

 

Use an overclocked kernel

 

Android smartphones are set to work on certain CPU frequencies by default and this feature is administrated by the kernel. Many Android developers out there prefer to develop their own custom kernel that supports overclocking to get that extra juice. If you do choose a kernel that can be overclocked you should know that it can increase your CPU clock by a few MHz and in turn this will make your phone perform tasks faster.

 

Bloatware – install or uninstall

 

Lots of apps get preinstalled on smartphones nowadays, especially on the likes of Samsung, LG, HTC or Sony – the big guys on the Android market basically. On your rooted phone you can change some of those bothering useless apps they keep shoving up your Android-ridden life. With the newest Android OS versions however, you can disable unnecessary apps. You can also use third parties to get the job done if the regular easy way gives you trouble, whatever makes you feel better. If you do stop some of the bloatware apps that big manufacturers put at your disposal in every smartphone they launch, you can be sure that your device will run smoother and faster.

 

Performance boosters – need’em or lose’em?

 

Performance boosters usually get bad rep, but they are not all as bad as they are said to be. Most of the times, Android mishandles memory management and system-level functions, especially when custom skins and bloatware are present on your device. On a rooted phone you can improve performance via boosters. You download a ZIP file that applies some kernel tweaks, CPU calibrations and RAM optimizations that will definitely increase performance and battery life. In order to use a performance booster, you will need a rooted phone with custom recovery and BusyBox commands installed.

 

These are just a few tips you can take advantage of in your fight with the perfect smartphone performance. It’s not just a myth; your rooted phone will definitely run faster if you make some changes to it.

Photo source: Androidauthority

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News Updates/Software

Motorola Moto G 3rd gen gets open source kernel officially released

Motorola recently released the open source kernel for the Moto G 3rd gen. Ever since its launch, the G Moto series has been a leader in the mid-range niche market because of its great price and features.

 

Moto G 2015

 

 

The  Moto G 3rd gen launched just a few hours after its announcement last month, and it is already running on the most recent Android version, 5.1.1. The open source kernel was also made public now. In the last few weeks a number of kernels was updated and followed by OTA software updates, among the most important devices to get the change were  the original Moto G, 2015 Moto E and 2014 Moto X.

 

Where can I get the Moto G 3rd gen kernel?

 

Developers can download the kernel from Motorola’s own Github found in the source link below. It is extremely useful in creating new apps and customized versions of the kernel that can replace the stock build (the things you would want to do to get to a good custom ROM or to processor overclocking).

 

Source: Motorola Github via AndroidPolice

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Sony releases AOSP-based recovery for some Xperia line devices

Sony keeps adding support for mods and software based on Android open source codes and it now released an AOSP-based recovery for some of the Xperia devices out there. They even made an intro video where you can find out that these custom recoveries based on Android can flash custom ROMs and restore data, as well as boot multiple ROMs – pretty much stuff other stock recoveries cannot do.

 

Xperia phones

 

This new recovery option is available for Xperia Z1, Z1 Compact, Z Ultra, T2 Ultra, T3, E3 and M2. The devices have to have unlocked bootloaders and they must run the latest generic Sony software for this to work.

 

 

You can find a full set of downloads and instructions available on Sony’s dev blog from the link below. Remember that baking your device could lead to bricking it, but considering you can bring Sony phones back from the brink of death at this point, actually rendering a device useless is kinda redundant at the moment.

Source: Sony Dev blog

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Samsung Galaxy S6 gets Chainfire’s CF -Auto-Root ready for unlocked bootloaders

Samsung Galaxy S6 is expected to make an appearance in a few weeks, but it already has an updated version of CF Auto Root ready to fire from Chainfire. Some versions of Galaxy S6 already have a root method this way, but keep in mind we’re talking only about the unlocked bootloader versions.

 

Galaxy-S6-Edge

 

The new CF Auto Root version was already tested on a device and it was successful in receiving root. The first builds of the application are already available for SM-G925T and SM-G920T, otherwise known as T Mobile’s S6 Edge and S6.

Sadly, Galaxy S6 versions from carriers will have locked bootloaders, which means the rooting process will be that more difficult. Rooting will require some exploiting, which is unknown at the moment because Samsung may patch it. If and when you take advantage of the CF Auto Root on a Galaxy S6, you should know that it may trip the KNOX security flag, which will render Samsung Pay disabled.

Source: AndroidPolice