News Updates/Software

OnePlus saves face with the launch of Oxygen OS

OnePlus finally managed to bring OxygenOS to life a few days ago, and it appears to be a pretty stable OS version that the company can use, especially after the struggle they have been through after the fallout with Cyanogen. Oxygen is a custom ROM based off of Android 5.0.2 and some people from Paranoid Android ROM had some input in its labor. The launch was supposed to happen at the end of March, but it got delayed for a few days.




Most details are similar to a pure Android version, with a few tweaks here and there concerning gestures activated when the screen is off and some user customization applicable from the Quick Settings menu. OnePlus devices run on CyanogenMod 11S at the moment, and to change to OxygenOS you will have to manually flash the new ROM.



Most OnePlus owners are still upset because the Cyanogen aspect of the device was one of the best-selling points of these devices altogether and now that that is gone many questions still remain. The One is still behind some LG, Samsung, HTC and Motorola devices.

Source: OnePlus via AndroidPolice

Apps News Updates/Software

TWRP update to v – better GUI scaling and improved thread handling

TWRP updated to v2.8.5.0 today and among the improvements you will find are GUI scaling and better USB keyboard support. You usually use TWRP when you need to flash ZIP files or backup your device. The update does not bring any new device support but it does help devices which already have TWRP work better.




Below you will see the official changelog to see exactly what’s different:

  • Scale the GUI – TWRP can read the theme’s resolution and scale it up or down to fit the theme to your screen’s resolution
  • Improve thread handling and move input handling into the main rendering thread to improve stability
  • Make MTP work even if unplugged and plugged back in
  • Unify scrollable list code and make kinetic scrolling feel more natural
  • Fix handling of mapped zip files for OTA updates (CM12 updater)
  • USB keyboards should now work on all devices that support USB host mode via a USB OTG cable
  • Other small fixes and improvements

If you want to flash TWRP on your tablet or smartphone, you can check the list of officially supported devices. In order to flash the new recovery you will need an unlocked bootloader. Bear in mind, you have to be careful so that you won’t break something!

Source: TWRP

News Updates/Software

Android One phones receive TWRP support – happy flashing, India!

Android One phones currently on sale in India are getting Team Win Recovery Project support. The low-price Google phones can now become toys in the hands of tinkerers and bakers who enjoy flashing custom ROMs and software modifications on a daily basis. The custom recovery can be downloaded from the official TWRP page.

Micromax Canvas A1, Karbonn Sparkle V and Spice Dream UNO Mo-498 are the first Android One devices to hit the market, and, even if they are part of one big and economic family, they don’t quite look alike. On the inside, they are identical though and they run on Android 4.4 at the moment. The TWRP build is working on all of them and you will find it has all sorts of tools for customizing the interface and flashing multiple ZIPs.

In case this is your first attempt at modding an Android phone, here’s what you basically have to do:

You have to unlock your phone’s bootloader by placing it in fastbot mode and issue the fastbot oem unlock command via PC with the Android SDK already installed on your PC. This will erase data from your phone memory except the microSD card. After this you will be able to flash the TWRP file with fastbot flash recovery openrecovery-twrp-2.8.10-sprout.img file.

Just in case you’re not sure of what you’re doing, you can head over to XDA Devs, where you will find some interesting and concise guides you can use, as well as some custom Android One ROMs to try.

Source: AndroidPolice

News Updates/Software

Samsung Galaxy Alpha receives TWRP support

Samsung Galaxy Alpha is finally receiving Team Win Recovery Project support. Even if the device is not Samsung’s most powerful phone out there, it is not the worst device out there either, and it even has that metallic case that everyone was waiting for.

The phone design attracted some customers who don’t really love Samsung’s custom UI TouchWiz, and soon those lucky few will even be able to flash ROMs as much as they want because Team Win Recovery is backing up the Alpha and releasing a recovery for it.

TWRP will not customize your device, but it will be necessary to give that thorough checkup under the hood. With this recovery, you will be able to create backups of your device that can save you and your phone down the road as you go on and experiment with modding. It can also files and need we say more about custom ROMs?

In order to find out more about TWRP and how to install it on Samsung galaxy Alpha, head down to our source link.

Source: TeamWin

Tips/ Tutorials

TWRP support for Sony Xperia Z2 – get ready to back up your info before flashing ROMs

TWRP support is now available for the Sony Xperia Z2. Most Android enthusiasts get to a point in life where their only desire is to mod their device, flash a custom ROM or tinker about, and they can’t do that safely without a custom recovery.  The Team Win Recovery Project (which is what TWRP means) is probably the best solution out there, and now it offers support to Sony’s Xperia Z2.

Sony Xperia Z2, source Prepayasyougo/ Flickr
Sony Xperia Z2, source Prepayasyougo/ Flickr

TWRP helps users back up their device so that any ROMs or ZIP files flashed will not render it unusable in the future. Considering the fact that novice devs and modders usually get into trouble, backing up everything on your smartphone or tablet before tinkering is the best and most recommended option.

The image file from TWRP can be flashed by using a fastbot and you will find more instructions on the devs page HERE!


TWRP support for One Plus One (codename Bacon)

One Plus One is now ready to support TWRP, the custom recovery used to flash ROMs and ZIP files and backup devices. One Plus One remains a pretty expensive device but at least after you buy it (if you’re lucky) you can tinker with its software safely at your own peril.

Developers or modders in general already know they NEED TWRP if they intend on getting their hands dirty with their devices. The device codename is Bacon – what can be juicier, right? – and it can be flashed through fastbot if the user has an unlocked bootloader.

Sadly, not many Android lovers will get a One Plus One that fast, since the devices can be bought only through invitation ( very hard to get invitations!)