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International LG G4 gets official TWRP support

The international LG G4 is getting official TWRP starting today. People with a flair for modding must have heard of TWRP by now because this is the most popular custom recovery you can find. It is only available for the international version though, so keep that in mind. The phones sold by carriers, other than version H815, are still locked at the moment.

 

LG G4

 

An unlocked boot loader means you will not be able to flash any software, including a custom recovery. TWRP support will make it possible for users to flash ROMs, make system backups and more. Be careful when you flash things on your device though, things can happen. Unlike other devices, LG makes reflashing stock software really really difficult.

Source: TWRP via AndroidPolice

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Nexus Player and Oppo R5 get official TWRP support

TWRP is now offering official support for the Nexus Player and Oppo R5. Google’s set-top box is finally getting its own support but that will not make things easier as you will need an USB OTG cable and a USB mouse to navigate TWRP. Things will not be smooth graphically either, as the software is not optimized for x86 architecture.

 

Nexus player

 

The Oppo R5 is one of the slimmest smartphones on the market as it does not even have place for a headphone jack but you can “more safely” tinker with it now.

 

Oppo r5

 

TWRP allows users to flash custom ROMs, to create backups and change things here and there software-wise. Don’t forget to be careful not to brick things while you’re baking your devices!

Source: TWRP Nexus payer, TWRP Oppo R5

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Xiaomi Mi 3 gets official TWRP support starting today

Xiaomi Mi 3 is getting official TWRP support starting today. The Chinese device launched in the fall of 2013 and its low price and powerful hardware became an instant selling point.

 

Xiaomi Mi 3 TWRP

 

The phone is not quite easy to procure in the US, but on the Asian market and on the European market it’s a pretty popular device. Its build is the best promotion it could get as the device packs a Snapdragon 800 processor with 2 GB of RAM, a 13MP rear-facing camera all powered by a rather large 3050 mAh battery.

The world’s leading custom recovery is now available for the Xiaomi Mi 3 smartphone. This means it is great for people who like to tinker and bake their devices for a hobby. You will be able to find the download on the TeamWin website.

Source: TWRP Xiaomi Mi 3 page

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TWRP update to v 2.8.5.0 – 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.

 

TWRP

 

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

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Cyanogen Mod support official for Nexus 9 live on their download page

Cyanogen Mod is now officially available for Nexus 9. The new Google Lollipop tablet can be modded to your pleasure with CM 12 and all you have to do is download the file and get ready to flash.

 

Nexus 9

 

CM 12 is Lollipop which means that not that much will change and you will not have to give up many features. This first official build is a nightly, which means you will get lots of updates and you should expect for bugs.

CyanogenMod will need you to have an unlocked bootloader and custom recovery, but Nexus devices pose no problems in this aspect. If something goes down bad, you can flash a full system image to fix it!

Source: CyanogenMod

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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