It’s Friday, August 28, 2015, and let’s talk about what happened this week over at XDA-developers.com.
“First up, what I’m going to call the facepalm of the week. ”
Someone, somewhere, “accidentally” inserted their S-Pen into their Samsung Note 5 backwards. Nevermind how, or why, or even the fact that it’s possible, it happened… and apparently doing that, even once, breaks a ton of functionality, so please don’t do that. 9to5Google put together an explanation with teardown images showing exactly what happens when you put the stylus in backwards, so if you’re curious, link’s down there.
Even though an early build of Microsoft’s Cortana for Android leaked out last month, if you’re ready to try out the real thing, Microsoft has rolled out a beta version to the Play Store, you just have to opt into their beta testing program. I gave it a quick try on my G4, and it’s not bad at all, so far. Obviously it reminds me a lot of Cortana in Windows 10.
An update bringing Android 5.1.1 to Chinese version of the Nokia N1 is now available. However, once you install this update, if you unlock the bootloader, there’s an issue rebooting into the ROM, so you won’t actually be able to root it, but keep an eye on the forum thread for updates, and head on over there to get a download link if you’re interested.
According to an article on iDigitalTimes, AT&T and Verizon versions of the Note 5 and S6 Edge+ are supposedly unrootable. Well, they can probably still be rooted, but according to the article, if you do so, it will kill the phone. They say the T-Mobile, Sprint, and unlocked versions don’t have that feature, so if you’re thinking of buying one of the newer Samsung devices, you may want to keep that in mind.
And once you’ve rooted your Note 5, head on over to XDA Recognized Contributor KevinRocksMan’s thread to get Project Super Camera on Steroids, a modified version of the stock Samsung camera that removes the 5 minute 4k recording limit. He says he’s recorded as much as 35 minutes so far, but it should work up to an hour, and it splits the files into 4 gig chunks, which is around 8-9 minutes per video.
XDA Senior Member U-Ra released a preview build of CM 12.1 for the Huawei Ascend Mate 2, specifically the MT2L03 model. He’s hoping it will become an official supported nightly, but it isn’t currently, so head on over to his thread if you’ve got that device and want some updates.
XDA Member DianLujiTao put together a thread with links to all of the custom ROMs, rooting information, and the build of TWRP he did for the ZTE Nubia Z9 Max.
Definitely very convenient if you’ve got that device.