When we first reported about the TWRP (Team Win Recovery Project) back in August of 2011, the recovery was only available for one device, the EVO 3D. Nowadays, it’s a whole different ballgame and there are a lot more supported devices, like the Amazon Kindle Fire, ASUS Transformer TF101 and HTC Amaze, just to name a few.
The guys over at TeamWin have been very busy since they first started and have just released version 2.2. I tested this recovery on two of my three Android devices. On both my Samsung Galaxy S II and my Asus TF 101, I did a backup and it completed the entire process in just about 6 minutes – pretty speedy to backup an entire ROM, if I must say so myself.
The interface is touch-based and you can even choose different color themes for your recovery. Another feature I particularly like is that you can line up several zip files and then just swipe the install button and it will flash your entire queue of selected zips.
They also included an on-screen keyboard in the recovery so that you can give your backups a name (i.e. the name of the ROM you backed up). This is pretty handy, especially when you have multiple backups.
Just remember that you cannot restore any backups made with another recovery like CWM (Clock Work Mod) — these are TWRP-compatible only, but you can always flash your old recovery if you either don’t like the TWRP option, or if you happen to need to restore a backup made with a different recovery. Just make sure you have a flashable zip file of your old recovery before you install the new one.
To find out if your device is supported go check out TeamWin’s website.
Here is the full change log for version 2.2
On-screen keyboard in recovery! — Supports long press, backspace repeat, and swipe left deletes everything left of the cursor
Name new backups and rename existing backups
Rename files and folders in the file manager
Support decrypting an encrypted data partition on Galaxy Nexus (enter password using keyboard)
Backup archive splitting — allows backup and restore of data partitions larger than 2GB
Simplified XML layout support between resolutions
Added dual storage selection radio buttons to zip install, backup, and restore pages