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AOKP’s Kangerator App Will Make Sure You Have the Newest Build Available (Update)

In a matter of days, fans of the Android Open Kang Project will never have to worry if they’re running the latest build or not. Kangerator, created by member adamthecashew of their development team, is an app that will list all current builds with release logs right on your phone. No more searching forums and trying to find which builds are the right ones for your select device.

Update: The application is now live in Google Play. Go grab it.

The application is set to hit Google Play within the next day or so and we’ll update the post and let you know when you can grab it as soon as it drops.

Cheers Adam!

  • Nicholas Odenthal

    Can someone please tell me what this is? I’m new to android and I just got my galaxy s3 and I don’t wanna void any thing but I’d like to have jellybean features

  • http://twitter.com/Trooper311 Trooper

    Where is build 5?

  • http://twitter.com/PddppfCl2 PddppfCl2

    It was hard switching from AOKP ICS to AOKP JB on my galaxy nexus– the update came with fewer of the baller customizations they had in ICS.

    I’ve since moved onto CM10 for JB, and am loving it. Stable as stock, smooth look, and built in updater ftw. For me at least, CM10>>AOKP.

  • PhoenixPath

    Got it, unlocked it, even though I’m not actually *on* AOKP right now (crackflashed FR2.1), but will probably be going back to it Sunday (looks like they got Nav-bar widgets working!).

    Unlock was painful (didn’t recognize it), but the update just released fixed it.

    Nice to have what amounts to an AOKP downloader, but I hope they do plan to add some flashing ability eventually. (Backup/wipe/flash ROM/GAPPS, Restore AOKP settings, etc)

  • Kyle Fullmer

    I’m running AOKP nightlies by DizzyThermal and he has it setup so Goo.IM notifies me whenever a new build is made (usually have the alert every morning since he builds a midnight or so). http://rootzwiki.com/topic/32152-romjbpure-aokp-unofficial-nightlies/

  • http://www.androidgeek.in/ Serra Stone

    I wonder if this will work for unofficial ports, since they STILL don’t support d2att.

  • Justin Everett

    Now if only the ROMs were made in such a way that you could update to the newest version without having to wipe and re-flash every freaking time. that would be nice.

    • PhoenixPath

      Too many variables with ROM users. (Kernels, mods, pushed system apps, etc…)

      As much as the ROM community likes modding their devices, even beyond installing a new ROM, an “ota-style” delta update would be risky to put it mildly.

      The only work-around I have been able to figure would be something like Roman incorporating AOKP-Backup into the updater, but behind-the-scenes. An update would become available, the user would select it, and the app would back-up the users settings (and integrate with TiBu, perhaps for Apps/Data/Messages/Call log?), wipe, flash, boot, and restore.

      Still, it’d get pretty messy depending on what mods the user had made to the base ROM.

      Don’t get me wrong…if they find a way to do it that doesn’t soft-brick a ton of devices, I’d be all for it. :)

    • Matthew Porreca

      Cm10 recently added ota style updates to the ROM. Seems to work just like a vendor ota.

      • PhoenixPath

        It’s the complete ROM….just “dirty” flashed (No wiping of /data). A carrier OTA generally only updates “changed” files. Effect may be similar, but can pose issues (especially in the case of users adding other modifications on top of CM).

        • http://twitter.com/PddppfCl2 PddppfCl2

          what are the issues that this poses?

          • PhoenixPath

            Anything, really. All kinds of random errors seem to get magically “fixed” daily when someone says, “Hey, this weird thing was happening, but I did a full wipe and re-flash and now it works great!”

  • Stone Cold Steve Austin

    Somebody give me a HELL YES!!

  • Teng Taing

    I just use Goo Manager for this. Plus Goo Manager gives you the option to download the latest GApps as well

  • lrohenaz

    as a firm believer in unicorns I’ve begun F5ing the play store…

  • http://profiles.google.com/davidukfl David Wanless

    goomanager does the same thing

    • http://www.androidgeek.in/ Serra Stone

      Goomanager is usually unreliable and slower than snot.

  • archer

    why not just merge with aokp backup

  • http://twitter.com/Bl4ckpheniX aaron nyquist

    Wish it had been built into one of the other AOKP apps that I bought. This will make a third

    • TROLOLOLOL

      AOKP only has one app in the wild and thats a setting backup app

      • DanSan

        does that AOKP backup app still work? I use to rock it back with ICS and lost track of it.

    • Nick S

      Unless you are talking about themes or the AOKP Backup app – if you’re paying for AOKP then you’re doing it wrong.

  • T4rd

    Do any devs use ROM manager anymore? Last time I checked it, all of the ROMs were old versions and the selection was pretty dismal.

    • http://twitter.com/GRZLA Grizzly Atoms

      Rom manager has been left behind on the Galaxy Nexus from what I can tell. I use TWRP myself as it is much faster and easier to use.

    • PhoenixPath

      Not sure how many devs are still using it, but I still use it for all my flashing needs. Being able to queue up .zips and having it backup and wipe prior to flashing them all is a godsend. I know TWRP can queue, but it requires the step of booting into recovery to set up the queue. With ROM Manager, it’s all done in the app; No booting or waiting until you’re ready to go.

      • burntcookie90

        Goomanager+TWRP

        • PhoenixPath

          You’d be amazed, but I’ve had this conversation before… ;-)

          I’m going to say something along the lines of “…backup”, someone else will chime in with, “I use TiBu..”, and then I’ll let loose a, “Yeah, but I can skip the backup with TiBu part, use the “Restore from nandroid” feature of TibU when the flash is complete to get my apps and data back *and* be able to restore the nandroid if something goes wrong.”

          There are variations of this conversation, of course, but unless Goo/TW have implemented some new functionality, I don’t see the end result changing. ;-)

          (not that I mind having the conversation or anything, I know everyone has their favorite methods for crackflashing, RM and CWMR Touch just happen to be mine)

          • kdo23

            You can restore from a TWRP nandroid as well. GooManager lets you queue up to 10 files for flashing in addition to backups and wipes, plus its free. RomManager never let me do it for free and I never purchased it so for me this is better. Additionally Goo.im is more used nowadays by many developers and gives me ROM update notifications, again for free.

            I would also like to say that restoring from a nandroid takes much longer than if you have a locally stored backup in TiBu, it is much easier imo to do it this way and create a update.zip to have the app upon first start.

            TiBu backup to .xml is also a good way to backup messages, amongst other things, between flashes rather than restoring data from a nandroid.

            I would be surprised if anyone would suggest using TiBu in lieu of a nandroid when flashing a new or clean install, it is just easier to use it from local storage than to use it too parse through a nandroid after the fact.

          • PhoenixPath

            Admittedly, it has been a while since I have used Goo…

            How does one access GooManager’s queuing abilities?

            Just installed it. Yeah, it’s been a while. Now I just have to find out how to add “backup” to the queue…

          • kdo23

            I mean how TiBu handles restoring a single app or batch from a nandroid, rather than from a file that is in TiBu folder. It’s just easier to do batches and use labels than to check and uncheck items from a nandroid. TiBu needs to index the nandroid then parse out the specific app and/or data from each. The operation is just faster when not stored in a nandroid.

          • PhoenixPath

            Just found out that queuing is not functional for JB yet.

            Heh…figures.

            Welp, back to CWMR Touch. (for now…as soon as they get that fixed, I’m back)

          • Justin Swanson

            I can queue items from GooManager and then flash with TWRP… Working with JB, CNA 3.6.6

          • PhoenixPath

            Well, you is lucky. I and others…not so much, apparently:

            http://rootzwiki.com/topic/22774-recoverytwrp-2220-now-with-usb-otg-2012-08-24/page__st__1080#entry983085

            did you get JB OTA, or are you still using the ICS Bootloader (I believe it’s a bootloader issue).

          • usnmustanger

            I’ll chime in here just to say that I’ve been using GM/TWRP2 since ICS on my VZW GN, and queuing has always worked for me, but yes, as mentioned above, you have to make sure the path is set correctly. And i don’t know if you’ve noticed or not, but fwiw, you can also queue from within TWRP.

          • DrMacinyasha

            It is, you just have to set the correct path in the GooManager settings. Something that should’ve been fixed in the last update, but will definitely be fixed by the next.

          • usnmustanger

            EDIT: NM. I commented before reading the rest of this convo. I see now that you’ve already been enlightened. I’ll see myself out.

          • PhoenixPath

            Little late to the party…read the comments below my response to burntcookie. Over and out.

    • lrohenaz

      rom manager is still useful for flashing cwm at times or installing a rom from SD but the rom list is pretty useless unfortunately. Devs aren’t digging the closed source rom manager from what I understand (then again what do I know)

    • KleenDroid

      ROM Manager was never really a place to go to get ROMs. Sure there were a few listed but not many and were never up to date. If someone were to ever rely on ROM Manager for getting a ROM they were missing out almost completely.

      ROM Manager still has its intended use as it always has. You just need to know what its good at.

      There are alternatives which is always a good thing.

  • Buy This

    Curious why there has been a sudden move to internalize ROM updates rather than simply rely on something like Goo?

    • JoshGroff

      No idea. Maybe so they can package the updater with the ROM?

      • DrMacinyasha

        They can already do this by including GooManager in /system/app/

        • JoshGroff

          Maybe it’s just because they want their own, and for change logs.

    • http://twitter.com/gelu Ryan Ball

      Makes it much easier for users to see changelogs and builds exactly for their device

    • fixxmyhead

      cuz goo is always breaking down

      • DrMacinyasha

        Hardly. Since the lustre update that got pushed out, our uptime has been pretty good. Just a few minor upstream hiccups. http://i.imgur.com/UVNxI.png

        • fixxmyhead

          well better stay that way. havent used it in a while but i can remember so many times when it would break down

    • kdo23

      It allows them to provide links to mirrors in addition to the Goo service. Depending on implementation they may also be able to push notify, but that would likely cause high traffic and may not be the best idea. Its also just a part of the brand now, the better the convenience the more satisfied certain users are.

  • JoshGroff
  • Dan

    Awesome

    • KleenDroid

      Honestly I dig what you are sayin but I guess there are two people who do not agree.