Thanks to all of the hard work that developers have been pumping into the CDMA version of the Galaxy S4 from Samsung, root lovers and hackers alike can now flash the biggest name in custom recoveries, ClockworkMod Recovery right through ROM Manager.
Koushik Dutta, known as the mind behind ROM Manager and other apps such as Carbon Backup and DeskSMS, is at it yet again. Late last night, Koush posted details and a video to his Google+, showing off his newest creation, ClockworkMod Superuser.
The app which will forever be free and open source, is Koush’s definition of how a superuser app should be – secure, open, and work properly (with a pinch of prettiness). It features multiuser support, PIN protection, customizable notifications and a whole lot more.
A new feature was teased for ClockworkMod Recovery 6 last night, one that will allow users to quickly create update.zip or image .zip files of ROMs to be shared with friends or the community. If you are running a new ROM and have made your own tweaks to /system or the boot/kernel, you can quickly turn it into a shareable ROM. And don’t worry, this doesn’t touch your /data or /cache, so no personal information will be included.
This new CWM isn’t out yet, but should be in the next couple of days.
Last week, Koush talked about a release of ClockworkMod Recovery 6 that would include a handful of new features. Last night, we released the update for the Galaxy Nexus, bringing with it faster backups, a new backup format, fixed restoring of backups greater than 2GB, and a fancy new background. If you want to update to this right away, you can do so through ROM Manager.
Speaking of ROM Manager, he also announced that everyone’s favorite ROM flasher is in need of a makeover. A UI rewrite will arrive “shortly” and will include a paid ROM section, an option to upload your ROM for anyone to use, and the ability to connect your ROM to Recovery Builder. It’s hard to believe that this fantastic app has been around for 2 years already. Bring on the makeover!
Cheers Scott and Scott!
ClockworkMod Recovery is about to get a hefty update to version 6 that will make your ROM flashing experience more stable and reliable. According to a post by Mr. Dutta over at Google+, things like recovery checking to make sure you have root access before flashing will be added. CWM will also disable the stock recovery flasher and give you the option to confirm installation on a stock ROM that gets an update. Things you were asking for, right?
- Recovery will confirm that your ROM still has root access. This is useful on stock ROMs.
- Recovery disables the stock recovery flasher. This is also useful on stock ROMs.
- If you’re on a stock ROM and get an update, it used to not allow you to install it at all. Now, it will give you the option to confirm the installation.
He didn’t specify a release time frame, but if he’s talking about these changes on G+ openly, so I’d assume he will have this update out in the near future.
Within an hour or so after Asus released their bootloader unlocking tool for the Transformer Prime, devs had already released a custom ClockworkMod Recovery for it. It’s available now and will require a set of adb or fastboot commands in order to get it up and running. A flashable .zip version will be available shortly for those not comfortable doing it the manual way. Time for ROMs! Instructions at the source links.
We wrote up this bit of news on Sunday when Koush first released it, but our inbox has made it clear that many of you unplug from the internet on weekends (how dare you!). So for those with lives, you should know that a beta version of Clockwork Touch Recovery is available for the Galaxy Nexus and a handful of other devices.
If you want to get it for free, you can browse through the “Download Touch Recovery” column at the ClockworkMod site and then flash the .img through fastboot (Instructions). If fastboot is not your friend, you can pay $1.99 through ROM Manager to unlock the touch goodness.
*Note – Through the first couple of releases, some ROMs were struggling to flash properly. Koush appears to be working through many of those issues, so if you run into any, report the errors if you please, and be patient.
The touch-based Clockwork Recovery that was teased late last week is now available in beta form if you would like to test it. I flashed it without any problems, cruised through menus and am now performing my first backup with it. So far, everything seems to work. Scrolling through lists of files can be a little difficult to control at this time, but again, it’s a beta so expect all of the polish to come as you all take the time to test and provide feedback. Otherwise Galaxy Nexus owners, get to it.