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Steel Droid Building Guide Revamp!
December 25, 2016 @ 2:19 EST

Merry Christmas!  This holiday sees the release of my first premade Steel Droid Build Environment.  This is make to make building Steel Droid much easier, and faster.  99% of the work is already done.  All you have to do is install VirtualBox, setup the settings as shows in the guides, and begin building!  If you guys would like to donate a a little, that would really help.  It takes hours setting this stuff up, and thats time I spend not at work making money.  Even if its just to help keep this site live, thats a big help.  I appreciate all the support I have been given over the years.  I wouln't be where I am today without your support.  Thank you!


CortexROM for the Nexus 6P updated to 3.11 and 2.30!
December 20, 2016 @ 4:36 EST

So after a some users asking for an updated copy of v2.20, which is based on Developer Preview 2, I decided to bring that version up to date (almost) with my v3.xx version.  While I was at it, I updated my v3.xx version to v3.11.  I will not be maintaining both copies forever.  I will let everyone know when v2.xx gets cut off.


CortexROM for the Nexus 6P updated to 2.10 (7.1.1 NPF26F - DP2)!
November 23, 2016 @ 2:52 EST

So after a bit of work, I bring you an update to CortexROM.  This bumps the base build up to Developer Preveiw 2.  Thats 7.1.1 NPF26F.  Just in time for the holidays!  New build includes quite a few Pixel ports, audio files, tinted navbar, speed tweaks, and more!


The section for the Nexus 6P is back, and brings a gift!
November 13, 2016 @ 8:36 EST

After a bit of an absense, I have reopened my section for the Nexus 6P.  Along with the reopening, I have also released a new ROM, based on the current developer preview.  Should bring some nice goodies.  It's based on what I currently use.


Added section for VZW Note Edge, and its bootloader unlocking guide!
July 25, 2016 @ 5:27 EST

This took quite a bit of my day, but at the request of several people, I took two guides, and combined them, rewrote it so its understandable, and made my own links to the required files.  This guide is to unlock the marshmallow bootloader on the Galaxy Note Edge (SM-N915V).  The scene was ALMOST dead, but this may just bring it back a little.  Check out the download section for the Note Edge, and the Quick Links section on the left for a link to the bootloader unlocking guide.


Small website link changes!
July 25, 2016 @ 5:27 EST

As some of you probably know, maintaining a website is not cheap.  In order to offset the cost of the server, Im going to be converting the download links to run through AdFly.  Now dont worry, the rest of the site will still be ad-free, and loading times will be lightening fast.  It will be ONLY the download links that use AdFly.  This will also work on a mobile device.  Just hit skip, and your download will start immediately.  Unlike other places, that use AdFly to load ANOTHER download hosting site, my just uses AdFly to produce revenue, and will load the download link directly.  Thanks for understanding!


Added a new Windows script I made, Windows Tweaker Compact!
July 25, 2016 @ 5:22 EST

After having messed with trying to get multiple apps that would optimize my system the way I wanted, I got frustrated with keeping them up to date, and having to open each one to get one or two things from it, then move to the next one.  This prompted me to make a terminal script for Windows that had all the options for optimization right there.  SUPER small size, quick, effective, and compact.  NO overhead fluff, no ads, not super long loading times.  Just run it, and optimize what you want.  Made the same way my Android Job Box was made.  This will be an expanding project.  Compatibility will probably stay with Windows 8 through Windows 10.  I only have Windows 10 to test on.  But if you think this script might help you, please, check it out!  You'll find it under Downloads -> Tools.


Added section for the Acer Predator 17 gaming laptop!
July 14, 2016 @ 11:27 EST

I just recently bought the Acer Predator 17 gaming laptop.  This is one MAJOR upgrade to my previous Alienware 14.  Cant say I dont play games on this thing.  Oh I do!  I have 23 games installed right now.  Fallout 4, Witcher 3, The Witness, 3 versions of Final Fantasy XIII, Metal Gear Solid: Revengence, and more.  But in addition to that, I have 3 virtual machines running at the same time.  Those are what now run my Android build systems.  I was also selected to be one of 10 people world wide to participate in a research study for a university doctoral thesis on social sites like Acers help forums.  I was selected because of my countless contributions to the forums in the past couple weeks.  It started because I loved the laptop so much, that I wanted to help other people who were having trouble figuring it out.  I literally answered almost every question I could, as fast, but completely, as I could.  That must have gotten the attention of the Acer admins!  So, along with my sharing knowledge there, I've decided to bring some of that here.  I will be posting tweaks, mods, and downloads.  To start, it will only cover the Predator 17 laptop.  Not the 15, and not the Predator monitors, tablets, or desktops.  As some of you might know, I only post files and articles to devices I actually own.  That way, I can test them, and make sure they are ready to go out!  So check out the download section!


Android Job Box updated to v2.00!
March 18, 2016 @ 10:11 EST

I know its been a few months since my last update.  Just had a lot of stuff going on.  But today I updated my Job Box to fix several bugs.  Most notably the APK optimization feature.  I didnt catch it before, but after optimization, the actual APK would disappear, so when pushing the aligned APKs back to the device, NOTHING got pushed.  Thats finally fixed!  Click HERE to check out the new version!


Cortex ROM abandoned!
March 18, 2016 @ 9:45 EST

Sorry to do this to everyone, but Ive decieded to stop development of my Cortex ROM.  I have a very busy life, and also joined a new ROM team.  I will try to keep everyone updated as much as I can about current projects.


Cortex ROM gets major fixes!
December 29, 2015 @ 1:15 EST

Sorry for the delay, but Ive been busy with family.  I fixed the camera, bluetooth, and NFC, as well as added a network traffic meter, and some other misc fixes and updates.  ROM should be fully functional now!


New ROM!  Cortex ROM for the Nexus 6P!
December 25, 2015 @ 3:00 EST

Merry Christmas!  Its been a while in the making, and a fun experience.  I am proud to introduce the beginning of a new ROM.  Its the evolution of Steel Droid.  Cortex ROM!  Based on CyanogenMod 13, with AOSP 6.0.1_r3 repos, and commits cherrypicks from various sources.  Its lighening fast, stable, and very user friendly.  This will be my main focus for a while.  Im not abandoning the Droid 1 ROM, but its going to take a backseat for a while.  Check the downloads section for the Nexus 6P link.  Enjoy!


Android Job Box is available here!
November 22, 2015 @ 10:21 EST

Android Job Box is a script I created that allows a PC user to have access to very simple, quick, and powerful tools for their Android device.  Current features include the ability to backup and restore the device into a single file, or choose what parts of their data they want to backup/restore.  Choose only downloads, pictures, music, videos, application data, or all of it!  It makes flashing recovery images a breeze, just put the recovery image in the right folder, and choose Flash.  Have a hundred ringtones, or alarm sounds?  Want to compress them all to take up a lot less space?  This script can pull all the sounds from your device, compress them, and push them back, all at once.  Need to get into recovery mode, but dont remember the key combination, or have faulty buttons?  Just use the script to reboot your device however you need!  This is a constant work in progress.  I test every function on my own devices, so I know they are safe.  Head on over to the TOOLS section to get it!


Steel Droid v14 for the Droid 1 is LIVE!
October 15, 2015 @ 1:54 EST

After quite some time, I have finally gotten to where I'm happy with it, and wanted to make it public.  I didn't do EVERYTHING to it I wanted to, so there will still be continued work, but this is MUCH more optimized, MUCH faster, and MUCH smoother than every before!  I have taken a fair amount of time to backport the Stagefright patches from Lollipop and include them in this release.  If you want to check them out, they are in a single commit, HERE.  There is still ONE vulerability left, as reported by Zimperium (CVE-2015-6602), but as far as I can tell, its a false positive in this ROM.  The bug lies in libutils, which is not used in this ROMs source.  If you can spare a donation, it would be much appreciated.  I know Im the only developer left still building for this device, but its such an awesome phone, I couldnt stop!  Enjoy!


Sony PSP section added!
October 9, 2015 @ 11:17 EST

Before I got into Android, I was into hardware modding on the Sony PSP.  I still have my fully modded PSP 1000, blue LEDs, sound reactive lights in the speakers, custom firmware, and more.  I wanted to share some of the homebrew apps, and other hard to find PSP apps.  I have listed quite a few very helpful things, from official firmware, a custom firmware, and a couple homebrew apps.  This should help with creating a Pandora battery, install CIPL, rip UMDs, and install custom firmware.  Enjoy!


Verizon Galaxy Note 4 (Retail / Developer Edition) section started
August 16, 2015 @ 10:02 EST

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 section is partially up.  There is still plenty to add to it.  But for now, I have the Safe Upgrade (BOG5) by hsbadr added.  Download has been recompressed to save bandwidth.  Other links necessary are linked to the appropriate threads on other sites.  Full credit to hsbadr for the original download and work.  Link to Odin 3.10.6 is up, as well as being added to the Tools section.


Verizon Galaxy Note 4 (Retail / Developer Edition) section coming soon
August 12, 2015 @ 4:33 EST

I'm currently in the process of working on a new section for the Galaxy Note 4, retail edition ONLY for now.  As I get permission from developers to link to their software from here, I will add in new things.  I will also be mirroring all factory firmware that I have access to, for those that want an easy place to get to it.  I will compress everything down as much as possible to decrease download sizes, in case your mobile, or using a data plan to download.  There will also be information on what you can do to increase your battery life, performance, and disable/freeze any bloatware you want.  All credit will go to the original authors of the corresponding work.


Stagefright bug code fix coming to Steel Droid
August 12, 2015 @ 3:58 EST

I'm aware of the Stagefright security bug that was recently uncovered.  I have the necessary sources to patch my GB ROM, I just need to get the time.  The next public release should have the fix included.  It will take me a minute to test the patches to make sure everything works as its supposed to.


More SBF files being added shortly
May 13, 2015 @ 22:07 EST

I'm in the middle of uploading a couple more SBF files.  Adding a section for the Droid 2, and the Droid 2 Global, as well as the FRG83D SBF for the Droid 1.  I forgot about that one.  Now the Droid 1 SBF section SHOULD be complete.  If Im still missing one, let me know which one, and point me to the file!


Droid 3 section added!
May 10, 2015 @ 2:30 EST

Finally got a section going for the Droid 3 SBF files.  A user on my forum had asked for links to working downloads for the D3 restore files, since all he (or she) could find were "links" that were nothing more than fake download managers.  So, as I already had the files, I went ahead and uploaded them to my site and made a new page for them.  All three are there, 5.5.959.....5.6.890.....and 5.7.906.


Forum added!!!!!!!
April 19, 2015 @ 18:26 EST

Yep, I finally got around to adding a forum to my website.  Now you can participate in discussions about my work, ROM development, theming, tweaks, and much more.  I will be adding onto the forum as time goes on, so if you dont see a section where you can post what you want, let me know, and I will add it to the list when I get down to it.

There is a Forum Rules page under Announcements.  Make SURE you read it.  I run a tight ship here, but if everyone follows the rules, it will be smooth sailing for everyone!

Links to the forum are at the top of every page of the main site, above the logo, and to the left, in the Quick Links box.


Site updated!
April 12, 2015 @ 10:16 EST

So I just took a few hours today to go through the whole site and fix things.  Here is what I did:

*  Added in the Droid 3 section!
*  Fixed broken links
*  Fixed bold/not-bold words so that everything matches
*  Removed extra spaces on every page that were unnecessary
*  Updated some of the file sizes
*  Renamed a couple of sections to make more sense
*  Added separation lines to some areas to separate current files from old files
*  Removed unused files from the web server

You will notice, hopefully, that I also mentioned that I added in my Droid 3 section.  I know its been a while, but Im beginning to look into the Droid 3 again, and see what I can do to update my last release.  It will STILL be Gingerbread guys, sorry.  Thats what ran well, and its official, and easily supported.  No release date as of yet, seeing as I havent even really started tweaking it yet.  But, of course, I will let you guys know when something gets posted!


Also, Im working on v14.0 of my Droid 1 ROM.  New UI changes, a ton of performance tweaks and battery enhancements, as well as a few other goodies.  Thank you to all my supporters!


HUGE update to the site!
March 21, 2015 @ 14:26 EST

So I finally got the time to upload a LOT of additions to the website.  Things such as PC Utilities, drivers, RSDLite, Droid 1 SBF files, and more.  I have more to do, but I need a break, and I'm still on vacation.  Check out the Downloads section, and see what all is new!


Steel Droid v13.1 (major bug fix)
December 28, 2014 @ 9:57 EST

Sorry about missing a major bug in the v13 release.  Toggling wifi would cause the phone to lock up, and go into an infinite bootloop.  Somehow I missed it, but its fixed now.  Im using an Elite Series SV kernel (250 - 1100).  Also, to help with future issues, logcat is reenabled.  Check the downloads section for the updated build!


Steel Droid v13 FINAL
December 18, 2014 @ 1:51 EST

So, its ABOUT TIME!  lol  I finally decided this is a good place to call it a final build.  Next up will be more theming and some fixes.  For now, this should be a great build, with LOTS of Android L theming.  Its not complete, but its a BIG step in the right direction!  Check the downloads section for the new release!


Updates!
December 18, 2014 @ 1:51 EST

Sorry, for the delay again.  Ive been preoccupied with work and college.  Quite a few things have happened in the past 2 months.  I will update the rest of the pages with the relevent links and whatnot tomorrow.

I recently released a new ROM for the Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4" WiFi (mondrianwifi).  Built from CM11 with my tweaks added to it.  Im now currently working on a CM12 based Lollipop ROM for the LG G3.  Its slow, but its making headway.  Not sure of a public release date, but it will happen eventually.

I HAVE continued to work on my Droid 1 ROM.  One of my favorite additions is the hack I came up with to make the notification pulldown in Gingerbread visually look like that from Lollipop.  Its still being tweaked, but I like it so far.


New project incoming!
October 24, 2014 @ 1:03 EST

Sorry for the delay in updates here.  Ive been slammed with work at home and college.  I have some new stuff coming down the pipes, and a new device that I am building for.  Still on KitKat, no Android L yet, but this new device will be tons of fun!  Just be sure to keep an eye out for clues!


Droid 1: Partial Kernel List Uploaded
August 22, 2014 @ 1:23 EST

Its taken me a while to get the time to do this, but I finally got a few kernels for the D1 uploaded.  Finally settled on a layout, and got it sorted out.  This is by no means all of them, that will come later.  For now, you can download ChevyNo1s 800MHz kernels.  Head on over to the Droid 1 Kernels section for links.


Droid 1: RZRecovery and Factory Basebands Uploaded
July 29, 2014 @ 1:11 EST

Finally got the chance to upload these.  I have had numerous requests for them, as they seem to be hard to find anymore.  I have also made sure to have a backup copy on a disc at home, not just on here.  If you need the latest radio image, or recovery (RZRecovery), this is your best place to get them!  Head on over to the Basebands and Recovery sections for links.


First BETA of new D1 ROM, featuring Android L Theme!
July 17, 2014 @ 4:29 EST

Yep, it has been a little overdue, but I've finally got the first preview build of the next major release for the Droid 1 up and ready for download.  This next version will contain as much theming style as I can manage to get from the Android L Developer Preview, along with some custom icons I will add to fill in the gaps.  As usual, this is only  a beta, so there WILL be bugs along the line.  Check the Droid 1 Download section for the link and some screenshots!