This past weekend I switch from running EdenX Rom to The Beast Rom v2.2, as I was not even 70% happy with EdenX, although it was much better than stock Eden! It still left me wanting more! I just felt that there was an issue with the Eden UI that was causing me problems and I really wanted to just get away from it entirely. (I just had this weird deja vu moment where I kind of remember that I never added reference links in my previous posts… it happens a lot, I’ll sort through it this weekend maybe as it looks like I’ll have some time then.) With a new release of Beast I decided to go for it! although, my original pla nwas to not try beast until after I did Utopia and the performance Rom, as I have been thinking that “Once I go Beast, I’ll never go back!” But I couldn’t resist anyway.
well first things first, I noticed after flashing that my boot logo for Notion Ink changed to White text on Black, instead of Black text on White. (according to what I have read most people say white on black is the way it has always been, I’ll put some pics up of both) I also was immediately stuck in a boot loop, and yes I cleared my data cache and user data before flashing, getting out of the loop required me to hold down the power button for a good 10-15 seconds, if I let go too early it would loop again. I also flashed from the internal SD card. Total flashing time was about 3 minutes I think; although flashing EdenX was almost half the time. I went back into recovery mode and I saw that my Notion Ink bootup logo was back to Black on White! Cleared my data caches and user cache again, rebooted and I was greeted with a lock screen showing the beast background! (after a really long bootup, which is normal on first boot with a new rom)
Titanium backup and I are not the best of friends, and as such I spent the next hour or so reinstalling my apps, but not installing the apps I did not want from the old rom, as somehow I managed to do a all rom batch backup the first time I ran it, so every app from EdenX as backed up and I could never get that to work again! So I have been doing my backups and restores 1 app at a time, which isn’t that bad, since I don’t actively use, update, or add data to 70% of the installed apps on my device anyway. I tend to get a couple of apps that I spend a huge amount of time in and stick to them for weeks before moving on to something else.
Then it was off to testing apps, of course the first thing I did was go through apps that I used the most, and those that failed to run on EdenX (again I think it was a UI issue, as they would run, then disappear and I never figured out in Eden or EdenX how to do the hold home for 3 seconds to get a list of the last 8 apps you ran. Which I was sure would get e right back to the ones that kept “disappearing” and I would be able to use them. I had a couple of apps that would not work, until I turned on/off my wifi, sometimes several times, and it did not always matter if the wifi was on or off for most of the apps, just started working after I toggled it, sometimes… But to tell the truth, the last straw with EdenX was that Gmail would never show me my new emails, it would say there were (example) 36 new messages in label “inbox” but when I opened that label the newest email it would show me would be from (example) 3 days ago, even after multiple refreshes. Even worse, if I cleared through my emails on my HTC Evo, Gmail on the Adam would update very quickly to show the changes (except it still would not show me the new messages. After 2 weeks of this I finally gave up and that is why I moved to Beast, if I cannot check my email regularly then the Adam would have been on Craig’s List (actually I did try to post it, I got so fed up with issues trying to just use it, but the posting got flagged for violation of terms and they asked me to verify my account by phone, so I cancelled the posting).
Gmail is working great, my Bank of America App is working fine as well (both had issues in Eden and EdenX and I use them more than 7 times per week each), it did take me 7 tries to get The Akinator to launch, but after that it worked fine (had my wifi off, I believe was the cause and the app requires inet access). I’ve actually been spending a lot of time playing pirates and traders lately, although the graphics are very low quality, and stretch based off the Adam’s orientation (yes the game rotates if you tilt while playing, on all 4 sides!), it also could use several additional features, but is still a fun play with promised updates coming!
(sorry to do this again, but I have been sitting on this post for 5 days now. I’ll get around to the links, I swear!)