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Root [Virgin Mobile] Android 4.2 and API 17

Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by ErinGoBragh, Jul 15, 2013.

  1. ErinGoBragh

    ErinGoBragh Well-Known Member
    Thread Starter

    I need to use API 17 for an app I'm developing and really would like to avoid changing my phone and provider. Does anyone know if Virgin Mobile is going to update the Samsung Galaxy Victory to 4.2 (overly hopeful?) or how to install it on my own?

    Thanks, Erin
     

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  2. kwknott

    kwknott Android Expert

    There have been no official 4.2 announcments. Vm is not known for being very giving with the updates so I wouldn't hold your breath for them.

    The only other hope to get 4.2 is waiting for someone to port it to the Victory or if you know how port it yourself.
     
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  3. ErinGoBragh

    ErinGoBragh Well-Known Member
    Thread Starter

    What does "porting" mean? That sounds ominously complex and time consuming.
     
  4. kwknott

    kwknott Android Expert

    Yes it is. It's the process of making a rom work on a phone. There's no official 4.2 supports or any custom roms based on 4.2 for the Victory so you'd essentially have to take a rom from another phone (generally one with similar hardware) and make it work on the Victory.

    You'd have to get all the hardware, calls, mms, data and everything else working
     
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  5. JerryScript

    JerryScript Android Expert

    Not to mention updating the kernel. I'm not certain, but I think 4.2 uses a different kernel.
     
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