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The Blandroid project aims to create a ROM that is stable with only the most useful features added.
For more detailed project goals, visit the official Blandroid Project About page

Supported Devices
Nexus One (Passion)
Nexus S and Nexus S4G
(There's a Nexus S and Nexus S4G thread on RootzWiki, here)

This post contains
General Descriptions and Important Notes
Updates and changelogs will appear periodically in the second post.

Procedure A - Applies to an UNlocked bootloader WITH Custom Recovery

*UPGRADE for flashing from Recovery - find them

Upgrade Image with md5sum
(go here to see how to check image integrity, md5sum)

2.3.7p0 Upgrade Image - 63Mb
SHA1 b0e934da1ba7657bd8d1a8d683e4bce20996e4a4

Procedure A:
1. Download the save it to sdcard
2. Download gapps from here and save to PC
3. Flash the from Recovery.
4. Flash the image from Recovery

Procedure B - Applies to a Locked Bootloader, A NON-rooted device, and NO Custom Recovery.
Procedure B requires the INSTALLATION IMAGE and fastboot for flashing

Installing Blandroid at step 6 will
  • Flash the Custom (Clockworkmod v.3.0.25) Recovery
  • Install a rooted custom ROM
  • Read carefully before proceeding with Step 6.. Step 6 requires fastboot.. Step 6 removes your current System and Data + Installs a rooted ROM + Installs a custom recovery image to your phone. That is very simply, but it comes at a small price.. you will not have a backup of your old ROM
  • If you want a backup of your current ROM - then flash the custom recovery separately and immediately (without booting into the system) enter recovery and backup the ROM, then return to step 6
These INSTALLATION Images are for the fastboot flashing Procedure ONLY - get them
Do not try to flash image from recovery. It won't work!
Download from recovery

Installation Images with md5sum
(go here to see how to check image integrity, md5sum)

2.3.7p0 Initial Installation Image - 65Mb
SHA1 d6fe58cd6197b0855b50fa6a699bbec83dc3d68d

Procedure - B
1. Install fastboot and Android SDK
2. Download the
3. Download gapps from here and save to PC
4. Save Installation Image to your androidSDK/fastboot folder on your PC
5. (From PC terminal) Unlock your device bootloader
$ fastboot oem unlock

The next step will remove your existing ROM and Data related to the system itself.
If you want to backup your ROM, then flash a custom recovery (instructions here),
enter recovery, and backup your ROM.
Step 6 Installs a ROM that is rooted + a Custom Recovery, but you will not have your old ROM backed up

6. (From PC Terminal) Flash Blandroid Installation Image
$ fastboot -w update /path/to/
7. You will automatically boot into home screen. Power off.. choose reboot into recovery...
8. Enter Recovery mode, mount USB and transfer to sdcard
9. Unmount the USB, then install from Recovery then reboot
All Instructions at
Credits (from
Blandroid developer: Joshua Stein
The ROM is "based off of AOSP with some early build framework changes and features extracted from Cyanogen".
I take no credit at all for this ROM, It's the work of Joshua Stein
The developer is unable to provide direct support at any thread other than the official blandroid forum. You might wish to visit the official forum for bug reports, feature requests, and installation or operating queries which aren't addressed here. The Official Forum is at

At this thread, expect
1. Resource links (as above)
2. Announcements: updates and changelogs (in the second post), interesting new features, etc.
3. Expand a little, the Blandroid community for our sharing, discussion, and overall for our benefit.


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Latest Features
(since version 2.3.5p2)
1. System update tool that does background polling for new Blandroid releases
2. Desk clock/alarm application - large snooze button. (see dev's screenshot here)
3. Desk clock/alarm application to speak the time after pressing the snooze button.
4. Since 2.3.7p0 Include English and French Canadian locales and a QWERTY keyboard layout for fe-rCA [Davide Lebel]
5. Import enhanced widget picker (when adding widgets to the home screen) which groups by application [David Lebel]
Forum News: Posted by jcs on October 19th (here)
AOSP servers are back online, 2.3.7_r1 has been merged into blandroid, and a dev snapshot is now building...
Follow Joshua Stein on Twitter @jcs
2.3.7p0 released

Switch browser and quick search box to search over SSL (if using Google as the search provider). Unfortunately this only works if you do not have the proprietary Google apps installed, as they override these settings

Merged AOSP 2.3.6 and 2.3.7 code drops.

2.3.5p2 released.

Added support for the Nexus S 4G (crespo4g) on Sprint.

Added an option to the desk clock/alarm application to speak the time after pressing the snooze button.

Added an option to the desk clock/alarm application to have a large snooze button.

Added DuckDuckGo as a search provider in the web browser.

Removed DigiNotar root SSL certificate from libcore's list of trusted roots. This does not affect applications which contain their own list of root certificates, but it's a start.

Added a system update tool that does background polling for new Blandroid releases (every 2 days by default) to make it easier to download and install new releases.

2.3.5p1 released.

(Please visit for changes from 2011-03-05~2011-09-26)

Information in this post obtained from or
posted with permission from Joshua Stein (jcs), Blandroid developer.
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