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    6.14.84 ICS Leaked For the Droid RAZR, Wreaks Havoc on Users



    The game of flashing leaks, aka unofficial builds, on locked handsets (locked bootloader ) has just gotten a lot tougher for those willing to take that risk. The 6.12.84 ICS build that leaked for the Droid RAZR this past weekend, has wreaked havoc on users who flashed it. The problem wasn't discovered until users tried to fastboot/RSD back to a previous build. Upon trying to "reset" the handset users ended up bricking (rendering the device useless) their handsets with no fix in sight. Some users have claimed that they were able to recover the handset, but a majority of people who jumped in and flashed the leak and tried to fastboot/RSD back have been left with a broken smartphone. Those fortunate enough to have flashed the leak, but have not attempted to "reset" the device are not out of the woods by a long shot. They are now "permanently" taken off the upgrade path. Meaning they will not be able to receive updates pushed by Big Red or be able to flash another build until there is a fix.

    Essentially they are looking at a worst and best case scenario. Worst case, users will be stuck on 6.14.84 for the life of their contract or until they get another phone. Best case, somebody figures out a fix and they can safely flash an earlier, or depending how long it takes to find a fix, a later build. As far as the others with bricked devices, their only hope hinges on the great developers finding a fix. No fix, no phone. Scary proposition.

    Flashing leaks is a risky business and the warnings have often gone ignored. Let this latest incident be a stern warning to anyone thinking about jumping into this game. If you don't mind being stuck on a particular build, possibly for good, go ahead and flash away. More importantly, if you value owning a smartphone and don't wish to be left with an expensive paperweight, wait for others to test it for a couple of days before flashing a leak. It may feel cool to be one of the first to be running a new build, but it's not cool to have something like what happened above happen to you.

    We implore EVERYONE to not flash leaks on a locked handset until they are 100% certain that it is safe to do so. A good rule of thumb is to wait a minimum of 2 days before flashing a leak. We'd love to hear everyone's thoughts on leaks and if they were caught up in this latest debacle.
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    I used to wait a week back when updates came out for my DroidX that were leaked. Let those with the know how to fix it do it and pass the word along.
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    wow, makes me feel good to have the nexus.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mikeyo1990 View Post
    wow, makes me feel good to have the nexus.
    love my GNex as well, nonetheless I usually wait until "leak + ~2 weeks" to see if I want to take any flash risk.
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    I was trying to flash this leak over the weekend. I am SO glad I didn't have the time(or knowledge) to do this. I have never flashed a leak before and was busy all weekend. WHEW!
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    Quote Originally Posted by mikeyo1990 View Post
    wow, makes me feel good to have the nexus.
    Same, love my Nexus. Also have a razr though, didn't flash this leak though. Never flashed the old one either, never flashed leaks with it, don't trust leaks regardless of what people say about them. Sucks that it did happen though.

    A few people have restored back to the leak after bricking trying to RSD/fast boot back to GB, so at least the people with a bricked device can at least have a useable device, even if it's knocked off the upgrade plan.
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    I am one of the ones who is stuck on this leak. Thank God I didn't try to fastboot back

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    i don't get it

    I'm a stock android user just waiting on the legit ICS update to come out. What is the benefit of "jailbreaking" an android device...obviously we know what the harmful side effects can be. I'm sure i'm just not educated enough on the topic but my phone (Bionic) works just fine without performing brain surgery on it. Please explain what I may be missing out on besides an ability to remove all that crap Verizon says I need in my phone!

    Thanks all!!!



    Quote Originally Posted by cereal killer View Post


    The game of flashing leaks, aka unofficial builds, on locked handsets (locked bootloader ) has just gotten a lot tougher for those willing to take that risk. The 6.12.84 ICS build that leaked for the Droid RAZR this past weekend, has wreaked havoc on users who flashed it. The problem wasn't discovered until users tried to fastboot/RSD back to a previous build. Upon trying to "reset" the handset users ended up bricking (rendering the device useless) their handsets with no fix in sight. Some users have claimed that they were able to recover the handset, but a majority of people who jumped in and flashed the leak and tried to fastboot/RSD back have been left with a broken smartphone. Those fortunate enough to have flashed the leak, but have not attempted to "reset" the device are not out of the woods by a long shot. They are now "permanently" taken off the upgrade path. Meaning they will not be able to receive updates pushed by Big Red or be able to flash another build until there is a fix.

    Essentially they are looking at a worst and best case scenario. Worst case, users will be stuck on 6.14.84 for the life of their contract or until they get another phone. Best case, somebody figures out a fix and they can safely flash an earlier, or depending how long it takes to find a fix, a later build. As far as the others with bricked devices, their only hope hinges on the great developers finding a fix. No fix, no phone. Scary proposition.

    Flashing leaks is a risky business and the warnings have often gone ignored. Let this latest incident be a stern warning to anyone thinking about jumping into this game. If you don't mind being stuck on a particular build, possibly for good, go ahead and flash away. More importantly, if you value owning a smartphone and don't wish to be left with an expensive paperweight, wait for others to test it for a couple of days before flashing a leak. It may feel cool to be one of the first to be running a new build, but it's not cool to have something like what happened above happen to you.

    We implore EVERYONE to not flash leaks on a locked handset until they are 100% certain that it is safe to do so. A good rule of thumb is to wait a minimum of 2 days before flashing a leak. We'd love to hear everyones thoughts on leaks and if they were caught up in this latest debacle.
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    Arrow Cheesecake Anyone...

    This is the same reason why cheesecake is never recommended for general use... When there is a leak, chill, let it settle out. It's not a developer's ROM, so no one knows what's in it or what state it might leave you in. I'm a crackflasher, but ONLY on DEV ROMS... they know what's there and they can help recover.
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    note to self.........NEVER, flash a leak! ...note taken
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