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littlejoelgriffo

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Dec 13, 2012
276
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Racing Bean Version 3.1!​
(Rom for Xperia Arc and Arc S)

Description:

Racing Bean is a Jelly Bean based Rom for your Xperia Arc/S. It is simply the perfect blend between Battery life and pure speed. Gaming and multitasking. Sony and Nexus user interface. Latest Android features and stability.
But the best thing about this feature-packed rom is its speed. With a brilliant Antutu benchmark score of 6565, the Xperia Arc S surpasses even the Samsung Galaxy Tablet 10.1”. Testers have claimed it is the fastest rom available.

Changelog/Features:

Version 1.0

- Based on the latest Cm10 release by Fxp
- Gapps included
- Supercharged, adrenaline boosted, sysctl tweaked and zipaligned.
- Beats Audio
- A camera with 6mp 16:9 photos
- Deleted a few junk apps
- Mass Storage Mode
- A working panorama app by Sony Ericsson.
- Adfree built into system (no Adfree app, no ads)
- My very own vast collection of tweaks for a far better experience
- Choice between Cm10's Aosp home launcher or good old Xperia Home
- Nexus 4 boot animation
- Surprisingly battery friendly, lasting more than 2 days with 5 and a half hours of screen on time
- A nice sleek background to a few dark themed apps like Settings and TB.
- Deleted a lot of poor message, ringtone and alarm tones and added the good old Sony Ericsson ones for easier picking on tones. (Thanks Hotfingers)
- Far better Ram consumption, up to 223mb free and amazing multitasking
- Android 4.2 keyboard, Google Play Music and Gmail app with pinch to zoom. (Thanks SafariKing)
- Very Stable with HDMI being the only bug and rarely any FCing
- Absolutely blazingly fast. With this ROM the Xperia Arc S has outperformed several dual core devices with a 6565 score in Antutu Benchmark. Perhaps the fastest rom available for Xperia Arc and Arc S.

Version 1.1

-Rebased to Fxp152
-Fixed bad zip error
-Minor speed optimizations
-Trimmed down on useless stuff
-Set default ringtone, notification and alarm tones to nice ones

Version 2.0

- Added Walkman player (thanks thilinaC)
- Fixed low brightness issue
- Changed settings app background to one voted by users.
- Fixed 3G battery drain
- Disabled button backlights
- Greatly improved the Dalvik VM tweaks for better gaming performance over long time
- Xperia style settings icon
- Xperia style quick seeings icon
- Redid build.prop tweaks for faster 3G, scrolling, WiFi, better battery life etc.
- Added baseband 72 for better signal and data connection (thanks papayayoghurt)
- Added on screen buttons add-on

Version 2.0.1

- Fixed Bootloop when wiping data before installing.

Version 2.1

- Re-based to Fxp204 for full compatibility with latest Fusion and LuPus kernels.
- Fixed some broken speed tweaks (faster now)

Version 2.2

- Fixed many bugs
- xLoud audio engine
- Xperia Z launcher
- Enabled 720p video recording (18fps)

Version 3.0

- Rebased to latest Fxp
- Huge gaming performance improvements (I'm not much of a gamer, but Temple Run 2 runs smoothly without any lag whatsoever on the highest quality @ 1ghz)
- I fixed some minor bugs
- Changed the old ugly charging animation when switched off
- Fixed a tonne of bugs (thanks besttt)
- Upgraded the Android 4.2 keyboard to the latest version (swype looks better)
- Deleted the old gallery and camera and replaced with Gallery ICS
- Bravia Engine 2
- Some speed tweaking optimizations for faster overall experience
- Some cool theming here and there
- Modded services.jar for 100% functional Supercharger
- A few strings changes

Version 3.1

- Rebased to Fxp210 (lots of improvements there)
- Latest Adreno GPU drivers for better graphical performance
- Fixed reboot to recovery function (included in Usb fix or buttons)
- Fixed System errors on start up
- Removed Bravia Engine 2 for less battery drain
- A few minor speed tweaks
- Fixed bootloop when coming from another rom (again :rolleyes:)

User praise:

" Your ROM is very fast.
AWESOME!!! Good Job, I use your ROM!"

Evolutios

"the rom is wonderful so far, fast and smooth"
Mattds

"it is fast, the best JB i tried so far"
yukarundeng

"THIS IS THE BEST ROM IV USED THANKS littlejoelgriffo
LIGHTNING FAST"

Damin777

"I can vouch for this guy and his ROM 100%. Everything is stable and rock solid! Nice work!"
Silencer96

"THX your rom is the FASTEST JB ROM !!!
I can play NFS MW !!!"

XarcShad0w

"Hi,
Just a word: Great Rom
For me, seems better JB rom for Arc s now avalaible
Great job, go on like this"

franyo

"Your ROM is amazing! I used Ultimate HD and i searched a rom with jellybean's design, so, your rom is just perfect! Thanks!"
ZzKrackzZ

"Racing Bean gave other life to my ArcS! I was experiencing a lot of problems caused by lack of RAM with CM and now its gone!"
Lord_Snake

"- To the Rom developer - Where is your Donate Button?!"
nostrike

"absolutely this rom is amazing. features, visuality, productivity and fantasticly fast. i love it and thank you for perfect rom"
armutyus

"This ROM is Just awesome!, Works very nice, clean and smooth."
caqo71

"This Rom is awesome , is really a good job."
lt18

"This rom is truly amazing,I love it its so good looking,fast and stable + battery friendly."
clau22bv

"Very good battery life with this rom. i used fusion v4.0 and every thing work well. fast, stable, battery is very friendly"
hoangluongvinh

"everything is working fine and this ROM is really fast (i'm comming from FXP 201)!!! nice work"
gigabyt3

" I must say that your rom in version 1.1 should have in the changelog something like "Bla bla bla tweaks, and some BLACK MAGIC"
because it made my arc s fly like I have never seen before, even comparing to the old GB times . Thank you for your amazing work, and i can't wait to try version 2! "

Jet70355

"2.01 was great, 2.2 even greater! Why would you release V3, there cant be much to improve!"

2xdehelft

"at playing games,,i already tried temple run,NFS,MC 4,and NOVA 3,,i won't compare with another rom,,but honestly this is the best rom for gaming,just try and you'll never tried another rom :D"

bo_cah




Screenshots:

Homescreen_00000.png


Antutu_00000.png


Comp_1_00000.png


Rom Banner:

Add this to your signature to support me.
racingbean1_zpsf73ef30b_Copy.png


Donate:
If you are enjoying my work please consider donating:
Donations are voluntary but allow me to spend more time working on the next version. :D
 
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littlejoelgriffo

Senior Member
Dec 13, 2012
276
1,549
NOTE: xLoud Audio Engine plugin will make play store music apps like Poweramp FC on start. Do not flash if you use one.
NOTE 2: If you are facing problems such as "Status Error 7" while installing, read the FAQ

Installation Procedure:

If coming from another rom:

1.Download Racing Bean and a 4.1.2 kernel (recommended Fxp or Fusion)
2.Place the Wi-Fi modules and Racing Bean on your SDcard
3.Flash your chosen kernel via Flashtool, then boot your phone to recovery
4.Wipe data and format /system
5.Flash Racing Bean and Wi-Fi modules
6. Reboot and have Mess around
7. Flash either usb fix OR On screen buttons addon.


If updating from a previous Racing Bean Version:


1. Wipe cache and dalvik cache
2. Flash the update, Wi-Fi modules and either on screen buttons addon OR usb fix. Also any desired addons.
3. Reboot and enjoy!


DOWNLOAD HERE!

DOWNLOAD USB FIX HERE (Made For Version 3.1)

Download ON-SCREEN BUTTONS ADDON HERE (Made for Version 3.1)

Download xLoud Audio Enigne Addon Here

Download Performance Boost Addon Here

Download Performance Boost Restore Here
 
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littlejoelgriffo

Senior Member
Dec 13, 2012
276
1,549
FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions

FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need WiFi modules for the Fxp kernel?

Nope. Unless your coming from Fusion and had it's modules installed. Then you'd have to reflash the rom in order to have working WiFi with the Fxp kernel


Using Fusion Kernel I get reboots occasionally?

This is a known problem with Fusion kernel. Usually a clean installation will fix this but if you can't be bothered with that, try LuPus.


I'm having problems installing?


Make sure you are using the latest fusion kernel and wiping /system before flashing.
But if all else fails, This will always work


Any battery saving tips? What CPU settings?

In both screenshots in the OP, I used these tips:

1. CPU - 184 ~ 1200mhz InteractiveX with Deadline is optimal for daily usage on the Xperia Arc S.

2. Screen - If you watch your battery stats, you will know that the screen is always the biggest drainer (unless you hardly ever use your phone and keep it in a sock drawer). Decreasing screen brightness and timeout will help lots.

3. Data - As with all Android phones, data usage is a heavy drainer. Whenever you are not in need of internet or are connected to WiFi, turning off data will help greatly.


Can I install with a locked boot loader?

Sorry, no. But unlocking your bootloader is very easy and gives many benefits. Here's a guide on how to do it


I flashed xLoud but there isn't a switch in settings for it!

I am not at the level to edit settings.apk in such an advanced way. So therefore, after flashing xLoud, it is always enabled.


What can I do to repay you?

A simple tap of the thanks button is all I need, but If you're really keen you can donate.
 
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littlejoelgriffo

Senior Member
Dec 13, 2012
276
1,549
Very good! Thanks alot :good:


Does it have onscreen buttons?


EDIT: Added on screen buttons, second post.


Thanks!! One suggestion: keep the rom updated. Make releases, don't give up. Users like updates, a rom that doesn't get upadated once a month


Sure! I'll update at least once a fort night and if I fail to do so I'll probably put a big red "Discontinued" on the OP.

Could you make a version for xperia Ray.

I don't own a Xperia ray. I could try to port but so far I'm concentrating on Arc. Please keep in mind, this is my first custom rom.
 
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cdkane

Senior Member
Apr 5, 2012
86
34
Coming from cm10 AOKP m1 r2 wiped everything and got status 7 error when installing. Bad zip or something else?
 

MarcSinger

Senior Member
Aug 10, 2011
290
186
Sounds really good. But, does it retain the Bravia Engine and XLoud? And you seem to have downgraded the camera from 8 mpx to 6 mpx. How does that fare? Do let me know.
 

littlejoelgriffo

Senior Member
Dec 13, 2012
276
1,549
Look good
hope that battery life is awesome, too :D

Look at the screenshots in the OP, once I got over 2 days another time 3 days and 4 hours. Does that count as awesome?
Do you include inverted apps too?
No. Too ugly.
Is this ROM like fxp roms with low brightness ?
If you look at the credits, its based on Fxp. Though I know how to fix. I'll put on my to-do ;)

EDIT: Fixed low brightness issue in Version 2.0
Seems awesome, is there a plan to upgrade the camera to 8mp?
:good:

Umm, 8mp is already included. :confused:
 
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    Racing Bean Version 3.1!​
    (Rom for Xperia Arc and Arc S)

    Description:

    Racing Bean is a Jelly Bean based Rom for your Xperia Arc/S. It is simply the perfect blend between Battery life and pure speed. Gaming and multitasking. Sony and Nexus user interface. Latest Android features and stability.
    But the best thing about this feature-packed rom is its speed. With a brilliant Antutu benchmark score of 6565, the Xperia Arc S surpasses even the Samsung Galaxy Tablet 10.1”. Testers have claimed it is the fastest rom available.

    Changelog/Features:

    Version 1.0

    - Based on the latest Cm10 release by Fxp
    - Gapps included
    - Supercharged, adrenaline boosted, sysctl tweaked and zipaligned.
    - Beats Audio
    - A camera with 6mp 16:9 photos
    - Deleted a few junk apps
    - Mass Storage Mode
    - A working panorama app by Sony Ericsson.
    - Adfree built into system (no Adfree app, no ads)
    - My very own vast collection of tweaks for a far better experience
    - Choice between Cm10's Aosp home launcher or good old Xperia Home
    - Nexus 4 boot animation
    - Surprisingly battery friendly, lasting more than 2 days with 5 and a half hours of screen on time
    - A nice sleek background to a few dark themed apps like Settings and TB.
    - Deleted a lot of poor message, ringtone and alarm tones and added the good old Sony Ericsson ones for easier picking on tones. (Thanks Hotfingers)
    - Far better Ram consumption, up to 223mb free and amazing multitasking
    - Android 4.2 keyboard, Google Play Music and Gmail app with pinch to zoom. (Thanks SafariKing)
    - Very Stable with HDMI being the only bug and rarely any FCing
    - Absolutely blazingly fast. With this ROM the Xperia Arc S has outperformed several dual core devices with a 6565 score in Antutu Benchmark. Perhaps the fastest rom available for Xperia Arc and Arc S.

    Version 1.1

    -Rebased to Fxp152
    -Fixed bad zip error
    -Minor speed optimizations
    -Trimmed down on useless stuff
    -Set default ringtone, notification and alarm tones to nice ones

    Version 2.0

    - Added Walkman player (thanks thilinaC)
    - Fixed low brightness issue
    - Changed settings app background to one voted by users.
    - Fixed 3G battery drain
    - Disabled button backlights
    - Greatly improved the Dalvik VM tweaks for better gaming performance over long time
    - Xperia style settings icon
    - Xperia style quick seeings icon
    - Redid build.prop tweaks for faster 3G, scrolling, WiFi, better battery life etc.
    - Added baseband 72 for better signal and data connection (thanks papayayoghurt)
    - Added on screen buttons add-on

    Version 2.0.1

    - Fixed Bootloop when wiping data before installing.

    Version 2.1

    - Re-based to Fxp204 for full compatibility with latest Fusion and LuPus kernels.
    - Fixed some broken speed tweaks (faster now)

    Version 2.2

    - Fixed many bugs
    - xLoud audio engine
    - Xperia Z launcher
    - Enabled 720p video recording (18fps)

    Version 3.0

    - Rebased to latest Fxp
    - Huge gaming performance improvements (I'm not much of a gamer, but Temple Run 2 runs smoothly without any lag whatsoever on the highest quality @ 1ghz)
    - I fixed some minor bugs
    - Changed the old ugly charging animation when switched off
    - Fixed a tonne of bugs (thanks besttt)
    - Upgraded the Android 4.2 keyboard to the latest version (swype looks better)
    - Deleted the old gallery and camera and replaced with Gallery ICS
    - Bravia Engine 2
    - Some speed tweaking optimizations for faster overall experience
    - Some cool theming here and there
    - Modded services.jar for 100% functional Supercharger
    - A few strings changes

    Version 3.1

    - Rebased to Fxp210 (lots of improvements there)
    - Latest Adreno GPU drivers for better graphical performance
    - Fixed reboot to recovery function (included in Usb fix or buttons)
    - Fixed System errors on start up
    - Removed Bravia Engine 2 for less battery drain
    - A few minor speed tweaks
    - Fixed bootloop when coming from another rom (again :rolleyes:)

    User praise:

    " Your ROM is very fast.
    AWESOME!!! Good Job, I use your ROM!"

    Evolutios

    "the rom is wonderful so far, fast and smooth"
    Mattds

    "it is fast, the best JB i tried so far"
    yukarundeng

    "THIS IS THE BEST ROM IV USED THANKS littlejoelgriffo
    LIGHTNING FAST"

    Damin777

    "I can vouch for this guy and his ROM 100%. Everything is stable and rock solid! Nice work!"
    Silencer96

    "THX your rom is the FASTEST JB ROM !!!
    I can play NFS MW !!!"

    XarcShad0w

    "Hi,
    Just a word: Great Rom
    For me, seems better JB rom for Arc s now avalaible
    Great job, go on like this"

    franyo

    "Your ROM is amazing! I used Ultimate HD and i searched a rom with jellybean's design, so, your rom is just perfect! Thanks!"
    ZzKrackzZ

    "Racing Bean gave other life to my ArcS! I was experiencing a lot of problems caused by lack of RAM with CM and now its gone!"
    Lord_Snake

    "- To the Rom developer - Where is your Donate Button?!"
    nostrike

    "absolutely this rom is amazing. features, visuality, productivity and fantasticly fast. i love it and thank you for perfect rom"
    armutyus

    "This ROM is Just awesome!, Works very nice, clean and smooth."
    caqo71

    "This Rom is awesome , is really a good job."
    lt18

    "This rom is truly amazing,I love it its so good looking,fast and stable + battery friendly."
    clau22bv

    "Very good battery life with this rom. i used fusion v4.0 and every thing work well. fast, stable, battery is very friendly"
    hoangluongvinh

    "everything is working fine and this ROM is really fast (i'm comming from FXP 201)!!! nice work"
    gigabyt3

    " I must say that your rom in version 1.1 should have in the changelog something like "Bla bla bla tweaks, and some BLACK MAGIC"
    because it made my arc s fly like I have never seen before, even comparing to the old GB times . Thank you for your amazing work, and i can't wait to try version 2! "

    Jet70355

    "2.01 was great, 2.2 even greater! Why would you release V3, there cant be much to improve!"

    2xdehelft

    "at playing games,,i already tried temple run,NFS,MC 4,and NOVA 3,,i won't compare with another rom,,but honestly this is the best rom for gaming,just try and you'll never tried another rom :D"

    bo_cah




    Screenshots:

    Homescreen_00000.png


    Antutu_00000.png


    Comp_1_00000.png


    Rom Banner:

    Add this to your signature to support me.
    racingbean1_zpsf73ef30b_Copy.png


    Donate:
    If you are enjoying my work please consider donating:
    Donations are voluntary but allow me to spend more time working on the next version. :D
    173
    FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions

    FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions

    Do I need WiFi modules for the Fxp kernel?

    Nope. Unless your coming from Fusion and had it's modules installed. Then you'd have to reflash the rom in order to have working WiFi with the Fxp kernel


    Using Fusion Kernel I get reboots occasionally?

    This is a known problem with Fusion kernel. Usually a clean installation will fix this but if you can't be bothered with that, try LuPus.


    I'm having problems installing?


    Make sure you are using the latest fusion kernel and wiping /system before flashing.
    But if all else fails, This will always work


    Any battery saving tips? What CPU settings?

    In both screenshots in the OP, I used these tips:

    1. CPU - 184 ~ 1200mhz InteractiveX with Deadline is optimal for daily usage on the Xperia Arc S.

    2. Screen - If you watch your battery stats, you will know that the screen is always the biggest drainer (unless you hardly ever use your phone and keep it in a sock drawer). Decreasing screen brightness and timeout will help lots.

    3. Data - As with all Android phones, data usage is a heavy drainer. Whenever you are not in need of internet or are connected to WiFi, turning off data will help greatly.


    Can I install with a locked boot loader?

    Sorry, no. But unlocking your bootloader is very easy and gives many benefits. Here's a guide on how to do it


    I flashed xLoud but there isn't a switch in settings for it!

    I am not at the level to edit settings.apk in such an advanced way. So therefore, after flashing xLoud, it is always enabled.


    What can I do to repay you?

    A simple tap of the thanks button is all I need, but If you're really keen you can donate.
    151
    NOTE: xLoud Audio Engine plugin will make play store music apps like Poweramp FC on start. Do not flash if you use one.
    NOTE 2: If you are facing problems such as "Status Error 7" while installing, read the FAQ

    Installation Procedure:

    If coming from another rom:

    1.Download Racing Bean and a 4.1.2 kernel (recommended Fxp or Fusion)
    2.Place the Wi-Fi modules and Racing Bean on your SDcard
    3.Flash your chosen kernel via Flashtool, then boot your phone to recovery
    4.Wipe data and format /system
    5.Flash Racing Bean and Wi-Fi modules
    6. Reboot and have Mess around
    7. Flash either usb fix OR On screen buttons addon.


    If updating from a previous Racing Bean Version:


    1. Wipe cache and dalvik cache
    2. Flash the update, Wi-Fi modules and either on screen buttons addon OR usb fix. Also any desired addons.
    3. Reboot and enjoy!


    DOWNLOAD HERE!

    DOWNLOAD USB FIX HERE (Made For Version 3.1)

    Download ON-SCREEN BUTTONS ADDON HERE (Made for Version 3.1)

    Download xLoud Audio Enigne Addon Here

    Download Performance Boost Addon Here

    Download Performance Boost Restore Here
    73
    CREDITS

    Huge thanks to FXP - Base Rom
    thilinaC - Some Xperia apps.
    Safariking - Jelly Bean 4.2 apps
    Jman2131 - Rom Banner
    singh_dd93 - Great support
    bestttt - Various fixes

    Just pm me if I missed somebody and I will update the credits shortly.
    27
    Screenshot_2013_01_18_17_13_47.png


    Oh btw, this one looks darker on the phone.