Most of us have acquired a new phone within the past year or two and I’m sure that you’ve been unhappy, to say the least, about the quality of the contact photos inside of Android. Android wouldn’t quite be the same if we didn’t have a way to fix nearly every complaint about the system we have: alas, we have the just the fix you need. [Read more...]
If there’s one thing about Chrome for Android that I despise, it’s the lack of being able to permanently set the browser to desktop mode when browsing on our tablet or large phone. Data plans and larger screens allow for us to emulate carrying around a desktop, and it should provide us with a desktop experience without having to muck about with loading the mobile one first. Thanks to Google and it’s fantastic ability to search everywhere at once, we were lucky enough to stumble upon a solution on the Google Chrome Forum. [Read more...]
While manufacturers fall further behind on updating devices, development teams like Cyanogenmod and AOKP strive to keep these devices up to date. Paying hundreds of dollars for a device only for it to be dropped a few months later is a real bummer; thankfully custom ROMs breathe new life into older devices as they continue to receive the latest and greatest operating systems. As of last night, AOKP has started to release Jelly Bean builds to the older Galaxy S line as well as newer builds for the current nexus devices. [Read more...]
If you’ve been following Minecraft pocket edition lately, then you’ve been noticing how it’s getting closer and closer to its desktop counterpart; with the introduction to crafting a few months back, and the frequent updates adding more and more craftable items, the game has been showing a lot of potential. One of the biggest issues with the original game for me was the default texture pack, and if you’re like me, you want to change the pocket edition one just as much as the desktop one. Thanks to the huge community following, it’s much easier than you think. Check out the video below to see how to install custom packs on your version of Minecraft PE. [Read more...]
Ever flashed a custom ROM on your Android phone? Then you’ve probably heard of CyanogenMod. The creators of the renown ROM have released yet another update which brings some new features and several user-submitted bugs.
The renown custom rom recieved it’s first major update this week and includes (these are just a few out of the huge list) Android Gingerbread 2.3.4, Bluetooth mouse support, and a few improvements to the notification bar “Swype-to-clear” feature: so you can dismiss notifications without having to clear all of them. I flashed the ROM through ROMManager (a very quick and easy process, literally 2 clicks) and the new build is running smooth as ever, and the camera issues i was having earlier have been fixed.
(The Downloads Page in ROMManager)
You can view the full changelog here and the download the official release off of the CyanogenMod website or directly through ROM Manager. Make sure to leave a comment or feedback in the ROMManager application to let others know how the build works for you or any issues you may have.
Source: CyanogenMod Blog
CEO of HTC Peter Chou announced that bootloaders on their smartphones will now be unlocked. No indication on old devices yet, but we can always hope. The 7000-signed petition must have done some good.
“There has been overwhelming customer feedback that people want access to open bootloaders on HTC phones,” said Chou. “I want you to know that we’ve listened. Today, I’m confirming we will no longer be locking the bootloaders on our devices. Thanks for your passion, support and patience.”
A strong move by HTC, especially when the estimated cost of their possible losses could be in millions.
Is the Nook Color just a simple touch-screen reader, or the cheap alternative to buying an expensive Android tablet? You take a look and see for yourself what it has to offer.
A large amount of development resources is being pushed into this tiny package, making as much of the hardware as possible. Although it’s not the fastest tablet out there, for a low price tag of $250, some spare time, and a bit of dedication, you have the ability to transform it into a [almost] fully functional Android 3.0 tablet! Making it run some of the sleekest Android software, what’s not to love? The build is currently a development build, but is certainly showing the possibility of making this a functional and affordable piece of equipment for everyone.
You might want to reconsider.
Some of the ROMs, even the official Froyo release from Samsung, ends up being buggy, and even having memory leaks in certain programs, causing bugged down devices and a lower battery life. This guide for Samsung Captivate users goes step by step in great detail (and includes videos) showing how to backup, update your OS, and restore all your programs, like you never lost them. There are hundreds of ROMs available online, here’s my personal favorite, including 3 keyboards, customizable lockscreen, various speed improvements, and a voltage changer (which you can use to underclock and undervolt the CPU to your liking.) The Continuum ROM, available on XDA, is all the various updates and fixes built in.
This will also be posted under the Samsung Captivate section of the forums if you would like to reference it at a later date.
BE ADVISED: Although these instructions are safe, they do have the ability to brick your device if you do not follow them correctly. Check to make sure you have a compatible device, and one that is able to both enter download mode, as well as recovery mode (all mentioned in the instructions) before going further.
It didn’t take long for the crack-team over at XDA Developers to accomplish the rooting of the new HTC Thunderbolt. Announced yesterday at approximately 11:35pm on the XDA Forums, the full root was a success, and are currently setting up instructions for all of those who are looking to do the same. So if you’re interested in doing so, you should jump over to XDA Forums and keep an eye out for further instructions!
Thanks to XDA member Fenny, Motorola Atrix 4G users can now run the Webtop function over any HDMI connection, rather than the device requiring an expensive laptop docking station which is sure to burn a hole in your wallet. Awesome, right? To pull this off, you’ll have to root your Atrix 4G along with having it deodoxed. If you want to save yourself the $500 and give this a shot instead of forking out the extra money for that small screen and keyboard, then head over to XDA’s boards and give it a go!