ElCondor

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ElCondor · Mar 17, 2012 at 12:00 am · 1 comment

HTC One V ROM Ported to Desire HD and Desire S

The HTC One V's similarities to its older brother, the Desire S, make  it ideal for developers to port ROMs between the devices. XDA Forum Member proxuser has come up with an Android 4.0.3 ROM sporting HTC Sense 4.0 for the Desire S and also the Desire HD. One would assume that this ROM could be much heavier and less stable than stock because it is built for a more powerful device, but the developer assures us that this is simply not the...

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ElCondor · Mar 11, 2012 at 02:00 am · 252 comments

Fix 15% Battery Shutdowns on HTC Desire GB Sense Kernels

It is an issue many with older devices face: once the battery percentage hits the 15% or so, the device simply shuts down without any notice. What's the reason for this problem? Battery aging. The process of battery aging isn't inherently the cause, but as XDA Forum Member theGanymedes points out, it is the fact that your Desire thinks your battery is actually brand new. TheGanymedes puts it this way: ... your device thinks it has more capacity, when it's actually empty...

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ElCondor · Mar 8, 2012 at 04:00 am · 263 comments

Full, Permanent Root for Acer Iconia Tab A100 on ICS

It has taken a while for the development community to come up with full, permanent root for the Iconia Tab, but now it's there. In collaboration with vdsirotkin from 4PDA.ru, XDA member ZeroNull recently unveiled his one-click root utility which allows for functions many users have been long been waiting for, such as read/write permission. The script can be run either from a Windows or Linux computer, and looking at the instructions, it seems to be a pretty painless process. The feedback is...

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ElCondor · Mar 4, 2012 at 09:00 am · 224 comments

Improve Screen Performance on the Galaxy Nexus

While display technology is still evolving at an impressive speed, XDA member mumchristmas decided not to wait for the next technology to come available on a new phone. Instead, he investigated the current screen performance of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus using the Voodoo Screen Test application, a x-rite i1 Display 2 Color meter, and HCFR software. The results weren't so good, as mumchristmas points out: Average Gamma value is about 1.9, far from the ISO stand 2.2. So the color is just...

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ElCondor · Mar 2, 2012 at 02:30 pm · 4 comments

Editorial: Development of Dual-Boot Technology Unfortunately at a Standstill

Perhaps you remember the days of the very first Android ports to Windows Mobile phones such as the HTC Touch Diamond and HTC HD2. Beside the fact that this groundbreaking development was one of the factors that ultimately led to the end of Windows Mobile development on XDA, it did bring some innovative features to the table. Dual boot for example. It was revolutionary to be able to choose between Android and Windows Mobile. After a few months, when people...

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ElCondor · Mar 1, 2012 at 11:30 pm · no comments

Script Partitions SD Card Without Losing Fat32 Contents

Ever tried to use App2SD+ or Link2SD? Then you most probably stumbled upon a pretty tricky step in the installation process---partitioning your SD Card. On some ROMs it requires third party software, which often leads to incompatibility issues. Moreover, partitioning an SD-card requires you to format it first, which inevitably erases all data on it. And though moving 200 MB of data to your computer isn't that much of a problem, you probably don't want to think about having to...

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ElCondor · Mar 1, 2012 at 08:30 am · 55 comments

Beats Audio Now Available on Any Gingerbread ROM

Not too long ago, we wrote about how Beats Audio was slapped onto the Motorola Photon 4G. Now it seems almost all smartphone users can enjoy the popular sound modification. Built upon previous work by XDA Forum Member RockoDev who originally ported the package, this modification now works on all Gingerbread devices and is distributed from a thread by XDA member fuss132. Yes, that's right. As you may have assumed, Beats Audio on HTC phones has nothing to do with hardware; it's just an advanced audio equalizer....

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ElCondor · Feb 16, 2012 at 04:00 pm · 253 comments

XDA Review: Google Chrome Beta for Android

It was just a matter of time before Google would come up with their mobile version of Chrome. The desktop version has been a great success, even though it was pretty isolated from any other Google service. With the coming of Chrome Beta for Android (we'll be calling it Chrome Beta in the rest of this article), Google developers hope to create a connection between Android smartphones and desktops. We'll not work with cliffhangers this time and just admit it...

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ElCondor · Feb 15, 2012 at 04:22 pm · 511 comments

Windows Mobile Running on Windows Phone 7

What a simple tweet can do with ones heartbeat is incredible. XDA Recognized Developer Cotulla tweeted a link to a Youtube video showing what appears to be an HTC HD7 running Windows Mobile. It seems to be some kind of emulator which runs Windows Mobile 6.1 on top of Windows Phone 7. Using virtual buttons to imitate hardware buttons, the Dark Force Team (DFT) shows us that actually almost all functions work, even games play fine. By simply pressing the back...

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ElCondor · Feb 13, 2012 at 12:00 pm · 224 comments

Determine Your Phone’s USB Host Capabilities With USB Host Diagnostics

The USB host function on recent Android phones and tablets, is perhaps the most unspoken yet incredibly useful innovation in recent mobile device development. I remember, a few years ago some developers struggling with connecting a 3.5" HDD to an HTC Touch Diamond, and see where we landed now: manufacturers are slowly building the USB host function into their phones and tablets. The Samsung Galaxy S2 and Galaxy Nexus were said to be able to host any USB device as...

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ElCondor · Feb 9, 2012 at 03:00 pm · no comments

Galaxy Tab 7.7: All Things Are Set, ROM Development Has Started

Two years ago, who would've thought we'd be covering actual tablet development? In that time, we were astonished by the screen size of the HTC Touch HD - 3.7 inch almost seemed too big for our pockets. And see where we landed now: the tablet and smartphone industries are slowly blending together, especially thanks to Dell's Streak and Samsung's Galaxy Note. It is incredible to see how these industries change so rapidly. Fortunately, development is more active than ever before,...

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ElCondor · Feb 9, 2012 at 12:00 pm · 260 comments

Another All-In-One Rooting & Hacking Utility, This Time For Motorola Droid RAZR Users

They hit the portal now and then: utilities that combine all major functions needed to hack a device. Though this news might not be of interest for you simply because you don't have a Droid Razr, it is definitely great news for proud owners of their, according to Motorola "impossibly thin", Droid Razr. XDA member mattlgroff has come up with a program which basically does everything that's needed to enjoy all of the goodness that comes from the XDA forums and around. Whether it...

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ElCondor · Feb 8, 2012 at 04:00 pm · no comments

Asus Transformer Prime Update Rolling Out, First Impressions Seem Positive

Transformer Prime users rejoice: a new update is rolling out which brings some much needed bug fixes, especially to hardware functions such as WiFi and Bluetooth. Many users have been complaining about low WiFi reception and general WiFi problems when Bluetooth is enabled. Together with the WiFi and Bluetooth packages, the kernel received an update too, bringing its version number to 2.6.39. Even though some users don't really seem to notice any WiFi performance improvement, a lot of people do get...

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ElCondor · Mar 3, 2011 at 03:00 pm · 4 comments

Android Gingerbread 2.3.2 Now Available on Samsung Galaxy S

Quite obviously, Galaxy S developers didn't want to wait for Samsung to release a Gingerbread ROM. The forums recently got flooded with Gingerbread after XDA member Lorbas released a complete ROM for the Samsung Galaxy S, version number 2.3.2, coming straight from Samsung itself. It doesn't work on custom kernels (yet), so that's a thing to keep in mind when you're planning to try this out. Make sure to read the instructions first, you don't want to end up with a...

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ElCondor · Feb 27, 2011 at 06:00 pm · 2 comments

The Weekly Q&A: Week 27

Every week, we select five questions and answers, found on the forums. Even though some of these questions and answers might not be of help for you, they might still be interesting to read. Q 'Why is the first test score in Quadrant always lower than the following ones ? ' A There's no expert explanation to this fact, but we guess that it has got something to do with the OS keeping the processes and data in memory. It could...

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