Ever wondered what Papa Smurf is up to when he’s not foiling Gargamel’s latest evil plot or lusting after Smurfette? I know I have. Apparently he hangs around the EVO 4G forums helping people get the most out of their devices.
There are plenty of ways to maximize the performance of your device, but unfortunately it can be somewhat time consuming and awkward to make the necessary changes to implement things like build.prop and init.d tweaks, especially if you wish to implement several at once. However XDA Forum Moderator & Recognized Contributor PapaSmurf151 has created a script that will install . . . READ ON »
Getting a tablet UI to work on an Android phone is pretty cool. Not only is it a breathe of fresh air from the typical Android phone experience, but it looks cool and is actually functional on larger phones once you get used to it. In fact, whenever an AOSP-based ROM hits a device, getting tablet UI on it seems to be on the high priority list of things to get working since it’s slowly becoming popular with end users. Well for those running certain AOKP builds, getting tablet UI is as simple as flashing a mod, and the . . . READ ON »
Just because an OEM says that a device can’t handle newer software doesn’t mean they’re necessarily right. Okay, more often than not, they aren’t, as devices as old as the G1 have been given Ice Cream Sandwich. It is with this spirit in mind that devices remain alive long after their manufacturers toss them to the wind and keeps older devices looking new until those daunting two year contracts have expired.
When a new iteration of Android starts hitting a device, it rarely just rolls out to the device on OTA day. There are leaks, pre-releases, and all sorts of mayhem that can fall down on a development community depending on how open—or irresponsible, depending on how you look at it—an OEM is. In some cases, there are two or three leaks, followed by the official release. However, for users of the Samsung Epic 4g Touch, they have CyanogenMod9, ICS MIUI, ICS AOKP, and about a dozen Samsung ICS leaks all at the same time!
With that much goodness flying . . . READ ON »
The juggernaut of the internet, Google, shows no sign of slowing down. Killing off unpopular creations, brewing up new things in their famous lab, taking on Facebook with two different social network products, and continuing to stay on top of the search engine game are just some of the things Google is famous for.
Overlooked by many, Google Docs is essentially an online version of Microsoft Office that allows people to collaborate and share documents easily. However, this has changed. According to a thread created by XDA Forum Member rajitsingh, there is now an update available. Google Docs is . . . READ ON »
As we’ve mentioned before, some Samsung devices are having some problems with Ice Cream Sandwich. Nothing serious, mind you, but enough that installations and backups that used to take all of five minutes are now taking much longer. Thus, doing something that used to be as simple as installing a ROM is now requiring more than just a routine trip to a custom recovery.
XDA Senior Member chasmodo brings us a new, albeit temporary, method for installing AOSP ROMs on their Samsung Galaxy Note. The process is much longer than flashaholics are used to, and requires several specific . . . READ ON »
CM9 has been a target among ICS seekers in today’s day and age. However, as everything in life, one must learn how to crawl before learning how to run and with that concept in mind, we arrive at the inevitable conclusion that before being able to have the joys of AOSP CM9 on the Samsung Infuse 4G, we must first have ICS running, at the very least, partially. After lots of blood, sweat, and tears, it looks like XDA Recognized Developer jt1134 did just what everyone (who owns an Infuse) was waiting for. He brought the ICS goodness to . . . READ ON »
Flashing a radio can greatly affect your device. It can improve signal strength, improve data speeds, or even help with things like call quality and alleviating dropped calls. On some devices which have radio bugs on release, such as complete loss of signal, a radio flash can alleviate these issues and restore stability to signal. However, and especially on HTC devices, a bad radio flash can easily result in a very expensive paperweight.
A few months back, we wrote an article about a certain app that allowed Samsung device owners to back up and restore their EFS folders, brought to you by XDA Recognized Developer lyriquidperfection. Well, it seems that the dev has been hard at work, tweaking and perfecting his tool in order to bring forth EFS Pro, which is essentially a newer, more complete and capable version of its predecessor.
The new tool has been completely revamped and does more than it was originally conceived to do. Some of the new functions, aside from backing up and restoring the EFS . . . READ ON »
Android and XDA have been awash with volume and equalizer modifications since the porting of Beats Audio to all Gingerbread ROMs. Users have been flashing these mods left and right in order to give their music a little extra clarity, some volume, and a lot of extra bass. From Sony XLoud and Beats Audio to DSP Manager, Android has been always had a lot of great options for those to prefer to customize their audio. For the Samsung Galaxy 3 and the Samsung Galaxy SL, there is now an option that brings even more bass—if that’s what you’re . . . READ ON »
XDA Recognized Developer lithid-cm has created an extremely simple, and easy to use script to control the CPU of one of the most beloved Nexus line devices: the Nexus S 4G. RemCPU is a script that allows you to ‘set and forget’ your CPU settings. By adding the script to your device and running it once to configure it, you can bypass the need for a separate app to handle control of your CPU. This is both a time and power saver because there is no need for an additional process to run. To install the controller script, flash . . . READ ON »
Stuff happens, and sometimes even the mightiest of devices can have a bad day. And for those, there is some troubleshooting to do. In most cases, it’s a soft brick, and users get stuck in the splash screen or boot loop. These problems are easily fixed with a simple ROM re-flash or use some other simple restore tool. However, it sometimes gets a lot worse than that. Nothing puts the lump of panic into a user’s stomach more than hitting the power button and having nothing show up. This is a difficult situation and usually entails a trip to the . . . READ ON »
The Ice Cream Sandwich craze, which has been going around for the better part of the last half a year or so, is somewhat typical in our beloved little circles. The joy and excitement of getting something “new” is always a somewhat thrilling experience as you are leaving something that is good, well supported, and stable, for something that is everything but the aforementioned (albeit ICS actually is pretty good). For those of you who simply have no time to theme your tried and true Gingerbread to look like ICS, there are always pre-made themes and mods that will give . . . READ ON »