The Weekly Q&A: Week 47

As part of our regular Q&A session here on the XDA-Developers Portal, I’ll be covering some questions and issues frequently seen here in the world of XDA. This week, we’ll concentrate on everyone’s favorite large-screened devices–Honeycomb-powered tablets!

Q: Is it possible to turn the a500 display off when connecting to a TV using HDMI out? If you try to lock the device (hit the power button), it halts the device completely. There is not brightness option for “completely off,” so that’s not an option. Ideally, I’d like to save battery if I’m watching a movie via HDMI. Does this require a 3rd party app, if so, do you know of any? [Question originally seen in the Acer Iconia A500 Q&A Section.]

A: “You could conceivably use Widgetsoid or something similar to reduce screen brightness to 0%.”

Q: Have a wi-fi only version i bought and it says no updates available but i dont have touchwiz…any ideas as to why i dont get the update or how i can get it? [Question originally seen in the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 Q&A Section.]

A: “In order to prevent network or server overload we are limiting the number of Tabs that can download the update. You can either keep trying, or wait for your Tab to receive a push update notification.”

Q: Need to run two reader apps (two parallel texts for reading the original literature) on one screen. Two copies of the same program like Moon+ would be even more nice.? [Question originally seen in the Asus Eee Pad Transformer Q&A Section.]

A: This is not possible with the stock Honeycomb OS. However, custom UXes such as TouchWiz on the Galaxy Tab 10.1 allow for multiple applets to run simultaneously on the screen. Additionally, there are UIs in the works that rethink application management altogether.

Q: My bookmarks won’t sync from my PC to transformer. Is this a known problem if so is there a known fix/workaround ? [Question originally seen in the Asus Eee Pad Transformer Q&A Section.]

A: “I had the same problem on my Asus Transformer 3.2,but found the solution. From your home screen.go to settings/manage applications /all/browser then clear data.go back to the browser and it should automatically sign you back into your gmail account. Then go to your browser settings/ general / sync to chrome. In a few minutes they should be back. Also make sure your gmail account/browser are in autosync in settings/accounts and sync. This worked for me and if this helps you please let me know.”

Q: For the last few months I’ve been unable to update/install Facebook on a500. App does not show in marketplace app, does show on web android market but shows as not compatible with Acer. I’ve got factory install (of honeycomb) and received latest updates—though I had the problem prior to 3.1. Note I already have older version of Facebook when I was able to install (when I first got a500…just after release). I’m not interested in rooting if possible and believe issue must be related to configs on marketplace in my profile? [Question originally seen in the Acer Iconia A500 Q&A Section.]

A: For Facebook access, you should give the locally-developed Friend Me a shot. As for Netflix, once you load a certain patch that can be found right here on XDA, the side-loaded APK (also available in the aforementioned thread) will work just fine.

That wraps it up for this week’s session. Stay tuned for more news and Q&A sessions! As always, if you have any suggestions for stories or questions that we should cover, please feel free to send me (or any other News Writer) a private message.

TeslaLED for Android updated

Want to have a full LED application for your Androids? XDA member kevin@TeslaCoil presents TeslaLED on it´s updated 3.0 version with many visual changes on a fresh re-write. Select monochrome, HTC Sense, classic, Morse, and power control modes for your LEDs, LED Flashlight, strobe/Morse code and the option to keep LED on with screen off. The application includes different widget styles.
You can get it for free on the original thread and with no adds!.

If you liked it please leave your feed back.
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Originally posted by kevin@TeslaCoil
[APP] TeslaLED 3.0 beta

TeslaLED is an LED flashlight app for many phones. TeslaLED has been out for over a year, but TeslaLED 3.0 beta is a fresh rewrite (giving me an test bed to try some new development ideas and tools).

Features of TeslaLED:
LED Flashlight
Strobe/Morse Code
Keep LED on with screen off (May flicker once)
Different widget styles
Free and No ads

TeslaLED is known to work on the following devices. It may work on other devices as well, but may require changing the “LED Method” in preferences.
Nexus One, Nexus S
Motorola Droid, Droid X, Droid 2, Atrix
HTC EVO, Droid Incredible, Thunderbolt, Desire, Desire HD, MyTouch 3G Slide, T-Mobile G2, Legend
Galaxy S II i9100
Galaxy S Epic and Fascinate (Strobe/Morse code do not work)
Galaxy Tab 7″ and 10.1″
Xoom
Acer A500

Continue to the application thread.

Motorola Unlocks Bootloaders? [Weekly Recap – 24 June 2011]

This week, SassiBoB takes over the news on this episode of XDA TV. She talks about Sam Caplat’s app review, the interview with capychimp, the WP7 App contest, Cyanogenmod on the Droid 2, TouchWiz 4 for all Android devices, and the EVO 4G’s battery problem. Then azrienoch shows us Livestock vs. The Undead in the style of SassiBoB. Bob comes back and tells us about TrackMe for WP7, and Android on the HTC Universal. Finally, SassiBoB has a few disgruntled words for Motorola and their bootloader policy. Click on for the episode! (more…)

AlphaRev X Public Beta Brings Tasty S-Off Action to the HTC Wildfire

Are you an HTC Wildfire user dying for some tasty S-Off action?  Luckily AlphaRev X, which is intended on achieving exactly that, has just entered public beta.

Starting with an issue he faced himself, XDA forum member dannyjmcguinness has created a support thread regarding the public beta. Obtaining S-Off is a rather large milestone, as it allows custom kernels and ROMs to be flashed without any issue. Additionally, files in the /system partition can be modified while the device is powered on, enabling programs like MetaMorph to work as expected. Essentially, achieving S-Off makes the device truly yours.

If this tickles your fancy, please continue on to the support thread and grab a copy of the public beta yourself. Be warned, however, as this is quite the risky procedure.

[Thanks to scanja500 for pointing this out!]

Want 3G In Your Iconia Tab? Read On…

We all love our brand new shinny tabs. So much power and functionality that it makes you even wonder why you have a desktop or laptop computer in the first place. The only issue is that if you would like to have true mobility with online access while on the road, you either have to get a 3G version of your tab, which may run you a few extra couple of hundreds of dollars in the price tag, or you may be able to tether wirelessly with it from your phone. Luckily, it seems that Acer Iconia owners will have some hope to find a middle ground thanks to the efforts of XDA member Dexter_nlb. Apparently, after quite a bit of trial and error and lots of testing, he was able to get a few Huawei 3G USB dongles to fully work with the Iconia A500. It seems that the device is working perfectly so far although there were issues originally with some apps that required internet connection to work, although browsing was possible (Google apps in general). However, everything seems to be working smoothly now. Following the procedure for enabling this functionality will allow your tab to display the options required for Mobile Data configuration, which will allow you to add/edit your APN (the information needed for your device to be able to connect to your carrier).

Please make sure that your A500 is rooted and that you have made a proper NANDROID back up before attempting this. Please leave some feedback for the dev.

anyways,
from my port of honeycomb to folio100, and now experiments with a500.. i got huawei dongle’s running using the builtin functions.

you will need to have root’d your device. and this might break a system-update, if any of my files are updated during next OTA..

but back to the working 3G.

You can find more information in the original thread.

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Reboot You Phone With LiGux Tools

Thanks to home screen widgets, the lazy have found a way to become lazier. In this case, XDA member tonyleeloveyou has created a simple widget for those who find it a task to hard press the power button in order to reset their phone. LiGux Tools comes with a widget that allows for the following boot methods:

The application does have ads, but the widget itself does not include them. If you prefer using a widgets over hard keys, head over to the original thread or the Android Market to download LiGux Tools.