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The Weekly Q&A: Week 28

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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.

Q: Has anyone successfully used the “in store network” on their Nook Color, rooted or otherwise? [Question originally seen in the Nook Color General section.]

A: Yes, it should work. However, several users are reporting problems even on stock, unrooted devices. Additionally, this feature will certainly not work if you’re on a radically different ROM like CyanogenMod7.

Q: What is the maximum number of IP addresses that can be assigned while using the built-in WiFi Hotspot in the Nexus One? [Question originally seen in the . . . READ ON »

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Xoom Gets Overclocked!

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If you have seen any videos regarding the Motorola Xoom, you know that it already is quite fast and that its dual core processor packs quite a punch. As we have a bad tendency to make fast things even faster, you will be happy to hear that your Xoom is just about to go warp speed on you thanks to XDA member coolbho3000, who has been responsible for overclocking most of the current devices, and who is the author of the famous SetCPU.  The mod will allow your Xoom to be safely overclocked to up to 1.5 GHz. According to the dev, the kernel in the Xoom is set to a max of 1 GHz for safety of the device. At this point in time, we all know that these limits can be easily surpassed without any major side effects. However, remember that over. . . READ ON »

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Control Your Android Processor Frequencies With “No Frills”

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We all know about and love SetCPU. Being able to control the frequencies of the processor either beyond or below its intended usage is a wonderful thing. However, not everyone knows how to use it or understands the profile creation process. With this in mind, XDA member hrk has released his own clocking app, which allows the user to modify frequencies and control the governor in the device. It works very similarly to SetCPU with a few notable differences. For instance, the need to create profiles is gone and the app will run on very little RAM.

This is meant to work on roms that are sysfs enabled such as CM. Ask the chef of the device you are using if you are not certain about this. Also, please leave feedback for the dev to . . . READ ON »

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Fix the Froyo Lag in Your Streak

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XDA member smokku provides all Streak users with an answer for the reported lag and overall lousy performance of the Froyo stock update. The dev provided us with a few files and a simple process to speed up the device and make it perform like it should. There have already been various reports of  higher Quadrant scores as well as noticeable increased responsiveness. In case you are wondering, the files that you will be flashing will place anew custom kernel in your device, which comes already pre-tweaked for a few things like overclocking, so get SetCPU ready.

If you can, please provide your own experience with this fix. There may be tweaks that are needed but so far, this seems to be doing the trick.

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Let the Kernels Roll In for the G2

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Bound to happen, although we didn’t expect it this soon. Now that the G2 is a fully flashable device, one can only count the minutes until the first roms and kernels hit the fora. It didn’t take long for XDA member coolbho3000 to release one with his own flavor to the wild. You may know this user from a little app called SetCPU, which allows for overclocking on many Android devices. His most recent work included an overclocking script for the G2, which allowed the device to hit 1.4 GHz. The drawback on this was this was just a script, which needed to be ran every time the device was booted. Thanks to the newly acquired root, this script was baked into a kernel, which means… no more running said script.

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10 Apps for Your Rooted Android Device

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XDA member crazyboy_beggar has put together a fantastic list of apps for your rooted Android device. The list showcases the “10 best apps for your device”, if it is missing any apps you think would’ve been mentioned then feel free to post in the thread. Here are some of the top 10:

  • Superuser
  • SetCPU
  • Terminal Emulator
  • Quick boot
  • DroidWall

And a few others. Rooting gives your device extra capabilities that are not available for a regular unrooted device. These apps take advantage of those capabilities because they allow the device to edit system settings that can be sensitive to user input so be careful with some of these.

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HTC Vision (G2) Successfully Overclocked to 1.42 GHz!

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XDA member coolbho3000, who brought us the joy of SetCPU, comes bearing gifts for owners of the new T-Mobile G2 (aka HTC Vision). The device is underclocked to 800 MHz from factory (equipped with a Snapdragon processor, so it should be able to reach at least 1 GHz). However, after a lot of tweaking and playing around with several parameters, the dev finally came up with a patch for the kernel to allow overclocking of up to 1.42 GHz. Needless to say, according to the dev, this device will perform as you would expect from such a high clock speed. In fact, he obtained a Quadrant score of 2265 (screenshot available in the thread). The best part? There is no need for root as this is only patching the kernel and hence there is no n. . . READ ON »

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Tweaks for Superb Battery Life in EVO

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If you are an EVO user, you are probably aware of a little problem that haunts this device. Battery with most roms is less than optimal. There have been many roms, kernels, and theories that have managed to increase this important aspect of our devices (lower brightness, turn off data/GPS if you are not using it, kill 4G, etc). These are all good solutions that will make your device go on a power diet and will allow you to have enough juice to plug it in the charger at night. However, isn’t doing all this defeating the purpose of having such a feature rich device? Point and case, when I got my EVO and activated it, I had to call Sprint and for the first time in about 10 years of using pda devices, I was told that I needed to . . . READ ON »

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Samsung Captivate Over-Clocked to 1.2 GHz

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Most people love their brand new Galaxy devices from Samsung and Captivate owners are not the exception. However, being in the tradition that is XDA, everything can be better. This pushed XDA member blackjackboy as well as other devs including AJerman, to created a new kernel for these devices that would make things run better on the Captivate. A nice feature of this new kernel is that it allows overclocking of the 1 GHz Hummingbird processor to 1.2 GHz. For this, you will need to download SetCPU, which can be found on the forums as well as the market.

The dev also mentioned that this is not the full limit of the Hummingbird, as it can theoretically clock at 1.6 GHz and be stable. It may, in theory, be able to go past thi. . . READ ON »

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How to Save Battery While Running Android on HD2 (Leo)

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With the arrival of Android builds for the HTC Leo, we have seen that battery consumption is a problem not solved yet. XDA member Shatterv2 wrote a complete “how to” guide with tips to save battery.
Using SetCPU, which is an application for over/under clocking devices, and following the steps provided by the developer, your battery should last longer when running Android.
One good thing is that members are also posting their personal configurations as alternatives to test and decide which one works better for the Leo.

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[HOW-TO] Save battery while running any android build on your HD2.

As android builds are getting more and more closer to being daily builds, one of th

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