September 25, 2013 By: Jimmy McGee
Everyone uses a keyboard on his or her touchscreen device. There are many choices in soft keyboards, and they are all quite similar. But are they the same? Is it worth spending money to get a good keyboard? Why would I want to use anything other than the standard Android keyboard?
In this video, XDA Developer TV Producer TK attempts to answer those questions. TK shows off three applications, XDA Senior Member TouchPal’s TouchPal X, the premium SwiftKey app, and the default Android keyboard. TK compares their usability and functionality, and he gives his thoughts on these applications. Check out this keyboard app challenge.
Overheating problems are something most people would normally see on a traditional computer. When the cooling system within a compute fails at adequately disperses heat, you end up with a hot computer, which is never a good thing. This problem isn’t as prevalent on mobile devices as it is in the PC world, but there’s a few devices out there that could use some better heat management. One of those devices is the Acer Iconia A700. Users have reported the tablet getting disturbingly warm after using resource-intensive apps and games. Hot enough, in fact, to crash the tablet. Now, there’s a fix.
XDA Senior Member Beknatok discovered that the inside of the back panel of the A700 contains three thermal pads that bridge the gap between the surface of the back plate and the main board on the device. The issue with the device was that the thermal pads alone do not transfer enough heat, and thus causing overheating.
The band-aid solution is quite simple—thermal paste. The paste is to be applied on the three thermal pads. Once done, Beknatok noticed that the overheating ceased. Beknatok is now looking to find bigger, more efficient thermal pads to replace the ones that came stock with the A700. For anyone who wants to mimic the process, do be careful as you’re tampering with the guts of the tablet. Even though adding thermal paste is not a dangerous task (as long as you’re using non-capacitive and non-conducting paste), you want to be sure to not accidentally damage other components.
Head over to the original thread to get started.
June 28, 2012 By: Former Writer
Upon the release of a new device, a mission that many developers undertake is to root the device and unlock the bootloader. After this, typically comes a deluge of development in the form of custom ROMs, kernels, and other mods and tweaks. It can be said that the life of a device doesn’t truly begin until the warranty has been thoroughly voided. For Acer Iconia A700 and A510 users, that journey can start right now.
For the A700, bootloader unlock and root is quite simple. For unlock, use the fastboot oem unlock method. If it were only that easy on other popular devices. Obtaining root is only slightly more complicated, as users will have to download and unpack a file, and flash it via Windows Command Prompt with Administrator Privileges. That’s it.
Currently, the A510 is using the Iconia A100 exploit to gain root. While the method isn’t expected to last beyond the next firmware update, it has been confirmed working on all current firmware versions of the A510. Unlocking the bootloader is still easy, as it’s the same fastboot oem unlock method. Certain other companies could pick up a few tips from Acer.
While many Android tablet fans have been salivating for the upcoming Asus Transformer Infinity and its high resolution 1920 x 1200 display, the Infinity is not the only game in town when it comes to full HD Android tablets. Acer recently announced the upcoming Iconia Tab A700, which will be the successor to the popular and wallet-friendly Iconia Tab A500.
Powered by a 1.3 GHz quad-core Nvidia Tegra 3 processor, and backed by a gig of ram and 32 gigs of internal storage, the Iconia A700 is no slouch. The device also features a 36.26 Wh battery, and tips the scales at 1.47 lbs. However, its defining trait will surely be its 10.1″ 1920 x 1200 display, which will allow users to watch full HD content without any scaling whatsoever. The device is slated to ship by the end of the month, and just like its predecessor, it’s reasonably priced at just $449.
Can’t wait to get your hands on one? Join in on the discussion in the newly created forum.