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Posts Tagged: Advent Vega

HC

There is a thread in the Advent Vega section, created by XDA member Zebwen which deals with a Honeycomb port for this device. Please note that this project was started over at TabletRoms, which is the original source for the port. The dev as well as a few other devs, including XDA members newbe5 & Corvus, have been working hard and created a bit of a hybrid port with pieces of the SDK, the Motorola Xoom, and the ASUS Trasnformer. The port was not bad but suffered from many of the bugs that plague most other Honeycomb ports, the most notorious one being the lack of hardware acceleration. This missing piece makes the OS run like molasses when it comes to animations and screen transitions. Well, thanks to collaboration with several other members, particularly XDA member HomerSp, the HW acceleration is a problem that will no longer be faced. This is a major development in this OS due to the fact that without the actual source, this was deemed an impossible fix by many people who have tried to implement the port in other devices. The post in question has a video of the Advent Vega running a very (and I do mean very) smooth Honeycomb port.

The port itself is not finished but more importantly, this development could potentially bleed into other devices to get HC running properly, even before the source code hits the streets. If you do get to try this port, please post some feedback.

FRESH TODAY 9th May 2011 11:30AM EDT

Cross collaboration between devs of sister tablets in the ##adamroot freenode IRC channel this morning!

Devs: HomerSp got hardware acceleration working, newbe5 got it working on the Advent Vega (video demo below) and DJ_Steve applied them to the Adam HC rom and confirmed to now be working smoothly!

You can find more information in the port thread.

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Thanks pulser_g2 for the tip!

TabletTweaks

Lusting after those ever-present soft keys that Google introduced in Android 3.0 Honeycomb? Luckily, XDA forum member and CyanogenMod developer mad-murdock has been hard at work to stave off your upgraditis. In essence, the developer has added the ubiquitous Android soft keys to the notification bar, which he then moved to the bottom of the screen. Additionally, the full screen event handling has been modified such that the notification bar is now (almost) always present.

List of modifications (green = new since last build)

  • Toggle status bar top/bottom via cm settings. Changes position on the fly when setting is toggled.
  • Moved carrier and power notifications to bottom for bottom bar
  • Created “Tablet tweaks” menu in cm-settings root to gather all tablet related options in one place
  • Extended power menu with home/menu/back buttons. toggable on the fly via cm settings
  • Custom volume-long-press events (home/back/menu/call/end call/search/start-stop-music/next track/prev track/longpress home)
  • Added same options for both-volume-buttons press and long-press
  • Fixed status bar xml, so soft buttons now appear as big as the .png file is.
  • Solved issue about soft buttons not clickable. Their size is now determined smart by the real size of the buttons
  • Added option to move soft-buttons left or right
  • Added submenu to choose which soft buttons to display.
  • Added Quick-Notification-Area-Soft-Button – instantly opens/closes notification area since swiping it open is a long way on tablets
  • Added a Dead-Zone option, so the middle of the status bar is not clickable. Happend a lot before people click it when trying to hit space
  • New graphics from Drakknar in extended power menu – thanks!
  • Added option to toggle extended power items seperatly
  • Added option to reverse power button behavior (switch short-press with long-press action)
  • Cleaned up the options and created new submenu
  • complelty rewrote volume button handling to handle all our new demands
  • integrated Drakknars great new design and wrote code for it
  • lotsa tiny fixes / bugfixes
  • Added option to disable/override fullscreen
  • Added option to disable lockscreen
  • Disabled the animated text for ongoing notifications when softbuttons enabled. this “ticker” did hide the soft buttons for a short while
  • Used same status bar size for nook color than for vega now. buttons should be bigger and not stretched this way. awaiting complaints about status bar too big 
  • added hdpi icons for resized statusbar via overlay for vega and encore this way, status bar items dont look blury anymore
  • added search button to list of soft-buttons – its off by default
  • added long-press to home, back and search soft-button
  • extended fullscreen handling: when a fullscreen app is running, an additional
    hide-softbutton is displayed. once pressed, the app gets real fullscreen
  • added option to choose unhide button for fullscreen
  • improved hide-button handling for special situation, like app-starting-app (i.e. astro file mananger starting movie player, which does fullscreen request) and more
  • Bugfix release #1
  • Bugfix release #2 (aka tt.RC1) removed volume remapping for cm7stable, because source of too many possible bugs considering all the uses of volume buttons + lockscreen disable + reverse
  • code cleanup – moved most stuff to Cm classes (CmSystem, CmPhoneWindowManager, CmStatusBarView, CmButtonTracker) – am satisfied with the code now
  • improved fullscreen overriding in Window class. not only setFlags, but also setAttributes is intercepted now
  • modified stock terminal emulator, so it doesnt crash the system anymore, when disable-fullscreen is selected
  • further improved fullscreen handling after all feedback i got. RC2 and probably merge ready code

Want to try it for yourself? Continue on to the original thread to download a build.

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CES brought quite a few new surprises (and some not so new) to the table of mobile technology. There have been many Android devices that were unveiled (officially anyways) and we can’t help but to get excited as we think that this will bring newer life into our forums. With that being said, we wanted to introduce some of the already rumored devices that were going to hit our little world. There will be two 4G capable devices hitting both US major CDMA carriers that we believe are going to make a shift (no pun intended) in the way things go right now. Also, we are introducing a forum for Motorola’s first Tablet. The devices from the manufacturer have been officially tough nuts to crack, but we believe that this will give devs are run for their money. Lastly, the Advent Vega, which is yet another new comer into the Tablet race.

Do you think that you will be getting any of these? What are your thoughts on the announced performance of the Thunderbolt? Maybe you are looking into switching to the Shift 4G. If you are, we would love to hear what you think.

The HTC EVO Shift 4G Home.

The HTC EVO Thunderbolt Home.

The Motorola Xoom Home.

The Advent Vega Home.

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