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Posts Tagged: Android 1.5 (Cupcake)

Kitchen Timer App for Android

May 21, 2010   By:

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If you are looking for a timer that is just a timer – not a stopwatch, not an alarm, but just a timer, then check out this little application by XDA forum member JD82.

It’s a simple clean kitchen timer.  Easy to use and easy to read.

Originally posted by JD82:

  • Close the app without stopping the timers.
  • Presets saving (and soon import/export as csv).
  • Alarm sound, notification led colour and vibration pattern customisation.
  • Keep screen on during the countdown (optional, disabled by default).

Requires minimum Android 1.5 (Cupcake), and supports QVGA, HVGA and WVGA resolutions.

Kitchen Timer is free and available for download in the Market. On top of that, JD82 has also posted the source code on google’s project hosting developer site.

For more information and where to view the source code, visit the application thread.

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Android Eclair updates for both the GSM and the CDMA (Sprint) Hero variants have been promised for months, but again and again these only seemed like empty promises.

However, and much to everyone’s surprise, Sprint and HTC today announced the availability of this mysterious and wonderful update from the moulding, old Cupcake build with which the Hero was released to the shiny and delicious Eclair version of Android that we’d started giving up hope for.

The ROM update is available on the official HTC’s website, as opposed to being over-the-air like other phone updates have been. Unfortunately, there’s been nothing yet announced with regard to the GSM version. You can expect to see a lot of custom ROMs built on this update popping up in our dedicated section for the CDMA Hero very soon.

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Superuser App Gets Refreshed

May 19, 2010   By:

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So XDA forum member ChainsDD decided it was time the original superuser app written back in 2008 got a new look and some new features.

Originally written by XDA member Koush, the Superuser app allows specified applications to get root when authorised. The program works with any application that uses su – no special code or support needs to be written.

ChainsDD has given the Superuser app a complete refresh making it more easy to read showing each permission by it’s name rather than it’s UID.

Originally posted by ChainsDD:

  • Many translations (Spanish, German, Czech, Greek, French, Italian, Dutch and Danish).
  • Optional notifications.
  • A dialog that shows details of each permission including access times.
  • A much clearer request window.
  • Permission are removed when an app is uninstalled to prevent another app from possibly getting permissions you don’t want it to have.
  • A bunch of work behind the scenes to smooth things out.

There are 4 versions covering Cupcake, Donut and Eclair Android builds and ROM types.

To download and for more information, check out the application thread.

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XDA forum member ECLIPS3 has written a nice GUI for Windows which enables you to root your device, manage applications and reboot via a simple interface.

Eris Master Application provides a great GUI to help users root their device from the stock Android 1.5 (Cupcake) to Android 2.1 (Eclair) root with a custom ROM installed.

The application also allows users to reboot, enter recovery mode, and enter the bootloader and additionally provides a way to backup applications as well as restoring them, with market updates.

Important: This is not for those on the OS 2.1 leak. It is only for those on OS 1.5.

Eris Master Application is for Windows only.

.NET 4.0 is required.

To download, and for more information, visit the application thread.

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Member cloakt presents this alternative for your home screen on Android. Developed on HTC Hero. Tested on HTC Tattoo and Magic.

Originally posted by cloakt
Zeam 1.0.2 released
Fast and lightweight

Features:
Lightweight
9 screens with a screen chooser
Application sliding drawer custom fly-in animation, plus slide

If upgrading from 1.0.1, please uninstall and install. Changed signing of apk.

If you’re looking for something fresh and clean for your Android, continue to thread

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XDA forum member eddieringle has created a GitHub app for Android. Hubroid allows you to search Repositories and Users, show Watched Repositories, show Followers/Following, Commit Log , Repository Network Listings, Public/Private Activity Feeds all in a neat application on your Android device (currently optimized for Android 1.5 cupcake and 1.6 donut).

Originally posted by eddieringle

Changelog:

v1.3:

  • Ability to add and comment on issues
  • New logo from prash
  • UI tweaks
  • Optimized Gravatar loading

Previous:

  • Follow/Unfollow users & Watch/Unwatch repos via a menu option
  • Show open/closed issues for a repo
  • Activity Feeds
  • Based on the Android 1.6 platform (w/ 1.5 compat.)
  • Splash UI glitch fixed (you’re welcome riku)
  • Other UI enhancements
  • Commit items show their how long ago the commit was pushed
  • Icons for various buttons
  • Increased responsiveness
  • Limit repository homepage URL widths
  • “Back to main menu” menu option
  • Newly revamped design
  • Followers/Following lists
  • Watched Repositories
  • Gravatar support
  • and more…

Hubroid 1.1 is available for free (ad-supported) or you can support eddieringle by purchasing the donate version.  Both are available on the Market and SlideMe.

Check out the main application thread for more information.

APKTool

APKTool v0.9.2 is a tool developed by XDA member Brut.all for re-engineering third party Android apps.

It can be used for localising, or adding features for custom platforms – it is not intended for piracy and other illegal uses.

Originally posted by Brut.all

  • Helping with some repetitive tasks
  • Decoding resources to nearly original form
  • Updating resource IDs contained in app code after resources repackaging
  • Many apps supported
  • Smali, baksmali and Android resources built-in

Currently APKTool only runs on Linux, but Brut.all has started work on a Windows version.  Also framework-res.apk cannot be decrypted since it (and other system files) appear to be built using some of Google’s private tools – but hopefully will be fixed in future developments, for example a custom appt-like tool.

In order to use APKTool, a basic knowledge of the SDK, aapt, PATH and smali is required.

For more information and to download the tool, visit the main application thread, or check out his video on youtube.

SetCPU for Android Root Users

March 22, 2010   By:

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SetCPU is a useful ‘on the fly’ clocking tool for Android root users developed by coolbho3000.  SetCPU has been around since April 2009 and has been receiving regular updates.

It will work with rooted Android devices only on 1.5 (Cupcake), 1.6 (Donut) and 2.0/2.1 (Eclair).

Supported devices include (but are not limited to) HTC Dream, Magic, Hero, Motorola Droid and Nexus One with landscape support.  For ease of use, coolbho3000 has included an autodetect option where SetCPU selects the relevant device.

SetCPU lets the user ‘overclock’ to the max CPU speed of their device, and underclock when the phone is idle in order to conserve battery and optimise performance.  The ‘ondemand’ CPU governor scales the speed between the minimum and maximum speeds depending on current CPU load, whilst the ‘performance’ CPU governor runs the device at max speed CPU speed – but be warned, this can drain your battery very quickly.

SetCPU also contains a few basic profiles for setting the CPU speed including for when your phone is charging or sleeping, a battery temperature profile – SetCPU can set a certain speed when the battery goes above a user-defined threshold and a battery level profile – once the battery level drops below a certain point, the SetCPU will drop the CPU speed. Profiles work by running a low resource service in the background which is disabled when the profiles are turned off.

The widget for SetCPU shows the min/max cpu speed range set (currently does not show the CPU speed in real time).  Simple themes are available in the application.  There is also an option to ‘Set on Boot’.

Advanced users can also define custom frequency lists for custom kernels that SetCPU does not support or for devices with processors not listed in SetCPU’s device selection screen.

Future developments include optional profile notifications in the pull down shade.

The application is available for free for XDA members, and for those who wish to donate for coolbho3000’s work SetCPU is listed at USD0.99 on the Market.

To download or for more information, check out the application thread .

GDE Home Replacement for Android

March 21, 2010   By:

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GDE or Graphical Desktop Environment is an alternative desktop for Android.  Developed by rogro82, GDE was released in October 2009 and has rapidly accumulated a large following and is now at v 0.3.0.1.

It features up to 7 homescreens with some funky transition effects such as the cube (see screenshot) with full 360 degree rotation, stretching or fading, including the option of endless scroll and extra widgets written on rogro82’s own GDE framework.  GDE does not replace the original launcher but can be set as the default launcher.

GDE is compatible with Android 1.5 (Cupcake), 1.6 (Donut), and 2.0/2.1 (Eclair), and with the following devices; HTC Dream, HTC Hero, HTC Magic, DroidEris and Nexus One.  One XDA member has also tried successfully installing on his Archos 5!

Originally posted by rogro82:

Infinite desktop rotation. Your homescreens never end.  Go from last screen to first and vice-versa just by swiping.

Normal icon view in tray, as well as list view with alphabetical grab handle (much like contacts scroll).

Folder flexibility.  Place folders in tray.  Drag folders to desktop. Place items in closed folders on desktop. Place items in open folders on desktop.  Place items in folders in app tray.  Drag folders from desktop to tray.

Transition selection.  Choose from:  Normal, Cube, Stretch and Fade transitions.

Configurable buttons on tray handle.

Access phone settings from GDE menu or configure a tray button for even faster access.

User configurable number of homescreen (1-7 homescreens).

User definable default homescreen (select any homescreen as default when you press the home button) .

Ghost drop (Shows the drop location when hovering over an item).

The soft buttons can be customised,  the hard button too can be configured from within the GDE settings.  Fast fling action is also an option (fast forward/backward to first/last homescreen) and  GDE supports landscape mode using sensor rotation as well as compatibility with shortcut installers such as Bettercut.

There are various widgets available, based on rogro82’s own GDE framework for widgets including a Google search widget (which can search through media on the sdcard), Conversation widget and the impressive AppDock widget which enables left/right scrolling to launch the app of your choice.

The widgets must run off the GDE framework so it is not possible to use any HTC widgets from Rosie/Hero, although there are many clones (free) available on the Market.

Currently, it is not possible to hide app icons from the AppDock, nor sort in any order except that in which they were dragged and dropped originally.  There is however, scope in the future for automation when installing a new application, that automatically places the icon into the AppDock.

The big news is that GDE supports themeing and rogro82 has specifically developed a theming template for themers.  The themes are  complied into .apk files and once installed can be selected from a dropdown menu within the GDE settings.  There are a plethora of themes on the Market, free and paid.  Live wallpaper is supported for Andriod 2.1 only.

Currently there is no way to theme the notification bar without re-implementing the notification bar within GDE although rogro82 has hinted that this may be possible in future releases.  In addition, he has suggested that the ability for themers to control the positions and sizes of buttons, menu bars, as well as widgets, may be implemented in the future.  Themers are also requesting font support for all GDE internal menus and homescreen icons.

GDE v0.3.0.1 is currently available in the Market for EUR2.50.  rogro82 has not released a lite version but as usual, users can try for 48 hours before uninstalling and requesting a refund.

For more information on GDE and theming instructions, check out the application thread.

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