Perhaps the young ones won´t remember the great HTC Universal, the first 3G device worldwide, released back in 2005 with an unique form factor similar to a micro laptop. Well, the Universal still has a very active community and from it we´ve found that Android is on the process to being ported to it. XDA members notime2d8 and orzech2111 are leading this project that started almost one year ago.
I have spoken with one of the developers involved and this is what is happening now:
What is working so far:
- SD card slot
- Max1587a voltage regulator
- Asic3 Buttons
- Automatic screen rotation
- Usb host
- Adb and Usb mass storage
- M24C08 Eeprom
- Keyboard and button backlights
- Support for RTC8564 realtime clock
- Led’s – Red, Green, Blue, and vibrate
- AC Charging
- Phone -working: sim contacts, text messages, signal strength, voicemails, receiving and making calls.
- Audio – no input from mics
- Camera’s -not working in android a camera HAL driver is needed.
- Power Management
-Suspend and Resume
- Running from NAND
- Easier install method besides using and extracting rootfs
– Data -3g or GPRS
- Devices with only 64mb of ram
- Having no graphics accelerator
- No driver for docg3 NAND
What we can expect in the future:
- Donut builds for 64mb devices with more hardware support such as sound and phone functions.
- Cleaner and faster kernels.
- More memory efficient Android builds.
We must remember that Universal has some hardware limitations as it came with 64MB of RAM, but things are moving quickly and in the right direction.
Developers out there, please step in and give a hand to your fellow Devs on this titanic project!
Originally posted by notime2d8
You will need a spare SD Card of at least 250 MB to try this. You have to create the following 2 partitions on your SD Card.
If you have a larger card you can increase the EXT4 partition freely, which will be the root partition.
/dev/sdb1 – 40 MB FAT32
/dev/sdb2 – 150 MB EXT4
The following files included in the zip file below should be downloaded and copied to your FAT32 partition on the SD Card.
* default.txt (HaReT configuration)
* zImage (the kernel)
The following file is to root filesystem. You should download and extract it in the EXT4 root partition on the SD Card (mmcblk0p2).
Link to cmod froyo rootfs: (Link)
Link to other rootfs: (Link)
Use the following command to extract
Continue to the Development thread.
Special thanks to notime2d8 for answering my questions leading to a great updated list
April 28, 2011 By: egzthunder1
We all remember the good old Activesync for Windows Mobile. A simple and very effective sync program to keep your device, data, and files synced with your computer. Nowadays, things have evolved a bit as most syncing of our important data is done via web, particularly for Android devices. This new sync app, XDA member kovalevfm will allow you to sync files and folders by using Dropbox as your storage. You can utilize your Dropbox account to sync between multiple devices and best of all, it will do all the syncing by itself. The app has a built in scheduler, which is fully configurable and will allow you to set the time at which you would like to sync your files. This is particularly useful for people with slow mobile connections as syncing files in the MB range can take a while and will have a huge drain on battery. Just think about it, if you know that you are going to be home everyday after 7 pm, you can set your app to sync at that time as you will be able to use your wifi connection at home (if you have one). For now, the app will only allow you to upload things into Dropbox, but the dev promises that later releases will have the ability to pull stuf from the online service as well.
Please leave some feedback if you liked this app.
We wrote an app that syncs any files or folders with the help of dropbox according to the schedule.
Now it can only upload files/folders from phone. But it will be able to download from dropbox also soon.
You can find more information in the application thread.
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Lets say that you have a Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 that you need to take in for warranty repair. Maybe, you miss Donut. Whatever the reason may be, due to the large span of countries and carriers that have the Xperia X10, it is complicated to find a stock rom for your carrier, particularly because these tend to either not be posted in the carrier’s site, or are simply taken down after a while. XDA member oalf170892 has posted a very comprehensive guide with links to all the stock original roms for several different versions of the device. In this thread, you will find carrier roms for Claro, Vodaphone, Movistar, T-Mobile UK, and many more. the best part is that they are divided by country. Instructions on how to perform the downgrades are also provided and well written in this guide.
If you have other roms that may not be listed in the thread, or if you have suggestions, please leave some feedback.
Here you can find your movil operator 1.6 firmware (if not here post the one you need and I will TRY to find it), for cases in wich you flashed a firmware on your x10 that isn’t from your country or operator, and now your operator has released the 2.1 update, and you want to run your operators firmware in case of any incident with your phone.
You can find more information in the guide thread.
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The search for the perfect player will never end. Now, XDA member ajeet17181 told us about the successfully ported MPlayer to Android devices running 1.6 and above. This powerful player features support for all subtitle format, proper audio video sync, uses libfaad2 and libmad for aac and mp3 decoding, and stream URL support.
The developer requested for users to leave feedback with bugs found and if it is working on your device, so it can be updated on future versions.
Originally posted by ajeet17181
[APP] MPlayer for Android
I have successfully ported MPlayer for android.
It should work on Android 1.6-2.3.
Try and post your device detail and feedback here. Once it gets confirmed that it is working on other devices I will upload it to market also.
1) Support all subtitle format.
2) Proper audio video sync.
3) Uses libfaad2 and libmad for aac and mp3 decoding.
4) Stream URL support
I have tested with gt540 2.1.
Continue to the application thread.
XDA member phoezies let us know about the newest version of Android Market 2.2.6, which is ready for download. The new version comes with an updated UI (as described by ElCondor in this article), so you can access all the information about an application on a single page without the need to navigate across different tabs. The app detail page also includes related apps to make it easier to find more stuff of interest to you. Several new categories were also added like Widgets and Live Wallpapers.
Developers are now able to upload applications up to 50 MB. The old limit was only 25 MB, which had caused issues for some apps (especially games). Lastly, the refund window has also been reduced from 24 hours down to 15 minutes since most refunds occur within minutes of purchase.
Some sites state it´s working on Android 1.6 and up but others say only for 2.2 and up, please let us know how is working on your version.
Originally posted by phoezies
NEW Android Market! v2.2.6
NEW Android Market! v2.2.6
Requirements: Android 2.2+
Overview: NEW Android Market!
- Refund window changing to 15 minutes
- New carousel with featured apps on main page
- Widgets and Live Wallpapers categories added
- Related content added to app page
- Single page app viewing, all info in one place
- Max size for apk files increased from 25 MB to 50 MB
credits : markinho
You can find more information in the application thread.
Looking to save battery life on your Android phone? XDA Senior Moderator Chainfire has developed SuperPower. SuperPower is a battery saving utility that allows you to set certain variables so when a certain threshold is reached the app will perform a certain feature.
Main features that the app has control over are:
It can change the above features based on the following variables:
The app is feature packed and has some additional features that we did not list, go check out the app and the other features for yourself in the discussion thread. The app is still in beta so please report any issues you are experiencing by posting in the discussion thread, be sure to specify what device you’re using.
XDA member LifewareSolutions had great success on the original application for Windows Mobile, now ported to Android, Deluxe Moon gets an update. Full moon, new moon and moon phase widgets are added to Full/Lite versions and can be configured with blue or gray colors.
You can find it as either free or paid versions with small variations between each other.
The developer shows a video of how this nice app looks on Android.
Originally posted by LifewareSolutions
[APP] Deluxe Moon / Deluxe Moon Lite [Updated: 2010.10.18]
The most beautiful tool to discover more about the influence of the Moon, your mobile assistant which is always at your service wherever you are.
Deluxe Moon v1.28 release notes
Full Moon Widget added to Full/Lite versions
New Moon Widget added to Full/Lite versions
Moon Phase Widget added to Full/Lite versions
Deluxe Moon v1.27
Added Deluxe Moon Widget 1×1. Can be configured as blue or gray.
Continue to the original thread here.
Having the ability to change the density (which is more like your resolution) to something different is a feature that’s hard to get with Android, but not anymore. This simple application was released just this weekend and allows you to change the pixel density of your device to something that you might like more. Created by XDA member ex87, this application is still not 100% complete, but so far its safe and looks good from the provided video.
Here is a little information that the dev has provided for us:
Here video from app I’m developing:
Idea is simple – change LCD density without modifying build.prop and almost on the fly.
Application will change LCD density in system, changes will not survive reboot (so if you have wrong settings, pull out battery or restart device and you are back to old settings). For now best way to change density is to reload Android software stack (it will seems like crash but it’s intended to be this way).
If your density is not enough for you, adjust it over at the thread
Who does not like a new set of fresh icons? This time, XDA member newone757 presents Dimunition Icon set for your Android device. All icons are showed in black in the gallery, so you may have a hard time to make them look right on the first configuration, but after that they should look just like in the thumbnail.
This is the first icon set contribution from the developer, so please leave feed back.
Originally posted by newone757
Uploading an old set I made but never shared.
Only problem is they show up all black in the gallery. So whatever you use to replace icons (folder organizer, bettercut, etc) you have to use andexplorer or astro to browse by filename and select your icon…
You can find m0re information in the icons thread.
Something that has been requested quite frequently is LED notification on the Dell Streak. So far, there has not been a successful development – until now.
XDA forum member Meltus has been working on an SMS Notification LED application for the Streak and has now released an alpha. The dev has stated that the app still needs a lot of development but initial tests look promising.
Once installed, you just need to run the app and hit the home button. When you receive a text message and your Streak is locked, it will wake and dim the screen then flash the home, menu and back LEDs in a pattern. The screen will remain dimmed until you unlock the Android device manually.
Meltus is currently in the process of adding more LED patterns and has also added a pop up message upon receipt of an SMS.
Requires root access.
To try out the application and to provide feedback, head on over to the application thread.
August 25, 2010 By: mic_888
If you’re looking for a remote control app for WinAmp, look no further as XDA forum member popy76 has written Lazik, an app that does just that.
Lazik is a remote control for the media player which uses the WiFi connection on your Android device.
The application gives access to playback controls, playlist and media library. To display the playback controls, you just need to press once on the cover of the current song in the main screen. A search mode is also available through the search button of your phone or long pressing another existing one.
There are two versions of the app available – Lazik which is free in the Market, and Lazik+ which is EUR1.69 and is ad-free and automatically fetches any missing album covers (if your music is properly tagged).
Compatible with Donut through to FroYo.
For more information, head on over to the application thread.
So, you’ve been eyeing up the many apps floating around for other Android devices that turn your LED into a flashlight. Well, now’s your chance to try out a flashlight app developed especially for the Dell Streak.
XDA forum member moneytoo could not find a working flashlight app for the Streak that would turn the LED off as well as turn the LED on, so decided to write an app himself.
All you have to do is download, install and launch StreakLight to switch the LED on and off. The dev uses the app on Android 2.1, and is requesting users on Android 1.6 to try out the app and report feedback.
For more information and to download the apk, head on over to the application thread.
In this day and age, having a cheerful startup to your awesome device is very important, and to some, it reflects their views. Well, this one spells your views to others. Created by XDA member CyberWalrus, this bootscreen tries to make your device’s startup look, call, and tells your friends “EAT THIS APPLE”. Now, this startup screen is not the best anti Apple boot screen I have seen, but I think it’s just right. Perfect balance with a little hate, animation, and flashy.
Thanks a lot to phaelox, who made the zip attached for you to flash, without him, this bootscreen wouldnt work!
I made this bootscreen because I felt that villainROM is so good it seserves its own bootscreen, and I im kina sick of the nexus one boot
Hope everyone likes it, If you want a version with a custom tagline, or have any ideas for a bootscreen that you would like to see, just ask and I will get back to you.
This bootscreen took quite a while to make (photoshop + gifs = frustration)
and was more fiddly than I though it would be, So all thanks are MUCH appreciated
Show your dislike but keep the looks with this boot animation.