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Posts Tagged: Android 1.6 (Donut)

Aero-Consolidated

After much speculation regarding the release date, the latest installment on one of the best available ports of Android 1.6 (Donut) for the Vogue / Kaiser / Polaris has been released. Xda Member myn has released a much anticipated version of this OS, which includes among other things increased speed, stability, and a myriad of features and apps that will entice you into testing it first from the SD card, and then forcing you (because you will fall in love with it) to flash it over WM and simply keep Android running on your phone.

Some of the new features in RLS 5 (04-24-2010) include:

  • More performance improvements
  • Added patched tattoo Market That allows full market (all apps) regardless of resolution
  • Added faux HTC flipclock/Weather widget
  • New boot animation (Special thanks to pyrator)
  • Updated SpareParts which has now has a bunch of new goodies (home app in memory, Compcache/swap settings)
  • New RIL that defaults MCC to 310 and MNC to 260 eliminating dependency on paid market service script. (Special thanks to dzo)
  • Updated ADW Nexus Launcher now with full Nexus launcher fade in. No more drawer flicking upwards
  • Configurable number home screens (up to 7 now)
  • Quick uninstall feature, Just drag app icon over the launcher drawer and hold it until you see the uninstall message.
  • Updated Astro File manager
  • Added Rogue Tools allowing you to dynamically overclock and change screen density
  • New skinned Calendar and Widget.

Please follow the development in the original thread

y0c

XDA forum member w00yee has developed ‘a better spy camera app’ for Android devices.

If you’re in a situation where you really need to take a photo of someone/something, and just don’t need them to know,  then you can use CallCam Spy v2.3 to help you do so.

Originally posted by w00yee:

  • Very fake incoming call interface, making Spying as easy as pie.
  • No shutter sound.
  • No flash.
  • Just hit ‘End Call’ (shutter) to take a picture.
  • Pictures are saved in root folder of SDCard.
  • Vibrating notification.
  • Android 1.6(+), fully supports Nexus One & Droid/Milestone.
  • Coming soon:  VIde Recording.

Callcam is available for $2.99 on the Market.

For more information, visit the application thread.

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new2ul

Last week I wrote an article about xda member incubus26jc, and how he is helping Vogue owners to mod their Donut builds with additional Widgets, as well as skinning them by mixing and matching components. He’s back with something new and refreshing for the Vogue. Based on the work by xda member mssmison, he’s released an Android version of his own for the Vogue. This version is based on a Hero build and, yes, you guessed it:Sense 2.1 interface, including live wallpapers! Currently, it’s at Release 2, so it’s bound to become a top release really quick.

Originally posted incubus26jc

This is my very first attempt at releasing an actual build. I’m used to doing themes but not releasing builds. So I hope that I can live up to the standards of mssmison and myn. Its a Work in Progress. This is the first build on any phone to ever have Sense with Live wallpapers thanks to mssmison Remember, Hero Is a much more powerful Phone than the vogue. So keep that in mind when comparing to donut.

Release 2 Changes

  • Fixed Most Homescreen Reloads(still reloads with market and browser sometimes)
  • Fixed Incoming Calls Crash(waiting for mssmison’s fix for slow incoming calls)
  • More Speed and Stability
  • Added New Boot Animation
  • Added New Clear Background HTC Keyboard
  • Added Autokiller
  • Added Spare Parts
  • Added Gallery 3D
  • Added Facebook
  • Added 3 Music Player
  • Added Internal And External Storage Space Widgets
  • Removed Touch Sensors(causing crashes)

Please follow the development of this build in the development 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:

Setcpu1

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:

gde1

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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