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Posts Tagged: Android 2.0/2.1 (Eclair)

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We have featured several LiveWallpapers on the Portal in the past—everything from Mario dashing through the different worlds in his game and Tetris pieces falling and accommodating themselves to Androids falling on your screen and bouncing around as you move your device. However from time to time, we come across some wallpapers so interesting that they deserve attention.

XDA Forum Member suffick released a few LWPs on XDA recently. And his latest addition Node is a physics-lover’s must have. The premise of the LWP is that you have an Android logo comprised of dots on your home screen. When the dots are touched either by tapping or swiping your finger, the dots spread around until they hit their elastic limit. Once this happens, they slowly return to their original position. All in all, the Android actually regenerates itself. For a somewhat analogous comparison, think T-1000 in Terminator 2.

Everything in this LWP can be easily customized such as the size of the spheres, their spacing, colors of the dots and background, and even the Android’s regeneration speed (i.e. how fast the dots get back into position). If you are into live wallpapers, please take this one for a spin and be sure to provide the dev with some feedback if you can think of any way to improve it.

 This started off as a bit of a physics experiment, but I found it quite fun to play with and decided to turn it in to a
live wallpaper. 

You can find more information in the original thread.

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If you are looking for a recipe for fun, XDA Forum Member Dimmerg has a recommendation for you.  He recommends that you try his Garden Troopers dish. To make this delicious dish Dimmerg has made the following recipe.

Ingredients

  • 1 (16 ounce) package frozen yogurt
  • 2 large tomatoes, diced
  • 2 large cucumber, peeled and diced
  • 2 game modes, sliced
  • 5 difficulties, julienned
  • 10 game fields, raised and dried
  • A handful of entertainment

Directions

  1. In a large bowl combine tomatoes, cucumbers, frozen yogurt and a handful of entertainment. Refrigerate overnight, or for at least 1 hour.
  2. Split into two smaller bowls, and one game mode to each bowl. Mix to combine.
  3. Mix the 5 difficulties in a blender
  4. Take each small bowl and dish onto on to 10 plates with a bed of 10 game fields, add the difficulty mixture on the top of the plates.
  5. Submit the completed dish to Google.
  6. Wait for approval and serve to XDA-Developers.
  7. Optional:  Replace frozen yogurt with a honeycomb or ice cream sandwich, for a unique twist.

To try this fun and exciting game check out the Garden Troopers thread. This recipe for fun will keep you entertained for hours. With different difficulties and game modes, the challenges are lasting.

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Normal development efforts around these parts tend to include hours upon hours of people trying to bypass securities added to our devices. The exploits found are normally turned into either temp or permanent roots for Android devices, and this happens to grant people with added functionality on their devices, the ability to run several apps that require root access, and much more.

However, as everything in life, there are trade-offs. For instance, there are some apps and services that will detect the root status of your device and deny your access to them based on it, like the blockbuster app or Google Video.If you feel that you simply cannot live without these but yet want to be able to keep using your device rooted without having to root and unroot back and forth, XDA member motodroidfreak has you covered. He just released an app that will essentially rename your SU binary, making you lose root access for whenever you feel like using the aforementioned services.

The good thing about this app is that it allows you to regain your root just as easily as you deprived yourself from it. The app works for most Android versions except for ICS (for now) since the dev cannot test it. So, if you can jump in and provide the dev with logs or anything that he may require to get this going on ICS, it would be much appreciated.

This app Renames the SU Binary So you basically loose root access till you rename it back within the app! 

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For those of you who are worried about certain tools that sniff your data and prevent you from accessing a wifi network, you can defend yourself with this simple app from XDA forum member gurkedev.

Wifi Protector is an Android security app especially designed to detect and prevent ARP poisoning attacks against your phone in Wifi networks.

The app runs a service on your Android device that continuously monitors network-related parameters. When abnormal behaviour is detected, an alarm is triggered. The type of alarm can be configured and detection and alarms work on non-rooted phones. On rooted phones, it is also possible to reconfigure the phone to make it immune against the attack.

XDA members can download the app for free in the application thread, or feel free to donate by downloading the version in the Android Market.

Wind-Up Knight For Android

October 27, 2011   By:

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If you are a fan of adventure side scrolling games on Android devices, then you should not miss out on this wonderfully done game by XDA member TheOneBD. Wind-up Knight somewhat reminds us of Cordy, which is another Android game. In this one, you must guide your character through long levels where he will need to jump, dash, and do everything he can to rescue the princess from the Black Knight. You do all this in a beautifully designed 3D environment that will leave you asking for more, even if the game is about 50 levels long. The game runs rather smooth and it seems that the bardware requirements are for a mid to high end device (Nexus One, Evo 4G, etc).

As it is customary with most Android apps, this is a work in progress, so any and all feedback is highly appreciated.

Guide your Wind-up Knight through devilish levels–over 50 in all–to rescue the Princess from the clutches of the evil Black Knight. Run, jump, roll, and slash your way to victory. Wind-up Knight is the type of challenging game you have been waiting for.

You can find more information in the game thread.

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You may recall a few months back that we spoke about a new launcher/UI called Claystone, developed by XDA member claystoneinc. Well, the project didn’t die, and in fact, it got better and better over the last few months. Just in case you don’t recall, Claystone 3D is a panel-type UI, which allows you to put all of your content, running apps, and even your apps drawer, into panels that can be accessed by a few touches and slides on the screen. It looks like the devs behind this decided to make a few major overhauls of the whole concept, such as how you access the panels, addition of more content, etc. One of the major upgrades includes a 3D preview of all your active panels, which looks quite good (think of Sense panel previews, but in 3D). The overall end result looks quite promising.

The dev is still looking for lots of feedback to keep improving this new UI. Please make sure that you pay a visit to the thread or get it from the market. In either case, feedback and opinions on performance, bugs, and suggestions are much appreciated.

For those not familiar, we’ve attempted to go beyond the standard launcher apps by placing all your content (App Drawer, File Browser, Web Browser, etc) into panels that can be easily stacked atop another and swiped through.

You can find more information in the original thread.

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MineSweeper 3D For Android

September 29, 2011   By:

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Back in the early 90′s, Curt Johnson cursed the entire world with a game so evil and so consuming that just looking at it would simply force you to spend hours of your busy day just playing it. In case you did not see the header of this article, I am talking about Minesweeper, which is one of the most addictive computer games of the last 25 years. Well, Android is no stranger to this wonderful game but XDA member thiagolr has taken all the necessary precautions to ensure that this never falls out of the popularity charts. MinesSweeper 3D, as its name implies, no longer limits you to a top view, 2D board to play on. This game offers various geometries to challenge your brain and ability to solve the puzzle in the most logical way you can think of. Moreover, there are various difficulty levels and even a few hidden bonuses for you to try and get.

Please take it for a spin and leave some feedback for the dev in case you run into any bugs or if you have some suggestions.

Minesweeper is a classic game and this 3D version takes Minesweeper to the next level.

You can find more information in the original thread.

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Get Your Jump On With Hungry Monkey

August 31, 2011   By:

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Fans of games like Doodle Jump and PapiJump may be interested to learn about XDA forum member mmlsw‘s new game, Hungry Monkey!

Hungry Monkey is a fast paced tilt and jump game where the aim of the game is to hunt the MEGA banana.

Your goal is to aim starving Mr. Monkey to eat as many bananas as you can – but be careful as there are many obstacles in the way to the MEGA banana. The higher you get, the more points you earn. Try to get as many bananas as you can without falling down and you will be rewarded with a combo bonus!

Features of the game include:

  • Completely free
  • Suitable for all ages
  • Easy to play
  • 14 Achievements (3 secret)
  • OpenFeint mobile gaming network integration
  • OpenFeint online high score leader boards
  • OpenFeint inline achievements
If you want to find out more including links to download the game, take a look at the application thread.
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There are many spirit level applications around – for all OS’s, probably because it’s a good type of application for developers to have a first go at – and XDA forum member go goad‘s Bubble Level is just that.

The dev states that it is his and a friend’s first try in the Android Market, but that the focus is on quality so Bubble Level should be quite polished.

The app has ads, but they can be switched off from the settings menu, and is available for free in the Android Market.

Features include:

  • Slick graphics
  • Nice physics
  • LCD display that shows numeric angle with or without decimals
  • Ease of use (tips are shown on LCD)
  • Independent calibration for all four sides of the phone
  • Angle locking with gesture or click
  • Fullscreen mode
  • Orientation locking (landscape, portrait one very device and reversed landscape, reversed portrait on 2.3+)
  • Sound effects -0 degrees angle notification with gentle beep
  • Ads that can be disabled (you choose if you want to support the devs)
  • Installation on SD
For more information, take a look at the application thread.
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XDAer Metastable‘s Epic Audio Visualizer collection of sound-receptive live wallpapers has been enjoyed by many users since its release back in June. Correspondingly, Metastable has added several new wallpapers since, along with bugfixes and various optimisations across the wallpaper collection.

Recent additions include Falling Object, Laser and Galaxy style visualisations. As with some of the stock Android live wallpapers, these have been designed to respond to changes in audio output from the device – expect to see the pattern change as a song your phone is playing progresses.

Epic Audio Visualizer is available in both free and paid versions, although the free option does not include all of the features from the paid collection. If you’d like to see more, visit the project thread.

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Metastable, creator of the Epic Audio Visualizer live wallpaper collection, has recently decided to share some of the knowledge behind the developer’s ingenious creations through a thread in which the steps of creating a new live wallpaper are detailed.

While designing and creating a live wallpaper reproduction of Canadian musician Deadmau5′s current concert set, Metastable thought the XDA community would be interested to know what really goes into masterminding an example of one of the most popular cosmetic features of the Android platform.

By following the thread, users can read the code that is required for various effects and observe the direct outcome of tweaking such information. Also included are screenshots of the work-in-progress and notes on what the developer plans to do next – expect to see updates to the post as Metastable makes more progress.

If you (like myself) are interested in software development but do not know enough to create your own projects, following a build thread such as Metastable’s could be a perfect start.

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We have seen some apps before like Blueput Droid, which can alow you to use your Android device as a touchpad, and this can be quite useful if you are out on the road with a laptop. However, there are many people who can’t stand touchpads and for the most part need a mouse. What if I told you that you could use your Android device as a mouse with the help of the sensors and camera? If this does sound interesting, let me introduce you to XDA member MM32 who has created an app to do exactly this. It is currently only available for Windows PC (sorry Linux and Mac users), but the app seems to work quite well. As stated before, it uses the camera, OpenCV, and the sensors to track your movements in space, which get translated into pointer movements. So far, the app can only be used connected to the computer but according to the dev, a BT option is right around the corner. Oh, and one more thing… it can also be used as a touch pad.

The app is still in early beta, so you can expect a few bugs here and there if you decide to use it. If you do come across bugs, please leave reports so that the dev can iron these out and be able to release a better product.

Utilizing the rear facing camera and OpenCV, this app turns your phone into a mouse that is controlled by its movement in space.

You can find more information in the application thread.

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Nook Touch From A to Z

July 13, 2011   By:

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Some people know about it and some others don’t. For those of you who have no clue what the Nook Touch is, it is a hybrid between the Nook Color and any other E-Reader. If you want this put in different terms, it is the first Android powered device with an e-ink screen. While this may not give you the smooth animations that you would expect to see from an Android device, you can consider it a huge leap forward in terms of development of E-Readers in general as it will allow you to do things like web browsing the same way you are used to in your other Android devices. On top of that, the battery life simply shatters any record from any manufacturer lasting close to 2 months on a single charge. However, as it is not meant as a full Android device, it comes rather limited from the manufacturer, and this is were our hacking community comes in. XDA member xboxexpert has posted a very complete guide on how to get everything from market, apps and games, to root access, properly working on the device. As you can see from the screenshot on this article, even playing Angry Birds is possible.

If you have one of these devices, please give this a shot and share your feedback with the rest of the community.

This is a simple guide and script from Start to Finish on how to root and install all needed programs to your Nook Touch. Enjoy  If you find anything wrong with my script please let me know but I think I ironed out all the bugs during testing.

You can find more information in the guide thread.

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