When we posted our side-by-side comaprison between the HTC EVO 4G and the Motorola Droid X, one of the most notable additions to the Motorola was the unique multi-touch keyboard. This allows for faster typing, giving you the opportunity to hold down buttons when necessary (the ‘shift’ key, for example) rather than having to toggle them on and off.
It wasn’t long before the multi-touch keyboard was ported to the EVO, as it also has a nice, shiny capacitive touchscreen that’s perfect for the job. However, many users held off from installing it as the Motorola-themed keys didn’t bode well with Sense’s trademark green.
Luckily, XDA member enragedpaza has modified the keyboard, changing the highlight colour to coincide with the familiar grassy tones of HTC’s interface. Thanks to this, EVO owners can enjoy the latest in text input technology without having to sacrifice the pleasing aesthetics of the HTC_IME keyboard.
You can download the revised keyboard in the modification thread.
July 4, 2010 By: ElCondor
As most of you probably know, the Motorola Droid X has got a pre-installed Live Wallpaper which characterizes the Motorola campaign: a dark metal environment with a big red eye watching you all the time. Well this look has been implemented in that live wallpaper, which now has been ported to work on any Android device with Eclair (2.1) or higher. XDA member britoso optimized the wallpaper for better use; he also created Blue, Cyan, Green and Golden eyes instead of red.
Originally posted by britoso
This is what I did:
changed the package and app name,
removed LWPs that install by default,
Works great! Launcher2 works fine too.
Recently, a lot of useful things have been ported from the Motorola Droid X. Although, the Droid X boot animation has already been available for a few days, it now also contains the sound file which plays the “DROID” sound when booting. The feedback seems to be very good, and the package should work fine. Thanks to XDA developer drmbdrummer for this animation!
Originally posted by drmbdrummer
Hey guys. I know this is about and around, but we got the sound working on boot (the “DROID” noise). So here’s how you do it:
- 1. download both files below
- UNZIP the “android_audio.zip” file, put the audio file in your sdk/tools folder
- leave the “bootanimation.zip” file zipped, put in your sdk/tools folder
- go into adb and push both files as follows:
adb push bootanimation.zip /data/local
adb push android_audio.mp3 /data/local
This should work; if anyone has problems let me know.
For download and troubleshooting, continue on to the intro thread.
If you’re watching a video on your HTC Desire and you find the light from the hard keys on your Android device distracting, there is now a way for you to turn them off!
Originally requested by an XDA forum member, user mercianary has posted the solution. You’ll need to copy the command posted by mercianary to a text file on your SD card, save as a shell script and then run it on your Desire using GScript Lite (available free from the Market).
This method will create a new icon on your screen which will let you turn off the hard key button lights. The lights will return after certain events, for example, locking the screen.
Confirmed to be working for Android 2.1/2.2 (Eclair) only.
For more information, please check out the mod thread.
If you’re a fan of any Mario game or have played any of the games on any platform, then you’ll appreciate this great Live Wallpaper by XDA forum member pikipirs.
Watch Mario playing randomly generated levels featuring an outside level, underground level and a castle level in that order. Of course, as fascinating to watch through this is, your battery level may suffer due to the complex Mario AI, especially if you want to keep watching Mario play through the three levels again and again!
When you’ve had enough of watching Mario, try tweaking the settings of the Live Wallpaper as pikipirs has also given you the option to try changing the FPS or disable the level background.
Take a look at the application thread to directly download the apk or to find the link to download free from the Market.
June 24, 2010 By: egzthunder1
XDA member M_T_M has pointed us in the direction of a very nice hack for the EVO. As it turns out, the display of the EVO is limited to 30 FPS (frames per second), a number that can be benchmarked using several apps and games. This is not bad but it can make video and games play choppy on the device. After a lot of time and effort spent by our developers, there have been some major breakthroughs in this area. XDA forum mdoerator toastcfh has posted a modified kernel, which he called GoDmOdE – EVO. Among the many fixes and improvements cooked into it, there is one that applies to EVOs equipped with Epson display panels, which enables the FPS to go far past the 30 FPS limit imposed by HTC.
THIS SOURCE WILL WORK ON ALL CURRENT HTC EVO’S!!!
i found the board files for the EVO a while back but wanted to wait til we at least had the release RUU to release it. now the actual kernel itself isnt a EVO kernel. its actually an Incredible kernel source with the EVO board files in it. that said i had to mod the board files a little to get it to compile. anyhow link below and remember to fork as it helps github and everyone. thanx
You can find more information and instructions in the hack thread.
June 18, 2010 By: ElCondor
The HTC Legend, out of the box, doesn’t support the Live Wallpaper feature that can be found on the Nexus One, the Desire, or the EVO 4G. XDA developer rodigezstyle however created a hack, which enables this great looking feature. The hack only works for rooted HTC Legends, and only experienced users should try this. If you’re new to Android development, please try to search and read first to avoid making costly mistakes. Installation must be done via recovery mode, so you actually have to flash the hack to your device.
Originally posted by rodigezstyle
you will have :
- full OpenGL Support !!!
- a Live Wallpaper fitted Rosie.apk
- Original Sense Live Wallpaper (LWP)
- all Nexus One preinstalled LWP
- Starfield LWP
The OpenGL support is a nice addition because it makes everything much smoother. Credits for the OpenGL mod go to zifnab, jcase & MagnusRagnarok.
Anyone who is old enough to remember the ‘After Dark’ series of screensavers for their Apple Mac or Windows PC will recognise the iconic Flying Toasters screensaver. One of the features of this famous screensaver was that users could adjust the colour or darkness of the toast.
XDA forum member UKLooney has taken this piece of nostalgia and re-packaged it into a Live Wallpaper for Android device owners!
Instead of adjusting the darkness of the toast, rather, UKLooney has given users the option to vary the number of toasters, velocity, size and also the background colour and image.
To enjoy your own slice of toast, download Flying Toast free from the Market, or visit the forum thread to download the apk directly.
June 17, 2010 By: ElCondor
Recently, we reported about the Nexus One 720p camera recording hack, which allows for HD video recording on the Nexus One. XDA member charnsingh_online, has been busy updating the application. These updates either fix some issues or add extra functionality. The final result is much more stable than the first version that came out some weeks ago:
Originally posted by charnsingh_online
- Allocate 15mb to camera (thx coolbho3k)
- CAP bitrates
- i guess the first stable one with best video quality
- Fix blank 480p
- Increased Bitrate
- Allocated more RAM to Camera thx Coolbho3k
- New Camera App by Wysie_Soh (Thx Bro)
- Increased Bitrate to 10mbps if anyone can reach it
As you can see, it’s evolving rapidly, and the quality of the video seem to get better and better. The developer plans to add better FPS and better audio to the application.
If you’re the lucky owner of a Nexus One and want more information, you may want to check out the hack thread.
To help you join in the World Cup fever on your Android device, XDA forum member shikitou has designed a world cup themed Live Wallpaper for Android. There are two versions available – free and paid. The free version of WorldCup2010 Live Wallpaper supports touch, gravity and acceleration. However, the paid version has a few more features:
- Set all sensors argument
- Choose country fields and ball skins
- Dynamically updating soccer & field picture
- Set dynamic updating frequency
- Set soccer quantity and soccer size
- Real-time score push notification
Requires Android 2.1 (Eclair).
The free version is available to download in the application thread, the paid version is available in the Market.
June 17, 2010 By: ElCondor
Normally, users who would like to use Flash 10.1 on their Android devices would have to flash a Froyo (Android 2.2) ROM to get it working. XDA member mysterioustko reports about the Flash 10.1 application for the Nexus one to work on the HTC EVO 4G without having to flash a Froyo ROM. This is actually pretty good news, since Flash 10.1 will not be available on the EVO officially. The application replaces the Flash Lite application, which is enabled by a permission called android.webkit.permission.PLUGIN. In that way, this permission will also allow Flash 10.1 to run on the EVO and Nexus One.
Some more detailed information from AuxLV, who modified the APK to work on Android 2.0 and 2.1.
Here’s recompiled APK for 2.1. It installs, but browser does not “see” it. Here’s explanation why.
Android 2.2 has a new feature called com.google.android.feature.GOOGLE_PLUGIN. And Flash usesit to embed itself inside browser. So browser in 2.1 does not see plugin.
BUT!There’s another thing inside – a permission called android.webkit.permission.PLUGIN. It is already used by Flash Lite on HTC devices. So my APK will work and replace Flash Lite. But I did not test, because I do own… Acer Liquid!
So! HTC users! Try this one! And if it will work instead of your flash lite – report. Your help will be used to port full-blown Flash to other 2.0 and 2.1 devices (yeah! 2.0 is also supported!).
It’s been confirmed to work on the EVO, Nexus One, and Droid Eris. However, many people are experiencing problems. It could work properly for you, so it’s worth trying out.
Continue on to the EVO discussion thread, or download it directly from the download post in the Nexus One thread.
The Wildfire – the Desire’s baby brother – was unveiled earlier in the year by HTC. It sports a 3.2″ QVGA capacitive touchscreen, 384MB RAM and a 528MHz processor among the expected specifications of a cute, pocket-friendly Android device that fits a low budget. HTC’s Wildfire (orignally codenamed ‘Buzz’) will run Eclair 2.1 with Sense and should be available to you soon.
In anticipation of its release and the development-related interest behind the device, we’ve gone ahead and given the Wildfire its own space on the site. The Android Development board and other traditional topics will be added once the public has got a hold of the phone, but you can visit the new section here.
June 13, 2010 By: Ben Elliott
Following the success of similar threads for the Windows Mobile platform, XDA member jerry43812 has initiated a thread designed to collect the most valuable and original Android 2.1 applications available to the XDA community.
In the thread, Eclair users are encouraged to share the apps that they don’t think they could live without. What jerry43812 is trying to do differently is to focus on the less heard-of submissions to the Market, so that they can get more recognition for their ingenuity. For example, we all know how innovative something like Google Goggles is but some of us may have missed the extremely useful Titanium Backup.
Both paid and free apps and games are being considered in the thread, with votes being recounted regularly as new posters give their input. The aim of the thread is to end up with an evolving list of the top 25 best apps for Android 2.1.
You vote for your favourites in the collection thread.
Thanks for the tip, jerry43812!
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