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.
Do you find it annoying when you need to activate wifi on your Android device but have to come out of the app that you’re in to do so?
Well, now there’s an app to fix that! XDA forum member HaggleLad, has written an app so that you can toggle your wifi connection without leaving your current app. This includes the Browser application, Home screen – in fact from any context!
There’s no actual launcher icon or widget so no extra clutter in your app drawer. Instead, HaggleLad has linked the toggle to two buttons – or three actions.
Originally posted by HaggleLad:
- Long press of Search button
- Long press of Call button
- Short press of Call button
When toggling, a toast message is displayed stating whether the wifi connection was enabled or disabled.
In-App Wifi Toggle is available for free in the Market. For more information, check out the application thread.
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.
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.
After receiving rave reviews due to just brief hands-on sessions from tech sites such as Engadget and CNET, HTC’s hotly anticipated Android 2.1-powered EVO 4G will be coming to Sprint stores at the start of next month. It’s been tipped as the most complete Android handset to date, and for good reason: specs include a beautiful 4.3-inch WVGA TFT LCD display that is perfectly capable of showing off the 8 megapixel stills and 720p videos captured by the main camera, along with a Snapdragon 1GHz processor and 512MB of RAM.
For those of you wondering, the ’4G’ in the title refers to the new, ridiculously fast data network that is gradually being rolled out across the States, to which the EVO is uniquely able to connect. The WiMAX specification of this connection type is the one being backed by Sprint and will therefore be the one you use to make iPhone-wielding friends feel jealous.
Sprint are offering the EVO for $199.99 (after a $100 mail-in rebate) with a two year agreement, and Best Buy and Radio Shack are taking pre orders now. Unfortunately there are currently no plans to release the EVO in other regions.
Follow discussions about the device in its dedicated section of the forums here.
A few days ago you may have read about the Eclair 2.1 update to XDAndroid for the Touch Pro and Diamond (although since then many users have reported the build to be working on other devices under the XDAndroid umbrella). Well, a mere week later, babijoee and company have once again updated the GSM Touch Pro and Diamond-targeted builds, this time adding complete GPS functionality for the first time – developing credits go to phhusson, cr2 and jonpry for this latest addition.
The lack of GPS, Bluetooth and camera functionality has been a long-time gripe over in the main thread. It’s now been a few months since Bluetooth was fixed and with GPS now done away with, only the camera and video recording aspects of the Android port are left.
Builds are regularly increasing in stability and usability, with some users having used Android instead of Windows Mobile for months on end. To check out the newest version, visit the XDAndroid thread.
May 10, 2010 By: Ben Elliott
The XDAndroid project works on porting the Google Android operating system to popular devices traditionally running Windows Mobile. Although originally started to support this transition for the HTC Touch Pro and Diamond, the project has spread as support has grown, and users can now find Android ports for the Touch Pro2, Touch Diamond2 and Touch HD as well.
Recently, babijoee uploaded the newest XDAndroid build for the first generation Touch Pros and Diamonds, which brings a refreshing change from 2.0.1 to 2.1 in terms of Android version. Also included in the update are phaelox’s updated version of delta_foxtrot2′s ad blocker, updated effects for the navigational LEDs and improved startup configuration files.
Porting Android builds to our devices has very rapidly become as much common practice, as cooking newer versions of WM for our devices. We have many flavors to choose from in this box of sweet little Android treats.
Now, to make us even more addicted to flashing Android to WM, xda member incubus26jc has released an update for his Super Eclair Lite build. As with most roms, trial and error leads to a better OS, and this is not the exception. There is a long list of improvements for this build, which will make the use of the Android on Vogue a very pleasurable experience.
RLS 4 Features
- Fixed Voice Search
- Fixed Live Wallpapers
- Fixed Apps2sd, Compcache, Home app in Memory ect..
- Fixed Standard Launcher Force Close
- Added Kaiser Wifi Support (Sencond Attempt)
- Added Linux Sd Mount Support (Thanks Myn)
- Added New Notification Bar with New Battery
- Added Dialer1 App
- Added New Boot Animation
- Added Astro, CorpCal, Terminal Emulator
- Lots of Bug Fixes
- Bluetooth Audio
You can follow the development of the build in the application thread.
WiimoteController is an application that enables a Wii remote to connect to your Android device and control apps on your phone!
Developed by XDA forum member pikipirs, WiimoteController v0.1 is currently in alpha so may not work with all Android devices or all Android OS versions.
Currently limited to 30 minute sessions of connectivity, pikipirs has requested that any testers please report back on results.
Originally posted by pikipirs
Device/OS pairs that this app is reported working on:
- Google Nexus One/CyanogenMod 5.0.6
- Google Nexus One/CyanogenMod 126.96.36.199
- Google Nexus One/Stock Android 2.1
- Motorola Milestone/Stock Android 2.0.1
Device/OS pairs that this app probably does not work on:
- Google Nexus One/MoDaCo Alpha r21 Custom ROM Desire Port
To download and for more information on how to setup the app, check out the application thread.
A big thing coming from XDA nowadays are the additions of Android ports to our Windows Mobile phones. Some of the current phones that are being supported and updated are the Diamond, Raphael, Kovsky, Topaz, Rhodium, & Blackstone, however there are always new additions to this list. Today’s new build comes from Reefermattness on the Rhodium thread. He has just upgraded his Android port to support HTC Sense UI and a few other nice features!
- NEW Apr 23 New 2 new builds added to the download section. First we have a 2.1 Android Open Source Project build. This is built by phh using stinedb’s new kitchen. Second we have 2.1 with SENSE UI! Thanks to Klinux for his work on this sqsh!
- NEW Apr 23 New zimage adds 17MB RAM for Android OS use.
- NEW Apr 23 New Startup Utility updates: WinMo auto backlight off/on thanks to bedoig
Check out the thread for more info and to download!
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:
Callcam is available for $2.99 on the Market.
For more information, visit the application thread.
XDA forum member Jus10o has managed to get JIT enabled and working on his HTC Hero (CDMA).
Android 2.0 code includes the source code for a Just In Time (JIT) compiler for Dalvik. It detects hot code and then compiles that code as needed providing a performance boost which of course needs to to be balanced against the cost in battery life and memory.
Originally from the Motorola Milestone, JIT works on HTC Sense but is unstable and force closes a lot. However without HTC Sense, and using HelixLauncher by XDA forum member arctu, Jus100 has confirmed that it runs very smooth. He particularly noticed a significant improvement in speed between opening and closing multiple apps.
Currently, the HTC lock screen does not work – the menu button must be used. Other non HTC slide programs appear to be fine. Requires Android 2.0 (Eclair) or higher.
For more information check out the forum thread.
If you’re a fan of VillainROM you might liek this theme and bootscreen by tristan202, who managed to produce one of the best looking themes I have seen for this specific Android ROM.
The theme is a black and white, bubbly, animated Android 2.1 Sense theme, it gives your device a modern look with a new specialist design that will have people jealous of your device.
Originally posted by tristan202
By demand I have now ported Manup456′s (and possibly some of Stickman’s) theme to VillainROM 5.2. It also contains a lot of my own work. I felt that SenseHero was a bit incomplete, so I created what in my opinion was missing.
Of course the versionnumbers follow VillainRom to make it easy to tell which is for what.
Use it only for VillainROM 5.2
I take no responsibility if you screw up your phone.
Made this new bootscreen, based on CyberWalrus Eat This Apple bootscreen. All credit goes to him.
The thread is the place to go if you’re interested in this look.