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Posts Tagged: Android 2.0/2.1 (Eclair)

SD-Booster for Android

May 30, 2011   By:

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Complaining about the reading speeds on your external memory card? XDA member Akusari presents SD-Booster, a great application that promises to speed the reading speed of your SD card by up to 40 times. You will need to have your device rooted in order to get it working. The latest version will work on Android 2.1 and up.
You can get it for free in the usual place, and as always we ask you to leave your feedback.

Originally posted by Akusari
[App] SD-Booster v 1.0.2 released

Hello,
i released version 1.0.2 of my SD-Booster app on the market right now.

Changelog:

This version fix a root permission bug found by Andreas and include tweaks for some devices (e.g LG Optimus Speed, Motorola Milestone).

Coming soon: New features will be released with version 2.0.
App description:

SD-Booster speeds up your SD-Card (external memory-card) up to 40 times! Enjoy a new feeling of speed on your Android smartphone anytime and everywhere you are. Starting apps, listing to your favorite music or just swapping data with your PC ? Whatever you do, the SD-Booster improve your phone speed!

SD-Booster needs root permission to run, otherwhise SD-Booster can’t do anything!

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Ghosttown
Using your smartphone is a great way to listen to music on the go, but what happens when your personal music library becomes played out? By utilizing the YouTube API to search for and listen to music, XDA member αкαѕнα has developed Ghosttown, an application that lets you “Listen to any song by any artist!”

Ghosttown uses a similar UI as the stock music player and is very easy to use. Enjoy features such as:
  • Listento any song by any artist
  • Organized by Artist and Album
  • Save Favorites and Playlists
  • Send Playlists to friends
  • Built-In Playlists
  • Works on 3G, 4G or WiFi

If you’re looking for a new way to stream music on the go, head over to the application thread or to the android market to learn more.

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blockfall

Games where the concept of real physics have to be applied have taken the mobile gaming world by storm. The evolution of our hardware has made them even more enjoyable as the smoothness with which some games can run is unrivaled and gives us that “that is a good looking game” eye candy kind of feeling. We all know them with names of famous games such as Rag Doll Cannon, Fruit Ninja, and of course Angry Birds. You will be glad to know that many people are working on new and interesting games of this kind for your enjoyment. One such member is XDA member jp2014, who just released the first version of his game called BlockFall. The objective of the game is quite simple, you will see a pile of blocks that you must take down by slinging a ball at them. It isn’t a straight shot, so you will have to use some judgment on what the best possible way of throwing this is and knocking off as many blocks as possible. Remember that you only have one shot, so you must use it carefully.

The dev is looking for some feedback. So, if you are into physics-strategy games or if you have some time to burn, please report any bugs you may come across.

BlockFall is my first android game. I’d love to hear some feedback/advice. Thanks!
Enjoy.
You can get it from the market by searching for BlockFall.

You can find more information in the game thread.

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LBE

Privacy is a paramount concern for many, particularly when all your personal information is stored in a device that has the potential ability to just send it to whomever it feels like it. Love it or hate it, Microsoft decided that this was far too important when Windows Vista was released and implemented a very annoying yet incredibly safe way of using your computer. The OS will ask you for confirmation of virtually every action we try to take on Vista and 7. A similar approach was taken by XDA member eoc who wrote LBE Privacy Guard for our Android devices. This works in a similar way to the aforemention Windows security implementation with the only difference that it will intercept actions being taken the automatically. For instance, if you had an app that decided to “call home” by itself, the app will intercept this attempt and ask you for a confirmation that you actually want it to do that. It reacts to my events such as SMS, phone calls, or virtually any kind of data transfer by an app. The app also comes equipp with a low level firewall, a netfilter that does not require the use of iptables, and it works with versions of Android prior to Froyo. One last thing, you must be rooted for this to work.

Please leave some feedback for the dev he there it may be bugs or praises for this wonderful app, and stay safe in your travels through the internet.

Please allow me to introduce LBE Privacy Guard, a small app wrote by myself. This app enhances Android permission system and protects your privacy.

LBE Privacy Guard works just like Windows UAC, it intercept vital actions (like send SMS, call phones) and requests to access sensitive data(SMS conversation, contacts, phone location, IMEI, IMSI, etc) from apps, then prompt for your confirmation. Unless explicit permit, such actions and request will be rejected.

You can find more information in the application thread.

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BSRemote

Lets face it. The only reason why universal controls sell as much as they do is because there are not enough aplications for our mobile devices to control everything that we would like… or are there? Today, we stumbled upon an app called BSremote for Android, created by XDA member gapipro. As its name so obviously implies, the app was specifically designed to control BSPlayer for desktop PC. This app will allow you to sit back in your favorite couch, far from the computer, while you control the playback functions of your favorite media player. Start, stop, forward, even look for clips. No need to even get close to the computer, as long as you have your trusty Android device close by.

If you use BsPlayer regularly, please drop by the thread and download the app and leave some feedback with suggestions or if you run into any bugs.

Control BSPlayer from your armchair!

BSRemote is a BSPlayer remote control application for Android smartphones. It allows you to

  • control the volume (mute)
  • control playback status (play, pause, stop)
  • seek movie position
  • browse and select a movie file for playback
  • manage a playlist
  • load subtitles

You can find more information in the application thread.

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system access in linux

The \system in Android is like a forbidden candy for many. A few people will only dare venture in the file and folder mess that represents that particular area of your devices. However, this is where all the fun usually happens. All settings, apks, everything that is of importance to us and to devs lies in there. However, getting there is not necessarily easy or cheap. There are programs like Root Explorer, which will allow you to do a whole bunch of things including mounting, copying, and doing some other fun actions, but as this is a paid program, one has to look for alternatives. Luckily, XDA member AdamOutler has posted a guide to perform all of the above functions and more by using a connection from your computer (whether you are running Windows or Linux), which will allow you to do things such as dual mount, wireless mount, open a wireless root shell, and much more. The guide is intended to give you unrestricted access to… well, everything in your device. As such, it also gives you enough tools to royally mess up your device. So, be careful when you are trying something. Also, remember that you must be rooted to try this out.

The guide is well detailed and gives you links to get all the stuff that you need to get started. Please leave some feedback for the dev.

Introduction:
Here is how you can obtain unrestricted file access to your phone.

Most of the time you don’t need to access the restricted areas of your phone. Sometimes it’s required. I like to use SSH/sftp as it is very compatible with everything.

Here are some of the benefeits of using this technique:

  • Dual mount ( you can copy to and from the phone while using the sdcard)
  • wireless mount (copy to your sdcard without cable)
  • wireless root shell (root terminal access)

You can find more information in the guide thread.

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Thanks AdamOutler for the tip!

JTAG Custom

JTAG has been, since the early days of phones, the surefire (and in most cases) the only possible way to bring a device back to life after a flash gone wrong (used to be really common back in the WM days). Nowadays, Android devices are actually rather sturdy in the sense that you can flash virtually anything to these devices and would be easy to revive. This happens to be the case for a lot of Samsung Galaxy phones. However, there are still ways to turn your shinny Galaxy into a shinny paperweight. However, JTAG boxes are usually very expensive and you will likely not be able to make one yourself, or so we thought until we saw this thread made by XDA member AdamOutler. Apparently, the dev is rather familiar with electronics and has taken it upon himself to revive his dead Captivate. In this process, he created a very informative thread in which he includes a design for a circuit, which will enable this functionality. The key thing about this is that because of the proximity of the pin connectors, in order to make this, you had to have very good soldering skills. Thanks to a rather ingenious circuit design, this is no longer the case. The dev has also provided the most recent pin outs for you to try this out yourself.

Please look throughout the thread as it has tons of very useful information (and it is not a long read either with the thread being about 5 pages long). Trying this in your device may result in complete death of your device and even personal injury if you are not careful with a soldering iron. Please leave some feedback if this is of any use to you.

I think we may have a way to recover any phone with around $40 in hardware (including an Arduino ATmega, a 150Kohm resistor, and a micro usb cable) and no special skills aside from soldering to a USB cable…. Which is nowhere near as difficult as soldering to these microscopic connections.

I need to brick my phone in order to test my theories. If my theory is wrong, then I need to bring it back to life. JTAG, being a tried and true method will serve the purpose well. My plan is to brick my phone every which way from sunday and come up with ways to bring it back using the microusb cable. If I do something really crazy, then I need the JTAG backup.

You can find more information in the original thread.

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Thanks Adam for the tip!

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We would like to see more work on dialers for Android as the default one is quite simple. So, XDA member -=(Kad)=- presents Smart CallerID for your Android device. The app allows you to use a high resolution image to give that touch of personal style to your dialer, features notifications after the end of an outgoing call with the contact information and call duration, notify the loss / finding the network, as well as the inclusion of flight mode, and full screen callerID.
The developer has tested it on a HTC HD2 but should work on other similar devices running Android 2.1 and up. You can grab it in the usual place and on the original thread. Please leave some comments.

Originally posted by -=(Kad)=-
[APP] Starksoft Smart CallerID

Starksoft Smart CallerID 1.5
Starksoft Smart CallerID allows us to establish high-resolution photos on the caller, as well as:
1) Display a notification after the end of an outgoing call with the contact information and call duration
2) Notifies the loss / finding the network, as well as the inclusion of flight mode
3) Intercepts outgoing calls, protecting it from accidental dialing (with the possible exception or complete shutdown of the function)
4) When switched radio offers to include it in an outgoing call

video is here

Download apk

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If you’re fed up with trying to click on tiny links on your mobile Android device screen and trying to highlight tiny rows of text, take a look at PadKite.

PadKite is the first multi-touch mobile mouse created to managed the tiny content on your mobile device screen, helping to click on links without having to zoom in, or select tiny rows of text accurately.

The developers of the app, XDA members padkite, are about to launch the app in the Android market and are looking for feedback from beta testers. You can either download the apk directly or sign up for the beta program.

Currently, the app works on a specific list of devices and supports Eclair, Froyo, and Gingerbread. The devs are also looking for beta testers for Android tablets, although at the moment it doesn’t look there is support yet for Honeycomb.

For more information, head on over to the application thread, where further detail can be found about the app in this post.

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XDA member seydhe presents this widget for your Android device. Omniscience will let you test all the widgets included such as Calendars, Tasks, Weather, Emails, Notes, and more. For now it supports applications such as Google Calendar, GMail, Astrid, Facebook and Springpad, as well as a few others. This currently works on Android 2.1 and up and the developer plans to have a lite free version with Google Calendar only once the beta stage is final. So, step in and try the full open beta now.

Originally posted by seydhe
This is a highly configurable widget to show you what you need to know or remember :
Calendars
Tasks
Weather
Emails (to remind you of replies you have to make)
Notes
etc.

It has (or will have) quite a few assets compared to existing apps of the same kind :
Stock look to better integrate into your home screen
Very user-friendly interface
Supports more than tasks and calendars
Highly configurable
A nice tutorial for beginners
Templates to recreate your favorite configuration quickly with automatic backup in the cloud
Compatible with Android version from 2.1 with ldpi, mdpi and hdpi resolutions (I’ll work on tablets as soon as I can)

For now, it supports the following apps:
Google Calendar
GMail
Google Weather (through the Genie widget)
Astrid
Facebook (birthdays only) (broken by version 1.5.3 )
Springpad
Gtasks
Google Reader
Evernote (broken by version 3.0.1 )
SMS & MMS
NEW – Seesmic (twitter & facebook)

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If you are looking to try out a real tuned radio app, rather than a streaming app, take a look at XDA forum member mikereidis‘ Spirit FM Radio app.

Like the MIUI and CM FM apps, it is derived from the Code Aurora FM app, although the dev appears to have made some more extensive mods than the aforementioned.

Spirit FM Radio is currently in beta and requires Android version 2.1. or higher. On unsupported phones, it should go into an emulator mode to allow the UI to be explored.

The app has support for starting and stopping audio when a phone call is initiated or answered and also features RDS data support on TO FM chip based phones. The XDA dev has stated that he hopes to add RDS support for Broadcom based devices in the future.

The UI has 3 blocks consisting of:

  • Station Info
  • Presets (supports unlimited presets and multiple preset lists)
  • Mute/Power

Spirit FM does not enforce the use of a headset wire as an antenna although for best audio and RDS, the antenna is recommended.

For much more information including device and firmware compatibility and to download the apk, head on over to the application thread.

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Everyone is excited about the new HTC Sense 3.0 but we also have great alternatives to get eye candy with satin-smooth animations. XDA member goweather presents Go Weather for your Android device. The app features live, local weather conditions and forecasts, 3D high-definition weather video, get locations worldwide and saved locations easily, widgets, and even wallpapers are included as well.
Working on Android 2 and up this application can be found for free on the usual spot.

Originally posted by goweather
GO Weather get the most accurate weather information from anywhere at any time. With access to the largest network of professional weather stations in the US and tens of thousands of locations around the world.
GO Weather is ad-free weather application that goes all-out on the eye candy and includes dazzling high definition videos, taking your weather experience to the next-level.

Supported android versions: 2.0 and above

Features:
– Live, local weather conditions and forecasts
– Gorgeous 3D high-definition weather video
– High-impact visual eye candy and satin-smooth animation
– Access up to tens of thousands of locations around world
– Fast access to saved locations (up to 10)
– Cached weather data for offline viewing
– Desktop Widget
– LIVE Wallpaper included

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Tap Tap Revenge 4 for Android

May 3, 2011   By:

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A few months ago, XDA member a2ha told us that Tap Tap Revenge for Android was on it´s way, and now it´s here. Tap and shake to the beat of 100′s of your favorite artists scoring points for accuracy and timing. You can add in multiple difficulty levels. Features include: Chat with TTR players around the world, global leader boards with up-to-the-minute scores, battle other players on line, customize your avatar, weekly contests with new music, amongst many more.
Get it for free on the market.

Originally posted by a2ha
Tap Tap revenge 4 coming to android!!!

Finally it is coming to android 2.1+

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