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Posts Tagged: Android 2.0/2.1 (Eclair)

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Swype has been one of the most revolutionary keyboards for mobile devices since the introduction of Android. The Swype project has grown considerably over the past couple of years and it has become one of Android’s must have apps. The downfall was that due to limitations in the coding and licensing, only certain devices were allowed to have the keyboard installed. One big hurdle that is usually a factor when porting apps was the screen resolution, and because of this, QVGA devices did not have the chance to sport this keyboard. According to a thread started by XDA member NickHu, Swype seems to be pro-actively developing backwards as well in an attempt to include the few remaining devices with smaller screen resolutions. In this new beta update, QVGA devices are finally being supported by the keyboard. According to several members, the app works wonderfully well and has a UK English dictionary as an added bonus.

Please keep in mind that the app is in beta, and you will probably need to register in the Swype beta program in order to use it. Any feedback about performance will be greatly appreciated.

Attention Wildfire users! Swype has been updated to use QVGA resolutions, and therefore supports the Wildfire! … And it looks pretty! Sign up for the beta at now!

You can find more information in the original thread.

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Thanks NickHu for the tip!

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Our little (not so little) family of device forums keeps getting bigger as time goes by. In the case of today’s additions, we are introducing a new brand in our midst, Kyocera. The Zio M6000 is a mid to entry level Android device, running on an older version of Android (1.6), so you can expect it to be a bit laggy if you have never had a chance to play with one. It would certainly make an interesting project to get this device to run on Froyo. On the other side of the spectrum, we added the new iteration of the Galaxy devices from Samsung, the Galaxy S 4G. As its name suggests, the device is 4G capable. Other than this, the device is rather similar to its predecessor, the Vibrant and as such, going for T-Mobile in the US.

So, do you have any of these? If you do, please share your experiences with the rest of the community. Any and all contributions for the continued improvement of these two would be highly appreciated.

Please visit the Kyocera Zio M6000 Home.

Please visit the Samsung Galaxy S 4G Home.

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BirthdayReminder

Is your significant other dropping hints about a special day thats just around the corner? Are you biting your finger nails trying to remember what and when that special day is? XDA member dally has just the solution to keep you from a lonely night on the couch. With Birthday Reminder GLite, you can easily sync your Facebook and Gmail contacts into the application’s database for a quick reminder of that special day. Birthdays, anniversaries, and other special events will never be forgotten again and sleeping on the couch will be a thing of the past.

Birthday Reminder is an application that will keep you reminded with your contact’s birthday, anniversaries and other events. Birthdays and Anniversaries are taken from GMail synced contacts and can be synchronized with Facebook birthdays. Application at specified time remind you about incoming events.

Never rely on your memory again, Birthday Reminder GLite will do the work for you by:

  • Listing all events (birthdays, anniversaries, custom, other)
  • Reminding you about upcoming events
  • Calling, e-mailing, or texting that special someone directly from the reminder
  • Show the sign of the zodiac for birthdays
  • Synchronize Facebook birthdays with GMail contacts
  • Remind you of upcoming events with the 1×1 widget (you customize how far in advance to recognize event)
  • Utilizing *multilanguage support (currently: Chinese, Dutch, English, Italian, Polish, Russian, Spanish, Ukrainian)

At least Android 2.1 is required to run Birthday Reminder Glite. You can download the app from the Android Market. The developer has even provided a special ad-free code for xda-developers members.  See the original thread to find out how to take advantage of this special offer.

i9000

A lot of our device fora have numerous stickies that act as “one stop shop” for apps, themes, fixes and more. However, it seems that the Samsung Galaxy S I9000 had its content scattered throughout the device’s sub-forum, so XDA member FuryriderX decided to make one centralized place to have all the complete themes in a single, easy to find thread. There was a considerable amount of time and effort put in by this member in looking for and compiling the thread, which includes the best of the best for the I9000.

Please keep in mind that this is only a “resource” thread, which means that the OP will likely not be able to address any concerns regarding a single theme. If you would like to help the OP by contributing to the thread, please make sure that you follow the guidelines posted.

Only cataloging complete themes (framework/apps/etc) as of right now, once the list is fully finished, I might work on cataloging themed apps/bootscreens/etc. One thing at a time!

You can find more information in the listing thread.

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LG P500

Well, all of you P500 owners that were suffering due to the device not exactly performing the way it should have, we have news for you. Most of your functionality issues are due to a bug in the stock kernel that causes the CPU usage to shoot up all the way to 100% whenever the screen is tapped. This basically translates into your device begging for mercy whenever you try to use it for anything, and don’t get us started on playing games. Luckily, XDA member mik_os has come up with a fixed kernel that addresses this issue and therefore brings new life to this device. The kernel itself is still being thoroughly tested, but once its finished, it promises to be that which you have been desperately waiting for.

Have you used the dev’s kernel yet? If so, please leave some feedback, particularly if you run into any issues with it.

Now hack is not dirty, just found that driver has native implementation of “sleep”.
Result: 15-30% cpu use with tap down.

You can find more information in the kernel thread.

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Android-Omnia-i8000 Eclair

Old devices simply refuse to die due to projects like this. XDA member l3ong91 infroms us that the Omnia 2 (i8000) Android 2.1 (Eclair) port is very close to completion with a few bugs left over. Most of the needed, basic functionality works well out of the box (no need to apply patches or fixes. All wireless services seem to be doing their thing, and the Market seems fully functional as well. This is great news for a device that slowly but surely is getting back in the spotlight in the Windows Mobile arena.

Keep in mind that the port is not complete and that you will need to follow the instructions in order to get everything working properly. Feedback is welcome so that the port can be perfected.

According to the beta 1 release of Android Eclair on i8000,

Working things are:

  • Phone
  • WiFi
  • GPS
  • FM Radio
  • Android Market

You can find more information in the port thread.

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MPlayer Ported for Android

January 18, 2011   By:

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The search for the perfect player will never end. Now, XDA member ajeet17181 told us about the successfully ported MPlayer to Android devices running 1.6 and above. This powerful player features support for all subtitle format, proper audio video sync, uses libfaad2 and libmad for aac and mp3 decoding, and stream URL support.
The developer requested for users to leave feedback with bugs found and if it is working on your device, so it can be updated on future versions.

Originally posted by ajeet17181
[APP] MPlayer for Android

Hi Friends,

I have successfully ported MPlayer for android.
It should work on Android 1.6-2.3.

Try and post your device detail and feedback here. Once it gets confirmed that it is working on other devices I will upload it to market also.

Features -
1) Support all subtitle format.
2) Proper audio video sync.
3) Uses libfaad2 and libmad for aac and mp3 decoding.
4) Stream URL support

I have tested with gt540 2.1.

Continue to the application thread.

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XDA member internauta2000 modified the home shortcuts with HTC Sense Skin Style so you can add shortcuts for all applications and activities, and edit their names and icons. Easy create website links, direct calls/message, and custom shortcuts on your Home screen. Supported on android devices with version 2.0 and up
The developer mentioned it was tested and working on 480 x 800 dpi. Please leave feedback.

Originally posted by internauta2000
[APP][7 jan] Home Shortcut 1.0 [HTC Sense Skin Style]

Hi again …

I modified this application for my personal use with the intention of integrating the sense interface style.

You Can Create labels with a long home shortcuts click on your Android home with sense interface, you can set your labels, save and import settings, change icons (sense original an other icons) to the labels, set bookmarks, multilanguage support, and more.

I hope you like it and enjoy

NOTE: Only tested on 480 x 800 dpi

Originally posted in the HD2 Android Development section.

Galaxy S Sim Unlock Without Code

January 13, 2011   By:

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For those of you who are beholden to one carrier and locked to your Samsung Galaxy S device, fear not as XDA forum member helroz has written an app to unlock your device for you!

Galaxy S unlock is free and can unlock other variants of the popular line of Samsung Android devices.

In order to run the app, you’ll need to be rooted with BusyBox and have an active internet connection. The dev states that the app has been tested as working for all Galaxy S devices sold with Android 2.1.

To find out where to download the app and for links to full instructions, visit the application thread.

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Unless you’ve been living under a rock all your life, you’ll have heard of the simple game of Tic Tac Toe.

A classic game, also know has ‘Noughts And Crosses’ in the UK and some other countries, has been replicated for the mobile operating platforms many times over and now XDA forum member MetalWeirdo together with appferreria has also written the game for Android.

The game features and offline as well as online option and is available to download free in the Market. TicTacToulette is compatible with Android 2.1 or higher.

The devs have requested feedback and suggestions, and to do so please visit the application thread.

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A few weeks ago, we wrote about a new Android theme for changing the green color of the Market on your device to red. This time, XDA member pendo brings us a blue version theme that will give your device a fresh look.
Also, the developer presents a full QWERTY keyboard – Gingerbread styled. This will work only on NON-Sense ROMs. However, the market theme will work on any Android device 2.0 and above.
Please leave some feedback!.

Originally posted by pendo
[THEME] New Market–Blue v2.2.7

Hello fellow XDA’ers,

I have themed the new market a little, the primary goal was to change from the green to a blueish theme. I’ve actually had this for a little while, but only posted it in my super circle thread. It was suggested that I start a new thread for it, as there may be some interested, that don’t frequent the battery thread. Just about every image has been replaced.

I had forgotten about this, but a post reminded me…I also have a *very* lightly edited gingerbread keyboard. Everything’s working (at least for me and the others who’ve tried it) as far as dictionary, et all. The main difference is that I’ve gotten rid of as much orange as I could and replaced with blue.


Continue to the theme and keyboard thread.

haptiClock

Ever had the dire need to check your time in a quiet place, without the ability to pull out your phone from your pocket? If so, XDA member upperTriangle has a solution for you. HaptiClock is a new concept of app, where the device will respond to any type of feedback from the user (shake, tap on the screen, and more). The app will then respond with a series of vibrations that can be interpreted as the time. The device’s screen does not have to be on for the program to tell you what you are looking for.

The app is still in beginning stages, so it may still have a few bugs. Please report any and all feedback on the threat.

haptiClock vibrates you the time (haptic feedback) if you shake/bump/tap your phone. It works when your screen is off, doesn’t use much battery. The pattern to decipher the time from the pulses is simple to learn.

Great for checking the time on the sly, or when you can’t pull your phone out.

You can find more information in the application thread.

MyBackup Root for Android

January 3, 2011   By:

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XDA member rogcontact presents MyBackup for your Android device. This application will work only on rooted devices and will let you do a back up and restore of your entire device on a very simple way. You can Backup with schedule option to an on line secure server or SD card, your apps, calendar, system settings, contacts, call logs, browser bookmarks, SMS, MMS, home screens, alarms, dictionary, music play lists, and almost anything you can think of. Also, you can restore your backups on a new phone or the same one after installing a new ROM.
Get it for free on the market.

Originally posted by rogcontact
MyBackup Root released for FREE on the Android Market

Hi Everyone,

I am the product manager of the MyBackup product line at RerWare, LLC.

To let you guys know, we have just released “MyBackup Root”, which is a FREE download from the Android Market. It is for root phones only, and it will BATCH BACKUP AND RESTORE all applications, including the Data\Settings and Market Links! You are also allowed to schedule backups. All FREE.

We want to support the Root community, so we have made this a Free application, please help us spread the word!

Try it out

You can find more information in the original thread.

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