POSTS TAGGED: Android 2.2 (Froyo)

Never Forget to Charge Your Phone Again with AC Socket

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Ever since the days of Windows Mobile, we have had features available on our devices that we pretty much have taken for granted. This includes things like applications for taking down notes, setting calendar events, alarms, and many others are things that we have lived with for many years. Because of this, not too many improvements are done to said features as they essentially do everything we expect of them—and they do it well. We have some developers out there who apparently can take these 100% working, reliable concepts and squeeze an extra 5-10% more out of them, making them effectively even better than the original tools. In this particular case, the concept in question is ensuring that you can use yo. . . READ ON »

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Control Your Computer from Your Mobile with Monect

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One of the key advancements in the mobile industry is the fact that people want to break away from the chains of a desktop (and even laptop) computer. Not having to carry 5-7 lbs of tech on your back is always an interesting point to consider when deciding what you want to get for work/play. However, since our devices are not (yet) fully capable of replacing our computers, the best thing we can do is try to utilize what we have and make ourselves as comfortable as humanly possible. After all, even if it is a pain, being able to use your PC from a distance with wireless devices is not nearly as bad or cumbersome when you are sitting in your most comfortable couch. The only issue with this is that you need to spend money on wi. . . READ ON »

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Defend Your Battery with Wakelock Detector

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As our devices become more powerful, larger, and are filled with more and more software from the manufacturers (bloatware and some spyware); some things tend to take a hit that tend to make our experiences with our devices rather short lived. The battery is about the only thing in the entire technological salad that comprises our mobile devices that does not keep up with the rest. In this day and age, you will see similar sized batteries (in terms of capacity) to what you saw 2 years ago for far less power hungry devices. On top of that, as stated earlier, some software packages pre-installed do not help with your battery life either, which is why custom ROMs (particularly those of the AOSP variety) are a blessing as t. . . READ ON »

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Android 4.2 Quick Settings Lookalike for the Galaxy S III

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A couple weeks ago, we brought you an overview of Android 4.2. The renovated OS includes some pretty exciting features like Photosphere, multiple user profiles, and TV connect. One feature that was mentioned was quick settings. For those who haven’t heard yet, quick settings is akin to HTC’s quick settings. It’s a separate page in the notification pull down that gives you quick access to a myriad of settings and toggles. Now, Samsung Galaxy S III I9300, or any device running Android 2.2 and up, can have something similar.

XDA Forum Member joelpg has released an application that works very much like the Android 4.2 quick settings. It looks the same and it acts the same. The upside to it being an . . . READ ON »

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Add Physics to your Homescreen with Node

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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 the. . . READ ON »

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Let Your Fingers do the Running in ShadowRun

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We have seen some rather unique concepts on XDA when it comes to indie games. Everything from seeing who can scan the largest number of BT devices to fighting virtual zombies invading your city in a pseudo-AR fashion. After all, slinging birds at pigs can get monotonous after a while. Because of this, seeing new concepts such as that presented in Shadowrun by XDA member eyeballgames is refreshing to say the least.

Have you ever used your fingers to pretend that you are a little man running and jumping from table to table as you walked across a restaurant in a Pitfall fashion? If you have, then you should have no issues playing this game. Essentially, your goal is to run as far as possible, using your fingers as legs. . . READ ON »

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Holo Launcher Brings ICS Styling to Gingerbread and Froyo

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With many devices getting official and unofficial updates to Ice Cream Sandwich, there are still a lot of devices that haven’t. While some may eventually receive ICS, a good deal will unfortunately be left in the cold. The good news, however, is that Gingerbread and Froyo users can still have some ICS goodness in the form of a launcher that emulates the look and feel of the stock ICS launcher.

Meet Holo Launcher by XDA Senior Member mobint. Developed to mimic the stock 4.0.4 launcher, it can be used on older versions of Android so even users who aren’t able to upgrade can sport the look and feel of ICS. Aside from looking similar to the stock ICS launcher, Holo has several additional features includin. . . READ ON »

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Play with Your Food with Garden Troopers

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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 an
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Samsung Blaze 4G Modem May Increase Transfer Speed on Sidekick 4G

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While the device has its own home on our forums, the T-Mobile Sidekick 4G has been forgotten by many in favor of the more eye catching flagships from both Samsung and HTC. However, there are still many users out there using the device as their daily driver. While it may lack the speed and amazing screen of the above devices, it still offers a decently fast 1 GHz Hummingbird processor and a capable slide-out keyboard for the more messaging-centric users.

However, one common complaint from device owners is that reception and data speeds don’t quite live up to its name’s 4G aspirations. Luckily, XDA Forum Member Reviewers (one of the maintainers of the GenericGinger ROM for the device) has exper. . . READ ON »

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