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Posts Tagged: Android 2.2 (Froyo)

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Normal development efforts around these parts tend to include hours upon hours of people trying to bypass securities added to our devices. The exploits found are normally turned into either temp or permanent roots for Android devices, and this happens to grant people with added functionality on their devices, the ability to run several apps that require root access, and much more.

However, as everything in life, there are trade-offs. For instance, there are some apps and services that will detect the root status of your device and deny your access to them based on it, like the blockbuster app or Google Video.If you feel that you simply cannot live without these but yet want to be able to keep using your device rooted without having to root and unroot back and forth, XDA member motodroidfreak has you covered. He just released an app that will essentially rename your SU binary, making you lose root access for whenever you feel like using the aforementioned services.

The good thing about this app is that it allows you to regain your root just as easily as you deprived yourself from it. The app works for most Android versions except for ICS (for now) since the dev cannot test it. So, if you can jump in and provide the dev with logs or anything that he may require to get this going on ICS, it would be much appreciated.

This app Renames the SU Binary So you basically loose root access till you rename it back within the app! 

You can find more information in the original thread. Want something published in the Portal? Contact any News Writer.

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The number of quality Android games has slowly been increasing and here is a new one from developers and XDA members AppsOn.

Blobby Volleyball is a great volleyball game with dynamic gameplay and friendly controls.

Features of the game include:

  • Versus Mode – three levels of difficulty bots.
  • Angry Mode – try to score as many points as you can with angry bot without losing a point.
  • Mirror Mode – try to score as many points as you can controlling two players at the same time.
  • Multiplayer – play against other people using Bluetooth (WiFi coming soon).
  • Achievements integrated with OpenFeint.
  • Three types of control (slide, sensor, arrows).

For more information, head on over to the application thread. Blobby Volleyball is available to download free in the Market.

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If you are interested in understanding how much your Android device can handle 3D games and apps, take a look at the M3D Benchmark application posted by XDA forum member sadegh1993. Developed by knight93, the Benchmark is created with the Unity 3D game engine and is based on OpenGL ES 2.0 showing that your device can handle advanced rendering techniques such as rendering bump maps.

The XDA member would like some help from XDA members to submit your average FPS and also your ROM version plus a screenshot, to improve the application.

To run it, you will need at least FroYo 2.0.1 and an OpenGL ES 2.0 supported device.

For more information and to download the app, head on over to the application thread.

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Xperia Play owners who want to be able to use the gamepad to play games using the OnLive Service should check out OnLive Helper  by XDA Senior Member hatcyl.

The app should however work with any phone (not just the Xperia Play) and users can create their own custom profiles or use community created ones.

No root is required, and to enable the app, you must change the Input Method Service to ‘OnLive Helper’. Users can have the input method screen automatically come up when opening or closing the keyboard by checking ‘Auto Prompt’ in the options.

For details on how to use custom mode, and for the link to download OnLive Helper, head on over to the application thread. OnLive Helper is free to download in the Android Market.

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If you’re the sort of of person that is concerned about access to your private data when downloading and installing applications on your Android device, be it from the official Andorid Market or not, you might be interested in XDA forum member svyat‘s application.

PDroid allows control over access for any installed application to your private data. This includes:

  • Device ID (IMEI/MEID/ESN)
  • Subscriber ID (IMSI)
  • SIM Serial (ICCID)
  • Phone and mailbox number
  • Incoming call number
  • Outgoing call number
  • GPS location
  • Network location
  • List of accounts
  • Account auth tokens
  • Contacts
  • Call logs
  • Calendar
  • SMS
  • MMS
  • Browser bookmarks and history
  • System logs
  • SIM info (operator, country)
  • Network info (operator, country)
Note that applications do not crash when access to private data is blocked and no background service is needed. The app should have no impact on battery life or performance. To use the app, you’ll need to download and install the relevant patch before installing the app.
For more information, head on over to application thread. PDroid is available for download free in the Android Market.
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For those of you who are worried about certain tools that sniff your data and prevent you from accessing a wifi network, you can defend yourself with this simple app from XDA forum member gurkedev.

Wifi Protector is an Android security app especially designed to detect and prevent ARP poisoning attacks against your phone in Wifi networks.

The app runs a service on your Android device that continuously monitors network-related parameters. When abnormal behaviour is detected, an alarm is triggered. The type of alarm can be configured and detection and alarms work on non-rooted phones. On rooted phones, it is also possible to reconfigure the phone to make it immune against the attack.

XDA members can download the app for free in the application thread, or feel free to donate by downloading the version in the Android Market.

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The last time we talked about HP, I presented more evidence that the four known Touchpad devices purchased running Android 2.2 came directly from HP’s production line.  Since then, Green, a kernel developer for the Cyanogenmod Touchpad team, was busy working with Ben Maskell of the law firm Roetzel & Andress.  Ben Maskell contacted us with a copy of the letter sent Monday, 8 November to HP’s Open Source Program Director, Philip Robb.  I produce the CliffNotes version here, but I encourage you to read the full letter.

… We request that Hewlett Packard provide Mr. Drokin with a copy of the source code for the Android operating system that came factory-installed on a number of HP TouchPads.

Mr. Drokin is… the author of many copyrighted contributions which have been integrated into the Linux / Android kernel and licensed version 2 of the General Public License (“GPL”)…

We have recently become aware that Hewlett Packard has utilized Mr. Drokin’s code in a version of the Android operating system which was custom tailored for the HP Touchpad…

… Hewlett Packard’s use of the Linux kernel and Mr. Drokin’s code was subject to the license requirements set forth in the GPL… It is apparent Hewlett Packard has modified and publically distributed the Linux Kernel under the license granted in GPL § 2. Therefore, Hewlett Packard has a legal duty to release this source code at least under GPL § 3…

We are fully prepared to enforce Mr. Drokin’s rights. However, to avoid unnecessary costs to both parties, we kindly request that Hewlett Packard voluntary release the requested source code. We request your timely response to this letter, but in any event, no later than Wednesday, November 23, 2011…

So mark that date on your calendar. I emailed Ben Maskell to find out more.  In specific, as I asked in my previous article, I wanted to hear the legal argument that establishes four Touchpads as distribution, and asked if there were any legal precedents they planned to rely upon.  He told me it’s a little early in the process to go digging through case histories and at this point they only refer to the plain language of the GPL.  To clarify:

HP has used the code, and they are therefore bound by the terms.  See section 5.  Under sections 1 and 2 of the license, HP is generally allowed to modify, adapt, distribute, and copy Mr. Drokin’s code so long as they also comply with section 3.  Section 3 provides that any copies or distributions are accompanied by the source (3a) or a written offer to provide the source (3b).  HP has not complied with section 3 and is therefore in violation of the GPL.

We hope that HP will respond to our letter and that the parties reach an out-of-court resolution to this matter.

We hope so, too.  HP’s track-record is one of denial, flippancy, and silence, and it’s unfortunate that things have come this far to see simple rights respected.

Wind-Up Knight For Android

October 27, 2011   By:

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If you are a fan of adventure side scrolling games on Android devices, then you should not miss out on this wonderfully done game by XDA member TheOneBD. Wind-up Knight somewhat reminds us of Cordy, which is another Android game. In this one, you must guide your character through long levels where he will need to jump, dash, and do everything he can to rescue the princess from the Black Knight. You do all this in a beautifully designed 3D environment that will leave you asking for more, even if the game is about 50 levels long. The game runs rather smooth and it seems that the bardware requirements are for a mid to high end device (Nexus One, Evo 4G, etc).

As it is customary with most Android apps, this is a work in progress, so any and all feedback is highly appreciated.

Guide your Wind-up Knight through devilish levels–over 50 in all–to rescue the Princess from the clutches of the evil Black Knight. Run, jump, roll, and slash your way to victory. Wind-up Knight is the type of challenging game you have been waiting for.

You can find more information in the game thread.

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Today is turning out to be a rollercoaster of news for the HP Touchpad.  Shortly after last night’s article on how HP installed Android on every Touchpad in order to load the component manufacturers’ drivers for testing hardware, the Cyanogenmod Touchpad team announced the first public release of their CM7 alpha.  It was over a month ago that the CM Touchpad team posted footage of Android’s first boot on the Touchpad.  The result came at a price of hundreds of hours of volunteered time and tireless effort on the part of the CM developers, and we have nothing but gratitude for everything they did.

As the very first public build, the laundry list of bugs and non-working features is so long, it actually does include your socks.  If you choose to try it out, be extremely careful to read and fully understand every last word of their disclaimer, Q&A, and instructions in the mirrored thread from RootzWiki.

Next in the lineup of today’s Touchpad news, a fourth Touchpad bearing Android 2.2 turned up today.  There were previously only three known devices.  One was bought at a Best Buy in Texas, one was bought at a Best Buy in Oklahoma, and the third was bought at a Wal-Mart in New Hampshire.  Not much is known about this fourth device.  What we know is that it was purchased in Germany, and not just a Touchpad running the CM7 alpha, dressed to look like the others.  First, we see the Qualcomm boot animation in the video, just like on the three other Touchpads.  It’s speculated that Qualcomm designed this version of Android, as the manufacturer of the processor on the Touchpad.  The second reason we know this isn’t a fake is it’s running Froyo, whereas CM7–yes, even in it’s early alpha state–is Gingerbread.

Author’s note:  And ain’t that just my luck?  In the middle of writing about it, the video was privated.  Check back here for updates, I’ll post a mirror if I can find it.

Update 14 Oct. 2011:  The video is back up, but unlisted so that only those with a link can view it.  As a precaution, the video is mirrored here.  Also, the owner had this to say:

I bought the touchpad on 22nd of august at a store called Saturn in Munich. It is a major reseller in germany, like best buy. There is a so called “HP PN” number on the receipt and it matches with the one on the touchpad. Then on the package there is a sticker with the “HP PN” and the serial number. Both match with the ones on the touchpad. The receipt has got a signature of the clerk on it.

Last thing to round up all the Touchpad news so far today, trsohmers followed up last night’s article by posting the leaked Cypress Semiconductors drivers for the first time to the public, here on XDA-Developers.  A note from trsohmers:

These drivers CAN NOT BE INSTALLED! These drivers were also NOT used by the Cyanogen Team for porting purposes as by using these drivers, you would not be able to use webOS. I am only posting these drivers as evidence, and for research/educational purposes, and it is in the DEVELOPMENT category as such.

If you have any news tips, please contact me or any Portal News Writer.

 

claystone

You may recall a few months back that we spoke about a new launcher/UI called Claystone, developed by XDA member claystoneinc. Well, the project didn’t die, and in fact, it got better and better over the last few months. Just in case you don’t recall, Claystone 3D is a panel-type UI, which allows you to put all of your content, running apps, and even your apps drawer, into panels that can be accessed by a few touches and slides on the screen. It looks like the devs behind this decided to make a few major overhauls of the whole concept, such as how you access the panels, addition of more content, etc. One of the major upgrades includes a 3D preview of all your active panels, which looks quite good (think of Sense panel previews, but in 3D). The overall end result looks quite promising.

The dev is still looking for lots of feedback to keep improving this new UI. Please make sure that you pay a visit to the thread or get it from the market. In either case, feedback and opinions on performance, bugs, and suggestions are much appreciated.

For those not familiar, we’ve attempted to go beyond the standard launcher apps by placing all your content (App Drawer, File Browser, Web Browser, etc) into panels that can be easily stacked atop another and swiped through.

You can find more information in the original thread.

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XDA forum member GameGod72 is an avid user of the Aldiko eBook reader app and recently got himself a tablet. The dev wanted to be able to read his books on both his phone and tablet but could not find anything, and decided to do something about it himself!

Aldiko Sync is the XDA member’s first Android app, which syncs your books and bookmarks across various Android-powered devices.

The app requires Android 2.2+ and root access. Additionally, you’ll need a Dropbox account.

Features include:

  • Synchronize eBooks across devices – including addition of new books and deletion of old books.
  • Synchronize our position in each eBook across devices.
  • Ability to store deleted books in a separate ‘TrashCan’ folder on Dropbox in case you want to retrieve it at a later date.
Aldiko Sync is available as a free version in the Market. For more information, take a look at the application thread.

MineSweeper 3D For Android

September 29, 2011   By:

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Back in the early 90’s, Curt Johnson cursed the entire world with a game so evil and so consuming that just looking at it would simply force you to spend hours of your busy day just playing it. In case you did not see the header of this article, I am talking about Minesweeper, which is one of the most addictive computer games of the last 25 years. Well, Android is no stranger to this wonderful game but XDA member thiagolr has taken all the necessary precautions to ensure that this never falls out of the popularity charts. MinesSweeper 3D, as its name implies, no longer limits you to a top view, 2D board to play on. This game offers various geometries to challenge your brain and ability to solve the puzzle in the most logical way you can think of. Moreover, there are various difficulty levels and even a few hidden bonuses for you to try and get.

Please take it for a spin and leave some feedback for the dev in case you run into any bugs or if you have some suggestions.

Minesweeper is a classic game and this 3D version takes Minesweeper to the next level.

You can find more information in the original thread.

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Do you know how sometimes your computer tells you that you are going into an either trusted or non trusted site? Ever wonder how it does this? Well, as it turns out, there are certain certificates that are stored in your computer, which, when provided with the correct keys,will determine if the site is secure or not. Recently, there have been a few incidents where flash cerificates are downloaded to your computer or smartphone which will validate non trusted sites. So, the first thung that would pop in your head would be to try and get rid of said certificates, right? But, how can this be done on Android? To answer this and many other questions, XDA member remzicavdar released a tool in the market that will allow you to manually remove these certs from your rooted device. Rather useful for those of you security conscious individuals out there.

The app seems to be in testing phases and there are a few mixed reports on whether it works well or not. Please give it a go and report back to the dev to see if this works well or not. Make sure that you state which device and Android version you have.

A certificate is a digitally signed statement from one entity (person, company, etc.), saying that the public key (and some other information) of some other entity has a particular value. (SeeCertificates.) When data is digitally signed, the signature can be verified to check the data integrity and authenticity. Integrity means that the data has not been modified or tampered with, andauthenticity means the data indeed comes from whoever claims to have created and signed it.

You can find more information in the original thread.

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Thanks remzicavdar for the tip!

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