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Posts Tagged: Android 2.2 (Froyo)

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If you just got your Droid Charge and this is in fact your first fling with Samsung devices, there is a very important program that you will need to become familiar with if you were to try any of the fixes posted in this site. Odin, named after the Nordic God, is essentially a RUU for most Samsung Galaxy devices. Simply put, Odin will allow you to flash tar images to your Android devices. One very useful application of this is to be able to back up and restore the complete system. Some of these images must be prepared in order to be flashed and XDA Recognized Developer imnuts provides us with a useful guide on how to make these custom images yourself. As always, please be sure to read and fully understand the instructions in order to minimize the possibility of damaging your device. Also, any feedback about the guide will certainly be appreciated.

This will allow you to backup your system and create custom Odin images for restore purposes.

You can find more information in the original thread.

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Porting is the ultimate frontier in the development world. This involves getting device A to run something designed to work on device B and make it work just like in device A. This is not to be confused with emulation, which involves running code designed for some device inside a program that resembles the running environment for said code. Our devs have gotten miracles done when it comes to porting, starting with the initial ports of Windows Mobile 2005 on devices not designed to run it. Later on, Android porting became of interest to many and as a result, you can find Android ports for several devices on XDA. This is happening once again for owners of the infamous Bada-wielding Samsung Wave. For several months, there has been a team of devs tirelessly working to achieve this feat, and today they are happy to announce the release of the first alpha with a guide on how to get this up and running on your Wave. XDA member ShadowAS1 brings us this very thorough guide that will walk you step by step on how to get this up and running. This is not a daily driver yet, but it will be soon. So if you need your device to be fully functional, just hold off on installing this.

If you decide to play with it, please leave feedback for the devs so that they can iron out some of the bugs.

What works in this version

  • Launchers
  • Market (including install)
  • Settings
  • Wi-Fi
  • Audio
  • Video (unconfirmed)
  • Modem (not in this version yet, but we have signal on the M130K)

What NOT works in this version

  • Modem (3G, Calls, etc.)
  • GPS
  • Sensors (This causes the battery charge bug]

You can find more information in the guide thread.

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It looks like the IT professionals in our community have been getting gifts all week, courtesy of our devs. There have been a few network tools released lately that are good tools if your job involves having to ensure the proper functionality of a network. In the case of this new app created by XDA member mapeapps, not only will IT people benefit from this but regular users as well because the app will allow you to keep tabs data usage for Android devices whether it is via Wifi or via cellular data. The app offers a wide range of functionality including data monitoring, alarms, network statistics for running apps, and more. Several of these features are of great interest, particularly to people who are concerned about apps accessing the web by themselves or by the causal user who tethers data from their phone while on a limited data plan. For the later, an alarm can be set when you reach a certain amount of data transferred, so that you don’t incur in overage fees and charges.

Please leave some feedback for the dev to try and add more functionality to this app.

Network Counter is Android (2.2+) application for monitoring of network traffic.

Features:
- Displays data usage statistics for Wi-Fi and Cell / Mobile networks.
- Possibility to setup an alarm for cell data usage.
- Network statistics for currently active (running) applications.
- *NEW* Ability to backup and restore of data usage database.

You can find more information in the application thread.

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honeycomb launcher beta

After all the ports from SDK, all the themes and skins to resemble it, one would think that the Honeycomb interface (and really the overall OS) is slowly taking the world of Android by storm. with this in mind, many devs are working tirelessly to get a much more similar feeling in devices that cannot support the tablet-oriented OS. However, XDA member IntelSoftApps brings us a step closer to getting the full HC experience on Android devices sporting 2.0 and up. Honeycomb Launcher Beta is not a skin overlay like many other Honeycomb launchers out there. This one gives you the full experience with smooth transitions, animations, menus, and much more. The graphics and visuals in general will be made prettier in future revisions, but the devs are focusing mostly on functionality at this point, which is the biggest hurdle. Aesthetics should always come in second place in any development and that is how the dev is doing things.

Please leave some detailed feedback if you decide to try out this new UI.

We have developed a new launcher once again! This is not the standard launcher that everyone makes. This is a Honeycomb Launcher. This launcher basically clones Android 3.0 Honeycomb as best as possible! Although this launcher is new, it clones Android 3.0 very well. Every update will bring more resemblance to0!

You can find more information in the application thread.

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One of the most annoying issues that has pestered the HTC EVO 4G for a long time is the one known as the “Wake Lock”, which is an issue that seemingly keeps your phone wide awake even though you put it to sleep. This seemingly innocent issue drains your battery like crazy. This is not rom type specific, which means that you will get it regardless of you being on a Sense rom or an AOSP rom. There have been several attempts at fixing this, but with random results. But now, it looks like after a lot of testing with several roms and various devices, XDA member JBabey figured out the best way to do away with this problem. It seems that the problem doesn’t lie within a single part of the firmware but rather as a combination of them. The dev based this on the fact that XDA member XxXViRuSXxX had posted that the PRI required for the fix was 1.77, but results varied a bit from hardware version to hardware version. After several trials, he managed for the Android OS item, which normally is related to heavy battery drainage, to be completely gone.

The guide is very well written and easy to follow, but please follow it properly to avoid any unexpected results. Please leave some feedback in the thread if this worked for you.

I believe I have FINALLY figured out how to solve the infamous “Wake-Lock” or “Keep Awake” of Android OS that seems to drain the battery on end. It took several hours of reading forum posts, several DAYS of testing on 5 different EVO’s (I work at Sprint) and have tested the fix across a multitude of ROM’s, including Sense.

You can find more information in the guide thread.

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TwLauncher

For all you TouchWiz Launcher fans, XDA member’s Fr4gg0r & Swiftwork have developed a modified version that works with “Every device with armv7 processor and froyo or higher.” Some of the great features included in this modified version of TW include:

  • App Drawer
    • Number of apps per page
    • Number of app columns
    • Sort order (normal/alphabetical, alphabetical will be forced after reboot/changing from normal to alphabetical)
    • Enable/disable app backdrops
    • Enable/disable 3D effect for backdrops
  • Badge Counter
    • enable/disable unread g-mail counter (specify accounts to show counter for)
    • enable/disable unread sms counter or Samsung Counter
  • Themes
    • You can combine themes (e.g. a full theme and then apply just a dock theme)
  • EXTRA Stuff:
    • Resizing for all widgets enabled (long press widget and then drop it without moving)
    • Scrolling widgets are supported (currently not recommended to use though, lags when scrolling)

To find out about the other great features included in this mod, visit the original thread.

GPS Monitor Free

The integration of GPS into our mobile devices was a huge technological leap, completely shattering the boundaries of what a cell phone was capable of. However, this wonderful feature is not great when we don’t really know if it is truly working or not. You may be getting an approximate location from your mobile connection and your GPS may have no clue where you are actually located. So, how can you tell if you have a few satellites locked on you or not? Luckily, XDA member dragonro brings us a very handy program to monitor this. This app will give you a notification of how many satellites have your location, which will pretty much tell you if you are indeed using your GPS or not. This is better than other diagnostic tools in the sense that it will not require you to have a full app displaying on your device for you to have the information that you need.

The app is in early stages and the dev is looking for suggestions on what kind of functionality he should add in his next update. Please try it out and leave some feedback if you run into any bugs.

What the app does – it activates itself as soon as GPS is in use and deactivates when GPS is no longer in use. While GPS is in use, the app shows a notification icon with the satellites in view. For the moment this is all that the app does, but I am working to add some other features to it.

You can find more information in the application thread.

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navywars

There are several games out there from our childhood and past that we used to play without computers and with other family members and friends. Well, thanks to the efforts of XDA member BootsSiR, we can have one of these games back and readily available in our Android devices. In Naval Wars Multiplayer, your only objective is to try and sink your opponent’s ships, which are all placed in a grid type board, one that you cannot see. You will have to guess the position of the boats and warships and do your best to sink them before your opponent sinks yours. The game is a classic and fun way of spending some time with others and the fact that it has multiplayer capabilities, makes it even better.

Keep in mind that the game is still under beta, so the dev mentions that there are bugs to be expected. He has tested this game on 3 different devices, but results may vary depending on what device you try it on. Please take this game for a spin and make sure that you leave some feedback for the dev.

I’ve been working on a multiplayer game for a little while now and it’s about to the point where I need to get some more people using it. It’s called Navy Wars and it’s a turn based game where you try to take out your opponents fleet.

You can find more information in the application thread,

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droidcharge

Updates are both the livelihood and the bane of Android users everywhere. Ultimately, these carrier-controlled packages determine exactly what we are able to do on our favorite toys. Often, these updates couldn’t come at a more opportune time. For example, the wireless 4G hotspot functionality baked into the Droid Charge was coded to lose functionality at the end of last month.

Now, thanks to XDA Moderator Committee member NotATreoFan, we are delighted to bring you news of a fresh new EE4 update for the charge, in which wireless hotspot functionality is now restored to its full LTE-sharing glory.

Restored wireless hotspot functionality, as well as various other bug fixes, are now just an update away. According to Verizon Wireless:

Verizon Wireless is pleased to announce a new software update, EE4, for your DROID CHARGE by Samsung. Verizon Wireless and Samsung encourage you to download this update.

Call Features

  • Improved battery life when placing a voice call.
  • Easily return calls within the call log entry by pressing the phone icon.
  • Outgoing calls from the Visual Voice Mail application will be placed properly.
  • Pressing and holding the ‘1’ key will automatically route the user to the Voice Mail service (*86).
  • Audio has been adjusted to avoid ‘No Audio’ or ‘Screeching Sounds’.

Web Browsing and Data Access

  • Accurately detect and connect to the Verizon Wireless 4G LTE or 3G network.
  • Enhanced browser performance.
  • Email and Messaging
  • A new Email folder structure has been implemented.
  • When a subfolder exists under a current Email folder, an arrow will appear to the right of the folder icon.
  • When a user touches the arrow, the folder system will expand to show all subfolders available for selection.
  • When an Exchange password has been modified, the device will direct the user to the password screen to adjust the saved password accordingly.
  • Improvements in the Email and Calendar sync.
  • Additional Device Features
  • Restoration of Mobile Hotspot capability.
  • When in USB Mass Storage mode (UMS), the device will be recognized immediately when plugged into a PC.
  • Device recognizes ringtones purchased from the Verizon Wireless website.
  • Improvements in GPS performance.

Tickle your fancy? If you’re a Charge owner, I’m sure it does. Head on over to the original thread for more, including how to start your update process!

[Thanks, NATF for the tip!]

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With the prevalence of camera phones, it is now possible for everyone and their mother to become a photographer. However, what you do after taking the picture is often what can take your photo from “amateur” status to “professional”. To help accomplish this, The Photobucket Team has developed Snapbucket, the complete package to turn your photos from “drab” to “fab.”

Here’s some of the cool features you get with Snapbucket:

  • “Retro,” “Lomo,” “Sunrise,” and “’70s” – just a few of the awesome sets you can use to style your photos.
  • Over 9500 combinations of sets are available
  • Choose from individual filters, effects, vignettes, and frames to style your photos your way.
  • Create YOUR OWN unique filter sets and brag about them to friends.
  • Show off your stylin’ skills by sharing with friends to Photobucket, Facebook, or Twitter.
  • Unlock new effects the more you use Snapbucket, and get filters that’ll make your friends green with envy!
  • We’ll always keep your original photo safe on Photobucket, so don’t worry – go crazy with styling!

With Snapbucket, you can easily take a picture, style it YOUR way, and then share your creation with friends. With all the different options available to you, you are bound to create the perfect combination! The application connects with your Photobucket account and will automatically save your pictures to your account for easy retrieval. If you are tired of the stock camera.apk and are looking for something new and exciting then head over to the original thread and join in on the discussion.

 

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If you are familiar with GreaseMonkey and love writing your own scripts, then you will be really glad to know that XDA member _der_ has come up with a very handy application to run your scripts in your Android device. This plugin was originally available for Google Chrome, but since the dev wanted to have a more portable version of this, he decided to port it to be usable with our favorite little green robot. The dev does point out the fact that due to the slow nature of our devices, when compared to the PC counterparts, that you will need to be a bit patient and wait for Tampermonkey to finish doing its thing before you see anything out of it. Also, keep in mind that this is still in beta, so there may be a few scripts that do not run well or at all in the Android version. If this happens to be the case, please try them out either in the Chrome version or in the Chromium version. Report any feedback about these, if you wouldn’t mind.

Any and all feedback is much appreciated. Also, if you would like to share your code with the rest of the community, you will likely enrich this app as well as other’s experiences.

May be you can play a little bit with Tamermonkey and test some Userscripts.
Due to the fact that phones does not have a really fast cpu, you may have to be a little patient. 
If there are non working scripts it would be nice if you could test it with Tampermonkey for Google Chrome and Chromium too.

You can find more information in the application thread.

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AAP

One perk of carrying around an expensive smartphone is the fact that you can show off all the cool tips, tricks, hacks, games, and everything that you can think of to all your friends. However, it is almost inevitable that someone may ask for your phone to mess with it for a bit and then just wonder out of your sight. There are many apps in your device that can contain potentially private data as well as some others that may have important things like your credit card linked to them, a good example being the market or the Amazon app. How do you prevent your friends and loved ones from buying stuff with your account or even from checking your email without your permission? Luckily, thanks to XDA member leducbao there is now an easy way to do this. Advanced App Locker can use various methods of authentication to prevent such people from being overly curious about the contents of your phone. The app can allow groups of apps to become usable for a certain period of time before getting locked again.

If you found this app useful or if you found any bugs, please leave feedback for the dev.

Advanced App Locker (AAL) protects installed applications and games from unauthorized access. AAL supports locking per applications basic with four different alternative locking methods: PIN, password, black screen, and dial a number. One can pick a method as the default one, which can be used for most applications. She then can select other method for individual apps. The unlocking options are also very flexible: open one app can authorize for other apps too, validity period defines when the unlocking will become invalid.

You can find more information in the application thread.

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Our stance on adding forums to this site has slightly changed. However, there are certain new and upcoming phones that we cannot turn our backs to. One such device is the Motorola Droid X2, which is the successor of the hugely popular Motorola Droid X, which happened to be Verizon’s flagship for a while before more powerful phones started coming out from different manufacturers like Samsung and HTC. It comes with several improvements over its older brother such as a higher resolution display, bumping the bar up for qHD display (boasting at 960 x 540 pixels) and a dual core 1 GHz Tegra processor just like the Motorola Atrix. Some of the features that were carried over were the 8 MP camera, dual LED flash, and Android 2.2 (Froyo), which to be honest is kind of disappointing. Seeing how other phones are no longer shipping with Froyo, Motorola will likely release a Gingerbread update sometime soon (we hope).

If you have one already, or are thinking about getting one, please share your thoughts and findings with other users in the newly created forum.

You can visit the Droid X2 home on XDA here.

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