POSTS TAGGED: Android 2.3.x (Gingerbread)

UNCOPT File Browser for all Your File Management Needs

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Since the introduction of Ice Cream Sandwich, Android has been rather stringent on developers because of the whole Holo requirements set forth by Google. Essentially, ROMs are required to have this theme in the ROMs in order to be able to access the Play Store. Because of this and because a seamless aesthetic always looks better, many app developers have focused on trying to implement the Holo look on all their creations. The result is a myriad of launchers, themes, widgets, etc that tend to give those on AOSP (and variants) a nice and lightly themed device. The latest inclusion to the “Holo family” is a file browser and manager created by XDA Forum Member uncopt.

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Downgrade the LG Optimus 3D to Gingerbread

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Leaks can be both good and bad. They give users and developers to a chance to check out what OEMs have in store for their devices. However, they can be fraught with danger, like the dreaded Atrix 2 ICS leak of 2012. Sometimes, it’s difficult to downgrade to a more stable previous release. This happened to the LG Optimus 3D, and there is now a fix.

XDA Senior Member berni987654321 released a method that helps get users safely back to Gingerbread. When flashing to ICS, it changes a few of the partitions and makes it difficult to flash back to Gingerbread. Here’s berni98765431’s explanation on how it was fixed:

Half a hour I read xbsals post the one whiches phones don’t boot
after flashing

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Victory – HTC Releases Closed Source WiFi Drivers for HTC Amaze 4G!

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Manufacturers and developers have a long standing love/hate relationship that has kept the fragile ecosystem where we spend most of our free time intact. The dance beat is somewhat the same across all brands and, for the most part, all devices as well. Most manufacturers out there are held against certain standards (either due to their own internal procedures and codes or due to contractual obligations with carriers) that force them to do certain things on the devices they make that keep most of us away from exploiting them and unlocking their full potential. This comes in the form of locking of bootloaders, pseudo-impossible to crack signature verifications, and secretive documentation that more often . . . 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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Treat Your SD Card as Real External Storage with SwapSD

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Quick, simple, and dirty. Some of the best hacks around on XDA require very little to get them to work, and make your life easier in the process. Also, these “simple tricks” tend to fix major snafus from some manufacturers when it comes to so-called features that make you ask “What in the world were they thinking?” So is the case for many Samsung Galaxy devices.

One common complaint is how external storage on Galaxy devices is “weird” (for lack of a better word). Samsung coders decided to treat the internal storage on the device as the external part, which forces several apps to save data, settings, and more to this part of the device. This is impervious to flashing, so it is no. . . READ ON »

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Stock Data Usage Monitor Hidden in Android Gingerbread

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Those of you running later versions of Android such as Ice Cream Sandwich or Jelly Bean have probably noticed the useful data usage monitor. What most people won’t realize is that the basic framework for this data monitor is also included in Gingerbread.

XDA Senior Member tweakradje decided to start digging around in Phone.apk to see if anything resembling a data monitor was in there. Sure enough, hidden away from view, lives the framework for the data usage monitor. It appears that Google started work on the monitor in the days of Gingerbread, but never got around to implementing it until later flavors of Android. As well as being a data usage tracker, it appears that it also supports bandwidt. . . READ ON »

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CWM Recovery 6 Lands on the HTC Rhodium

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Custom recoveries such as the venerable ClockworkMod Recovery are (in addition to Superuser and SuperSU) likely some of the most widely utilized programs developed on XDA due to the functionality they bring and the doors that they open. As such, CWM has been ported to countless devices, and has become the preferred method of flashing custom ROMs onto virtually anything that runs Android. It seems that the CWM fever expanded into devices that were never meant to run this type of recovery image such as Windows Mobile devices. Now, we are all familiar with this thanks to the likes of the immortal HTC HD2 and its ability to run virtually any OS, regardless of platform. However, the HD2 is not the only WinMo device capa. . . READ ON »

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Defy Flashing Gone Wrong? Solve it with Ease

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The Motorola Defy: a phone that, much as its name suggests, should be able to withstand elemental rage. When it came out last year, lots of blogs and websites showed how the Defy was impervious to submersion by dumping it in a cup of water. This resulted in the feeling of complete and absolute immunity, with many touting the device as “immortal.” However, as with most “immortal” characters of virtually every story, there is always something to which they are vulnerable.

In the case of mobile devices. and in particular that of the Defy, the Achilles’ Heel is the flashing custom ROMs. It is really no surprise that this is the case, as many Motorola devices have had a set of complica. . . READ ON »

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Add Actual 3D Wallpapers to your EVO 3D Home Screen

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A few weeks ago, we brought you news about an app that enabled 3D on the EVO 3D at all times by XDA Recognized Contributor jmztaylor. In that article, we stated that one of the cool things that one could do with this would be to have actual 3D wallpapers on your screen. However, the process of getting these on the screen is not as straight forward as one would think. On Sense, when a wallpaper is chosen, the OS will automatically try to crop it (whether you want to or not), and in the case of 3D pictures, it will try to flatten them, removing the 3D in the process. XDA Forum Member HJ200 posted a quick procedure in jmztaylor’s thread that explains how to add a 3D wallpaper to your homescreen. However, the pi. . . READ ON »

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