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Jimmy McGee · Apr 7, 2012

Busted Volume Rocker on Android Phone? Here’s a Solution

Recently our good friend and Member Advocate Admin egzthundar1, wrote an article for people with Windows Phones with broken volume rockers. While this certainly is a great application, I think we can all admit, that while this helps Mango users, it doesn’t help the over 9000 people who use Android. But fear not my green robot friends rocking Honeycomb and above, XDA Senior Member kevdliu created the Status Bar Volume Control Application. This simple application allows you to change the system...

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Jimmy McGee · Apr 7, 2012

Change Your Call Screen with Ultimate Call Screen HD

Do you wear glasses? Is your vision not as good as it could be? Do you like seeing huge pictures of your friends so you are reminded of what they look like when they call? Do you have “friends” who use iPhones and brag about their awesome answer screen? Well, XDA Senior Member lowveld has a solution for you. Lowveld has created the Ultimate Call Screen HD call screen replacement. What can we say about Ultimate Call Screen HD other...

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egzthunder1 · Apr 5, 2012

Sense 4 Locks and Clocks for EVO 3D

It seems that HTC has created quite a bit of hype recently with their release of the HTC One series and the recently introduced EVO 4G LTE (an One variant for Sprint). Despite there being some ports with functioning Sense 4 frameworks, the simplistic and cleaner look of Sense 4 is, at this point, just a long term objective for Sensation and EVO 3D owners. Much like it has been historically on XDA-Developers, the road to Sense ports is always...

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Former Writer · Apr 2, 2012

SlaidyBoost Brings Better Performance and Battery Life to Galaxy Ace

Not all phones are at their optimal performance and battery life out of the box. Even with a heavily tweaked ROM or kernel, some phones require just a little extra boost. This is why users install various scripts, tweaks, and mods---to get that little extra jolt and make their phones everything they can be. As a follow up to his work on the Nexus S, XDA Recognized Contributor slaid480 has developed another script for the Samsung Galaxy Ace. The tweak features what you'd expect...

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egzthunder1 · Mar 29, 2012

Open Source and Imitations–Samsung Releases ICS-Sprinkled Gingerbread SGS I9000, But Why?

It seems that Samsung has made quite a stir recently thanks to several recently released updates and firmware leaks (albeit they are mostly coming from carriers) to most of their lineup, going back all the way to the original Galaxy S. Thanks to the efforts of XDA Forum Member Przekret and Recognized Developer Faryaab, we now have access to the very latest firmware that was released by Samsung for the original Samsung Galaxy S. The new firmware comes loaded with a ton...

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egzthunder1 · Mar 23, 2012

Eat All the Pearls Before Time Runs Out with Frenzy Fugu Fish

One cannot help but to love games on devices which make use of the sensors loaded in them. Who can forget the ever popular Teeter where you needed to balance and direct a ball through a maze filled with obstacles like holes, walls, and uneven floors? If you have not seen too many of these and are simply tired of slicing fruits and veggies and tossing birds or other cute and fluffy animals across a screen, then you should take...

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Former Writer · Mar 15, 2012

HTC View ROM Ported to the EVO 3D, Surprisingly Functional

Porting ROMs from one Android device to another is usually pretty exciting. It gives users a chance to sample the goods of another device without throwing down $500 USD in order to actually buy the device. Plus, it's always kind of cool to show your friends your phone running a completely different OEM skin or different version of an OEM skin. Bragging rights for the win, right? XDA Senior Member the_plattypus has given flashaholics carrying the HTC EVO 3D something...

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egzthunder1 · Mar 15, 2012

Kiss Bloat on the Epic 4G Touch Goodbye Thanks to Bare Rom Converter

We are all aware of a large number of methods to get rid of unwanted bloatware from our devices. Manufacturers really give you no option to rid yourself of software they want you to use as they can potentially bring in revenue for them by selling you products through these. Moreover, without a custom ROM or access to root, you really cannot do away with them as they are normally uninstallable. And even if you could somehow easily uninstall them,...

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Former Writer · Mar 9, 2012

PhoenixLauncher Gives Gingerbread Users a Taste of ICS

Ice Cream Sandwich has been a big hit with users, and many just can't wait for ICS to land on their devices. Unfortunately, the waiting list is a pretty long one for devices that don't have it already, and most are depending on the likes of CyanogenMod and leaks to get their fill of ICS. XDA Recognized Developer andy572 has other plans, though, to help users get a taste of ICS in the form a launcher called PhoenixLauncher. This gives...

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egzthunder1 · Mar 8, 2012

Enjoy your Favorite Anti-Root Apps Without Losing Root Completely

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...

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egzthunder1 · Mar 1, 2012

The Definitive Fix for Long Delays on GPS Locks for the Captivate

One of the biggest, most common problems with GPS receivers on mobile devices has been the fact that they tend to become buggy and as a result, they have difficulty getting satellite locks. This issue has plagued devices since the times of the venerable Vogue and the Polaris (both Windows Mobile devices for those of you who just got introduced to the world of smartphones). We all thought that as time went by, things would get better and for the...

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ElCondor · Mar 1, 2012

Beats Audio Now Available on Any Gingerbread ROM

Not too long ago, we wrote about how Beats Audio was slapped onto the Motorola Photon 4G. Now it seems almost all smartphone users can enjoy the popular sound modification. Built upon previous work by XDA Forum Member RockoDev who originally ported the package, this modification now works on all Gingerbread devices and is distributed from a thread by XDA member fuss132. Yes, that's right. As you may have assumed, Beats Audio on HTC phones has nothing to do with hardware; it's just an advanced audio equalizer....

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egzthunder1 · Feb 28, 2012

Get Your Developer Helmet On–Samsung Contest for Best S Pen App Now Live!

We at XDA like the idea of development and sharing our God given gifts with the world, so that anyone can rip the benefits of having such wonderful and capable devices. From time to time, manufacturers and software makers will see this need from the customer base and will think of some way to foment development while catering to this very need. This is the reason why they see the dev communities as a vast sea of potential for their...

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egzthunder1 · Feb 25, 2012

Dual Boot Your Favorite ROMs on Your Xperia Play

Anyone with on XDA will have undoubtedly gone through quite a few different ROMs in their respective devices. More often than not, this is partially due to us never being completely happy with a single one. It could be because the theme doesn't necessarily appeal to us, or maybe a you need to use a ROM due to a certain feature, such as EPST on Sense ROMs. For this purpose, there is always the option of dual booting (assuming that your...

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egzthunder1 · Feb 22, 2012

Get Rid of Notifications With Style on Your EVO 3D With “Slide To Clear”

For many of us, having notifications on the top bar is an ultimate necessity for today's Android. You can learn about things that go on in the background that may be automated such as Market updates to some apps, and other useful things such as getting notifications about e-mails, text, messages, missed calls, etc. However, there comes a point during your day where having 10 small icons on your top bar can become a bit of an eyesore. Among these...

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Haroon Q. Raja · Feb 8, 2012

Android 2.3.6 Gingerbread OTA Update Available for Motorola Atrix 2

While it may not be Ice Cream Sandwich just yet, Motorola has released an official OTA update for the Atrix 2 that updates the OS to Android 2.3.6 Gingerbread and brings several improvements and bug fixes to this popular dual-core device. The update includes: Significant improvements and fixes to the camera app Enhanced keyboard Visual Voicemail (by AT&T) Cloud syncing of text messages and call log (by AT&T) Improvements to Wireless Hotspot and Webtop Haptic feedback problems fixed Decreased call ending...

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Ian Stacy · Feb 7, 2012

Create a Gingerbread/Ice Cream Sandwich Dual Boot SD Card for the Nook Color

Every time we publish a story about the mods and developments on the Nook Color, it makes me seriously wonder if the Barnes and Noble people knew what was possible with the little ebook reader they were selling. XDA Senior Member racks11479 has updated his multi-boot images for the Barnes and Noble Nook Color to include an SD image with both Gingerbread and Ice Cream Sandwich. Since the ICS build is semi-unstable and he still needed access to Gingerbread, racks11479 created...

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orb3000 · Feb 7, 2012

Galaxy Note Arrives At AT&T On Feb 19

The Samsung Galaxy Note will start hitting AT&T shelves on February 19th! Pricing looks like it will be $300 US with a two year contract, which sounds more like a phone coming to Verizon Wireless sadly. Different to the Euro black model, US market will get it on two color options: Ceramic white and Carbon blue. Like all of the other Galaxy phones, the US model has four control keys below the display instead of the two touch keys and the...

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Jase Glenn · Jan 29, 2012

Enabling Native SIP on GingerBread ROM’s

In our bleeding edge world, many of the articles and updates that we talk about relate to the latest or upcoming version of a piece of software. Sometimes it is easy to forget that the standard is still Android 2.3. Since most Gingerbread based smartphones come equipped with 3G, it makes sense that they would be capable of SIP calling. Unfortunately, many carriers and custom ROM builders do not integrate this feature natively into their builds. XDA User sevet decided...

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Will Verduzco · Jan 24, 2012

CWM and De-Odexed System Partition for the LG Nitro HD

Not too long ago, we added the LG Nitro HD to our forums. This was done with good reason, as LG's LTE-enabled, 720p-capable, and dual core-toting beast is one of the most appetizing devices available for AT&T---at least until the Galaxy Nexus (possibly) arrives for the carrier. Now, all we need is some development activity to back up the great hardware. Kicking open the doors for development activity, XDA forum member bytecode64 successfully ported ClockworkMod 5 Recovery to the device. Next, the Nitro HD had...

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