June 12, 2012 By: Ian Stacy
The Samsung Galaxy Exhibit II is a mid range Galaxy line phone on available on T-Mobile. Power users who own this new handset can finally get their toes wet in the ROM flashing pond with the first two available custom ROMs for the device. Both ROMs are brought to you by XDA Senior Member jocala.
The first ROM, Peach Sunrise, is a customized version of the stock Gingerbread build. Free versions of Titanium Backup, Voltage Control, CIFSManager & Quickboot are included. The Samsung WallpaperChooser application has been unlocked and wireless ADB access is possible. If an enhanced ROM based on the original TouchWiz-laden release feel sounds good to you, this may be the build you want. Necessary files and flashing instructions can be found in the ROM thread.
The second ROM is an unofficial build of CyanogenMod 9, and brings ICS to the device. While the build is definitely stable enough to run, camera bugs and Bluetooth issues may prevent many users from picking this up as a daily driver. Jocala promises no ETA on additional features, but mentions that the ROM is a work in progress. For instructions, necessary files, and progress updates on the ROM, be sure to check the ROM thread.
As always, be sure to backup your entire device before attempting to flash anything. For updates and discussions on the Exhibit II, jocala has put together a helpful resource thread, so head there now and check it out!
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.
To try this fun and exciting game check out the Garden Troopers thread. This recipe for fun will keep you entertained for hours. With different difficulties and game modes, the challenges are lasting.
May 26, 2012 By: Conan Troutman
With the introduction of Android 4.0, came the facial recognition unlock feature (or gimmick to some). While far from being a secure way of preventing unwanted access to your device, it adds an extra layer of security that requires less effort to use than traditional methods. Inspired by this, XDA member adnanahmad1786 has developed FaceLock for Apps, which takes the same concept and allows you to protect specific applications with facial recognition. Furthermore, it’s compatible with Gingerbread for those of you yet to receive the ICS goods.
The free version allows users to lock Settings, Play Store, Task Manager, and one application of choice. While this is by no means a way of completely securing your device, it’s a pretty cool way of preventing access to specific device features—thus preventing people from messing with your settings and social network accounts, or preventing your kids from making any unwanted purchases on Google Play.
Once the app is trained to recognize your face, any protected app will automatically initiate your front facing camera (which is a requirement for this app, for obvious reasons). Should your face not be recognised, it will ask you for the pin/password you set as a failsafe.
As mentioned previously, the app requires a front facing camera and Android 2.3 or above. It can be found here in it’s original release thread.
May 18, 2012 By: Former Writer
As our regular readers will tell you, we’ve been following the HTC EVO 3D closely. Not too long ago, it received an ICS leak and its associated problems. The leak wasn’t for the Sprint or GSM versions of the phone, but rather for the Virgin Mobile version of the phone, which hasn’t even been released yet. As you can imagine, early adopters who flashed the red hot leak had some serious problems—not least of which was being unable to revert back to factory firmware. Fortunately, those days have come to an end.
XDA Senior Member jlechner, with the help of other developers, has released a full method to downgrade the EVO 3D back to its Gingerbread roots. The process is a little complicated, and requires that users know how to flash RUU files in the bootloader as well as ADB commands, so this is definitely not for the faint of heart. Jlechner is kind enough to provide links for all downloads you’ll need. The whole process will take roughly half an hour once everything is in place. However, there is also a stern warning:
This works for some, others are having data issues after. YMMV.
WARNING: Some can’t activate now. Your risk.
So if you’re not confident your device can handle the return to Gingerbread, it’s probably best to skip this for right now. If you really want to revert to the older firmware, you do so at your own risk.
For additional information on what marks the end of the VM ICS leak experience, head on over to the original thread and get downgraded.
May 17, 2012 By: Former Writer
In most cases, getting an upgrade to a new version of Android is exciting. It usually ushers in numerous bug fixes, performance enhancements, new UI elements, and a whole new experience with the device than what people are used to. That said, sometimes it can be a real pain when a new version of Android comes out because a number of bad things can happen. For starters, you may loose root, along with the exploit used to acquire root. Secondly, the new version of Android may be a little buggier than you would like. This is why there are downgrade guides—so users can get back to an older version for whatever reason.
This is the case for the International Galaxy Note, as users who installed the LPY ICS update or received their phone with the update preinstalled cannot simply flash back to Gingerbread if they so choose. This would be a serious problem if there were nothing they could do, but luckily there is. XDA Senior Member thehackersz has released a tutorial to downgrade users from LPY Ice Cream Sandwich back down to Gingerbread safely. The guide is easy to follow, as it simply involves flashing a number of things over ODIN and a custom recovery. Do pay attention to the order though, as flashing in the wrong order can be detrimental to the health of your Note.
There is, however, one thing to take into consideration. Some users have reported that using PC ODIN to flash has bricked their phones and that XDA Elite Recognized Developer Chainfire‘s Mobile ODIN is the way to go. Of course, there are also users who’ve bricked their phones using Mobile ODIN, and recommend the PC version. So be warned that there could be serious risk when attempting this method as, you may brick your device if you’re not careful.
For additional information, make sure to visit the original thread.
Update: Due to issues some flashers are having with this method, we recommend that users wait for a more foolproof method in the future.
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 experimented with various modems and has found that using the modem from the recently rooted Galaxy Blaze 4G instead of the device’s native modem provides both an increase in signal and data transfer speed. Others in the thread have concurred, sharing their overall positive experiences. The modem itself was originally ripped from the Blaze 4G by XDA Recognized Developer Master&Slave™.
Installation is just a simple flash through any custom recovery. However, users must keep in mind that this is intended for either Froyo or Gingerbread builds only. In the words of the thread starter:
Modem pulled from the Samsung Blaze4G.
Not hard to install at all, just put it on your sdcard and flash in Recovery.
Yes. This was not originally for Froyo I have to remove some /libs.
I made it work for the Sidekick 4G.
Credits to Master&Slave for pulling the Modem from the device.
If you’re adventurous and wish to give this radio a shot, head over to the original thread. However, it may be a good idea to create a backup of your existing radio (or make sure you are able to find one for download) in case you wish to revert.
Well, they said it couldn’t be done, that the hardware would never take it. However, challenges like these are what has kept XDA-Developers alive all these years, and with it, some devices as well. The mythical HTC Blue Angel, the first ever device to receive a WM5, WM6, and WM6.1 port, and the first ever device spotted running Android 1.0 has been granted the ability to run Android once again, but this time, a much more robust and newer build. XDA Recognized Developer d-two has successfully ported and released the first alpha version of Gingerbread 2.3.6 for the BA.
As stated, the port is in alpha state and as such has quite a few bugs, but not bad for an initial release. The device does have a working touchscreen, SD Card, BT, hardware buttons, and it even has hardware acceleration, which makes it far less laggy than it would otherwise be. On top of that, d-two just released a new kernel with enabled ADB, which could potentially allow you to push files into the device. The device still has quite a few issues such as lack of a working phone, it cannot read the state of the battery, has no data, and if it sleeps it does not wake up. However, the dev is aware of all these issues and more and is working on this project tirelessly.
If you still happen to have a Blue Angel and would like to take this for a spin, please do so as to breath new life onto this dying giant. Whoever said vintage is a thing of the past? In any case, please leave your thoughts in the thread.
You can find more information in the original thread.
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Not long ago, we brought you a nearly universal Gingerbread root method for Samsung phones. It was really cool, as more than two dozen Samsung devices could be rooted and unrooted two simple files. Since rooting is at the core of device development , new root methods—especially universal ones—are always exciting news.
XDA Forum Member rodrigojfuentes has posted a method that should root all Motorola phones currently running Gingerbread. The method requires users to be running Linux, so Windows and Mac users need to load a Linux virtual machine to proceed.
From there, it’s a few commands to obtain and alter the the files, followed by a simple flash. Nothing too difficult, but be sure to read the instructions thoroughly in order to make sure you understand what’s going on.
Full instructions can be found in the original thread.
April 16, 2012 By: Former Writer
Many consider stock Android’s music management and sound output to be sub par. This manifests in developer efforts to fix the situation such as equalizer applications and the porting of Beats Audio to every Gingerbread ROM. Since Google is presumably not working on making audio more exciting, it is up to the developers to keep the audio enhancements coming. XDA Senior Member D3HuM4NiZ3D has also ported the Dolby Sound Enhancer to the Samsung Galaxy 3.
Installing Dolby Sound Enhancement will, first and foremost, delete anything even remotely related to Beats Audio on your device if you already have it on there. However, many users agree that Beats Audio delivers too much bass, and Dolby delivers better overall sound quality. Opinions aside, this mod has only been tested on CyanogenMod 7, and not on FroYo or ICS builds for the device. D3HuM4NiZ3D invites anyone to give it a try on the different OS builds but assumes no responsibility if something bad happens.
If this sounds like something you’d like on your Galaxy 3, check out the modification thread. Also, don’t forget to make a backup, especially if you plan on trying this on an unsupported version of Android.
Every once in a while an application comes along where the jokes just write themselves. This application is one of them. Flying Farting Donkies is a simple, yet thoroughly enjoyable game. XDA Senior Member adecker introduces the game by saying the following:
Introducing Flying Farting Donkies by Decker-Barringer Technologies; DBT for short.
FFD is a fun and challenging arcade game that is safe for kids and adults to play!
It features OpenFeint to track scores, provide achievements and social networking, built on Unity3D FFD provides fast and fun gameplay!
Collect the beans to gain gas, tap to let it out and fly!
This game is a gas. Literally. Once you download this game and let her rip, you will be ignoring the barking spiders in no time. Once you blow the donkey’s big brown horn you may need a new pair of trousers.
The free version gives users one game level. Luckily the free level is quite repayable, as you try and fly the farting donkey farther each time. However, it would be nice to have another level, or have the beans and pills locations a bit more randomized.
Those interested can find out more in the application thread.
A penny saved is a penny earned, that is unless Canada follows through with its threat to stop producing the Canadian penny. If you are like most people, when you do use cash and you get change, you often don’t like carrying it around. Some throw it in random places. Others unload their pockets every night into a single jar. A solution exists either way.
XDA Forum Member NickAVV offers you version 3.0 of his QuickChange application. In the words of the developer:
QuickChange … helps you keep track of how much money is in your piggy bank, or other coin-containing apparatus. It supports 7 different currencies too. It has a slick new interface, lets you track multiple jars, shows you graphs of your balance over time
Keeping track of your spare change turns it from a nuisance into a valuable asset. By setting a goal you can save up enough to get that upcoming Nexus Tablet. Seeing your progress helps to motivate you. QuickChange even allows you to view a graph of your jar’s balance over time.
QuickChange works on all versions of Android from 2.1 onwards. Check out the application thread of more information.
Are you often multitasking while synergizing with the C-suite to maximize the ROI of the SEO implementation of your web presence? Do you mow through your piles of RFPs before COB? Do you have heated debates regarding the use of double-declining versus straight-line deprecation of capital improvement assets? Most importantly, are you tired of lugging around paper business cards while networking?
If your brain didn’t melt from the questions above, XDA Forum Member sharpwitz may have a solution for you. The application is Card Swapp. Card Swapp creates a QR code full of your contact information for people to scan. With the app, you can now avoid typing in your contact information manually ever again.
The Card Swapp App that manages business cards better than BUMP and Linkedin’s Card Munch. This app is also the 1st and only business card with a built in news feed.
Not only does Card Swapp create QR codes for your vendors and contacts to scan, but it allows you to scan other QR codes you see in ads, business cards and from other Card Swapp members. You can follow Twitter accounts, access and save restaurant menus and hours, and get live traffic reports.
Card Swapp is more than a business card QR application. It is possibly the business card QR application of the future. The application is available for Android 2.1 and higher, and *sigh* the iPhone. Learn more in the application thread.
Math is difficult. When you are spending your time pimpin’ to the beat, walking down the street with your new la freak, with your animal print pants out of control, there is only one thing that matters for LMFAO and yourself. That fact is that you are sexy, and you know it. But how does one become so self-aware of his or her physical attractiveness? Well, it is simple—you work out.
Lifting weights takes a lot of energy and concentration so often times your mind isn’t as quick as it can be to add up the weights of the different discs you are placing on the barbell. There is no need to fear, however, my muscle head and casual weight lifting friends. XDA Forum Member somecanuck has a solution. The application Barbell Loader is created for alleviate this issue.
Tired of adding up weights in the gym? Barbell Loader Pro does it for you!
Using this application really could not be simpler. You simply tap to add a disc, and the application adds it up for you using magic. The app allows you to enter your data both imperial and metric, and you can even mix the two. It will then tell you how much weight you have in kilograms and pounds. Barbell Loader can even estimate your one rep max. It works for anyone of the delicious versions of Android from Gingerbread on up. Find out more by visiting the application thread.