April 8, 2012 By: Former Writer
It’s one thing when an Android application adds support for new versions of Android or Android devices. It’s another thing altogether when an application developer makes an application compatible with specific features on a particular Android device. And it’s even more exciting when that feature actually rocks.
For users of the Samsung Galaxy Note, there’s an application updated just for you. XDA Senior Member Volker1 has updated the Quill application with S-Pen functionality. The app also supports active pen input on the ThinkPad Tablet, HTC Jetstream, and HTC Flyer. It doesn’t end there. There are a plethora of features in addition to S-Pen support including:
Active pen (digitizer) support on ThinkPad Tablet, HTC Jetstream, HTC Flyer, and Galaxy Note.
Very fast response to pen strokes.
“Fountain pen” mode supports pen pressure data, more pressure = thicker line.
Double-finger tap to zoom.
Two-finger move gesture.
Pen strokes are vector art, zoom does not pixelate your writing.
“Pen only” mode (optional) disables touch input while writing.
Android 3.x hardware accelerated graphics.
Open source (GPL), so your notes are not stuck in an opaque file format.
A couple features of note are the pen pressure data, and that the artwork is stored in vector format rather than being rasterized. For the pen pressure data, it actually accounts for how hard you press on the screen to determine the thickness of the line which is on its own a cool feature. For the vector images, well it’s pretty self explanatory. Just keep zooming, no pixels! Of course, to take full advantage of the application, your device must be running either Honeycomb or Ice Cream Sandwich.
For more information, download links, change logs and more, check out the original thread.
April 7, 2012 By: Jimmy McGee
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 volumes in a status bar notification. The operation is simple and described by kevdliu as such:
The four buttons on the notification mutes the selected volume, lowers it by one, raises it by one, and displays the system volume slider respectively.
Don’t have Honeycomb or Ice Cream Sandwich? First of all, you should. I promise, it won’t hurt. Second there is another option for you, Widgetsoid. This application allows you to add a widget to your home screen and create your own widget with different buttons to easily and quickly access and control different functions of your Android Device. Widgetsoid has options for controlling the sound, an easy quick mute and unmute option and a turn on and off WiFi, 3G, 4G or Bluetooth option. You can create a button to lock the screen, enable and disable GPS and, if equipped, Near Field Communication. Widgetsoid has options to show signal strength, battery temperature and CPU usage. You can customize the color and appearance of Widgetsoid as well. There are a lot more features on Widgetsoid that are not mentioned here.
So, if you have suffered the loss of the hardware button functions, due to repeated use or an unfortunate run in with the Washing Machine, or if you know someone with an iPhone that brags about their single button, you have options. You can use kevdliu’s Status Bar Volume Control Application or Widgetsoid to show that Android is so awesome that it doesn’t need buttons to function, but is still powerful enough to handle more than one button. More information is available in the Widgetsoid and Status Bar Volume Control Application threads.
[Thanks to Ken J for the tip!]
April 7, 2012 By: Jimmy McGee
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 than it is, well, ultimate. It allows you to customize each contact’s call screen. You can select a different High Definition picture for each contact. That picture will then be displayed in full screen when he or she calls.
But that is not all. You can set up block lists to block contacts. You can set the app to react to phone movements. In the Free version you can ignore a call by placing the phone face down, and the call will disappear as if by magic. The Pro version adds the option to change the placing the phone face down action to just mute the ringer or activate the speakerphone. The Pro version also adds theming capabilities and the ability to block all incoming calls, block unknown callers, and create a whitelist which will flip the blocking procedure. Instead of selecting contacts to block, you will be selecting contacts to not be blocked. Lowveld says the Whitelist feature is “Very useful for defining a set of contacts able to call you no matter what, and block everyone else.”
Ultimate Call Screen HD is a feature packed call screen replacement program. If you are looking for a call screen replacement and are running Android versions 2.1 and above, which you should be, then give the application a try. Fill your call screen with large pictures of your friends with Ultimate Call Screen HD. More information can be found in the application’s thread.
March 23, 2012 By: egzthunder1
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 a look at the work of XDA Forum Member FrenzyFugu. In Frenzy Fugu Fish, you are in control of a Fugu fish (hence the name) and your main objective is to try and eat all the pearls and targets on the level in a given time period.
The controls are simple as you will need to use your accelerometer to direct your fish. The caveat of the game is that levels get increasingly harder with more obstacles, less time, and even enemies such as other larger fish trying to make you their dinner. Your Fugu will be able to pick power ups from time to time to become invincible by inflating, which will allow it to do other things such as eating other smaller enemies. Just remember that you need to eat your objectives before time runs out. The game features 45 levels with more added every month.
Frenzy Fugu is casual fish game with 45 levels in 3 sets, each set with unique graphics design of the environment and introducing new game elements. Game will receive new set of 15 levels each month.
You can find more information in the original thread. Please leave your feedback for the dev if you would like to see features added to future revisions.
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March 11, 2012 By: Former Writer
Multi-touch has become increasingly ubiquitous ever since pinch-to-zoom was added to Android’s web browser and photo gallery. It has even been incorporated into several launchers, starting with the home screen previews in HTC Sense. Now you can incorporate even more multi-touch gestures on your Honeycomb tablet with Gesture Control. Developed by XDA Forum Member StupidIdea, the application is still in beta but has a few nifty features available.
The root-level application, which installs as a simple .APK file, gives Honeycomb tablet users the ability to use multi-touch commands to perform basic tasks. Supported gestures include the following:
Swipe 2 fingers from top downward
pinch 3-4 fingers
Show/Hide status bar:
Swipe 2 fingers from bottom upward
As stated, it is in beta so more features are planned, and users are more than welcome to suggest multi-touch commands they’d like to see in the final version. Unfortunately, the app seems to not be functional on many Ice Cream Sandwich-based devices, but the developer has stated plans to fix this in a future revision.
Check out the original thread for additional details, download links, and discussion.
March 8, 2012 By: egzthunder1
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!
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Did our previous story on ML Controller only serve to whet your appetite for photography-related Android apps? If so, we have another app aimed at delivering you Android-powered photography fix.
XDA forum member Apachi2k brings us an innovative and lightweight portfolio and gallery application, aptly titled Fotolio. What sets this tablet-optimized application apart from the standard gallery app is that it makes excellent use of the larger screen real estate that a 7- or 10-inch tablet can afford. It accomplishes this with excellent navigation and recently added multi-touch features.
In the words of the developer:
I am a photographer and know a little bit of programming from high school days. I love the Xoom tablet and first thing I thought of using it for was for my photography portfolio. I soon realized that the built-in gallery is way overkill for something like a portfolio which gave me an idea to develop a simple app suited to showcase art or photography portfolios.
Before I share the app, let me just say that when I say I know very little about programming, I mean really very little. This app is fully functional on my Xoom but that is the only device I have been able to test it for. Theoretically, it should work with any Honeycomb tablet (maybe even some Gingerbread ones) but everything has been configured for the Xoom. With that said, below is a link
to the latest version of the app.
February 17, 2012 By: Will Verduzco
Comparisons aside, we’ve all experienced the occasional application or system crash on our Android devices. In fact, it seems as if the more we tinker, the more these things occur. In order to help our developers more efficiently find a solution, we often provide them with system-generated log files.
Previously, we covered a way of generating log files without connecting to a computer. This made things easier by allowing us to take system logs anywhere. Now thanks to work by XDA Recognized Developer solarnz (of Xoom fame), we have a tablet-optimized way to do so.
Designed from the ground-up to be optimized for Android 3.0 or greater, Lumberjack cuts the pain out of generating logs. (Yes, I know—bad pun.) While the application works on any device rocking Honeycomb or newer—phones included—it truly shines on the large screens of tablets.
In the words of the developer:
Lumberjack is a useful application for application developers, Android custom rom developers and users alike.
This will allow you to see the live logs on your device, but also gives you the option to export the files to your favourite application such as Gmail or Dropbox.
Unlike similar applications, this was designed with Honeycomb and Ice Cream Sandwich tablets and phones in mind.
Logs this application displays & exports:
* Logcat (main & system)
* Events Logcat
* Radio Logcat
* /system contents
* Loaded modules
* Mounted filesystems
Note: this application is for Honecomb and Ice Cream Sandwich devices ONLY.
Aside from contributing to the ubiquity of social networking, one of the main functions of the modern PDA-type device is to help us remember things that we would otherwise forget. That’s why note taking apps are both incredibly important and remarkably abundant on every mobile OS.
With apps like Color Note and Evernote, you would think that Android has already reached market saturation in the note-taking realm. Despite this, two free member-created apps released today hope to forge their place on our Android phone or tablet.
The first entry is HoloNotes by XDA forum member JR. As its name implies, this app makes excellent use of the new Holo UI paradigm first seen in Android 3.0 Honeycomb. Unfortunately for those still on older OS revisions, it requires Android 3.2 or newer.
While HoloNotes doesn’t offer any additional core functionality compared to the average note taking app, it gives a much needed UI face lift to the whole note taking process. Considering the recent unveiling of the Android Design website, well designed apps like HoloNotes are certainly appreciated.
Now if you’re looking to change the way you take notes entirely, AutoNotes by XDA forum member houzuoguo may be more up your alley. Instead of simply allowing users to enter in notes manually, AutoNotes does as its name implies and automatically takes notes based on the contents of your screen.
All you have to do is set up keywords to look for, and AutoNotes takes care of the rest. If this isn’t the Tasker of note taking, I don’t know what is. Unfortunately, the UI isn’t quite as polished as the previously mentioned HoloNotes, but AutoNotes is certainly much more powerful.
Interested in giving either app a shot? Those drawn to the sleek looks of HoloNotes can quench their stylish thirst by visiting the application thread. Users who would prefer the automated convenience of the latter creation should instead visit the AutoNotes release thread.
Just a couple of days ago, we wrote about how CyanogenMod 9 had triumphantly been kanged for the Motorola Xoom tablet. However in writing this, we largely (and unintentionally) ignored some of the most important developers and releases for Google’s reference tablet.
Anyone following the Xoom development timeline has surely noticed that the Team EOS, the evolution of TiamatXOOM, has racked up more than a few “firsts.” From the first true custom ROM to the first the first 4G-enabled release of Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, EOS is a staple of the Xoom development community. In fact, although the Ice Cream Sandwich update for the WiFi-only Wingray has already started making its way to select WiFi-only devices, the 4G-enabled Stingray’s update release schedule is still unclear.
So who are they, and why do they do what they do? Simple. The EOS team—comprised of XDA forum members Solarnz, Nusince, Bigrushdog, GPstar, kcrudup, phokus, and MADIndustries—feels that although the Xoom is a “very capable hardware platform,” Motorola’s tablet “has been plagued from day one by short sighted decisions made in an attempt to rush to market a much needed answer to a competitors growing titan.” The result? The Xoom has become the “red-headed stepchild of the Android development community.” Naturally, it has been the goal of EOS to help alleviate this—and this, they have achieved.
Through laborious efforts centered around AOSP-based builds of Ice Cream Sandwich, their offerings have “received a number of enhancements and modifications, based primarily around usability and function. It is also the only ICS build currently available that fully supports LTE data services thanks in no small part to the efforts of Bigrushdog. Features are being added every day as we push ahead towards a release candidate and our first official EOS release.”
[Thanks to Solarnz and Nusince for all of their help in putting this together!]
January 12, 2012 By: Will Verduzco
When the HTC Flyer and EVO View 4G were announced at Mobile World Congress 2011, many were disappointed to discover that not only would the pair of devices feature single-core processors, but that they would also ship with Android 2.3 Gingerbread. Despite these issues, the Flyer and EVO View 4G ultimately gained popularity due to their build quality, form factor, top notch aesthetics, and innovative HTC Scribe stylus.
Seven long months after launch, and more than a few months past schedule, HTC finally updated the pair of tablets to Android 3.2 Honeycomb in the beginning of last month. Unfortunately for those wishing for an unadulterated Honeycomb experience, the user experience was spattered with HTC SenseUI. Thankfully, we have developers at XDA who are up for just about any task—including cleaning up Sense bloat!
Working with the HTC Flyer variant, XDA forum member Westfire released an early and well-received Honeycomb ROM derived first from the leaked update and later from the official OTA. Westfire’s release eventually served as a base for forum member Gumby63‘s highly regarded DeSensified Honeycomb ROM. As its name implies, the DeSensified ROM removes much of HTC’s additions from the mix, giving users a nearly authentic Honeycomb experience. In order to not leave EVO View 4G owners in the cold, forum member graffixnyc then ported Gumby63’s DeSensified ROM as part of his DeSensed View ROM.
Looking to get some desensitized Honeycomb action on your devices? If so, continue on to the Flyer or EVO View 4G ROM threads. If you simply want to see what other ROMs are available for the devices, head over to the Flyer and EVO View 4G development forums.
January 3, 2012 By: liwen
Just as HTC promised last month, the Android 3.2 Honeycomb update is now rolling out to the WiFi-only version of the HTC Flyer, after the GSM version got it in early December and the EVO View 4G two weeks ago. So, if you didn’t already flash a custom ROM, you now officially enjoy all the Honeycomb goodness.
Head over to the forum thread to share your experience with the update.