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Posts Tagged: Android 3.x (Honeycomb)

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According to reports in our forums and confirmed by Sprint Support, the EVO View 4G, essentially Sprint’s version of the HTC Flyer tablet, is now getting an update to Android 3.2.1 over-the-air. It brings all the Honeycomb goodness you’d expect, but, due to the differences to Gingerbread, will also reset your homescreen to factory-defaults. However, it’s strongly advised to hold off on the update if you’re rooted, as pointed out by forum member globatron:

  1. If you take this upgrade there is no HTC unlock for the View yet.
    • This means no root for now
    • This means no custom ROMs for now
    • This means no rollback to gingerbread for now
    • In other words this is a dead-end for now.
  2. There is no S-OFF tool for the view when running on HC (revolutionary will not work)
    • This means no root for now
    • This means no custom ROMs for now
    • This means no rollback to gingerbread for now
    • In other words this is a dead-end for now.
  3. There is currently no known working temp root exploit on HC (again this means no rollback)

For more information, see the forum thread.

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If you are interested in understanding how much your Android device can handle 3D games and apps, take a look at the M3D Benchmark application posted by XDA forum member sadegh1993. Developed by knight93, the Benchmark is created with the Unity 3D game engine and is based on OpenGL ES 2.0 showing that your device can handle advanced rendering techniques such as rendering bump maps.

The XDA member would like some help from XDA members to submit your average FPS and also your ROM version plus a screenshot, to improve the application.

To run it, you will need at least FroYo 2.0.1 and an OpenGL ES 2.0 supported device.

For more information and to download the app, head on over to the application thread.

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Xperia Play owners who want to be able to use the gamepad to play games using the OnLive Service should check out OnLive Helper  by XDA Senior Member hatcyl.

The app should however work with any phone (not just the Xperia Play) and users can create their own custom profiles or use community created ones.

No root is required, and to enable the app, you must change the Input Method Service to ‘OnLive Helper’. Users can have the input method screen automatically come up when opening or closing the keyboard by checking ‘Auto Prompt’ in the options.

For details on how to use custom mode, and for the link to download OnLive Helper, head on over to the application thread. OnLive Helper is free to download in the Android Market.

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There’s been much fervor regarding Google’s inclusion of “full” hardware acceleration into Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. And this is with good reason—the 2D software rendering in Android 2.x made for a noticeably less smooth experience than competing OSes.

While the inclusion of a greater extent of hardware acceleration into the OS is a wonderful thing, there are many misconceptions surrounding what it brings to the table. First off, Android has had elements of hardware acceleration for tasks such as window compositing for years. This means that all window animations were also always hardware accelerated.

Unlike window compositing, drawing inside of a window has traditionally been accomplished by the CPU in Android 2.x and below. In Android 3.0 Honeycomb, however, these functions could be offloaded to the device’s GPU as long as android:hardwareAccelerated=”true” was placed in the application’s manifest. The only difference with Android 4.0 is that ICS turns on hardware acceleration by default as long as API level 14 or higher is targeted. Thus, hardware acceleration in ICS is no more “full” than in Honeycomb. (Note: You can force all applications in ICS to utilize hardware acceleration in 4.0 through the developer options settings pane—something I have wanted in Honeycomb for eight months.)

OK. Now, hardware acceleration is on by default in API 14+ apps, and we have a way to force hardware acceleration in all apps regardless of the contents of the manifest. All is gravy, right? That’s unfortunately not the case. In the case of the PowerVR drivers used in the Nexus S and even Google’s new flagship, simply enabling hardware acceleration in any process eats up 8 MB of memory—per process! While not much on its own, 8 MB here and 8 MB there will lead to much higher memory consumption that could also lead to much slower multitasking. As a result, the Android team is putting considerable effort into fine tuning exactly what parts of the Android UI will use GPU rendering on the Nexus S.

Long story short? When compared to Android 2.x, ICS brings great features to the table thanks to its increased reliance on hardware acceleration. However, other than being turned on by default, ICS’s hardware acceleration cannot be considered any more “full” than what we already had in Honeycomb. Furthermore, hardware acceleration isn’t the magic bullet that many consider it to be—but it will certainly help!

Interested in learning more? Read Dianne’s post on Google+ and join the discussion in the original thread.

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EeePad Transformer owners who want to be able to monitor both the internal tablet and dock batteries can do so with XDA Senior Member Flexer‘s Dual Battery Widget. The app has received significant updates since the last time we spoke about it.

The widget displays the status for the internal and secondary batteries in the EeePad dock station. For devices other than the EeePad Transformer, the widget will only show the main battery icon.  The widget is resizable and can be as small as 1 cell on your screen. Advanced options allow you to change the size and positions of the status text, and hide the second battery gauge when disconnected.

Dual Battery Widget is available for free on the Android Market. For more information (including the course code on Github), check out the application thread.

Wind-Up Knight For Android

October 27, 2011   By:

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If you are a fan of adventure side scrolling games on Android devices, then you should not miss out on this wonderfully done game by XDA member TheOneBD. Wind-up Knight somewhat reminds us of Cordy, which is another Android game. In this one, you must guide your character through long levels where he will need to jump, dash, and do everything he can to rescue the princess from the Black Knight. You do all this in a beautifully designed 3D environment that will leave you asking for more, even if the game is about 50 levels long. The game runs rather smooth and it seems that the bardware requirements are for a mid to high end device (Nexus One, Evo 4G, etc).

As it is customary with most Android apps, this is a work in progress, so any and all feedback is highly appreciated.

Guide your Wind-up Knight through devilish levels–over 50 in all–to rescue the Princess from the clutches of the evil Black Knight. Run, jump, roll, and slash your way to victory. Wind-up Knight is the type of challenging game you have been waiting for.

You can find more information in the game thread.

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It is funny how a simple concept such as browsing in a tab can be taken to be so much closer to the laptop experience. You are likely used to using several windows opened at thr same time on your PC and your internet browser is likely one of your top choices to do this on. Well, thanks to a thread started by XDA member indie13, now you can do the same on your favorite Honeycomb tablet. This browser, as its name suggests, will allow you to browse on to windows simultaneously just like on your desktop. Just think about it, no more switching tabs if you are comparing things. There are things that are being tested right now such as video playback from sites like Youtube and others.

The app seems to be in beta and needs quite a bit of work on several areas, but it is a concept that mobile users likely miss from their home computers. Please take this app for a spin on your favorite tab and leave some feedback.

Dual Screen Browser for Honeycomb is an Web browser application that has two browser windows

You can find more information in the original thread.

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As it is always the case in the world of technology, early adopters of most devices and brands are usually among the first to start complaining about things. This is particularly true when it comes to updates to their investments. However, most of these complaints are well founded due to them being about things that end up resulting in poor performance and overall bugginess. A very specific case for this is the Galaxy Tab 10.1v, which is the European version of the acclaimed Galaxy Tab, running under Vodaphone. As it is customary with updates, carrier and manufacturer pointed fingers at each other when people complained about not getting updates to take the tab from 3.0.1 to anything that wasn’t remotely as buggy as that. Looks like Samsung got tired of the little dance with the carriers, so they announced via their Tweeter account that the 10.1v would get the update and it was up to Vodaphone to say when they would roll out. XDA member fanSte posted about it in a thread and has posted screenshots of the Tweets as well.

As an early adopter of Honeycomb myself (my Asus came loaded with 3.0.1), I cannot understand why these customers were left with such buggy tabs. I do understand that networks have their own sets of restrictions when it comes to OTAs and that their networks may not be able to handle a massive push of updates, but this update was badly needed. So, while I don’t own a Galaxy tab, I thank you (Samsung and Voda) on the owner’s behalf.

e ng Galaxy Tab 10.1v is deliverd with 3.01 and there will be an upgrade to Android 3.1 Honeycomb. 

You can find more information in the original thread.

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Thanks bergoulle for the tip!

 

 

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Acer keeps on making its way into the hands of people by trying to release newer models with different characteristics of their up and coming Iconia tab series. The A100 made its debut not too long ago, and it seems to be a more economical version of its bigger brother. The tab sports a 7 inch screen as opposed to the 10.1 inch that its big brother has. It also carries a Tegra 2 processor, 1 GB or RAM, Honeycomb 3.2, and it comes in 8 GB and 16 GB versions, which is unusual to see in a tab. Other than that, the specs are pretty much up to par with other tabs of its kind. However, it is worth mentioning that there are not too many tabs at 7 inch that are loaded with 3.2, so this is a bit of a breakthrough in a market where the smaller sized tab race is headed by regular eBook readers.

Well, the tab is out there and its user base is building up rather quickly. So, if you know about this and would like to share your success/horror stories about the tab, or if you have something that you pulled from it and would like to share with the community, please step.

You can visit the Iconia A100 Tab forum right here.

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XDA forum member GameGod72 is an avid user of the Aldiko eBook reader app and recently got himself a tablet. The dev wanted to be able to read his books on both his phone and tablet but could not find anything, and decided to do something about it himself!

Aldiko Sync is the XDA member’s first Android app, which syncs your books and bookmarks across various Android-powered devices.

The app requires Android 2.2+ and root access. Additionally, you’ll need a Dropbox account.

Features include:

  • Synchronize eBooks across devices – including addition of new books and deletion of old books.
  • Synchronize our position in each eBook across devices.
  • Ability to store deleted books in a separate ‘TrashCan’ folder on Dropbox in case you want to retrieve it at a later date.
Aldiko Sync is available as a free version in the Market. For more information, take a look at the application thread.
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A thing of fairytale, the idea of 500Gb storage on a tablet. Especially on any device we own, it’s something no one has seen or heard of, only complained about.

The ASUS Transformer, for me, really is the peak of progression. It was the product we, in the technology community, had been waiting for for a very long time, and didn’t expect to see it rising over the horizon. The Transformer as a whole is comparable to a Macbook Air or a netbook, because of its design, being the same size and featuring the same functionality. The tablet itself is comparable to the iPad 2, with its aluminium design, mobile operating system, and camera’s, front and back. There is an element of functionality which surpasses the rest of the market. The ability to use the keyboard in conjunction with a stand-alone tablet, retaining the touchscreen functionality.

However, there is a massive flaw with this device when deciding to choose it over a regular netbook. A netbook has an average of 250Gb storage–Where is that on the Transformer? It’s non-existent. XDA member goodintentions didn’t feel this was good enough and I agree. If you’re going to create such a breakthrough product, at least stock it with storage that can rival other manufacturers. He decided to open his Transformer dock, rip away plastic which wasn’t doing very much, push wires in different directions, and place a 500Gb hard drive in the middle.

These are the developments we like to see. Thank you for taking the time to void your warranty with no guaranteed success, for our guaranteed success after voiding our warranty. The original thread to void your warranty is here.

Lenovo Thinkpad Dump Available

September 30, 2011   By:

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Every time a new device comes out, we tend to either want to get it or what is included with it. Since most of us are cash strapped and cannot spend $400 – $700 dollars per device each time one comes out, we are only left with the option of trying to get what we currently have to look and behave in the same way as the original thing. For this purpose, you normally will need dumps of systems such as the one that surfaced in the Acer Iconia A500 forums for the Lenovo Thinkpad. XDA member triebstahl has posted a link to the dump in the hopes that someone would grab it and strip it of all the goodies that Lenovo packed on the upcoming tab. Whether a whole port will be required to get the UI going on other devices or not is still not clear. However, if the launcher is a stand alone like Ex GoLauncher, there should be no need for a complicated port.

Having said that, if you have the required porting skills, please be sure to pop in, grab the image and have fun while getting it to boot in other tabs.

some nice apps reinstalled and a great favorit launcher

You can find more information in the original thread.

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At this point, if you read the title of this article, you are probably be thinking “what?”. We all know and love the ability of our devices to be able to connect to the net regardless of where we are thanks to the power of Wifi and 3G/4G. However, when you are comfortably sitting at home or at the office and you have a router close by, why do you have to suffer from a slow (when compared to wired) internet connection? As you probably know, the latter devices such as tabs and certain Android phones come with USB host support, which allow you to attach a wide variety of devices to your gadget such as mice, keyboards, hard drives, etc. To take this one step further, XDA member Quiethinker posted a driver pack for Honeycomb 3.2 in the Transformer section that basically enables Ethernet through USB capabilities on Asus’ tab. Just think about the possibilities of what you can do with a more stable and faster connection on your favorite device. Streaming content and never buffering because your signal is too low, playing online games with friends with virtually 0 lag when compared to them, and so much more.

One final note, the dev has posted a small list with “approved” Ethernet dongles that work with this pack. Please give this pack a shot and leave some feedback. Also, if you happen to test a different adapter from those listed, please leave the model behind so that the OP can update his list.

The attached package contains USB to Ethernet driver pack for Honeycomb v3.2

You can find more information in the original thread.

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