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Posts Tagged: Android 3.x (Honeycomb)

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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Sony S Tablet Forums Added

September 22, 2011   By:

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It looks like the rumors were indeed true and Sony decided to make their late, yet expected appearance in the wonderful and incredibly competitive world of tablets. The Sony S is a nice and sleek tab with pretty much the same features as most Honeycomb equipped tablets. The main difference is actually the ergonomic design of the body, which is supposed to give you a better feel and grip on your tab. As an added bonus, it seems that Sony added their own flavor of software to boost your experience with this.

The tab is now available, so if you have taken the plunge and got one already, please share your experiences and any tips you may have for others.

You can visit the Sony S Table home on XDA here.

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iconia modem

As you are probably aware, there are a few mods for a couple of tabs sporting Honeycomb that will allow you to attach a usb dongle for 3G capabilities on non 3G tabs. Well, it seems that XDA member nateleduc has decided that a tab with a tail does not look all that great. After taking his Acer Icons A500 apart, he found an empty space with mount screw holes and solder points in the mother board. Essentially, this is the slot where the modem would fit, and after looking around for a bit, he figured it would be perfectly possible to adapt it to his A500 effectively turning it into an A501, which is 3G enabled.

However, he has some questions regarding delivery adaptability on HC as well as the best possible card bracket to hold the card in place. So, if you believe you can help his cause, please visit his thread and leave a few tips to see this project be driven to completion.

I’m looking to start a thread about turning an a500 into a a501. I’ve done a teardown of the a500 and it has the capability of potentially being able to support an internal card. It has the space/slot and screw mounts.

You can find more information in the original thread.

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This week has started off rather busy in terms of news for being labour day. And now we have a how-to guide by XDA member globatron, who informed us about this complete guide for installing Android Honeycomb on the HTC Flyer.

According to the source, this guide has only been tested on a Euro WWE 32GB 3G Flyer, but it may work on other configurations as well. The ROM is completely stock and if you have all the necessary files, you can revert back to Gingerbread if needed. Please be sure to know how to proceed before starting as this may damage your device.

Please let us know about your experience with Honeycomb on your Flyer.

Originally posted by globatron
Honeycomb Leak install

Please pay special attention to the “health warnings” This is NOT a general user procedure.

WIFI and WIFI + 3G flyer

Continue on to the original thread to find more information.

Porting Puccini To The Transformer

September 2, 2011   By:

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Elegant and useful. That is my personal view on Sense roms. The version of Sense found in the HTC Flyer and its variants is certainly not the exception to this rule and ever since the release of the leaked system dump from the Puccini (AT&T’s version of the tablet), people throughout the site have been going at it in attempts to make this work in their favorite devices. The latest entry in this race is XDA Recognized Developer jcarrz1 who has decided to take the challenge of getting this to run in the Asus Transformer. Now, there is a caveat in here because of the different processor being used in both devices. The dev attempted to get it to run, but unfortunately nothing gets loaded at all. Not even a logcat gets generated by the device.

If you believe that you can help in this project to get Sense Honeycomb up and running in the Transformer, please drop by the thread, download the work so far and give it a go. And please share your findings as well.

My progress. My kernel won’t boot. I changed the bootclasspath and added some things to the init.rc, but it won’t work, rebooting BEFORE THE CAMERA CLICK. If i flash clemsyn 3.1 v18 on top, the camera clicks, but it still reboots.

No logcat.

You can find more information in the original thread.

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The development world never sleeps, at least not on XDA. Immediately after receiving the 3.2.2 OTA yesterday, XDA forum member AceXMachine promptly provided the stock images to fellow XDA forum member solarnz. Does that name sound familiar to you? It should. The Tiamat team member has plenty of ROM, kernel, and recovery work under his belt.

Now, the developer provides us with a pre-rooted version of the stock images that can be applied to any device regardless of model or country of origin. One caveat to keep in mind is that for devices that have not yet been upgraded to 4G hardware, only WiFi connectivity will be operational. In order to streamline the process for everyone, the installation procedure weighs in at just 5 simple steps.

Straight off the 4G Xoom devices this morning (Thanks to AceXMachine for grabbing the images for me), I present to you the 3.2.2 Stock + Rooted rom!!! I haven’t had a chance to figure out what is actually different yet with 3.2.2.

NOTE: This can be flashed on any device, however the 3g/4g network connectivity will ONLY work on the 4G xooms. Everyone else will be on wifi.

And yes, this comes pre-rooted.

Instructions:

  1. Download the rom
  2. Place it on the sdcard
  3. Reboot into recovery
  4. Perform a factory reset (wipe data+cache)
  5. Install the zip file.

For those looking to get some 4G action or just update to the latest rooted version of your favorite tablet OS, continue on to the development thread.

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One of the biggest discoveries in the (short) life of the Asus Transformer is the leak of the SBK (Secure Boot Key). This little piece of information has turned this device into an almost unbrickable tab. The information from the key will allow your device to be accessed via USB whenever APX is the only thing that will work (a bad flash wll likely cause your device to simply turn on to a black screen). This will allow you to read and write to low level devices in the Transformer from a regular PC, with the appropriate NVFlash software. However, since the leak, Asus decided to release a second SBK, which has been loaded in newer versions of the tab. In order to help determine what SBK you have, XDA member lilstevie has been working on an app that will tell you what SBK version you have.

The app currently works with Mac but the dev is gathering feedback to fix any pending bugs and will then go on to port it to Linux and Windows. So, be patient if you are interested in knowing this and are not the proud owner of a Mac (or an emulated image). Please leave your results in the thread if you happen to use it.

This application is under development at the moment and needs a few testers.

at the moment this is a mac only piece of software, but hopefully soon we (RaYmAn, myself and a few others) will have a linux/windows version.

You can find more information in the original thread.

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Quite possibly, one of the only annoyances that plagues the Honeycomb stock browser is its inability to properly use its full 30 fps potential on flash videos. At least, this seems to be the case for a few custom roms in certain devices like the Asus Transformer. After doing a bit of looking around, XDA member Roach2010 found something interesting regarding a file that does not get installed after updating Flash Player versions. Discuss, decided to experiment a bit with this file and found that placing it back where it belongs allows the stock browser to play any flash video at 30 fps.

So far, the results seem to be promising, but not a whole lot of people have tested this. The dev has put it in a flashable package, so please drop by the thread, download it, and leave some feedback behind. One last thing, in case you are wondering how to determine if you are indeed running at 30 fps, the dev has added a link to a YouTube video used to determine this.

The problem is that some devices somehow end up with a missing file that the Browser uses to talk to Flash Player. In my case if I clear the Browser data and reinstall the latest version of Flash Player from the market the config file does not get recreated.

You can find more information in the original thread.

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There are many spirit level applications around – for all OS’s, probably because it’s a good type of application for developers to have a first go at – and XDA forum member go goad‘s Bubble Level is just that.

The dev states that it is his and a friend’s first try in the Android Market, but that the focus is on quality so Bubble Level should be quite polished.

The app has ads, but they can be switched off from the settings menu, and is available for free in the Android Market.

Features include:

  • Slick graphics
  • Nice physics
  • LCD display that shows numeric angle with or without decimals
  • Ease of use (tips are shown on LCD)
  • Independent calibration for all four sides of the phone
  • Angle locking with gesture or click
  • Fullscreen mode
  • Orientation locking (landscape, portrait one very device and reversed landscape, reversed portrait on 2.3+)
  • Sound effects -0 degrees angle notification with gentle beep
  • Ads that can be disabled (you choose if you want to support the devs)
  • Installation on SD
For more information, take a look at the application thread.

Secure Settings – A Tasker Plugin

August 17, 2011   By:

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Android device owners who use Tasker, may be interested to learn of  a new plugin from XDA forum member intangibleDroid.

Secure Settings is a Tasker/Locale compatible plugin for Android OS 2.2 and above, and allows users to :

  • Toggle the keyguard
  • Lock the device
  • Set or reset the device’s password/pin
  • Run any linux command (with/without root)
  • Tasker users can store command output info in user defined Tasker variables
  • Wake the device
  • And for root users – enable/disable wireless ADB
Secure Settings is available to download free in the Market.
For further information on the plugin and link to the Market, take a look at the application thread.

The Weekly Q&A: Week 47

August 15, 2011   By:

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As part of our regular Q&A session here on the XDA-Developers Portal, I’ll be covering some questions and issues frequently seen here in the world of XDA. This week, we’ll concentrate on everyone’s favorite large-screened devices–Honeycomb-powered tablets!

Q: Is it possible to turn the a500 display off when connecting to a TV using HDMI out? If you try to lock the device (hit the power button), it halts the device completely. There is not brightness option for “completely off,” so that’s not an option. Ideally, I’d like to save battery if I’m watching a movie via HDMI. Does this require a 3rd party app, if so, do you know of any? [Question originally seen in the Acer Iconia A500 Q&A Section.]

A: “You could conceivably use Widgetsoid or something similar to reduce screen brightness to 0%.”

Q: Have a wi-fi only version i bought and it says no updates available but i dont have touchwiz…any ideas as to why i dont get the update or how i can get it? [Question originally seen in the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 Q&A Section.]

A: “In order to prevent network or server overload we are limiting the number of Tabs that can download the update. You can either keep trying, or wait for your Tab to receive a push update notification.”

Q: Need to run two reader apps (two parallel texts for reading the original literature) on one screen. Two copies of the same program like Moon+ would be even more nice.? [Question originally seen in the Asus Eee Pad Transformer Q&A Section.]

A: This is not possible with the stock Honeycomb OS. However, custom UXes such as TouchWiz on the Galaxy Tab 10.1 allow for multiple applets to run simultaneously on the screen. Additionally, there are UIs in the works that rethink application management altogether.

Q: My bookmarks won’t sync from my PC to transformer. Is this a known problem if so is there a known fix/workaround ? [Question originally seen in the Asus Eee Pad Transformer Q&A Section.]

A: “I had the same problem on my Asus Transformer 3.2,but found the solution. From your home screen.go to settings/manage applications /all/browser then clear data.go back to the browser and it should automatically sign you back into your gmail account. Then go to your browser settings/ general / sync to chrome. In a few minutes they should be back. Also make sure your gmail account/browser are in autosync in settings/accounts and sync. This worked for me and if this helps you please let me know.”

Q: For the last few months I’ve been unable to update/install Facebook on a500. App does not show in marketplace app, does show on web android market but shows as not compatible with Acer. I’ve got factory install (of honeycomb) and received latest updates—though I had the problem prior to 3.1. Note I already have older version of Facebook when I was able to install (when I first got a500…just after release). I’m not interested in rooting if possible and believe issue must be related to configs on marketplace in my profile? [Question originally seen in the Acer Iconia A500 Q&A Section.]

A: For Facebook access, you should give the locally-developed Friend Me a shot. As for Netflix, once you load a certain patch that can be found right here on XDA, the side-loaded APK (also available in the aforementioned thread) will work just fine.

That wraps it up for this week’s session. Stay tuned for more news and Q&A sessions! As always, if you have any suggestions for stories or questions that we should cover, please feel free to send me (or any other News Writer) a private message.

tablettalk

There are plenty of SMS apps for tablets out there, but this one is quite peculiar as it requires your phone to send and receive the texts. One would think that this is kinda pointless, but for people who would much rather text from a 7-10 inch screen rather than a thumb keyboard it would likely mean the end of fat finger typos. This is rather interesting alternative is presented by XDA member apDroid. The first release of this app is still in rather early beta, but it seems to work well for the most part. Your tab and phone will have to share some sort of connection either via Wifi, or Bluetooth, and both devices will have to have the app installed. The best part is that if you are not too certain on how to send proper feedback about crashes, the device will do this automatically, so you will always send the dev what he needs to fix the app.

The dev is looking for “extensive feedback” as he believes that the UI is missing quite a few elements. Please share your thoughts with him as well as any and all bug reports you may come across.

Tablet Talk is an application for text messaging on tablets. It requires that the tablet be connected to an Android phone also running Tablet Talk. When a message is received on the phone, it is forwarded to the tablet. When a message is sent from the tablet, it is forwarded to the phone. The tablet and phone can be connected either via Bluetooth or Wifi. For Wifi, they must be on the same network.

You can find more information in the application thread.

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