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Posts Tagged: Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich)

blackberry10

There are a boatload of lock screens out there. Seemingly every version of Android comes out with a new one or at least a modified version of an older one. Then there are the OEM lock screens found on TouchWiz and the HTC Sense. On top of that, there are a plethora of third party lock screens—most of which can emulate all of the aforementioned lock screens. Now, those running ICS and JB can mimic the Blackberry 10 lock screen.

It doesn’t have a lot of functionality, but it certainly looks nice. XDA Senior Member evilisto released the mod for the Galaxy Nexus, but says the patch should work on any ICS and JB AOSP ROM. ICS is currently untested, though.

If you have the Galaxy Nexus, there is a nice, easy flashable zip you can download that’ll get you the Blackberry 10 lock screen. Everyone else must apply the patch manually until flashable zips can be made. Thankfully, no one will be going at it blind, as evilisto has also released a simple guide to follow to get the patches installed. Once done, you’ll have what looks like the Blackberry 10 lock screen.

For more info, download links, and a video showing exactly what the Blackberry 10 lock screen looks like, go to the Galaxy Nexus thread or the universal thread.

3D-IMAGES

Recently, we have seen lots of cool projects being born on the HTC EVO 3D, which is for the most part a device that is slowly fading into the shadow of its younger, slimmer, and more powerful brethren. But as it is customary on XDA, this is not going to stop devs from continuing with work on devices with such unique features (fully functional 3D camera and display). The only problem is that as new updates become available from our devs, other things get broken. In the case of this, Sense is very much tied up to every aspect of operating the device’s 3D capabilities, and porting the UI and framework is never without its hiccups.

One of the features that is missing from most Sense 4+ based custom ROMs is the ability to see your 3D pictures in 3D by using the stock gallery app. XDA Forum Member androidus21 took a shot at this issue with the help of Forum Member HJ200’s Tools3D-Library, and came up with a small add-on that enables 3D picture viewing directly from the Gallery app. The fix essentially adds a link in the Android “Share” intent, which enables 3D display to activate and fully display the .mpo and .jps over-imposed image files instead of a single 2D file.

The dev is currently trying to investigate a way to get around this, so that the Gallery displays the pictures without having to go through all this. If you have any suggestions, please feel free to chime in. In the meantime, enjoy your renewed ability to used your 3D in the way it was meant to be used.

 Hi everyone!

I build a “PlugIn” for galleries, for example the HTC Gallery in Sense 4.0/4.1 roms. So what is the function of this PlugIn?
It will show your mpo- and jps-files in 3D.

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holoweb

More often than not, we come across a few apps of similar in nature to those that already exist. Some offer a few more features, maybe a different skin, or even a feature so unique that you simply cannot turn the app down. Within this category, there is one that one simply does not have too many good options to choose from. We are of course talking about browsers, which are cornerstone apps that essentially mark a complete turn in what a mobile device can do. Having said all this, Android is not exactly browser-deprived since you have the likes of the default (pre-4.1) Browser, Chrome, Firefox, Dolphin, Maxthon, and a few more that will make your browsing experience a more meaningful one.

Thanks to the efforts of XDA Forum Member HoloApps, you now have one more choice among these gateways to the Internet. Holoweb Browser is a feature packed app that allows you to do most of your favorite activities, in a light ~300 KB app. The browser can store your favorite/recent tabs in a sandbox-type GUI for one-click navigation, it can use flash for embedded videos on sites like YouTube, it gives you the option to switch user agents, and much more.

Please take this browser for a test drive and leave your feedback regarding bugs and suggestions in the thread. All feedback is highly appreciated.

 As Every Developer Would Say About Their App Its Amazingly Fast But Users Have Said That HoloWeb Smokes The Stock Android 4.1 Browser, Chrome And Firefox And Thats Amazing.

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RAZRimore

The development efforts on the brand new, Intel-powered Motorola RAZR i keep on pouring in, seemingly non-stop. We have already gotten an unlocked bootloader courtesy of Motorola, and we also got a way to easily and seamlessly root the device, thanks to XDA Forum Member mattlgroff. Well, since the path to perfection is a never ending one, paving it with more and better ways to make daunting tasks a little bit easier seems to be the most logical choice. Because of this, mattlgroff has decided to once again, contribute his knowledge and tools to benefit other forum members.

This time around, the dev has released fastboot images for all your flashing pleasures. These quasi-automated images will allow you to quickly switch between builds and leaks of different kinds/countries thanks to the gift of fastboot. These tools will do everything for you, from flashing the device with your build of choice to rooting it and flashing an unsecured kernel, all in one fell swoop! This only works on Windows, but if you have other needs, such as a different OS loaded on your PC, you could easily just use the other tools provided by the dev and simply flash the images manually and root with RAZR i Root.

The dev mentions that “dirty flashing” has been ok in his own experience. However, since switching between builds could normally lead to weird bugs, it is recommended that you fully wipe your device prior to switching between images. Please let the dev know if you have questions, feedback, or some leaks so that he may produce a few more homemade goodies for all to enjoy!

What does it do? (Technical).

  1. Flashes system from the new firmware.
  2. Flashes insecured kernel.
  3. Roots the phone.
  4. Flashes kernel from the new firmware.

You can find more information in the original thread.

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There are various uses for our beloved devices. They can be used as personal assistants, to help you keep track of your morning work out, to remind you of important events, play the latest games, to enjoy movies while on the go, oh, and they can also be used to call people. (Go figure!) That said, one of the most widely used features of any mobile device over the past 20 years or so has been to play music. The Walkman, the CD player, and even the MP3 player have all brought us the joy of music while waiting for life to happen, but they all share one common problem: power management and fast battery drain. Our phones are no different.

XDA Forum Member HoloApps has been hard at work to try and tackle the issue, and has been able to come up with a pseudo solution. Yes, your phone will still eventually drain its battery, but at least it should last much longer. HoloMusic is a player that also has the built in ability to adjust your power settings to try and optimize the battery consumption. This makes HoloMusic ideal if you want to have music going for long periods but refuse to give in to the idea of not being able to use your phone afterwards.

The dev is asking for feedback on issues, bugs, and overall performance, as well as asking for feature suggestions. Please leave as many as you can.

 What Features Does HoloMusic Have ?
The Beautiful HoloUX From Android 4.0 And 4.1
Multiple Energy Settings
Fast Scrolling
Play Queue For Playing An Array Of Songs At Once
And More

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It is always exciting when a phone or tablet gets an update to the next Android OS version. This is especially for tablets because no tablet owners want to be stuck at Honeycomb or, worse yet, Gingerbread. Of course, as with all updates, the first priority is re-establishing root. In most cases, users can just download a pre-rooted ROM and update that way. In other cases, though, a new root method is required. The Sony Tablet S was recently updated to ICS, and there is now a compatible root method.

XDA Forum Member WonderEkin found a root method for the Tablet S ICS on a Japanese forums, and was kind enough to translate it and bring it over. The method itself is delightfully old school, and takes place mostly in a command prompt or terminal. Of course, that means it is also harder than one-click methods, and it will take longer as well. So be sure to allot the appropriate time.

Users are directed to download a series of files and extract them. Then, open up a command prompt and change directory to where the extracted files are. From there, it’s a matter of restoring a provided settings file, removing a few files, pushing the root stuff, and a laundry list of other things.

For the full method and download links, check out the original thread.

razriroot

So, you got your new shiny, slim, and Intel-loaded Motorola RAZR i, and could not be more grateful to Motorola for allowing you to unlock your bootloader simply simply handing them your soul warranty. Your device is now ready to flash anything that comes across your screen, be it a kernel or a ROM. However, not too many devs have purchased the device yet, and as a result, not too many ROMs are available. So, you are stuck with stock. However, thanks to having the bootloader unlocked, you can get your device rooted for all your root-requesting apps needs.

XDA Forum Member mattlgroff released a tool called RAZR i Root that allows users to root their devices in a seamless fashion, with little to no knowledge of adb. You have to have the proper drivers installed in Windows, but the tool takes care of everything for you once it is launched—everything from pushing an unsecured kernel, which was developed by XDA Forum Member meyskld, all the way to setting up permissions and pushing SuperSU to the device.

The tool works for any OS (Windows, Linux, and Mac). Please take this complete tool for a spin and enjoy your fully unlocked RAZR i. As usual any feedback for the dev is highly appreciated.

 Before you do anything, you must unlock the bootloader on your RAZR i.

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The newly announced Motorola RAZR i is what many people looking for change have been waiting for. Well, maybe not looking for change, but rather looking forward to Intel’s entrance into the mobile handset market. Talk began regarding the Medfield platform, which is essentially an Intel Atom CPU and a PowerVR SGX 540 GPU, which actually brings devices one step closer to being full laptop replacements. For those who guessed that Google would be the first to take them for a spin, you were correct.

Shortly after being released, we noticed a thread started by XDA Forum Member pOOBAH1973 where it stated that the kernel sources for this device were already available from Moto/Google. The nano second that piece of information became available, Motorola devs jumped in head first to try and download this source. However, according to XDA Forum Member mattlgroff, the links, while valid through MD5 validation, seem to be yielding a corrupted download. Every mirror available has been tried by him as well as other devs, just to arrive at the same result.

The issue was already reported. However, if anyone from Motorola or Google happens to read this, please note that the sources being provided are corrupted. Thank you for the attention on this matter. We definitely look forward to seeing the complete sources and what our devs can do with them. Please leave some information if you happen to download the correct file from anywhere else, and share it in the thread linked below.

Source is finished… but the kernel source is corrupted upon download.

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motounlock

Earlier today, we announced the creation of a forum for the Intel Medfield-powered Motorola RAZR i. As exciting as a new device is, nothing beats the thrill experienced when development work begins. As an excellent first step, let’s get started and unlock the bootloader!

Motorola devs have always had it hard ever since Android came into existence. The company’s old policies virtually locked everyone out of being able to do anything at all with their devices. This was mainly due to impossibly hard to crack bootloaders, secretive documentation, and definitely no support from the carrier. People like XDA Forum Member mattlgroff have been fighting the good fight for quite some time by trying to make life easier for people who had these devices.

Times change, and so do stakes in companies it seems. Ever since the deal between Motorola and Google was finalized, we have seen a radical shift in mentality of the company’s management and approach to the openness of the platform. Because of that, and seemingly based on the same concept that HTC introduced last year with the HTC Dev-unlock program, Motorola will freely unlock your bootloader so that you can play with other ROMs, kernels, and all the good stuff that you are used to if you are an ORD stricken XDA regular. The procedure seems to be straight forward, but just in case, mattlgroff has created a guide in the development section of the forum, with videos and all, that will guide you step by step through the unlocking process.

Any and all downloads you may need (drivers for adb, etc) have been provided by the dev, so you can safely treat that thread as your one stop shop for any questions or explanations regarding the process. Please do keep in mind that unlocking the bootloader WILL void your warranty. Again, if you have been around XDA long enough, the term warranty is nothing but a word in a dictionary referring to something that we likely lost the moment we turned our devices on and started browsing the forums.

You can find more information in the original thread. Happy unlocking!

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holoAlarm

If there’s one thing you may hate but may not be able to live without (and no, I am not talking about your significant other), it is the alarm clock. Some people have an internal one and have the uncanny ability to wake up 5 minutes earlier than their alarm; others have one that sits across the room and is the equivalent of the entire cast of the 12 Days of Christmas parading around your room. Either way, you still have an alarm clock. I, personally, use my phone as mine, and it is set to give me the peaceful sounds of AC/DC’s Back in Black. To each his own, right?

Well, XDA Forum Member dalien26 has created Holo Alarm, Timer, Chrono, another app which follows Google’s Android Design Guidelines and presents a very nice interface and feature set for what can be a very cruel application. He put an alarm clock, timer, world clock, and chronograph into one handy application for Android 3.x and above with the following features for each:

Alarm
-multiple Alarm
-select days of alarm
-select any music on your phone / sdcard

preferences

General
-set alarm name
-Alarm in silent mode
-progressive volume
-set progressive time
-independent volume
-set volume max ( for independent volume )

Snooze
-Shake to snooze
-Set snooze time

Dismiss
-Shake to dismiss

Timer
-simple timer
-predefined values

Chrono
-simple Chrono
-lap time

World Clock
-Multiple Clock

Now I will warn you that the “Shake to dismiss” feature does not mean that you throw the phone across the room in anger to shut off the alarm. That would be simply unwise, however satisfying at the moment. Visit the application thread for more information and to keep up with the updates, and make sure to set your alarm.

 

Samsung Galaxy Blaze 4G

The last time we brought you news on the Samsung Galaxy Blaze 4G, it was getting root and recovery. Since then, developers have been working to make it a more fun to device for flashers. After a few months, the Blaze 4G not only received CM9 but also CM10. On the same day, no less.

XDA Senior Member erikmm ported CyanogenMod9 to the Blaze 4G. Despite it being a first release, it is perfectly stable with the only known issue is that rotation is a bit laggy. Anyone looking for AOSP-based ICS on the Blaze 4G now has a good ROM to try out.

For unofficial CyanogenMod10, XDA Senior Member dr4stic did the heavy lifting. Unlike its CM9 sibling, CM10 does have quite a few issues. This includes some random rebooting, CM Updater freezes, and a reboot bug that is triggered by notifications due to a non-CM driver being used for the Blaze 4G buttons. Most of these issues are slated to be fixed in future updates, but for now this probably isn’t daily driver material due to the reboots.

Consequently, the CM10 port to the Blaze 4G also works on the Samsung Galaxy Exhilarate. Also developed by dr4stic, the ROM just needed a couple of kernel tweaks. Presumably, the same number of things are wrong since it is essentially the same ROM for both devices. XDA Forum Member ktempleton is maintaining a thread specifically for the Exhilarate folks here.

For more details on the CM ROMs for the Blaze 4G, you can check out the CM9 thread or the CM10 thread.

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Given the relative ease in deploying an application to the public in the Android environment (vs. giving Apple your firstborn), there are a large collection of applications which may cause your stomach to go into convulsions when you attempt to use them. So when Google released their Android Design Guidelines, it brought a collective sigh of relief from the UX and UI crowd.

HoloNotes, by XDA Forum Member HoloApps, is one that fits the bill of a clean, functionally designed application centered around Google’s Holo theme. Originally developed for Android 2.1+ under the name HoloPad (thread), the new version has been retooled for ICS and Jelly Bean. Without many useless features, it provides exactly what it is meant to: a way to take quick text notes as well task-lists with reminders, all bundled in an app that integrates well with the rest of the Android 4.x UI. Here are the list of current features, with more sure to come:

  • The Beautiful HoloUX From Android 4.0 And 4.1
  • Tasks For A Well Designed Todo List
  • Hardware Acceleration For Speedy Note And Reminder Adding
  • Supports Full Screen Mode For Note Editor
  • Dictation Support For Writing Notes Without Typing
  • Full Screen Mode For Seeing More Of Your Note Or Reminder
  • And More

HoloNotes sets the example for how an app should be designed. Visit the thread to leave feedback and to download the free application.

node

We have featured several LiveWallpapers on the Portal in the past—everything from Mario dashing through the different worlds in his game and Tetris pieces falling and accommodating themselves to Androids falling on your screen and bouncing around as you move your device. However from time to time, we come across some wallpapers so interesting that they deserve attention.

XDA Forum Member suffick released a few LWPs on XDA recently. And his latest addition Node is a physics-lover’s must have. The premise of the LWP is that you have an Android logo comprised of dots on your home screen. When the dots are touched either by tapping or swiping your finger, the dots spread around until they hit their elastic limit. Once this happens, they slowly return to their original position. All in all, the Android actually regenerates itself. For a somewhat analogous comparison, think T-1000 in Terminator 2.

Everything in this LWP can be easily customized such as the size of the spheres, their spacing, colors of the dots and background, and even the Android’s regeneration speed (i.e. how fast the dots get back into position). If you are into live wallpapers, please take this one for a spin and be sure to provide the dev with some feedback if you can think of any way to improve it.

 This started off as a bit of a physics experiment, but I found it quite fun to play with and decided to turn it in to a
live wallpaper. 

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