POSTS TAGGED: Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich)
Posted December 14, 2012 at 04:00 am by Former Writer
There are many different launchers out there. Whether it’s an old favorite or something you can’t normally get, there are options galore. A favorite here on XDA is when a launcher intended for specific devices gets ported to be used on all devices. Now, the Xperia Launcher has been ported to work on any device running Android 4.0.3 and up.
XDA Senior Member ra3al has posted the port to XDA. It has a plethora of features, but nothing newer Xperia owners don’t know about. They include:
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- User selectable number of home screens (up to 11) and default screen selection
– Customizable desktop and app drawer grid size (from 3 x 3 to 9 x 9)
– Infinite scrolling on the desktop and the app drawer (
Posted December 12, 2012 at 07:00 am by Former Writer
Even the less popular devices need some lovin’ too. The Samsung Rugby Pro and Samsung Rugby Smart aren’t the most well known smartphones on XDA. However, that hasn’t prevented developers from hacking then and releasing some good stuff. Now, the Rugby Pro has official TWRP, and the Rugby Smart has CM9 and CM10 ports.
XDA Senior Member kemonine96, who has done much work with XBMC, has released various treats for the two devices. The most recent offerings are TWRP for the Rugby Pro, and CM9 and CM10 for the Rugby Smart.
For the Rugby Pro, it’s been accepted by Team Win as an officially supported TWRP device. That’s pretty good news for a lesser known device. With TWRP, users can flash . . . READ ON »
Posted November 11, 2012 at 07:00 pm by Former Writer
Common convention around XDA is to port every launcher to everywhere so that everyone can use it. It gives everyone a chance to experience what the other OEMs offer and, in some cases, other mobile operating systems. Thus, you can try TouchWiz on some HTC devices if you were so inclined. Now, users can give the Lenovo IdeaDesktop a shot.
XDA Senior Member mucus_android posted an APK that gives users the Lenovo IdeaDesktop experience without buying a Lenovo. It is simple to install. Just side-load the APK like any other app and switch the launchers. Some of the features include changing the number of home screens and Lenovo’s custom interface.
So far, it’s been tested on CM9, but should work with an. . . READ ON »
Posted November 6, 2012 at 09:30 am by Former Writer
Back in 2011, I was in a bar having a debate over whether Windows Phone 7 or Android was the better mobile operating system. It’s never a good idea to have those conversations, but the motto of alcohol is, “you wouldn’t do this sober.” During the debate, it was brought up that WP7 has support for Xbox Live. This brought me up short. Did Android have an app for Xbox Live? The answer was no.
Over a year later, Microsoft released Xbox SmartGlass along with Windows 8, giving Android users not only Xbox Live, but a plethora of other features. It was announced at E3 back in June and, unbelievably, was released right on time. We’re going to outline some of the features.
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Posted November 2, 2012 at 05:00 pm by Former Writer
How much an OEM supports its hardware is variable. Sometimes, they give frequent and timely updates. Other times, an update could take months or not happen at all. In the latter case, developers sometimes deliver an update much earlier than official release. HTC One V users have a chance to do that now with a full HTC Sense 4.1 port.
The ROM is a port from the HTC Desire S and contains a Sense 4.1-skinned build of Android 4.0.4. XDA Recognized Contributor shubhamchamaria has released the ROM for both the CDMA and GSM variants, so no matter which you’re running, you can take part. The full feature list includes:
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Ported from Desire S
Full Sense 4.1
First Sense Rom with 4.0.4
Extra Music enhancers like Wow SRS, 5
Posted November 1, 2012 at 05:00 pm by Former Writer
The imminent release of Android 4.2 is exciting news. We’ve brought you an outline of the features coming with Android 4.2, one of which is gesture typing. Much like the popular Swype keyboard, you can swipe letters to write works. Unlike Swype, the gesture is analyzed in real time. In other words, you can see what the keyboard is predicting as you swipe. The keyboard has been leaked for people to try.
XDA Recognized Contributor mrmako777 has posted a thread with the download link and instructions for installation. Users will need to be running ICS or higher in order to install it.
For AOSP ROMs, you must download the zip and flash it in custom recovery. For skinned ROMs that don’t include the AOSP ke. . . READ ON »
Posted November 1, 2012 at 08:00 am by egzthunder1
The ICS rush is, for the most part, over with thanks to Jelly Bean coming to our devices like flies on sugar. Manufacturers have kept, after tremendously long delays, their promise to update devices to the frozen treat. However, due to the long time they have taken in doing this, many have fled what people consider “sinking ships” of devices that are seemingly forgotten by their manufacturer. The LG Optimus 3D (P920) is one such device that, to this date, has yet to see an official ICS firmware update. Any and all attempts to port ICS to the device have been through the magic of AOSP-derived projects. However, just like with HTC’s EVO 3D, the use of the 3D feature is limited, if existent at all.
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Posted October 31, 2012 at 05:00 pm by egzthunder1
We all like our tablets because they are so functional and full of features. In fact, if we could part with our desktops and laptops, many definitely would. However, the trade-offs for doing such a thing would be too large for a few people. For instance, we all love the ability to use optical drives on our computers because they allow us to install software without having to download it, burn your favorite music on CDs for your non-USB capable car stereos and boomboxes, and who can forget the ability to watch movies on the go without having to stream data.
Posted October 30, 2012 at 05:00 am by Former Writer
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 flashabl. . . READ ON »