May 3, 2012 By: Joseph Hindy
Battery life on many Android devices has been a problem for quite some time. Although the hardware and software in Android has improved much in recent years, battery technology remains largely the same. While there are some rumors out of better batteries being developed and more energy efficient hardware, that isn’t stopped many Android users from living charge to charge.
For HTC Droid Incredible users, it doesn’t have to be that way. XDA Senior Member PureMotive has developed a mod that aims to give Incredible users significantly longer battery life, and so far, the user response has been very positive.
The mod, which is laid out line by line for developers to use in their ROMs, tweaks a very large number of variables in the ROMs already existing sysctl.conf file. If one is not there, it creates on. Once done, PureMotive then explains what the sysctl.conf does, how it works, and why it works the way it does. Now, the cool thing is that many HTC devices all share a similar framework. While users may not be able to simply copy/paste this mod to other HTC devices, a developer could definitely change the tweaks to be compatible with other device, potentially helping many more.
For the entire mod and full explanation, head on over to the original thread.
If you want to be able to disable the radio on your Droid Incredible whilst still allowing the use of WiFi without having to use airplane mode, XDA member CondemnedSoul has written a simple script to utilise the radio options command.
This is great for people who just upgraded and want to use their older device for an mp3 player with WiFi access. The XDA member wanted to make it to be run in init.d on startup but hadn’t successfully gotten it working and hence the script.
To run the script, you’ll need to download the script and place it somewhere on your SD card, download Script Manager from the Market.
For the full instructions, head on over to the forum thread.
Every week, we select five questions and answers, found on the forums. Even though some of these questions and answers might not be of help for you, they might still be interesting to read.
Q ’Why is the first test score in Quadrant always lower than the following ones ? ‘
A There’s no expert explanation to this fact, but we guess that it has got something to do with the OS keeping the processes and data in memory. It could also be the CPU that’s been revved up after the first test.
Q ’How can I install apps on my Inspire 4G from the market that are blocked by AT&T?’
A The best way to avoid this is by installing Sideload Wonder Machine. It’s software for you PC, which allows you to sideload applications to your phone without directly accessing the Android Market.
Q ’I've looked everywhere in the settings and can’t find a way to zoom in while taking a picture or movie. Anyone know how?’
A Use the volume keys
Q ’How can I remove MOTOBLUR from my Motorla Milestone 2?’
A There’s no way to get rid the complete Motoblur service from your phone, you can however hide it using any other homescreen replacement such as Launcher Pro or ADW Launcher. Note that this only hides the homescreen replacement, not the other services like remote device finder etc.
Q ’Today I noticed the screen of my Nook Color was oversensitive, it was incredibly frustrating and almost unusable. How can I solve this problem?’
If you have a burning question, make sure to search the forum first before posting. If you didn’t find the answer, you can post your question in the appropriate forum.
October 22, 2010 By: ElCondor
Many reviewers have been positive about the changes HTC made to its custom Android UI, HTC Sense. Especially the htcsense.com service, which offers many features to keep track of your lost or stolen phone, is well received. However, because HTC doesn’t update its older phones to have this new version of Sense – which is a bit odd in our opinion – you will have to buy either the Desire Z (Vision) or the Desire HD (Ace, we will be calling these devices by those names in this article). To solve this, some developers ported the ROM from one of those device to other phones. This means that you can enjoy all the goodies of the Sense HD on your own phone!
To make it easy for you, we’ve created a list which includes all Sense HD ROMs, sorted by device. We also added a short description of every ROM, so you can almost immediately see whether that ROM fits your needs! In future, you can expect more of these posts on the XDA portal, but more about that later. Keep in mind that all the ROMs listed below are running Froyo, and that they are all not completely stable, the camera and with some ROMs, Bluetooth won’t work. Please follow all instructions that are given by the developer strictly to prevent damage.
MotoFroyoSense | Offers not only Sense HD, but also some nice features from MotoFrenzy. These features are basically hardware keyboard enhancements, such as shortcut keys. XDA member Dexter_nlb also included a special patch which overclocks the phone if wanted. Source: Ace. Visit thread.
The developers are still trying to find out a way to port the Vision ROM to the T-Mobile G2. We thought it shouldn’t be that hard, considering the identical specifications of both phones, but it seems more difficult than first thought. We’ll keep you updated when it comes out though.
IncDoes | XDA member IncredibleDoes offers two flavours of his port: one is the Vision port, and the other is the Ace version. These are completely ported ROMs, so everything will be the same as the Vision/Ace.
Visit threads: Vision | Ace
SkyRaider Sense | This is not a complete ROM port, but rather a hybrid of various UI elements from various phones. XDA member ihtfp69 implemented some parts of the Ace UI, for example the Skins feature and the application history in the notification area. Source: Ace. Visit the thread.
The HTC EVO is known for its capability of 4G networking, but unfortunately, the Vision and Ace aren’t.
JT_ROM DesireZ EVO | This ROM by XDA member jdeloach is based on the Incredible’s IncDoes ROM port, and thus offers the full Sense HD experience on your EVO. Source: Vision. Visit thread.
RCMixHD | Considered to be a reliable ROM featuring complete Sense HD experience. XDA member Robocik frequently updates the ROM with new fixes and enhancements. He also included some nice videos to the thread, so you can see whether you like it or not. Source: Ace. Visit thread.
AuraxTSenseH | Based on the Ace port by ownhere, this ROM offers a great experience with many features, like an app which enables you to adjust the CPU frequency, a theme and many more. Created by XDA member NeoPhyTe.x360. Visit thread.
These are all the ROMs on XDA containg Sense HD. Is your phone not listed? It is always possible that new builds appear for other devices too, so we recommend you check the development forum of your phone frequently.
XDA ROM Report is a weekly article about the very core of XDA: ROMs. If you have any suggestions of ideas for new articles, you can contact me or any other news writer. If you like this article, please let us know in the comment section below! Also, if there are any errors, or any mistakes in the content of this post, feel free to let us know.
September 10, 2010 By: ElCondor
Want to control your music without having to unlock your device? With this new mod by member ihtfp69, now you can. The mod not only offers music controls (back, previous, play and pause ) but also enables the rotary unlock button and menu unlock for Sense. According to the developer, this is the first time this has been accomplished on Sense framework for Froyo.
The mod is only available for a few ROMs for the Droid Incredible, but we are expecting more compatibility soon. Other requirements are:
Originally posted by ihtfp69
- You must be using one of the supported ROMs.
- Your ROM must be deodexed.
- If you are using the HTC clock for your alarms, you will have to install the vanilla clock and use it’s alarms instead.
- If you have a request for support on another ROM, just ask. I may even put a tutorial together on how to mod your own framework.
Make sure to read the instructions and notices carefully before proceeding. A (Nandroid) backup is always recommended before applying modifications like this. Check out the thread for all info and download.
Back in April, XDA News Writer WenWM wrote about the first release of this live wallpaper. XDA member Yougli made an update to Live wallpaper, which uses g-sensors to display Androids falling down your screen.
The updated version includes added ‘slide’ effect and fixed ratings update as well as more languages available, such as French, German, Japanese, Chinese, and Hungarian. Light and sound are included on this version too.
Originally posted by Yougli
[LIVE WALLPAPER] ShakeThemAll – Droids with physics (v1.57)
Shake Them All! is a live wallpaper using realistic physics engine and g-sensors to display Androids falling down your screen.
Androids react to gravity, touching, shaking your phone and even light and sound now.
You can find more information in the original thread.
HTC has just confirmed via Twitter that today will indeed be the day that owners of Verizon’s Droid Incredible will finally get a taste of Froyo, as an official update rolls out across the US. This announcement comes amid strong speculaton that such an update was imminent, and by the time you read this article the package should be available for download to your device.
Although unofficial, Froyo-based ROMs have been available for the Droid Incredible for some time, the official release will see much better integration of the new Android release with the phone’s hardware in addition to HTC’s appealing Sense interface.
Among the improvements, are the ability to record video in 720p resolution, support for 802.11n specification WiFi and Flash 10.1 in the improved browser.
Although the update should find its own way to your phone, you can force your Incredible to check for updates by selecting Settings, About phone and then System software updates, then by pressing the ‘check now’ button.
You can follow discussion about the official release in the Droid Incredible section.
August 10, 2010 By: ElCondor
For users having trouble with the .3gp extension of the video output of their HTC Droid Incredible, XDA member scuccia created a small mod which prevents the camera to convert the recorded video to 3gp. According to scuccia, the camera actually records in the well known mpeg-4 format, but converts it afterwards to 3gp. Since the mp4 format is supported by so many more programs, this hack could be pretty useful for users that face problems with playing the video.
Although, there are tons of converters available, you need to keep in mind that every conversion means data-loss. The quality of the videos is really going backwards that way. This hack actually saves one conversion step, because the camera software doesn’t have to convert the mp4 extension to 3gp. This could also mean a better video quality, but the biggest advantage is the fact that this video format is widely supported. XDA member quepaso, for example reports that this makes it much more easier to play videos using PS3 Media Server.
Unfortunately, this hack is currently only available for the HTC Droid Incredible. The idea might be taken over by other developers, so we hope they will start modifying it for other devices too.
Root required. Check out the hack thread to find more information and download.
August 5, 2010 By: ElCondor
Many people face several problems with their Windows drivers when rooting their Android devices. Incompatible driver issues often cause problems flashing Android to the phones, or running rooting software.
To avoid this, some people use Ubuntu — for the people that don’t know it, Ubuntu is a Linux-based open-source operating system for your PC. Since Android is also based on Linux, the communication between these systems is a lot better. However, for the average Android user who has not much knowledge of ADB procedures and recovery installers, it is quite hard to root the phone using Ubuntu.
XDA member shad0wf0x solved this problem. He managed to create a ready-to-burn CD image, which includes several packages to make it easy to use for every Android user:
Originally posted by shad0wf0x
I have created a customized Ubuntu LiveCD that has a script that downloads the Unrevoked Teams reflash, untars it, and runs it as root to root HTC’s phones that are supported by the tool (HTC Evo, Hero, Aria, Desire, and Incredible). It also has the Android SDK included and added to the path so it is accessible from a terminal. Everything can be done without a single change to the computer you are doing it on.
He also included a guide that describes every step needed to accomplish a succesful root for the above mentioned devices (all of these devices that can be rooted using Unrevoked): HTC EVO 4G, Desire, Incredible, Hero, and Aria. If you follow the steps carefully, your Windows system should not be harmed by the Ubuntu procedure.
One good thing about the Android interface, is the ability to skin it. The common Android interface is somewhat boring, and although rumors tell us the interface will be completely revamped in the next version, a lot of people think it could definitely use some fancy eye-candy. XDA member jonnybueno created a red theme for the Droid Incredible, which includes hundreds of redrawn graphics. All these graphics fit each other perfectly, which creates a great overall look.
Originally posted by jonnybueno
Two versions available currently, more to come!
Screenshots in the second post.
The developer promises that there will be a lot more coming soon, so if you don’t like this one, maybe the following themes are more your cup of tea!
Continue on to the theme thread to find the downloads.
Having a flashlight on your device is becoming a necessity for just about all Windows and Android phone owners. Well, it seems XDA member JaydenR found the need for this on his Droid Incredible. So, he extracted the application from Android 2.2 build on the HTC Desire. This application does not need root access to use, so you simply need to install it and find your way around your dark house.
This is the Flashlight apk from the 2.2 Froyo Desire rom. No root is needed and it uses the screen instead of the camera led’s.
Still it’s pretty sweet and looks awesome.
Credit to udK who dropped this rom. All I did was pull it and post it.
Now to answer some questions:
Why do I need this?
Will this break my phone?
Don’t know. Depends what you use it for.
Will this void my warranty?
Its a non root stock HTC apk
Will it help me find my long lost brother?
Can I get this from the market?
How do I install this?
Log off, turn your computer off and please walk away. Seriously
Blind your friends with this APK file, which can be found in the application thread.
July 10, 2010 By: WenWM
The Droid Incredible seems to have a little Froyo envy, so in order to fix that, XDA member ihtfp69 pointed us to this port, which gives you the Froyo experience. This version of a great album image viewer can now be used on your Incredible. Cooliris, a very popular Firefox/Chrome plug in can now be used to browse through all your images, edit, and pretty much show off to all your buddies on how awesome device is.
While this might be a near perfect port, there is one problem. You cannot send the images via MMS from the program.
Cooliris 3D Gallery Froyo Port FULL 8MP Support
This is the new Cooliris 3D Gallery that supports 24bit color and the full resolution on your camera. It was ported by someone from a Froyo build. Enjoy.
You can find more information in the application thread.