In case you haven’t noticed, here at XDA-Developers, we like hacking and modifying our devices. A big part of this, which many often look past while installing countless ROMs and kernels, is that we appreciate customizing the appearance of our devices as well. Sure performance improvements can be seen in benchmarks and frame rates in games, but even dramatic performance gains are often quite subtle compared to basic themes.
Luckily, there is no shortage of theme creators in our community. XDA forum member Trock79 has taken it upon himself to create a highly integrated theme with a blue carbon fiber motif. The aesthetic certainly won’t appeal to everyone, but that’s the beauty of it. It’s daring, and those who like it almost undoubtedly love it. This theme, while originally created for the Google Nexus One, works with the CyanogenMod / T-Mobile Theme Chooser application, and should work with any WVGA device.
Want to give it a shot yourself? Continue to the original thread to download your copy!
XDA member abhi0n0nakul told us about a HTC Desire S ROM being ported to the Nexus One. So, if you have this Android device, now you have the chance to try a newer Gingerbread based ROM. The latest version includes HTC Sense, Locations, WIFI, GPS, overclocking tool for up to 1113 Mhz, and the newest Market, all working well. According to the original poster, you will need latest radio: 5.12, latest hboot: 35.0017, sd-ext: 1gb, recovery: amon ra passion and to wipe all data in order to successfully install.
As work is still in process, there are some things not working yet, such as:
1. Camera and camcorder (causes reboot)
3. FM radio
4. Video player (though gallery works great)
5. Few graphical glitches.
6. Problems with status bar
7. USB mass storage
8. Charging led does not glow while charge
9. MMS problems
If you still want to try it, it´s advised that you know what are you doing. As always, the developers take no responsibility if you brick your device. Please leave your feedback, so future versions can be improved.
Originally posted by abhi0n0nakul
[ROM/DEV] Desire S (2.3.2 + sense) port to nexus one v0.3 release : [18/3/11]
hey guys, its great that we now have gingerbread sense working (atleast its a start) desire s rom on nexus one.
the original rom(no booting) :redbullcat
but the original work providing a booting rom : dbasabe
and many more that have worked for making it boot.
kernel by redstar overclocking to 1113Mhz
well great work done by the team. wish for great future of the rom
1. update android version to 2.3.3
2. tb wake
3. hibernate,recovery,bootloader,hot reboot,silent/vib., mobile data on/off
power menu options
4. battery percentage
5. tb light notification alerts
Continue to the original thread.
March 5, 2011 By: mic_888
If you own a Nexus One you’ll find a few trackball colour apps around but all require root access. However, if you haven’t gotten round to rooting your device yet, XDA forum member andrewpmoore has written Light Flow an app for non-root users!
Light Flow lets you monitor a number of events and has 2 modes.
Priority mode lets you choose which notification type is most important to you and the trackball will flash in that colour. Succession mode is where the trackball will change colour and cycle through the colours of the notification types.
The modes can be set accordingly for when the phone is on charge or on battery, and the frequency of the colour cycle can also be configured.
Light Flow is available in a lite and paid version and is compatible with Gingerbread, the lite version being available for free on the Market. For more information, head on over to the application thread.
February 25, 2011 By: egzthunder1
One of the thing that plagued Nexus One owners wanting to use CM7 was the fact that they could not use Internet calling via Wifi. Due to the fact that his girlfriend wanted to have this feature running in her Nexus One, XDA member unforgiven512 took matter into his own hands and started working on a patch to enable Wifi calling on T-Mobile, just like the G2 has. Cyanogen added as well all the necessary code fixes to get this patch to work in all nighties version 21 and above. Please bear in mind that this fix is only for those of you on T-Mobile USA and will not work with any other carrier.
If you have a Nexus One, why don’t you give it a shot and see if it works well? According to the dev, all bugs should be gone, but feedback is always welcome.
I finally did it. I’ve got T-Mobile WiFi Calling working on CyanogenMod 7.0.0 on the Nexus One!
Here it is, everyone!
UPDATE: Here’s version 1.2, everyone! It will work with CyanogenMod 7 Nightlies, build 21 and up. It’s been tested, and works. The necessary changes are actually in the new CM builds (unlike last time, but that’s been fixed), and there should be no issues (as there were with version 1.1). Enjoy!
You can find more information in the add-on thread.
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February 24, 2011 By: egzthunder1
I am sure you have been following our dev’s every step for the last week or so as Android’s newest sweet treat was ported to a few devices including the Nexus One, EVO, Desire, and Desire HD, among others. As of a few days ago, our devs were able to replace the “preview” SDK that they were playing with by the official, full blown SDK for Honeycomb. As our devs don’t like to waste any time, XDA member bypass23 who was the author of the Nexus One port has updated his port with the official SDK, thus making this the first official port of this official SDK. According to the dev, the port was not as simple as just replacing the boot.img. About 95% of all libs and apps were replaced, and even the ramdisk was substantially different. All of this forced the dev to virtually start from scratch.
The first version had an issue with the touchscreen not working, but it was promptly solved earlier today. If you have any knowledge in porting or if you are interested in getting more features to work on this, be sure to let the dev know. Next stop, AOSP!
I’m not gonna list what’s working or what’s not but I tried to keep the SDK as untouched as I could for this release… It’s almost a PURE SDK port so it can be used as a base for DEVs who wants to try to fix a specific issue since there is a million ATM and that was to be expected !
If any DEVs are interested in getting more things to work for the Nexus One let me know.
You can find more information in the port thread.
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February 24, 2011 By: Will Verduzco
Yes, you read right! Our own XDA Forum member trebor_88 was able to locate the GRI40 from FRG83G update.zip for the Nexus One, while XDA member krohnjw was able to find the GRI40 from GRH78 link for the Nexus S. If you’re a developer looking to get cooking, or happen to be a user running a stock ROM, you may want to give give these a download!
Continue to this thread to get your fix and discuss the update!
January 5, 2011 By: ElCondor
Although the Google Nexus One has been available since
June January 2010, and many new phone models have been released since then, the development community is still very active. This hack, made by XDA member Nushio, is another example of that: it allows you to answer and end calls with a simple click on the trackball. It also includes many other small but very useful features to make it a complete software add-on that – in our opinion – really increases user experience.
Originally posted by Nushio
If you’re one of the few people that miss having an ‘answer button’ on the Nexus One, you’re in for a treat. Unless you’re using a Sense-based ROM
For a complete list of features and download, continue to the thread.
Because of the low amount of available memory for user data, developers have been trying to enhance the way Android handles OS-specific data and applications. They do this by referring to the SD card instead of the main memory itself. This makes it possible to install many more applications. This hack is called app2SD, which is widely known by many Android users across various devices.
Now, XDA member ownhere has come up with something new: data2ext. What this hack basically does is changing some partition settings (loopback) to increase write performance and to saver power. Originally created for the HTC Desire, it delivers some huge improvements and it really is a must-have for the Desire. The benchmark scores are outstanding, but more about that later. For more technical information, you can visit the thread.
For the Nexus One users, XDA member jayfallen is busy to merge that hack with a Nexus One ROM. Although, the first boot is just going fine, he wasn’t able to boot it more times. He ran Quadrant (benchmarking utility) and the results were huge: a I/O scoring 8000+ and a total score @ 3000+. He has called help from other XDA developers in the Nexus One thread, so if you are very good at Android developing, please take a look at it!
It is nice to see that developers are always finding new ways to improve the performance of their phones, and we hope that this hack will come available for other devices too.
If you hate the G2′s soft keyboard, you can sit back and relax because it was found that the HTC keyboard hack for the Nexus One works correctly on the T-Mobile G2. This keyboard, which is an enhanced version of the stock HTC keyboard, has some pretty nice features built-in. It’s made by XDA developer jonasl, and the features are endless – almost literally. It’s amazing to see how much work has been put into this keyboard – it’s been updated more than 25 times now, and many of them contain new features – and it’s great that it’s also compatible with the T-Mobile G2. Yet the developer is planning to discontinue it for now:
Originally posted by jonasl
I’m now taking a break from the work on this mod due to serious lack of time. I’ve spent a huge amount of time on this mod already and also shared all my code and methods. I hope the community has benefited from this. You are all free to do whatever you want with my code if you want to make further improvements. I hope I can find some time to continue this little project later this summer. Thanks for all the encouraging words, feature suggestions and bug reports. Couldn’t have done this without you all
We’re wondering if it’s actually useful to have another virtual software keyboard on a phone that already has a very good hardware keyboard – but it might just be useful for typing short texts. If you want to give it a shot, you can find installation instructions in the discussion thread.
For all you CyanogenMod fans out there this will make you happy, CyanogenMod released version 6.1.0 of their ROM for the following devices:
Many users have reported issues with the marketplace, but those issues are being fixed. As for the features of this new release here are some of the big ones:
The latest news from Google on the Nexus One is that they will be winding down the Nexus One forum, which will become read-only come November 1st.
The Nexus One forum will be archived and become read-only on November 1st. Please see the Nexus One Terms of Sale for details regarding support. If you have questions about using applications on your Nexus One post them to the Google Mobile Forum.
For the Nexus One owners out there including developers, what are your thoughts? Post your comment below or join in the discussion 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 ‘Is the screen of the HTC HD7 the same as the one found on the HD2?’
A Yes. Some people stated that the HD7 sports a Super LCD screen, but it is just a ‘normal’ TFT LCD screen. Not really normal though, compared to the new screen technologies these days, we’re wondering why HTC chose to include this somewhat outdated screen technology.
Q ‘Is Android really secure to bank on? ‘
A No, it is not completely secure. Especially a rooted phone brings new security risks, because third party applications could get access to everything on your phone, including your password. It also depends on what kind of internet connection you have; a WiFi connection is less reliable than 3G. If you’re not rooted and have a password set up, it should be secure enough, but never it will be completely secure.
Q ‘Can I use Launcher Pro without having HTC Sense running in background on my EVO?’
A Unfortunately you cannot disable HTC Sense, but you can completely uninstall it if you want. You can find more information here.
Q ‘My HD2 often freezes when I perform actions in Sense, but I don’t want to softreset. How can I solve this?’
A We suggest you try a free program called CleanRAM. If you select level 3, it will also restart Sense so you are assured that your HD2 – or any other WM phone – will run smoothly.
Q ‘Why doesn’t my Android phone run as smooth as the iPhone?
A Well, there are several factors causing lag on Android. First of all, it runs a lot more programs than the iPhone. The iPhone immediately kills every app that is closed, but Android doesn’t. Also, iOS does the job good at combining the software with hardware, making it work together. Because of the various devices, Android will never be perfected for one device. Furthermore, iOS offers only simple features – think about the icon grid compared to the widgets of Android – which results in better transitions and a smooth experience.
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.