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though, compared to the new screen technologies these days, we’re wondering why HTC chose to include this somewhat outdated screen technology.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.
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.
October 20, 2010 By: egzthunder1
Android’s home screen keeps getting better and better as time goes by. This time, XDA member mmone3 has just developed a very interesting interactive live wallpaper for his Nexus One. According to the dev, the images that make the background are made of blocks, which will rapidly react to either feedback from the user’s input or by the tilt sensor. The image breaks into blocks that will move according to the interaction type.
Even though this looks very good, any feedback is welcomed by the dev.
This is my first android active opengl 3D wallpaper. Its tilt sensitive and when you touch the wallpaper it causes a ripple effect in the blocks. I have some options to remove the random z axis movement and two different block textures.
I’ve only tested it on my nexus one, and I’m looking for feedback(ideas) and how it runs on other active wallpaper enabled devices.
Thank for trying it out.
You can find more information in the wallpaper thread.
This great application developed by XDA member demosten will let you synchronize your Outlook with your Android device calendar without using exchange sync. Syncdroid synchronizes your appointments from PC to Android but can be extended to do bi-directional sync contacts as well. The application is on the first release and the developer needs feedback from you, so more features can be included in a future version.
Syncdroid apk will work till 1/1/2011, but dev states before that date an update will be published.
Tested on Nexus One with Android 2.1 and 2.2
Originally posted by demosten
[APP] Syncroid – Outlook to Android calendar sync [update 9 October 2010]
Synchronizes your Outlook client calendar with your Android calendar.
I needed to synchronize my Outlook with Android. There are many reasons to do so instead of using exchange synchronization. You might use Outlook without Exchange or work in a corporate environment which does not allow you to access Exchange directly. Android does not provide such an option. There are several paid solutions, which does not use original Android calendar application and some vendor specific ones too.
Syncroid is my solution. It only synchronizes meetings (appointments) and only from PC to Android, but it can be extended to do both direction synchronization and synchronize contacts. I’m at the point when this application works fine for me, but if you find it useful you can dictate its future, features and implementation priorities. This version is free. However Android part will expire on 1.1.2011. There should be an update up to this moment anyway. Since it already took lots of my free time, at some point I’ll probably split it to paid and lite versions. This will happen if development becomes more complex and only when I feel application is stable enough to be commercial.
To find out more, continue to original thread here.
October 10, 2010 By: Ben Elliott
A couple of months ago, we announced that an XDA member had managed to create a very useful utility for the AT&T Captivate – a member of the Samsung Galaxy S family.
However, this rooting method would not work for newer software based on Android 2.2 – also known as Froyo.
This week, a new rooting method has emerged which does support such software. XDA member CLShortFuse has created the RageAgainstTheCage GUI – a one-click root which not only works on Froyo Captivates but many recent Android devices, including the Nexus One, the Motorola Droid and the other Samsung Galaxy variants.
If you would like to try the new rooting method and to try the RageAgainstTheCage GUI out for yourself, download it from the project thread.
Google’s flagship device, the Nexus One, is always the first phone to receive the latest software updates. It was the first to obtain the initial over-the-air update to Android 2.2 (Froyo) and this update provided the basis for much development and discussion across the site.
This week, Google have demonstrated that they are still interested in keeping the Nexus One in the limelight. A previously manual-install-only update has recently become available OTA for the phone which boosts its ‘Android version’ number to an intriguing 2.2.1. Although exact details on changes introduced within the update remain unclear, it is generally believed that its purpose is to fix the bugs and gripes that have been reported by users since the original Froyo update.
Interestingly, Google has also released the 2.2.1 source code to the Android Open-Source Project (AOSP), making it available for a range of native and non-native Android devices. You can expect to see custom ROMs appearing soon, which are based on the new version.
Gmail, which has been recently updated online with new features, has also just received some new features for Android users. The new Gmail has added support for things like Priority Inbox and Pushing notifications using the Gtalk service (No more Syncing/Polling). The app is only avaliable for phones running Froyo, Google listed these phones as elegible to receive the update:
It has limited support for Google Mails’ new feature ”Priority Inbox”, which helps you sort your most important mail from spam, newsletters, and non-urgent emails. It also has added better switching buttons for moving betweens previous and newer messages. Along with that it has added Quoted Text support to see the previous message. Although, this is not a huge update for the app, it is nice to see that they are working on improving it.
This *should* work for any device running Froyo (Stock or Custom) I just tested this on my Motorola Droid running CM6.
You can read more about this update here from the Nexus One Themes and Apps section.
If you are running CyanogenMod 6 on your Nexus One, you may have experienced some issues with updating some of the system apps that come with the ROM.
Additionally, because system apps are stored on the data partition, this uses up precious space. To make things easier for you, XDA forum member unforgiven512 has put together an update.zip with the latest versions of all the system apps that come with CM6.
Flashing the update will ensure that the updated files will be stored on your system partition rather than the data partition.
The updated apps are:
To download the zip file and for more information, check out the forum thread.
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.
Android themes are starting to come almost as frequent as we see them on WM platform. This time XDA member chancellorr presents this nice theme for your Android device with Metamorph, and as it´s name says is a very simple and clean theme. New icons can be found on the version 1.1 update that also fixes some bugs present on version one.
For those of you who don´t know about MetaMorph, it allows you to apply themes, patches, and mods to your phone by adding or changing files in an apk/jar file and by replacing files in any Directory.
MetaMorph doesn’t work with market apps, working only if you have a rooted phone, and BusyBox needs to be installed as well.
Originally posted by chancellorr
[METAMORPH] Simplistic V 1.1 (8/04/10)
Here is my new MetaMorph theme Simplistic. The font is not included because it isn’t a free font.
It includes the framework and icons, not weather theme!
ALWAYS BACK UP YOUR PHONE BEFORE MORPHING! I’m NOT RESPONSABLE FOR YOU MESSING SOMETHING UP!
Changes to the framework and phone apks
Screenshots show most changes
Popups taken from ElegentSteel by Hund. Let me know if you want them removed.
You can find more information in the theme thread.
Found on the vast world of XDA and posted a few months ago, but worth to bring it back with all this Android fever. Do you have a Windows Mobile device but want to have the look´sound of Nexus One on it without installing an application? Then this would be of your interest because XDA member tsalta extracted the wallpapers, ring tones and notification tones from the Nexus One, so you can use them on your WM or Android device.
Original poster also included one of the live wallpapers.
Originally posted by tsalta
Nexus One Multimedia ENJOY
Hello here are the Default Nexus One Multimedia, all wallpapers, ringtones and notiffication tones etc.
Also here is Bonus one Wallpaper from Nexus One who is Live wallpaper and i resize it to 480×800 se everyone can use it as static wallpaper
You can find more information in the multimedia thread.
Want your Android app noticed? Upload it to AirDrop . Get codes. Send them out. It’s free.
Graphics, oh graphics! Do you like theming a lot? XDA member Jedipottsy shows this elegant theme for Android devices, transparent and opaque colour combinations of graphics can be selected with this set.
The developer also provides the PSD for anyone who wants to work in making a flashable theme.
This work continues the style and evolves from the first version called Elegance.
Originally posted by Jedipottsy
You guys might remember i designed the Elegance theme (http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=633043) I’ve been designing a new theme called ElegantSteel.
Theme is based around the Tolken icon’s (http://brsev.deviantart.com/art/Token-128429570) with elements from Ubuntu 10.04 and other Linux themes.
With the help of a few people in the community i hope to create this as a MM for CM5, and once the theme is finished im going to release the PSD for anyone to create ports / alterations etc.
I’m opening this thread as a place for people who would be interesting in helping to contact me, my gtalk is firstname.lastname@example.org
You can find more information in the theme thread.
When the recent new Korean ROM surfaced for the Google Nexus One, XDA members noted that the ROM contained a new baseband firmware (version 32.41.00.32U_5.08.00.04).
This version is identical to the baseband firmware in the latest HTC Desire 2.2 update. Various members have flashed the new radio onto their Nexus Ones, and there have been reports of tenfold increases in 3G speeds.
The discussion is ongoing but the increase does seem to have been validated by different forum members, although some have dismissed the increase as a coincidence that HSPA+ has been turned on in their areas in the last few days. Others have also reported that the wifi disconnect issue has also disappeared since upgrading to the new radio.
To find the link to the new radio and join in the discussion, check out the forum thread.