POSTS TAGGED: Motorola Defy

Holo FM Radio Gives the Defy a Jelly Bean-Flavored FM Radio

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Often times when upgrading between different versions of Android, especially if done unofficially, the manufacturer-provided apps fall behind and retain last year’s designs. While this isn’t a huge deal, as they will generally function perfectly, opening up an application on ICS or Jelly Bean and seeing an app with Gingerbread styling can really mess with a device’s feng shui. For the Motorola Defy, which recently received an unofficial update to Jelly Bean, the apps that can be ported to it are still themed for Gingerbread.

Rather than commit digital fashion suicide, XDA Senior Member royale1223, along with a number of other members, have given the FM Radio app a makeover to make it lo. . . READ ON »

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Jelly Bean for the MyTouch 4G Slide, Desire HD, and Motorola Defy

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Since its release, Jelly Bean has found it’s way onto dozens of phones. This won’t stop any time soon, with even the legendary CyanogenMod offering a CM10 preview.

Among the newest devices to receive Jelly Bean include the T-Mobile MyTouch 4G Slide, Motorola Defy, and the HTC Desire HD. These devices are all a little older than some would expect to be receiving ports. But if the HTC HD2 can get it, newer devices should be able to as well.

The MyTouch 4G Slide Jelly Bean ROM was developed by XDA Senior Member xmc wildchild22 and is built from source. XDA Senior Member Quarx is responsible for the Motorola Defy ROM, and XDA Recognized Developer randomblame (also responsible for the Iconia A500 JB ROM. . . READ ON »

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Locked Motorola Devices Get Full Hardware Acceleration!

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Motorola has a long history of locking down their Android devices in order to prevent customization. From the eFUSE debacle surrounding the original Droid X to their general lack of interest in listening to the developer community, they have proven time and again their willingness to bite the hand that feeds them. Regardless of this, many users have a preference for the high level of hardware build quality provided by their Motorola overlords, and as such continue to purchase the locked down devices.

However, thanks to the efforts of XDA Recognized Developer kabaldan, locked down Motorola devices like the Milestone and the Defy can now enjoy fully functional hardware acceleration.

What is Hardware Accele. . . READ ON »

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Highly Functional ICS for the Motorola Defy and Defy+

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Many may be unfamiliar with the Motorola Defy and its slightly upgraded sibling, the Defy+. Unfortunately, their state of development has somewhat reflected this, as Motorola’s dust- and water-resistant smartphone has mainly seen development work in the form of Android 2.2 and 2.3 releases.

However, the Defy has finally received a nearly fully functional dose of Ice Cream Sandwich thanks to Senior Member Epsylon3 who has made significant progress and does not have far to go before it is completely functional. According to Epsylon3, the list of things that are broken on the Defy include:

  • Camera Panorama
  • Chrome
  • Face Detection
  • By-App Network Usage Stats

Those on the Defy+ will also suff. . . READ ON »

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Multi Boot Manager for Motorola Defy

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Multi-boot has been around for quite some time now, and is something we would like to see more of. Multi-booting can have a number of fun and even functional uses, such as having a ROM for gaming and a ROM for business, or even using one ROM for your secret family and one ROM for your real family so you don’t get mixed up. In any case, multi-booting is here and for users of the Motorola Defy, it’s only getting easier.

XDA Senior Member royale1223 has released a version of an application called MultiBoot for the Defy, which allows users not only to boot into multiple installments of Android, but provides an easy to use management GUI that helps users keep track of what’s what.

While the program is extre. . . READ ON »

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Add the Reboot Option to Any Rooted Motorola Defy ROM

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One of the things most rooted users who use custom ROMs can often take for granted is the Reboot option in the power menu. How often have users gone to that highly convenient option when something isn’t working quite right and a reboot is needed to fix the problem? The answer is, most likely, a whole bunch.

Users carrying around the Motorola Defy can now share in the Reboot functionality with a relatively simple modification. XDA Senior Member spear1304 has released a tutorial method that will take users of the Defy through a step by step process to add the Reboot to their power menus.

The mod itself is a tad complicated, as it features some apk modification and smali editing along with a little build.prop edit. . . READ ON »

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Ice Cream Sandwich Ports Progress Report

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Ice Cream Sandwich ports are highly sought after, given the hype and price of the phone that runs it. However, providing there is support behind development, there is every chance you can run it on your device. This article is here to list the current ICS ports on our most popular  forums and their individual stages in progress. Should your device not be listed below, you can always visit your device’s development forum on XDA and search for any ROMs listed with “Ice Cream Sandwich”. Check out our list! . . . READ ON »

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Installer For 2ndInit Recovery Mod

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If you’ve been following the developments for the 2nd init mod for the Defy, then you’ll be interested in this installer by XDA forum member pedrodh.

The original mod by XDA member ksubedi brings up a pre-boot menu that loads just before the Android system starts, which allows you to enter recovery, start adb daemon, run 2nd init script, run 2nd boot and more.

This installer automates the process of installing/uninstalling and makes it possible to load custom ROMs, and boot into CWM recovery without needing to use an app every time to boot to recovery.

Note that this app and the 2nd init itself do not replace the stock bootloader, or the stock recovery. You’ll also need root access to use th. . . READ ON »

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How To Replace Your Motorola Defy Earpiece

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If you are an an owner of one of the early versions of the Motorola Defy, then you may be familiar with the earpiece problems that have been widely reported.

It seems that these early models have been seen to suffer from the earpiece failing after just a few months of use. XDA forum member wizard123 was one of these owners, and has posted a tutorial on how to resolve the issue by replacing the earpiece yourself.

It requires dismantling your Defy so this is not for the unsteady of hand. You’ll also need a new K850i earpiece to replace the defective hardware and a pair of pliers and very small torx screwdrivers.

For the step by step guide and photographs, head on over to the modification post.. . . READ ON »

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