November 3, 2012 By: Former Writer
The last time we brought you news about the Motorola Droid, it was staving off irrelevancy by getting a Jelly Bean ROM. It’s an iconic device to be sure, and many of us remember the engaging commercials upon the phone’s release. Now, the old device is getting a virtual memory script that makes it easier to use a swap file.
For those who don’t know, a swap file is essentially auxiliary memory. You use storage space as RAM in order to allow your device to run more things. XDA Senior Member mrvek has released a script that makes using a swap file ridiculously easy. It’s called SwapConf, and the features include:
- Automatic detection of partitions and files: if you do not have a dedicated swap partition, script uses swapping to file – first on sd-ext and if that one does not exist then it swaps to sdcard. Swap partition takes precedence over files. This should work no matter if you have or do not have ext partition (for app2ext) on sd card.
- ability to start and stop swapping where ever it may be configured: biggest advantage of this is that you can stop swap if you have it on your /sdcard so you can use mass storage mode. Also, you can test various sizes for swap files or how your system works when swap is disabled, without need for a reboot
- misc. activities: view status of swap partition/files and status of memory
Given that the device just got Jelly Bean and it only has 256MB of RAM, using a swap file can help users run the latest Jelly Bean just a little bit better. The script should be pretty easy to use. Just run it and make some selections and your virtual memory experience begins.
To learn more, check out the original thread.
The Motorola Droid, an iconic device, with it’s sliding QWERTY keyboard and D-pad. With it’s now measly 550MHz CPU and 256 MB of RAM, it’s one of those everlasting old school devices that never seems to disappear completely. Thanks to XDA Senior Member kfazz, the Droid once again get’s a refresh. This time with a custom Jelly Bean ROM.
Based on CyanogenMod 10, Jellybean for Droid is a functional build of Android Jelly Bean. Of course, as with all these older devices running the latest flavour of Android, there are a few minor issues, but the ROM is functionanl and usable, and gives Droid owners a taste of Jelly Bean.
If you want to invigorate your Droid with some of that sugary Jelly Bean sweetness, head on over to the ROM thread.
February 13, 2012 By: Ian Stacy
Since HP announced the release of the webOS source code, the recently abandoned operating system has grown a rather loyal following. Progress has been made in homebrew development and in custom builds for webOS native devices. Many forum members have been clamoring for a port of webOS to Android devices for several months now. Initial ports were expected to appear for the Motorola Droid or its GSM counterpart, the Milestone, since the devices share the same OMAP3 3430 processor with the Palm Pre (the very first native webOS device).
Recently an HTC EVO 3D was spotted running a build of webOS 3.0, the version that came with the notorious HP TouchPad. Originally posted by Ryan Hope (@_puffthemagic_) on Twitter, the 3 still images of webOS running have now been supplemented with a YouTube video that can be found here. While not functional enough for actual use, the operating system boots without issue. Ryan originally started work on the port before HP released the source code for webOS. With the release of both the Android kernel and the full webOS source porting progress can only move forward from here. Could this mean widespread availability of webOS ports on Android devices soon? Depending on interest level and developer involvement, it is a possibility!
January 19, 2012 By: liwen
The venerable Motorola Droid, the one device that brought Android into the spotlight back in late 2009, won’t see an official update to the latest Android version, but for those of you willing to tinker with custom ROMs that means nothing. We reported on an early port of Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich last December, and that port has made some pretty good progress since then. If that wasn’t enough, recognized developer kabaldan has released an early alpha port of CyanogenMod 9 a few days ago.
Just don’t expect the build to be perfect – the dev notes that some features like camera and hardware accelerated video decoding aren’t working, and probably won’t work anytime soon either since they’re pretty tough to fix.
So, if you’re not afraid to flash a potentially unstable ROM, head over to the forum thread and get downloading.
December 22, 2011 By: liwen
The original Motorola Droid is one of the devices that definitely isn’t going to get an official Android 4.0 update, but fret not, as forum member kfazz has managed to get an early port of Ice Cream Sandwich working. Make no mistake, this isn’t going to be your daily driver, or beta, or even alpha – no, the dev labels his ROM as pre-pre-alpha.
Still, if you’re willing to take the risk and, ideally, provide some helpful feedback to the dev, jump into the forum thread and get downloading.
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.
What are you waiting for? Head over to the new forums…
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.
August 13, 2010 By: ElCondor
The Motorola Droid 2 had just been released, and XDA member invisiblek managed to port the Multitouch keyboard from the Droid 2 to many Android devices, such as the Motorola Droid and the Droid Incredible. Thanks to the multitouch function, this keyboard should allow for a much better typing experience. You can install it via recovery on your HTC Droid Incredible, and it should work on the following ROMs:
Originally posted by invisiblek
it will most likely work on any deodexed rom (odexed im not sure) — Let me know what does/doesnt work and ill try and do something or point you in the right direction.
We hope to see some enhancements to this port, so everyone can enjoy its multitouch features.
Check out the thread for more information and download.
Having the best home screen includes having a great looking wallpaper, a good design, and now includes being able to launch applications right from there. The launcher was not made but rather recommended by XDA member iamdarren. He says the launcher is great, fast, stable and offers many options for customization.
The one i am using at the moment, is very very fast with alot of options check it out.
Launcher Pro Beta.. its on the market
Very snappy screen switching!
The link to the launcher can be seen in the discussion thread.
June 12, 2010 By: ElCondor
Although the Motorola Droid and Milestone’s build quality is very good, there are some hardware shortcomings to the devices. One of them is the fact that the sliding mechanism could scratch the back of the display pretty easily.
Forum member dproldan has found a pretty good solution for this by simply sticking some tape on the back of the phone.
Fortunately, he shared this mod with us, and made a nice little guide which illustrates the procedure very well.
Originally posted by dproldan
A few pictures showing what I did to avoid the scratches that appear behind the display because of the slider mechanism.
I’ve used a couple of pieces of black vinil cut to 10×27 mm. Any other kind of adhesive tape will work, but it needs to be a smooth surface and resistant.
Check out the mod thread for the complete guide!
June 9, 2010 By: ElCondor
If you like the color blue and have an Android Cyanogenmod powered device, this new themed ROM might be something for you. XDA member jeagoss created an ‘Extremely Blue’ themed ROM for the Nexus One, the Motorola Droid, and the HTC Dream (G1).
Originally posted by jeagoss
Well, after some work and learning, I give to you a theme that is loaded with blue. Blue is EVERYWHERE!!
I really didn’t change icons or too many images. I mainly just made all orange / yellow hints blue, and added blue hints to everything. My aim is to make a completely unified blue theme on the base cyanogenmod rom. The theme also has glossy blue bars on the launcher.
TheDude came up with an overlay to theme components of cyanogenmod at build time. After working with him on the overlay, this theme has been built with it. That means this theme is a complete rom, with my theme all happily integrated.
The ROM is basically a stock (Cyanogenmod) ROM, so no extra applications or tweaks are added to it.
Even the typical Nexus One live wallpaper has been turned blue, which I think is a nice addition.
Make sure you read the instructions very carefully before proceeding, also note that your phone needs to be rooted!
You can find more information in the theme thread.
Although they were recently incorporated, the new forums for the Milestone and Droid already gathered some useful information. XDA member iamdarren made a thread pointing to a thread in the Android Software Development section where XDA member miragu provided an app that lets you overclock your Motorola Milestone/Droid with Android 2.x.
Originally posted by miragu
This project consists of a kernel module for Motorola Milestone/Droid with Android 2.x to unlock any processor frequency/voltage combination and a companion graphical app to ease the configuration. The phone must be rooted so that the kernel module can be loaded.
You could overclock to 1.0 GHz before a browsing or gaming session and then return to a lower frequency like 600 MHz, though still overcloked, for battery savings and safety. It’s up to you.
Originally, the application was developed for the Milestone, but now the Droid is supported as well. For those of you not familiar with the concept, overclocking allows for much smoother gaming/browsing and other functions that use a lot of processor power. Member miragu managed to get his Milestone running at 1,33 Ghz, which is even faster than the 1Ghz Snapdragon processor for the HD2. The only requirement is that your Milestone/Droid needs to be rooted in order to get it running.
The app is free, and you can find a link to the developers site in the application thread.