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Former Writer · Nov 3, 2012

SwapConf Script Makes Virtual Memory Easy on OG Droid

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...

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David Watt · Aug 30, 2012

Jelly Bean Lands on the Motorola Droid

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...

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Ian Stacy · Feb 13, 2012

HP’s webOS Spotted Running on an EVO 3D; Open Sourcing Effort May Pay Off

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...

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liwen · Jan 19, 2012

Original Motorola Droid Gets Another ICS Port, This Time CyanogenMod 9

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...

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liwen · Dec 22, 2011

Motorola Droid Gets Early ICS Port, Still Work-In-Progress

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,...

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Ben Elliott · Oct 10, 2010

One-Click Root for Froyo-running Captivates Emerges

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...

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egzthunder1 · Oct 6, 2010

Flipout, Flipside, and Bravo Forums Added

As our little (not so little anymore) forum keeps on growing in terms of user base, we often get requests from many members asking if we could include sections for other devices. Considering that we have branched out of simply supporting HTC phones, we have less and less objections every time a forum addition is requested. This time, if you have or are thinking about getting a Motorola Flipout, a Motorola Flipside, or a Motorola Bravo, then you will be...

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Captainkrtek · Sep 25, 2010

Updated Gmail for Froyo 2.2 Users

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: Nexus One HTC EVO Motorola Droid 2 Motorola Droid (Really any Android Phone Running Froyo) It has limited support for Google Mails' new feature "Priority Inbox",...

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ElCondor · Aug 13, 2010

Motorola Droid 2 Multitouch Keyboard Ported to Many Android Devices

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: CM6 Nightlies/Tests (Droid Incredible) jdfroyo v1.9 (Droid Incredible) Skyraider 2.? (Droid...

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WenWM · Jul 15, 2010

Launcher Pro Beta

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!...

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ElCondor · Jun 12, 2010

Guide to Avoid Scratches Behind Milestone/Droid Display

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...

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ElCondor · Jun 9, 2010

Cyanogenmod Turns Blue With ‘Extremely Blue’ Theme

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...

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ElCondor · Jun 7, 2010

Guide: How to Overclock Your Milestone and Droid

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...

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ElCondor · Jun 6, 2010

New Forums: Motorola Droid and Milestone

Better late than never! ...that's what I think about the new forums for the Motorola Droid and Milestone. There's so much healthy development surrounding these devices that the admins decided to add a new forum for these phones. The forum is further divided into five subforums: General Discussion Accesoires Droid Development Milestone Development Themes & Apps We hope this will stimulate more development and developers to come to xda-developers! Enjoy!

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mic_888 · Mar 25, 2010

NubDial – Smart Dialer for Android

NubDial is a smart dialer for Android, adding extra functionality not available on the stock dialer.   Developed by XDA member Wysie, NubDial is based off the open-sourced SpellDial (by Lawrence Greenfield). NubDial enables you to search by both contact name and telephone number and supports accented characters. Main features: Quick contacts picture Add to contacts from dialer Set as default Auto hide dialpad Fling up/down & fast scrolling on contacts list Search matches any number sequence Other features include being...

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mic_888 · Mar 22, 2010

SetCPU for Android Root Users

SetCPU is a useful 'on the fly' clocking tool for Android root users developed by coolbho3000.  SetCPU has been around since April 2009 and has been receiving regular updates. It will work with rooted Android devices only on 1.5 (Cupcake), 1.6 (Donut) and 2.0/2.1 (Eclair). Supported devices include (but are not limited to) HTC Dream, Magic, Hero, Motorola Droid and Nexus One with landscape support.  For ease of use, coolbho3000 has included an autodetect option where SetCPU selects the relevant...

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mic_888 · Mar 21, 2010

GDE Home Replacement for Android

GDE or Graphical Desktop Environment is an alternative desktop for Android.  Developed by rogro82, GDE was released in October 2009 and has rapidly accumulated a large following and is now at v 0.3.0.1. It features up to 7 homescreens with some funky transition effects such as the cube (see screenshot) with full 360 degree rotation, stretching or fading, including the option of endless scroll and extra widgets written on rogro82's own GDE framework.  GDE does not replace the original launcher...

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WenWM · Mar 8, 2010

Android First Multi-Format Video Player

Android is a fairly new platform, which amounts to a lack of applications that platforms like Windows Mobile apps have for sometime now. This new Multi-format video player was discovered by Zeno Chan, who has graciously provided us with a link to where we can get a copy of this player. It's one of the first Android video players available and it supports, flv, rmvb, rm, and flac video format amongst other formats. Originally posted by Zeno Chan Wuzhenhua player...

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admin · Feb 12, 2010

OpenWatch v0.4.1 Released for Android

OpenWatch allows a bluetooth enabled watch to connect with your cellphone. It is now available for Android! Originally Posted by moneytoo See OpenWatch VIDEO! Requirements - Device running Android 2.0 or newer - Sony Ericsson MBW-100/150/200 - or Prada Link (limited support - currently missing message list and some notifications) Tested Devices - Motorola Droid - Nexus One - T-Mobile G1/HTC Dream (Android 2.0/2.1 builds with BT support) Current features - Start on boot - Call notification (name or number)...

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