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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:

We hope this will stimulate more development and developers to come to xda-developers! Enjoy!

nubdial

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 able to initiate an SMS from the app and linking to the call log and contacts menu.  In addition it supports hyphens in US number format.

Currently coded for Android 2.0/2.1 (Eclair), Nubdial works on (but is not limited to) the Nexus One and Motorola Droid.

NubDial does not support GSM short codes.

Future developments include updating for Android 1.5 (Cupcake) and 1.6 (Donut).

Check out the application thread for more information including a link to the source code.

NubDial is available to download for free in the Market (Eclair market only).

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SetCPU for Android Root Users

March 22, 2010   By:

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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 device.

SetCPU lets the user ‘overclock’ to the max CPU speed of their device, and underclock when the phone is idle in order to conserve battery and optimise performance.  The ‘ondemand’ CPU governor scales the speed between the minimum and maximum speeds depending on current CPU load, whilst the ‘performance’ CPU governor runs the device at max speed CPU speed – but be warned, this can drain your battery very quickly.

SetCPU also contains a few basic profiles for setting the CPU speed including for when your phone is charging or sleeping, a battery temperature profile – SetCPU can set a certain speed when the battery goes above a user-defined threshold and a battery level profile – once the battery level drops below a certain point, the SetCPU will drop the CPU speed. Profiles work by running a low resource service in the background which is disabled when the profiles are turned off.

The widget for SetCPU shows the min/max cpu speed range set (currently does not show the CPU speed in real time).  Simple themes are available in the application.  There is also an option to ‘Set on Boot’.

Advanced users can also define custom frequency lists for custom kernels that SetCPU does not support or for devices with processors not listed in SetCPU’s device selection screen.

Future developments include optional profile notifications in the pull down shade.

The application is available for free for XDA members, and for those who wish to donate for coolbho3000′s work SetCPU is listed at USD0.99 on the Market.

To download or for more information, check out the application thread .

GDE Home Replacement for Android

March 21, 2010   By:

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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 but can be set as the default launcher.

GDE is compatible with Android 1.5 (Cupcake), 1.6 (Donut), and 2.0/2.1 (Eclair), and with the following devices; HTC Dream, HTC Hero, HTC Magic, DroidEris and Nexus One.  One XDA member has also tried successfully installing on his Archos 5!

Originally posted by rogro82:

Infinite desktop rotation. Your homescreens never end.  Go from last screen to first and vice-versa just by swiping.

Normal icon view in tray, as well as list view with alphabetical grab handle (much like contacts scroll).

Folder flexibility.  Place folders in tray.  Drag folders to desktop. Place items in closed folders on desktop. Place items in open folders on desktop.  Place items in folders in app tray.  Drag folders from desktop to tray.

Transition selection.  Choose from:  Normal, Cube, Stretch and Fade transitions.

Configurable buttons on tray handle.

Access phone settings from GDE menu or configure a tray button for even faster access.

User configurable number of homescreen (1-7 homescreens).

User definable default homescreen (select any homescreen as default when you press the home button) .

Ghost drop (Shows the drop location when hovering over an item).

The soft buttons can be customised,  the hard button too can be configured from within the GDE settings.  Fast fling action is also an option (fast forward/backward to first/last homescreen) and  GDE supports landscape mode using sensor rotation as well as compatibility with shortcut installers such as Bettercut.

There are various widgets available, based on rogro82′s own GDE framework for widgets including a Google search widget (which can search through media on the sdcard), Conversation widget and the impressive AppDock widget which enables left/right scrolling to launch the app of your choice.

The widgets must run off the GDE framework so it is not possible to use any HTC widgets from Rosie/Hero, although there are many clones (free) available on the Market.

Currently, it is not possible to hide app icons from the AppDock, nor sort in any order except that in which they were dragged and dropped originally.  There is however, scope in the future for automation when installing a new application, that automatically places the icon into the AppDock.

The big news is that GDE supports themeing and rogro82 has specifically developed a theming template for themers.  The themes are  complied into .apk files and once installed can be selected from a dropdown menu within the GDE settings.  There are a plethora of themes on the Market, free and paid.  Live wallpaper is supported for Andriod 2.1 only.

Currently there is no way to theme the notification bar without re-implementing the notification bar within GDE although rogro82 has hinted that this may be possible in future releases.  In addition, he has suggested that the ability for themers to control the positions and sizes of buttons, menu bars, as well as widgets, may be implemented in the future.  Themers are also requesting font support for all GDE internal menus and homescreen icons.

GDE v0.3.0.1 is currently available in the Market for EUR2.50.  rogro82 has not released a lite version but as usual, users can try for 48 hours before uninstalling and requesting a refund.

For more information on GDE and theming instructions, check out the application thread.

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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 support format: 4xm,8bps,aac,ac3,eac3,amv,ape,dca,imc,alas,rm,rmvb ,nuv,ptx,tta,wma,wmv,flic,
flac,flv,g726,h261,h263,h264,mp1,mp2,mp3,mp4,smc,t mv,dvdsub,dvbsub

If you’re an Android user and in search for a new way to play the awkwardly formatted videos you have in your hard drive, this could be the app for you.

Head on over to the thread for the link and more information.

OpenWatch v0.4.1 Released for Android

February 12, 2010   By:

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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)
- SMS notification (name or number and text preview)
- MMS notification
- Media player control (play/pause, next/previous track, volume up/down)
- Music info (track and artist)
- Gmail notification (sender and subject)
- K-9 mail notification (sender and subject)
- Calendar notification (time and event name)
- Alarm notification
- IM notification (Mundu IM – sender and text preview, Hi AIM/MSN/Yahoo)
- Display number of unread SMS+MMS, Gmail, missed calls, battery
- Ability to Silence ringer on incoming call
- English, Russian, Greek, German, Swedish, Norwegian, French, Czech fonts
- Slovak, Polish accents stripping
- Any language support for mail/sms/music/appointment (Chinese, Japanese, Korean…)
- English, German and Czech localization (contact me if you want to translate the text or improve it)
- Notification bar icon
- API for developers (receive button events and display text/envelope on watch, make it vibrate)
- Graphical logos (96×16 BMP)
- Customizable screen

Continue on to the application thread.

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