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Posts Tagged: Samsung Droid Charge

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The newest flagship devices feature some pretty impressive specs: quad-core processors, over a gig of RAM, 16-32 GB of storage, and HD screens. However, that doesn’t mean that development work has halted on older devices. As devices get older, devs find new and fun ways of keeping them  working well. For Verizon Droid Charge users, there is a tweak and mod pack to help make the phone seem fast again.

XDA Senior Member dSlice released a tweak and mod pack that adds some flair to the Charge. Some of the features include:

I have scoured the vast online community, that is the great XDA and have researched and tested various scripts(init.d) and tweaks(build.prop and gps.conf) to help our greatly handicapped Droid Charge somewhat “compete” with the big boys.

Dwitherell has kindly uploaded them to Tweaktools.

You may ask init.d? But we have a stock kernel that doesn’t support init.d… Thanks to this post and Dwitherell’s genius we have working init.d baked right into our ROM, yes that’s right baked in!

RENICE Tutorial

Renice operates on the principal that the lower the value of the process (the scale is from -20 to +19), the higher the priority the process has on CPU time. In other words, a process that is nice to others, is +19. One that isn’t so nice is at -20. In function then, a process that requires lots of immediate CPU time such as a launcher, benefits from running at a higher priority (thus as a negative on the niceness scale) than, say, Google Maps.

While some of the tweaks may have marginal utility, users are reporting success and increased performance. So if you have a Verizon Droid Charge and are looking for a little boost, this could be for you.

Check out the original thread for more details.

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Have you ever had a look at your Droid Charge and thought to yourself “wow! this is a great screen! I mean, look at these colors”, but always thought that the best could actually get better? It looks like XDA Recognized Developer supercurio had this curiosity and decided to start digging into the settings for the screen on his Infuse 4G, which carries a similar (but larger) screen. After much looking, he figured out that the overall way the screen is programmed was the same as with the Galaxy S, which means that the screen is heavily under-performing. He came up with a set of tweaks and settings that he made into an app and shared with the community. This is just a proof of concept, but basically when using this app, you will be presented with two options: Native and Samsung. The first one seem to be able to make the screen display sharper, more color rich (and balanced) images than the Samsung setting. This is yet another great tool for tweaking your device without actually manipulating the hardware itself.

If you have a Charge, please take this for a spin and leave your results and experiences on the thread. So far, the people who have tried it are more than happy with the results. Please share yours.

Infuse use a beautiful huge 4.5″ Super AMOLED Plus screen.. But its driven with Galaxy S screen settings 
DROID Charge is very similar to the Infuse 4G, except the display is a tad smaller. Super AMOLED Plus screen is also optimized for non “Plus” aka Pentile matrix.
That’s why by default everything is over-sharpened and colors over-saturated.

You can find more information in the original thread.

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Thank you NotATreoFan for the tip!

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This has to be one of the best project across our site in terms of usefulness, complexity, and potential for devices across the world. The UnBrickable mod by XDA Recognized Developer AdamOutler. In case you are not familiar with either the dev or the project, this basically is an attempt at trying to make Samsung devices into immortal devices capable of rebirth even after being bricked beyond repair. You can think of this as JTAG but without the expensive equipment and far more simplified. This project has been a complete success with the Samsung Captivate and the Vibrant and is quickly spreading over to other devices such as the Infuse 4G, the Epic 4G, and the Droid Charge. Below you will find a list of the next targets of this project, so if you can contribute with a broken device, you would be helping the dev tremendously. According to Adam, his next targets will be those equipped with Cortex A9 devices such as the Samsung Galaxy S II.

Keep in mind that this project is still under heavy development and if you are willing to help, the dev has posted several links to relevant information, so that you can understand all the theory behind it. Any feedback and/or help is much appreciated.

others are work-in-progress.  We still need boards for the following devices:

Samsung GT-i9000 SGS
Samsung SGH-T849 Galaxy Tab, Wifi, and Galaxy Tab 7.0 inch
Samsung GT-i9010 Girogio Armani Galaxy
Samsung T839 Sidekick 4g
Samsung SCH-i500 Fascinate
Samsung SGH-i877 Inspiration
Google Nexus S

If you have an Epic 4G, please visit this link and if you have a Droid Charge, please go here.

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Thanks AdamOutler for the tip!

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How would you like to create your own bootloader? Sounds a bit daunting, no? Aside from the inherent “cool factor,” having this ability could get your device out of some tough spots that would otherwise require the use of JTAG.

Thanks to the work of a team lead by XDA Recognized Developer Rebellos, this is now possible for Samsung S5PC110-based (read: Hummingbird) devices. Since there are quite a few Hummingbird-powered devices roaming about XDA, this can prove quite useful for when ODIN is not enough or if your JTAG pins are nonfunctional.

In the words of the developer:

What is it?
Info how to bypass secure booting mechanism built in S5PC110 CPU’s iROM on lowest level and create code loadable even with totally damaged bootloader, without use of JTAG.

Okay, how useful is it?
I’ve got no clue, it all depends on you. Our main target, which is almost done, is ability to revive any hard-bricked hardware built on S5PC110 without use of JTAG (for eg. when JTAG pads had been damaged)

In order to get started, venture forth to the original thread.

[Thanks AdamOutler for the tip!]

NoMoarPowah

If you think that mobile device modification ends at replacing Android’s modular components, you’re wrong. XDA Senior Moderator and Recognized Developer Chainfire is at it again, this time with a Charging Screen replacement for certain Samsung devices.

In one of his “sillier” modifications, the developer has replaced the stock charging screen with one packing loads of extra functionality. For starters, this modification displays both the time and numerical battery charge level when active. In addition, NoMoarPowar! also can be set to power on your phone prior to your scheduled alarms so that you don’t miss your morning wake-up buzzer. This way, you won’t be disturbed, but your device will still wake you up when you need it. Sweetening the pot further, you can even set your device to reboot once it has reached either 15% or 100% battery level.

 NoMoarPowah! replaces that boring charging animation when your phone is turned off but connected to the charger with a fully functional program!

In the history of silly stuff I have made, this is perhaps the silliest 

This app is only for a select number of Samsung devices. It does not work on any other devices. See the list below

This app requires a fully rooted device

NoMoarPowah! can automatically reboot into Android when charging is done. Either when fully charged, or when the battery level reaches 15% and Android has enough juice to run.

But wait, there’s more! NoMoarPowah! can also reboot at a custom time. It will even suggest times based on your currently set alarms, so your phone will be rebooted just before the alarm goes off and you need to wake up! This way you can be sure nobody will bother you while take your well-deserved nap, but still wake up when you need to.

Continue on to the modification thread for more! Also, for owners of other Samsung devices, be sure to give this a shot and leave your feedback in the thread.

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If you just got your Droid Charge and this is in fact your first fling with Samsung devices, there is a very important program that you will need to become familiar with if you were to try any of the fixes posted in this site. Odin, named after the Nordic God, is essentially a RUU for most Samsung Galaxy devices. Simply put, Odin will allow you to flash tar images to your Android devices. One very useful application of this is to be able to back up and restore the complete system. Some of these images must be prepared in order to be flashed and XDA Recognized Developer imnuts provides us with a useful guide on how to make these custom images yourself. As always, please be sure to read and fully understand the instructions in order to minimize the possibility of damaging your device. Also, any feedback about the guide will certainly be appreciated.

This will allow you to backup your system and create custom Odin images for restore purposes.

You can find more information in the original thread.

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Updates are both the livelihood and the bane of Android users everywhere. Ultimately, these carrier-controlled packages determine exactly what we are able to do on our favorite toys. Often, these updates couldn’t come at a more opportune time. For example, the wireless 4G hotspot functionality baked into the Droid Charge was coded to lose functionality at the end of last month.

Now, thanks to XDA Moderator Committee member NotATreoFan, we are delighted to bring you news of a fresh new EE4 update for the charge, in which wireless hotspot functionality is now restored to its full LTE-sharing glory.

Restored wireless hotspot functionality, as well as various other bug fixes, are now just an update away. According to Verizon Wireless:

Verizon Wireless is pleased to announce a new software update, EE4, for your DROID CHARGE by Samsung. Verizon Wireless and Samsung encourage you to download this update.

Call Features

  • Improved battery life when placing a voice call.
  • Easily return calls within the call log entry by pressing the phone icon.
  • Outgoing calls from the Visual Voice Mail application will be placed properly.
  • Pressing and holding the ‘1’ key will automatically route the user to the Voice Mail service (*86).
  • Audio has been adjusted to avoid ‘No Audio’ or ‘Screeching Sounds’.

Web Browsing and Data Access

  • Accurately detect and connect to the Verizon Wireless 4G LTE or 3G network.
  • Enhanced browser performance.
  • Email and Messaging
  • A new Email folder structure has been implemented.
  • When a subfolder exists under a current Email folder, an arrow will appear to the right of the folder icon.
  • When a user touches the arrow, the folder system will expand to show all subfolders available for selection.
  • When an Exchange password has been modified, the device will direct the user to the password screen to adjust the saved password accordingly.
  • Improvements in the Email and Calendar sync.
  • Additional Device Features
  • Restoration of Mobile Hotspot capability.
  • When in USB Mass Storage mode (UMS), the device will be recognized immediately when plugged into a PC.
  • Device recognizes ringtones purchased from the Verizon Wireless website.
  • Improvements in GPS performance.

Tickle your fancy? If you’re a Charge owner, I’m sure it does. Head on over to the original thread for more, including how to start your update process!

[Thanks, NATF for the tip!]

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It seems that as of recently, Samsung has been dropping flagship devices on every single carrier around the world. As of recently, the latest one to receive some giant screened device from Sammy was Verizon in the US and they were blessed/cursed (depending on the point of view) with the Droid Charge. Since this device was locked rom being able to use custom goodness, XDA member jt1134 decided that this could not and shall not be the case. So, he did what any good XDA member would do, he posted a guide with a fairly simple method on how to root it. It looks like the package will give you permanent root as well as Superuser rights. It also includes XDA member supercurio’s voodoo fix, as well as a few other goodies, so the amount of tweaking that you will need to do post root is minimal. The package can be flashed via Odin for those of you who want to take things easy.

Please leave some feedback if this work for you.

Please find below a kernel package hacked for the following:

permanent adb root
installs Superuser and su binary automatically on boot
includes Voodoo ext4 lagfix – CREDIT TO SUPERCURIO!  http://project-voodoo.org/lagfix
lowmemorykiller tweaks
sdcard readahead cache speed tweak

If you are using Odin to flash, simply flash the below package. If you are using Heimdall, remove the zImage file from the below package and flash it.

You can find more information in the original thread.

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Thanks NotATreoFan for the tip!

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Verizon subscribers will rejoice on the fact that the awaited Droid Incredible 2 is almost here. Acclaim by many as one of HTC’s best devices to ever hit the big red, the DInc 2 has made its way into the world of XDA. And considering the popularity of its older brother, wew expect that there will likely be lots and lots of good stuff going for it. Some of the main specs include a larger screen, sitting at a large 4 inches, an 8 megapixel camera with HD capabilities, and much more.

Also, the Droid Charge seems to have made its way over here. This new 4.3 inch beast by Samsung seems to be something to be reckoned with. This is Verizon’s second 4G LTE enabled device and the specs are nothing short of impressive with an 8 MP camera with LED flash (thank you Samsung for realizing that phones need flash for cameras to work in conditions other than bright daylight), 720p recording, a beefy 1 GHz processor, and more. According to some early adopters and online blogs that have had a chance to test it, the battery seems to die much quicker than expected (much like the Thunderbolt), but once tweaks start coming in, that is bound to increase.

Do you have one yet? If so, please share your comments and findings with the rest of the community.

You can visit the DInc 2 home on XDA here.

You can visit the Charge’s home on XDA here.

 

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