March 14, 2011 By: Will Verduzco
This may seem a little late considering many devices are already rocking CyanogenMod 7 RC2, but for owners of the Sprint’s keyboard-laden superphone, it’s likely a breath of fresh air. Alpha 1 has just been released thanks to the efforts of XDA developers Dameon87, nullghost, and DevinXtreme, who ported the widely acclaimed ROM to the SPH-D700.
Before you go about flashing, be warned that it is still in the Alpha stage, so not everything can be expected to work. Here’s more from Dameon87:
First the disclaimer.
This software is considered ALPHA state. Some things will work, some will not. You will likely encounter bugs. Do NOT flash this if you expect the software to be fully functional.
With that said, a short list of things that DO work.
- Radio works fully – Calling, SMS, Data
- Bluetooth works for music only.
- Wifi works fully.
- Sensors work, but may be slow. Run /system/bin/sensorcalibutil_yamaha in terminal or via adb, place the phone on a flat surface, and hit Enter. Reboot the phone and sensors will function at normal speed.
What does NOT work ::
- HW Acceleration in UI and in video, etc.
Thread under construction.
But the wait is over
If you’ve been waiting to get some CyanogenMod-flavored Gingerbread cookies for your Epic 4G, feel free to continue on to the original thread!
[Thanks for the tip, Theimpaler747.]
March 7, 2011 By: mic_888
If you’re an owner of the Epic 4G, and you’re running the EB13 firmware, you may have experienced the dropped key press annoyance that XDA forum member mkasick has confirmed exists.
The issue is that EB13 often drops twice pressed letters on the hardware keyboard, for example typing ‘hello’ often outputs ‘helo’. The XDA member also discovered that the EB13 keyboard driver delays 1/10th of a second between reporting ‘key_press’ and ‘key_release’ events. This means that when folks press the same letter twice in that 100ms, the kernel will only be able to acknowledge one of the presses.
mkasick has provided a kernel source patch that fixes the EB13 hardware keyboard issue for twice-pressed keys, restoring responsiveness.
Fore more detailed information and to download the patch, head on over to the forum thread.
If you’re a Samsung Epic owner running EB13 (Froyo) on your Android device, you might have been one of the many folks experiencing issues with the built-in tethering.
Issues reported include only being able to tether to WiFi and attempts to tether to 3G results in error. This modded Wired Tether client by XDA forum member mkasick bypasses these errors.
Wired Tether v1.4 is modified to support RNDIS (USB tethering) on Froyo EB13 running Epics. Essentially this is an update of the previous Eclair version of Wired Tether.
For more information including full instructions, troubleshooting and technical details, head on over to the modification thread.
Are you a happy 4G (WiMax) user in the US? If not, it may be because of your Epic 4G’s WiMax radio’s performance. However, not all is lost because XDA member gokuman56 has written up a guide to improve a few things that have kept you from thanking your carrier for 4G. The guide will show you how, by modifying a few parameters in the WiMax programming section can improve both the quality of the signal that you obtain from the towers and also, the time it takes to re-connect if the connection was to get lost. The dev claims that the guide is relatively straight forward but you may still want to read up the procedure a couple of times before moving forward with the change. A few things are needed such as the MSL code, which can be obtained in a number of ways.
Did this guide help you? If so, please leave feedback for the dev.
You will need your MSL, Call Sprint or follow this:
- Dial ##3282#
- It will open a menu, click WiMAX and enter MSL. Note: 4G radio must be on.
- Go to extensions and Hold EntryRX and Write Extension
- Change the Value to -110 (The Lower the weaker the signal can be for the phone to connect.
- Change EntryCINR to 0004
You can find more information in the hack thread.
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XDA moderator theimpaler747 just let us into a project that he is currently working on. As it turns out, he decided to make custom battery meters for the Odex DK28 roms for the Samsung Epic 4G. So far, the project only has 3 designs to choose from. However, the dev mentioned that he is taking requests to make new meters. So, do you have an idea for a different meter? Maybe you would like to see one that you saw in a different device included in this list. Whatever your reason may be, this will give you a chance to make your device more “you”.
Please leave some feedback and requests for the dev, so that this collection can grow bigger.
Ok, here is going to be my compilation of custom battery mode for any ODEX DK28 rom. I take the images output from the UOT kitchen, and then add them to the framework-res.apk in 7zip with 12 secret spices. I’m going to be increasing the size of this directory most likely every day, and may even collaborate on an app for these with fellow XDA user appelflap.
Thanks to the UOT image creator for the images!
You can find more information in the mod thread.
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Have an Epic 4G? Then, this guide by XDA member kennethpenn may be something for you. It helps you to flash the new Android 2.2.1 ROM using a detailed guide, the necessary downloads and instructions. You will lose root by flashing this, so keep that in mind. After the update, you can use the one-click root utility again to gain root.
Make sure you select the right packages according to the firmware you are currently using, there are different packages for 2.1 and 2.2.
Continue on to the thread to try it out!