October 31, 2012 By: Former Writer
Even though some devices may have similar resolution screens, they don’t always display the same information from the same applications. One notable example is the Google Calendar on the Nexus 7, which displays information in text view. The Samsung Galaxy Nexus, which has a similar screen resolution, displays information in small lines. To many, this is not the best way to view your Calendar info. Now, there is a way to make the Galaxy Nexus show up as it does on the Nexus 7.
The mod comes in the form of a custom recovery-flashable zip. There are some peculiarities though. For instance, if you’ve updated your Calendar recently via the Google Play Store, you have to uninstall the updates, or the mod won’t work. As XDA Senior Member shaftenberg explains:
If you have updated the calendar via market before, you have to uninstall this update before flashing, otherwise you will see nothing. Android prefers the .apk in RAM (/data/app) over any .apk in ROM (/system/app) – that is a pretty normal behaviour.
In addition, there is a second Market version that syncs your calendar up to a year. You’ll have to clear app data in both the Calendar and Calendar Provider to make it work right, but that’s no big deal.
For additional details, go to the original thread. While the mod was originally meant for the Galaxy Nexus, it’s highly likely that this will work on all devices with 720p screens running AOSP-derived Jelly Bean ROMs.
October 30, 2012 By: Former Writer
There are a boatload of lock screens out there. Seemingly every version of Android comes out with a new one or at least a modified version of an older one. Then there are the OEM lock screens found on TouchWiz and the HTC Sense. On top of that, there are a plethora of third party lock screens—most of which can emulate all of the aforementioned lock screens. Now, those running ICS and JB can mimic the Blackberry 10 lock screen.
It doesn’t have a lot of functionality, but it certainly looks nice. XDA Senior Member evilisto released the mod for the Galaxy Nexus, but says the patch should work on any ICS and JB AOSP ROM. ICS is currently untested, though.
If you have the Galaxy Nexus, there is a nice, easy flashable zip you can download that’ll get you the Blackberry 10 lock screen. Everyone else must apply the patch manually until flashable zips can be made. Thankfully, no one will be going at it blind, as evilisto has also released a simple guide to follow to get the patches installed. Once done, you’ll have what looks like the Blackberry 10 lock screen.
There are very few times when we can literally jump off our seats when we read something coming out of the US courts, especially as of late with all the unfairness that has been witnessed in the case(s) of a certain Cupertino company’s crusade against a comparatively lesser known Korean company. Well, while tides are not exactly changing their course, at least we can see that some sense of justice still prevails among certain individuals who handle a third of the country’s government. These particular kudos actually go to the Appeals Court, and the reason is for reversing the decision made back in July to place an injunction on top of Samsung/Google’s Galaxy Nexus device, thus blocking US imports altogether.
Here’s a little bit of background for those of you who were not aware of this issue. Among the constant barrage of lawsuits and complains that Apple bombarded the Court Circuits with, there was one that specifically targeted the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, which was being sold by Google in the Play Store (as well as a few carriers like Verizon). The patent being put in question was the patent known as ’604, and it essentially dealt with global search. Apple was claiming that the search feature on the Nexus was actually creating issues for them (sales wise) and hurting their numbers because it was too similar to Siri, which is included on the iPhone.
Now, we all know that there is nothing that ships stock on the GN that could remotely resemble Siri. Pre-Jelly Bean AOSP search does not come with that kind of functionality, period. Can it search for things on your phone or on the web? Absolutely. Can you talk to the pre-Jelly Bean GN and get a reply back (without 3rd party software)? No way. And even with Jelly Bean and Google Now, there are numerous qualitative difference between Google’s and Apple’s offerings. So, because of suddenly having realized that, the Appeals Court decided that while Siri was indeed a unique feature and that anything similar to it (infringing the aforementioned patent) could indeed be detrimental to the sales figures of the company, that this argument would ONLY be valid if the Android device in question actually did come loaded with such capability. Well, the truth of the matter is that it does not.
The case that was originally ruled over by the District Court that granted the original injunction essentially (if that decision was taken as a precedent) could open the doors for Apple to try and sue virtually any handheld device that could search within itself and in the web with the same “unified” engine. The decision has just been reversed, and the Galaxy Nexus is back in the shelves. Will it sell a whole lot with the SGS3 and other, more powerful devices coming out like cars out of an assembly line? Maybe, maybe not. However, the true reason for celebrating is not the fact that the device is once again available for purchase, but the fact that this sole fact just shone a ray of hope into this seemingly over-and-done battlefield.
Based on this, it may just be worth keeping your hopes up that other already-made decisions could potentially be overturned. Maybe based on this, future patent cases will be handled with more care and due diligence, and most of all, fairness. Or even better yet, this may be a light through the proverbial crack in the patent system that will alert some of the people in charge, and make them realize “hey, I think this may be broken!”
Only time will tell, but there is always hope.
[Thank you jerdog for the tip!]
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October 5, 2012 By: Former Writer
The last time many sought to root a Nexus without unlocking the bootloader, HTC was the sole maker of the Pure Google Experience devices, dual-core Android devices were only a dream, and XDA Developers was a little more than half its current size. Of course, we’re referring to the Nexus One. Many users chose to root the phone without unlocking the bootloader. This was because back then, bootloaders could not be relocked after unlocking via the officially endorsed fastboot oem unlock method. The Nexus S had a similar method, although it was only truly necessary if you didn’t want to wipe your phone. Now, the most recent Nexus phone, the Samsung Galaxy Nexus can be rooted without unlocking the bootloader as well.
The Galaxy Nexus can be locked and unlocked at will, but there are a few advantages to rooting without unlocking the bootloader. The biggest one is this method can be used in conjunction with this bootloader unlock app can get the phone rooted and unlocked without requiring a data wipe. Of course, there are other reasons as well.
Released by XDA Forum Moderator efrant, the method is a lot longer than usual Samsung root methods. In short, you’re going to push some files on to your device. From there, you’re going to restore a fake backup, run an exploit that’ll reboot you into emulator mode where you’ll perform the rest of the steps.
For more details, check out the original thread.
October 4, 2012 By: jerdog
Just a few days ago we told you about Open webOS being ported to the Galaxy Nexus. Now, the WebOS Ports team has released the source code. They have been extremely kind to the open source community, and have provided everything you need in order to build the port for the Galaxy Nexus.
With this also comes the ability to port this to other devices as well. While there isn’t anything currently in the works on XDA, let’s hope that this news sparks new interest in an OS that has potential to grow outside of Palm and HP’s (mis)management.
You can view the source build instructions on the WebOS-Ports wiki page.
Who doesn’t like it when development teams launch mass releases? As such it’s not uncommon for us to report a dozen or so devices getting a ROM at once. Another ROM dev team has released their newest release candidate for a staggering 11 devices.
The ROM series is called LiquidSmooth, and the team has quite a few developers. It is a source-built release derived from AOSP, and it borrows from a number of other development teams such as CyanogenMod and Team EOS. The device list includes:
Galaxy Nexus (maguro)
Galaxy Nexus (toroplus)
Galaxy Nexus (toro)
Samsung Galaxy S III I9300
Sprint Samsung Galaxy S III
Verizon Samsung Galaxy S III
T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy S III
AT&T Samsung Galaxy S III
US Cellular Samsung Galaxy S III
Google Nexus 7
Samsung Galaxy Note GT-N7000
It’s quite a hefty list. A few of the features included are:
Lockscreen text color, layouts etc, 5-8 Options
Color & Alignment (Clock)
Custom Navbar Targets (Up to 7)
Custom Navbar Ring Targets (Up to 5)
Customizable Colors throughout the Rom
Liquid Launcher (Custom with extra options)
Liquid Splasher (New Liquid Settings)
Framework optimizations to enhance performance
Ultra Slim Size: Deodexed, Debloated, Zip-Aligned and Opti-png
Startup script control (sysctl, cron, zipalign etc)
Forced Tablet Mode with DPI Changer
Status Bar Mods – Battery, Clock, Provider Name Changer and more…
Toggles (Both AOKP/CM style)
So, in short, there are a lot of devices and a lot of features. There isn’t a running list of issues with these ROMs, so you’ll have to check out your device’s ROM thread to see if anyone is reporting any issues. Given that they are stable releases, there shouldn’t be many. For more details, check out any one of the number of device links above.
Many grew up with The Little Engine That Could, a tale about the power of optimism and hard work. The goal is to spread hope through the metaphor of a little blue engine that defied all odds despite what others say. To keep motivated, the little engine chants, “I think I can; I think I can; I think I can.”
Open Source: a philosophy, or pragmatic methodology that promotes free redistribution and access to an end product’s design and implementation details.
From it’s beginnings with the Palm Pre in 2009, webOS has always been a unique animal in the mobile device market. Using the metaphor of cards that could be flung off the screen to terminate tasks, its approach to multitasking was unique at a time when iOS couldn’t / wouldn’t do it. The Palm Pre itself was actually a pretty nice device at the time, but like everything else Palm did, they bungled webOS and it never really took off. In April 2010, HP acquired the OS. After numerous, half-hearted attempts to take the OS forward, including the release of the HP TouchPad to compete in the expanding tablet market, they finally announced that they would halt device production and webOS development in August 2011. This lead to speculation that webOS would be killed off or sold to the highest bidder.
XDA exists so that like-minded developers can come and share their work and knowledge, as well as learn from others. We encourage open source development because that’s how true innovation happens. And without open source development, our favorite OS Android would not be where it is today. So when HP announced late last year that webOS would be open sourced rather than killed, the development community leaped at the news.
Except for a tidbit earlier this year about an HTC Evo 3D running a very dirty port of webOS, all has been mostly quiet on the Open webOS front. But now word is leaking out from the webOS-Ports team that webOS is being ported to the Galaxy Nexus. They have provided a video showing the device booted up with webOS and WiFi working, but it is quite obvious that hardware acceleration is drastically needed before this is actually usable—not to mention all of the phone functions, etc.
What makes this extremely interesting is that we are seeing the epitome of open source development. We have software—in this case a mobile OS—that the manufacturer no longer wishes to or is capable of supporting and improving. Then, you have a group of developers who see the potential of said software. And after a lot of hard (often thankless) work, we have the makings of another alternative for the mobile community. This is the crux of what makes XDA what it is. We look forward to seeing where this project goes.
Team EOS is an incredibly talented developer group that has brought AOSP goodness to a variety of devices. In the process, they have been featured on the Portal in the past. Now, the dev team has released their latest stable build, version 3, for 5 devices. These include the Motorola Xoom, the Nexus 7, and all three versions of the Galaxy Nexus.
While all builds were released by teameos, the Motorola Xoom version was posted by XDA Recognized Developer solarnz on behalf of the entire team. All 5 builds are, as they claim to be, stable and offer a very large number of features. These include:
Android 4.1.1 AOSP based.
Battery Indicator Mods
Status Bar Color
Navigation Bar Color
Softkeys Long-Press Actions
Navigation Bar Ring Quick Launch Targets
Android Rotation Lock
Hide System Bars
Volume keys switch depending on rotation. So the volume up key is always either on the top or to the right of volume down. (Toggle-able)
Default Volume Control Stream
Advanced power menu with reboot options.
Hiding the status bars via the power menu
Additionally, there are a number of under-the-hood tweaks that help make the ROMs lag less and function better. To learn more, check out one of the thread links below:
September 22, 2012 By: Former Writer
Not many people are a fan of Motoblur. There are various reasons for this, but mostly it boils down to the excessive bloatware. However, there is a lot to like about the newest versions of Motoblur. Now, Sprint and Verizon Galaxy Nexus owners can check out Motoblur without having to buy a Motorola phone.
XDA Senior Member aooga has prepared a nice package to get Motorola’s UI running on your Toro or Toroplus Galaxy Nexus, including the cool circle widget. Currently, it is compatible with CM10 Nightlies from 9/15 onward, AOKP build 2, and ParanoidAndroid 2.12. The clock widget is a downloadable application from the Google Play Store. This mod was based off the original GSM version by XDA Senior Member evilisto, which is also compatible with the same ROMs and includes the same things. Unlike the CDMA version, the GSM version has been updated to include Tablet UI as well.
To install, just download the flashable zip, flash in custom recovery, and enjoy the Motorola look and feel. For the full effect, grab the circle widget from the Play Store. For additional details, check out the GSM thread or the CDMA thread.
September 21, 2012 By: jerdog
Not too long ago we talked about a test build of the Verizon Galaxy Nexus appearing on Google’s servers, and now it would seem Verizon has finally decided to roll this out to the masses. The update is available via OTA push, which can be initiated manually via Menu > Settings > About Phone > System Updates. If you prefer to wait for the automatic push, you should begin to receive a notification on your device shortly.
September 17, 2012 By: Former Writer
Most consider Jelly Bean to be the greatest version of Android released thus far. It’s fast, smooth, it has Google Now, and all sorts of other features that not many people have complained about. There are a few things here and there, however, that may annoy certain users. One example is a text limit that will give you the pictured warning if you send too many texts in a short time.
While the rate limit there to prevent malicious apps from hijacking your text messaging, some think that it’s set too low. Now there’s a fix. According to XDA Senior Member erishasnobattery, who posted the fixes:
JRO03H had a limit set of 100 messages in 30 minutes, which probably kept all but the most avid texters in the clear. However, when we merged to JRO03L last week, it had dropped to 30 in 30 minutes. Personally, I think it was a typo and should have been 300, but either way, it triggered on me so I set out to fix it.
If you couldn’t tell from the update names, this is aimed at the Samsung Galaxy Nexus. Not only has erishasnobattery fixed the issue on the ROM he maintains, but has created fixes for some other popular Gnex ROMs, such as BAMF, AOSP, and a special one for CM10.
If you’d like to get rid of the warning, check out the original thread. However, keep in mind that with the new limit set to 500 messages in 30 minutes, there is a little more room for malicious activity.
It’s pretty bad that Sprint is slated to be the last of the four major US carriers to give their customers nationwide 4G. (Though some may call into question the “4G” aspirations of certain carriers.) It doesn’t make it any better that their 3G, which the majority of customers are still using, needs a dramatic makeover. Is there anything that could make it worse? How about if your device was set to only use the most stable signal, thus preventing it from receiving 4G data signals. Turns out, that’s actually happening. Samsung Galaxy Nexus owners on Sprint who are fortunate enough to live in a 4G area may still not be receiving 4G, and now there may be an answer as to why.
According to XDA Senior Member Jimlarck:
If you live in an LTE area and you still aren’t getting LTE its maybe because your 3G signal is stronger than your 4G signal. Toroplus Galaxy Nexus were programmed to only stick with the most stable connection.
If you seem to have LTE Coverage and you aren’t getting 4G LTE then it may be because of your 3G.
The methods to fix the problem also create new problems, but thankfully they’re both quite easy to roll back from. The easiest one is simply changing the Preferred Network Mode to LTE Only. However, this was found to kill phone and text capabilities. The other method requires requires the use of dialer codes, and editing your MSL using a tool by XDA Recognized Developer -viperboy-.
For more info, check out the original thread.
September 11, 2012 By: Former Writer
When we brought you news of the Motorola Defy running Boot to Gecko, it was brought to our attention that the Samsung Galaxy Nexus was already doing so. Upon closer inspection, it was found that not only was the GSM Galaxy Nexus indeed had a Boot To Gecko port running, but that the Verizon variant very recently got its own B2G working as well.
XDA Senior Member Axel2033 is working on the build for the GSM model, and XDA Forum Member jellybellys is working on the Verizon port. The Verizon B2G has a lot of things working, but also a lot of things not working, which include:
Cell service (1x, 3g, and 4g)
camera only sometimes works
All resources are designed for hdpi, so everything’s a bit small
This is by no means a daily driver. However it is still an excellent opportunity for anyone who wants to see what B2G is all about. While there isn’t a working / not working list for the GSM version, Axel2033 has said in no uncertain terms that it’s a highly experimental build, so that means the GSM Nexus version isn’t daily driver material yet either. Even so, it’s really cool to see B2G making its way around the forums.