This Week in Development, new comer Jordan covers all the exciting stories you need to know from the XDA-Developers forum. In addition to Android’s possibly inadvertent fail, he covers ROMs for the Samsung Galaxy Note and HTC One X, and HTC One V ROMs being ported to the Desire S and Desire HD. Jordan mentions the addition of a forum for the HTC One V. Additionally, XDA Elite Recognized Developer AdamOutler‘s CASUAL and Shelr articles are discussed. The strangely addictive Crazy Birds game and an Android VNC are covered, along with the accelerometer fix for the T-Mobile Galaxy SII
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March 26, 2012 By: Conan Troutman
We all love to tweak our devices and make them truly our own. In my case, the status bar usually receives a particular amount of attention when I’m touching up the aesthetics of whichever ROM I’m currently using. Unfortunately for those of us who aren’t code savvy, figuring out how to manipulate certain aspects of the UI can be a daunting process. Luckily for us, there are helpful community members like XDA Senior Member Master&Slave who are happy to make these things just a little easier.
He has provided a list of useful modifications that can be made to the status bar and notification area of the T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy S II. Although these may be specific to a Samsung firmware, there’s a good chance that they may also be applicable to other devices as well. The list of tweaks is as follows:
To take advantage of these mods you will need to be able to decompile the SystemUI.apk and make adjustments to the .xml files within, so if you aren’t already familiar with that process, then some reading may be in order before attempting this. However, all the necessary code is provided, so that part should be no trouble at all.
If you want to try these out for yourself then head on over to the original thread.
Well, it looks like the SGS2 family is finally complete. Each and every device from Samsung’s new line up finally has a place they can call home on xda-developers. The latest entry into this party is T-Mobile’s version of the SGS2, which went on sale not too long ago. The device, code named Hercules, gets its name from the obvious gigantic 4.5 inch Super AMOLED+ screen, which is one of the largest available for a mobile phone (without going into the Dell Streak 5, that is). Other features include a beefy, 1.5 GHz Snapdragon dual core processor, which clocks higher (stock) than its brethren, the (currently) mandatory 1 GB of RAM, 16 GB of internal storage, and a very hefty 1850 mAh battery, allowing you to enjoy your device without charging for a bit longer than you are used to. As an added bonus, you get to enjoy Android 2.3.6 from stock, which is almost the latest release of Gingerbread (currently 2.3.7). Being larger does not seem to hurt it in the weight department either, so you end up with a rather slick, light, and very powerful device if you decide to go that route.
If you already have one and would like to share your findings so far, please be sure to stop by the forums to see what’s cooking!
You can visit the Samsung Hercules in its home on xda right here.
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