April 14, 2011 By: egzthunder1
Ahh… the Viewsonic G Tablet. So far, one of the only true contenders to the Motorola Xoom (until the Transformer comes out, that is). This $300 dual core, 10.1 inch tablet has taken the world by storm, particularly because most of its competitors with similar hardware are charging twice as much for their products. In an attempt to make this device sweeter than it already is, XDA member pershoot has been playing around with the kernel and finally got it to a point where the device basically went into hypermode (look for G Gundam to understand the reference). The dev was able to get it to clock at 1.6 GHz, but because of UV being applied, it was scaled down to 1.4 GHz, which is still pretty amazing. The benchmarks run (I know that there are many out there who believe that benchmarks mean nothing) are nothing short of amazing: 57.657 on Linpack, 3088 on Quadrant, and 4433 on Smartbench.
Have you tried this kernel yet? If not, give it a shot and see how you like it. As always, be extra careful when overclocking anything as there is a potential danger for the device to get fried. Have fun!
- overclock to 1.4GHZ (mblaster)
- max bootup clock to 1000 (Cpasjuste)
- min mv: 800, max mv: 1200
- reduce voltages
- update FW for wifi from nvidia to 4.218.248-18
You can find more information in the kernel thread.
Want something published in the Portal? Contact any News Writer.
Notes from the Editor: As per the dev, the kernel runs at 1.6 GHz and bench scores are higher. All of these have been updated in the body of the article.
If you’ve been looking for a solid tablet orientated launcher, look no further as XDA forum member gojimi has written a launcher designed specifically with landscape tablets in mind.
VTL.Launcher is heavily based on ADW.Launcher’s source code (AnderWeb), and gojimi has removed items like the Phone Like dock bar and replaced with a sleek scrollable,drag-able, drop-able,rearrangeable application and shortcut dock.
On the dock, you can drag any Application, Shortcut, Browser Shortcut, Folder etc onto or off of and even drag them to different positions along the bar. Scrolling widgets are fully functional and the Launcher should work on virtually any device.
The XDA dev notes that on non large screen devices, users may need to play around with the desktop column and row numbers in order to correct the layouts.
For more information and to download the beta apk, head on over to the application thread.
April 7, 2011 By: Will Verduzco
Lusting after those ever-present soft keys that Google introduced in Android 3.0 Honeycomb? Luckily, XDA forum member and CyanogenMod developer mad-murdock has been hard at work to stave off your upgraditis. In essence, the developer has added the ubiquitous Android soft keys to the notification bar, which he then moved to the bottom of the screen. Additionally, the full screen event handling has been modified such that the notification bar is now (almost) always present.
List of modifications (green = new since last build)
- Toggle status bar top/bottom via cm settings. Changes position on the fly when setting is toggled.
- Moved carrier and power notifications to bottom for bottom bar
- Created “Tablet tweaks” menu in cm-settings root to gather all tablet related options in one place
- Extended power menu with home/menu/back buttons. toggable on the fly via cm settings
- Custom volume-long-press events (home/back/menu/call/end call/search/start-stop-music/next track/prev track/longpress home)
- Added same options for both-volume-buttons press and long-press
- Fixed status bar xml, so soft buttons now appear as big as the .png file is.
- Solved issue about soft buttons not clickable. Their size is now determined smart by the real size of the buttons
- Added option to move soft-buttons left or right
- Added submenu to choose which soft buttons to display.
- Added Quick-Notification-Area-Soft-Button – instantly opens/closes notification area since swiping it open is a long way on tablets
- Added a Dead-Zone option, so the middle of the status bar is not clickable. Happend a lot before people click it when trying to hit space
- New graphics from Drakknar in extended power menu – thanks!
- Added option to toggle extended power items seperatly
- Added option to reverse power button behavior (switch short-press with long-press action)
- Cleaned up the options and created new submenu
- complelty rewrote volume button handling to handle all our new demands
- integrated Drakknars great new design and wrote code for it
- lotsa tiny fixes / bugfixes
- Added option to disable/override fullscreen
- Added option to disable lockscreen
- Disabled the animated text for ongoing notifications when softbuttons enabled. this “ticker” did hide the soft buttons for a short while
- Used same status bar size for nook color than for vega now. buttons should be bigger and not stretched this way. awaiting complaints about status bar too big
- added hdpi icons for resized statusbar via overlay for vega and encore this way, status bar items dont look blury anymore
- added search button to list of soft-buttons – its off by default
- added long-press to home, back and search soft-button
- extended fullscreen handling: when a fullscreen app is running, an additional
hide-softbutton is displayed. once pressed, the app gets real fullscreen
- added option to choose unhide button for fullscreen
- improved hide-button handling for special situation, like app-starting-app (i.e. astro file mananger starting movie player, which does fullscreen request) and more
- Bugfix release #1
- Bugfix release #2 (aka tt.RC1) removed volume remapping for cm7stable, because source of too many possible bugs considering all the uses of volume buttons + lockscreen disable + reverse
- code cleanup – moved most stuff to Cm classes (CmSystem, CmPhoneWindowManager, CmStatusBarView, CmButtonTracker) – am satisfied with the code now
- improved fullscreen overriding in Window class. not only setFlags, but also setAttributes is intercepted now
- modified stock terminal emulator, so it doesnt crash the system anymore, when disable-fullscreen is selected
- further improved fullscreen handling after all feedback i got. RC2 and probably merge ready code
Want to try it for yourself? Continue on to the original thread to download a build.
If you’ve been looking over enviously at the Notion Ink Adam tablet applications, you’ll be interested to hear that XDA forum member gojimi is currently porting over the apps over to the G-Tablet.
Theoretically, the apps should work on any ROM and so far, the XDA member has posted up 7 applications.
The collection to date includes the Notion Ink Canvas app, Calculator app, stock Browser app, Calendar, Keyboard, Sniffer app, Notion Ink Mail and the tablet version of QuickOffice.
Please note that currently the calendar app has issues – it takes a while to open the first time and may force close, but after this it should work fine. Also the Mail app is an update.zip file which will need to be flashed (like ROMS).
For more information including screenshots of each application, head on over to the forum thread.
If you own a Viewsonic GTab and have Xbox Media Center, XDA forum member WickedStyx has modified the official Android XBMC remote app so that it scales properly on the GTab!
The XBMC remote app is a remote client for Android that lets you connect over WiFi or 3G so that you can control your XBMC from anywhere in the house.
In essence the mod turns your GTab into a huge 10″ remote control!
Features include the status bar which is displayed when using the remote control so that you can use the soft back, menu and home buttons and playback controls on ‘Now Playing’ view scales to screen width.
For more information and to download the apk, take a look at the modification thread.
December 3, 2010 By: mic_888
Have you flashed CM onto your Viewsonic G Tablet? Noticed any battery drain or usage from ‘Cell Standby’?
XDA forum member raydog153 did and decided to put together an update to remove the apks that have to deal with the Android phone system, which of course does not exist on the G Tablet. The XDA member states that the update has only been tested on CM6.1 b4 ROM.
The update removes four apks – Phone, MMS, VoiceDialer and Telephony Provider.
If you’d rather remove manually using root explorer, that is also of course possible, but either way you should backup your system first.
For more information and to download the update, take a look at the forum thread.
November 17, 2010 By: egzthunder1
It looks like things are moving quite nicely already for the Viewsonic G Tablet development area. XDA member wlawyer points us to a very complete tutorial on how to make free calls with the Tablet by using sipdroid, Google Voice, and gizmo5. wlawyer states that the call clarity is not bad, but that a few people have complained about the voice quality being bad on the receiving end. While not perfect, this is indeed a nice alternative to use the Tablet as a phone.
The dev has posted a link to the tutorial in the thread, so please follow it and leave your comments.
Looks like you can use google voice, gizmo5 and sipdroid to make free landline calls with the gtablet too. I am using CM B2 and was able to set things up using the directions I have used before at h ttp://androidcommunity.com/forums/f4/how-to-free-calls-via-wifi-using-google-voice-and-gizmo5-21836/
Keep in mind this is not perfect and I was only calling some after hours mailboxes since its late here but if you turn it to speaker phone it seems we can use our gtabs as a phone as well.
Edit: When I tried to call someone this morning I could here them pretty good but they said my voice was pretty bad though it may be this crappy hotel wireless doing that.
You can find more information in the guide thread.
Want something published in the Portal? Contact any News Writer.
November 17, 2010 By: egzthunder1
It seems that the little green guys keeps taking on different forms and shapes, and as a result of that, we keep finding new places for them to live and prosper. The latest 3 to grace the wonderful xda-developers with their presence are the Motorola Droid Pro, which resembles the offspring of a Blackberry and a Droid, another member of the LG family, the Optimus P500, and finally, our second tablet forum ever the Viewsonic G. Each and everyone of these devices has its unique features that characterize them, which have given them a home on XDA. If you have some ideas, know about some developments going on for any of these, or simply would like to write down your thoughts, make sure that you visit the different fora.