Ben Elliott · Nov 28, 2010 at 06:00 pm

The Weekly Q&A: Week 16

Every week we select 5 questions that we have come across throughout the forum, although they may not be interesting to you and your device(s) it may be useful to someone else with the same question.

Q‘I have an HTC HD7 and five Hotmail accounts used for various things. If I sync my main Hotmail account to login and sync with contacts, can I still set up and access my other four Hotmail accounts on the phone without migrating their contacts into People or messing anything else up?’

AYes, you can. Just add them and then in the settings of the email account choose what you want to sync.

  • Q&A originally posted in the HTC HD7 General forum thread.

Q‘How can I reduce the time that it takes to register my SMS messages as read? Some of my messages are a word or two long and in the time it takes me to read them the phone is still displaying them as new messages as I haven’t had them open for the length of time required to register them as read. Any ideas?’

A Simply use a registry editor to change the HKLM/Software/Jataayu/Messaging – MSFTUnreadCountFlag = x value to something lower.

  • Q&A originally posted in the HTC Leo (HD2) General forum thread.

Q‘I was wondering if there is a simple guide to remove the battery icon completely from the status bar. My search has so far shown me links for sense based roms only. I am currently running enom’s rom and would appreciate a heads up as to the name of the jar or services file within the rom that controls the icons.’

A You could open up the framework res, open the icon files and just erase the contents and resave. Then just make a metamorph with the empty files.

  • Q&A originally posted in the Nexus One Q&A forum thread.

Q‘What exactly is a kernel and what are the benefits in changing it?’

A A kernel is a bridge between the applications and the actual data processing done at the hardware level. The kernel’s responsibilities include managing the system’s resources – the communication between hardware and software components. Flashing different kernels gives you different operating speeds, better battery life, the ability to overclock, and more.

  • Q&A originally posted in the HTC EVO 4G Q&A forum thread.

Q‘Recently I’ve noticed that my EVO 4G is charging from the AC adaptor very slowl (sometimes as little as 2% per hour). Is there something wrong with my phone?’

A The EVO 4G is very power-hungry and as a result will not work well with chargers with a rating lower than 750mA. If you are using a third-party charger this may be the reason why it is not charging effectively.

  • Q&A originally posted in the HTC EVO 4G Q&A forum thread.

If you come across any questions that need to be addressed in next weeks Q&A, feel free to PM any of the News Writers.

Thank you for reading.


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ben_duder is an editor on XDA-Developers, the largest community for Android users. Hi! My name's Ben, and I'm proud to be one of the news writers at xda-developers. I live near London and have spent the last ten years wasting all the money I get my hands on on new gadgets with which to fulfil my technolust. I first got into HTC phones when I found a Lobster 700TV (the HTC Monet) at a very good price, and I'm ashamed to say that I couldn't have cared less about what operating system the phone was running as long as I could watch The Simpsons on the bus. As fellow Monet owners might know, the 'TV' part of the phone's alternate title was somewhat deceiving and was completely abandoned by the service providers in England. However, by then I had already fallen in love with the freedom Windows Mobile had given me. After the Monet came a Universal, with a Touch Pro following that. I've just bought a G1 (yeah, I know, get with the times!) because I'm really interested in Android as a budding operating system and don't think I could ever cope with a 'dumbphone' now that I know what's on offer. Although I haven't contributed much to the site in terms of programming or cooking help, I hope that I can give a bit back by letting you guys know what's new through my articles. If you have any questions, suggestions or complaints about those articles, feel free to get in touch with me via PM using the URL above. View ben_duder's posts and articles here.
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