Will Verduzco · Mar 14, 2011 at 12:00 am

The Weekly Q&A: Week 28

As part of our regular Q&A session here on the XDA-Developers portal, I’ll be covering some questions and issues frequently seen here in the world of XDA.

Q: Has anyone successfully used the “in store network” on their Nook Color, rooted or otherwise? [Question originally seen in the Nook Color General section.]

A: Yes, it should work. However, several users are reporting problems even on stock, unrooted devices. Additionally, this feature will certainly not work if you’re on a radically different ROM like CyanogenMod7.

Q: What is the maximum number of IP addresses that can be assigned while using the built-in WiFi Hotspot in the Nexus One? [Question originally seen in the Nexus One Q&A Section.]

A: Android 2.2+ Native Hotspot capabilities currently supports up to 8 connected devices.

Q: So for an upcoming April Fool’s joke I want to get my N1 to look like iOS. Any suggestions as far as ROMs and themes go? Icon packs should be easy to find. I’m pretty sure I could toy around with LauncherPro to get the general look, but the key to a good April Fools is in the details. That includes the Notification bar and some of the built in apps (Dialer, email, etc.) if possible. Splash and bootanimations would help too. [Question originally seen in the Nexus One Q&A Section.]

A: MIUI is probably the closest you will get to the iOS experience on an Android device. Several MIUI ROMs can be found for the Nexus One in the Nexus One Development Forum.

Q: How can I overclock My Nexus S to 1.2 GHz? [Question originally seen in the Nexus S Q&A Section.]

A: The first step in overclocking your device is to download a modified kernel, which allows for higher clock speeds, usually using higher voltages. For the Google Nexus S, the three most popular kernels currently in use are Morfic’s (for Android 2.3.2 or below only) and Netarchy’s kernels. Morfic also has a new 1.4 GHz overclock kernel that is compatible with Android 2.3.3 and also incorporates the Honeycomb boot animation found in the Motorola Xoom. After the modified kernel is installed, you need to install a program that activates the overclock that you enabled in the kernel. Many users favor SetCPU (also available on the Android Market) for this purpose.

Q: “On my Nexus S (2.3.2 stock rom) when I press Phone Icon always opens Favorites’ Tab. I’d like to open the dialer (Phone’s Tab). Can I change this default behavior? [Question originally seen in the Nexus S Q&A Section.]

A: The solution, as reported by user Chuckao in this post, is as follows:

1 – On home screen press Menu
2 – Open Manage apps
3 – Click on Dialer (the green Phone Icon)
4 – On section “Launch by default” click on “Clear defaults” button
5 – Go to home screen again (press Home button)
6 – Open the dialer and open Phone tab
7 – Dial any number and press the green phone icon to call this number
8 – At this moment you will see the dialog message “Complete action using” (Dialer or SkypeOut) — Humm..I have Skype installed here.
9 – Choose the Dialer and check the box “Use by default for this action” and save.
10 – Now you can hang up and smile
11 – Press Phone Icon again and you will see the Dialer instead of Favorites Tab or Call Log Tab.

That about wraps it up for this week’s session. Stay tuned for more news and Q&A sessions! As always, if you have any suggestions for stories or questions that we should cover, please feel free to send me (or any other News Writer) a private message.


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Will Verduzco

willverduzco is an editor on XDA-Developers, the largest community for Android users. Will Verduzco is the Portal Administrator for the XDA-Developers Portal. He has been addicted to mobile technology since the HTC Wizard. But starting with the Nexus One, his gadget love affair shifted to Google's little green robot. He is also a Johns Hopkins University graduate in neuroscience and is now currently studying to become a physician. View willverduzco's posts and articles here.
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