Posts From liwen

Nokia Comments On Lumia 800 Battery Life Issues, Promises Update

According to an official statement published on Nokia's support forums (via WMPoweruser), some early Lumia 800 models have a firmware issue that negatively affects battery life by rendering the device unable "to access the full battery capacity". However, since this is a software problem, it can be easily fixed with an update, which Nokia has...

Samsung Galaxy Mini Gets ICS Port

The higher-end devices aren't the only ones that can partake in the Ice Cream Sandwich feast. Those with the minimum-spec'ed Samsung Galaxy Mini can now download and flash a CM9-ICS based ROM with everything working except the Live Wallpaper, plus some glitches with the camera. To download the ROM, continue on to the discussion thread.

Easily Install Google Wallet onto Galaxy Nexus with an APK

While Google Wallet isn't yet available for devices with an NFC chip, like the Nexus S and Galaxy Nexus, there have been some workarounds that required you to root your device, then install an update at the bootloader level. Now, Google Wallet, in most cases, can be installed with a simple APK, whether you have...

Motorola Xoom Gets Android 4.0.3 Port

XDA member razorbladex401 has managed to get Android 4.0.3 working on the Motorola Xoom WiFi just a short time after Google made the new software available. The port lacks camera functionality, plus there are certain issues with green coloring on the screen at times. For download links and instructions, hit the discussion thread. Or, if you have the...

Nexus S Gets Official ICS Upgrade

Many Nexus S owners have already loaded an unofficial AOSP Android 4.0 port onto their device. But starting now, you can get the official Android 4.0.3 Ice Cream Sandwich upgrade for the Nexus S. All you have to do is grab the files from the discussion thread, follow a few steps, and you'll be ready...

Android 4.0.3 Announced

As with any new major release of software, it's only a matter of time until there are some incrimental updates to squash bugs and performance issues present in the original version. Such is the case with Android Ice Cream Sandwich, which is due to get a bump from 4.0.1. to 4.0.3. This new version will...

Bug Crashes WP7 Messaging Hub (And More) Via Text

On Monday, a reader of WinRumors.com discovered a pretty nasty bug in Windows Phone 7's messaging hub: upon receiving a special text, either through SMS, Facebook chat or Windows Live Messenger, the device will automatically reboot, and the messaging hub cannot be opened anymore. Only a hard reset will fix this. For a demonstration, watch...

Reclaim Android Search Permanent Button on Galaxy Nexus

The Galaxy Nexus has on-screen buttons and no hardware buttons. With this new interface, Google decided to not include the search button with the other permanent hardware buttons. But what if you want to be able to access search from any application? Fortunately, paulobrien has come up with the solution. He's released a set of...

Modify Stock Launcher on Galaxy Nexus to Add More Icons

Previously we posted about a way to remove the persistent Google search bar that is present on all screens of Ice Cream Sandwich by disabling the Google Search app. XDA Recognized Developer djmcnz has taken this concept as step further to allow you to place icons in place of the Google search bar, which wasn't...

Editorial: What Does the Future Hold for WebOS?

Since HP announced yesterday that it would contribute WebOS to the open source community, there's been a lot of uncertainty as to its future. Of course, it's nice to have another open source platform, and yes, WebOS hasn't been killed off, so that's the good news; what this means for the platform, developers, and, ultimately,...

Opera Mini Running on Windows Phone 7

No, Opera didn't suddenly release a WP7-version of their mobile browser. Instead, our recognized developer ultrashot has managed to port the Windows Mobile version to make it work on fully unlocked Windows Phone 7 devices. What is it? That's Opera Mini 5.1 initially built for Windows Mobile. I've just added an extra layer that makes it running. The...

Former Google Engineer Explains Why Android’s UI is Laggy

You may have read our recent article about a post written by Dianne Hackborn, a Google engineer, in which she clarifies some issues concerning hardware acceleration in Android. In short, even though Android has had "full" hardware acceleration for its UI since Honeycomb, there are still lots of other issues that prevent it from being...