Posts From David Watt

Unofficial CyanogenMod 10 on the Samsung Galaxy R

The Samsung Galaxy R, a lesser spec'd variant of the Samsung Galaxy S II, was plagued with hardware problems not long after it's release, and production was soon halted. Due to this, it's certainly not one of the busier device forums on XDA. That said, we can report that the Galaxy R has now received...

Terminal Emulator Added to AROMA File Manager

By now we all know what AROMA Installer is and just how useful it has become for ROM developers and end users alike. The recovery-based installation environment has proven to be very popular across all XDA device forums, and is used to customize the installation of ROMS, kernels, and various other mods. And following on from...

PACman ROM Ported to HTC Desire S and Desire HD

We've recently posted a number of articles about a hybrid ROM known as PACman ROM. Originating on the Xperia Ray, it was later ported to the Samsung Galaxy Ace and the Sony Ericsson Xperia Pro. PACrom is now making it's way across a number of other devices on XDA. PACman merges some of the best features from Paranoid Android, AOKP, and CyanogenMod...

Secure Your Android with Picture Password Lockscreen

There are an abundance of various lock screen replacements available for Android, each using a slightly different method of verifying the authenticity of the user---including the standard PIN code or the grid pattern options. Inspired by the Microsoft Windows 8 picture lock screen, XDA Senior member kevdliu has developed something a little more unique. Picture Password Lockscreen is a lock screen...

Init.d Support for Any Rooted Phone

Init.d plays an important role in the world of Android development and customization  It allows users to install scripts and mods to be run at boot---everything from battery tweaks to performance tweaks. It essentially opens the door to a world of mods only possible through the Init.d process, which in turn is usually only available on custom kernels. XDA Senior...

Verizon Galaxy Tab 2 7″ Bootloader Unlocked

We all know that Verizon seems to have some kind of fear of unlocked bootloaders, as is evident on their Samsung Galaxy S III and Galaxy Tab 2. We also know that XDA's developers and device owners alike have a hatred of locked bootloaders, so there has to be some give at one point or...

Floating Touch on the Samsung Galaxy S Plus

Floating Touch is a rather unique and impressive feature that was initially introduced by Sony on the Xperia Sola. It basically allows the user to "touch the screen without touching the screen."  Hovering your finger over the screen, the device interprets this as a touch. This is done by making use of the sensitive capacitive touch panels found...

dSploit: Android-Based Network Penetration Suite

Have you ever wanted to dabble in network security testing? Or just simply test the security of your home network? If so, XDA Forum Member evilsocket may just have the application for you. dSploit is an Android based network penetration suite. A comprehensive set of tools which can be used by anyone in order to perform a number of advanced network related...

Stock Data Usage Monitor Hidden in Android Gingerbread

Those of you running later versions of Android such as Ice Cream Sandwich or Jelly Bean have probably noticed the useful data usage monitor. What most people won't realize is that the basic framework for this data monitor is also included in Gingerbread. XDA Senior Member tweakradje decided to start digging around in Phone.apk to see if anything resembling a data...

HTC Hero Receives TWRP Port

The HTC Hero seems to be one of those HTC device that never completely loses it's following. A few weeks ago, we reported on the HTC Hero receiving both Jelly Bean and Ice Cream Sandwich ports.  To further back this up, we can report that the Hero has also received a TWRP (Team Win Recovery Project) port....

Goodbye Fingerprints: Enable Floating Touch on the Sola

The Sony Xperia Sola comes with a rather unique feature. One of it's stock wallpapers exploits the extreme sensitivity of the screen and allows user interaction with the wallpaper without having to physically touch the screen. While this is a rather impressive novelty, it doesn't serve any real purpose. XDA Senior Member neectron has managed to unlock this so called...

Synchronize Backup and Restore Android Devices with AndSync

We're all no doubt aware of the numerous apps available on Google Play that assist in the backup and restore of apps and data. They are a vital tool in the Android ROM flasher's toolkit. XDA Senior Member wizwin has come up with an alternative, but somewhat more unique method of backup up apps and data. AndSync is a Perl script...