… But damned if it isn’t cool to see the original Android phone from late 2008 getting some custom Jelly Bean love. Yes, it’s slow (sloooow), unstable, and the hardware’s prehistoric, but it’s Jelly Bean — based on a port of CyanogenMod 10 — and it’s running on the T-Mobile G1 (aka HTC Dream). See the full preview video from the developers above, or check the forum thread linked below if you fancy firing up your G1 for old time’s sake and flashing this custom ROM.
Have you recently picked up a shiny new HTC One S and have noticed that the GPS seems to lock-on rather slow? This isn’t a largely widespread complaint but when something can be improved the Android dev community will never shy from a challenge. Thanks to senior XDA member, MacroHD, we now have a flashable fix for you rooted users and has been proven to speed up the phone’s GPS lock. Simply download the file that pertains to the country you have service in and flash that zip through your custom recovery. One thing should be mentioned, though. MacroHD says that the fix will not be instantaneous because your device needs to redownload new A-GPS data. You can either flash the fix while you have a data connection and be patient for the device to update itself, or you can simply download the new A-GPS data yourself. To do this you will just need to grab the GPS Status app from the Play Store and use that to manually install the A-GPS data yourself. Easy enough!
Hit the source link for your appropriate download and further details. As always, it is safest to make a backup before you flash anything to your device! Good Luck and let us know how it goes!
I have to give a big thanks to the guys at XDA, as they have done it again. Kennethpenn has posted a very simple way to root your HTC One X and the HTC One XL. With a few easy steps you will be on your way to enjoying the sweet rewards that come with rooting your device. Custom ROMs, no bloatware, and improved battery life just to name a few. With that being said, I must remind you, rooting your phone voids your warranty, and all the blame is solely on you should something go wrong.
If you’re still reading this and want to know more, click on the source link below for all the instructions. I would also like to thank sparkym3 for the exploit and crisis187 for being a brave tester. We want to know in the comments below, how many of you plan to try this?
Chances are that the majority of Sprint’s Epic 4G Touch users are not bored with their phone just yet. However if you are craving a little ICS flavor in your life, you may want to consider this. XDA developer sfhub has just leaked a near official build (FD24) of ICS for the Sprint GSII variant that can be enjoyed via the one-click install method for rooted devices or simply flashing a zip file on non-rooted devices that are currently on Gingerbread version EL29. As always, proceed with caution when it comes to altering software on your own, but I dare say that it’ll be worth the trouble in the end. Hit the source link below for instructions and more info.
An XDA forum member named rodrigojfuentes has come up with a method to root all Motorola phones that are currently running Gingerbread. If you have a computer running Linux, you’re ready to get started. PC and Mac users will need to run a Linux virtual machine to continue. From the command line, you just run a few commands, alter a few files, flash, and voilá… root attained! Ready to get started? You should visit XDA forum.
Source: xda forums
Much has been said about the HTC One X‘s supposedly outstanding camera, and we’ve seen amazing photographs from it as well as some mediocre ones. It seems the camera can take exceptional images in the right conditions but some of the built-in limitations may be holding it back from true greatness.
Enter the HQ Camera For One X mod. This tweaked camera, by XDA member NODO-GT, removes these limitations, unlocking the camera’s true potential. What limitations are we talking about?
For one, the stock software limits 1080p video compression to a maximum of 10Mbps. This mod raises that to 20Mbps, meaning video will look much sharper and contain less compression artifacts. Photographs can also now be taken with zero compression, generating larger, and much sharper looking JPEG files. To accommodate for the larger file sizes, the mod also removes any image size limitations that existed in the stock software.
This mod was in open beta, but due to some reports of crashes and bugs, the download link has been removed and the developer is asking for private testers. Installing it requires an unlocked and rooted One X. The developer says a version for the One S should be available soon.
This is the second useful mod we’ve seen for the One X, with the first being the fix for the battery issue. Great to see the mod community going full-force on HTC’s new flagship. Hopefully, some of these improvements can make their way in to HTC’s official updates in the future.
Seems HTC has made a tiny boo-boo in their One X software, which causes the battery on their new flagship to drain a bit more than it should. Luckily, XDA developer mike1986 has discovered the issue while working on a custom ROM for the device and has released a method for fixing the problem, with some users claiming an increase of 10%-20% in battery life.
Apparently, an app known as NvCPLSvc.apk was placed in the /system/bin directory on the phone, but it actually belongs in the /system/app directory. This one little slip-up caused the Tegra 3 power management software to not work properly. The fix is to move the file to the proper directory and change the file’s permissions appropriately. This can all be done using ADB to push the file to the right place on the handset, or by using a root-aware file explorer on the device to move the file and change the permissions.
Or, if you don’t want to root, you can wait for HTC’s official fix, assuming HTC includes the fix with the next update.
April 22 appears to be a big day because not only is that the day Verizon‘s $30 upgrade fee is kicking in but that may be the day that the HTC One XL drops as well as the Inspire 4G reaching its EOL or end of life. According to leaked photos web-based training (WBT) has started at AT&T for the One XL. Another leaked photo (below) shows that the Inspire 4G will see its EOL on the 22nd of this month. The leaked photo above (as well as the one below) is thanks to XDA member EGBTMagus.
It was also said that an HTC Rep previously stated that the Vivid would replace the Inspire at its listed price point and the ONE XL would take over the Vivid’s old price point. The One XL, like the One X, is said to be delayed until May 6th. Until the day the official announcement breaks however, nothing can be confirmed. If it’s true though we should see the HTC flagship phone within the month. Keep it locked here as we will update you as the story breaks. Stay tuned!
Now here’s a cool one for you tablet users that like to tweak the appearance of your UI! XDA member BroBot175 has created a Metro UI theme for all tablets running Honeycomb or ICS! The theme is a fully functioning replica of Windows 8 that allows you to create your own tiles, and organize them however you want.
I flashed this theme over a week ago on my Galaxy Tab when the project was in its infancy and now its gotten polished enough for daily use. BroBot175 has even recently added support all ICS and Honeycomb tablets because he was getting so many requests for added support. Just like any other theme you simply flash in ClockworkMod Recovery and will then have to transfer over the tile images to get started. Set-up can take a while because you have to plot out every single tile using Desktop Visualizer widgets but if you follow the devs step by step instructions you should have no problems at all. So for those of you who like to customize the look of your device and want something completely different than the ICS or Honeycomb layout, you really should check this theme out! Hit the source link below to get started.
Ah yes the ASUS Transformer Prime. The tablet is easily one of the best available, but sadly was plagued with some minor GPS issues and subpar performance. ASUS did make everything good by releasing a much-needed software update, but ASUS is trying to take yet another step to show that it’s a force to be reckoned with in the Android world. It seems that ASUS has been in direct communication with XDA and has stated it:
“Will be releasing a dongle shortly that will address the GPS function and be a fully usable GPS that will lock onto many satellites and keep their lock with wi-fi active”.
Oh and ASUS has pledged this GPS dongle will be ”provided for free” by mid-April. ASUS Transformer owners are certainly a lucky bunch. It almost wants to make you trade up and get a TF Prime just for the cool dongle, doesn’t it? We’re all on the lookout for that dongle ASUS.