» Tips http://androinica.com Google Android phones, news and apps Fri, 17 Jan 2014 18:41:45 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.5.1 Verizon Samsung Galaxy S III bootloader can be unlocked thanks to devs http://androinica.com/2012/08/verizon-samsung-galaxy-s-iii-bootloader-can-be-unlocked-thanks-to-devs/ http://androinica.com/2012/08/verizon-samsung-galaxy-s-iii-bootloader-can-be-unlocked-thanks-to-devs/#comments Thu, 16 Aug 2012 02:43:17 +0000 Natesh Sood http://androinica.com/?p=45411

Out of the four major American carriers, Verizon was the only one who required a locked bootloader on its version of the Samsung Galaxy S III.  Naturally, this upset many developers and Android enthusiasts who enjoy flashing custom ROMs.  As…

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Out of the four major American carriers, Verizon was the only one who required a locked bootloader on its version of the Samsung Galaxy S III.  Naturally, this upset many developers and Android enthusiasts who enjoy flashing custom ROMs.  As many expected, however, it would be only a matter of time before deft developers would be able to create a method to unlock the bootloader.  That day has come.

According to an XDA-Developers post by AdamOutler, an unsecure bootloader can be installed onto the Verizon Galaxy S III leaving you open to flash custom ROMs through Odin.  Getting access to the bootloader and unlocking it is the first major step in flashing custom ROMs and this is a great feat by devs.

In order to unlock the bootloader on your GS3, you will have to follow the instructions in the link below and apply it running Mac OS X or Linux.

As always, proceed at your own discretion, attempting to unlock the bootloader will void your warranty and could brick your device if done improperly.  Also, AdamOutler mentions several times to never accept a Verizon official software update after unlocking the bootloader as it will brick your device.

I guess there’s no need for that Developer Edition Galaxy S III on Verizon Wireless — thanks anyway Samsung.

[XDA-Developers]

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8 months later, I finally rooted my Verizon Galaxy Nexus because WugFresh makes it too easy not to http://androinica.com/2012/07/8-months-later-i-finally-rooted-my-verizon-galaxy-nexus-because-wugfresh-makes-it-too-easy-not-to/ http://androinica.com/2012/07/8-months-later-i-finally-rooted-my-verizon-galaxy-nexus-because-wugfresh-makes-it-too-easy-not-to/#comments Thu, 12 Jul 2012 19:33:00 +0000 Andrew Kameka http://androinica.com/?p=44554

Rooting my phone and then flashing a custom ROM is something I’ve done on every Android device – except my Galaxy Nexus until 16 hours ago. The Nexus was the first phone I’ve ever used to provide access to every…

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Rooting my phone and then flashing a custom ROM is something I’ve done on every Android device – except my Galaxy Nexus until 16 hours ago. The Nexus was the first phone I’ve ever used to provide access to every feature that I wanted or needed, so I never felt the urge to bother trying to fix something that already works.

But then Android Jelly Bean came out and I got hooked. It was annoying to use the 4.1 on a HSPA+ Nexus that I got at I/O, and then be stuck on 4.0.4 on my CDMA/LTE. When I thought about how long it took Verizon to deliver 4.0.4, I said, “To hell with that, I’m flashing something on here.”

That’s when I came across WugFresh’s Root Toolkit, a Windows program that made it too damn easy for me not to give in to my root desires. The toolkit connects to the phone through USB and then guides users through a step-by-step process with no heavy lifting. My phone was rooted and unlocked within 20 minutes.

The process was so easy that I’m going to repeat the steps again in a few hours with my Nexus 7. I’m able to do this of course because the toolkit supports all modern Nexus devices, including the GSM and CDMA/LTE variants. You can get all the files and info you need here.

So why now after all this time did I decide to root?

I like to think it was the perfect storm of motivation, opportunity, and assistance. Wug’s kit made it incredibly easy, even for a rusty user like me who hasn’t done any tinkering in months. I wasn’t about to put up with Verizon dragging its feet on the Jelly Bean update, and I’ve heard great things about Peter Alfonso’s Bugless Beast, so it just felt like the right time.

Flashing custom ROM’s is not something that I recommend to most users. It requires paying extra attention to detail and changes in the dev scene, and doesn’t always provide the extra features that will appeal to you. I reached a point where being unwilling to wait made sense for me to dive back in, but I’ve got a lot of reading and catching up to do before I revert to my old ways of flashing a new ROM every time the moon changes. Be sure to think about why you’re rooting and if what you’ll gain is worth the effort, and always pay attention to instructions. Thankfully, there are tools that make the process far less daunting than when I first started.

[WugFresh] Thanks, Randy!

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CyanogenMod team reveals plans for CM10 — Jelly Bean ROM http://androinica.com/2012/07/cyanogenmod-team-reveals-plans-for-cm10-jelly-bean-rom/ http://androinica.com/2012/07/cyanogenmod-team-reveals-plans-for-cm10-jelly-bean-rom/#comments Fri, 06 Jul 2012 04:15:33 +0000 Natesh Sood http://androinica.com/?p=44284

Ever since Google Android 4.1 Jelly Bean was officially announced, many Android enthusiasts turned to CyanogenMod and other developers in order to find out when a custom ROM based on Android 4.1 would be available for their device.

Today, CyanogenMod…

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Ever since Google Android 4.1 Jelly Bean was officially announced, many Android enthusiasts turned to CyanogenMod and other developers in order to find out when a custom ROM based on Android 4.1 would be available for their device.

Today, CyanogenMod has publicly confirmed via its Google+ page that Android 4.1 will be known as CM10.  Android 4.0 was CM9 and Android 2.3 was CM7.  Now, the CyanogenMod team is interested in producing a stable CM9 mod and leaving it at that.  CM7 and CM10 will be the only mods being supported once the stable CM9 is achieved.

The reasoning here is that any device with CM9 at this time will almost be guaranteed a CM10 mod when it is available.  Some devices in the market today have hardware limitations that render it incapable to operate anything higher than CM7.

Now, the ETA for CM10 is unknown.  CM10 only offers that it will be ready “when it’s ready.”  If your device is rooted and running a custom ROM of CM9, then it is only a matter of time before CM10 is ready to roll-out to your device.

[Google+]

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Google Now hack enables use on rooted devices with AOSP ROM’s (US English only) http://androinica.com/2012/07/google-now-hack-enables-use-on-rooted-devices-with-aosp-roms-us-english-only/ http://androinica.com/2012/07/google-now-hack-enables-use-on-rooted-devices-with-aosp-roms-us-english-only/#comments Tue, 03 Jul 2012 21:15:55 +0000 Andrew Kameka http://androinica.com/?p=44202

I have a love affair going on with Google Now. Though the Nexus 7 and Jelly Bean as a whole got all the headlines at I/O last week, Google’s new voice search and command feature has easily become my favorite…

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I have a love affair going on with Google Now. Though the Nexus 7 and Jelly Bean as a whole got all the headlines at I/O last week, Google’s new voice search and command feature has easily become my favorite announcement to emerge from I/O. (Expect to read more on that in a day or two.)

Now, I’m happy to see that more people will get to experience it even if they don’t yet have Jelly Bean. Android users who are among the elite with access to a rooted Ice Cream Sandwich AOSP ROM can load up Google Now by making a few adjustments. Yes, there are already Jelly Bean ROM’s available to flash now, but not everyone is ready to switch from their current stable software of choice. If you just want to try out JB’s best feature, the folks over at XDA have managed to deliver it with some build prop editing.

XDA developer febycv found a way to load Google Now on a rooted ICS ROM by taking the following steps:

  • Open Root Explorer & navigate to /system
  • Now Open build.prop in Text Editor.
  • Edit ro.build.version.sdk = 16 & save.
  • Now go to /system/app & Rename GoogleQuickSearchBox.apk to GoogleQuickSearchBox.apk1
  • Now reboot & install the app from the download link.
  • Now edit build.prop & change ro.build.version.sdk = 15 & reboot.

If that all sound like gibberish to you, you probably aren’t rooted and need to start at the basics for your particular device. But if you understood that procedure, visit the XDA thread to get the required files and get started.

Please keep in mind that this works only with AOSP ROM’s – do not load this if you do not have an AOSP-based ROM. Also remember that Google Now works only for US English, so it will be of little value to non-English speakers.

[XDA] via AndroidPipe Thanks, Erwin!

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Any.do releases Chrome extension that links with kick ass to do list app for Android http://androinica.com/2012/06/any-do-chrome-extension/ http://androinica.com/2012/06/any-do-chrome-extension/#comments Sun, 03 Jun 2012 20:49:25 +0000 Andrew Kameka http://androinica.com/?p=43095

Any.Do ranks among the best Android to do list managers around. The gesture-based task manager that we raved about is simple but…

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Any.Do ranks among the best Android to do list managers around. The gesture-based task manager that we raved about is simple but sophisticated enough to match most competitors, and it also syncs with Google Tasks.

One of the few potholes in the Any.Do system was the lack of a web client to view and adds tasks. While it’s incredibly useful to be able to link with a Google Tasks account, adding new items from the GCal or Gmail websites hasn’t always been the smoothest process. That’s no longer a concern thanks to a new Chrome extension that always puts Any.Do within a mouse’s reach on the desktop.

Any.Do’s new Chrome extension rests in the top right corner, so it’s easy to create new tasks that may come to you based on email correspondence or web browsing. The extension features autocompletion to suggest what you might need, as well as notes, priority, and reminders associated with each task. The extension then syncs with the Any.Do Android app to ensure smooth task management on any device.

The great thing about the Any.Do Chrome extension is that it allows for the continued sync with Google Tasks (as long as you set-up sync through an Android device), so users don’t have to abandon GTasks. A more complete HTML5 web client is on the way, but the the Chrome extension is available for use now. Download Any.Do for Chrome and then grab the Android app from Google Play to gain control of your to do list.


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MultiPicture Live Wallpaper is a great way to spice up your phone http://androinica.com/2012/04/multipicture-live-wallpaper-is-a-great-way-to-spice-up-your-phone/ http://androinica.com/2012/04/multipicture-live-wallpaper-is-a-great-way-to-spice-up-your-phone/#comments Mon, 23 Apr 2012 16:05:10 +0000 michaelian http://androinica.com/?p=41926

Attention all chronic themers and phone hackers! You know who you are. You venture the deepest recess of the internet to find that single wallpaper that will make your lockscreen look spiffy. You change wallpapers more than you change your…

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Attention all chronic themers and phone hackers! You know who you are. You venture the deepest recess of the internet to find that single wallpaper that will make your lockscreen look spiffy. You change wallpapers more than you change your outfit, and your phone rings to your favorite song. With an OS that allows you to change small and intricate details, there’s bound to be an overload. Thanks to an app called MultiPicture Live Wallpaper however, you can quell your chronic wallpaper changing behavior.

With popular apps like Zedge, Flikie Wallpapers HD, the number of wallpapers stored in your phone will eventually double and even triple in numbers. Changing them daily can be pain as it can takes a number of steps consisting of taps, crops and pinches before you can actually apply the image. There are times it may not even look as you hoped, forcing you to repeat the steps all over. With MultiPicture Live Wallpaper however, you can dump all the images in one folder and watch as your background scrolls between them.

One of the greatest things that the live wallpaper brings is smart cropping. Tablet users are in for a luck. As any Honeycomb or Ice cream Sandwich users know, changing a wallpaper on the tablets lead to some undesired cropping. The OS treats the app drawer as an extension of the wallpaper similar to swiping left and right on the home screen, and this leads to a weird size requirement that more often than not, produce blurry images. With MultiPicture Live Wallpaper, it forces the desired wallpaper to fit the tablets size and prevents cropping.

Another visual treat the app carries is allowing users to set different images for different screens. On one screen you may be able to dedicate the space for all your music needs – widgets and apps with an appropriate music background for a wallpaper. Scroll right and the background image changes to your favorite movie wallpaper – complete with dedicated movie widgets and apps. You can do this to a number of screens with different images. If you’ve never seen this in motion, it’s quite nice to look at.

MultiPicture Live Wallpaper also hosts a number of customization. From transition, double tap to scroll through your wallpapers, and even pull photos from Picasa Web Album. If you’ve been looking for ways to spice up your Android smartphone, consider downloading the app. Best of all, it’s free.

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Instagram fixes import and camera crashes, custom camera apps can improve experience [TIPS] http://androinica.com/2012/04/instagram-fixes-import-and-camera-crashes-custom-camera-apps-can-improve-experience-tips/ http://androinica.com/2012/04/instagram-fixes-import-and-camera-crashes-custom-camera-apps-can-improve-experience-tips/#comments Thu, 05 Apr 2012 17:57:24 +0000 Andrew Kameka http://androinica.com/?p=41693

The Instagram Android app debuted only three days ago and it’s already been updated twice. The latest update is an important one that addresses two of the biggest complaints

The Instagram Android app debuted only three days ago and it’s already been updated twice. The latest update is an important one that addresses two of the biggest complaints I brought up in the review: camera crashes and failure to import.

Instagram previously crashed whenever I attempted to import from cloud services like Picasa, and some users even reported crashes when importing local files from the Gallery app. Instagram is now able to import those photos. It also doesn’t crash nearly as much when trying to start the camera. Some devices may still mess up, but the list of problem phones is falling thanks to this and a couple of other bug fixes.

One thing Instagram hasn’t been able to address is that a number of Android users have grown fond of the customization options available in other apps. The improved import feature enables more people to use another app and then post to Instagram. However, there’s a way to interact directly with your camera app of choice depending on which app you use.

  1. Open Instagram and go to the Settings menu
    (Tap the right button > tap the buttons in the top right on the next screen)
  2. Select ‘Camera settings’
  3. Disable ‘Use Instagram advanced camera’
  4. Go to take a picture and select Camera
  5. Choose the camera app you prefer

Not all apps will work, but I managed to get this to work with the default camera, Lightbox, and Vignette. Download the latest version of Instagram from Google Play to get these bug fixes and see if your app works.

ATTENTION

Once you’ve got your beautiful image, be sure to tag your Instagram photo with #canvaspoplovesAndroid and you could win a free 12 x 12 canvas of your favorite image. Get more details here.

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ICS update for AT&T Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket leaks out, seems to be fully functional http://androinica.com/2012/03/ics-update-for-att-samsung-galaxy-s-ii-skyrocket-leaks-out-seems-to-be-fully-functional/ http://androinica.com/2012/03/ics-update-for-att-samsung-galaxy-s-ii-skyrocket-leaks-out-seems-to-be-fully-functional/#comments Mon, 26 Mar 2012 09:27:30 +0000 Adrian Diaconescu http://androinica.com/?p=41257

Even though we all expected to see most of today’s high-end Android smartphones already updated to Ice Cream Sandwich, a surprisingly wide number of devices have still been left behind and are continuing to enrage mobile users.

The Galaxy S…

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Even though we all expected to see most of today’s high-end Android smartphones already updated to Ice Cream Sandwich, a surprisingly wide number of devices have still been left behind and are continuing to enrage mobile users.

The Galaxy S II Skyrocket is probably one of the coolest Android-based smartphones you could own right now and its ICS upgrade looks finally set to be made official. However, if you aren’t willing to wait for a few more days (or weeks), a leaked update is now available on the Internet and can be downloaded from RootzWiki.

Sure, the leaked update is not one hundred percent safe and stable, but according to some feedback from pretty much anyone who tried it for size, it looks like it could actually be a legit upgrade and not something whipped out by hackers in a rush to get some online glory.

Everything seems to be working properly for the time being on the ICS-flavored S II Skyrocket, including NFC capabilities and Google Wallet functionality. On the other hand, you should know that the upgrade is only for AT&T’s Skyrocket, so if you own T-Mobile’s variant of the smartphone, you should in fact not try to install the update and wait for the OTA (over-the-air) software set to come really, really soon.

What’s interesting and odd at the same time is that the build date for this leak is March 14, which is almost two weeks back. That means that someone had the software on his hands for all this time and let you Skyrocket adopters suffer and ache waiting for so long. Not cool, guys, so not cool!

Hit the source link below to download the update from RootzWiki, but once again keep in mind that there are certain risks in downloading and installing unofficial software packages. In other words, if anything happens to your handheld, don’t come knocking on our door and try to get us to pay for your damaged smartphone, because it’s all on you!

Via

 

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Will my phone get Ice Cream Sandwich through CM9? Here’s a chart to guess http://androinica.com/2012/03/will-my-phone-get-ice-cream-sandwich-through-cm9-heres-a-chart-to-guess/ http://androinica.com/2012/03/will-my-phone-get-ice-cream-sandwich-through-cm9-heres-a-chart-to-guess/#comments Thu, 15 Mar 2012 17:15:57 +0000 Andrew Kameka http://androinica.com/?p=40938

Since Android phone makers started confirming which phones will be updated to Android 4.0 – whether by directly naming them or through unwittingly confirming by saying nothing – people have turned to the ROM community as their last hope. The…

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Since Android phone makers started confirming which phones will be updated to Android 4.0 – whether by directly naming them or through unwittingly confirming by saying nothing – people have turned to the ROM community as their last hope. The next major release from CyanogenMod, a million-strong ROM community, is based on Android 4.0 and is likely to be a popular fix for many devices.

Not surprising, the same people who asked will my phone get Ice Cream Sandwich are now asking will my phone get CyanogenMod 9? To deal with that issue, The CM team has posted a handy flow chart to provide a little clarity on what type of devices can expect to not be supported for CM9.

Please note that this is not definitive or all-inclusive because the team of developers who build CyanogenMod are still testing and working on a variety of devices making sure things meet their standards. Things could change, but the group wants to provide some context clues about which devices likely won’t see an official CM9 release.

The chart shows that any device lacking 512 MB RAM or higher is not getting CM9. The odds also decrease based on manufacture and chipset vendor support, so take a look at the chart and look up the specifics of your phone to determine how likely you are to be supported. There’s a big difference between 50 and 5 percent, but a chance is a chance. (That’s why I said this chart is more about who won’t get CM9 than it is who will get it.)

There’s also a Google+ post discussing the issue. Do yourself a favor and actually look at the chart and look up the specs on your phone rather than ask “What about the ___?” because the entire point of the chart is that the CM team doesn’t want to individually answer for every single device. And remember that even though CM9 might not be made available, there are going to be derivatives of the ROM or other AOSP-based choices for your device.

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Nook Tablet gets first Ice Cream Sandwich taste with CyanogenMod 9 Alpha http://androinica.com/2012/03/nook-tablet-gets-first-ice-cream-sandwich-taste-with-cyanogenmod-9-alpha/ http://androinica.com/2012/03/nook-tablet-gets-first-ice-cream-sandwich-taste-with-cyanogenmod-9-alpha/#comments Wed, 07 Mar 2012 14:46:26 +0000 Adrian Diaconescu http://androinica.com/?p=40557

Even though it has been released for some time, Android’s latest version, 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, runs on very few devices. Actually, as we found out yesterday from the past

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Even though it has been released for some time, Android’s latest version, 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, runs on very few devices. Actually, as we found out yesterday from the past two weeks’ Android Platform Versions chart, ICS accounted for only 1.6 percent of Android Market visits made during that period.

And if the guys at Google are only making baby steps in officially updating their devices, independent developers all over the web are putting a great deal of time in bringing ICS to many gadgets. The latest Android-based device to get an unofficial Ice Cream Sandwich port is the Nook Tablet, the Gingerbread-operated slate released last November.

The first alpha development of CyanogenMod 9 for the Nook Tablet can now be downloaded from the Xda developers’ forum, but is still rough around the edges and is ‘’not intended to be used by non-developers and those unwilling to accept full responsibility for any untoward consequences from using the software’’.

That being said, if you are a developer or if you just know your way around such unofficial software packages, you should know that there are in fact a bunch of features and functions that work in this first CM9 alpha build.

You can surf the web pretty smoothly, you can play a couple of games, download apps, read books, listen to music, use the touchscreen pretty much ‘’at capacity’’ and even adjust the display’s brightness level.

The list of non-working functions and features is also pretty generous, but at least as far as I’m concerned, is very short for an alpha build of such a complicated ROM. The microphone, Bluetooth, FM radio, hw composition, hw video decoding don’t work for the time being and the device also has a tendency to fall asleep and fail to wake up from time to time, according to the guys at Liliputing.

All of these problems are set to be solved soon enough and if you want to contribute to this software’s development, you should know that the team behind this project is in desperate need of developers who know their way around the OMAP 4 platform and Android.

Hit this XDA Developers forum link for instructions on how to download CM9 Alpha for the Nook Tablet, but especially if you are interested in giving a hand to the project’s development.

 

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