HTC One X: Mod for disabling the in-app 3-dot Menu Bar or remap it to Recent Apps

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The Ice Cream Sandwich update, known for its speed, performance, and stability, has satisfied many Android users. One of the most notable features of Ice Cream Sandwich was the virtual on-screen buttons that replaced the physical buttons. But, not all users were happy with the idea of the virtual on-screen buttons that consisted of the Back, Home, and Recent Apps button. Just recently, the Menu button that was primarily used in bringing up the options in apps was removed and instead it only appears whenever an app is needed. This made many users furious, as the 3-Dot Menu takes away…

What’s next for smartphone camera technology?

by 2 years ago

We’ve all come to take for granted how easy it is to take a photo or video at any time, thanks to our smartphones having cameras. While it’s amazing that we have this ability, one thing that has been sacrificed for the most part is the actual photo and video quality. In most cases, manufacturers have settled to pumping up the sensor size, neglecting other aspects, such as better lenses, low-lighting functioning, or improved shutter speeds. Fortunately, things begin to change. Smartphone camera tech continues to develop and there are some pretty cool improvements and features in the pipeline. Here…

HTC One X: How to make HTC Sense 4.0 launcher run smoothly and with no lag

by 2 years ago

If you’ve got an HTC One X, you may have noticed a bit of lag when navigating around the user interface. Don’t worry, you are not the only one who’s been experiencing this problem. HTC Sense 4.0, the latest version of the Sense UI, has an issue when you scroll through the pages on the home screen. It lags or stutters, which annoys most users. The HTC One X is one of the most amazing Android devices if you consider power and stylish design. Its attractive, smooth edges make the device look very classy and slick, not to mention that…

Samsung Galaxy S2 Skyrocket SGH-I727 (AT&T): Upgrading to build UCLE2 of Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich

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Some Android users just can’t wait for official updates to roll out to their phones. The temptation of getting the newest updates before everyone else, even through unofficial means, can drive users to comb forums in search of any leaks. Thanks to the people from BriefMobile and XDA Developers member kennethpenn, firmware build UCLE2 of Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich for the AT&T Galaxy S2 Skyrocket is now available. With a build date of May 8, this leak is based on the Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich. Flashers beware–the UCLE2 firmware update appears to have a bootloader update. If you’re…

Changing fonts easily on your Android 4.0 ICS phone

by 2 years ago

We’ve seen all types of tips, tricks and methods to make your Android device stand out from the rest of the pack. Some developers have provided us with means of improving our device’s performance, while others have made worlds collide by porting a certain device’s OS into another manufacturer’s phone. Today, we’re giving you a chance to make your Android device truly your own changing its font. Introducing LC Font Changer, developed by XDA-Developer leventccc. What this handy little tool does is to change your phone’s fronts to one of the several fonts packaged. LC Font Changer includes fonts like…

Will Android 5.0 feature improved desktop capabilities?

by 2 years ago

Google has struck gold with Android. It’s the most popular mobile operating system, and, thanks to its open source nature and the growth of smartphones and tablets, one day it might even be the most popular operating system, period. This is something Google has been craving for a long time. For the biggest part of the last decade, Microsoft was Google’s main competitor, much like Facebook considers Google their main competitor today, or at least a company they would very much like to “beat”. So the Mountain View-based giant has been trying for quite a while now to develop its…

ARM Cortex A9 vs ARM Cortex A15 – What to expect, and what’s the difference?

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ARM has completely dominated the mobile market for more than a decade, with over 90% market share, but it wasn’t until the rise of modern smartphones that we started to witness chips more powerful than anyone could have ever imagined we’d see in phones — chips that are now even starting to threaten Intel’s dominance and their status quo computing architecture. Starting with the ARMv7 architecture and the first Cortex CPU based on it, the A8, we already began to think of these devices as superphones or mini-computers once the 1 GHz barrier was broken. Then came the dual core…

Could Froyo and Gingerbread become Android’s IE6?

by 2 years ago

A little while ago I posed the question: Is Android 5.0 Jelly Bean too much, too soon? The reaction from the net was lively, with most people falling into one of two camps. First, those who want the latest and best, and they want it now! And those who say that, as long as the phone works, most people don’t care about the version of Android on their device. Well, now the app developers have spoken  - and perhaps they matter the most! There are, of course, three main groups in the Android ecosystem: There is Google (and the handset manufactures),…

The HTC One X debacle: winners and losers

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by 2 years ago

On Tuesday, news broke that US Customs had blocked imports of the HTC One X and the HTC EVO 4G LTE, effectively preventing HTC’s flagships from reaching American customers. The embargo was enforced due to an exclusion order by the International Trade Commission (ITC). The ITC ruled back in December that HTC’s Android devices infringe on two of Apple’s patents, but gave the Taiwanese a respite until April 19 to remove the infringing features. Although HTC claims that both the HTC One X and the EVO 4G LTE are now free of the infringing feature, it seems that the US…

Samsung Galaxy Note SGH-I717 (AT&T): How to upgrade to Android 4.0.3 ICS firmware build UCLD3

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With reports of the official Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) update rolling out for the Galaxy Note in Germany,  it seems that even the AT&T Galaxy Note is starting to get its own leaks. Thanks to XDA Developers member Korey_Nicholson and Brief Mobile, users of the AT&T Galaxy Note SGH-I717 can enjoy Android 4.0.3 ICS firmware build UCLD3. The last leaked firmware for the AT&T Galaxy Note, known as UCLC5, was riddled with performance bugs and other non-functional features. But, luckily for Galaxy Note owners, Samsung was keen enough to fix those pesky little bugs, mostly eliminating them in the new…