A few weeks ago, I received a comment on one of my posts stating that a good way to improve battery life is to change your current background image to a black background. Naturally, I immediately changed my background to a small black image I found on the web. In addition, I made sure I tracked my daily battery life changes through screen shots. Furthermore, I ran these tests using the Galaxy Nexus standard battery and the extended battery.Standard Battery
Normally, the standard Galaxy Nexus battery would get me 11-13 hours of normal daily use. I am, of course, a pretty heavy user. Once I changed my phone background to black, I achieved over 16 hours of the same [...]
Everyone believes the Android platform is more secure compared to other mobile platforms such as Windows Phone or Symbian. However, hackers can still find their way to penetrate a platform’s sturdy wall.
Recently, a Trojan horse virus, which appeared as “harmless media player,” was discovered by a group of developers. Phones infected with this virus started sending spam messages to other mobile phone users. The DroidDream malware also hit a number of apps in the Android Market. These malware programs or viruses bring devastating effects, such as recording phone calls, stealing information, accessing confidential information, and making unauthorized [...]
The Nexus One is the device that many people had once craved for. But, let’s face it–it is not a hot thing anymore, as better devices are popping out in the market. This is inevitable, though–a time will definitely have to come when a product becomes obsolete. In this case, obsolete in terms of the “What’s the hot thing?” criterion. But, for those who have kept their Nexus One alive, there is great news for you. The time for your Nexus One to get some slick and classy upgrade has finally come.
For those who still do not know, version 4 of the popular MIUI ROM based on Android 4.0.3 Ice Cream Sandwich has arrived for the Nexus One. If you want to load up [...]
Acer did not make much noise in the smartphones market, but it did make some waves in the tablets market, especially with the Acer Iconia Tab A500. If you are thinking of upgrading your Iconia Tab A500 to Ice Cream Sandwich, you might want to hold off first and instead check out the latest version of Honeycomb for the Iconia Tab A500.
XDA Developer member germsa has created an Android 3.2.1 Honeycomb build for the Iconia Tab A500. The build is from Acer’s latest update released in the first week of January.
The ROM has two versions: a non-rooted, full stock version (which you need to root separately) and a pre-rooted version (with busybox). The two [...]
Despite the LG Revolution’s promising specs, the device hasn’t received a lot of attention. With Ice Cream Sandwich being the biggest thing right now, many users were disappointed when other devices received ICS and their LG Revolution didn’t. But, prayers have finally been answered. Thanks to XDA-Developers member aichrist, a CyanogenMod 9 port for the LG Revolution is being developed based on the AOSP code for Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.
At the moment, the ROM is in a very early stage of development and isn’t suitable for daily use. The developer has only gotten it to boot until the lock screen, but this is a sure sign that the LG [...]
The Android development community has been hard at work at bringing the Ice Cream Sandwich to devices that have yet to get their own official releases. The fruits of their labor are certainly sweet, because Ice Cream Sandwich finally makes its appearance on the Nook Color. Thanks to XDA-Developers forum members dalingrin and fattire, an ICS-based CyanogenMod 9 ROM is now available for download.
The ROM is not fit for daily use, however, as there are several bugs that still need working on. As such, it is not advised that novice users try experimenting with this ROM. Only if you’re familiar with working with ROMs do we suggest trying out this preview [...]
The HTC Desire HD is finally getting its own taste of Ice Cream Sandwich goodness. Thanks to shaky156, a member of the XDA-Developers forum, this ICS ROM is built on the RCMix ICS ROM for the HTC Sensation. The ROM also includes the amazing HTC Sense 3.5 overlay for Android 4.0.1 ICS.
The ROM is still in its very early development stages, however, and is still rather shaky. But, efforts are being made to tweak some of its known issues to provide us with a more stable ROM in the future.
Here is a list of functions that are currently working in the ROM:Light sensor Audio (but Beats is not yet functional) Phone calls, SMS, MMS Microphone GPU accelerator [...]
It’s definitely thrilling to take one’s device to the next level, which is essentially why a lot of people root their devices to be able to install custom ROMs.
Exciting as it may seem, installing custom ROMs involves the risk of your device’s being bricked in the process. It can be very unfortunate if you own a premium device that you could not afford to be damaged–such as the HTC EVO View 4G.
In the case of a rooted HTC EVO View 4G (with S-Off) upgraded with the OTA Android 3.2 Honeycomb update, users who attempted to apply the OTA update ended up soft-bricking their devices. Luckily, there is a solution for you to fix your problem and [...]
XDA-Developers forum member febycv has delivered something that many T-Mobile myTouch 4G users have been waiting for. Based on the Ice Cream Sandwich framework for the Nexus S, the MIUI v4 ROM is an unofficial port and is currently in beta development. The MIUI 4 ROM retains the ICS framework, but also comes with the unique MIUI user-friendly interface and design.
To date, here is a list of what works in the ROM:All sensors Bluetooth Music player Microphone SD card ADB GPS most apps 3D/EGL/HW accelerator Wi-Fi 2G/3G data Phone calls
Since the ROM is still in its beta stage, there are naturally a few things that don’t work yet, such as the headphones, [...]