Google IO 2017 Coverage

Want a White HTC EVO 3D? Here’s how to make it yourself

XDA user, Zoidpilot, dropped his EVO 3D which caused some damage. He decided to fix it up, and in the process he painted it white. It looks as good as if it came directly from HTC. So who is brave enough to try this?

List of supplies you will need:

  • 2 sheets of extemely fine sandpaper
  • 1 can of black primer spray paint
  • 1 can of white primer spray paint
  • 1 can of gloss white enamel spray paint
  • 1 bottle of gloss white touch up paint (just in case)
  • 1 set of paint brushes (for the just in case)
  • 1 roll of masking tape
  • 1 razor blade
  • 1 box of pop tarts ( artists get hungry y’know?)

Checkout a bunch of photos after the break

Google Maps now lets you download map data for offline use

The new update to Google Maps was released today which brought a lot of nice new features, but one additional feature is the ability to download map data for offline use. This is something we have been all waiting for. Unfortunately, you are still unable to use it for navigation, but you will be able to download a 10 square mile area for viewing anytime you do not have a data connection.

To do this you need to go into maps and hit Menu/More/Labs. The third choice down should be “Download map area.” All you need to do it tap that to enable it (you will see a check mark). To actually download an area, there are 2 ways:

1) You can search anywhere on a map and long press in the area and after the box appears, tap that and you will see “Download map area” at the bottom of the screen. Tap that and your download should take about a minute.

2) From a Place page you can tap “More options” and you will see “Download map area” at the bottom.

To access your downloaded areas, from the map screen, hit Menu/More/Cache Settings/Downloaded map areas. Select one of your download areas, and it will appear with a black square surrounding it. Only map tiles are loaded (no satellite, traffic, etc.)

[via gigaom]

Android 101.01: Installing 3rd Party Apps/Non-Market Apps

So you’ve taken the plunge and decided to get an Android phone? Your friend got an iPhone, your mom told you you don’t even need a smart phone, and the weird salesman in Best Buy has been trying to sell you on Windows Phone 7. Despite all of that, you stayed true and got an Android phone. Or maybe your parents just got you one as a gift. Regardless of why you got here, you’re here. Welcome to Android 101, where I will try and help you get to better know your phone. These posts should help you delve into the vast world of Android. Topic for now? Non market apps; an important thing to learn to really let your phone loose. Hit the break to learn more.

Focus on Community: Customize Sense Launcher without Root

It has long been the understanding that if you wanted to customize or mod your launcher on the Evo you would need to either root your phone to mod the Sense launcher or choose another launcher from the Market (ADW, LauncherPro, etc). What if you like Sense, you just want to change it a bit to fit you? 4×5 setup. Transparent app drawer. Nothing big, just small corrections. You know you need to root. Even worse, you’re stuck with the 4.24 OTA update for the Evo where an exploitable root hasn’t been found yet. Uh oh. Game over, right? Not exactly. Radical thinker and modder extraordinaire tommytomatoe has found a way to edit your Sense Rosie without needing root. “You can’t do that!!!” you might be thinking. Pfft. He just did that.

ARCHOS unveils the G9 series tablets, 1.5GHz dual-core, 250GB HDD, and affordable [Video]

ARCHOS is turning things up a notch. They have just announced two Android 3.1 Honeycomb tablets. The ARCHOS 80 G9 sports an 8-inch (1024 x 768) screen and the ARCHOS 101 G9 sports a 10.1-inch (1280 x 800) screen. That is the only difference between the two.

Full specs:

  • 1.5GHz OMAP4 processor
  • Seagate 250GB HDD
  • HDMI out with 1080p support
  • 3G stick compatible

Communication between Android and Arduino, NFC on the cheap

Near field communication aka NFC is a technology that will allow you to exchange data between devices. If you don’t have the ‘Pure Google’ phone, Nexus S (4G) you probably don’t have NFC capabilities with that Android device you have in your hand. Yea, look at it. Nope! And you know you wish you had the capability after reading all about the latest service to come from the search giant, Google Wallet.

You could take a shot at fixing that problem, or just commend the guy that made the following video for his efforts. He’s put to together a little project he likes to call the “Poor Mans NFC”. Joe Desbonnet has recorded video of his device communicating with an Arduino. By using this micro-controller and some magnetic wire strategically placed and this app as the interface, he was able to send data to his compass enabled HTC Desire . This wouldn’t be practical to set up your device with NFC this way, but sure is cool to see someone take the initiative. If you have the desire to look further into this check out his blog and instructions.

Check out the You Tube video after the break.

BeBook to release 7-inch Froyo tablet in June

BeBook, an e-reader manufacturer, has announced that they will release the BeBook live in June. It is a 7-inch (800 x 600) tablet with Android Froyo. It is a little disappointing to see a new tablet being released without Honeycomb, but the price will be $279. That is not bad for someone looking for an entry level tablet.

Other key specs include:

  • 1 Ghz Samsung Cortex A8 CPU
  • 512MB of SDRAM
  • 4GB of internal flash storage
  • MicroSD up to 32GB in size
  • mini HDMI port
  • front-facing 2MP camera for video chat.

Check out the video after the break

Taptu 1.4 Aims to Make Headlines on Android Tablet with Three Exclusive Features

Back in March we told you about an update to Taptu — the “News DJ” application that lets you get your news the way you want it — that brought new customization options with version 1.3.  Well, they’re at it again, bringing three Android-exclusive features in the tablet-friendly version 1.4. The three new features that you will ONLY find on the Android platform are:

  • A new theme, white text on a black background
  • Full screen reading, for when you prefer to not use a tabbed look.
  • Instapaper support: Don’t have time to read it now? Send it to your Instapaper account to read it later.

While on the surface this appears to just be a new version, as the look is very similar to what we’re used to with Taptu, it was actually rebuilt from the ground up to be tablet-friendly, while still keeping handset users in mind as well.  Full press release after the break, and you can grab it in the market today.

Copy your Angry Birds progress from one device to another without rooting for FREE

It amazes me that there are so many apps that do not have the ability to save data to the SD card or remote server. For those die-hard Angry Birds fans who do not want to buy a new phone or tablet because you are afraid that your Angry Birds progress will not transfer, fear no more. XDA forum user, OstrichSak, has come up with a simple tutorial on how to do it and it is Free.

There are free apps in the Android Market for each version of Angry Birds which you may know about, but apparently there are some additional steps that you need to do to make them work.

How to remove HTC Thunderbolt bloatware

Bloatware, the annoying and mostly useless software, that carriers insist on putting on your phone is next to impossible to remove. If you are looking for a reason to root your phone, this may be at the top.

If you have a Thunderbolt and are rooted, head over to the Android Central forums to see how to get rid of those apps and save some space. The tutorial utilizes Root Explorer and it is so easy to follow.

[via androidcentral]

WiFi XOOM has been Rooted!

Xaositek (and company) over at XDA have rooted the WiFi only XOOM. Previously only the 3G model was rooted because the devices used slightly different software. For all of you banking on having WiFi everywhere you need to look no farther to root your shiny Honeycomb Tablet! The thread can be found here, and there is a video tutorial here. Is there anything XDA can’t do?

[via xda]

18 Battery tips and tricks for longer battery life

This guide has been updated: You can find the newer version here

If you’re new to owning a smartphone the biggest thing you’ll have to get used to is how often you’ll have to charge your phone. Especially if you’re coming from a phone that was, well, just a phone; it’ll be a big change from charging your phone once  every other week to once every other day. So here are some tips that can help you max at your battery life.

If you try and do all of these it may ruin your Android experience because you’ll be constantly finicking with your battery; thats not what this is for. These are ALL the tips/tricks I know. Even I don’t use all of them. Using just a few of these (possibly even one or two) should be enough that you notice an increase in your battery life.