Yesterday we showed here that the Barnes and Noble Nook Color ereader can run Honeycomb without any real major issues. This puts the NookColor in league with other tablets that have been shown running Android 3.0, and leaves the other ereaders in the dust. If you want to give it a try, you can download it at XDA-Developers. Just click the source link below.
*insert hack warning – please be careful when rooting or flashing any Android device – back it up*
The Samsung Transform is the latest to get Android 2.2 under it’s belt, not officially, but sort of. SDX Developers member Vampirefo has put all the instructions you need to get Froyo working on your Transform. As always, we feel the need to warn you that any tinkering with the code on your device could make it as useless as tanning bed in Africa.
If you do this to your Samsung Transform and happen to notice any issues, please go to the same forum at the source link below and comment on your findings to help the developer fix any unforeseen issues. This is still in testing, but it is more or less working, even if it doesn’t help your overall speed. Not much you can do there with a hardware bottleneck for specs.
The weather widget in the new LG Optimus 2X is pretty slick. It has gotten a lot of attention, but sadly was tied specifically into that one phone, and LG never made it available for public consumption. However, XDA-Developers member Sony_Ericsson_X10 has found a way to pull the correct .apk file out of the Optimus 2X system dump files to make it work on any Android phone. The only caveat, as he mentions, is that default behavior is to take up the entire homescreen, so it’ll take a custom launcher like LauncherPro to resize the widget to take up only half — as seen in the picture above. If you’re looking for a new (pretty!) weather widget, head over to XDA and give it a try. Let us know your thoughts!
We’ve said this time and time again, is there anything the folks over at XDA can’t do? The latest and greatest news to burst from the XDA community seems, comes from a developer who goes by the name “deeper-blue“. Roughly two days after Google releases their Honeycomb SDK, blue and company manage to port it over to the ever popular, Nook Color. On the initial port, blue has stated that touch input does not work, nor is there hardware acceleration. He then added, later, that the touch input was working and he would continue working on the acceleration issues over the weekend. Read more
Ever find that your signal just doesn’t seem like a real fast 4G connection on your Sprint Epic 4G? Has your connection dropped, only for it to seem to take forever to pick WiMax up again? If so, you may want to have a look at this fix for your Epic 4G, and although the instructions seem easy enough, as always, take caution when messing around with the original programming.
That being said, XDA-Develop gokuman56 has figured out a way to improve your 4G signal on Sprint’s WiMax. You will need your MSL, Call Sprint or follow this:
It will open a menu, click WiMAX and enter MSL. Note: 4G radio must be on.
Go to extensions and Hold EntryRX and Write Extension
Change the Value to -110 (The Lower the weaker the signal can be for the phone to connect.
Change EntryCINR to 0004
You can find more information in the hack thread.
The HTC EVO Shift 4G now has a permanent root solution and is available now at the source link below. As with any root, you’ll want to make sure to take care so as not to “brick” your EVO. 6 steps to follow on the instructions list, and just in case you were wondering, Recovery is coming soon as well.
So RIM has been talking up its Playbook tablet device for a while now, but today an interesting possibility is developing. RIM is considering which Java VM to use in their upcoming device, and they are looking heavily at the Dalvik VM — the same one Android uses.
If they go the open source route and pick up Dalvik VM, there’s a good chance that the Playbook will be able to run Android apps, provided that you are able to track them down from their sources. Obviously, you won’t be able to just download apps from the Android market on the Playbook. However, according to BGR, who broke the story, RIM is also considering “courting” Google to get some sort of licensing agreement, which would give the Playbook access to the Android Market, Gmail apps, and other Google services.
So, right now this is firmly in the “rumor” category. It makes sense for RIM to be looking into this avenue, but will it pan out? Google seems very unlikely to “license” a non-Android device to run the full gamut of Android apps and the market — especially given that some Android tablets don’t even have full Google support. I’m sure RIM is willing to throw some money at Google in this equation, but they have to be picky about how much they can offer, because while full support of Android apps would definitely help the Playbook sell, they still don’t know how successful it will be in the market. And it seems to me that if people are REALLY buying a tablet based on the ability to run Android apps…well, they’d probably buy an Android tablet. But if RIM can’t provide access to the Android Market, I don’t know how much of a bullet point that would really be for them, even if they could run “sideloaded” apps. So their situation is a tricky one.
All that said, it’s kind of interesting to think about. There’s really no reason they couldn’t go with the open-source Dalvik VM, and that would most likely allow access to at least a lot of the Android apps out there. What would this do for them? Would it hurt Google at all? Let us know your thoughts in the comments!
In the pic above, we see the ViewSonic G tablet, but whats on it? The Notion Ink Adam Eden UI! Yes, after many people started to receive their Notion Ink Adam tablets (after a painful waiting period), the first update was actually bricking the tablets! Ouch! In the Androidverse, people will find a way to make something their own when they’re put up against a wall of crap like having to wait months for a tablet launch, only to have it brick after you run updates.
That’s what Blake did at intomobile.com. He installed the Eden UI onto his ViewSonic Android tablet successfully, but left feeling that he wasn’t impressed with the UI after all. By following the instructions found here by an XDA-Developer (of course), he was able to get it running, at least enough that he could say he gave Eden a try, and it wasn’t the paradise he was looking for.
For a more personal view of the experience, head over to the source link below.
The Nook Color has become quite the hot item lately. Here at TalkAndroid, we make it our goal not just to help you find the device that’s right for you, but also how to get the most out of it. We follow the development community closely so we can keep up with the newest custom apps, hacks, and tweaks. In that vein, those looking to get the most out of their Nook Color might be interested to know that the CPU speed has been boosted yet again. XDA-Developers, being the kings of overclocking, have managed to boost the CPU speed of the Android-based e-reader-turned-Android-tablet to an impressive 1.1GHz. Developer dalingrin has developed his own kernel, and if you’ve rooted your device and loaded the ClockworkMod recovery tool, you can get this kernel on your own device. Simply visit the source thread, download the corresponding file, and flash through the ClockworkMod recovery. Any customization of this nature of course involves a certain amount of risk, but this process seems fairly safe. Still, proceed with caution.
If you’re feeling very confident in your abilities, this is a good time to remind you that the Nook Color, once rooted, is capable of being hacked to run the Android market. This process is substantially more risky, but if you’re wanting to get the absolute most out of your tablet, it’s worth considering.
Myself, I’m considering picking one of these up just for the simple fact that a $250 Android tablet is a steal, and the hardware in this device is quite capable. With a few tweaks, it’s a very capable tablet. Of course, one misstep, and it’s a $250 paperweight, so weigh your options carefully.
What could make your Samsung Galaxy Tab even better? How about some more speed? Well, if your Tab is rocking Sprint, then some more speed could be in your future. Thanks to the minds over at XDA, the 1GHz Hummingbird processor has benefited from the new “Bauxite” kernel, which overclocks it to 1.2GHz.
Be sure to hit the source link to check it out for yourself, and let us know how your speedy new Tab treats you in the comments.