With the increasing power available in modern smartphones, we have started to see manufacturers provide the ability to have multiple “windows” open at once on their devices, emulating the desktop environment. This can be useful for people who do not necessarily want to back out of one application to access another. One area where this can lead to some real benefits for the user is when a quick note needs to be jotted down. Owner’s of smartphones running older versions of Android can join in on the fun now thanks to XDA Developer forum member Mohammad_Adib who create the Floating Stickies note-taking app.
Android users who are running CyanogenMod 10 or CyanogenMod 10.1, and probably many other custom ROMs, looking to clean up their device’s display by getting rid of the notification bar now have an option to achieve that goal. Best of all, the solution ensures the user can still swipe down from the top edge of the screen to get access to their notifications. This feat was accomplished by XDA Developers forum member enryea123 through some tweaks to the SystemUI.apk and framework-res.apk files. According to enryea123, this solution will eliminate the ability to pull down the notification bar from the lockscreen. All of the changes can be undone just by restoring the stock apk files.
The guide that walks you through the process can be accessed on the XDA forums using the source link below.
source: XDA Developers Forum
Ever been in one of those locations where your data service has disappeared, but you notice someone on another network chugging away? It would be nice if they could create a mobile hotspot that you could jump on to use instead of resorting to roaming or just doing without service. Later on you could return the favor to someone else. The Viral Spaces research group at MIT is hoping to address these types of situations with the creation of a new community-based P2P Wi-Fi tethering market running on an app they have dubbed Airmobs.
If you’re a fan of the rooting/hacking/modding scene you’ve inevitably heard about the famous CyanogenMod ROM. The great customizations found on this ROM are unbelievable. The problem is, it can often take a long time to get a fully stable build out to users. To remedy this situation, the Cyanogen team has come up with a new strategy, release a (mostly) stable build once a month called the “M-Build“. The M-Build will be almost entirely free of bugs and ready for daily use. Yesterday, CyanogenMod and friends released their first set of M-Builds based on Android 4.2 for a series of popular devices. Check below the break to see if your device is supported. I installed an M-Build on my Nexus S last night and it’s running great! If you’ve got one of the devices listed below, get to it! You’ve got nothing to lose! Be sure to read our Rooting dictionary for beginners if you’re new to all of this.
With the Google Nexus Q all but abandoned by Google, CyanogenMod and the rest of his team have worked hard to give it some life to the few that actually do own the device. A nightly build for the device has been made available to the masses and provides some added features that definitely prove useful such as the ability to access some apps. If you’re interested in trying this out hit up the source link for a download!
Users looking for a backup solution for their Android devices should probably be keeping an eye on Carbon. The app comes to us courtesy Koushik Dutta, creator of Clockwork Mod Recovery and a CyanogenMod ROM maintainer. Earlier this week he released the first beta of his newest creation that will backup apps and data between devices in the cloud.
Today he released the second beta that adds support for Dropbox, though that feature is limited at the moment while Dutta waits for “production” status from Dropbox. New features in this second beta include the ability to save groups and batches of apps, the ability to select all apps for backup, and the ability to backup data only. Fixes included in this second beta address backup/restore windows popping up once per app and some button click issues.
The new Carbon beta will work through January 25th. This version requires a rooted device, but Dutta says the next beta will work on non-root devices. If you want to try out Carbon Beta 2 and you have a rooted device, use the link below:
Carbon Beta 2 APK: http://download.clockworkmod.com/test/Backup.apk
source: Koush’s G+
The original Droid RAZR and Droid RAZR MAXX received an over-the-air Jelly Bean update (Android 4.1.2) a few weeks ago. It took that long for an exploit to be found in the OTA allowing for root access for both devices. At this point, it looks like all you’ll need is a PC and a USB cable. Hit the source for the walk-through. Have fun and don’t forget to backup! Once you’re rooted you can even give Carbon Backup a try.
Ah yes, the Nexus 4 smartphone. It’s no secret that waiting for that elusive device has been nothing short of frustrating and with LG’s rumored decision to take a break from the Nexus 4 production— it appears that Android fans will either need to wait for Google to have more inventory available or try to find some other sort of ummm… “alternatives” to suffice. With that in mind— the wizkid team of G33k3r, Rohan32, et. al came up with one hell of a Nexus 4 alternative for those who just can’t wait— and all you need is an LG Optimus G smartphone to start off with. As you know, the the Nexus 4 loosely based off the Optimus G smartphone (save for some minor differences like a pesky custom UI and all). With that in mind, the savvy folks basically figured out a way to overwrite the AT&T-based Optimus G firmware to that of a stock Nexus 4. What this does is literally changes everything from the bootloader to the actual AOSP software— effectively giving you an unofficial Nexus 4. Of course this special mod means that Optimus G users are willing to attempt this special modification will lose a lot which includes the coveted LTE capabilities and 8GB of the available 16GB storage space as the mod will cap the partition at a mere 8GB only.
Still, those are only minor things to nitpick really. This special modification will certainly be appealing to more than a few of you out there. If you’re up for trying this out or want more deets, hit the source link for more information.
source: XDA Forums
Koushik Dutta, the famous Android developer that created Clockwork Mod Recovery (ROM Manager) and a CyanogenMod ROM maintainer, has released a beta for of his Carbon backup application. His Carbon app syncs and saves the app and its data between devices in the cloud. Syncing in the cloud certainly makes this app interesting and different from most of the backup apps out there. The app requires your device to be rooted and this beta will only be available for a week, so try it now if you wish to. Especially if you’re an avid ROM flasher!
Hit up the link below for the download link and video of the app!
source: Koush’s G+
You folks remember about a subtle, but very important utility update for the Galaxy S III that was released a few days ago? Well apparently, it does more than just fix the sudden death issue. SamMobile reports that the same update (I9300XXELLA) fixes a well-known security vulnerability found in the Exynos chip. Basically, the vulnerability essentially gave root permissions to any app (again with emphasis— any app), with the result being no control over the permissions from users of the smartphone. Fortunately, it has been identified that the recent update the has actually patched the security vulnerability. Additionally, the update contains new bootloaders which should help to alleviate any sort of possible sudden death issues with the smartphone.
As of now, only owners of the GT-I9300 variant in the UK have received the update, though we’re hopeful that the rest of the GT-I9300 owners out there will get the update sooner than later.
Those of you with a Samsung device looking to add a custom boot animation, your prayers have finally been answered. Thanks to the work of XDA members anbech and smokin1337, it can finally be accomplished. As you might or might not know, most Android devices use the bootanimation.zip format for boot animation. It happens to be the default, but Samsung has been using QMG files, which is more expensive, not to mention that it made it very difficult to cook up your own.
Now the bootanimation.zip is back on Samsung devices because smokin1347 created the mod for the Galaxy Note II and anbech did it for the Galaxy S III, but it will work on all Samsung devices that use samsungani to load the boot animation. Here are the notes from smokin1347’s mod:
As the process of flashing custom ROMs to your devices becomes an easier process, it’s only natural that we see tools to make the whole management process easier and the latest ROM Manager update strives to do just that. The latest ROM Manager update brings not only some welcome bug fixes, but it also includes the ability to download Backups to your PC using the new ROM Manager Backup Download Server feature. What this means is that users will be able to backup various files into a flashable zip file that you can then flash back to most device from a ClockworkMod recovery. Pretty neat huh?
The latest update is available in the Play Store, so head on down there now and give the latest update the ol’ college try.
Play Store Download Link
As mentioned in this space before, it never ceases to amaze what the developers over at XDA can cook up. One dev’s latest feat is actually getting Jelly Bean to run on the ‘outdated’ 512MB RAM equipped Amazon Kindle Fire. As with a lot of hacks, there are some features missing (at the time of this writing) such as Swype keyboard, USB camera support, and photo sync.
However, you do get the benefits of Google Now along with a straight port of basically the exact ROM being pushed to Nexus 7 and 10 users. The process itself is very much like flashing other ROMs on other devices, so those that are familiar with it will feel right at home. If you need to brush up on your rooting skills, you can check our guide and dictionary to assist. Click the source link below for the full list of instructions.
Owners of some Android devices, in particular the Samsung Galaxy S III and Galaxy Nexus, may have noticed a bug that causes their device to have trouble transitioning between different WiFi access points when access points overlap. XDA Forum member felixchris has put together a hack that addresses one of three possible ways the bug manifests itself. According to felixchris, the three ways that users may experience the bug include:
Some bad news is surfacing this weekend for owners of several popular Samsung devices. Members of XDA Developers identified a kernel exploit for devices with certain Exynos processors that could provide root access without flashing the device. According to XDA member alephzain, the vulnerability was discovered on his Samsung Galaxy S III in /dev/exynos-mem. The weakness provides full read/write rights to all physical memory.