ICS Camera Mod for the HTC Sensation Makes True 1080p Recording Possible

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If you are running Ice Cream Sandwich on your HTC Sensation and are a bit sad by the quality of the photos or videos you take, then have I got a bit of news for you. If you’re wanting to take pictures that are unsurpassed in quality then you should check out the HQ Camera mod.  This mod, created by XDA member NODO-GT, will give you the ability to record uncompressed videos as well as uncompressed audio. He’s also made photos look better too. It also has the following features:

  • 1080p Video Recording in 20mbps!
  • Increased Video Recording Quality
  • Rebuild Camera App with 0 Compression For Better Performance
  • 0 Compression on JPG Images.
  • Increase size cap of Images.
  • Improved Quality of Images.
  • Added Experimental 1250 ISO mode (Thank to krogoth)
This camera app rebuild makes your device capable of shooting videos at 20MB/s. He’s currently working on 720p mode as well as releasing a very high bit rate version for recording video at 40 MB/s. So if you’re interested hit the break below to get your download link. It’s always recommended to check out the forum thread for further details to see if there are quirks or bugs. Once you flash this in recovery turn auto focus off and set sharpness to -1 and you’ll notice a difference. Don’t believe me? Well we have a before and after shot after the break that should help convince you. Enjoy!

CyanogenMod 9 improves security for root users

by Emily Aquin on
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As Android continues to become more and more popular, coupled with the open-source nature of the software, the need for higher security is on everyone’s mind. In the past, flashing a custom ROM, such as CyanogenMod 7, would automatically enable root access to your phone, leaving your phone immediately vulnerable to potential security threats. Along with the risks came the freedom to customize your phone like no other mobile software could offer. Now with the most recent CyanogenMod 9, CM has merged 3 patches into their latest ROM that will disable automatic root access as default. Users will now have the following root options:

  • Disabled
  • Enabled for ADB only
  • Enabled for apps only
  • Enabled for both

So will this be a welcome change in the root community? In what situations would you make use of this new function? Let us know what’s on your mind in the comments.

Source: CyanogenMod

Turn Your Galaxy Nexus Into a Mini Tablet

by Stacy Bruce on
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Want to make your Galaxy Nexus screen appear even bigger than it already is? Then you need to check out this awesome mod created by Rootz Wiki member CurrentWeb. What he has done is create a flashable .zip file that will trick your ROM into thinking your GNex is actually a tablet. This means that instead of having the typical status bar up top and the navigation bar at the bottom of your screen, you will now have the exact same layout as any Android tablet. The nav buttons and status bar will be moved to the bottom, your app drawer and Google search will be up top, and you will have more room to place apps on your home screens. It seems that this would make more sense in landscape mode but actually looks pretty good in portrait mode, too.

There is already a large list of compatible ROMS and the developer plans to keep adding to it. If you are running any of the more popular ICS ROMS right now you will be pleased to see that it is most likely already supported. All it requires is a simple flash over your current ROM and your up and running in tablet mode! The developer is even working on some sort of toggle so that the mod can be turned on or off with a simple reboot. I don’t know about you but I think this is a pretty sweet idea and may give it a go later today barring any major user reported issues. As it stands right now, some ROMs are having a few issues but the dev is looking into all reported problems. If you’re ready to check it out for yourself hit up the source link below.

Thanks Kevin!

source: Rootz Wiki

 

 

 

Titanium Backup Update Includes Bug Fixes & Box.net Support

by Roy Alugbue on
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Titanium Backup, one of the best Android tools for rooted devices has gotten a major update. The software update called version 4.8.4, brings numerous bug fixes, here’s a complete changelog of what the new update brings.

  • Improved app freezer to be ICS-friendly by default. This resolves the problem where apps couldn’t be defrosted on Samsung ICS devices. The freezing method can be changed in Preferences -> Troubleshooting settings.
  • Improved “Power defrost” which is fully compatible with ICS now. This allows Samsung ICS users to defrost anything, including apps that were frozen by previous TB versions.
  • Fixed incorrect display of apps that were disabled by ICS.
  • Fixed FC in case of connectivity problems while uploading backups to Box.
  • Minor bugfixes.
  • [PRO] Added support for syncing backups to Box (Box.net) cloud storage.

Full Box.net support is something that’s sure to raise more than a few eyebrows. While Box.net support is more than enough reason for you to use the latest Titanium Backup update, but keep in mind— it’s only for the paid version at this time. The update is available in the Play Store, in both free and paid flavors. So if you’re on a rooted device, go grab it today by hitting on the link below or scanning that QR code below.

 

Play Store

 

 

source: Titanium Track
via: Android Police

HTC One S Gets Root With MoDaCo’s Superboot

by Ed Caggiani on
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First, the HTC One X gets root before launch, and now the HTC One S follows suit using MoDaCo’s Superboot. Superboot is a script that you run on your computer when the device is connected via the USB cable that pushes all the necessary files to your phone to attain root.

The one caveat is that for this method to work, the phone needs to have S-OFF (which means the NAND portion of the device is writable) or needs an unlocked bootloader. As of this moment, none of the HTC One series of phones are available in the HTC bootloader unlock tool, but we’re hoping for that to change soon after launch. Once the phone’s bootloader is unlocked, just run Superboot and you’ll be riding the root train!

source: modaco

Kernel Governors, Modules, I/O Schedulers, and CPU Tweaks – The Master List

by Jim Farmer on
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Whether you’re a novice or a pro, when it comes to rooting and flashing things to your phone it seems there’s always something new to learn. The topics in the title are often the least understood and yet the most sought after enhancements to our devices. That being said they generate a lot of questions and typically few concise answers. For instance, have you ever wondered any of the following?

  • “OK I have flashed this xyz kernel. What’re all these governors? How do I know which one is the best for me? How do I tweak them to bias their characters towards Battery-life/Performance/Balance between the Two?”
  • “What’s this about these modules that come with the kernel? What are they? How do I use them. Are they any good? Is it OK to neglect them?”
  • “What roles does an I/O scheduler play? How do I choose a reliable I/O scheduler?”
  • “Can I have more control on CPU? Can I get more info and tweaks on dual core CPU, bus frequency, etc?”
If so, you should check out droidphile‘s post over on XDA’s forums. Droidphile writes,
“Hope this thread could give you answers for all these questions. We’re covering governors, modules, i/o schedulers that comes with Siyah kernel, plus more. That should cover almost all the popular governors/modules/io schedulers! Many people seem to get lost in Kernel dev threads without getting answers about governors and such.”
The thread is extensive! 18 popular governors are finally clearly defined. Sample Governor tweaks are given. INIT.D scripts are explained. A comprehensive list of modules and there functions are listed, and so much more. Hit the source link to be taken to a treasure trove of Android knowledge.

source: XDA

It’s a Bird… It’s a Plane… It’s SuperSU!

by Ed Caggiani on
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The devs over at XDA are always up to something… and it’s usually something good. Developer Chainfire decided to take the most basic of root access management tools, Superuser (SU), and make it, well… truly super.

If you have rooted your device, you have access to apps that require superuser permissions, and the typical SU gets the job done. But SuperSU adds more functionality, including per-app notifications and temporary unroot.

SuperSU is now available in the Play Store in two flavors, free and pro. Check out the full feature list after the break for the differences.

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Droid 2 Global Update Rolling Out Now, Breaks Root and Causes Issues for Rooted Users

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The Droid 2 Global update we told you about recently is rolling out to all devices and proves to be a solid update for those users who remain unrooted and plan to stay that way. The update provides a few bug fixes such as the annoying Out of Memory errors, camera not saving settings after power down, random power-ups and reboots, and  added a Google Security Patch. Like I said, if you like to keep your device stock this update should bring plenty of improvements but reports are showing the update breaks root.

Not only does this new update cause a few issues for rooted users, it also patches the vulnerability to gain root if that’s something you’re looking to do in the future. If you are rooted and you decide to update, I highly recommend not flashing an older SBF image as a few readers mention the possibility of bricking your device. The update provides an updated bootloader so things may go awry if you start flashing all willy-nilly. I would suggest staying away from the update if you are a root junkie like myself, but if you use your device like the manufacture intended, then the update will be no problem at all. To force the update go into: Settings–> About Phone–> System Update. From there you can apply the update without waiting for the notification to hit your device.

If you guys experience any issues, let us and the other readers know in the comments. Thanks! Also, if you want to look in to the root issues you can check out this Rootz thread.

source: Verizon

MoDaCo Does it Again: HTC One X Gets Root Thanks to Superboot

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Like the Galaxy Nexus before it, the One X by HTC is already seeing root thanks to superboot files released before well, the phone even sees a release thanks to MoDaCo. Basically it’s a script that you run on your Linux, PC or Mac computer when the device is connected via the USB cable. What the script does is push the necessary root files to your device without the need for all those fancy ADB commands. It’s not as easy as a one-click root method but it isn’t as much of a process as using ADB.

Given that Android 4.0 is running on the One X with an ICS kernel it shouldn’t be too difficult to get custom ROMs and recoveries onto the device. Even though the bootloader is still locked my guess is that it will be added to the HTCDev site sometime shortly after it gets released. So while we will have to wait for the phone to release here in April for the UK and Europe and on AT&T this summer for the U.S. it’s nice to know that you’ll be able to root the device right out of the box. Hit the break below to find the instructions to do so as well as the file to download. Enjoy! » Read the rest

Google Wallet Unsupported on Rooted Devices

by Emily Aquin on
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The idea of using your phone as your wallet is a great one, but Google Wallet is proving to be a bit of a security nightmare. It looks as though Google has thrown up their hands on rooted devices, at least for now, and put a warning in the Google Wallet app of unsupported devices. The problem is the ability to perform a brute force hack on rooted phones, where a thief could crack the pin code on Google Wallet and proceed to use your phone to make purchases with your credit cards.

Google had issued a statement encouraging rooted users to seriously reconsider using Google Wallet. To make sure everyone received the message, Google has also decided to make this information into a warning message at the top of the app. If you tap the link, you’ll see an explanation of the unsupported device policy, which basically comes down to: “Don’t use this if your phone is rooted”.

While the capability to root your phone is one of the great things about Android, it does take away the control and therefore the responsibility from the carrier, the manufacturer, and Google. We hope that Google is still working on a way to secure Google Wallet on rooted phones, although that is a huge task given that they have no control over a ROM they did not produce.

Let us know in the comments if you’ve received this warning message, and if it has changed your ability to use Google Wallet.


source: Droid Life