Latest Cyanogen nightly adds FM radio to Nexus One

In the latest “hack an FM radio onto that Android device” news, Cyanogen has added FM radio to the Nexus One. In the latest changelog of the Cyanogen nightly build, the notes state that the changes include:

  • Common: Stable shot camera mode – Cyanogen
  • Common: Dual-mode snooze (long press dismiss) – Evan Charlton
  • Common: Compose SMS/MMS via search button long press – Wes Garner
  • N1: FM Radio support – MIUI –
  • N1/DS/Hero – Slightly better Gallery3D orientation fix – Jonas Larsson
  • N1/DS – Kernel 2.6.35 based on Pershoot’s repository
  • Supersonic – Kernel 2.6.34 courtesy of Toast and Madcoder

You heard it here, folks. If you’ve got a rooted Nexus One, the infamous “developer phone”, and you either:

A) Haven’t updated your CyanogenMod build to the latest nightly, or

B) Haven’t tried out CyanogenMod at all,

Then now is the time to give it a shot. Be sure to hit up the xda-developers Nexus One development forums for more info.

[via github]

Hack Alert – Crank Charge your Android!

Charge your Android!

Android Hackers unite! We have a cheap way for you to charge your Android device (possibly any device) with a plastic hand cranked flashlight!

Now, I know this may be a tall order for some of us, but it does require that we use “manual power” to crank out those volts of electricity. It’s not like we’re asking anyone to run the IronMan or anything here. Just a few turns of the arm, which pales in comparison to the amount of energy used to say….scoop a bowl of your favorite ice cream, or go wii bowling, or…you get the idea.

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Tutorial: Hack an FM radio onto your DROID 2

Over at xda-developers, member “slayher” has managed to do some pretty clever hacking on his DROID 2. Using his method, which has been made public in the xda-developers forums, you can add FM radio capabilities to your DROID 2 as well. Just like that, your phone will be cooler than all the other kids’ on the block. We should mention that this isn’t by any means easy; no one-click solutions here. You could easily brick your phone if you’re not careful, so be sure to proceed with caution. But, if you’re familiar enough with your device and things like ADB and filesystem remounting, then feel free to give it a try.

All you have to do is download the zip file here, and then follow these instructions directly from the xda thread:

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HTC Desire HD ROM ported to DROID Incredible, Desire, now EVO 4G

Perhaps you’ve seen the amazing boot time on the HTC Desire HD, which ranges anywhere from 3-5 seconds. A couple days ago, it was announced that the Droid Incredible and Desire had gotten a port of this snappy new ROM, which was showing off the same cool boot time as the original ROM. Now, however, it looks like these two devices aren’t the only ones seeing some ROM porting love, as the HTC EVO 4G has joined in the party.

Keep in mind that these ports should be considered half-baked, as there are issues with camera, wifi, 4G and more. But, if you’re willing to sacrifice those aspects for a speedy ROM, then back up your current configuration, and give it a go! Links to the xda threads are found below:

[note: cannot be held liable if you damage your device in any way]

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[via engadget]

How to brick a Droid X & bring it back to life

We’ve all been there. Sitting at our desks, hunched over some gadget when suddenly, you have the “Oh sh*t” moment. You might know what went wrong, you might not… but all you know is you borked your device. At this point, you can either rage-quit and smash your device to smithereens, or you can consult the all-knowing-internets for a solution.

Nilay Patel from engadget recently had his own little “oh sh*t” moment when he bricked his Droid X while trying to downgrade from a leaked Froyo build to Android 2.1, all so he could just grab the official Froyo build OTA. What he didn’t know was that while in the bootloader, the phone doesn’t charge, so mid-upgrade… POOF the phone shuts off and that, my friends is a textbook way to brick your phone.

Nilay, feeling that his nerd-fu was strong, decided to take matters into his own hands, did a little internet reading, and produced what you see in the picture above. Stripping a USB cable, he tricked the phone to thinking it was charging and then, using some more h4ck3d goodies, got his phone back to default 2.1 and grabbed the 2.2 update. Bravo Nilay, bravo.

For the full story with more details, hit up his editorial at engadget

[via engadget]

Android Debauchery: Android running on Palm OS Hardware

Ever wondered just how many things you can put Android on? Sure, it has already been slapped onto Windows Mobile devices, tablets, and let’s not forget the slew of devices meant to run Google’s OS. Now, in yet another fit of android debauchery (or sacrilege… we’re not sure which yet), programmer Dmitry Grinberg has managed to get Android up and running on Palm OS hardware. There is a picture that has been posted by Dmitry (see above) showing Android running on a Palm Tungsten C, which was originally released in 2003. According to the information available, Android 2.1 is “installed and semi-functional”, with some obvious graphics issues, which can probably be traced back to the screen compression used on the device.

The feat is accomplished by utilizing a dual-boot SD card running the OS, but performance is also said to be laggy, due to the lack of physical memory on the device. Also, because of the OS being run from the card, there isn’t a whole lot of room for your external media. Dmitry does go on to state, however, that he is attempting “full Android with proper optimizations, in hopes of better performance”.

Other lacking features include wifi, Bluetooth and audio. While this news is by no means indication of a public release, we here at will keep you up to date on all the latest.

What Palm OS device would you like to see Android running on? While the Pre is obvious, try to go retro…. can I get a “Palm Treo”?

[via palminfocenter]

DIY Macro Lens for your Nexus One

Here’s another one of those DIY macro lens attachments for you amateur cell phone photographers looking to get those tricky close-up shots.  Rather then buy one for his phone, Nexus One owner Thomas went the do-it-yourself route using an old binocular lens, epoxy, and a headphone jack to secure it his phone.  I especially like the use of the headphone jack mount for easy attachment and removal.

Keep reading to see the before and after shots:

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Increase the max volume on your Samsung Vibrant speaker – or, “all the knobs go to 11″

Having trouble hearing the speaker on your Samsung Vibrant? Well, the guys over at xda are, too… and they have decided to do something about it. The procedure is relatively simple. It simply involves entering a code into your Vibrant, and then selecting the volume type to change and setting the level. The default is 88, but users warn that a level of 100 is almost unbearable.

To try it out for yourself, be sure to hit up the source link below, and let us know the results in the comments!

[via xda]

LockBot Allows You to Customize the Look of Your Lock Screen

A nifty little app called LockBot, allows you to change the way your lock screen looks and reacts. Change your lock screen to mimic the Galaxy S drag away, The X10 pull swipe up, and even the dreaded iPhone lock screen. There are two versions one for free and one for paid. The free version is very limited taking out the ability to download themes, shake to open, and adding certain items to your custom designs. The Pro version is available for upgrade for $3.49.

I downloaded and played with it for a bit and I really like the concept. It gives you a bit more then the plain old lock screen.

Market Link

Rate & Download: LockBot Free

[via lifehacker]

“Unhackable” Android phones can indeed be hacked

Well we kind of already knew this, with the recent wallpaper fiasco, but here is a video interview with Anthony Leinberg (sorry if last name is misspelled!) who is a security researcher with Lookout Mobile Security. Anthony and his associates at Lookout have developed an exploit that can give them root access to a variety of Android phones, including some higher-end devices like the HTC EVO, Droid X and Droid Incredible. Just check out the video and watch for yourself:

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