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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How to install Android On Your Windows Phone

Have a Windows phone? Interested in running Android? A guide posted on can walk you through installing Android on most Windows phones. The installation is not easy and there is a chance of bricking your phone, but it is cool none the less.

So while I would not recommend trying this on a brand new Windows phone with irreplaceable information on it, I would certainly give it a go if you happen to have an extra handset sitting around.

[via: howtogeek]

Hacked Froyo Downloaded Over 37,000 Times

37,642. That is how many times the “BuglessBeast” version of Android 2.2 (Froyo), made be Peter Alfonso, has been downloaded. Thanks in part to the link, which counts downloads, we can get a rare glimpse at just how many people have rooted (hacked) their phones, particularly the Droid. While this may not seem like a large number in comparison to the millions of Droid phones that have been sold, it is important to keep in mind that this is just one build. In fact, Alfonso claims that his build was only advertised through word of mouth and twitter. Woah.

It would also appear that people were attracted to Alfonso’s build due to the additional amount of customization that it offers. For instance, Alfonso released a vanilla Froyo upgrade at the same time as “buglessbeast” that offers no additional customization or hacks. That that version has only marked 1,000 downloads.

At any rate, for a single build of Froyo to be downloaded over 37,000 times shows just how smart and dedicated Droid users are. I can only imagine what kind of numbers we would see if it were possible to track rooting across the entire Android family.

For more info on Peter Alfonso, check out his Twitter

[via: Mobilecrunch]

Major stumbling blocks overcome on road to Android on HTC HD2

Most people would agree… the HTC HD2 is a gorgeous phone. With it’s 4.3″, 480×800 screen, 1GHz Snapdragon processor and 448MB RAM, it’s one heck of a device. Only problem? Windows Mobile 6.5. But fear not, Android lovers. the guys over at xda-developers have overcome a couple major obstacles in the porting of Android over to this phone that involved both the tool used to boot Linux from Windows CE, and the Snapdragon architecture, and can now move closer to a public-friendly release. Keep your eye on us for more news on the subject, or head over to xda and check out the progress for yourself.

[via engadget]

Android hackers port 2.2 Froyo to Nokia N900

A Nokia N900, running Android? Not as far fetched as you may think. There is now picture and video goodness of this phone running Android 2.2, and the hardware seems to handle the platform remarkably well. While not fully complete (wifi, cell signal and SD card don’t quite work properly), this is, in this geek’s opinion, awesome. Check out the video for some specifics:

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Guide: Use your Android phone w/ fancy iPod/iPhone stereos

Even though more and more devices are getting a good old 3.5mm  jack for AUX input, there are still a lot of accessories out there that are meant to be docked with an iPod or iPhone. This is obviously an inconvenience if you have any other kind of phone or device. Well Thijs Bosschert had enough of it and decided to build his own adapter to use his Motorola Milestone with those accessories, mainly stereos like the ones above.

While Thijs’ guide is specifically for his Motorola Milestone, it should not be hard to adapt it to ANY Android phone. So if you’re good with your hands and not afraid of a little soldering, by all means, check out the guide on our guides page or you can take the direct link HERE.

Use your Nexus One as a gas pedal

That headline got ya curious didn’t it? Well that Nexus One is indeed a “gas” pedal, only instead of fuel, it controls electricity, in the form of slot cars. Grant Skinner coded the software for the handset and a computer via Adobe Air. Once the two are connected, the phone sends the computer the accelerometer data, which then relays the speed control to the slot car track with the help of a Phidgets motor controller. Sound confusing? Well check out the video:

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Nexus One Does 720p With a Few Tweaks

Nexus One

Man, is there anything developers can’t do with a Nexus One? We’ve already showed you Sven Killing, who wrote his own USB Host driver for the N1. Well now they’ve figured out how to get a little 720p encoding action going on the phone as well.

It’s not as simple as downloading an app, but the process doesn’t look to bad. Of course if the thought of bricking your uber-phone turns you off, you may want to wait a little while.

[via xda-dev forums]