Turn Your Galaxy Nexus Into a Mini Tablet

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




How to Root, Unlock, and Flash Recovery to the ASUS Transformer Prime [Video]

OK guys, I finally got around to creating this how-to video on getting your ASUS Transformer Prime all ready for modding! In this video you will find directions on how to root, unlock, and flash ClockworkMod Recovery to your tablet. This all-in-one tool, ViperMod PrimeTime v4.5, will do everything I just mentioned and can even unroot your Prime in case you need to send it in for service. This tool works on any version of ICS, and will even work on Honeycomb. For those of you OG Transformer owners, you can even use the root tool as well but do not try to flash recovery. Reports show that trying to flash recovery will bork your original Transformer (TF101).

Once rooted, you will not loose the ability to receive future OTA updates from ASUS, but it is highly reccomended to grab Voodoo OTA RootKeeper from the Android Market to prevent any future updates from breaking root. You can find the download link at the end of this post.

Big thanks to ViperBoy for creating this super easy tool, it’s by far the easiest method available for doing any or all of these steps. You don’t have to complete every step if you dont want (i.e. remain locked), and if you are already rooted or unlocked you can still use the tool’s other features as well. I will include brief instructions below, but for a more detailed walk-through refer to the video. You can also find the necissary download links at the end of this post. Ready? Lets get started!  Read more

Beats Audio No Longer Limited to HTC Devices, Now Flashable to Any Gingerbread ROM [Updated]

I am sure many of you are familiar with Dr.Dre’s Beats Audio line and that HTC bought exclusive rights to integrating the audio improvement software in their devices. I’ve heard people say that their HTC/Beats device provides a sound that is unmatched to other devices they have owned and I’ve also heard folks say the improvement isn’t even noticeable. While I am still on the fence on whether or not this software actually makes a noticeable difference, at the same time I have yet to couple the experience with a quality pair of headphones. Either way, the Beats Audio software is no longer tied to just HTC devices and is now flashable for non HTC owners to enjoy. Now you can be the judge on whether or not HTC spent their money wisely.

Since Beats Audio is nothing but software, thanks to XDA members fuss132 and willblake13, we now have an easy way to flash Beats Audio to any rooted device running a Gingerbread ROM. It’s pretty simple really, all you need to do is hit up the XDA link at the bottom of this post, download the .zip file, and flash through CWM. Not much to it. The real question is whether or not you will notice a difference. Although fuss132 takes a similar stance as I do and says “I think at some ponts beats audio is only a audio marketing strategie,”  he also claims “The sounds will be more natural, playing with more clarity.” However contradicting that may sound, he includes some test results that clearly show that there is some level of improvement to be gained. So if you’re the flash-happy type of person I think you are, you should check it out and decide for yourself. Test results after the break.

Beat on my friends… Beat on

Update: It looks as though this didn’t bode well with someone (most likely HTC) and the thread has been removed from XDA already. If you have more insight please let me know, I am curious.

source: XDA

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Guide: How to Get the Chrome Browser to Work On Custom ICS ROMs

Last week we reported that the most recent Chrome Beta update broke compatibility for some custom Android 4.0 ROMs. The update proved to be beneficial on devices that are running stock ICS so I wanted to figure out a way to get it up and running on my rooted Galaxy Tab 10.1 running a CM9 kang. Apparently some of the custom ROMs have a build.id and display.id that reflect an Android version other than ICS even though they actually run Android 4.0. There is a simple workaround for this and I will give you a quick walk-through in the video below. Basically you will just need to make sure your build.id and display.id read IML74K.

If the thought of editing your build.prop file sounds daunting to you, maybe you should just wait until the developer updates the ROM in the future. If this sounds like something you can handle then check out the video and let us know in the comments if it worked and what ROM you are running. By the way, anything you do to your device is at your own risk, myself or Talk Android will not be held responsible for any problems you may encounter. Happy hacking! :-D

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Install Android 3.2 Honeycomb on Laptops, Netbooks and PC’s

It seems that developers are becoming more and more interested in bringing the Android operating system to more devices than just smartphones, tablets and recently TV’s. You can also find car stereos that operate on a specialized version of the OS and even in a self contained, dual-core USB stick. Currently there is an open source project going on named, Android-x86, that aims to get Android up and running on your laptop or PC. People are already successfully running Android 3.2 Honeycomb on their computers via this new project.

Most people are reporting easier success with ASUS products and is as simple as downloading the Android ISO and by using UNetbootin you can install the image to a USB stick or SD card. Once complete, just throw that puppy in your computer and you can now run Honeycomb from the comfort of your desk or lap. Most hardware is fully functional, including Wi-Fi, and you can even download the Android Market and various apps. Jump past the cut to see some guy’s rather lengthy, sometimes comical, Youtube video showing Android 3.2 running on his Eee PC netbook. With the recent release of Android 4.0 I can only imagine that developers will soon try and climb that mountain as well. Super exciting!

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More CM7 Love For The Droid 3 and Bionic

CM7 just seems to be going viral these days and really, we can’t blame anyone for using it.  To be a little more thorough and technical, it’s freaking awesome!  That is, once all of the bugs are ironed out.  Last month the Droid Bionic got its turn to boot up CyanogenMod7 and frankly, it looked extremely promising. Well, we’re one step closer to getting it fully working on the Bionic, thanks to developer, hashcode, and it looks fantastic.  Check out the video below courtesy of our Android friends over at Droid Life.  In addition, and though we’ve seen it before, the developer managed to get the ROM up and running on the Droid 3 since it happens to have a nearly identical chipset as the Bionic.  Not too shabby hitting two phones with one stone like that.

And now for the caveat; If you’re not an experienced developer and you can’t stand initial bugs then we highly suggest you pass on this download until a more stable ROM comes along, which shouldn’t be long at this rate.  However, if you choose to jump on it, be sure to understand that you’re doing this at your own risk.  Good luck and report back.  Happy ROM’ing.  Hit the break to check out the videos.   Read more

Google Wallet now on all Nexus S phones [Courtesy of XDA]

Google Wallet is just about 2 weeks old, but has only been available to Sprint Nexus S owners. Thankfully XDA users, kibmcz, venumx, and got2best have Google Wallet fully functional for the rest of the Nexus S owners. Don’t worry, you can do it whether you are stock or have a custom ROM, but you have to be rooted. You will even get the $10 credit, but Google and MasterCard won’t be pleased.

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The HTC Hero Gets Some Sense 3.5 Love [Courtesy of XDA]

One of my favorite things about the developer community, primarily the folks over at XDA, is the fact that thanks to their blood sweat and tears, devices rocking 2+ year old specs can easily be revitalized by porting current and up to date ROM’s to them.  The latest and greatest to receive the makeover is the HTC Hero.  Thanks to the new and upcoming budget friendly HTC Pico and some similar device specs, developer Flashinglights was able to port the Sense 3.5 interface over to the Hero with ease.  Similar specs such as a QVGA display and an ARMv6 CPU made the port possible to perform.  Thanks to the help of several other developers in the Hero section, a rebuilding of the ROM from scratch was successful and now available for the masses to enjoy.  So, if you still have your old HTC Hero,  now is the time to give it a makeover.

Keep in mind that the build is still in its initial phase so keep an eye for evident bugs and report them back to the dev team so as to improve the ROM for daily use.  And here’s certianly to the hopes that more of the older devices (cough cough G1) can start to receive some new ROM’n love, and I’m not talking about soup here.  If you’re ready to give this a go then head on over to the complete original thread here and initial thread here.  And don’t forget, you’re attempts at this are solely your own and TA is not responsible if you brick your Hero.  That being said, enjoy.

Team Heroc is composed of dastin1015 and flashinglights. We will be working alongside TeamSuicide whose members are tazzpatriot, condemndsoul, and macrodroid to give you guys the best sense 3.5 experience.

Explorer Sense is based of the leaked RUU of the HTC Pico, thanks to our chinese friend idogx whos build for the chinese version of the hero cdma helped a lot getting this thing off the ground.

[via XDA]

Droid X2 and Droid Bionic Join ROM Manager’s List of Supported Devices (Video Tutorial)

With over 3 million downloads, there’s no doubt as to why root users are downloading ROM Manager by the butload.  Its ease and simplicity have made it possible for those who know very little about ROM’ing to get their feet wet.  Well, among those millions we can now add Droid X2 and Droid Bionic users.  Thanks to the ClockworkMod team the list of supported devices continues to expand.  Obviously you’ll need root access for this as well as to be bootstrapped.  An official Bionic bootstrap is said to be coming soon but for now the current version will suffice.

If you’re a newbie, there’s no doubt about it.  ROM Manager is the tool to get things done when it comes to the awesome world of swapping ROM’s hassle free.  If you’re ready to give it a go you can head on over to our popular apps database for the download where you’ll also find a QR code available or you can simply grab it from the Android Market.  If you’re a X2 or Bionic owner and have successfully used ROM Manager, definitely feel free to let us know what you think of it in the comments below.  In addition, after the break, we’ve added the Android Market tutorial for the full walk through on how to install and use ROM Manager for your ROM’ing enjoyment.  Have fun.   Read more

HP TouchPad CyanogenMod Port Showing More and More Improvement Every Day (Video)

The HP TouchPad continues to make its debut as the CyanogenMod team improves its functionality hitting milestone after milestone.  The team, hard at work, has released another video demonstrating the device utilizing both of its 1.5 GHz cores to their full potential.  In addition, the teams has rectified the sound issue and touts the devices ability to sport 3D gaming.  Furthermore, hardware accelerated video is now working offering you 720p HD video playback for videos stored on the device as well as high quality YouTube videos.  The team aims to remain true to its original intentions which is to allow the device to dual boot on either Android or webOS.  Check out the video demo below and don’t forget to let us know what you think of the progress so far.

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[via androidcommunmity]