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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 and 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 and 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.

[via xda-stock or xda-custom roms]

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]

DROID Bionic WiFi tether hack for rooted users [Courtesy of XDA]

A lot of you were able to root your Bionic, but found that you couldn’t WiFi tether. It looks like Verizon and Motorola have stepped up their efforts in preventing your from tethering, but thanks to xda member ddv2005, you can now freely tether away.

From the post:


I found way to enable Hotspot without Verizon Provisioning. I used SQLLite Editor to modify settings.db for “Settings Storage” application ( ). Set entitlement_check to 0 and reboot the phone.


[via xda]

CyanogenMod7 Almost A Daily Driver On The HP TouchPad

It looks like everyone’s favorite selling tablet, thanks to its ridiculous price drop, is surely going the way of the Nook Color in that no one ever gave it a second glance as a worthy contender in the “cheap but effective as hell” tablet market.  The HP TouchPad has certainly come a long way since its first inception as a possible Android powered tablet.  We’ve also recently seen the device running the latest version of Gingerbread 2.3.5 thanks to Team TouchDroid’s blood, sweat and tears.  However, the real credit goes to the folks over at the CyanogenMod team, as its original code generators.

The CM7 team states that everything is running on the device smoothly with the exception of WiFi.  Now we know that’s big, but if you can remain patient, it’s only a matter of time until that issue is resolved as well.  Then you’ll have a cheap as hell Android tablet running one of the most respected ROM’s on the platform today.  Once the build is final, you should have no problem sporting this little guy as your daily tablet driver.  Check out the video after the break of the team’s progress and don’t forget to let us know what you think in the comments below.  Were you one of the lucky users able to get your hands on the device for a mere $99 bucks? Read more

DROID 2 Global Gingerbread build leaks

DROID 2 Global owners still can’t figure out where the Gingerbread update is. Earlier today we found out that the DROID 2 is very close, but we have a surprise for you DROID 2 Global owners. Build 4.5.606 has leaked and aceoyame made it available for you to download and flash.

You will have to return back to stock 2.4.330 with no root or custom recovery in order to flash this update. Since this is not the official update, you can SBF back to 2.4.330 in order to get it when it becomes available. You could also revert back to root upon doing this.


  1. Download the zip file (or mirror)
  2. Rename file to and place it in your root directory of your SD card
  3. Hold X as you turn the phone on
  4. Hit the magnifying glass and choose to install

[via rootzwiki]