Ah yes, the Nexus 4 smartphone. It’s no secret that waiting for that elusive device has been nothing short of frustrating and with LG’s rumored decision to take a break from the Nexus 4 production— it appears that Android fans will either need to wait for Google to have more inventory available or try to find some other sort of ummm… “alternatives” to suffice. With that in mind— the wizkid team of G33k3r, Rohan32, et. al came up with one hell of a Nexus 4 alternative for those who just can’t wait— and all you need is an LG Optimus G smartphone to start off with. As you know, the the Nexus 4 loosely based off the Optimus G smartphone (save for some minor differences like a pesky custom UI and all). With that in mind, the savvy folks basically figured out a way to overwrite the AT&T-based Optimus G firmware to that of a stock Nexus 4. What this does is literally changes everything from the bootloader to the actual AOSP software— effectively giving you an unofficial Nexus 4. Of course this special mod means that Optimus G users are willing to attempt this special modification will lose a lot which includes the coveted LTE capabilities and 8GB of the available 16GB storage space as the mod will cap the partition at a mere 8GB only.
Still, those are only minor things to nitpick really. This special modification will certainly be appealing to more than a few of you out there. If you’re up for trying this out or want more deets, hit the source link for more information.
source: XDA Forums
It’s no secret that the Nexus 4 is a device that’s ripe for modifications and all, so a new mod has surfaced that allows for the device to have improved video capabilities. It appears that when you have a Nexus that’s been unlocked and rooted, the video framerate improves from 12Mbps all the way to 20Mbps. All that’s needed is a quick XML change to the following:
One of the great things about Android phones is the ability to well… tinker with them. While most of the mod attention goes to the software side of things (i.e. rooting, ROMs, etc.), Android owners forget there is also the ability to tinker with a device’s hardware as well. With that in mind, a crafty Galaxy Nexus owner named Fenris_Ulf took some time to tinker with his device’s battery charging ability. Like most other devices, the Galaxy Nexus features a micro-USB output— which is susceptible to some wear, rendering charging of the device virtually useless and exactly what happened to Fenris_Ulf’s G-Nex.
Fenris_Ulf loved his Galaxy Nexus so much, that he bought another one— but this time, he took some precautionary measures in order to ensure his new Galaxy Nexus would charge… with or without the micro-USB out. He went ahead and ordered the extended battery and cover, a few Palm Touchstones, and a Palm Pixi touchstone cover. Using some geek wizardry (and some added luck), he managed to successfully mod the extended cover in order to all the device to charge inductively. OK in plain English: he hardwired some cables directly from the G-Nex’s innards onto the special cover, allowing for the full ability for him to simply place the modded G-Nex onto the specialized terminal and allow for inductive charging, (almost) no cables needed to charge the phone. Pretty cool isn’t it?
I’m sure you’re interested in all the deets, so hit the source link for the full details and instructions.
source: Hard Forum
Sure the Nexus Q is going to be a revolutionary media device for us Android users, but don’t forget— at the end of the day, it’s still a Nexus product and so you know what that means? It means that the Nexus Q is meant to be tinkered with and improved upon silly. After seeing the Q get unlocked and rooted for all kinds of tomfoolery, it was time to see what else could be done with the device. Well thanks to XDA Forum member fredc888, we are now one step closer to being able to see the full potential and take full advantage of the Q’s ability to run apps and games. fredc888 was able to successfully connect a Bluetooth-compliant HID mouse to the device. Yes friends a Bluetooth mouse. That is definitely big time.
While this is an exciting achievement, it is one that should be taken with extreme caution. As you might expect, the Q doesn’t have a traditional Bluetooth menu to allow it to connect to other devices outside of Android phones and tablets, so the Bluetooth stack configuration file must be directly edited to allow input devices and connect to them automatically and naturally— this step requires unlocking the bootloader, which effectively wipes the device’s data partition. Should you make an oopsies, unbricking options for the Nexus Q are limited and that means users should take extraordinary precaution when writing to the device.
Despite the significant risk to the Nexus Q– you can’t help but be excited at the idea of connecting additional gadgets to the device. So if you’re feeling a little lucky, brave or just plain curious, be sure to check out the complete thread— which you can find at the source link below.
source: XDA Forums
While we are waiting for Apple and HTC to hash out their differences regarding the Import delays for the possible Apple patent violations made by HTC, some folks have found a fix for a possible device annoyance. Regardless of which version of the One X is being used, folks have noticed a slight lag on HTC’s Sense 4.0 interface covering Google’s Ice Cream Sandwich.
Most of you who’ve had an HTC phone and are into modding should be familer with Rosie the Sense launcher. The mod tries to eliminate the lag being discussed. As the author of the mod puts it, it’s “a mod that locks the frame rate during page scroll in Sense launcher.” If you notice this too and have an international version of the device then hit the source link to snag the mod. As always, make a back up of your original files should the install get botched. As always you are responsible for what happens to your device when modding and tweaking.
Now here’s a cool one for you tablet users that like to tweak the appearance of your UI! XDA member BroBot175 has created a Metro UI theme for all tablets running Honeycomb or ICS! The theme is a fully functioning replica of Windows 8 that allows you to create your own tiles, and organize them however you want.
I flashed this theme over a week ago on my Galaxy Tab when the project was in its infancy and now its gotten polished enough for daily use. BroBot175 has even recently added support all ICS and Honeycomb tablets because he was getting so many requests for added support. Just like any other theme you simply flash in ClockworkMod Recovery and will then have to transfer over the tile images to get started. Set-up can take a while because you have to plot out every single tile using Desktop Visualizer widgets but if you follow the devs step by step instructions you should have no problems at all. So for those of you who like to customize the look of your device and want something completely different than the ICS or Honeycomb layout, you really should check this theme out! Hit the source link below to get started.
One of the world’s largest file-sharing sites on the internet was shut down today after its founder and several company executives were charged with violating piracy laws according to federal prosecutors. These charges accuse Megaupload.com of costing more than $500 million in lost revenue from pirated films as well as other pirated content for copyright holders. This happened a day after sites and companies, like Google, Wikipedia and Craigslist shut down in protest of the SOPA and PIPA proposals sent before Congress that were intended to stop online piracy.
This is a surprising turn of events as Megaupload was unique in that it had support from celebrities, musicians and other content producing folk that are usually the ones who are victims of said copyright infringement and piracy. The company complied with DMCA takedown requests in a timely fashion was endorsed by celebrities like Kim Kardashian, Alicia Keys and Kanye West, and the like. A lawyer for the company was quoted to say:
Many of the popular alternative textures and mods to vehicles and buildings in Grand Theft Auto 3 for PC have recently been found to transfer quite easily to the newly released anniversary edition for Android.In fact, one simply places the modified files in the sdcard/android/data/com.rockstar.gta3/files/gta3/ directory (which happens to be the same directory structure as the PC version). Check out the video with some mods in action.
The Samsung Vibrant is certainly an awesome phone right out of the box, but why not make it leaner, meaner, faster, and louder right? Below are some of my favorite mods/hacks that I have found and am using on my device. (But be sure to check out our general Galaxy S tips and tricks as well.)
Set The Volume to 11!
This mod will boost the maximum volume of your phone. It is unknown if this will cause any damage to your device to run it at full volume but it may cause hearing loss if its up next to your head. Root is not required for this.
 SRC Speech RX Volume
5_lvl : 88
Menu -> Key Input
Change to 100
Press back to save.
Source: bchalk via [XDA Forums]
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