Tag Archive: Android


Motorola G (XT1032) User Guide.

For those who are not yet decided to get this fantastic device, here’s a user manual, where you can read through what the phone can do and then make up your mind ( and run to your nearest store) to get one…

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Nexus 5 vs Samsung S4

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OK, so here are my favorite devices, face 2 face.

I won’t go into deep details, just simple spec comparment, which might be helpful for those thinking about buying a new device from Android “heaven”…

So… Let’s get started.

The Google Nexus 5 has 138x69x8.6mm and Samsung  S4  137x70x7.9mm. It’s a matter of mm’s, so I think it won’t be the most important point. Both phones will put 130g of weight in your pocket.

Screen

Google Nexus 5 has  4.95″ screen with full HD 1920×1080 IPS 445ppi display, on contrary to Samsung S4 with its 5″ full HD 1920×1080 Super AMOLED 441ppi display.

CPU
Google Nexus 5 comes with the latest Quad-core 2.26GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor, while
Samsung  S4 comes with “older” Quad-core 1.9GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 processor. (there’s also 8core version for some markets).

So, on paper the Google Nexus 5 beats the Samsung Galaxy S4 in processing power, and probably will offer an even smoother experience.

Battery
A bit of disappointment here, as the Google Nexus 5 comes with 2,300mAh battery, while the Samsung S4 is fitted with 2,600mAh unit, which is swapable, unlike built-in on Nexus 5.

As for claims (on paper for now), even with smaller battery, the Google Nexus 5 matches the Samsung Galaxy S4 in battery life. For real results we will have to wait for some tests to be done…

Software
As typival with all new Nexus devices, the Google Nexus 5 comes with the freshly released Android 4.4 Kitkat operating system, while Samsung S4 is “on the road” with Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean operating system, with 4.3 rolling out now for most markets and versions (GT-I9500 &GT-I-9505).

Google Nexus 5 comes with completely vanilla user interface, in contrary to Samsung’s own Touchwiz user interface.

Cameras
For the photo “maniacs” it might be a bit of disappointment, that Google Nexus 5 has “only” 8MP rear camera, mated with 1.3MP front camera, while Samsung S4 comes with 13MP rear camera, 2MP front camera, however, the Nexus 5 has optical image stabilisation, which might help make sharper images.

Storage
The latest Google Nexus 5 comes in two versions, 16GB or 32GB of ROM coupled with 2GB of RAM. On the other side, the S4 comes wit three versions; 16GB, 32GB or 64GB of ROM,but has microSD card slot, which can cooperate with microSD cards up to 64GB. It has 2GB of RAM as well.

So, it looks like tough quest (at least for me), as both devices have their own advantages…

 

UPDATE : Samsung has released Galaxy S4 GT-I9506 with the new Quad-core 2.3GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor with LTE-A support.

Android OTA 4.0.4 GSM Only

At last there’s something … fresh 🙂

So if you have Nexus (Prime) GSM version here’s your option for update.

READ carefuly what you need, what you have to have and how to do it!!!

Note : You MUST be on stock 4.0.2 ROM with radio XXKK6, otherwise any attempt wil fail!!!

  1. You need a GSM Galaxy Nexus with the product codename ‘yakju’. NOT the Verizon Galaxy Nexus, or ‘yakjuxw’, or ‘yakjusc’ or any of the other variants we’ve heard about. Check your product name before you begin using this app.
  2. You need to be running stock Android 4.0.2 (ICL53F) rather than any custom ROM.
  3. You need the Android SDK installed. Note the path.
  4. You need fastboot. (Windows or Mac)
  5. You need to unlock your bootloader. If you haven’t done that (and you really should), here’s how. (Note that if you haven’t already completed this step, unlocking your bootloader will wipe all data on your phone.)
  6. Download the Android 4.0.2 to 4.0.4 update from Google here.
  7. Download the latest ClockWorkmod recovery image from here.

Steps:

  1. Copy the OTA package above to the /sdcard folder on your Galaxy Nexus
  2. Drop the ClockworkMod file in the same folder you have fastboot in on your computer in the SDK folder (either /tools or /platform-tools). Rename it to cwm.img to make things easy.
  3. Reboot your Galaxy Nexus to bootloader mode (hold volume-up and volume-down, then press power).
  4. Plug your phone into your computer, and open a command prompt or terminal. Navigate to the folder with fastboot and thecwm.img inside it.
  5. At the command line, type the following: fastboot-windows.exe boot cwm.img (or just fastboot.exe if that’s what you’ve got)
  6. Use the ClockWorkMod recovery menu to flash a zip file from the SD card, and choose the OTA zip file you downloaded earlier.
  7. Let things run their course.

I AM NOT TAKING CREDIT OR DONATIONS OR ANY OTHER BIT OF THE GREAT PRO BONO WORK  THAT ARE INCLUDED IN THIS POST.

(credit to marcomsousa)

Android codes

Here some codes to “discover” your droid (use at own risk!!!)

*#*#4636#*#* Display information about Phone, Battery and Usage statistics

*#*#7780#*#* Restting your phone to factory state-Only deletes application data and applications

*2767*3855# It’s a complete wiping of your mobile also it reinstalls the phones firmware

*#*#34971539#*#* Shows completes information about the camera

*#*#7594#*#* Changing the power button behavior-Enables direct poweroff once the code enabled

*#*#273283*255*663282*#*#* For a quick backup to all your media files

*#*#197328640#*#* Enabling test mode for service activity

*#*#232339#*#* OR *#*#526#*#* OR *#*#528#*#* Wireless Lan Tests

*#*#232338#*#* Displays Wi-Fi Mac-address

*#*#1472365#*#* For a quick GPS test

*#*#1575#*#* A Different type GPS test

*#*#0283#*#* Packet Loopback test

*#*#0*#*#* LCD display test

*#*#0673#*#* OR *#*#0289#*#* Audio test

*#*#0842#*#* Vibration and Backlight test

*#*#2663#*#* Displays touch-screen version

*#*#2664#*#* Touch-Screen test

*#*#0588#*#* Proximity sensor test

*#*#3264#*#* Ram version

*#*#232331#*#* Bluetooth test

*#*#7262626#*#* Field test

*#*#232337#*# Displays bluetooth device address

*#*#8255#*#* For Google Talk service monitoring

*#*#4986*2650468#*#* PDA, Phone, Hardware, RF Call Date firmware info

*#*#1234#*#* PDA and Phone firmware info

*#*#1111#*#* FTA Software version

*#*#2222#*#* FTA Hardware verion

*#*#44336#*#* Displays Build time and change list number

*#06# Displsys IMEI number

*#*#8351#*#* Enables voice dialing logging mode

*#*#8350#*#* Disables voice dialing logging mode

 

(all credits to Renjith)

How to run ADB on Windows PC.

If you don’t know what is ADB don’t bother asking…

For user, who have difficulties running ADB on Windows PC here’s the step by step instruction (tested myself, working on W7 Ultimate) :

ADB for Dummies

Note : I AM NOT TAKING CREDIT OR DONATIONS , OR ANY OTHER BIT OF THE GREAT PRO BONO WORK DONE ON A REGULAR BASIS BY XDA DEVS THAT ARE INCLUDED IN THIS POST.

English: Wordmark of HTC. Trademarked by HTC.

Image via Wikipedia

Hi HTC users, there’s a great opprtunity to bring up to date your HTC device,thanks to Football, who is constantly contributing and updating all, or at least almost all HTC devices.

To choose your ROM head over to his thread and pick yours…

http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1335368Note : I AM NOT TAKING CREDIT OR DONATIONS OR ANY OTHER BIT OF THE GREAT PRO BONO WORK DONE ON A REGULAR BASIS BY XDA DEVS THAT ARE INCLUDED IN THIS POST.

Do it at your own risk!!! Read complete guide once and then apply , if you skip any step then it can cause of bricked phone.
Follow this Guide on your risk and if your device gets damaged or bricked during the process, I am not responsible. Please follow steps carefully

Requirements

  1. CF root modified kernel for XXKI3 firmware – Mirrors | Multiupload link
  2. Download ODIN3-v1.85 from here  [use only this version otherwise it can bring serious problems]

Rooting Samsung Galaxy S II running Android 2.3.5 XXKI3 Firmware

  1. Unzip CF Root kernel file and you will see a .tar file, it is possible that your pc shows .tar file as extractable archive but don’t extract it further. save this .tar file on safe place like desktopCf-root-.tar-file-after-extracting
  2. Unzip Odin too and you will see two files first is .exe and second .ini Odin_tool
  3. Right click on Odin3 v1.85.exe and run it as adminRun-Odin
  4. Check Auto Reboot , F.Reset Time and leave Re-partition unchecked.
  5. Now click on PDA button and select CF-Root-SGS2_XX_OXA_KI3-v4.1-CWM4.tar Selecting-.tar-file
  6. After this, put your Samsung Galaxy S 2 in download mode.
  7. To do that Switch off your phone
  8. and press and hold volume down and middle key ,while holding both keys press power on key (don’t leave until it boots in download mode)
    if your phone is unable to boot in download mode don’t proceed to next step ,please try again until it boot in download mode
  9. Once your phone is in download mode, you can connect your phone to the computer via USB.
  10. Just after connecting you will ID COM box in Odin will turn yellow and in message box ADDED appears
  11. Click on the Start button and wait for the kernel flashing process to complete.
  12. During this process don’t stop Odin and don’t turn off phone.
  13. Once the process is over, your phone will reboot automatically

How to remove yellow warning triangle

  1. Download Stock kernel of XXKI3 | Password: intratech@XDA
  2. Extract it by double clicking on it ,you will get .tar file
  3. Now flash this .tar file on your phone , flashing procedure is same as above. you have to use kernel .tar file instead of cf root .tar file
(Big thanks to Kuldeep singh for this tutorial and as always XDA-DEVELOPERS.COM)
I AM NOT TAKING CREDIT OR DONATIONS  OR ANY OTHER BIT OF THE GREAT PRO BONO WORK DONE ON A REGULAR BASIS BY XDA DEVS THAT ARE INCLUDED IN THIS POST.

Flashing SE Xperia phones


EASY WAY  (for newcomers and basic users) 
I WILL NOT BE RESPONSIBLE IF ANYTHING GOES WRONG!!!

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OPTION 1 – Install *.ftf files

1. Install Flashtool 

2. Copy the *.ftf files that you `ve downloaded earlier to firmwares folder from Flashtool.

3. Click “Flash” button from flashtool and select the *.ftf file firmware and click “OK”

4. Relax and wait a while. When the proccess is completed you will get a popup message (don`t click on that!!!)

5. 

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a. Unplug your USB cable from PC
b. Power off your phone
c. Press back button and keep your finger on button
d. Plug USB cable to PC
e. Check if the green LED appear
f. On popup message press "OK" button
g. When "Found at USB/........" appear on flash tool you may release "back button", sit down, relax and wait.

6. IF the “Start Flashing” message appear everything`s ok if not…repeat. Sitdown and relax (again  )

7. When last message appear unplug/plug USB cable

8. Repeat steps 2 – 7 for MT

9. DONNE 


Wink HARD WAY (for advanced users) 

I WILL NOT BE RESPONSIBLE IF ANYTHING GOES WRONG!!!

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OPTION 2 – install *.sin files

1. Install Falshtool.exe
2. Unzip your FW version
3. Unzip Dualtouch
4. Now, after install flashtool you will get this files

5. Copy your FW and Dualtouch to firmwares folder

6. (optional) Copy kernel.sin from Dualtouch foler to your FW forder and overight the existing one.

– this step will install dualtouch on flash

7. Open X10FlashTool.exe from Flashtool folder and go to Advanced > Bundle Creation

8. Click on dots

9. Choose the path to you FW and click “open”

10. Put whatever you want on (1) select all files from left, click right arrow (2) and ok (3)

11. Now wait a while and you will get your *.ftf file on firmwares folder

– This is the file you`ll use to flash your phone. Now go up to STEP 1 on 2nd POST.

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I have nothing to do with this!
All credits and donations goes to Androxyde &  Bin4ry (for making this genial tool) and Ricardo Rendeiro for this genial tutorial.

HTC Desire S vs. Nexus S

Ok, as a owner of both devices decided to write some facts…

HTC Desire S – 115 x 59.8 x 11.6 mm, 130g

Samsung Google Nexus S – 123.9 x 63 x 10.9 mm, 129g

Both phones are  similar in design and belong  mid to high-end class of smartphones.As an diehard HTC fan I’d say the HTC Desire S is a nicer looking , but it’s a very close.

The HTC Desire S has the smaller of the two screens at 3.7″, it’s a  S-LCD capacitive touchscreen coming it at 480×800 pixels and featuring so called ‘Gorilla Glass’ display. Multi-touch input, accelerometer and touch sensitive controls, replacing physical buttons (imo physical buttons are better). As usual, the phone comes with the HTC Sense 2.1 user interface  onboard.

Samsung  Google Nexus S has a 4″ Super Amoled touchscreen, also at 480×800 pixels (this apply for GT-i9020 version.Mine is GT-i9023 and comes with S-LCD screen). The phone have a contoured curved glass display with an oleophobic surface. Multi-touch, accelerometer and gyro sensors along with touch sensitive controls confirming that the Nexus S is on pair with the Desire S .

The Desire S comes with 1.1 GB of ROM (onboard storage) with slot for Micro SD cards (up to 32 GB) topped with 768 MB of RAM.

Nexus S is equipped with 16 GB ROM (onboard storage) , RAM “stopped” at 512 MB. There is no card support on the Nexus S.

The Desire S is powered with a 1 GHz Qualcomm Scorpion processor  (MSM8255 Snapdragon) co-operating with Adreno 205 graphics processor (GPU).

Nexus S comes with ARM Cortex-A8 processor, clocked at  1 GHz (using Hummingbird chipset), coupled with PowerVR SGX540 GPU.

Both handsets are powered with single core technology .

Both phones have 5 MPx cameras, which is enough for average quality photos and video.

The Nexus S main camera has a resolution of 2560 x 1920 pixels, while video capture is 480p(WVGA). Autofocus, touch focus, LED flash and geo-tagging are there. Secondary camera (for video calling) comes with VGA resolution.

Desire S camera has 2592 x 1944 pixels,supporting image stabilisation. Video capture is capable of HD at 720p. Secondary camera here is also VGA.

Both handsets running latest version of Google’s Android OS (Gingerbread), Android 2.3.3 (on HTC Desire S) and Android  2.3.4 (on Nexus S) respectively, which is about as good as it gets for Android smartphones for now… With overall better performance, Gingerbread also features a more extensive app management (Gingerbread actively keeps controll on  running apps and if any of them are idle or use too much power  close them). Application management allow you to see how much battery power, processor power, storage space and active memory is being used by each  application.

HTC Desire S looks nicer and it’s power compared with the Nexus S is better ,(but as mentioned at beginning, I am a diehard HTC fan, so this is my personal opinion).

 

Android on HTC Kaiser (aka TyTN II)

So you have old smartphone (HTC Kaiser) laying in drawer… and don’t like the ancient WinMo OS???  Here is the steps how to convert it to Android running SMARTPHONE :

HUGE THANKS to l1q1d who made this guide 🙂

Before starting

you need:

  • python 2.7 installed on your system
  • atools
  • a class 4 (better class 6) sd card free space > 1 G (only if you install on sd or virtual disk)
  • time
  • a working brain
  • androidinstall.tgz/tar (look in the xda forum)
  • Hard-spl installed

Nand

This mode erase windows from the device, is quite more fast than haret method and you need to hard spl your device. You can access to Nand partion 2 and 3 and all sd and sd virtual images.

  1. Open Nbheditor

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  1. Choose your branch (Develop or Stable) Button E
  2. Selct how to install (NAND) button D
  3. Download latest release button B
  4. Select your device box G
  5. Select resolution box H (suggest 240×320)
  6. Select Version Box I (usually froyo)
  7. Select Panel type (avaible only for kaiser and polaris, auto is now avable with latest kernel but in testing)
  8. Select Keymap (avaible only for Kaiser device)
  9. you can change the advanced options but on first time left all as it is
  10. on w box select where the system search for partion
    • mtd* -> Nand (suggested for both system and data)
    • mmc* -> Sdcard (you need to create it using sdpartitioner)
    • *img -> Virtual disk on sdcard (you need to create it, you can create it with bse)
  11. save button a
  12. put the KAISIMG/POLAIMG/VOGUEIMG.nbh in the root of your sdcard
  13. open rom mix https://i2.wp.com/img543.imageshack.us/img543/2992/kpackage.png https://i2.wp.com/img209.imageshack.us/img209/3933/mixer.gif
  14. open the downloaded androidinstall.tgz/tar button H
  15. select the set of modules K (D/E/F are now deprecated)
  16. extract the files button J
  17. save new androidinstall.tgz
  18. create a new dir on sdcard /andboot
  19. put androidinstall.tgz in /andboot
  20. open Boot scritp Editor https://i2.wp.com/img837.imageshack.us/img837/1751/packagedevelopment.png

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  1. select on C and D where you want to install the system and data (same of nbheditor)
  2. if you select image on disk you can change the size of virtual disk using G and H
  3. select first install check J
  4. if you select sdpartitions and you want to create them (you need them) select sd partiotioner Y
    1. select disk size 1
    2. select number of partition you need 2
    3. select the partition on Z and change to the correct type (ext for data and system, swap if you need swap)
    4. change the size if you need it 4
  5. press save
  6. put the install-seq.sh in /andboot
  7. press quit
  8. you need hard-spl installed on your device
  9. put sd in your device
  10. boot the phone with camera button pressed
  11. tricolor screen appear (boot screen)
  12. then flash from sd (gray)
  13. reset device when it finished
  14. cross your finger
  15. if you have black create a new nbh image file with a different screen.
  16. wait and don’t press dpad or vol up (install-seq start to install all)
  17. wait
  18. wait (it takes long time)
  19. if follow all steps your android phone is ready!