Creator of CyanogenMod hired by Samsung

by djsharpe on August 16, 2011

Here’s some surprising news for the Android community. Steve Kondik, better known as “Cyanogen”, the creator of the infamous Android custom ROM,CyanogenMod; has recently been hired by Samsung Mobile to work as a software engineer. It looks like all his modding and development has paid off and finally got him noticed by the big boys, in this case, Samsung.

Samsung must have also realized the interest in third-party firmware for Android handsets and has decided to invest in the people behind them to improve its own phones. This means that future Android phones from the Korean manufacturer might carry CyanogenMod, or at the very least – its influence on the whole user experience and interface.

For those of you who are worried about the future of CyanogenMod, Steve Kondik has announced that it will remain as a side project – but whether his new full time job will affect the timing of releases or quality of the mod is yet to be known, though if that happens, hopefully somebody capable can step up to take Cyanogen’s place in CM development.

via: http://www.ubergizmo.com/2011/08/creator-cyanogenmod-samsung/

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Here’s an innovative site piggy backing on the success of Google+.  For those of you that are already users, you will know that your user ID is not a simple one to remember. It is a twenty one digit number that identifies who you are. Although this is great for security, it can sometimes make locating a friend a bit of a chore. Gplus.to has stepped in to help give you that custom URL we all so desire.

They offer a very simple yet almost necessary service. Navigate your browser to gplus.to and type in the user name or ‘nick’ you wish to go by then add your G+ ID number and hit create. To find your Google+ ID number simply click on your ‘profile’ circle at the top of your account. They already have a ton of people who have already started doing this so you might want to jump in there and get your preferred nickname before someone else does.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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New Android Market App leaked

by djsharpe on July 13, 2011

The new Android Market 3.0.26 has been leaked and I have to say I’m really liking the new layout. Also, it offers a lot of new stuff and gives you the option to purchase books, the Movie Renting feature is a welcome addition for movie enthusiasts as they can rent their favorite movies for as low as $1.99. The new Android Market covers all the necessary bases for your movie information needs as you can have a glance at the detailed synopsis, cast, crew, movie previews, reviews and recommendations pertaining to each listed movie. Also, you have the option to pin your favorite movie picks so that you may watch them while offline.

Other handy new features added to the client include support for multiple Google accounts and the option to share links to Market apps with your friends through a host of advanced sharing options such as Facebook, Twitter, Gmail, messaging etc. I’m attaching the APK of it here so you can give it a try yourself. Simply download the APK to your SD card and upgrade your current Market install. Enjoy!

New Android Market 3.0.26 Download

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A quick easy way to create flash on the MAC

by djsharpe on July 9, 2011

So I decided to write a quick tutorial on a real easy way to create flash on the Mac since I’ve been tasked to create a bunch of flash files for work’s new web site. Here’s the steps I used to create it:

1. I took all the needed screen shots and numbered them in the order I would use them.

2. After getting all my screen shots in order I opened up iMovie and imported my screen shots in the order I want them. Here I can edit them to my liking and finalize them when I’m done.

3. Finally export them as a movie file. Next I use Wondershare Video Converter to convert my video to a flash file. I import the video file into Wondershare and export the video as a flash file and thats it. I have now created a flash file.

So this is how I created the flash files for my works new website. The whole process was pretty painless except for the time it took to create all the screen shots. All in all the project so far is turning out great. I will update this if I change my process of what I am currently doing.

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Users Weigh in on Google+

by djsharpe on July 8, 2011

I’ve been using G+ for a little while now and still trying to develop my own opinion on it so I figured I’d do some research and see what others are saying. One of the biggest down falls for me so far have been the lock down and most of the non techie people I know aren’t in the know on Google+ yet. I guess time will tell if if it catches on.

What They’re Saying

“I’d love to see Spark stories based on social activity around those stories, eg. “iPhone 5 picture leaked, +384, +3 Friends”. It might also be interesting to create circles of Sparks, eg. “Mobile” would contain the keywords “iphone, android, palm”, hmm, that might be a bit cumbersome, but there is something to it.”

Kevin Rose, founder of Digg

“I find the UI to be weak, would be better in a column format. The fact you have to click each box to add someone to a circle and the sheer inability to really sort (yes, yes, I know, we have circles).”

— Serena Ehrlich, West Coast Executive Director of Attention

“I like Google+ quite a bit so far. I was never in love with Facebook, although it beat the heck out of Myspace in terms of usability.”

— Benj Edwards, tech blogger

“After a week, I have almost half as many Google+ friends as the Facebook ones I’ve collected over five years — but only 1/32th as many Google+ pals as Twitter followers. I can’t tell if that’s good, bad, or neutral.”

— Harry McCracken, founder of Technologizer

“So, what is the etiquette on posting the same stuff on Facebook and +? Does anyone know the protocol yet?”

— Tarik Najeddine, New York City

My real-world friends have stopped using Google Plus. The question is whether they’ll start again once more people are allowed to join.”

— Jared Newman, tech blogger

“I like Google+ because I can share my interests via Circles vs Facebook where my ‘friends’ have no interest in what I have to say. Twitter has too much ‘noise’.”

— Leighton Nelson, St. Louis, Mo.

“The UI is clean and simple which makes it nice to look at for extended periods of time. The integration needs some work but it’s exciting to think of the possibilities ahead.”

— Kevin Medeiros, Cambridge, Mass.

“G+ Hangout, Picasa/Gmail/GChat integration, and Circles could compel me to close up FaceBook shop. Now all I need are my 300 FaceBook friends.”

— Patrick Moorhead, Corporate VP at AMD

“I’m starting to wonder if Google+ will be the Betamax of Social Networking. Better than Facebook…but never getting the traction. But I guess it’s still too early to tell.”

— Laura La Gassa

via: PC World

 

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Can the cross-platform LiveProfile take the place of the once dominant blackberry messenger? It states on their webpage thats it’s “the blazing fast, 100% free, and easy to use smartphone messenger for Android, iPhone, and Blackberry”. I must admit it has some great features including some of the ones that I came to appreciate using the blackberry messenger along with a good looking user interface.

However, The major flaw I see is that it doesn’t integrate with all the popular messaging clients. So it’s similar to the BB messenger where you can only communicate with other BB users but this is a cross-platform app so in theory I think it should integrate with all the major messaging clients making it the end all be all in IM clients. But before you tell me how there are so many other options that integrate with the majority of the messaging clients just remember… There STILL is not one that does them all! Once that happens I will be a happy camper. As for now I will stick with Skype for work & Seesmic as my Twitter client.

Feel free to leave a comment with what mobile messaging clients you are using.

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215,000 plus CyanogenMod 7 Downloads

by djsharpe on May 8, 2011

As you know from previous posts I’m a big fan/supporter of the CyanogenMod Development team ever since getting my Droid and rooting it. I’ve looked into other ROM’s but so far the CyanogenMod team has made me happy with everything from UI, battery life & cool tools. So I wasn’t surprised when I read this on BGR:

CyanogenMod is one of the most popular custom Android ROMs currently available. With a wide rang of supported devices, and active developer community, the Android enhancement gets a fair number of installs. Just how many installs, you ask? CyanogenMod has published statistics for its most recent build — CyanogenMod 7 — and the numbers are quite impressive. Version 7 has been installed 217,894 times at time of article writing. Nearly 45% of those installs occurred in the U.S. and Sweden, with Norway, Finland, and the U.K. rounding out the top five installers. A pretty impressive feat. Congrats to the CyanogenMod development community!

CyanogenMod 7 Stats

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5 Android Apps You Must Check Out

by djsharpe on May 3, 2011

The great thing about the smart phone is there is never a shortage of apps available. I for one have become a huge Droid fan. Since the Android platform is open source it gives way to a whole lot of creative freedom to develop amazing apps as well as trying out new customized ROM’s. I’m going to list five apps that I use on a daily basis that I feel will significantly enhance your Android experience.

1. Seesmic is the best way to manage your social networks in one powerful and yet simple app. You can see and update your Facebook, Twitter, Google Buzz and Salesforce Chatter accounts all at the same time, search and get notifications for new messages! You can share photos, videos and location using the service of your choice like Plixi, yFrog, TwitPic and even YouTube. It also includes a widget so you won’t ever miss a single update from any service.

2. Applanet’s massive database contains more than 14,000 Android applications. You have access to the latest version of both free and paid applications found in the Android Market and even some you can’t find and will not need to pay for anything! Applanet is your one-stop alternative app market. *Note* Your phone must be rooted with Superuser privileges to access this app.

3. ClockworkMod – also known as Clockwork and CWM – is a custom recovery for Android phones and tablets that allows you to perform several advanced recovery, restoration, installation and maintenance operations on your Android device that aren’t possible with the stock recovery.

4. Meet Pulse, a beautiful application that makes browsing news from websites and social networks fun and engaging. Pulse takes your favorite websites (including Facebook) and transforms them into a colorful and interactive mosaic. Tap on an article, and you will see a clean and elegant view of the story. Sharing a story via Facebook, Twitter or email is as easy as two taps. Pulse has been featured in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Fortune, BusinessWeek, Techcrunch and more. Experience Pulse today – you will never look at news the same way again.

5. The XDA app allows you to view forums, start new threads, reply to topics, check your PMs and more. Currently, the software is at version 1.1, so expect some great new features to come!

The XDA app is experienced best over a WiFi or high speed cellular network.

Premium App

The Premium version of the official XDA-Developers app lets you access the world-famous XDA forums, plus reply to threads, add new ones, manage your PMs and more!

What makes the Premium app different than the original XDA app?
+ No annoying ads
+ Ability to collapse top bar to maximize screen real estate
+ Access to Legacy forums
+ Ability to add forum shortcuts to your Android homescreen for super quick access to your favorites
+ Custom XDA color scheme (changeable to default through Settings)
+ Choose whether to land on first post, last post, or first unread post within a given thread
+ Bug fixes
Which apps have you tried? What additional must have Android apps are you currently using?

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Since I recently got around to rooting my new Droid and honestly I couldn’t be more thrilled with it. I’m proud to say that I’m now one of those annoying guys who wont stop playing with his phone. So be it. I’m a techie and I’ve come to grips with it. Though if you see me walking around with one of those obnoxious little blue tooth head sets stuck in my ear you have my permission to punch me square in the face.

All nonsense aside I’ve really started embracing the mobile culture which means embracing mobile design standards. If you’re using WordPress it takes a lot of the work out of setting all the necessary css settings for different phone types.

I’m currently experimenting with WordPress Mobile Pack and WPtouch and am happy to announce that you can now access djsharpe.com with your favorite mobile device. Look for more enhancements in the days to come.

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Warning:
Messing with the firmware of your phone can easily end in a “bricked” handset which is only of use as a paperweight. Proceed at your own risk. I am not responsible for any damages or loss which results from following the instructions below.

About:
The problems started when HTC released their 1.72.405.3 OTA update. That update could not be rooted, and many people got stuck in stock roms. Now a downgrade method has arrived! After this process, you can use any root (+ S-OFF) method you want. Basically your device will be just like any other Desire HD with older build version.

System requirements:

  • HTC Sync (or ADB drivers)
  • Desire HD with build number 1.72 or higher
  • [Warning] Telus DHDs may lose sound because the 1.32.405.6 is not fully compatible with the sound chip. Just start using a custom ROM, and it will work fine.

How to downgrade:

  • IF you have a branded device, you have to make a GoldCard. Use “mmc2” instead of “mmc1”!!
  • Download the attached file and extract it
  • Get stock 1.32 PD98IMG.zip ROM, mirror
  • Connect Desire HD to a computer. Charge only, USB Debugging enabled!
  • Open up a cmd and go to Downgrade folder, execute:

adb push psneuter /data/local/tmp
adb push misc_version /data/local/tmp
adb shell chmod 777 /data/local/tmp/psneuter
adb shell chmod 777 /data/local/tmp/misc_version
adb shell /data/local/tmp/psneuter
adb shell

If you got “#” in the result, you have temporary root! Proceed:

cd /data/local/tmp
./misc_version -s 1.31.405.6

 

  • Put PD98IMG.zip to your SD card. You can close the cmd and set connection to disk drive. Do not put the file into a folder.
  • Reboot while holding volume down, it will go to the bootloader
  • Follow the instructions (start the update)
  • Done. You can now proceed with old S-OFF methods, and remove the PD98IMG.zip from your SD. I recommend Radio S-OFF for new users.

Downgrade Tools

Credits: Scotty2, rhcp, Guhl, Jkoljo and all over at XDA

PS. When you’re done, Do yourself a favor and flash the CM7 ROM😉

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