Just when we thought all is lost after Google sent a C&D to Cyanogen, the man comes back to us with a strong resolution to continue his great work.
The issue that’s raised is the redistribution of Google’s proprietary applications like Maps, GTalk, Market, and YouTube. These are not part of the open source project and are only part of “Google Experience” devices. They are Google’s intellectual property and I intend to respect that. I will no longer be distributing these applications as part of CyanogenMod. But it’s OK. None of the go-fast stuff that I do involves any of this stuff anyway. We need these applications though, because we all rely so heavily on their functionality. I’d love for Google to hand over the keys to the kingdom and let us all have it for free, but that’s not going to happen. And who can blame them?
There are lots of things we can do as end-users and modders, though, without violating anyones rights. Most importantly, we are entitled to back up our software. Since I don’t work with any of these closed source applications directly, what I intend to do is simply ship the next version of CyanogenMod as a “bare bones” ROM. You’ll be able to make calls, MMS, take photos, etc. In order to get our beloved Google sync and applications back, you’ll need to make a backup first. I’m working on an application that will do this for you.
You can read the whole article here. Please continue to give him your support. He is one of the few dev on the front-lines that delivers the best of the best mods out there.
Ever wanted to listen to music on your phone without the hassle of hooking it up into a stereo system or grabbing the head phones? This mod is very useful if you want to hear a few tunes in your car, in the bath, or even at work.
There are many methods to apply this mod, but here is the quickest way - Download Volume+ app. Volume+ should work for most Android devices. It is highly recommend that you use this app!
The steps below is the manual process and is only compatible for certain phones.
Now, if you have followed this guide to create your petitions, you are probably wondering what they do. The Ext2/3/4 partition allows you to use the app2SD(install apps directly to your sdcard). Now some ROMs automatically have the App2SD capability... However, in most cases, it has to be done by the Apps2SD program available on the market. The linux swap is basically virtual memory for your phone when it runs out of RAM.
To back up the apps from the petition you have created and restore them back on your phone. Follow these instructions:
So, in the process of scouring the internet for some Android related news, I found this interesting footage of a recent Apple store robbery. Of course, Apple being one of the main competitors against the Android system.
In the video, its funny how the reporters play this off as the work of professional thieves that we usually see on movie theaters. To me, what is more actually surprising is that Apple was not prepared for this type of robbery. All the robbers did was use common sense along the way (i.e. wear masks, gloves, be highly coordinated, etc etc). Now, if you want to see a movie-like robbery, check this out.
However, the US Hero will be coming with a twist. As seen above, the device has been modified with curved corners and displaced button positions. Thankfully, at $179 with contract, all of its guts remains the same... I don't know about you, but i feel like the new design is big step backwards from the original, which had a nice sleek look and feeling. Do yourself a favor, and buy the original. It's well worth the money.
Screenshots of the new market upgrade have been leaked. Although there is no offical word on what will actually change, we can see the new UI is alot more user friendly, with better nagivation and interface. Supposedly, this update will come with the "Donut" build.