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3 years ago

Bump Charging: What it is and how to do it

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Ever since the Droid Incredible was first released, we have heard about bump charging, and many of us are left wondering what is it, and how does one accomplish such a thing? If you have ever taken your Incredible or Thunderbolt off the charger and noticed that nearly instantly you were down to 90 percent showing on your battery meter, and were puzzled.

Well, the device charges itself fully, but does not maintain that full charge, instead keeping around a 90- to 95-percent charge and showing full. So, people have begun bump charging their device to gain that last five to ten percent back. There are a few developers who are taking stabs at making custom kernels that will combat this, but that requires root, and flashing files, and all that jazz, so they have an alternative bump charging method, which goes as follows:

  1. Power up (if not already) and plug your device into a power source. As the battery is being charged, the notification LED shows a solid orange light.
  2. Wait until LED is solid green, indicating it is fully charged.
  3. Unplug, press and hold the power button, and select the option to power off.
  4. Once powered down reconnect power source.
  5. The LED will show a solid orange light again, indicating it is charging.
  6. Once it's green, unplug the device and use the power button to power up the device.
  7. Once Sense has loaded plug the phone back in again. You will notice that the LED is now orange again.
  8. Repeat steps 3-7 process until the light is green immediately upon plugging it back in (approximately 3-4 times).

So, if you want to ensure that you are starting your day out with truly 100% battery life, follow the simple steps above, but you will unfortunately have to do this each and every time the device needs to be charged.

Source: Android Central Forums

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3 years ago

How Android works on BlackBerry [video]

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Youtube link for mobile viewing

So you really want to know how Android's going to work on BlackBerry? Sure thing. First off, apps look like apps, so far as the BlackBerry PlayBook home screen is concerned. App icons look like app icons. And from there, it all starts with the "Player" application. That provides the framework for the Android app to run, much like loading the Adobe AIR app on Android allows AIR apps to run. Same principle. If the Player's already open, apps will run immediately. If Player's not running, opening an app will fire it up first. Either way, it's seamless.

The demo this morning at BlackBerry World was, actually, pretty darn smooth, and it's starting to look like a pretty smart move on RIM's part. Question remains how many developers will hop on board. But after seeing this demo, we have a feeling the number's going to quickly grow.

More coverage: CrackBerry

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3 years ago

Samsung Galaxy S II has Gorilla Glass

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The upcoming Samsung Galaxy S II has Gorilla Glass, making that stunning Super AMOLED Plus display we first saw at MWC all the more attractive. Glass manufacturer Corning said in a press release Tuesday that the company will continue its partnership with Samsung, one that began with the Galaxy S and Galaxy Tab (good news for Samsung's next-gen Galaxy 8.9 and 10.1 tablets). Gorilla Glass, which is virtually indestructible, “has enabled super-slim mobility on the high-quality touch display on Galaxy S II,” said Hankil Yoon, VP of smartphone product planning at Samsung. Dual core, 4G, Gingerbread AND Gorilla Glass, all stuffed into one of the thinnest and lightest smartphones ever? Now all we need is a U.S. release date to prove we're not dreaming.

Source: Corning

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3 years ago

First look at Android apps on BlackBerry

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Fresh out of BlackBerry World in Orlando, we're getting our first look at how Android applications will run on the BlackBerry PlayBook. Above is the IMDB app. Apps themselves run as native Android binaries, meaning things mostly work right out of the box, with minimal porting.

The way it works is apps will open within the Player app, just like an emulator. And if the Player app isn't open when you tap an app on the home screen, it'll open itself. Some 18 apps were on board for today's demo, and PlayBook gestures have been mapped into the Android apps. There's no special option button, but a swipe down has been mapped to it.

We'll pump our CrackBerry brethren for more info soon. But for now we've got one more pic after the break.

Source: CrackBerry; Thanks, Bla1ze!

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3 years ago

Casio G'zOne Commano's touchscreen rekindles a funny, broken feeling

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Uh oh. Anybody recognize that image? That's one of those multitouch tests, and we're running it on the Casio G'zOne Commando. Now, it's it rugged device, and as with anything rugged, you'd expect a lack of subtlety. And that's exactly what we're seeing with the Commando.

Not to spoil the video that's after the break, but there's an issue with the whole X-Y axis thing. And if you're expecting to use more than two multitouch input points, well, it ain't happening. Small things, maybe, but issues we thought we'd put behind us.

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3 years ago

Nexus One's Android 2.3.4 update is here; we've got your update instructions

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OK, boys and girls. The official Android 2.3.4 update for the Nexus One is pushing out. And with it you get whatever it is that Google's fixed and added. But one thing you won't get is the newfangled video chat (or voice services, for that matter) in Google Talk. Not a huge surprise, as the phone doesn't have a front-facing camera, but it's disappointing nonetheless.

Couple of ways to get the update. One is to sit and wait for it. The update is pushing out over the air. But if you're the impatient type, you can update manually. Here's how:

  1. Download the update from here.
  2. Rename the file to update.zip. Note that if you're using Windows, just rename it to "update" (no quotes, of course) because it's already a zipped file.
  3. Copy the update.zip file onto your microSD card.
  4. With your Nexus One off, hold down the trackball and press the power button.
  5. You'll be booted into a white screen with three Android robots on skateboards. Select "Bootloader."
  6. On the next screen, select "Recovery."
  7. Your phone will reboot, giving you a picture of the Android robot and an exclamation point inside a triangle.
  8. Now press the power button and volume up button at the same time. It could take a couple of tries.
  9. Now (using the trackball this time) choose "Apply sdcard:update.zip" and let things run their course.

Source: Android 2.3.4 GRJ22; via Android Central forums

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3 years ago

HTC Kingdom ROM leaks out, is clearly (not?) the Sprint EVO 3D

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Remember how the leaked "HTC Kingdom" pictures looked a heck of a lot like the EVO 3D we got our hands all over at CTIA? There's good reason for that, it appears, as a leaked Kingdom ROM has arrived via our favorite Chinese ROM dumping ground, and it's clearly labeled as being for for Sprint.

So the Kingdom is the EVO 3D. Cool. Now if only we knew more about the release date, but at least we can get our pre-order on.

Source: 911HTC

Update: So it's not the EVO 3D, eh? How about that.

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3 years ago

LG Optimus 2X gets Guinness record for 'first dual-core smartphone'

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Not content with calling the LG Optimus 2X "the world's first dual-core smartphone" themselves, LG has petitioned -- and received -- a Guinness Record for the 2X that spells it all out. 

"The first mobile phone to use a dual core processor is the LG Optimus 2X, which was first made available to the public nationwide in South Korea, on 25 January 2011. " says the official Guinness website.

The Optimus 2X may have taken a bit longer to arrive stateside as the T-Mobile G2X, but it's the same dual-core speed machine as the original Korean version, albeit with a more vanilla look to the OS.

The era of dual-core phones may have arrived, but LG has a pretty nice reminder to hang in their corporate office that they were first.

Source: Guinness World Records; via Facebook

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3 years ago

CyanogenMod 7 nightly builds now available for T-Mobile G2X, Optimus 2X

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Here's some good news for anyone rocking a rooted T-Mobile G2X or LG Optimus 2X. The G2X and its LG-branded cousin have taken their first steps towards being fully supported by popular custom ROM CyanogenMod, with the release of the first CM 7 nightly builds for these devices. Nightlies are work-in-progress builds that may include bugs or be lacking certain functionality, so you should be sure you know what you're doing before flashing them onto your phone.

If you do, though, your dual-core device will get an early taste of Gingerbread, seasoned with the bacony goodness of CyanogenMod 7. To get started, hit the source link and choose the latest "p990" build for the LG Optimus 2X, or "p999" for the T-Mobile G2X.

Source: CyanogenMod Mirror Network

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3 years ago

Twitter buys TweetDeck - what's the fate of the Android clients?

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According to reports from Tech Crunch, Twitter has acquired TweetDeck, at a cost of about $50 million.  Congrats go out to the TweetDeck team for the know-how and ability to create such a lucrative piece of work, and we all look forward to your next project.  But after all the back-patting and opening of the bubbly, how will this affect us as Android users?

TweetDeck is a really popular cross platform application, using Adobe Air on the desktop as well as having Android and iOS apps.  It's touted as posting over 1 million tweets per day on Android alone, so a lot of users seem to like it just the way it is.  The native Twitter client for Android, on the other hand, leaves a lot to be desired in many folks eyes.  Will we see a mash-up of the two?  Will one or the other get dropped?  And what about TweetDeck's support for other networks like Google Buzz or Facebook?  There's a lot of what-ifs to be considered, but in the end the question is simple -- will this make TweetDeck for Android better, or worse?  Vote away!

Source: Tech Crunch

 

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