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3 years ago

Build your own CyanogenMod ROM, no experience necessary

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If you've ever wanted to build a ROM yourself from scratch and happen to love CyanogenMod, there's a new tool that you might want to have a look at -- the CyanogenMod compiler.  What it does is build CM for your phone, without you having to do anything more than enter a number or two.  Once you set up your computer (the instructions even cover that part), you can download a set of scripts that do all the hard work for you.  When it's all said and done, you'll have a nice little package you can flash via recovery, and have your own home-brewed CyanogenMod.

And that might not be a good thing.  What you have will be no different than the latest nightly build, except that you had to spend time doing it yourself, and won't get any help from the CM team when things foul up.  Building from scratch is fun, there's no doubt about it, but this isn't just a one-click rooter tool -- it's going to take a long (as in loooooooooong) time to give you something you could have just downloaded more quickly in the first place. 

Anyways, if you used a one-click rooter, then flashed a recovery in one click through ROM Manager, you now have a one-click (almost) ROM builder.  It does happen to be great work, and lithid did a hell of a job with it.  I'm just afraid of what you guys (and gals) will break with this one.  Now that I'm done with the grandfatherly advice being the old curmudgeon, hit the source link to have a look -- and stay off my lawn!

Source: XDA-developersThanks, blackroseMD1!

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3 years ago

How to watch the Android Central Podcast on your Google TV

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Google TV might not have taken off like some folks expected it to, but those of us who use it (especially with the Honeycomb/Google TV 2.0 update) know that it can be a great way to get the web into your living room.  A cool thing I've been fooling with is watching my podcasts on the 42-incher while kicked back in my recliner, so I'm sharing my guide for watching the Android Central Podcast on your Google TV with everyone.  Wait until you see our pretty faces in high-def on the big screen!  Hit the break and follow along.

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3 years ago

How to manually update your GSM Galaxy Nexus with the Android 4.0.2 OTA

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So Android 4.0.2's starting to roll out to the GSM version of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus. But maybe you don't want to wait? (We sure don't.) Here's how to easily flash the update to your phone, same as we did for the volume bug update. Note that this won't erase anything, and it's really no different than if you sat back and waited.

Note that this is for stock phones, and for people who want to update without really doing any real  hackery but don't mind a little command line work. Nothing we do here is permanent, other than the update itself. If you've already flashed CWM, then you probably already know what you're doing anyway. And with that ...

Thanks, Scott, for the OTA location

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3 years ago

How to use Google Music

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Make no mistake -- Android is multimedia-centric, and it does a darn fine job of it.  Whether you want to copy media to your device's storage, or want to stream from the cloud, Android, especially since the release of Ice Cream Sandwich, can turn your phone or tablet into a great media player.  We're going to have a look at using Google Music, Google's storage-locker style streaming music application.

Read on for a walkthrough of how to use Google Music on the web and adding media, as well as playing it back on your Android device.

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3 years ago

Android 101: Using multiple Android devices

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'Tis the season for getting cool electronic gifts, and there's a good chance that some of us will be getting another Android device for a holiday present.  While for many it will be a new smartphone to replace their existing Android phone, for others it might just be a new Android tablet or Google TV, and will be used in addition to your beloved Android phone.  Some of us are old pros at handling multiple devices, but for the first timer it can be a bit confusing, not knowing how things like Google applications and other apps with an account will work while on more than one device.  That's where we come in.  There's two ways to handle it all, and we're going to cover them both after the break.

Big thanks to Android Central member whitenack for the idea!

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3 years ago

The complete Apple user's guide to Android [from the forums]

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Around here we don't judge people for their choice of smartphone OS.  We might point and snicker, but it's all in fun.  Having said that, there are more than a few people making the leap from an iPhone to an Android phone.  There's a world of difference, and sometimes it can be difficult to figure out the "Android way" of doing things -- especially if you're used to iOS and their different, "Apple way" of doing things.  AC forums adviser, and all around guru of guides milominderbinder has you covered once again.  He's taken the time and broken everything down to the basics, with an eye for folks switching to Android from iOS.  It's a beautiful read, even if you're not an ex-iUser -- you'll probably learn something.  Be sure to hit the forums and check it out, and give milo a big thanks for his hard work!

Apple user's guide to Android

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3 years ago

What to do if an app doesn't work with an Ice Cream Sandwich port

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Everywhere you look you see Ice Cream Sandwich being ported to one phone or another.  Anytime there's a version update to AOSP, it's fun to be an Android geek.  And every time it happens, and our great community of developers start porting it over to existing phones we start seeing apps that just aren't working well -- even our favorite apps.  So what to do when faced with a situation where an app you need or want badly is misbehaving?  It's a bit different situation when a build is hacked together versus an official update, like we're seeing now with Ice Cream Sandwich.  Here's what I would recommend:

Don't use the report to developer feature from the force close dialog if you see one.  There's a good chance the app isn't working because of something the developer has no control over, and just an app report is going to confuse the situation.  Take a moment and find the contact information for the developer, and send them an e-mail telling them what is happening, what software you're using, and if you're able, send a logcat of the event.  Also let the ROM developer know there's an issue, but don't expect he or she to be able to do much about it.  In fact, don't expect the application developer to be able to fix the issue either -- things like hacked video drivers or other binary bits we need and don't have can lead to unsolvable problems.

The important thing to remember, and I'll quote our own ICS ROM developer Beezy:

For now, just sit back and relax.  Enjoy what you can do now, and wait for everything we need from Google and the manufacturer.  Try a different app that does the same thing.

I'll also add that you don't have to use ICS just because it's available.  Give it a try when you can, and if it doesn't work out for you flash back.  Remember -- this is supposed to be fun.

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3 years ago

Android 101: How to add a bookmark to your home screen

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3 years ago

How to hide your Wifi from Google's location database

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3 years ago

Android 101: How to manage syncing in Gmail

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3 years ago

Android 101: How to enable / disable screen rotation

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Ever lay in bed trying to send a text message only to have your screen fight your for which orientation it wants to be in? Yeah, well it gets old quick trying to do something in portrait mode while your display is switching to landscape mode, doesn't it? Luckily with just a few simple clicks you can take care of this issue and lock your screen into portrait mode.

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3 years ago

Android 101: How to get notified once per email thread, or for each new message

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3 years ago

Google+ Tip: How to manage what notifications you receive on your device

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3 years ago

Google+ Tip: How to change who can message you

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3 years ago

Google+ tip: Instant upload

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