If you have used a Palm Pre before switching to the new HTC EVO 4G, I’m sure you will be missing the Palm TouchStone inductive charger that so easily allowed Pre users to drop-and-charge their smartphones. HTC EVO 4G is an impressive unit though the battery life is known to hardly last a day. Consequently, if you are looking for a way to wirelessly charge your EVO as often as required, here is some solace coming your way.
Hacker InfiniteMods has released a video where he explains the process of dismantling the inductive coil from a Palm Pre and attaching it to the right points on HTC EVO 4G. A few more setup later, you can start charging your HTC handset wirelessly.
It is not perfect though. The inductive coil is learned to misalign the digital compass on EVO besides making it difficult to close the casing perfectly. But point is, it can be done and a tutorial is soon on the way.
Have dozens of files stored up in USB drives? Sven Killig has hacked the new Android OS 2.2 on his Nexus One to transform his Android handsets into a USB hosting device. Using the new set up, Killig was able to watch movies from new accessory, connect a monitor using the DisplayLink USB-to-DVI adapter and several other things.
To do this, Killig says he first rooted the Android 2.2 on his Nexus One before keying in a bit of his own code to enable the set up. Killig says that though this was done on Android 2.2, it may as well work on Android 2.1.
You can download the whole set up from his website by clicking here. Please be forewarned that rooting your handset can permanently impair your device and please proceed only if you are convinced of the potential risks.
Since the time Apple acquired Lala last year, we have been talking of an impending launch of a cloud-based iTunes. While iPhone users continue to wait for the day when the physical storage space on their device would become irrelevant, Android users can already start enjoying the functionality.
This is thanks to a new Android application called HomePipe. The app lets Android users stream music directly from their iTunes on to their smartphone either over 3G or Wi-Fi. The ad-supported version of the application is free while an alternative paid-version costing $2.99 will make the app ad-free.
Of course, if you do not have an unlimited data plan, you might have to rethink your purchase. Others can go ahead and enjoy.
Paul from Modaco has released the full guide on steps to root HTC Desire. Unsurprisingly, the rooting tutorial guide comes with several caveats with the most important one being that rooting will completely wipe your phone off and that there is no way at present to backup your device ROM. You can follow the complete tutorial here
Here is a gist of how to go about it
Step 1 : Backup your microSD card and turn it to a goldcard (A GoldCard is a special SD card which, when inserted into your device, allows you to flash RUU files with a different CID to your own device.) Step 2 : Download a copy of ‘rooted update‘ and copy it on to your SD card Step 3 : Turn off your HTC Desire and turn it back on by pressing the back button down. The screen will now display ‘FASTBOOT‘ Step 4 : Download ‘Test Ruu‘ to your computer. Connect your phone to your PC and run the file. Wait for it to complete the upgrade Step 5 : The phone will now be turned off. Unplug it and press the volume button down to power it back on. You will see ‘HBOOT‘ displayed on the screen. Use the volume and power buttons to navigate through the options and select ‘RECOVERY‘. Step 6 : The phone will display a Red triangle. At this point, plug your phone to a Mac OS X or Linux computer Step 7 : Download ‘Push Files‘ and extract them to a folder on the computer. Run the ‘recovery-linux.sh‘ or ‘recovery-mac.sh‘ file as is appropriate Step 8 : Use the optical trackball to navigate through ‘Wipe -> Wipe data /factory reset‘ then ‘Flash zip from sdcard‘. Select the rooted update and confirm. Step 9 : The update will begin. Once the flash is complete, reboot the phone and your are done.
Android is a great platform for programmers to develop free or paid apps. The entire tutorial for coders to create Android apps is not within the scope of this article. So, here is a step by step guide on going about it with links to specific articles that will help you in each of those specific areas
Step 1 : Android apps are written in Java. The first prerequisite is definitely the knowledge of the language
Step 2 : You’ll need to set up and run a custom virtual machine called Dalvik. Here is a link to the official site where you will get all information on using Dalvik : http://www.dalvikvm.com/
Android comes with a lot of interesting hotkeys that will take you directly to the appropriate applications. For instance, tap on Search + B launches the web browser while Search + E launches email.
However, it is possible to set your own keyboard shortcuts for any of the default apps or set new shortcuts for the apps that you have installed. To do this, navigate to Main System Settings -> Applications. Here, select “Quick Launch“.
You will now be shown a list of existing keyboard shortcuts. Modify those that you need. You may also add new hotkeys for your favorite apps here.
If you have a Windows Mobile Phone, here is a simple step by step process to install and boot Android on your phone. Please note that this procedure will not make Android your default OS. Instead, it will use a Windows Mobile Boot loader called HaRET to reboot your phone on Android. We have used HTC’s Windows Mobile phones for reference.
Step 1 : You will need the Google Android file that your phone model supports. You can simply google “Android port for XXXX” where XXXX is your phone model. For instance here are some Android
Step 3 : Extract all the zipped files to your computer
Step 4 : Plug your Windows Mobile phone to your Computer and navigate to the root folder
Step 5 : Transfer all the extracted files to your phone’s root folder (Please note that this has to be transferred to the root directory and not elsewhere). You will now have transferred these files
zImage (kernel file)
Step 6 : Right click on the default.txt file and open it on a notepad
Step 7 : Read through the values and confirm if the phone model, screen resolution, internet access, etc have been appropriately set. You can google for the Boot Options for your phone model. Again, if you own a HTC phone, you can find them here. Once done, save and close the default.txt file
Step 8 : Unplug your phone from the computer and navigate through the file manager to locate HaRET.exe. Press RUN
Step 9 : You are done. Your Windows Mobile phone will reboot in Android mode.
The iPhone jailbreakers are a well thriving community headed by experts like Geohot and the Dev team. While the availability of a more open ecosystem on the Android has meant that users looking to root their Android handsets are not in great numbers, there is still a demand for it since rooting your Android handset will help you install customized ROMs that will add speed and stability to your handset.
Step 2 : Put your handset in bootloader mode. To do so, turn off your phone, remove the battery, plug in the USB cable and reinsert the battery when the battery icon appears. Now switch on the power button while holding down the camera button. Alternately, if you have a trackball on your handset, simply turn off the phone and turn it back on while pressing and holding the trackball.
Note :This does not work for Nexus One users. These users may click here
Step 3 : If you are on Windows, double click “install-superboot-windows.bat” file.
Mac users need to open the terminal window to the folder containing the files and have to type
chmod +x install-superboot-mac.sh
Linux users need to open the terminal window to the folder and type