Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) on the Incredible

It certainly doesn’t take the hackers long to post a new mobile operating system to a smartphone these days as the latest OS out of the Google camp, Android 2.3 Gingerbread is now playing nice on the HTC Droid Incredible.

According to an article over on Engadget by Vlad Savov, the guys over at XDA-developers seem to have an Android 2.3 Gingerbread ROM virtually ready for the Android masses after sorting out a couple of issues and have released a video of the ROM running on the HTC Droid Incredible.

The Android 2.3 Gingerbread running on the HTC Droid Incredible video demo lasts almost five minutes and delivers a nice look at the new ROM. Apparently according to the changelog this version 4 fixes several issues and enables the 8 megapixel camera.

So all you need to do now is head on down, click the play button and check out Android 2.3 Gingerbread running on the HTC Droid Incredible smartphone and then wonder why it is HTC or Verizon can’t seem to push out an update as quick as these guys…enjoy.

 

 

Thanks to Phone Reviews

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How To | Maximize battery life on your Android

One of the criticisms Android has received plenty of flak for is its comparatively low battery life compared with other smartphones.

Google’s Larry Page blames third-party applications, and in his words “If you’re not getting a day of Android battery life, there’s something wrong.”

Most of the instructions below don’t necessarily require you to be running a rooted phone, but it will help if you are.

Disclaimer: Root your phone at your own risk. I am not responsible if you screw it up and are left with a paperweight.

Step 1. Do a full discharge and clear your battery stats

In theory Lithium-ion batteries don’t suffer from memory effect, but Battery University still recommends that a full discharge should be undertaken every 30 cycles or so to ‘reset the fuel gauge.’

Basically, the software has an idea of how much juice is left in the battery, over time this measurement can become inaccurate and the software may start telling you the battery is running out when it’s actually not.

To alleviate the problem, discharge your battery completely until the phone shuts off and it won’t turn back on, then charge it back up to 100%.

Rooted users, you can go one step further. Once your phone is recharged to 100%, boot into your recovery of choice and hit up the Wipe option, then “clear battery stats.”

Now unplug your phone and use it as normal until it is fully discharged again, then charge it back up. This will give the software a more accurate idea of the capacity of the battery, and your life should increase dramatically.

Step 2. Reduce the refresh rate for applications

If you have Facebook, Twitter, any News or Weather app, Mail, or anything else that periodically checks the Internet for new information and updates, adjust the settings to a realistic refresh time.

You probably don’t need Facebook to update every 15 minutes, nor do you need to be notified of new Twitter mentions instantly. It may seem crazy, but these services constantly using WiFi or mobile data sucks up a ton of that precious energy. Change these to a realistic value and enjoy another hour or so of battery life.

Step 3. Turn off Market notifications

In the same vein as the above tip, head to your Android Market, then the Downloads section. Now hit the Menu key on your phone and tap Notifications. Select “Do not notify me” to turn off the auto-checking of updates.

Step 4. Underclock that CPURoot Only

This is for rooted users only, and yet another benefit of rooting your phone. If you’re running SetCPU and have your phone overclocked, why not try underclocking it to save some battery?

Set the minimum frequency to the lowest it can go, and then change it to “OnDemand.” SetCPU will automatically flick around the CPU clock speed when it’s needed – 9 times out of 10 (depending on your usage) the phone will be chilling out in your pocket on standby, so you probably won’t need that CPU running over-time.

My average battery temperature reduced from 35C celsius to 24C after I changed the CPU to “OnDemand.”

Note: Be careful when changing settings in SetCPU. I’d highly recommend unchecking the Set on Boot option when playing around, if your phone doesn’t like a certain clock speed and locks up, at least you’ll be able to hard reset and get back to where you are.

Step 5. Disable widgets and live wallpapers

Widgets and live wallpapers use up a bit of juice. If you really want to prolong your phone’s battery, turn them off.

Step 6. Change the WiFi sleep policy

WiFi uses up a ton of battery, so rather than have it on all the time, why not set it to come on only when you need it?

Hit up Settings > Wireless & networks > WiFi settings and then press the menu key on your phone. Select Advanced, then Wi-Fi sleep policy. Change it to “When screen turns off.”

This will save a ton of battery. Don’t believe that WiFi is a big hog? Check out what’s using your battery the most by hitting up Settings > About phone > Battery use.

Step 7. Reduce your display brightness and the screen timeout

This should be an obvious one – below WiFi, your screen is the biggest battery hog. Change the brightness to “automatic” if you’re lucky enough to have a phone with a sensor, or reduce it under Settings.

You should also reduce the screen timeout under Settings > Display > Screen timeout.

Step 8. Keep your phone out of the sun

It’s pretty common knowledge that heat degrades battery life exponentially, so don’t leave your phone lying about in the sun* or in the car when you head off to the pub on a warm afternoon.

Step 9. Turn off GPS and Bluetooth when you’re not using them

Pretty self-explanatory. GPS is a battery hog, and chances are you’re not going to be using it 24/7. Same goes for Bluetooth. Turn them off, and enjoy the benefits of a slightly longer battery life.

Step 10. Switch to 2G networks

If you don’t use much data and want your phone to last as long as possible, consider switching to 2G networks only. Under WiFi & network settings > Mobile networks check the option “Use only 2G networks.”

Thank you to OMG! Ubuntu for these tips

How To | Android Phone 7 Icons in Gimp

As you may have seen previously, the Android Phone 7 theme is a popular choice of theme for the Android operating system. The Android Phone 7 post mostly talked about using Photoshop, but not everyone has Photoshop. Gimp is a great alternative and will do everything you need and more!

Since some people have asked how I used Gimp to make my icons, I’ve decided to put together this little tutorial.

Step 1: Locate a picture to use
For this particular tutorial, I will be creating an Angry Birds icon.

Step 2: Open your new picture

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Step 3: Choose the Rectangle Select Tool

 

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Step 4: Change the selection size to 230×125 (2×1 Icon)

 

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Step 5: Move the Selection box to the desired location for the icon and Crop to Selection

 

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Step 6: Right click under the Background layer and create a New Layer that is 230×40 using the default Foreground Color (Black)

 

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Step 7: Move the new layer to the bottom of the icon and drop the Opacity to 40%

 

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Step 8: Select Text Tool. Size 36. Color White. Click on the opaque layer and type in the name of the App. Be sure to set the positioning correctly.

 

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Step 9: Save the new icon and use it

 

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Latest DROID Incredible OTA Update Patches ROOT Exploit

Some of you that have finally decided to take the plunge and ROOT your DInc, or wanted to wait until that new OTA Update released and then ROOT, well your in for a bit of a surprise. It seems that along with all that new bloatware and the increased battery charge speeds came a patch that closed the exploit developers use to help ROOT the DROID Incredible.

You can read a bit more about that patch over at DROID Life.

But fear not everyone. The unrEVOked team is working on an update to their highly acclaimed ROOT tool.

Via Twitter:

unrevoked unrevoked dev team
Incredible people stuck w/ new OTA: we have a fix in the pipe for you; expect a release in a day or two. EVO folks: temporary fix on XDA.

Android Phone 7

Ok. I know what you’re gonna say. Why the hell would I want my Android to look like a Windows Phone 7 interface?!

Why? Because we can do it better. 😉

Some of you may have seen the new Windows Mobile 7 interface and thought to yourself, that’s kind of a cool idea having large icons to represent the different functions of the phone. Well, there’s a way to do this, and you can even create your own icons for it.

Thanks to paulmz from AndroidForums.com for these instructions. They were created on an UNROOTED HTC DROID Incredible using LauncherPro, but they can be adapted to other Android devices.

 

About the images:
I created all of the icons from scratch myself using images from my personal photo collection, Google image searches, and Stock Exchange (stock.xchng – the leading free stock photography site). All images were resized by cropping in Photoshop or GIMP (This post shows the process: Image Resizing Using Photoshop). Also using Photoshop I added a 35-pixel high black rectangle with a 60% transparency and the white text with a small drop shadow (This post shows the process: Creating Image Labels in Photoshop). Save them as a .png file and copy them onto the phone (I put them in a “Widget Photos” folder in the DCIM folder).

How to get the images as a widget:
1. Make sure the .png image files are on the phone.
2. Add a new widget to the home screen (long-press empty space, select “Widgets” from pop-up).
3. Go to “Desktop Visualizer” and press the correct widget size (listed as width x height).
4. Press “Select Icon”.
5. Press “Image File”.
6. Search for and select your image (may be different depending on gallery, etc.).
7. Press “Select Action”.
8. Press either “Launch Application” and select application,
….-or- press “Other” to select a shortcut.
….NOTE: If you select “Other”, “Activities”, you can have widget trigger certain parts of
….certain apps (ie. go straight to “Alarm Clock” without having to go through “Clock”).
….ANOTHER NOTE: If you select “None”, it will be only an image widget that does nothing.
9. Press the “Label” box and delete all text in this box – leave it blank.
10. Ignore “Label Color”.
11. Adjust “Touch Effect” to your liking.
12. Press “OK”.

Also, don’t forget to make just a blank (preferably black) wallpaper to go behind the widgets.

Voila! Clickable gallery widget with a custom image.
Also… No LauncherPro widget resizing is necessary!

Click here to see what this looks like and to find the needed Apps to do this.

For those who need a little help figuring out image sizes for the Desktop Visualizer widgets, the following list is based on LauncherPro’s homescreen arrangement of 4-columns and 5-rows: (HTC DROID Incredible)

1×2: 110×260
1×3: 110×395
1×4: 110×665
2×1: 230×125
3×1: 350×125
4×1: 470×125
4×4: 470×665
Large (3×3): 350×395
Middle (2×2): 230×260
Small (1×1): 110×125

All dimensions are in pixels, width by height.

DIMENSIONS:

xda-developers posts for the original idea:

ICON DOWNLOADS:

FONT DOWNLOADS:

ICON TEMPLATES:

WELCOME!!

Hey Everyone,

Welcome to the new Android Excedio blog.  In the past I would just add my Android related posts to my Linux blog, but lately I have noticed that some of the thing s I wanted to talk about, were not related to Linux on the Desktop. So in an effort to keep things clean and organized, I’ve created Android Excedio!

Here I will talk more about Android and my experiences with Android. With any luck, there will be something interesting here for you to read about. 🙂

If there are things that relate to both Android and Ubuntu/Linux together, then I will post on both sites. Enjoy! 😀

How To | Droid VNC Server

If you’re anything me, you’ve Rooted your Android phone and you’re looking for all of the coolest apps available to you. For a long time I’ve been looking for a great app that would allow me to remotely access my HTC DROID Incredible using VNC. Why would I want to remotely access my phone you ask? I’m lazy. No, just kidding. 😉

Benefits of remote access:

  • Access to your phone if it’s not immediately with you.
  • Ability to create a screencast.
  • Faster screen shots.
  • Access your phone if you’re at work or school and don’t want to look like you’re on your phone. 😉
  • etc…

Well, now I have discovered Droid VNC Server. Created by onaips at the XDA forums.

Droid VNC Server is a great little app. It’s not without it’s bugs, but the bugs that I have do not even come close to outweighing it’s positives. While I have not officially seen any confirmations of Droid VNC Server working on the Incredible, it does work quite nicely for me. In regards to other Android phones, your mileage may vary, but you can check out onaips blog to see a small listing of confirmed functional devices.

Ok, enough talking. How do I use this thing?

Step 1: Preparing your computer

You will have to be sure that you have a VNC Viewer installed on your computer first. Here’s a quick list of programs that can be used:

  • Linux – Remote Desktop Viewer (However, I use the command line). Remote Desktop Viewer is pre-installed in Ubuntu.
  • Mac – Chicken of the VNC.
  • Windows – RealVNC.

Step 2: Preparing your Android device

  • Scan the QR Code at the top of the page to be directed to the Droid VNC Server page in the Android Market.
  • Open Droid VNC Server and tap Start Server.
  • Suggestion – Connect to a wireless signal that your computer is also using. (I have not yet tested USB & Verizon does not support VNC through 3G)
  • Feel free to modify any of the options in Menu > Settings. (I’d recommend a password)

Step 3: Connect to your Device

  • Open your VNC Viewer of choice and type in the IP:Port that you see listed on the Droid VNC Server home screen.
  • Type in your password if needed.
  • You should now see your Android Device!

Some helpful things to know:

Some possible incorrect keybindings: (I have a feeling this is an Android thing…)

  • = sends +
  • ! sends ~
  • ~ sends 0
  • < sends *
  • > sends #

These are important to know: 😉

  • home = home
  • right-click = home, also
  • pg up = menu
  • pg down = call
  • pg down long press = redial most recent
  • esc = back
  • del = back, also
  • end = phone sleep
  • type = from the home screen random typing will initiate google search

Here are some instructions for using VNC through USB:

I have heard that USB will provide a faster VNC connection. With adb installed and the device plugged in via USB:
adb forward tcp:5901 tcp:5901
adb forward tcp:5801 tcp:5801

Using your preferred VNC Viewer, connect to:

localhost:5901

YouTube How To (Not created by me)