Android

My history in gadgets - update 2019

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An update on the “My history in gadgets”, the 2014, 2015 and 2016 updates, I bring you… edition 2019! (mostly because I forgot to update stuff)

Installing microG services (as Play Services replacement) on the Asus TF101 tablet

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I still have an Asus Transformer TF101 tablet in use – running MarshMallow – but after a Play Services upgrade, in which Google inserted some NEON instructions (which the TF101 does not support) , a lot of “Play Services has stopped working” popups showed up  – making the tablet nigh unusable. Initial tests blocking upgrade of the services yielded no success, and a lot of programs demand the ne...

Using adb with a OnePlus X on Linux…

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… is not really that hard. Just annoying. Since OnePlus’ USB ID is not in the default adb list, you need to add it yourself: echo "0x2a70" >> ~/.android/adb_usb.ini where 0x2a70 is the identifier for OnePlus. (you can find this with lsusb)

Compiling Android / CyanogenMod from source

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On the HTC Desire S, I’ve been using an unofficial build (made by Flinny) of CyanogenMod 10 for a while – happily so. Unfortunately the author is/was a bit strapped for time, and development slowed down significantly at the time. Updates for CM 10.1 and later were not forthcoming. Since I’m enough of a geek, and suffering from ORD, I decided to try to ‘roll my own’: to compile CM from source. A...

Android Backup & Restore

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You’ve just gotten your shiny new Android Phone, and you want to migrate to it. There are several options, including Titanium Backup to move stuff, but Google also has you covered (party): Android Backup & Restore. You can find this setting on your phone, under “Settings” and “Backup & Restore”. This thing backups several things, but far from all:

Manually flashing an OTA-update

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I recently acquired a second-hand HTC One X. A week or two back HTC decided to release the JellyBean update for the phone, all was well. Yesterday, another update was sighted on XDA, and since it seems like this one gives better battery life, I didn’t feel like waiting another 3-5 weeks before it became available in my country, so I searched on how to manually flash an OTA.

S-OFF and Jellybean on the HTC Desire HD (Ace)

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I acquired a secondhand HTC Desire HD, a nice phone (albeit a bit heavy). Comes with Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) and Sense. I’m personally not much of a Sense fan, and I wanted to move to a newer Android release, so I looked around on how to achieve S-OFF.

Reset android lockscreen to slide

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You’ve just reconfigured the security lockscreen settings on your (rooted) android phone, and then forgotten eg. the PIN code to unlock it? It happened to me yesterday.

My history in gadgets…

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As a geek, I’ve always been quite the gadget freak. The fact that my father was also interested in the newest toys didn’t help.

How to RUU your Desire

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I’ve always been a fan of the 3rd party roms that are available for the different Android based phones. Unfortunately, it seems mine has developed a bit of a quirk: sometimes, when unplugging the USB cable, it will reboot. Or it no longer detects it as ‘external storage’ when putting it in USB-drive mode.

Enter the HTC Desire

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A little while back I finally caved in to all the peer pressure and got my second Android phone, the HTC Desire. It’s faster than the HTC Hero, which I’ve been using sofar. My girlfriend wanted that one, so it’ll have a good home :) and I can keep it updated to the latest firmwares.

Hello there, Froyo (Android 2.2)

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Google released Android 2.2 – codename Froyo (for Frozen Yoghurt), giving Android users a nice speedboost.

Rooting the HTC Hero

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Note: This is at your own risk. If you fry your phone, your problem, not mine.