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Windows Phone 7 Metro ROM for rooted Droids

Windows Phone 7 Metro ROM for rooted Droids

Ever since the launch of  Windows Phone 7, the Metro UI has received positive reviews from critics across the board. That being said, it is difficult to imagine Android loyalists leaving behind their trusty Android devices in favor of a WP7 device. After using Android for a while and a change is required then this UI is the thing for you. You can now get the Metro UI for your Android handset now too, with the release of the WP7 ROM. The custom ROM follows the form of the Metro UI for WP7 , but seemingly without the same smoothness as the original. It is also not available for most Android devices yet, but that is likely to change as we go along. It does do a good job of mimicking the WP7  launcher which, most will agree, is the most appealing feature of the OS. As we have mentioned time and time again that even though custom ROMs are pleasing to the eye, they still have their fair share of issues to go along with all the eye candy. Like being said the Metro UI ROM also comes packed with a few glitches here and there but they can be overlooked if not taken into depth that much. While the ROM operates quite well, there have been some complaints regarding some of the widgets such as the music widget which has a tendency to not work correctly, but a fix is being promised with future updates lined up in store as well. The ROM currently only works on rooted devices so if you own one then go ahead and give it a try, for the rest of us who do not feel like rooting our precious little Android then this is not the news for you. So warning, all the brave of heart who want to tinker with their phone do so, other wise stock is your thing. Check out the video below to get a first hand glimpse of the Metro UI installed on a rooted Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1   Warning: Rooting can make your device unstable and in some cases non-responsive if done incorrectly and should be done entirely on owner’s risk. Talkandroidphones is not responsible for any damage incurred during or after the rooting procedure has been...

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How to Root your Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 WiFi GT-P7510 in 10 easy steps

How to Root your Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 WiFi GT-P7510 in 10 easy steps

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 GT-P7510 is another Android device that is easy to root. With the use of various tools and methods provided by developers, you can easily root this device in a few minutes. For all those of you who have not rooted their Galaxy Tab 10.1 WiFi  yet and are planning to do so, just follow these simple steps. Requirements So before you start just make sure to back-up everything and everything means EVERYTHING as I have always mentioned before and am again repeating it, Backing up the data is THE MOST IMPORTANT thing and should not be overlooked at any cost  Since files can be corrupted or lost during this rooting process , all your images, videos and music should be saved on some external device or SD card. Since this an Android device use it to sync your contacts with Google application so you don’t lose them either. Also before starting make sure your battery level is high enough so it doesn’t power down in the middle of the process (Im sure nobody wants that to happen now do they) Next, connect your device to a Windows computer. On your Galaxy Tab 10.1 enable the USB debugging option (Settings > Applications > Development > USB debugging) and make sure you turn off any firewalls or antivirus programs during the process. The last requirement is to download three things (do not extract them right away): Odin Recovery application Rooting file The Rooting Steps Extract the Odin folder to get the Odin application. Since you’ve connected the Tab to the computer, you can now copy the Root file ZIP folder on to your Tab. Now plug the Tab out and turn it OFF, so you can turn it ON in download mode. To turn it on in Download Mode, hold the volume down and the rocker key and then turn it ON. If you don’t turn it ON in Download Mode, then power it down until you can get into it. Once  you got Download Mode, open Odin on your computer and connect your Galaxy Tab again Once connected you will see something changing in the Odin window. The ID : COM section will be turning yellow which will mean that all the drivers have been installed successfully (see the image bellow).   After this click on the PDA button and find and select the “recovery.tar.md5” file you downloaded previously. Click start, which will install the recovery mode. The Galaxy Tab will restart and once it powers up again you need turn it OFF so you can turn it ON in recovery mode. Once in recovery mode use the options of...

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Ice Cream Sandwich gets its Un-official 4th Update

Ice Cream Sandwich gets its Un-official 4th Update

If you happen to be one of those people who  just can not wait for an official update to launch of an OS or app. Then, there is some good news for you. Ice Cream Sandwich got an update, an unofficial one so far. ICS 4.0.4. We’re not exactly sure when Verizon will be pushing out this latest Android update to the phone, but if you simply can’t wait you can always take matters into your own hands. To flash the Android 4.0.4 update to the Verizon Galaxy Nexus you don’t need root access but you will need an unlocked boot loader. The unofficial update includes mostly  bug fixes and performance improvements. While we all like new features in our android updates, I guess we can’t complain as long as Google is working to make Android smoother by squashing a few bugs. Check out the the unofficial Android 4.0.4 change log below. If you’re one of the brave souls who likes to flash leaked builds, let us know how the update works on your Galaxy Nexus and if you notice any other features or improvements.   The ICS 4.0.4 version includes: Performance improvements Battery stats bug fixed Long-pressing on a blank spot on the last page of app tray bug is gone 3G/4G radio switch improvements Signal strength improvements New PRIMELA03 Bootloader Boot up time reduced Auto-brightness smooth transition change Camera refocus by long-pressing shutter button Multitouch issue resolved Autorotate speed increased Browser performance improvements Recent apps list opens faster Minor camera UI changes Increased volume Keyboard bug fixes Updated News & Weather app UI Quick controls changed in browser. Sources: IBI...

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Facelock Application for nexus phone: A blessing in disguise for the users

Facelock Application for nexus phone: A blessing in disguise for the users

Humongous options are available for gizmo crazy people, but none can match the magic of nexus which has left people spell bound. Launching of the Facelock Android applications has rewritten new rules of authentication for smart phone. In past, people used passwords and combination of keys to login to the phone, however the arsenal is still not considered strong enough to protect the gadget from hacking. Enhanced Security Using the facelock software adds another dimension to the overall security layer in an impeccable style. It would be hard to break and ensures that only genuine person could access the vital functionalities of the phone. In modern era, people are susceptible to thefts from the miscreants, which could be prevented if the aforesaid android based application is available. One of the most important attributes is the efficiency of the face detection application, fully capable of recognizing the same user even if the individual is equipped with beard or other...

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Nippon ‘Invisible Glass’- Say Goodbye to Glare!

Nippon ‘Invisible Glass’- Say Goodbye to Glare!

Ah, glare. The sworn nemesis of any smartphone wielding consumer. While the Kindle gloat and brag, we’re left stuck squinting our eyes at Android. But now, a new invention might come to the rescue. Nippon, a Japanese smartphone part manufacture, has released an “Invisible Glass” that frames your phone in almost glare-free goodness. According the company: In the case of a normal glass substrate, about 92% of incoming light passes through it, and the rest 8% of the light is reflected on it. On the other hand, about 99.5% of incoming light passes through the new glass substrate. So, only about 0.5% of the light is reflected on it. Check out the screenshots- makes you wish the new line of Galaxy Touch’s were coming with this stuff. From...

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Extended Battery Life

Found this while surfing for Android specs: http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/25319/complete-guide-to-maximizing-your-android-phones-battery-life/ So far people have responded positively to the tweaks on this page and the results are well worth giving this a shot. Power to the people!  

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