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Android Update on the Touch Pro2 (Video)

The XDAndroid project, for Windows Mobile devices with (W)VGA displays, has progressed to a fully usable port of Android to a Touch Pro 2. Past ports haven't been as successful as this one, there were too many bugs and the build was not user friendly. That's now a thing of the past and maybe now all WinMo phones with a WVGA display will be able to load Android and use it like it was the native OS on the device.

Nexus One is Evolving Thanks To The Modding Community

The mod community has been hard at work hacking new features into the Nexus One and they are picking up steam as they learn the in's and out's of the device. Even before it was released it was rooted and only 2 months later there are many different options that has been added from custom ROM's to trackball lighting.

Synchronize Google Voice with Your GPS Location

How would you like to sync your Android device's Google Voice to your current location? Well with there's a way for you to do this now. Google Voice locations use cell tower triangulation to switch your ringing Google Voice phones on the fly.

JIT – now making your Donut build twice as fast.

is a method of converting bytecode into native machine code, rather than Android’s Dalvik VM simply interpreting the bytecode. This speeds up apps and overall performance drastically. Cyanogen’s Nexus One build Beta 3 included JIT and has set the top speed on BenchmarkPi; OpenEclair 1.0.1 included JIT and absolutely flew.

Android 2.1 arrives on HTC Kaiser, Vogue, Niki & Polaris

Hacking Android to run on Windows Mobile devices isn't new, but if you've got an HTC Kaiser (aka AT&T's tilt), a Vogue, Niki or Polaris lying in a drawer somewhere then how does Android 2.1 sound?  Over at XDA-developers arch-modder Sim4996 has been working on getting the Google OS running on the ageing WinMo devices, and with just a few remaining issues it's all working well. Bluetooth is proving unstable, and the camera doesn't currently work, but otherwise Android 2.1 plays nicely; WiFi, GPS, standby and - most importantly - the phone all work.  Of course, it also erases Windows Mobile in the process, so don't attempt the install if you were hoping to flip between the open-source OS and Microsoft's. [via Hack a Day]

Motorola DROID gets USB Host hack

Having USB Host support on Android smartphones has long been a request, especially now we're seeing more capable handsets with processors that could, feasibly, allow them to work as basic netbook alternatives.  Now there's one way to add USB Host capabilities to the Motorola DROID, but as with any first-generation hack it's not exactly pretty. The system takes advantage of the fact that Motorola used USB-OTG capable hardware when they built the DROID, choosing to pair it with a standard USB Micro-B port rather than the Micro-AB port normally found on an OTG device.  To work around that, you need to create a microUSB to USB connector cable - with some judicious rewiring of a couple of regular cords - together with a tiny adapter that, when inserted into the DROID while it reboots, enables the Host mode. There are still quite a few issues with the implementation; only one device will be recognized before the DROID kicks itself out of Host mode, there are issues with premature disconnects and of course there aren't really the drivers to actually do anything.  Plugging in a memory key, for instance, sees it recognized and powered but not actually accessible.  Still, the Android developer community has shown itself to be fast-moving when it comes to adapting to new hacks, so it probably won't be long until all this is polished up in a custom ROM. [via UberGizmo]

Sony Ericsson XPERIA X1 dualboot Android hack [Video]

Sony Ericsson's first Android device, the XPERIA X10, is yet to show up for sale, so what's an SE-loving guy supposed to do but hack Android onto their XPERIA X1.  The handset usually is found running Windows Mobile, but over at xda-developers they've been working on getting it to dual-boot with Android. The end result is this, a heavily customized version of Android on the X1 that - unlike some hacks we've seen - doesn't run at an entirely snail's pace.  You'll need to be pretty brave to try it yourself, but full instructions, together with the necessary ROMs, are here. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0M5cIgMzJ1g[/youtube] [via LeakDroid]

CyanogenMod 5.0 ROM for Nexus One released

Bored with the stock performance of your Nexus One? Fancy some cyanogen-style fun with a custom ROM?  The arch-modder has released CyanogenMod 5.0 for Nexus One (5.0-beta4), a new package of updates that's based on the latest AOSP code. The new ROM can be used with or without Google's apps, and comes with various enhancements preboiled in.  USB tethering is supported, as are FLAC audio files, multitouch support in the browser (with broader support on the way), various enhancements to the phone and contacts apps, and even a nifty hack that saves 40MB on data. You can download the new cyanogen ROM here

FM Radio Built Into the Cliq

Although I am a proud Nexus One owner I also love my Cliq. When I first got it I was looking for ways to hack it and in my search I found out that there was a FM Radio lying dormant inside the Moto Cliq. I also found out that there was an awesome Android hacker/modder by the name of Eugene373 that was able to get it to tune but nothing would play. That has all changed now.

Cyanogen Nexus One ROM gets extra RAM access

Arch-modder cyanogen has updated his latest Nexus One beta ROM to include a new chunk of code that should free up more memory in the Android 2.1 smartphone.  The ROM - which you can download here - uses Google code which opens up access to the second EBI memory bank on the Nexus One. Of course, any modification to the standard ROM could do unpleasant things to your Nexus One if you don't install it properly, so attempt the install at your own risk.  And then let us know how you get on in the comments! [via Twitter]
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