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New “Dark Google Apps” mod saves battery on OLED phones

Screens that use organic light-emitting diodes, better known as OLED and AMOLED, have a unique method of image production. When instructed to display a "black" color, the individual pixel cells are physically turned off, providing the stunning blacks seen on OLED-equipped devices like the Galaxy S II, DROID RAZR and the original Nexus One. Interestingly, this also means that displaying a mostly black image on an OLED screen also draws less power than a white or full-color image. To take advantage of this technological quirk, an intrepid modder on XDA has set about modifying all of Google's core Android apps to save the maximum amount of battery on OLED phones, via the simple expediency of reversing the color scheme.

Run Android on any laptop with SATA-based PunkThis board

We've seen a few Android-based netbooks run through the production mills of confused OEMs, and we're fairly sure that a certain major manufacturer is including Android in a SoC bundled into their latest ultraportable laptop. But if you want a little do-it-yourself Android/laptop action, look further than the CUPP Computing PunkThis board. It's a tiny system-on-a-chip built into a PCB board with SATA and Mini PCIe connections on one side. What does that mean? It means pop this sucker into your laptop's hard drive bay, and you're running Android in seconds.

Easy Development Studio makes rolling your own ROM a snap

I'd wager there's a lot of you reading this who run custom ROMs on your Android phone or tablet, but only a tiny portion that actually develop your own. (Guilty.) The simple fact is that rooting and flashing a custom recovery/ROM is fairly simple for those of us that know our way around a command line, but cooking up an entire ROM requires some more specialized skills. Enter Easy Development Studio, a Linux tool designed to make compiling your own ROM easy, or at the very lest manageable, for the layman. Check out the thread on XDA to download the beta.

Auto-Installer adds ClockworkMod to any current Xperia phone

Rooting and modding Android phones isn't always easy. And even when it is, it cal always be easier. That's the philosophy that drove XDA user "pvyParts" to create Auto-Installer, a simple Android app that adds the ubiquitous ClockworkMod custom recovery software to any Sony Xperia phone made in 2011. What's more, it does so via a sneaky little partition setup that doesn't touch the phone's bootloader - thereby preserving user's manufacturer warranties.

Can’t touch this: Koush’s ClockworkMod Recovery Touch gets a tease

If you've ever installed a custom Android ROM, odds are extremely good that you've used the popular ClockworkMod recovery to do so. The pre-boot environment works well for what it does, but the low-power resources necessitated that users control it with a series of button presses. Now that almost all physical buttons and trackballs have become passe for Android, and even capacative buttons are on their way out thanks to Honeycomb and Ice Cream Sandwich, creator Koushik "Koush" Dutta is working on finally bringing touchscreen controls to ClockworkMod. He teased an early version of the new software on his Google+ account, but did not offer a download.

Counter-Strike Portable strafes onto Android

A lot of you reading this have spent entirely too much time playing Counter-Strike, in its various computer and console iterations. That's not OK. When you're online, you should be spending your time reading the stories on your favorite Android blog (this one) and keeping hard-working bloggers under a roof. But if you wish to extend your infamy by wasting time in entirely the wrong digital avenue, you can now do it in the total absence of roofs, thanks to some even harder-working developers over at XDA. They've released an Android version of the perennial tactical shooter, and it's already surprisingly complete. If you are somehow ignorant of Counter-Strike, it's one of the most popular first-person shooter games in the world. Based on the engine in the original Half-Life PC game, it first appeared as a free download way back in 1999. The game is deceptively simple: join either the counter-terrorist or terrorist squad, equip your soldier, then fight it out in deathmatch or other modes. Players that perform well and/or survive to the next round keep their equipment and get more cash for upgrades. Players that die... don't. Thanks to its accurate weapon portrayals, speed and immense player community, Counter-Strike has remained incredibly popular even as more modern games have outpaced it in graphics. [youtube _JOwY5hT5ko] The Android version is a modification based on Counter-Strike 1.6 and running on the Unity 3D game engine. Two download versions exist at present: version 5o for Android 2.0+ ARM 6 devices, and 6i for phones and tablets with ARM 7 processors running Android 2.3 or above. According to the developers, there are more than 600 players online at the moment. Naturally the game is still in the beta phase, but the developers are welcoming bug reports and other feedback. [via Droid Gamers]

CyanogenMod App Store already in development

Just yesterday we reported on CyanogenMod and ClockworkMod Recovery developer Koushik “Koush” Dutta talking up the possibility of a specially-built app store for CyanogenMod, which would happily welcome all the apps that for one reason or another have gotten the boot from the Android Market. Koush showed off just that on his Google+ page, where he posed the original question: you can see an extremely early screenshot of the submission page for the "CyanogenMod App Store" below. The screenshot is hosted on the web site for ClockworkMod Recovery and ClockworkMod Tether, both of which Koush maintains himself.

CyanogenMod developer calls for rooted app store

As forgiving as the Android ecosystem is, it's still not as "open" as some would like - at the insistence of Google (or increasingly, one of its manufacturer or carrier partners) apps can be whisked away from the Android Market. Most of the apps that are routinely deleted are malware, pornography or violate copyright, but plenty are perfectly legitimate tools like emulators or tethering apps. Fed up with the situation,  Koushik "Koush" Dutta of CyanogenMod, ClockworkMod Recovery and ClockworkMod Tether called for suggestions for a "banned" market, a haven for apps and ROMs that have been turned out of the Android Market for one reason or another.

Run modded Hulu Plus on any Android device

Hulu's support for Android has left more than a few people underwhelmed: in addition to coming out considerably later than the iOS version, it still only works on select devices. Thanks to the folks over at XDA, specifically one callming his or herself "Vgeezy", has found away around that. The modified Hulu Plus APK should work on almost any Android device. According to further comments, systems as diverse as the Galaxy Nexus Motorola XOOM, DROID X2, and original Transformer are working.

HP TouchPad gets an Ice Cream Sandwich port via CyanogenMod

Everybody' favorate cheap, hackable tablet still has considerable modder momentum behind it, and the CyanogenMod team is a big part of that. Now they've released a video of CyanogenMod 9 (Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich) running on HP's abandoned TouchPad hardware. The port isn't complete yet, with a few hardware issues keeping it out of the hands of eager ROM flashers, but the developers say they'll be releasing the ICS version along with CyanogenMod 9's general debut soon.
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