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Tweak your Grand Theft Auto 3 graphics the easy way, with a custom app

I'm sure that lots of you have been roaming around Liberty City for the past few weeks after the Android release of sandbox classic Grand Theft Auto 3. (Well, I'm sure that those of our readers who are 18 and above have, anyway. Wink wink.) You've probably heard that the settings file for GTA3's graphics is easily found and manipulated by any text editor, but if you want something quicker and more accessible, XDA member "hacksteak25" has a basic tweak app ready for your use immediately.

CyanogenMod 9 for the Galaxy Nexus may get an LTE toggle

One of my favorite features of later versions of CyanogenMod is the series of included and customizable toggles built right into the notification drawer. Not only is it convenient as all get out, it saves valuable space on your home screen usually occupied by the default power widget. When the Galaxy Nexus was released for Verizon, more than a few users were disappointed that Ice Cream Sandwich's implementation of 4G LTE blocked previous quick 4G toggles available in the Android Market. At least one developer seems to have found a work-around, and his implementation is currently be considered for inclusion in CyangoenMod 9.

HTC Jetstream gets permanent root and CWM recovery

Make no mistake: the HTC Jetstream is an awesome 10-inch tablet. And it might have a considerable following at this point, if it weren't for the fact that AT&T's insane pricing on the thing. Still, its hardware charms have given it more than a few fans, who will no doubt be happy to hear that it's finally been rooted. ClockworkMod Recovery, the most popular custom recovery for Android at the moment, has been successfully installed. Custom ROMs for the high-end 4G tablet can't be far behind.

All new HTC phones get unlockable bootloaders, don’t ask Verizon or AT&T

Earlier today we reported that HTC's official bootloader unlock program on HTCDev.com had been updated to work with the Evo View 4G and the MyTouch 4G Slide. That's true. A few users have found that the update also works with AT&T's HTC Vivid and Verizon's HTC Rezound, though those models don't appear anywhere on HTCDev's documentation. Now the company has come right out and said it: all devices released after September of 2011 are unlockable using the official method.

Roll your own CyanogenMod with CMC Compiler

Custom ROMs are part of what makes Android awesome, and there's a sufficient variety to satiate everyone. Well... almost everyone. Have you ever wanted to remove certain features from a ROM before even installing it, making for a lean, mean software machine? If you're a user of the popular CyanogenMod family of custom ROMs, now you can, with a new compiler tool from XDA member "lithid-cm". The Cyanogenmod Compiler ("CMC") allows almost anyone to pick and chose from a variety of CyanogenMod features and compile their own ROM on your computer - no supermodder skills required.

Dev shows you how to block Nook Tablet OTA updates

If you have, a B&N Nook Tablet that you have some custom stuff on and you don’t want to have to worry that an OTA update will come along and ruin your set up, check this out. A developer going by Indirect on the XDA-Developers forums has devised a way to block those OTA updates. The coolest part is that while it blocks the updates, you can still access B&N servers to buy books.

Boost Grand Theft Auto 3′s graphics with a few simple tweaks

A few of you have probably been reliving your most outrageous Liberty City exploits since Rockstar released a pint-sized port of sandbox classic Grand Theft Auto 3 for Android last week. While the game makes the transition mostly intact, some of the graphical flair of the original is missing, probably to make it run better on a wider variety of Android phones and tablets. If you're running a high end phone with a fast dual-core processor and a competent GPU, it might not be using them to the best of their abilities. Luckily, German site AndroidNext has found a hidden settings file within the game's data folder, which will allow you to modify some basic graphics settings.

Trick your Galaxy Nexus into using Ice Cream Sandwich’s tablet user interface

I'll start this off with a massive disclaimer: do not do this. There's a decent chance that this will break your new Galaxy Nexus phone's basic functionality, and if you don't have a method of restoring a backup or flashing a recovery, you'll be very much out of luck. That said, when Google announced that Ice Cream Sandwich would change its interface depending upon whether it was on a tablet or smartphone, I instantly thought of the smartphone launcher hidden in Honeycomb. Poking around on my rooted Nexus I decided to try the same trick in reverse, setting the LCD density to a much lower value - essentially tricking the phone into thinking it had a ten inch screen. The result? A rudimentary (and very much broken) Ice Cream Sandwich tablet interface on the Galaxy Nexus.

BlackBerry Playbook gets hacked Android Market support

We don't cover the BlackBerry Playbook here on Android Community because, well, it's a BlackBerry. But some recent community mods may change that, at least after a fashion. IntoMobile reports that the latest rage amongst Playbook modders is rooting via a tool called Dingleberry (no comments form the peanut gallery, please). It turns out that if you root the latest version of the Playbook's Beta software, it's possible to use the Android emulator software therein to run just about any Android app you like - including the Android Market and other Google apps.

Nook Tablet makes daddy proud, allows easy non-approved app installs

The original Nook Color has a special place in many a geek's heart as one of the first truly mainstream Android tablets, and not just because it was designed for mainstream use. The original had an easy-to-exploit MicroSD mounting system that made gaining access to the Android software easy for modders everywhere. It looks like Barnes & Noble didn't mind the bogarting of its proprietary software at all, because installing non-approved apps is even easier on the new Nook Tablet: just download an APK file from the web and you're good to go.
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