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Change DPI and Market settings easily with build.prop Editor

If you're a dedicated Android modder, you're probably aware of the myriad tweaks you can apply via the build.prop file, located in the /system folder. It's a popular method of changing your phone or tablet's screen density (as in our Galaxy Nexus Tablet experiment) or fooling the Android Market into thinking you've got a different phone than the one you have. But Android's built-in text editor leaves something to be desired, and the only alternative to a root-enabled file browser has been the tedious ADB method of backing up and swapping in modified build.prop files.

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.

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.

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]

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.

T-Mobile LG G2x gets a MIUI Port

The LG Optimus 2x has been enjoying the beauty of the MIUI custom ROM for a while already but sadly the T-Mobile G2x users weren't so lucky. Thanks to some porting of the official MIUI for the Optimus 2x users of the LG G2x can now enjoy the same awesome ROM. Other than CyanogenMod, MIUI is one of the most popular ROM's available and I'm sure many will be happy to give this a try.

Samsung Galaxy Note rocking Android 4.0 with CM9

Probably one of the most impressive devices as of late is the Samsung Galaxy Note. While it's still currently not available in the US or many other parts of the world it still has seen wide adoption with over 1 million sales, and the development community is flourishing. Below we have some Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich on the 5.3" phone -- tablet -- cutting board.
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