Yes, it is possible to run Ubuntu on your rooted Nexus One or EVO 4G!
This is another “Why? Because I can!” hack… and if you thought the Windows 95 hack was cool, this should blow you away — but is significantly more complex!
The first thing you need to understand is, unlike running Windows 95 on your Android (which is pretty much useless), running Ubuntu on your Android is just that, running a full-blown, modern desktop operating system on your phone. You can run command-line programs, and even VNC into the GUI and run graphical programs, [...]
Some sites post articles or videos, send them off into the ether, and abandon them. I’ve always thought that was a bit arrogant, and somewhat sad. Since joining the pocketnow team in February of this year one of my personal goals has been to open a dialog with the readers. I try and monitor my posts and videos for a few days after they’re published and interact with comments and questions. (How have I been doing so far?)
More and more frequently, my articles have been raising questions that are off-topic for the article, and my readers have been contacting me with [...]
Previously we wrote about the technological differences between Qualcomm’s Snapdragon CPU (found on the EVO 4G, Nexus One, Desire, Droid Incredible, etc) and Samsung’s Hummingbird CPU (found on all Galaxy S smartphones). In this video, we add the Texas Instruments OMAP 3630 to the mix and put all three CPUs against each other to determine which “feels” fastest in everyday use. To achieve this, we see which device boots up fastest, which exhibits the smoothest internet performance, and so on. In the end, as you can see in the video, the Hummingbird and OMAP 3630 [...]
If you’re not a developer, this is your last chance to get an official Google Phone as Google has announced that it has just received its final shipment of Nexus One Android smartphones. Developers would still be able to order a Nexus One through the developer portal after the consumer stock gets depleted, but for average consumers, this is your last chance to get your hands on the official Google offering before inventory runs down. After the Nexus One, Google has already stated that the device has fulfilled its purpose and there will not be a Nexus Two successor.
We’ve all been making fun of the iPhone 4 antenna problems for quite some time now. You know the one, where left-handers loose signal strength when they try to actually talk on their iPhone 4’s.
It turns out that the iPhone 4’s “unique new antenna design” may not be the cause of the problem after all. The electrical conductance of human skin combined with the signal blocking ability of the human body can combine in a sort of “perfect storm” which can cause a dramatic drop in signal strength. Unfortunately, the iPhone 4’s antenna [...]
The “radio” on a smartphone is a complicated mess of interconnected drivers and APIs (what the camera has to do with the phone I’ll never know). Regardless, improvements to the radio can improve signal strength, data throughput, WiFi, and somehow unlock 720p video recording, all all the same time. Of course, it could make your phone suck down more battery juice, or even prevent your phone from being a phone at all (by killing your wireless abilities).
The Nexus One was recently released in Korea, and came with a new radio. This radio is apparently agnostic to [...]
Gameloft is giving away one of its more popular Android games, Let’s Golf HD, to HTC EVO 4G and Nexus One owners. Let’s Golf HD is a classic arcade style golfing game, which can be quite fun. It features 63 holes in 4 distinct locations, 4 customizable characters, and advanced/casual control modes. The offer is only available for a limited time, so grab it as soon as you can if you’re interested. Visit Gameloft’s EVO 4G or Nexus One page to receive your complimentary copy (US only). Check out the short trailer below to see it in action.
It looks like Apple’s iPhone isn’t the only one with connectivity problems as Google Nexus One owners have been reporting issues with WiFi and cellular data hand off problems. According to BGR, the issue has been appearing on Google’s online support forum since January.
The issue, according to BGR, the issue occurs when “Your N1 connects to a wireless network; you put the phone down and the display eventually goes to sleep; while the screen is off the N1 is still technically connected to the wireless router but no data is passing through the device; the [...]
In this video, we take a look at some of the inbuilt software of the Motorola Droid X, plus put the device head-to-head with the iPhone 4 and Google Nexus One running on Froyo.
To start, the Droid X has some neat applications built in. You can use the 3G mobile hotspot app, but it’s going to cost you $20 extra on your bill, plus there is a 2GB data cap. You can expect to get speeds similar to what a MiFi would bring, so about 1.5mbps down, and about 1mbps up.
We talk briefly about the DLNA support which allows you to integrated multiple supported devices [...]
The CPU (Central Processing Unit) of computers has undergone a lot of changes since the early days of desktop PCs. Today, your choices include any of a number of AMD or Intel processors. These processors are serving more and more functions which used to be handled by separate chips (CPU; ALU; Memory Controller; L1, L2, and L3 Cache). Combining functionality into fewer and fewer chips reduces cost, power consumption, and overall heat — all things desirable on a mobile platform.
Mobile processors are undergoing the same transformation. Today the race is between [...]
Despite ambitious plans earlier in the year to release a whole line of Nexus products–mainly smartphones–Google is now backing down and saying that the Nexus One will be the last product officially released as the Google phone. Google will still partner with other manufacturers in releasing Android smartphones, but the company will not release a branded product after the Nexus One stating that its strategy for the device was a success and there is no need for a successor product:
The idea a year and a half ago was to do the Nexus One to try to move the phone platform [...]
Today is a federal holiday in the United States of America which commemorates the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, declaring independence from the Kingdom of Great Britain.
It’s commonly referred to as “The Fourth of July”, but I take exception to that term, it negates the history and meaning behind the holiday – it’s real name is “Independence Day“.
With that in mind, check out my “Independence Day apps for Android” video. In it I’ll cover nine apps and one Live Wallpaper in 12 [...]
Brandon recently unboxed the Droid X and commented on how much he likes its keyboard.
Thanks to the skilled hackers over at XDA-Developers.com, Nexus One owners can use the Droid X’s keyboard on their phones, too!
What’s so impressive about the Droid X’s keyboard? It offers full multi-touch capabilities that are different from other “multi-touch” keyboards currently available. The Droid X’s lets you hold down shift key and press a letter to make a capital, which mimics the behavior of regular keyboards.
A few things to note, the [...]
According to a post at Google’s Nexus One Blog, the “official” Android 2.2 (“Froyo”) update for Nexus One is being rolled out over-the-air (OTA) even as we speak.
According to the post, “Starting today , Nexus One users will begin to receive the Android 2.2 (codenamed Froyo) over-the-air software update on their phones. In order to access the update, you will receive a message on your phone’s notification bar. Just download the update, wait for it to install, and you should be all set.”
Google goes on to say that the [...]
The Samsung Galaxy S i9000 is the bees knees in Android phone offerings with its 1GHz processor and souped up GPU for super-fast video handling. (Check out my video showing off the i9000’s Live Wallpapers hacked onto a Nexus One.)
Following that thread, rolle3k on XDA-Developers.com has ported the Samsung TouchWiz launcher from the i9000 to the Nexus One.
There are couple pre-requisites: you must be running the FRF83 Froyo build, and you must have root access.
Once you’ve met those requirements, download and install the “TouchWiz package” [...]
Samsung’s new Galaxy S (i9000) is a pretty beefy phone. Although it still clocks at 1GHz — the same as the Nexus One — Samsung is using an ARM Cortex A8 chip with a PowerVR GPU for extra graphics performance. Samsung has their own UI overlay (similar to HTC’s Sense UI) which takes advantage of the GPU (graphics processing unit), and Samsung has also included some very pretty looking Live Wallpapers as well.
Live Wallpapers that just “look pretty” and don’t add any extra functionality usually don’t do it for me, after all, [...]
Not long ago I wrote about the 720p video recording hack for the Nexus One. It was in its early stages, but far enough along that Cyanogen included it in a text-build of his ROM.
Back then the author had commented that the audio and framerate weren’t great, but they were being worked on. Here’s what’s been accomplished with the latest release:
– Allocate 15mb to camera– CAP bitrates– Fix blank 480p– Increased Bitrate– Allocated more RAM to Camera– New Camera App by Wysie_Soh– Increased Bitrate [...]
If you’re a frequent reader of pocketnow.com you’re likely up to speed on the status of Android 2.2, also known as “Froyo”. If not, you can read the latest here.
But that news only applies to a small handful of “anointed” Nexus One’s, specifically internal units (those issued to Google employees) and those issued to members of the press. As one would expect, the updates for those devices generally work on those sold to the general public, and we published a couple tutorials on how to obtain and flash those updates to your phone (see this [...]
No, we have’t forgotten about Android 2.2, there just hasn’t been much to report since Google IO. At that time we were told Froyo would start rolling out “in a couple of weeks”.
When a select number of Nexus One phones started getting the Froyo OTA update we were very excited, we even showed you how to flash the leaked Froyo update on your stock or rooted Nexus One. This build, also known as FRF50, it turns out, was a release candidate, not the final 2.2 update.
After someone was able to get Froyo on an iPhone 3G, the news kind of settled down, and [...]
If you’re tried of waiting for the official Android 2.2 (Froyo) to come one for your Nexus One or want a ROM that has a lot of CyanogenMod-like features, you might want to give the eViL n-One-sh0t ROM a try.
This ROM cooks a lot of goodies into it and I was able to flash it right over the top of the latest CyanogenMod ROM (cm-5.0.8-N1-test5) without wiping.
If you want speed, this may very well be the ROM for you. In it you’ll find BFS (the Brain F*** Scheduler), memory hacks, optimized .APK’s, Swype IME, Chrome to Phone, built-in ad-blocking, and a [...]
The thing I like most about Android is the developer community. Together they do some really amazing things! Take, for example, the recent efforts of charansingh who has unlocked 720p video recording to the Nexus One.
Here’s a quick video I shot this morning. I recorded the video and uploaded it directly to YouTube, no intermediate video processing went into it, so it should show you what that hardware itself is capable of.
Here’s charansingh‘s video:
Unfortunately, you can’t just apply the hack and get 720p video recording [...]
If you were one of the brave souls that installed the leaked Froyo Release Candidate on their Nexus One and miss being able to download and install protected apps from the Market, you’re in luck — as long as you have ADB or SuperUser access.
If you have SU access on your phone, grab the froyo.zip file from XDA-Developers.com and copy it to the root of your sdcard.
From your Nexus One, open your terminal emulator and type in the following (press “enter” at the end of each line).
sumount -o remount,rw /systemcd /systemmv build.prop [...]
The Nexus One Desktop Dock is one of three “official” accessories for the N1 (if you include the spare battery as an accessory). It utilizes the three metal “dots” on the bottom of the N1 to charge the phone while cradled, connects to the phone via Bluetooth for audio-out, and comes with a headphone-to-RCA cable if you want to plug your dock into your stereo.
At $45 plus taxes and shipping (which can raise the price to around $70), the dock is fairly expensive, but very well built.
It looks like the Google Nexus One variant that is compatible with AT&T’s US 3G network is now out of stock from the Google Phone site. The item is shown as “temporary not available” so it shouldn’t be cause for panic yet. However, with Verizon Wireless and Sprint each shunning the Nexus One variants for their networks, it could be that Google may be attempting to move inventory prior to AT&T’s launch of the next HTC super phone for its network. Then again, that’s just conjecture and the reason can be as innocent as a shortage of parts [...]