January 30, 2012
Gingerbread brought Native SIP support to Android for Calling over Wifi, 3G, without a voice plan. However, there are no straightforward guides around the web that talk about it.
Compatibility: Method works for: All Gingerbread 2.3.x Stock roms, AOSP roms, MIUI roms and Sense roms, worked for me on all.
1. Apktools bz2
2. Brut tar
Note: This guide is for windows, however, it works as-is on Linux, Mac OSX.
Step 1. Pull Framework-res.apk from your ROM’s zip file. Ideal path is /system/framework directory.
Step 2. Extract both files that you downloaded to c:\apktools. You should see 3 extracted files. Copy the framework-res.apk to the same directory: c:\apktools
Step 3. Run CMD on windows, Terminal on OSX, Windows and run the following commands:
apktools d framework-res.apk temp
Step 4. A folder named temp will appear. Inside temp, edit the file: C:\apktools\temp\res\values\bools.xml
Search the following line:
change ”true” to “false” and save the file.
Step 5. On Terminal/ CMD run apktools again.
apktools b temp temp.apk
Step 6. Now rename your original framework-res.apk to framework-res.apk.zip. Open it with winrar/winzip/7zip it will open like regular archive. take the file that was created by the build process:
Step 7. Use this file to replace the file inside the archive of framerwork-res.apk.zip (overwriting the original, inside the zip)
rename the file back to framework-res.apk.
Congratulations, now you have a sip over 3g enabled framework-res.apk.
Step 8. Just replace it in your ROM zip and flush the ROM, you need to wipe cache and dalvik cache.
August 13, 2011
Google had disabled Rooted android Phones, Tablets from running Android Movies rentals via Google Videos app. The app essentially downloads the full movie and makes it available for viewing for a limited time in a safe way, countering piracy.
However, a mod is now available for the Google videos app (Movie rentals) that can make it run on any android phone, tablet and needless to mention its still DRM protected.
This APK is a modified version of the com.google.android.videos-1.apk that bypasses the root & tamper checks. APK works on Android device (2.2+).
Note: This bypass doesn’t affect the actually DRM licensing, it will still generate a proper license key, you will still be limited to the normal viewing times, you will still have to pay to rent movies, etc. Don’t ask, because it’s not happening. It just bypasses/disabled the root check.
Download Android Videos Mod apk
August 1, 2011
We all tend to be so much excited by different android ROMs that we often crave for different ROMs and often have to wipe our phones to tryout another favorite ROM. Now you can not just Dual boot your favorite ROMs, but you can Multiboot android roms without having trouble of any sort.
BootManager lets you install multiple ROMs on Android phone. It lets you install up to five ROMs on your phone; four on your SD card and one which is currently in use. Of course, you would need a rooted android phone for that.
Boot Manager is the first Android Multi-Booter Application! The application installs up to four ROMs to your sdcard and you can keep one on your phone as well to allow you to boot up to five ROMs and switch between them with just a reboot. This is the must have application for any flashaholic and will finally allow you to keep up with those nightly builds we have all come to love or just boot your favorite ROMs from your favorite developers. The application is great for developers as well since you now have 5 slots for testing ROMs.
Warning: Consider taking a (nandroid) backup before you do any changes to your phone. You may then download the ROMs to your SD-card that you want to install.
As of today, BootManager is only officially supported on Motorola Droid and the following HTC smartphones: Droid Incredible, Thunderbolt, Vision, EVO 4G, Inspire 4G, Desire and Desire HD, support for more coming soon.
Market link [$2.99]
June 15, 2011
Occasionally you may reverse engineer android apk files and then repack them with minor tweaks/hacks employed.
Its quiet easy to learn how to unpack/repack .apk files fast. TO get started all you needs is a Winrar (or equivalent) and file Formatter, which is created by despotovski. This app gives you a simple GUI to make all the changes you want.
How to unpack .apk files:
1. Open Formatter
2. Click the “Choose File” button and choose your apk file. Then, in the first text box, enter “.rar” (without quotes). After that, enter your desired name for your .rar archive and click the big “Rename!” button
3. Go to the folder where your .apk file was. You should see a .rar archive, named by the name you entered in Formatter. Extract it with your archive manager
How to repack .apk files:
1. Compress the extracted files in a .rar archive (compress them normally like any other archive)
2. Open Formatter
3. Choose the .rar archive you made a minute ago
4. Set the format to .apk
5. Set the name to whatever you want
6. Click the big “Rename!” button
May 18, 2011
Gitbrew has been able to install Backtrack 5 on a rooted Android phone. By using Debdroid, users run Linux distros built for ARM devices. Gitbrew’s has been able to get a fully functional version of Backtrack 5 working on any Android device. So how hard is it? If your phone is already rooted, its just a flash update from zip away and you would be running Backtrack 5 ARM on your android phone.
The OS is fully Ubuntu-based so it is possible to run it like a desktop, including running Firefox and other Linux applications. If you have an android phones with HDMI out, your android phone could make a perfect portable PC.
Screenshot of Android running Backtrack5 via VNC:
Of course with BackTrack 5, you can do advanced network scans right from your Android device via WiFi, no laptop required.
April 25, 2011
The revolutionary dual core phone is just around the corner and its fancy stuff is already floating around. Galaxy SII sports the world’s most advanced display technology: Super AMOLED Plus and would be available in two different flavors: 1.2Ghz Dual core and 1Ghz dual core, beating every other cellphone available in market in almost every specification.
Xda member has been able to extract some Galaxy S2 live wallpapers and make them run on any android phone. They don’t essentially need a highend phone to work, but for a smooth experience 1Ghz single core processor is optimal.
April 24, 2011
HTC Sense 3.0 brings all new set of wallpapers that look amazing on any phone.
All wallpapers are High resolution, and would work on all cellphones and even most Tablets. Gove them a shot, we’ve also included inverted images for some of the wallpapers, they look brilliant as well.
HTC Sense 3.0 Wallpapers
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