Fixed the Fonts, Sorry…

Well that was weird. I’ve been having a lot of trouble trying to get these god forsaken fonts to work from TypeKit.com. Turns out their not worth the effort for in my opinion. I love some of the fonts but the inability to quickly try them out is proving to be more of a hassle than I can deem worthy. I’ll give it another shot if someone can teach me the CSS or whatever to get them working, but custom fonts aren’t that high a priority for me. Hope you can read it now, even if it isn’t incredibly exciting to look at. Hit me up in the comments or email if you have any hints, I’m all ears. Meanwhile, enjoy the site! Working on getting a video uploaded.

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And again: Droid 2/X Gingerbread Rooted and now Deodexed!

There ya have it! Title says it better than anything, the Gingerbread that had been leaked is now not only rooted but also deodexed. There are many reasons to want a deodexed ROM most notably a slight speed improvement and easier customization of certain system files, but if you want to learn a little more about what exactly it is and why you should want it I’ve posted a pretty handy link down below. I’ll probably be doing a post later toady with my impressions but I’m trying to still get a video walk through done for this rooted one. Ha. P3droid is moving too fast!!!!

Quick link for those who want to learn more:  What is Odex and Deodexed?

Download link via My Droid World:  Droid 2 Gingerbread Rooted and now Deodexed

Also of note, the same thing has already been done for the Droid X’s ROM too here.

HTC posts new Flyer Video

Well I honestly didn’t think I’d ever be intrigued by a tablet that wasn’t running iOS, stock Honeycomb, and MAYBE Windows 7, but HTC certainly puts up a fantastic case and I’m more than tempted to throw some cash at them. Most impressive I think from this video is their tight integration with the Calendar, your notes, and the audio. This is a real world solution to a very frustrating problem in college or the business world. That, plus the “more for work than play” Scribe Pen seems to brings some valid extra utility to having something running HTC’s Sense versus straight Honeycomb. I still think their home screen widgets (including that abomination of a clock/weather widget) are all a horrible waste of space, the rest of the UI seems to be really intelligently laid out. I hope the overlay on the video calling goes away, that was a little over bearing. Their notes app and the sketch app all seem to bring (dare I say it) an almost Apple like quality to the Android platform. It’s clean, refined and easy to use. It’s also a lot more integrated between Contacts, “People” (not like WP& thank God), Notes, and Social Networking it all seems to bring a very unique interface that has some desktop replacement qualities but remains far enough away that it’s finger friendly and just might take some buyers away from the iPad 1/2 (That’s 1 and/or 2 not half).

Any way, I’ll do more of run down of tablets/their respective OS’s when more come to market probably by late summer/early fall. Here’s the video:

Songbird for Android 1.0

Songbird has long been one of my favorite opensource media players, specifically in the music library management segment, and somehow I missed the Android release of their source. It’s pretty snazzy, and if you don’t mind the dark purple theme, Songbird for Android has proven to be speedy, lightweight, and stable. I don’t like how it doesn’t support landscape, but aside from that it brings a lot of missing features to the Android platform. Music playback is one area I believe Google just keeps skipping over (not that big a deal as the rest of the OS continues to be enhanced excellently) and Songbird is just one of many apps vying to fill the gap.

There’s a lot that music apps need to pull off, especially with iPhone users touting their fantastic built in iPod integration. Appearance, speed, ease of use and a quick access widget are essential in my eyes. The lockscreen widget didn’t work out so well on my unofficial Android release, but it’s a common problem I’ve had on most ROMs. Lockscreen widgets, aside from Ultimate Droid’s implementation, never really work out. The quick pull up for the Now Playing is cool, but it feels less like a music player and more like a music browser. I’m not sure how to describe it. I like PlayerPro’s fullscreen option, making it feel more like an MP3 player and the like. Navigation is lightening quick in the app, zero lag. This could also be due to the fact that it didn’t load any of my album/artist art from the ID3 tags and failed to pull any in over WiFi. It did, however, pull up a Photostream for common artists (Strongbad apparently not in that list). This was cool, but probably not functional. I hate to bring it up again, but PlayerPro does a great job of caching both artist and album art. Both work fantastic and don’t use any more bandwidth than you need versus the pretty much wifi only option in Songbird. The “Like” button is cool for sharing songs on Facebook and I’m sure a lot of users will be excited by that.

Overall, there’s not much to critique except for the picky things I like from other apps. This is app is fast, stable, and decent looking. I’d highly recommend it as a jumping off point for new Android users. Using this app for syncing between your Android handset and the desktop Songbird should help ease the transition for a lot of (former) iPhone users.

Original Blog Post and Image Source:

http://blog.songbirdnest.com/2011/03/15/songbird-for-android-1-0-released/

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Droid 2 GingerBlur Day 2: Screenshots Galore

Here we go! Trying to keep it as stock as possible + some minor Star Wars goodies, here’s my day 2 set up of the new Droid 2/x Gingerbread build. I’ll be posting more as I get things figured out. I’m also working on seeing if I can get that screen-off animation to work with the R2D2 lockscreen mods. There’ll probably be more up tomorrow, but for now feast your eyes on these bad boys. Sorry this took so long to get up. I’ll probably be reflashing the monster pre-rooted Gingerbread tonight to see how many framework-res.apk mods I can get in there. Lots of the MetaMorph themes I tried didn’t work, specifically the notification bar color and background. I also tried to change the 3G and battery icons, none worked. If anyone has any hints that’d be just great! Ha. Thanks for looking, I’ll also be posting a video walkthrough to show how speedy it is with a fresh flash.

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CRT Screen Off animations for GingerBlur Leak

It’s a little hard not to put a bazillion exclamation marks after that title cause boy am I excited about this one! One of the main things I was disappointed to see not make it in the official update was the ever so cool CRT screen off animations. Anyone who’s used the old school CRT tube monitors will feel all sorts of nostalgia when they flash this little bugger. The download link is a few posts down, and I can’t stress this enough: DON’T FLASH THIS IF YOU’VE ALREADY APPLIED MODS TO FRAMEWORK-RES.APK!!!!!! YOU WILL BE MAJORLY MESSED UP!!! Ok, I”m done now. I missed that bulletin on XDA’s page and because I’ve already applied the Star Wars Lockscreen mod my whole thing looked really messed up… good news is the screen off animations still worked! Thank God for Nandroid, Amen?

Here’s a quick video:

And here’s the original post on XDA to get the .zip to flash.

http://tinyurl.com/crtscreenoff

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New Look, New Nickname – “Welcome to ADB”

Yes, yes, “android debug bridge” I know, I know. Now that you’re over that we get down to the nitty gritty. New theme, new layout, and new background and header images. It’s all fresh and still has that new theme smell. Well drink it in. I’m thinking of doing a few more modifications, I’m starting to get the hang of this WordPress thing. A new base color every couple of weeks will help keep things fresh and I’ll be swapping in new logos and banners as I see fit. I’ll also be trying to include some kind of relevant image with all of my posts. I’m a little rusty in the Photoshop department so it might be a little touch and go here for a little while. Hope you enjoy it, hit me up with any requests and let me know what you guys think. Personally, I think it looks pretty freaking sweet.

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