Android Hacks & ROM’s: What’s out there?

| July 16, 2010 | 3 Replies

Googles Android OS platform has grown quickly in the the past few years since its inception, and is now nipping at the heels of such giants as Apple and Microsoft.  One reason for its popularity is the amazing developers and hackers in the Android Community that provide a huge variety of hacks and tweaks that can be used to personalize your phone to your every need and want.

In this ongoing series I am going to explore some various tweaks, hacks, and Custom ROMs that are available thanks to the great minds working in the Android Community.  I am definitely not a developer, but I would consider myself an “Advanced User” and have been involved in the Android and Windows Mobile hacking community for about four years. So that being said let’s see what we can try out and hopefully have some fun with our phones!

I figured we could start out simple, so I present to you “Inverted Facebook App”. This is the standard android Facebook App that is on the Android Market, except it is tweaked.  It has all the same functions that the regular app has, nothing has been removed.  The only difference as you can see in the pictures, is that the colors have been inverted to show a black background and different color fonts. 

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Now I know some of you are thinking “Blair, that’s nothing special”, but you have to use it to see for yourself.  This might not seem like a huge deal, but if you use Facebook everyday why not look at something beautiful as opposed to that drab white we are used to?

All credit for this app goes to Papa Smurf151 over on XDA Developers and his app can be found Here.

The Next one is for all you Droid Incredible users (myself included). I present to you my favorite Custom ROM PMF Version 1.1.  This is what I use for daily use now on my rooted Incredible, and I can’t say enough good things about it.

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Here is some info from the creator pardonmyfreedom over on XDA Developers.

ROM Information:

Based on HTC stock ROM with most HTC apps removed. See below for app information.

The entire ROM is deodexed. This will allow the framework files to be modifed or replaced for themes.

The HTC lockscreen has been removed. The default 2.1 lockscreen is enabled. (See-thru bug fixed in latest version!)

NEW: The lockscreen can now be unlocked by using the d-pad click (NOT AWOKEN, you still must use power to wake the screen). This replaces the unlock via menu button.

The kernel is the default stock kernel with no modifications other than to enable root. I suggest using the very awesome Hydra kernels if you would like a different one.

The default wireless driver is installed.

First thing you need to know about this ROM is that it is almost completely free from all the HTC Sense interface.  Don’t get me wrong, I like Sense a bit but prefer the clean and simple feel of Vanilla Android.  It does have some of the HTC stock apps such as Mail and People included, but has the Vanilla Android lockscreen instead of the Sense one.

If you feel adventurous and want to add an overclocked kernel or perhaps enable JIT while using this ROM, I can tell you that I have done both and they work great!  Everything works on this ROM and it is also de-odexed so that you can head over to the forums and install themes without any problems. If you want more info and to read some of the other user reviews head over to the forum and check it out Here.

Well folks thats it for this installment, tune in again next time as I take a dive into a couple of new Android Froyo custom ROM’s.

To be continued………..

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During the day I work in graphic design and also do photography. By night I try to play with programming and code of all different types. I love the opportunity to write for the site and hope to see it grow as time goes on.

  • WJD says:

    Good write up… I wish more people new the benefits of Roms and companies gear toward making sure the device is unlocked more because it enhances the user experience!

  • WJD says:

    Good write up… I wish more people new the benefits of Roms and companies gear toward making sure the device is unlocked more because it enhances the user experience!

  • WJD says:

    Good write up… I wish more people new the benefits of Roms and companies gear toward making sure the device is unlocked more because it enhances the user experience!