Google Android catch-all

Ok, coming here at LiquidMantis' suggestion, I've bricked my Motorola RAZR (XT910). He suggested that so long as I can get into recovery mode, I can fix the problem. My words from earlier:

Redwing wrote:

Motorola RAZR, not sure of the exact model. I think I may have contributed to the bricking, it was stuck in a boot loop after the Icecream Sandwich update, I tried fixing it with a RAZR utility program I found but now it won't boot at all, goes to the AP Fastboot mode by default and complains about not being able to boot, so I think I bricked it myself.

I swear phone tech people seem to speak a completely different brand of geek than I'm used to, I don't think I really understood what the heck I was doing after researching my problem through google-fu.

Anyway, do you think it's salvageable? If so, I'll migrate to the Android thread tonight and see what can be done.

My main problem is that Recovery Mode doesn't actually work. I can boot into the AP Fastboot mode fine, but Normal or Recovery boot-up fails to work, it simply reroutes to AP Fastboot mode with (Boot Failure) off to the side. Down the bottom below the usual stuff in AP Fastboot mode is:

My Phone wrote:

Invalid CG OTV (CG: system); Invalid SP Data
Invalid CG HAB (CG: system, status: 0X004E)
Invalid CG OTV (CG: system)

I can get it to boot into AP Fastboot without those errors ok, but nothing else. Can this still be fixed, or should I start looking for a new phone?

See if this helps.

So I was using FoxFi to tether my Nexus 7 tablet at work for a couple weeks, until the IT guys picked it up and tried to track it down. I am now using the Bluetooth DUN connection, which works for the Web stuff, but only a few apps recognize the connection. Is there a way to make the tablet as a whole detect the Bluetooth as a standard Internet connection? It's kind of frustrating that things keep saying I'm not connected.

LiquidMantis wrote:

See if this helps.

Gonna check this out when I get home in a couple of hours, thanks LiquidMantis!

Ok, so I'm having some difficulties. I think I've finally got everything ready to flash the fastboot files over to my phone, but my phone is low on batteries. I had it plugged into my wall charger all day, so I'm not sure if that's actually charging it. Since I can only get into the AP fastboot menu, I'm not sure how to go about charging the phone! Any thoughts?

It should charge okay if you power off and plug in the charger then.

Woohoo! Verizon S3 bootloader unlocked!

Time for Jelly Bean and no kexec hack.

Redwing wrote:

Ok, so I'm having some difficulties. I think I've finally got everything ready to flash the fastboot files over to my phone, but my phone is low on batteries. I had it plugged into my wall charger all day, so I'm not sure if that's actually charging it. Since I can only get into the AP fastboot menu, I'm not sure how to go about charging the phone! Any thoughts?

Sometimes it won't charge in that type of mode. Take it to a verizon store and ask them to take the battery out and charge it if you have to.

karmajay wrote:
Redwing wrote:

Ok, so I'm having some difficulties. I think I've finally got everything ready to flash the fastboot files over to my phone, but my phone is low on batteries. I had it plugged into my wall charger all day, so I'm not sure if that's actually charging it. Since I can only get into the AP fastboot menu, I'm not sure how to go about charging the phone! Any thoughts?

Sometimes it won't charge in that type of mode. Take it to a verizon store and ask them to take the battery out and charge it if you have to.

No such thing as Verizon over here I'm afraid, I could presumably take it in to the place I got it (which has the reassuring name of... Crazy John's... not as bad as it sounds).

Have an old Android device you don't use anymore? Turn it into a server. I may try this with my Google TV.

Edwin wrote:

Have an old Android device you don't use anymore? Turn it into a server. I may try this with my Google TV.

Anybody remember all the arguments here about Google TV's launch?

[size=10]I told you people so![/size]

MannishBoy wrote:
Edwin wrote:

Have an old Android device you don't use anymore? Turn it into a server. I may try this with my Google TV.

Anybody remember all the arguments here about Google TV's launch?

[size=10]I told you people so![/size]

I know. I'm just lucky I got a dev unit for free.

Wow, I may have just found a use for my Incredible. Excellent.

All this talk of how awesome the S III is and I just got an S II this spring (my first smartphone).

Should I try to upgrade to a newer version of Android (I think my phone has 2.3?) or does that mess with my carrier's settings?

Farscry wrote:

All this talk of how awesome the S III is and I just got an S II this spring (my first smartphone).

Should I try to upgrade to a newer version of Android (I think my phone has 2.3?) or does that mess with my carrier's settings?

If you root it and find a ROM with a more recent version of Android, it shouldn't mess getting the phone on the network itself.

Hasn't 4.0 been rolled out to most variants of the S II now?

ya, JB is supposed to be coming for the S2. Supposedly

Hey y'all, question. I have an original HTC EVO, which I just love love love for its rootability and support, but lately, I keep running out of internal storage. Seems like programs are getting bigger and bigger these days, and I'm getting sick of getting that little alert every time I use Maps or Facebook.

That being said, I'm considering a new Android phone on Sprint, and I'm wondering if y'all might know what today's equivalent of the EVO might be.

This means something easily rooted, lots of 3rd party ROM support, removable battery and sturdy design.

Thanks in advance for your help.

Veloxi wrote:

Hey y'all, question. I have an original HTC EVO, which I just love love love for its rootability and support, but lately, I keep running out of internal storage. Seems like programs are getting bigger and bigger these days, and I'm getting sick of getting that little alert every time I use Maps or Facebook.

That being said, I'm considering a new Android phone on Sprint, and I'm wondering if y'all might know what today's equivalent of the EVO might be.

This means something easily rooted, lots of 3rd party ROM support, removable battery and sturdy design.

Thanks in advance for your help. :)

I've got the EVO 4G LTE, which is the direct successor to the old EVO. It suffers from no removable battery, but is fast, decent battery life, and can take up to a 32GB MicroSD card. The other big name out right now is the Samsung Galaxy SIII, which I'm sure someone else can speak to better than me.

The Galaxy Nexus on Sprint may be a generation or two old, but I don't think you'll get anything that's more easily rooted or supports more third party ROMs.

I came from a DInc to a GNex, and the DInc came out about the same time as the EVO. I think it's a worthwhile step up, but we're so close to the usual time that the Nexus devices get released that you may wish to wait and see if any of them come to Sprint right away.

Some time ago there was a discussion of a hand-writing recognition app. If someone could answer a couple questions, you'd have my eternal gratitude.

Will anything recognize mathematical formula? For example, if you go here there are some fairly simple equations. If you tried to put them into a handwriting recognition app, does it maintain them, or does it try to translate them to normal writing and jumble everything up?

Does it just take little notes, or can you write full on pages, comparable to a word processor?

Thanks muchly.

So anyone doing anything interesting with NFC? I'd love to use it more but not sure what to do with them.

There was talk somewhere (perhaps a few pages back?) about using NFC as cheap location tags. Tap your phone at the door, car, office, etc to switch it into specific location settings, like ringer on/off, gps on/off, wifi on/off, and so on. Seems like that could be fun, and more reliable than Locale or other apps that set based off of cell tower location and/or GPS, especially for things like turning GPS on/off.

I was hoping to use my NFC device as my transit card. I know FareBot reads it, but its getting the phone to be read as my ORCA card that I would like to try.

Edwin wrote:

So anyone doing anything interesting with NFC? I'd love to use it more but not sure what to do with them.

Wifi/vibration modes are the most obvious setups... the thing is, I already use Tasker to set vibration/wifi modes with cell tower detection (I prefer this since it does it automatically instead of having to unlock then tag), so having NFC duplicate that seems not so useful.

I've got a tag on my car dock that does a few Tasker actions whenever I plug into the car. Some factory/OEM docks already have this feature, but I guess it's more customized and you can use it with any old dock you want.

Honestly, I haven't been able to think of anything else to do... the security feature that prevents activation unless the phone is unlocked kind of limits things a bit, but I've got a baggie with 9 unused NFC tags that I'm hoping I can figure something out with.

I picked up a Nexus 7 today. I've owned an iPad, iPad 2, HP TouchPad, and a Fire and I really like the Nexus 7 so far. I miss not having access to Amazon's content, but I'm hoping they'll open it up to the Android Marketplace soon.

The screen is much better than my Fire and reading on it is better. I still prefer reading on the e-ink Kindle but I could live with reading on the Nexus 7. It's really cool that it came with $25 and the new Transformers movie. The big problem is now that I'm going to buy content in another ecosystem. I hate the digital download future that you get locked into a platform and none of my content moves with me.

You can get Amazon content with the N7 with a little leg work. Here is a link to all the Amazon apps for Android.

Edwin wrote:

You can get Amazon content with the N7 with a little leg work. Here is a link to all the Amazon apps for Android.

I suspect he's talking about the lending library and Prime free video streaming.

I hate the digital download future that you get locked into a platform and none of my content moves with me.

That's why you don't buy anything with DRM on it... or, if you're really desperate, DRM you can crack.

Malor wrote:
I hate the digital download future that you get locked into a platform and none of my content moves with me.

That's why you don't buy anything with DRM on it... or, if you're really desperate, DRM you can crack.

I think this forum's all tied up into Steam anyway.