[Tutorial] How to Install Android 4.0.3 Ice Cream Sandwich On A PC

After the preliminary work here (which I recommend you read through), the porting of Ice Cream Sandwich to PC has advanced a lot further, and we now have a starting installation guide (the first available). There is now a furthered port to 4.0.3 ICS, which you can see a demonstration of here:


There has also been an installation tutorial released which you can use to install Android on your own system, which you can see below:

Step 1. First of all, you need to download one of the required installation images from here.

Step 2. Burn the image to a disc or flash it to a USB, then reboot your machine and boot from your selected media.

Step 3. You’ll be greeted with a boot menu, and at this point you can hit install if you’re ready.

Step 4. Once the installer appears, you’ll be asked where to install Android to. Select the partition or drive you wish to install to and press Enter.

Step 5. You’ll then be asked if you wish to format the partition, and given different options of formatting. Choose the partition format you wish to use, if any.

Step 6. Once the partition has been formatted, you’re given the option to install a bootloader. Press yes to install one.

Step 7. You can then choose whether to make the /system directory writeable. Press yes, as long as you don’t mind a slightly longer installation time.

Step 8. Now you need to install a fake SD card. What this does is create a separate image which is recognised as the SD card inserted into your Android device. Select this option and press Enter.

Step 9. You can then select the amount of memory you wish to give to your SD card. Press Enter and your SD card will begin to install. This may take a little while.

Step 10. Once the SD card is installed, just reboot your system and boot from the drive/partition/usb you installed Android to and your Android system should be up and running!

[via Soul Dev Team]

[Tutorial] How To Enable Android-Style Auto-Correction Keyboard On An iDevice

 

Ever seen the Android keyboard corrections list? As in the little list of words which appears above the keyboard when typing something? Well apparently Apple likes this idea, and has built it into their firmware files, but it’s not enabled to the public yet. There are many possible reasons for this; maybe it’s buggy, or it may be due to possible copyright seeing as it’s almost exactly the same as the one that Android uses. But if you feel as though you want to enable this (it’s pretty cool to use), then you can follow this guide to enable it on your iDevice (written guide after the break):

How to enable using iFile or via SSH (Jailbreak required):

Step 1: Connect to your device via SSH or open up iFile.

Step 2: Browse to the folder /var/mobile/Library/Preferences/ and open up the file com.apple.keyboard.plist. If you’re using iFile make sure to open it up in the Text Viewer. SSH users may need to copy the file to their PC before editing.

Step 3: Underneath the only entry in the file, you need to add the following entry:

<key>KeyboardAutocorrectionLists</key>
<string>YES</string>

Step 4: Now make sure to save the file, overwriting the original, then just close iFile or your SSH connection.

Step 5: Now just respring or restart your device and you’re good to go! The list should appear above the keyboard in all applications!

Note: Please note that this method isn’t as “permanent” as with the backup option, and that restoring your device will remove the keyboard.

How to enable using iBackupBot (No Jailbreak required):

Step 1: Download iBackupBot for PC or Mac.

Step 2: Backup your iDevice in iTunes and then open up iBackupBot after having done so.

Step 3: Click on your latest backup folder in the left hand column, and then on the right side, search down the list for the file marked Library/Preferences/com.apple.keyboard.plist.

Step 4: Double click it to open it up and underneath the only entry, you want to add the following entry:

<key>KeyboardAutocorrectionLists</key>
<string>YES</string>

Step 5: Make sure to save the file and then close the editor.

Step 6: Now, on the top bar, look for the icon showing a blue arrow pointing into an iPhone. Click it to restore the backup to your device. Hover over the button to check you have the correct one.

Step 7: Now just wait for your device to restart and you’re good to go! The list should appear above the keyboard in all applications!

Note: Please note that this method adds it into your backup files, so you’ll have to manually remove it from your backup files to remove the list. Restoring won’t necessarily remove it, unless you don’t restore from backup.

[via Soul Dev Team]

[Tutorial] How to Run Android Apps On Windows Or Mac for free

You may or may not have heard of the BlueStacks project in the recent months, and for those of you who haven’t; BlueStacks is a project designed to run Android apps on any Windows PC or any Mac PC. It’s been in development for recent months and today the Alpha version was sent out to registered testers, however the good news for you is that it has also just been released publicly! I have to say that even though it’s not the most useful thing in the world it is pretty fun to play some of the Android games on PC!

You can watch the below video for a quick demonstration of how BlueStacks works before downloading, and remember that it’s only in Alpha stages and therefore it’s very limited in functionality at this time. Great props to the BlueStacks team on such an original piece of software! You can grab the program from here.

[via Soul Dev Team]

[News] Google+ Open To Everybody!

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Many of you have probably heard of Google+, with a majority of you being unable to grab an invite to get on it. Well the good news is that today Google has announced several changes to the service, the major one being that it’s now available to everybody (although still technically in beta stages). Just head over to http://plus.google.com and sign right in!

Most of the changes have been on the mobile side of things, especially on the Android app for Google+, with Hangout video chat and group picture messaging added. Not only these changes, but up to 100 other changes according to Punit Soni from the Google+ Mobile team who posted on the Google+ blog:

“We started the Google+ project to help make online sharing more like real-world sharing. Of course, in life we increasingly share on the go, so over the past ~90 days we’ve developed Google+ apps for Android, iOS and the mobile web.

During this time we’ve made lots of improvements to the project, and in fact, the team just announced its 100th new feature overall (open signups). But our work is far from done, and today we’re bringing seven additional Google+ features to your mobile device.”

As mentioned earlier Google also launched video chat in the Hangouts app for Android, which is sure to be popular as it’s one of the main features of Google+ (it’s the main reason I like it, for instance). However, it is only available for Android at this point in time.

And lastly, the name of +Huddles has been changed to Messenger (ironically) and adds support for adding photos to circles and groups.

So now’s your chance if you’ve been unable to try out Google+ for yourself! Simply head over there and sign up!

MyGreatFest (Now JailbreakCon) Recorded Session Videos

Recently the first official jailbreak convention took place in the United Kingdom, bringing together several prominent developers in the jailbreak world, such as Saurik, the Chronic Dev Team and the iDroid Dev Team. The event consisted of talks throughout, including several giveaways and several Q & A sessions which gave people the opportunity to learn more from the developers about jailbreaking. In my opinion, the most interesting talk was easily the talk of Saurik during the afternoon session, in which he expressed his opinions on things such as piracy and also went into details which many of us would be interested in hearing.

MyGreatFest is set to go to the USA next year, and seems to be aiming to have MuscleNerd and Comex there, although with Comex’s recent employment at Apple his atUtendance is unlikely (but not impossible!). You can see both the morning and afternoon sessions below, and a copy of the day’s schedule here: http://mygreatfest.net/mygreatfest-schedule-2/. On the recording of the morning session, the talks start at around 27:50, so you may wish to skip to that point.