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How-to: Live Wallpapers on Moto DROID running Android 2.0.1 [Update]

  • February 20, 2010 2:18 pm


**Update: If you’ve installed the files outlined below and are having trouble with permissions and SU pop-ups, stop back by the 2.0.1 Live Wallpaper thread on Alldroid and download the new 1.1.rom.tgz file.

Like many DROID owners out there, I was pretty bummed when I saw the official release specs for Android 2.1 on the Moto DROID. Two of the biggest visual changes — Live Wallpapers & the new 3D app drawer — were cut from the list. Performance issues and “exclusivity” have been two of the more prominent theories as to the decision. As far as performance goes however, if you’re here, reading on how to install unofficial features on your DROID, chances are you at least know your way around a rooted DROID and what to do with .apk’s, custom ROMs, and all kinds of other “underground” goodness.

For well over a month now, DROID users running custom 2.1-based ROMs have installed Live Wallpapers and had generally acceptable performance with only the occasional bug or FC cropping up. However, for those wanting to stay on a more stable (and quicker) 2.0.1 ROM, Live Wallpapers were a no go. But, the tide has finally turned thanks to many talented developers who have spent the last several months ripping the Android OS apart, resulting in greatly improved functionality and versatility. With that said, it is now possible to install Live Wallpapers on OS 2.0.1. Want to know how? Continue on…

To start, why exactly haven’t Live Wallpapers been working so well on 2.0.1? Well, to keep it rather basic, Live Wallpapers rely on Launcher 2.1 and a few other 2.1 specific frameworks to fully work (ie: to display and interact, you have to have the 2.1 launcher installed). A few ROMs such as Pete’s “Bugless Beast 2.1″ in particular have done a rather good job of bringing Live Wallpapers to the DROID platform — albeit on Android 2.1. Even still, the bugginess of the 2.1 Launcher on 2.0.1 in the rest of the custom ROMs has rendered Live Wallpapers as “look but don’t touch”.

A new solution has cropped up however that is allowing easy installation of Live Wallpapers on 2.0.1. via a .rom.tgz method. Make note however that these are still a look-only approach. Of course, if you install the 2.1 Launcher, you can always make use of the touchy feely nature of LWP’s. Still interested?

**This solution is for deodexed 2.0.1 phones only!!!

For those wanting LWP’s on their DROID running 2.0.1, you’ll need one, maybe two things depending on if you want the LWP’s to be interactive or not. First:

Again, you need to be running a deodexed/rooted ROM/phone to install!!. To install, copy the Live-Wallpaper.rom.tgz file in the link above to the root of your SD card. Boot into recovery mode and select the “Install” option, navigating to the .rom.tgz method of installation. Select the Live-Wallpapers.rom.tgz and let it do it’s thing. Once it’s done, reboot and enjoy! Simple stuff, see.

Now, if you only have the older 2.0.1 style launcher with the pull tab for a drawer, you’ll need to install the 2.1 Launcher to get the fully interactive wallpapers. (**The LWP’s will still move and stuff without the 2.1 Launcher, they just won’t respond to finger inputs without said resource**). For those wanting the 2.1 Launcher:

Put the second file above somewhere on your SD card. Remount the card and browse to wherever you stored the 2.1 Launcher.apk file, select it, and hit “install”. Now when you hit the home button, you’ll be prompted to use either the older 2.0.1 “Home” homescreen or the newer 2.1 “Launcher” homescreen. Either way, you’ll now have at least moving wallpapers. Pretty sweet, huh?

For even more, and unique LiveWallpapers, search “Live Wallpapers” in the market. My personal favorite so far is “Starfield” — a sort of Star Wars-like “lightspeed” effect that looks pretty much like the image below (except of course, the little stars are moving). Awesome stuff! Go ahead and give it a shot and let me know how it goes.

**Credit to Xeudoxus for the files linked above.

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G1 and Android 2.0(.1) to do the sweet, succulent digital tango…soon

  • December 27, 2009 12:47 pm

I almost bit the Android bullet way back in late ’08 when the G1 first graced the hands of many geek alike. The hesitation on my part was bittersweet. On one hand, I was missing out on the all of the first gen sparkle that surrounded Android. On the other, missing out on that first gen sparkle was also a blessing — allowing me to forgo the standard growing pains first gen products often bring with.

The biggest part of Android however renders this growing pain a somewhat moot point as constant upgrades allow even old hardware to chug along with the latest and greatest. However, hope for 2.0+ was starting to dwindle in many G1 owners’ eyes with each passing day as concerns of system partition space being completely tapped out scaring some.

Thankfully those stories can be put to rest as “official” word has been made that the G1 2.0 and 2.0.1 updates have already been packaged up into nice OTA updates ready to be sent on their way. While both 2.0 and 2.0.1 were tweaked, expect 2.0.1 to be the official update pushed to impatient G1 owners when the times comes.

Speaking of the coming time, word is that the OTA update should be dropping soon — as in very soon. Is “very soon” hours, days, weeks? We’ll see…

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Android 2.1 Google News/Weather widget available for download.

  • December 20, 2009 7:52 pm

Android 2.1 (Flan) may or may not be available (depends on your level of Android hackery) yet but that doesn’t mean you can’t at least have one of the shiny new features 2.1 brings. For 2.1 Google has thrown in a new weather/news widget. It isn’t anything groundbreaking but nonetheless is a nice addition to the stock allotment of widgets.

The weather widget is rather simple and shows the city, current conditions, and temperature while the news widget is a bit deeper allowing customization showing/hiding various news categories and even creating your own. Overall it’s a nifty download worth installing. Get on it folks.

**In order to install the 2.1 Google News/Weather widgets, Navigate to Settings > Applications and check “allow install of non marketplace apps”.

  • Download Android 2.1 Google News/Weather widgets from DroidForums

Download it and give it a go.


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Quick impressions of Android 2.0.1…

  • December 9, 2009 12:50 am

First and foremost, I’ll apologize to those out there sick of hearing about Android news tonight. What can I say, it’s been a busy night for the little green giant. Anyway, I went ahead and downloaded the Android 2.0.1 firmware and followed the instructions. After about 3 minutes I had a new Android version number and a much bigger smile. My Droid is like new. Ok, am I being melodramatic and overhyping the update?

I don’t think so. The speed navigating between the homescreens is finally iPhone smooth. The lockscreen has been tweaked — in my opinion for the better. I just never quite liked the look of the old dialer style. Another UI change is that the Google sourced “Power Control” widget has been changed to an HTC Sense UI style. Odd that it is the only widget to carry the updated style. Bug, slipup, purposeful decision? Who cares, I like it. As for the camera, the pictures are still just average, but at least you can take average looking pictures in much quicker fashion. No more having to bust out the chair and rubber cement to keep the kids posing for the hour long picture…

What else…oh yeah. The battery. Seeing as how I’ve only had the update installed for 10 minutes, I’m pretty sure I’ll have to get back to you on that one. Overall 2.0.1 is a good update.

I take back what I said earlier about manually updating your Droid — it isalmost iPhone simple. Leave your 2.0.1 impressions in the box — carefully picked just for you — below. As for me, I’m going to go bury my face in a pillow for 4 hours. Night folks.