Recover lost speed of an Android phone (THL T11)

After using my phone for a few years, it started to act up. First of all random reboots started, then the whole phone slowed down so much, that even the simplest applications took a minute to start.

I decided to give it a good clean factory reset. It did however become a bit more complicated than expected. To make sure I don’t run into trouble like this again, I decided to take notes during the process, and share it. Maybe someone else will have similar issues. Continue reading “Recover lost speed of an Android phone (THL T11)”

Blogging with WordPress for Android

My blog is running on a self-hosted WordPress instance, and I have an Android phone. I also do some long commutes, so it would be quite sensible, to use the WordPress for Android for blogging. Better yet, why use my laptop at all just to write an article, when I can simply hook my bluetooth keyboard, that only gathers dust anyways, and use that for blogging.

The application has a number of features, that are quite well designed and convenient, but there are some glitches and inconviniences, that prevent me from doing so.

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Android debug on Ubuntu – emulator and alternatives

This is the second article in my 21 day blogging marathon. It is not quite as polished, as it could be.

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I use a quite old, and battered Acer laptop with an I5 2nd generation processor and a “feeble” 8GB memory, for my personal projects.

It works fine, as long as I work on my smaller hobby projects, Freeplane GTD+ or the MindWeb which only require a  smallish development environment, but it quickly becomes a bottleneck as soon as I start up my heavier Android development environment, as that requires full processor  emulation using the Android emulator.

It’s quite useful to keep the computer running hot, to keep my fingers warm, and my tea next to the air went hot, in these cold autumn afternoons. On the long run however it will certainly damage the fan or even burn the processor. I had to find a way to keep the emulator overhead down.
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Setting up your Android USB keyboard

I’ve ordered nice little case for my Zenithink C71 a while ago,  with built-in USB keyboard. It’s pretty basic,  and I won’t call it state of the art,  but it’s a hell of a lot better than tapping on the screen. Actually I’m using it at the moment to type this very post. There is a catch however: on the PC I’ve got used to typing on proper keyboards where I could just change the layout with a keyboard shortcut/mouse click. This however won’t work on Android. To type accented characters when I’m typing in Hungarian I had to use the software keyboard.

To overcome this limitation I dug in deep to see how the keyboard is managed under Android, figure out the most elegant solution,  and implement it on my device.

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MID v7 tablet from China

I’ve ordered a very cheap tablet from China, for about $85 including shipping. I  did this, so I could see if anything arrives from there at all, and also to see if it arrives at all.

I was not surprised to receive it in three weeks time, even though it had 30 working days to arrive.

It came in a rather unimpressing package, with my name and address printed on a piece of paper torn on the edges, affixed with liberal amounts of tape.

The box is just plain white with a very low quality picture of the device. It is called MID (this week probably) but it’s one of those cheap things you get rebranded under several aliases.

The tablet feels plastic, and quite heavy. The rear cover feels empty and hollow. The buttons on the sides are quite small. The painted arrow on thevback button on the front panel scratched off in mere hours! Well, one can’t expect to get a Galaxy Tab for this money. 🙂

As it came with the Chinese market and complete lack of Google apps, I decided to flash it as soon as possible. It took 4 hours after receiving it, that I just killed the original firmware and replaced it with a version of the Uberoid release found here.

After the upgrade, and the market fix described on the page, the device suddenly  became more interesting. The icons seem to be oversized on the market, and so are several icons on the screen resulting in a broken feeling. I really want to change the icon packs back, as the “Honeycomb theme” makes me puke.

Titanium backup does not seem to work on the rooted device, so I guess I’ll have to live without. The image comes with a so far unknown AppMonster to do it’s job. I’ve replaced ADW Launcher, and Prolauncher that came in the image with the GO Launcher Ex, I use on my ZTE. As it turns out it is faster on this piece as well.

It will still take some time for me to see if it was a sensible idea to get it or not.

Update

The resistive display is very unresponsive, but it might be because of the capacitive display of my phone. Talking of which, the cheap ZTE Blade is far superior to this tablet in both manufacturing and performance wise. There’s a significant lack of responsiveness on the display edges caused by the ignorant design.
I forgot to mention, that there was a stylus included in the box, that is very obviously designed for a mobile phone, there is no place to stick it in the tablet however. The power supply comes with an attachable European socket adapter, but with a cord no longer than 50 cm.
I’ve reverted the ROM to the Vestinous 1.3 release, that’s not infested with the Honeycomb wannabe theme,now the icon sizes are normal, and I can still see the market. The performance is still tragic, it should be able to run at 800MHz but feels less, maybe it’s just the limited memory.
I’ve later updated to the more stable Singularity ROM.