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[How To] Play nVidia Tegra Zone games on Nexus S

I love Android. I love the customizability it provides. But I really hates the fragmentation in Android devices. From the availability of the low, mid, and high range of devices, and *exclusive* nVIDIA Tegra Zone games for Tegra-powered devices, I personally don’t see that it is a healthy one, especially for the end user. Most of the so-called nVIDIA Tegra 2 chipset optimized games are purely gimmicks – they actually works very well on non-Tegra powered high end devices, such as Nexus S which is powered by PowerVR GPU. However, some sort of workaround is needed, and unfortunately some of the Tegra High Definition (THD) games doesn’t work properly. I have tested Sprinkle and Riptide GP, both titles that is so-called optimized for Tegra-powered devices, works well on the Nexus S (I believe they will work well on other previous high-end Android devices). To enable your high-end Android devices to play THD games, check the step-by-step guide after the break.

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[How To] Properly update MIUI ROM with Language Pack

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Since MIUI is originally released in Chinese language, for those who doesn’t know Chinese language have to rely on the language pack after the flashing of the ROM (one exception that I know is miui.us which has the English language included inside the ROM before releasing to the community), and sometimes it can goes haywire if the flashing method is inappropriate, especially upgrading your current ROM to the next weekly updated one. Most of the time incorrect flashing can cause crashing ROM, multiple FCs etc., thus to avoid it, a proper flashing method should be used.

Here I will show you the method I used to update the weekly-updated MIUI ROM to my Samsung Nexus S (which doesn’t have any issue at all so far, except known bugs in the ROM). I used MIUIAndroid.com English ROM, simply because it works well for me (still hoping for Google Services added automatically though), so the steps below are based on this ROM: Continue reading [How To] Properly update MIUI ROM with Language Pack

[How to] Remove the white block on the top left of desktop

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If you suddenly found that your desktop has an un-clickable, un-removable white block on the desktop, you might be in the right place. Check whether you installed Soluto (for my case, it is the culprit), if you did, just simply quit it and guess what? Problem solved.

It is apparently a bug in Soluto that is known by the developer, but it is not fixed yet in the latest version. Current workaround for this issue is to turn on the ‘Exit Right After Boot’ option for Soluto.

Hope it helps.

P/S: If you doesn’t have Soluto installed, but having the similar issue, probably it is caused by lack of memory, incomplete exiting of some applications such as IE, the installation of Double Twist etc. These are some common causes that I found during the searching. Good luck!

[How To] Install Swype 3.5 on MIUI Android ROM 1.6

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If you got your MIUI-supported Android phone flashed with the latest MIUI 1.6 ROM, most probably you will find that it is impossible to get the Swype keyboard fully installed in your device; most likely the Swype installer is unable to license your copy of Swype, causing the keyboard running without license which have limited functionalities. The main cause is that in MIUI ROM, there is no way to disable Swype as required since that particular Settings page has been modified. But not too worry, it is still possible to install it completely, although it involved several extra steps.

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[How To] Solve the new MIUI Android ROM 1.6 reboot issues

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If you has been flashing your MIUI-supported Android devices to the latest 1.6.3 or 1.6.10, you probably found that some of the third party apps caused the phone to reboot automatically without any warning. No worry, you are not alone. It probably nothing to do with bad flash or bad download; it just the new permissions management system that is introduced in the new MIUI ROM.

In the new MIUI ROM, all the third party apps that require to access your SMS and Phone functions (and even ROOT) will be managed to prevent any malicious apps from accessing them. This permissions management system can be accessed from the System Tools, namely the Superuser. It is an app that manage your permission for the third party apps from accessing the SMS and Phone functions, and if the app does not have the permission, the phone will automatically reboot to prevent it from accessing them. As a result, you might be seeing some third party apps like Whatsapp cause the phone to reboot upon activating since it is trying to access the phone SMS function.

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