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Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by Xenon, Mar 1, 2010.

  1. Xenon

    Xenon Well-Known Member
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    It was a surprise to me to discover yesterday that Spare Parts, the
    app we use to check the battery status, has gone adware.

    You can get the same information by typing *#*#4636#*#* in the dialer.

    Does anyone know how to make that a shortcut? The best I was able
    to do was to dial it, and then for subsequent readings use this path:
    Contacts -> call log -> [click and hold the code] -> edit number before call.

    If anybody knows of a better way to reach this info, I'd be grateful if you
    shared it with us.

    Also, I think that we should be able to get accurate battery reading from
    the OS without having to install third party apps or type in obscure codes.
     

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    better cut i think. just be carefull not to pick the option for flash camera firmware as you will brick the camera even after a reflash of entire firmware
     
  3. Russ Dill

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    Just install AdFree from the market. It redirects requests to known ad servers to localhosts by adding their hostname in /etc/hosts. (requires root).
     
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    what's so horrible about the ads?

    i'm glad some devs rather have ads than make their app chargeable
     
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    You get ads there? What firmware are you on?

    +2

    I'm more or less fanatic about Adblock and FlashBlock in my pc browser, because web ads are infuriatingly distracting. The small ad bars in Android apps are relatively unobtrusive. Plus, as a user who cannot access the paid Market, I will gladly take a few ads to have more good apps that would otherwise be pay-ware.
     
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    but the problem is spare part is not developed by the distrubator.

    its taken from the 1.6 dev packages
     
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    yeah, i can understand both points of view. i use a number of ad-supported apps and i'm pleased that the devs are getting money for it (i particularly love "Socobar"!). but for some reason i begrudge it in spare parts. probably because i only use it to get the battery reading as a number and nothing else, and it runs slow when trying to fetch ads. perhaps it's also because it's not an original app.

    it's no big deal though, for me. just would slightly prefer this app without ads. not a dealbreaker.
     
  9. MichaelW

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    I agree, all it is is an easier way to get to stock information menu's. More and more apps seem to be getting updated and using ads without any kind of donate option to remove them :(
     
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    It's just occured to me that this numeric code spells "info" on the dialer. (sorry if this is common knowledge, I just spotted it and thought it'd make it easier to remember)
     
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    Woah that number is cool =D Anyone have any other cool codes?
     
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    Please see Android-DLs -> Galaxy Essentials: Codes.

    [​IMG] Warning!
    Messing with random codes can do Bad Stuff! There's a code that will "delete all files, including those on the 7GB internal storage, and reinstall the firmware", and another that can brick your camera. Consider yourself warned... :cool:
     
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    Sorry for not reading the stickys and thanks for the help and the warning! Thanks
     

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