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Q: 2.2 and trackball colours

Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by oniongirl, May 21, 2010.

  1. oniongirl

    oniongirl Well-Known Member
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    So it's been a while since I got my N1 back in January, and the only temptation to root has cone from wanting changeable colours on my trackball.

    Does anyone know if access to that ability is being made available again, either for developers or natively supported, with Froyo?

    Cheers for any rumours /speculation/ hard facts!
     

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  2. the co0kie

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    ive been wondering about that casue ive seen the track ball with diffrwent color lights but when i got mine i was disapointed
     
  3. Rusty

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    As it stands, you need root for trackball colours. As for Froyo, we don't know.
     
  4. justdoit

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    I guess Googles i/o was about the general things they were bringing to 2.2 not the things they are gunna do with the N1 so recon its just wait n see.
     
  5. Roze

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    This seems like an interesting article: EXCLUSIVE: New Android 2.2 Features Exposed! (Update All, Auto-Update Apps, Speed Boost, Tethering, Flash, Color Trackball, Car Dock Improvements) [With Pics] | Android News, Reviews, Applications, Games, Phones, Devices, Tips, Hacks, Videos, Podcast

    So it seems there's limited trackball colouring from 2.2
     
  6. zillah

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    I don't understand why changing your trackball color is so important, I mean, come on!

    Root or don't, but don't make your decision based on this fact alone! Jeez. :cool:
     
  7. SLVR

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    If you want something for the trackball go download lilhermits trackball pro. It lets you customize color for each app and notification. Very fun to use. You need superuser permissions
     
  8. oniongirl

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    Just what i was looking for, thanks!

    Don't "Jeez" me :p Everyone has a reason for rooting, it doesn't matter whether it's for tethering, custom roms or, god forbid, wanting a bit of extra customisation in the form of changeable trackball colours.

    As it stands, Android does everything I need it to without rooting, and with 2.2 that includes tethering, the only reason I can see left to root is customisation.

    I never said it was important, I just said that I haven't been tempted to root, and will probably remain untempted if, as the linked article suggests, Google have re-enabled to ability for app developers to manipulate the trackball LED.
     
  9. ikon

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    Yes, in 2.2 apps can set their own trackball notification color.
     
  10. daffyduck

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    If I were you, I would still be tempted to root - battery life for me on 2.2, seems pretty bad compared to running Cyanogen (my preferred) and certainly, Enomther roms.....
     
  11. daffyduck

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    And don't forget, OnionGirl is obviously female, so it goes that style is probably everything ;)
     
  12. chistery

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    The new beta ChompSMS, released today to fix issues with 2.2, has it, my trackball now flashes blue.

    FroYo issues - chompSMS
     
  13. oniongirl

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    Ohhhhh! If only there was a suitably irked smiley for what I was feeling right now ;)

    Unfortunately, the genes that allow for women to colour co-ordinate were not passed down to me. Nor the genes for multi-tasking, come to think of it, and so knowing at a glance whether it's a text, missed call, home email, work email, tweet etc, etc that's found its way onto my phone whilst I wasn't looking would be ace :D

    I love how people are pretending that the ability to do this wouldn't be the icing on the already scrumptious cake!

    As for rooting for battery life... I haven't had any problems with battery running stock vanilla Android. I can sometimes get to days of very minimal use out of it, and it never dies before bedtime unless I've been sat in a signal hole for an hour. That kills it pretty sharpish.
     
  14. ManMythLegend

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    Having different colors rates of blinking ont he trackball for Gmail , Tweets, individual contacts etc..

    pffttt..
    Anybody that does any messaging should see this benefit.

    Theres a reason people were bombing google to reimplement it.
     
  15. Rhysd2

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    amen to that! having different colours so you know just from a glance what notification you have is genius. Doesnt seem like we can change the stock gmail colour from white though :(

    My 2 colleagues here have rooted their phones and tried a variety of different kernels. The only time they out perform my vanilla build on battery life is when they tried using some lower power usage kernerls someone had built.
     
  16. MartinS

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    Just need to wait for apps to start having their own option.

    Works properly in Chomp.
     
  17. Works fine with sms popup also. I can changer colors for individual contacts as well as create my own color

    Sent from my Nexus One using Tapatalk
     
  18. justdoit

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    Handcent offers choice of trackball colours too now!
     
  19. noisemonkey

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    If the battery is running low then it flashes red :)
     
  20. oniongirl

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    Ace, thanks guys, this info is much appreciated, especially with the latest 2.2 isn't-is-maybe-possibly-not-supposed-to-actually-be-released-we-think-maybe-it-might- break-your-phone-but-that's-probably-not-right-either rumour.

    Think I'll stick to waiting for the notification to pop up on my phone, be it tomorrow or next month... yeh, that's not actually that long away. Gimme gimme gimme :D
     

  21. rumor probably started by an apple fan boy, google themselves because they pissed we took initiative, a pissed off hero user who just got 2.1, a mytouch user still on 1.6 or an evo buyer who thought for a second they were on our level. lol
     
  22. daffyduck

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    Oh go on, root the phone, you've been thinking about it for ages I bet....I never had an issue with the phone in 4.5 months :D.
     
  23. oniongirl

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    I've been thinking about it since about the 18th January when my phone turned up ;) But alas, I am a sufferer of the dust under the screen issue. I never notice it, but I know it's there, and if (when!) I decide to root, I'll probably want HTC to fix that first, even though they seem to be honouring hardware faults on rooted phones.
     
  24. Talderon

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    I don't see why some Dev does not come up with a non-root needing app that will allow you to change trackball colors. It's in the OS, just need some Dev to do it. :D

    Oh well... I will root, but not until the official build is out and Cyan comes out with a Foyo build.
     
  25. Rusty

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    I expect Trackball Alert will be updated for Froyo support soon enough.
     
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