Thanks to some ROMs posted in the last few days, we have a smattering of specifications and other information available for several upcoming HTC devices, among them HTC Holiday and HTC Lead. After close examination, we have determined that both devices feature LTE/HSPA+ support, allowing the highest data transfer speed possible on AT&T. As the first HSPA+/LTE devices seen on AT&T, these are likely to be featured in the initial LTE launch, with rumors that HTC Puccini may also feature LTE.
For a quick comparison of features, both devices feature 1.2GHz dual-core [...]
With smartphones becoming so widely proliferated, it is becoming more and more common for users who don’t have a PC conveniently available to them to own one. This introduces a barrier to entry on the iPhone – a standalone computer running iTunes is required to complete the activation and first time setup. Apple addressed this issue today by announcing their “PC Free” initiative for iOS 5, allowing first time setup, activation, and over-the-air updates directly from the device without the need to sync to iTunes.
The user is greeted by a welcome screen, [...]
Tegrak Overclock, a program that has supported overclocking the Galaxy S series of smartphones from Samsung has been updated with new support for the Galaxy S II line. Superuser/Root access is required, and the device must be running a stock kernel and ROM (custom ROMs and kernels are not currently supported.)
What sets this app apart from other overclocking solutions is that it requires the use of a stock, unmodified kernel vs. other Android overclocking solutions which require custom code to be compiled into a kernel. This can provide a less-intrusive method for those not [...]
With the LG Revolution being made available yesterday at Verizon for $249.99 on two-year contract, developers at RootzWiki have already gotten their hands on it and started tearing it apart. One of the first goals was to obtain superuser access and that goal was quickly achieved.
Surprisingly, LG was lax in their security and left an old, well known vulnerability in the system. The “rageagainstthecage” exploit was developed by Sebastian Krahmer who has more recently developed a similar exploit to obtain root on Gingerbread. The newer exploit was not required for LG [...]
Just a few days ago we saw HTC swap out some images of the Sprint HTC EVO 3D in favor of a slightly different back design, confirming our earlier suspicions that we’d see an international GSM version of the device. Now thanks to 911sniper we have a more detailed look at what the international version brings to the table, including a large list of carrier support.
Specifications remain largely the same, with the international version dropping support for WiMax. The cellular modem supports HSPA with speeds of HSDPA Category 10 (14.4Mbps) downstream and HSUPA Category 6 [...]
In their latest nightly build, the CyanogenMod team has introduced a new feature to Android: the ability to revoke app permissions. Android’s market app informs the user of all required permissions at the time the app is made available for download, but provides no mechanism to utilize an app that requires a permission you don’t authorize, requiring you to either take it or leave it when it comes to app permissions. This can be a concern if, for example, you wanted to use Adobe Reader without allowing it access to your email, or play Angry Birds without utilizing the [...]
Samsung has established a history of storing SIM unlock codes in the firmware with their previous Galaxy S series of smartphones, which lead to an app being released to automate the process. The new Galaxy S II continues along that line, with a new app released today that searches through the nv_data.bin, decrypts the code, and reveals it, allowing the use of the device on other networks.
The app is created by well known XDA developer Chainfire, and is available from the Android market under the name “ Galaxy S2 SIM Unlock”. The app requires your Galaxy S II to be [...]
Gingerbread brings lots of nice spit-and-polish features to Android such as it’s screen-off animation and an excellent keyboard. One of the non-critical but quite annoying downsides to running Gingerbread is a 2-3 second delay at the beginning of voice calls where the remote caller cannot hear anything, originally thought to be device-specific with the HD2 and Nexus One. The problem was later discovered to affect all Gingerbread devices. This fix reduces the initial delay from 2-3 seconds to under 1 second.
A new patch made available at XDA by temasek to replace [...]
A test build of Gingerbread for the HTC Droid Incredible was posted by the elusive 911sniper today, allowing a glimpse of what’s upcoming for the smartphone. Curiously, the ROM is running HTC Sense 1.0, lacks a Gingerbread keyboard, and the new screen-off animation used in Gingerbread. HTC’s Droid Incredible currently officially runs Froyo and is also capable of running a very preliminary Honeycomb.
The original post by 911sniper contained the firmware in an un-flashable form, which was then processed by TMartin03 and rmk40 at XDA into a flashable ROM. The ROM is [...]
Data security is something often taken for granted when it comes to login and password combinations, with the user generally assuming the login system is secure from end-to-end. Unfortunately due to a convenience system implemented in Android 2.3.3 and below, these login credentials can be inadvertantly exposed to anyone listening. The vulnerability was first spotted in Android several months ago and patched for some specific programs, but still affects Google Calendar, Contacts, and possibly other accounts.
Typically login transactions are done through a secure connection which [...]
YukiXDA over at XDA brings us a very thurough guide to disassembling a WP7 ROM for a device, introducing new components from other ROMs (Cooking), and rebuilding the resulting mash-up into a flashable ROM for your device. For a while now, we’ve had some Custom ROMs available for the HD2, and functioning Live services, but the knowledge to create these ROMs was limited to a small set of developers.
With this post the process is now laid out in detail, allowing other developers to create custom ROMs for the HD2, and bringing us the first NoDo ROM for the device, which is [...]
HTC has a long history of signing and locking it’s bootloaders, and this latest release is really just status quo, with all of their previous smartphones dating back to Windows Mobile having a locked bootloader as well. In light of recent statements and action by Motorola and Sony Ericsson however, things look a little different in respect to the competition this time around.
HTC does not offer an unlocking service, nor has made any announcements of intentions to do so, leaving the hardcore developer community un-supported. Fortunately for HTC owners, there are frequent [...]
You may have seen some of our other coverage of Google’s I/O 2011 event which kicked off today at the Moscone center in San Francisco, CA, bringing us many exciting announcements. In the latest, we have Google partnering with all major US carriers, vodafone, and several major OEMs to bring a guarantee to provide “timely” updates to the latest version of Android for an 18-month period after release, providing an answer to the problem of fragmentation.
Google’s announcement remains somewhat vague however, with no clear definition of the word [...]
With competitors such as Sony Ericsson beginning to provide bootloader unlocking and enhanced developer support, Samsung is making a point to be quick with their release of kernel source code, having previously offered Replenish kernel source before the device released to market. Now source for the European Galaxy S II (GT-I9000) is available for download, meaning custom kernels and ROMs are not far away.
The Samsung Galaxy S II is the flagship device of Samsung’s Android lineup, running a 1.2GHz dual-core Exynos CPU, HSPA+, 1 GB of RAM, and the latest TouchWiz 4.0 UI. [...]
With the recent ROM leaks for HTC Kingdom, Doubleshot, and Sensation, all of which run HTC’s latest Sense 3.0, developers have been hard at work porting aspects of the ROM to other devices. While this ROM is brought over from the HTC Kingdom, a port is also underway for the Doubleshot ROM and Sensation ROM as well.
Sense 3.0 comes to HTC’s Evo 4G thanks to a port from the HTC Kingdom ROM done by XDA member XxXViRuSXxX. As is typical with initial releases of ported ROMs, there are a number of minor to moderate issues with the ROM such as the weather app not [...]
After showing us its new bootloader unlocking service, we were left impressed by Sony Ericsson’s support of the developer community. Now it is supplementing the bootloader unlock by releasing a guide to creating a custom kernel, an ability exposed by the unlocked bootloader.
Once again there are clear warnings present – bootloader unlocking may void warranty, and is not revertible to a locked/original state. Sony Ericsson’s guide walks the budding developer through downloading all necessary software and installing it to configure the development environment. [...]
Previously shown in a blurry-cam image and then specifications outlined in a ROM image, we now have a higher resolution image of the HTC Rider.
The device looks alot like the HTC Shooter (EVO 3D) with the front buttons closely resembling those of the HTC Kingdom. We know that the specifications put it at the high end of the list, featuring dual-core 1.2GHz Scorpion CPUs paired with the Adreno 220 GPU and 1GB of RAM. Coupled with a large 4.3-inch qHD 3D display and 1080p 2D/3D recording and playback, the new chipset also allows advanced power saving features, running each CPU at [...]
The HTC Rider, pictured above in full blurry-cam glory has had all it’s specifications revealed thanks to a leaked ROM posted yesterday by 911sniper. HTC Rider looks to be a EurAsian version of the EVO 3D, sharing many specs with the HTC Shooter, which is expected to be the US EVO 3D.
Featuring the Qualcomm MSM8660 platform, HTC Rider will be one of the highest performing, most feature packed retail smartphones to date. Powered by the dual Scorpion 1.2GHz CPUs coupled with the Adreno 220 GPU and 1GB of RAM, the Rider is prepared to handle the most demanding apps and games. [...]
HTC revealed its latest Sprint smartphone today in a beautiful image. Combined with device specifications gleaned from yesterdays leak of the Kingdom and Rider ROMs, we now have the complete picture of what to expect when HTCs Kingdom hits the market.
The Kingdom runs on Qualcomms MSM7630 chipset, which provides CDMA world phone support, coupled with the Adreno 205 GPU. It features 768MB of RAM and a four-inch qHD display with a 1.3-megapixel front facing camera, while the rear camera supports five-megapixels. Interestingly the ROM shows that the Scorpion single-core CPU inside [...]
With 911sniper‘s posting of the T-Mobile myTouch 4G Slide/HTC Doubleshot leaked ROM earlier today, we have analyzed the contents and discovered some more info about the pending device. Most interesting is support for 1080p 3D recording, a first in the industry (other 3D devices feature only 720p 3D recording/playback.)
The Doubleshot will feature Qualcomm’s Snapdragon MSM8660 1.2GHz Dual Core CPU, paired with the Adreno 220 GPU, and 768MB RAM. The display is a 3.7-inch WVGA LCD, with a VGA resolution front facing camera, and an eight-megapixel rear-facing camera. [...]
We just saw HTC’s Wildfire S pass through the FCC certification process, this time with the added support for AT&T’s 3G and GSM frequencies, indicating the device may be headed to AT&T’s network soon. It has been available for pre-order from various European sources, but is not yet released.
Running a 600MHz CPU paired with 512MB RAM and Android Gingerbread, the device comes equipped to run the latest apps, but perhaps not the more processor-intensive ones. With a 3.2-inch HVGA 480×320 display and 512MB ROM, this smartphone fits squarely into the [...]
Well known developer Chainfire at XDA brings root to another device today, adding Samsung’s Galaxy S II to the list of 3rd-party developer unlocked devices. This comes hot on the heels of the Gingerbreak exploit, which can be used on a wide range of Android devices, also developed in part by CF.
Superuser access is acheived by using the Samsung flashing utility “Odin” to load a custom re-packaged kernel onto the phone, then booting up. Once booted, the kernel allows root access via the “adb” program, a part of the Android SDK. Simply typing [...]
Australian Motorola Atrix 4G owner Irwin Proud quickly discovered that it’s bootloader was locked after his purchase of the device earlier this year. In response, he formed a “Groubal” page to attempt to get the attention of Motorola and convince it that there is a large subset of users who wish to develop for the Atrix and cannot due to the immutable security.
The Groubal page has grown quickly, currently at over 8800 signatures since it’s inception on March 31st. Motorola has since taken notice, and has issued a response: “…It is our [...]