Falling in line behind HTC’s G2 and Thunderbolt 4G, it has been revealed that the Incredible S features a signed bootloader as well. The device joins a growing list of higher security devices designed to prevent hackers from deploying un-approved code.
HTC as well as nearly every other device manufacturer lock their device in some way to prevent deployment of un-approved software to their devices (custom ROMs, kernels, recovery, etc.) In the past, gaining root access to the device was enough to deploy these custom images. With it’s recent device releases, Motorola [...]
With widespread reports of call quality issues on the Atrix 4G on both incoming and outgoing calls, Motorola has responded by collecting data both from returned phones marked as having this problem and from users on it’s support forum. It is looking for users to fill out a short survey, providing info on environmental factors that may contribute to the problem (using a case, screen protector, etc.)
Motorola’s noise cancellation technology, which uses input from multiple microphones and a special algorithm to reduce the volume of background noise was previously [...]
Kyocera is taking advantage of the 2011 CTIA wireless expo to demonstrate four of it’s newest design concepts. A stark departure from the current trend, these designs seek to blur the lines between biology and technology, becoming more integrated with the individual holding it. Some of the designs appear to be rather unwieldy however, looking more at home in an art gallery rather than in your pocket.
Emotive – “70% of how we communicate is through our non verbal body language. This means only 30% of our intended message is conveyed through [...]
The iPad 2, just introduced today by Apple, will feature the new ARM Cortex-A5 CPU, a faster dual-core processor compared to the single-core A4 found in the iPhone 4 and iPad. Could this mean the Cortex-A5 may also be featured in the yet to be announced iPhone 5?
So far, news of the iPhone 5 is scarce, with rumors about an increased screen size of four-inches, and a possible QWERTY keyboard being tossed about.
If the iPhone 5 were to debut with the ARM Cortex-A5 backing it, it would likely boast nearly double the raw speed of the previous generation iPhone 4, while [...]
Kyocera’s Echo, the first dual-screen Android powered smartphone to hit the market was demoed at CTIA today, and we have some hands-on footage of the device.
Thanks to the help of a free application called “Tablet Mode Extension” provided by Kyocera, homescreens, widgets, and applications can be split across both screens. The same set of buttons (home, menu, back) can be found on both screens, with the right screen’s buttons becoming inactive while the device is in tablet mode. Also available is “Simul-Task” mode which allows running a [...]
Getting faster with each beta release, Firefox 4 has now entered Release Candidate (RC) stage. The release candidate brings faster scrolling, better responsiveness with Firefox Sync and improves the overall user experience.
The RC brings much needed support for text-reflow, which wraps text to fit the screen when zooming in, allowing you to read a page without having to continually scroll left and right. Also new is the shrinking of several UI elements, such as the form input suggestions and the find-in-page bar, which allow you to see more of the web page while using the [...]
Qualcomm demonstrated a new reference design at CTIA today, featuring the MSM8660 dual-core snapdragon chipset, first sampled in June 2010. The MSM8x60 runs at 1.2GHz and is targeted towards high-end smartphones, tablets, and smartbook devices. The chipset is rumored to be featured in the HTC EVO 3D.
Qualcomm typically splits it’s chipset families into two models, one supporting HSPA+ and the other supporting HSPA+ and CDMA. The MSM8x60 platform follows this precedent with the MSM8660 demoed here supporting HSPA+/CDMA and having a sister chipset MSM8260 supporting HSPA+. [...]
Vodafone, one of the premier carriers in the UK has opened pre-orders for the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play and Xperia Arc devices today. Availability is expected on April 1st, with a free Deckstand included with the Xperia Play pre-order.
Both devices come with Android’s 2.3 Gingerbread build, and are available free with a 2 year contract. The Xperia Arc requires a minimum £30 per month contract for the free device while the Xperia Play requires a minimum £35 per month contract.
The Xperia Arc is one of the thinnest phones available, measuring 8.7mm at it’s [...]
Enterprising hacker William “nenolod” Pitcock has been hard at work on the Motorola signed bootloader issue and has now posted a method that can be used to obtain the private key for the “sholes” platform. Vulnerable devices include the Droid, Milestone, Droid X, Droid 2, and CHARM. Having the private key allows custom ROM images to be signed and accepted by the bootloader to flash to the device. It is currently unknown if the same vulnerability applies to recent and upcoming devices such as the Atrix or Bionic.
Motorola was notified about the [...]
G.P. Imports, a software development firm that boasts a wide catalog of apps for multiple platforms released their new web browser to the webOS app catalog today. Named “Complete Browser” it is touted as having the most features of any browser available on the platform.
Features that set the browser apart from existing solutions are full tab support with gesture recognition for switching between tabs (swipe left or right on the tab bar), an easy toggle for full screen browsing, and anonymous surfing. Initial reports are that it also performs faster than the built-in [...]
While many manufacturers are still rolling out updates to their Android handsets to bring them up to Froyo 2.2.x, very few devices are currently receiving updates to Gingerbread 2.3.x. Developers at XDA have not let that slow them down, releasing a CyanogenMod-based custom Gingerbread 2.3.3 ROM for the Sony Xperia X8.
Current Gingerbread ports tend to have a few minor issues, and this one is no exception. Working services are cellular radio and data, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and the notification LED. There are currently minor issues with the audio service and FM radio, the camera is [...]
Mere hours after release, enterprising developers at the XDA forums have already obtained superuser access (root) on the HTC Thunderbolt. It is currently in private testing, and the developers are working to perfect the process before giving it a wide release.
With the HTC Inspire, root access allowed you to write to the /system partition, but once the device was rebooted all of the data would be discarded, leaving you with a stock ROM. Turning the security off (S-OFF) was required in order to write a custom ROM or a new Radio ROM. Fortunately, wth the Thunderbolt S-OFF is not [...]
Recently updated to support the latest BlackBerry OS 6 builds (up to 6.x.x.499), BB Boss is a “kitchen” for BlackBerry devices similar to those available for Windows Mobile and Android devices. The program allows you to customize your OS, removing bloat and unwanted applications, allowing you to free up device memory.
The program presents a UI with checkboxes for each of the major system components, such as language support, core applications, media files, themes, etc. Through simple un-ticking of checkboxes the user can remove unwanted programs and other files from [...]
Gerson Lehrman Group, an international research firm issued a press release today about “Project Leapfrog”, the codename for Sprint’s push to upgrade it’s existing network. Leapfrog encompasses the sunset of iDEN and the introduction of LTE.
GLG speculates that Sprint’s three-year project will leave them with a nation-wide LTE network while simultaneously reducing operating costs. The project will involve removing existing iDEN antennas and replacing a reported 20,000 base stations. With the addition of multiple-input and multiple-output (MIMO) [...]
Corning, makers of Gorilla Glass which is found in many recent smartphones such as the Samsung Galaxy S series, and the Motorola Atrix present their view of a future where the product is ubiquitous. A semi-transparent ultra-light, ultra-thin smartphone is featured and touted as being damage-resistant.
Corning demonstrates the placing of a video call which is then handed off to a counter-top surface where the call is seamlessly continued. In another scene, a woman brings up a map of a public transportation route at a bus stop, selects her destination, and brings the phone nearby [...]
Sprint has been maintaining it’s aging Nextel iDEN network for several years now, to support it’s large userbase of push-to-talk (PTT) customers. It announced plans today to replace the established iDEN system with a new CDMA-based platform, rebranding the service “Sprint Direct Connect”.
Scheduled to launch in 4Q 2011, sprint expects the new network to provide a wider coverage area, better signal penetration into buildings, and higher bandwidth capacity. It boasts triple the square-mile reach of Sprint’s current push-to-talk [...]
At the recent CanSecWest digital security conference in Vancouver, BC, a team of hackers was successfully able to compromise security on a BlackBerry device through an exploit in the recently added WebKit browser. The hack is particularly impressive as there is little to no documentation available about how the internals of the BlackBerry OS work.
Vincenzo Lozzo, Willem Pinckaers, and Ralf Weinmann made up the team of hackers that accomplished the exploit. Iozzo and Weinmann were the winners of last year’s Pwn2Own contest for hacking into the iPhone. They were able to [...]
Following a leaked commercial for the Xperia Play showing the Android mascot undergoing surgery to add stitched-on thumbs, Sony Ericsson has uploaded another advertisement. This one is titled “The Donor” which explains how the Android robot got its thumbs.
The series of commercials are a play on the new PlayStation-style gaming controls featured on the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play. The advertisements are set in a very gritty backdrop and seem as though they would “creep out” the target audience (kids/young adults)
The phone is the first [...]
Skyfire, a company well known for their mobile browsing software, announced today the latest version of their web browser for Android, 4.0. The new version is expected to paid pricing model to replace the current beta test, accompanied with “killer features”. All existing beta testers will continue to receive Skyfire updates, presumably without needing to purchase the new version.
The new update is rumored to bring tablet-specific features and layout changes to accompany the new Android Honeycomb platform. Pricing models have not yet been announced for the [...]
Coinciding with earlier rumors about the HTC Trophy’s rumored release date, we now have another report of a possible March 24 release. The info also corroborates a rumored March 17 release for the HTC Thunderbolt. This also puts the expected release just around the corner from the Sprint HTC Arrive, another CDMA WP7 device.
The HTC Trophy is a CDMA/GSM global phone, supporting both network types and utilizing a SIM card for operation. It is expected to debut with Windows Phone 7’s NoDo build. The device features a five-megapixel camera, 512MB of RAM, and 16GB of [...]
I’ve been hard at work on the Atrix 4G the last few days, and the first round of hacks is ready to be published. These two hacks allow you to permanently change the Wi-Fi and Bluetooth MAC (Media Access Control) addresses. There has also been some progress in flashing the device, bypassing the locked bootloader.
The MAC address is your device’s unique hardware identifier. When establishing a connection over a Wi-Fi network or attempting to do Bluetooth pairing, the MAC address is what the foreign device uses for authentication. Your device’s MAC address always [...]
Following the release of webOS 2.1.0 for the Palm Pre 2 a few weeks ago, Palm has now expanded their update rollout to include unlocked Pre 2 devices. The update is being pushed out over-the-air and notifies the user via a message from Palm services.
The update adds two major features to the OS: Exhibition Mode and Voice Dial. Exhibition mode works with the Touchstone charging accessory, keeping the display on while “docked” to the wireless charging pad. The time, photos, and agenda apps are currently supported. Exhibition mode also allows you to search the app [...]
Following a leak of RIM’s CDMA roadmap, we now have some rumored information about their GSM release plans to accompany it.
Three GSM devices are rumored in the roadmap, the BlackBerry Dakota (internally named R005, and nicknamed “Bold Touch”), rumored to be releasing around the end of May or beginning of June. The device is expected to utilize a 2.8-inch 640×480 display, and 768MB RAM with a five-megapixel camera and BlackBerry OS 6.1.
Next is the BlackBerry Apollo (internally R006, nicknamed “Next-gen Curve”), rumored for a July [...]
VeriFone, a credit card processing company that has been designing and building card readers for nearly a decade, called out Square today over a security flaw in its iPhone card scanners. Square produces a credit card reader dongle that plugs into the headphone jack of the iPhone, and allows processing credit card transactions from the device.
VeriFone went so far as to register a domain, design an application to exploit the flaw, distribute it online, and notify all major credit card companies. The exploit works by means of installing a malicious (fake) Square card reader [...]