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    A little while ago, I powered up my first smartphone for the first time in a very long time. It’s the infamous and now forgotten Optimus 2X. It’s quite old and frankly ancient by mobile tech standards- it was first released back in 2010 and I’ve had mine since 2011. But there’s something about my three years of using the device that will stay with me forever. Those were the days when Android was just beginning to become the global juggernaut that it is today. I was a tech enthusiast right in the thick of the smartphone revolution- my enthusiast friends and I felt like pioneers, ...

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    OEMs are still hard at work to bring Android 5.0 Lollipop to existing flagship handsets. We already know that HTC is a few weeks away from sharing some love with us all, and we've already seen OEMs like Motorola beat Google to the punch in some cases. That said, we know that the Android space is full of Samsung Galaxy smartphones, and if you're sporting a Galaxy S5, you might be in luck. An early build of Android 5.0 Lollipop was recently leaked at XDA-Developers, and the ROM is actually fully flashable if you don't mind voiding your warranty and exploring bugs here and there. Sadly the ...

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    Android 4.4 KitKat is literally days old, so how can you get it on your Android-powered smartphone or tablets? Luckily, Google released the code into the Android Open Source Project (AOSP) and developers have been working non-stop to bring the latest goodness to otherwise unsupported devices. Are you feeling a little daring and want to give KitKat a try on your device? If so, here's what you'll need to do: 0. Assume the risk Doing this sort of thing could render your device useless -- or awesome -- but don't continue unless you're willing to assume the risk. 1. Prerequisites Next, you'll ...

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    We may still have a number of weeks to go before Google makes with some official release of Android 4.4 for the Neuxs 4, Nexus 7, and the other Nexus models that will be seeing support for the software, but since the KitKat code has already been pushed to the Android Open Source Project, some independent developers have been rushing to give us an early taste of this latest Android build. If you've got a Nexus 4, and don't mind doing a little bit of flashing, you can get started playing with this AOSP-based Android 4.4 ROM before Google's own release drops. ClockworkMod is the recommended ...

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    When the stock Android Google Play edition project got announced last month, we wondered what the arrival of these new versions of the HTC One and Samsung Galaxy S 4 would mean for users who has already bought the regular skinned-up versions of this hardware. HTC in particular spoke up about the possibility of letting existing owners of the One transition their phones over to the GPe experience. We've yet to hear HTC follow up on that idea, but now that the GPe have arrived, custom ROM options have arrived to give you pretty much the same thing. If you've got a GSM HTC One, you can now ...

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    If you own or have ever used an Android tablet, you know that the same app will run differently on the tablet than it will on the phone. This is because each app has its own DPI setting that dictates the app's behavior. In a lot of cases, tablet apps are better: they often present split-screened views, more controls, and more customization potential. What if you could run tablet apps on your phone? Better yet, what if you could selectively choose which apps run in tablet mode, and which apps in phone mode? Then you could have your email be shown in a super-productive split-column view, ...

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    Theming is one of the cooler things that you can do with an Android-powered phone. Applying a new theme can make your phone feel like an entirely new device with a whole new look and feel. The easiest way to do this is through a replacement Launcher app like ADW Launcher EX. Unfortunately, there's only so much that a launcher theme can style, and sometimes people want more (like custom fonts, custom notification icons, and a re-worked notification bar). For that level of customization you need to dig into the ROM itself, which generally means flashing a custom theme over the top of your ...

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    It's been a long time coming, but the Android 2.1 (Eclair) update for AT&T's Backflip is finally available -- and it's a significant upgrade for the device, which has been stuck at version 1.5 (Cupcake). The update file runs a bit more than 90MB, and the installation process takes about 20 minutes, but once you've got it, it's well worth it. In addition to getting an extra two homescreens, the new Market, and a whole bunch of new apps available, users are reporting a noticeable jump in speed. Motorola should have this available any time now, but if you'd rather not wait, here's how you can ...

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    One of the friendly folks over at XDA Developers has released a ROM claiming to be for the HTC Spark, a rumored Windows Phone 7 device. As you can clearly tell by the image generated when the flashing application is run, this model looks like...just about every single leaked HTC WP7 device we've seen so far. In fact, the only clue we have as to the Spark's identity is a report in WMPoweruser that it and the HTC 7 Trophy are one and the same device. If that's true, and the HD7 is the handset formerly known as Schubert, then we should theoretically only have one unknown Windows model to ...

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    If you've got a Google Nexus One and you haven't unlocked it, rooted it, and/or flashed a custom ROM on it, there's an update for you! If, on the other hand, you have done any of those, this update isn't for you. Don't proceed any further. This update is coming OTA (over-the-air), but if you haven't gotten it yet and want to manually update, here's how you do it. 1. Download the 2.2.1 firmware from Google. 2. Rename it to update.zip (for you newbies, update.zip.zip is wrong), and place it on the root of your microsd card. 3. Turn off off your Nexus One. 4. Hold the VOLUME DOWN button and ...

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    The current version of CyanogenMod ROM (my favorite Custom ROM for Android) is currently 6.0.0. It's based on the Froyo AOSP codebase with a lot of tweaks, optimizations, and improvements from the community and runs on phones ranging from the HTC Dream (G1) to the Google Nexus One. In my opinion, CyanogenMod is what Android is all about. It's fast, it's clean, and it reflects the work of the people who actually use it. So, what's on deck for the next version of CyanogenMod? 6.1 is the current work-in-progress and, according to Cyanogen himself, it's "coming together nicely". New Features: ...

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    If you've got an HTC Dream or Sapphire (also known as the G1 and myTouch 3G) and haven't yet rooted it, you're in luck! Wes Garner has put together a new and much more simplified method of rooting these devices. While rooting the G1 wasn't all that difficult, rooting the MyTouch 3G often required the use of a "Gold Card" which added significantly to the process. Once you have rooted either of these devices, flashing a custom ROM (such as Cyanogen MOD 6) is a relatively simple task -- and can easily bring both devices up to Android 2.2 Froyo, breathing new life into two of the oldest ...

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    Not long ago we learned about 14 new devices coming from HTC including the HTC Lexikon. The Lexikon is rumored to be an Android 2.2 device with a slid-out keyboard heading to the Verizon sometime later this year or early next year. 911sniper got a hold of the specs even a link to a leaked version of the ROM. It's specifications aren't significantly remarkable, sporting only a WVGA 3.8-inch display, an 800Mhz processor, 5MP camera (no mention of an LED flash). However, the processor looks to be in the same family as T-Mobile's upcoming G2. This leads me to believe that the Lexikon may be ...

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    It looks like that leaked copy of BlackBerry OS 6 that we saw running on the Bold 9650 last month was the real deal, as a ROM is now available for all 9650 owners to download and install. Since this is still beta software, users should naturally flash this firmware at their own risk. CrackBerry has published a video of its experience with the build running on a Verizon 9650, which we've re-posted below. BlackBerry OS 6 brings several new features to the device, including a revmaped UI, Universal Search, and a new WebKit browser courtesy of RIM's acquisition of former Windows Phone ...

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    Popular Windows Phone Android port XDAndroid has gone gold, at least in its Froyo incarnation. With the addition of several features and tweaks, XDAndroid 2.2 AOSP is now at its final version, bringing an almost perfect Android 2.2 experience to HTC devices such as the Windows Phone 6.5-powered Touch Pro, Touch Diamond, Touch Diamond 2, and Touch Pro 2. The project has also been tweaked and successfully ported over to other devices like Sony Ericsson's ill-fated Xperia X1. Some of the new features in this final build include a full language pack -- plus Chinese and Japanese IMEs -- and ...

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    We've been eagerly awaiting the release of the HTC Desire HD, what some are calling a "GSM Evo", which we expect to happen sometime in October 2010. Apparently someone got their hands on one of these beautiful devices and was able to pull the ROM from it. This is just the raw image dump, it's not ported to run on any other device (yet), but you can open it up and take a look at it, and possibly pull some of the .APK files out for installing on your own device. Check out the thread at XDA-Developers for more information and the (password protected) download. (Via: Angelito (aka: Microang))

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    As most of you are aware, Motorola's latest couple phones are significantly more difficult to Root, and even harder to apply custom ROMs. That's only made the developers that much more devoted to finding a way. And find a way they have! Epic Unleashed 1.1 is the second release of the first custom ROM for the Droid 2. It's basically a stock ROM that has been deodexed, had the bloatware removed, scripts added, and the build.prop modified. How do you install it? First, download the ROM's .zip file from this thread, and place it on the root of you sdcard. 1. Root the Droid 2 2. Go to the ...

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    Three weeks after its counterparts on the Sprint network got the same treatment, Verizon's Palm Pixi Plus owners are starting to see the highly-anticipated webOS 1.4.5 update being offered for download. What makes this latest version of Palm's proprietary operating system so important is that it allows users to run 3D games and apps developed with the company's PDK software development kit. Interestingly enough, while Sprint's 1.4.5 rollout hit both the Pre and Pixi simultaneously, it is reportedly only Pixi (Plus) users who are seeing the upgrade right away this time around -- Verizon Pre ...

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    If you're lucky enough to have an HTC HD2 and adventurous enough to run Android on it, you're no doubt aware of Haret, a sort-of multiple boot app for Windows Mobile. This app lets you boot into other operating systems, and today you can get Froyo ROM with the HTC Sense UI that out-benchmarks the Nexus One. Impressive, very impressive! This ROM features the following: - Bluetooth: A2DP, streaming audio, answering and ending calls, etc. BT Keyboards don't work yet. - Camera w/flash & Camcorder - 3G & EDGE. - WiFi: Confirmed working with WEP and WPA. - GPS. - SIM contacts are working. - ...

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    A new video has appeared online which seems to show a custom ROM booting on Verizon's Motorola Droid X -- a very big deal for anyone who has been following Moto's extreme attempts to ensure that such a feat would never be possible. As an excellent article by our own Joe Levi explained, Motorola has included a chip in the Droid X, known as eFuse, which makes it theoretically impossible to run any bootloader besides the stock one which ships with the phone. The chip essentially monitors certain code, and if it detects anything other than what is expected, the phone goes into recovery mode ...

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    CyanogenMod 6 has finally made it out of the "Release Candidate Stage" and is now available for download and install on supported Android devices. For those of you who don't know, CyanogenMod is a ROM for various Android-powered phones. Built from the official Andoid Open Source Project (AOSP) codebase, CyanogenMod adds various tweaks, enhancements, and replacement apps with the intent of making your Android phone faster, more stable, and less dependant on carriers to update their handsets (as evidenced by the T-Mobile G1 running Froyo, and running it well). If you have one of the ...

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    It seems that the endless wait is over, as Verizon has just sent out an official tweet that the Droid Incredible Froyo update begins rolling out today. For those who have not been following this saga, rumors of an imminent upgrade began all the way back in June, and have reached a fevered pitch lately as everyone and his mother seemed to have the inside scoop on this anticipated release. Engadget reports that besides the usual Android 2.2 features, users will also benefit from pre-installed Adobe Flash 10.1, 720p video recording capabilities, and the same mobile hotspot feature found on ...

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    Just like so many of its Android brethren, Verizon's Motorola Droid 2 has been rooted, opening up the gates for bloatware removal and other hack-y goodness. Apparently the success of rooting the eFuse-guarded Droid X went a good way towards enabling the D2 to fall victim to the same fate -- although users should be aware that the task requires installing ADB drivers, inputting command line prompts, and other non-trivial steps. Also, while the creator of this method originally suggested that it should work on the Motorola Backflip as well, anecdotal evidence so far suggests that is not the ...

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    If you've got a stock Droid X running Android 2.1 and have been aching to get some of that sweet Froyo, today is the day you've been waiting for. 0. This is a copy of a leaked OTA update. If you have modified your Droid X from the stock configuration you'll need to revert before proceeding any further! (This tutorial doesn't cover how to do that.) 1. Download the update.zip file and place it on the root of your sdcard. The mirrors hosting this file can be found here. 2. Turn off your Droid X. 3. Reboot your Droid X into recovery mode by holding down the home button then pressing the power ...

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    Master Baron over at XDA-Developers has come up with a very interesting way to prolong your battery life, and has an app build to test his theory. His theory uses the following logic: - You can get 2G coverage in all the places that you have 3G coverage - 3G uses more battery power than 2G - You don't "need" 3G data when your screen is off - Turning off 3G data when your screen is off should save you battery life The downsides? It's still pretty beta, and it only works on CyanogenMod 6 ROMs. If you'd like to try the app, check out this thread at XDA-Developers, which is where you can find ...

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