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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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) [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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. – [...]
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 [...]
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).
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
The HTC EVO 4G was rooted the same day that it was originally released — and custom ROMs free flowed to the rooted devices shortly thereafter. Unfortunately, after you flash a factory ROM you typically loose your root access. It should come as no surprise, now that the Android 2.2 (Froyo) update is rolling out over-the-air (OTA) it, too, has been rooted.
First off, the following applies only to those who have already rooted their EVO. If you haven’t, the following isn’t for you. However, if you aren’t rooted, but are interested in doing so, you can get [...]
This morning we reported provided step-by-step instructions to manually flash Froyo on your Motorola Droid without waiting for the over-the-air update. Now it turns out that the FRG01B update may have been canceled while a new version is prepared.
This shouldn’t come as a complete surprise, even Google’s own Nexus One went through several iterations before the “final” Froyo build was pushed out to everyone.
This raises a few questions:
Q. What if I already have the FRG01B Froyo build on my Droid? A. You will get an update OTA that will [...]
The Motorola Droid (original) was the first Android-powered phone to come out with Android 2. Granted it was 2.0.1, but it was still a leap ahead of the game. Shortly after Android 2.1 was released, the Droid got updated to 2.1 as well. Now that Android 2.2 has been out for a while, Droid owners are wondering what’s taking Froyo so long to come to their devices.
A lucky few have begun to get the over-the-air (OTA) update to their Droid’s, but this is generally a slow process to keep from overwhelming both Google’s update servers, and Verizon’s [...]
It seems that a very large number of custom ROMs are being based off CyanogenMod ROM these days. Not only that, CyanogenMod ROM is being ported to more and more handsets. I run CyanogenMod on my Nexus One and my wife runs CyanogenMod on her G1 (both Froyo, by the way).
But what about your Android? Is the CyanogenMod Team (aka “Team Douche”) building a ROM for your phone? If so, what’s their progress? Luckily there’s a Google Doc for that:
What’s on the list? – Dream – Sapphire – Nexus One – Motorola Droid [...]
The HTC EVO is an awesome device, but it’s sorely lacking in the CyanogemMod department… but not for long.
Cyanogen and taostcfh are listed as the “maintainers” of the EVO port of CyanogenMod 6, and recent tweets from Cyanogen himself says indicate a ROM for EVO that is stable enough to release should be available soon.
The first release is probably going to be missing wimax, hdmi, and fm radio, but Cyanogen is already very impressed with the performance of the ROM on the phone.
To stay up-to-date with CyanogenMod ROM for EVO keep an eye on [...]
As I mentioned yesterday, Motorola has really ticked off developers and power users, but the ramifications of just how tightly they’ve locked down their newest Android-powered phones are just now coming to light.
If you want to load a custom ROM onto an Android phone you have to “unlock the bootloader”. But Motorola doesn’t want you to be able to do that on their phones. In fact, they have even installed another chip in their hardware that monitors the bootloader’s code, and locks down the phone if it’s changed from what it [...]
This Android Quick Tip is actually two tips in one! Unlike some “other” smartphones that just barely added the ability to multi-task to their OS, Android has had it since day one. On Android you can run many, many apps at the same time, and using this often-overlooked tip, you can easily and quickly switch between them.
To do this, tap and hold the Home button: a grid of up to 6 of your last run apps will open, tap an icon to switch to that app. But what if you’re a power-user and want to be able to quickly switch between more than six apps? You can always go [...]
What operating system runs on Motorola phones? There was a time when Motorola had their own OS than ran their phones. Today that landscape is changing. Today, Motorola is almost exclusively an Android shop.
According to John Ellis, director of software and services for Motorola put it this way: “We doubled down on our bets with Google. We’re happy about it. Sanjay is raving about it. … The complexity for us was monstrous. We would have internal development paralysis because we were afraid of breaking anything.” (androidguys.com)
On this surface, [...]
It wasn’t long ago that Cyanogen and his team got Android 2.1 working on the G1 (video) — a feat that many said couldn’t be done.
Now they’ve gone and proven everyone wrong again: Froyo (Android 2.2) can run on the G1 — and run well.
Of course, getting this up and running isn’t for the faint of heart, and it’s not yet “fully cooked” — it’s still a release candidate (more stable than alpha and beta ROMs, but still with some rough-edges).
Come take a look at the first Android phone running the latest [...]