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 [...]
The Samsung Droid Charge ships with Android 2.2.1, but will probably get Android 2.3 Gingerbread in an update later this year.
Alongside Froyo, Samsung has also integrated the TouchWiz 3.0 user interface. Even though TouchWiz 3.0 debuted last year on the Galaxy S line the user interface is still simple enough for anyone to customize while being graphically pleasing. The similarities between the stock Android UI, which many consumers are accustomed to, and TouchWiz 3.0 will most likely not distract from the usability of Android. With TouchWiz 3.0 come a few widgets that [...]
It looks like communications are a bit a spotty between US Cellular and LG, as the latter company has posted information about its dual-screen LG Genesis Android handset before the former company was ready to officially launch it. Of course, the reveal is somewhat of a moot point, as we’d seen full specs for Genesis leak earlier this month — and we’d known about it long before that as the enV Pro, destined for Verizon.
According to Android Central, the Froyo-powered Genesis will cost a relatively steep $249.99 on contract whenever US Cellular releases [...]
In this video we go through the hardware of the new Droid Charge by Samsung running on Verizon’s 4G LTE network. The Android 2.2 powered Droid Charge is utilizing hardware similar to what debuted with the Galaxy S line of yesteryear.
The Hummingbird processor is operating at 1GHz speed combined with 2GB of ROM and 512MB of RAM give a somewhat snappy feel. The newest innovation in Samsung screen technology, the 4.3 inch WVGA Super AMOLED Plus, delivers clear and crisp images. While the difference is negligible to last year’s Super AMOLED, the newer Plus [...]
Thanks to a T-Mobile leak, we finally have a release date for the HTC Sensation 4G, scheduled for arrival on June 8. It now looks like it won’t be the only addition to T-Mobile that day, with other leaked docs showing two Samsung Androids also planned for launch: the Samsung Exhibit 4G and the Samsung GT2.
When we first heard about the Exhibit 4G earlier this month, it was rumored to feature a 1.4GHz ARM11-based CPU. Today’s leak dials-down that estimation a bit, identifying the processor as 1GHz Hummingbird. On the plus side, it should have high-speed 21Mbps HSPA+ [...]
If you’ve got an HTC Inspire 4G, HTC Aria, or Samsung Captivate on AT&T, you should soon be receiving notification of an OTA update that will finally enable your phone to install apps from “unknown sources”, letting you access Amazon’s Appstore or install non-marketplace apps of your choosing.
After a long period of restricting its Android users to only the official Google-run Android Market, AT&T announced this spring that it would finally start looking into letting its customers install apps from additional sources. It wasn’t clear then [...]
A rumor last week had Motorola’s Droid X² scheduled for release today. That’s one rumor that’s definitely fizzled, but with the arrival of Droid X² dummy units at retail stores, we’ve still been thinking that a release would be soon to pass. New leaked documents now suggest that retails sales of the Motorola smartphone will commence on May 26.
While you’ll have to wait until the end of the month to get the phone in stores, there’s a chance that Verizon might open up pre-orders in advance (we haven’t heard of any such plans), in which [...]
Ice Cream Sandwich is fresh on everyone’s minds, following the revelations made at Google I/O, Gingerbread is coming up on being six months old, and it’s been nearly a year since Froyo’s release. As Android progresses on, manufacturers and carriers are still playing catch-up with updating older smartphones, plenty of which are still running Eclair, or older. One of those stragglers is being brought a little bit more up-to-date, thanks to US Cellular giving its LG Apex users some long-awaited Froyo.
Right at the start of 2011, US Cellular published a schedule on [...]
Available in the U.S. for over a month now, the Motorola Atrix (4G in the U.S., sans 4G in Europe) was just launched in the U.K. on May 3 with carrier availability on Orange planned for today, May 4.
Andrew Morley, Vice President of International Marketing at Motorola, told ElectricPig when asked about plans for an Android 2.3 Gingerbread update that they “haven’t announced timings but we have announced plans for the intentions”.
The Motorola Atrix, despite its powerful internals, is still running Google Android 2.2 Froyo but plans for a Gingerbread [...]
We’ve been trying to wrap our heads around what’s to become of the LG enV Pro for months now. It first looked like it’d be going to Verizon, but after a less-than-sunny reception, the phone seemed to be shelved. It just didn’t go away, though, popping up in Cellebrite’s data-transfer system and later at the FCC, now attached to rumors that both Verizon and US Cellular were thinking about carrying the Android smartphone. After another lull, the enV Pro is back with a new name, now the LG Genesis, and reportedly heading to US Cellular soon.
Last week we got an exclusive look at some of the outdoor-themed apps shipping with the upcoming Casio G’zOne Commando, the latest smartphone to feature a ruggedized construction to help it stand up to the the environment (and any unintentional abuse from its owner). The Verizon materials we had access to designated the Commando for an April 28 release; now Casio and Verizon have officially confirmed that date, as well as setting a price for the smartphone of nearly $200.
The G’zOne Commando, ruggedness aside, has some pretty middle-of-the-road hardware. An 800MHz [...]
Since its release in 2002 (as the Danger Hiptop) the Sidekick has been on a rollercoaster ride. With integration of AIM and being the first cell phone capable of placing unassisted TTY via the browser, it even gained a sign in American Sign Language.
But in 2009, a major outage and data loss followed by stop on sales in 2010 was thought to be the final nail. But the name has been resurrected with a new core: Android.
Clocking in at only $99 (on contract), the T-Mobile Sidekick certainly seems monetarily appealing. But the unboxing demonstrates this price point leads [...]
The Verizon-bound Samsung Droid Charge made its way to Walmart even before the smartphone itself was announced and now is available on pre-order at the same Walmart but $50 cheaper.
The Droid Charge will go for $299.99 from Verizon on contract but you can now pre-order the smartphone at Walmart for $249.99. Shipping is free and if you pre-order you’ll be able to meet its 4.3-inch Super AMOLED Plus display in person by the end of next week. Other features include a 1GHz processor, eight-megapixel rear camera along with 1.3-megapixel front-facing webcam powered by Google [...]
Casio’s G’zOne Commando is set to continue the tradition of ruggedized smartphones with a Gorilla Glass display and water, shock, and dust resistance. We last saw the phone in a leaked Verizon lineup, where it was purported to be in line for an April 7 release. We’re still waiting for the Android smartphone to arrive, but it’s looking like the release is nearly upon us, as one of our tipsters has leaked some Commando Verizon marketing materials, readying retailers for the phone’s debut.
Besides the tough (albeit chunky-looking) exterior, Verizon is [...]
Decided to take the plunge and snag one of the free Motorola Defys that T-Mobile was offering earlier this month? If you did, talk about good timing, because out of the blue Motorola’s finally released the Froyo update for the smartphone, bringing the Defy up to software revision 34.4.9.
All the way back in November we reported on Motorola’s plans for for Android 2.2 on the Defy. At the time, the best Motorola could do for a prediction as to when to expect Froyo was sometime in Q2 of this year. We’d nearly forgotten about the promise since then, but sure [...]
Samsung recently released the source code for Froyo on its Fascinate, in advance of the actual update arriving. Sure, we’ve seen some leaked builds come out, with various degrees of polish, but there’s yet to be any sort of OTA update sent out over Verizon. That wait’s just about over, with Verizon planning to start pushing the update out tomorrow.
The update will bring Fascinate models up to software revision 1500.ED01 – the same version reflected in the source code Samsung published. As we mentioned when looking over that release, this all is a bit of a [...]
Last month, AT&T responded to complaints that Android phones running on its network were crippled to disable HSUPA for high-speed uploads. The company quickly went on the defensive, first trying to argue that it wasn’t actually “capping” speeds by selling smartphones with this mode disabled. Perhaps it realized that no one was buying its claims of innocence, as it followed-up a couple weeks later with a promise to bring HSUPA to the Atrix 4G sometime in April. Though it’s yet to announce that a patch is ready, it may already be going out to users, as at [...]
It was just a little over a week ago when Motorola began soliciting owners of its Bravo smartphone to help the company test out the eagerly-awaited Froyo upgrade for the model. Things apparently went very well during that round of testing, as Motorola is already sending the finished Android 2.2 update to all of its Bravo users, going out OTA now.
It’s surprising to see such a short window pass between the start of this testing and Motorola pushing out the update; we must just be used to the drawn-out testing cycle that seems to accompany releases for too many other phones. [...]
Sprint will be introducing a “green” Android smartphone tomorrow, and it turns out to be that Droid Pro-like handset we’ve seen a few times in leaked photos. First tipped in promotional material for sales reps, the Samsung Replenish SPH-m580 is a Froyo-powered portrait QWERTY candybar featuring a 600MHz CPU, QVGA display of unknown size, and two-megapixel fixed-focus camera. Perhaps its most interesting feature — which is not pictured above — is an optional solar panel cover which presumably powers the phone via sunlight.
Sprint CEO Dan Hesse is [...]
Fresh off the last Motorola Droid X2 video we checked out, showing off the phone’s boot screen with that lovely dual-core confirmation, we’ve come across a bunch of new pics and video of the Android smartphone, showing off some more of the hardware design, and checking out the device’s performance with a Quadrant benchmark.
In addition to the new media, there are some revised specs for the phone available. We’ve been expecting the Droid X2 to have a dual-core Tegra 2 running at 1GHz, but this new rumored figure has it at 1.2GHz. While that would be good [...]
After spotting what looked like the AT&T edition of the LG Optimus One last week, we were all set to see the carrier join the rest of the US networks with an Optimus One of its own. Today AT&T announced not one, but two such models: the LG Phoenix on a standard contract setup, and the LG Thrive, the first pre-paid smartphone for the carrier.
The two models are essentially the same inside, with differences in their feature sets determined in software. The pre-paid Thrive, for instance, will lack the ability to act as a mobile hotspot, or share its connection over a [...]
Samsung has just put one of its latest phones through the ringer of FCC-mandated testing, and today the agency has published those documents. Though the phone’s model number, B7510B, hasn’t popped up on our radar yet, we’ve got a sneaking suspicion that this could be the recently-announced Samsung Galaxy Pro.
The B7510B designation is more in line with past phones from the Omnia line, but surely we’re not looking forward to another of those on the way. The phone also popped up in certifications published by the WiFi Alliance recently, though those [...]
When I’m not busy reviewing the latest and greatest Android-powered smartphone you’ll find me pushing my T-Mobile G2 well-past anything my carrier ever intended it to do.
Being able to do that has come from unlocking, rooting, and installing a custom ROM on the phone. For those of you who don’t know, I generally run CyanogenMod 7 (which is based on the AOSP Gingerbread code) on my G2.
For those of you running the “stock” ROM, you’re currently stuck with Android 2.2 Froyo. Don’t get me wrong, there’s nothing inherently [...]