For those of us who like to run custom ROMs finding a good GAPPs package can make or break one’s opinion of the ROM — even though GAPPs are usually distributed separately from the ROMs themselves.
GAPPS, for those who don’t know, are the “Google Apps” that come with most stock ROMs. They used to come pre-packaged in custom ROMs, too, until Cyanogen got a C&D order from Google. Since then, most custom ROMs ship without GAPPs, and you have to get your GAPPs somewhere else.
The defacto standard location to get GAPPS is [...]
Watch this week’s iReview as we go through all that’s cool and what’s not so cool inside the world of Apple’s iOS devices. In today’s show we talk about Apple beginning to sell the iPhone 4S unlocked in Apple Stores. We later talk about Apple’s new EasyPay system and how it brings you more convenience. We cover all the hacking related news, which include a auto-correct ribbon on-top of your iOS keyboard. We end the Cool section talking about Consumer Reports, and wondering if the iPhone 4S will blend?
In the Not So Cool section we talk about [...]
If you’d like to unlock and root your Verizon Galaxy Nexus but don’t want to go to all the trouble of downloading the Android SDK, finding and installing the Samsung drivers, downloading fastboot, and running everything from a command prompt you’re in luck… so long as you’re running Windows.
Wug’s Galaxy Nexus Root Toolkit is an executable that takes care of all the techno jargon for you. With one-click it sets up the SDK and drivers, and with another click unlocks and roots your phone! And just in case you want to go back to stock, [...]
Way back in March 2011 we told you of an early alpha of CyanogenMod 7 for the Samsung Epic 4G (SPH-D700). Unfortunately, the smartphone wasn’t officially included as a supported device, it was just a port of the insanely popular CM7 source made to work on the Epic 4G — and progress since then has been very slow.
Recently the Epic 4G was officially welcomed into the CyanogenMod fold, complete with its own forum and github repositories, though it’s not currently on the “Devices” page.
The first official build is 7.2.0 RC0. The following [...]
It’s been about a month and a half since Cyanogen himself said work had begun on CM9 and to “check back in 2 months”. Since that date is quickly approaching, how close are we to having a functional CyanogenMod 9? Based on what I saw, we’re very close!
First off, the Galaxy Nexus (in either variety) isn’t an officially supported CM device — yet. I suspect it will be the launch device for CM9 when it’s finally released.
Next, there are no official builds of CM9 for the Galaxy Nexus — or any device for that matter. I was, [...]
A few days ago we told you that an update to its “tech specs” page showed the 32GB variant of the Galaxy Nexus was removed, implying that only a 16GB version of the phone would be available. The extra storage, it seemed, had been replaced with a larger capacity battery.
Today, the same specification page has been updated yet again. This time, the “16GB storage” is no more — it’s been replaced with “32GB storage”. Originally, the specs implied there would be a 16GB version and a 32GB version. Now it looks like there will only be [...]
The mechanism that makes a smartphone smart is the software that comes installed. The Samsung Galaxy Note is running Android 2.3 Gingerbread and will be upgraded to Ice Cream Sandwich Android 4.0 in early 2012. The software included incorporates elements from both a smartphone and tablet device. In this video we demonstrate the software makes the Samsung Galaxy Note a remarkable hybrid Android.
Samsung did not hold back when they decided to bundle great software suites onto the Galaxy Note. While most of the apps have been seen before on Androids such as the Galaxy S [...]
In this video we demonstrate the hardware of the new Samsung Galaxy Note (GT-N7000). As a hybrid between an Android smartphone and tablet the Galaxy Note boasts some very impressive hardware. Powered by a 1.4 GHz dual-core Exynos processor with 1GB of RAM produces an extremely fast mobile experience. Out of the box the Galaxy Note is capable of achieving some of the fastest benchmarks we have seen on any mobile device.
The Galaxy Note has a few more goodies that set it apart from other Android devices. The first is the large 5.3 inch WXGA* Super HD AMOLED display (1280 [...]
Is it a phone, a tablet Or both? The Samsung Galaxy Note is sure to evoke some looks from passersby. With a 5.3 inch HD Super AMOLED display the Galaxy Note is one of the largest smartphones available. Yet even with this enormous screen Samsung has kept the design thin and stylish.
In this video we unbox the new 16GB Samsung Galaxy Note running on Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread (Ice Cream Sandwich will officially come in 2012). Included with the Galaxy Note is a microUSB sync/charging cable, a wall charger, a white in-ear stereo headset, a capacious 2500mAh Li-ion battery, and an [...]
Watch this week’s Android revolution as we go through what’s hot and what’s not inside the world of Google’s Android project. In today’s show we go through Samsung’s unpacked event where they teamed up with Google to release both the Samsung Galaxy Nexus Google smartphone and Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich to go along with it. We also go through Android 4.0 and what it means for the smartphone industry and competition. We later talk about Motorola’s recent unveiling of its new flagship Droid RAZR sporting more than just a thin design. We then [...]
Today’s show is going to be a bit unconventional since everything that we have to talk about is cool. We start our show by covering the news on the invitation to Apple’s iPhone event on October 4th and our thoughts on who will be in charge of the keynote. We cover all the recent rumors for the next generation iPhone(s) and tell you which hold water and which don’t. We then finish our cool section with our thoughts on when we should prepare to take the day off and make a line to buy one.
We end our show with our first-ever Top 5. This time we go through our Top [...]
Thanks to some talented folks over at XDA Developers, if you’ve got an unlocked HTC Desire HD, Desire S, or Inspire you now have a custom ROM that will bring not only Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread, but also HTC Sense UI 3.5 to your smartphone!
Based on the HTC Runnymede‘s ROM, these ROMs are pretty complete with few known bugs.
If you’ve got one of these devices and want to check out the latest and greatest from HTC, head on over to the source and let us know what you think in the comments below!
Watch this week’s Android revolution as we go through what’s hot and what’s not inside the world of Google’s Android Project. In today’s show we go through all the recent Android smartphone announces which include the LG Optimus Hub, the Galaxy Y line of smartphones for Vodaphone UK, the Xperia Play reaching AT&T and even some deals on the Sprint Epic 4G Touch. We talk about the recent invitation HTC sent for a September 20th event where we expect that lots of our recent leaks will see the light of day in new Android offerings for the fall line-up. We [...]
The list of HTC smartphones that can be “officially” unlocked is increasing, though not as fast as some would like.
Today HTC updated their list, which now includes Sprint‘s Evo 3D, T-Mobile‘s Sensation 4G, and HTC Sensation models for Europe, Turkey, Arabic, and Bouygues Telecom.
If you’ve got one of these phones and have been waiting to unlock it, wait no longer! Head over to HTCdev.com and enjoy your new-found freedom!
Last week I wrote about how I didn’t particularly like the new Android Market and how to get the old Android Market back. One of the reasons I gave was Google’s choice to disable playback of movies on rooted devices, which makes one of the three content types inapplicable to my phones.
Google, we assume, enacted their root and tamper checks at the direction of the movie studios, who seem to be “afraid” of streaming their content to customers. Ironically, studios don’t seem to care if a laptop or desktop OS has “root” permissions (which [...]
The Motorola Droid 3 has been rooted! What’s even more impressive was that it was done without the developer ever having touched a Droid 3. While that is impressive, the process itself is even more so!
After performing an audit of the platform, it was discovered that the contents of /data/local are group “shell” and group-writable. That means the contents of the directory can be modified using ADB. In Linux (and Android, by extension), you can replace a directory with a “symbolic link” (or “symlink”), essentially, a pointer to another [...]
Watch this week’s Android Revolution as we go through the recent Android smartphone releases, we also dig up all the phones that are finally getting Android 2.3 Gingerbread as of this week, and also those that are getting updates and fixes. We talk about our current reviews on T-Mobile’s MyTouch 4G Slide and Sprint’s EVO 3D. Within application updates we go through certain new Android Market features, the recent update to Google Maps on Android and all that’s included on the Amazon App Store recent update. As for rumors we talk about all the probable release [...]
Hackers celebrate as independent developers have finally succeeded in unlocking the bootloader, on the hard-to-crack, Motorola Photon 4G. The full procedure is now live on XDA-Developers, and so far, things seem to work just fine.
The process is sadly not something we’d recommend for beginners, as you’ll have to know how to use RSDLite and have some basic knowledge of the standard fastboot procedures, since this is a Motorola device. The thread does a very good job in giving us all a simple step-by-step procedure though, so if you’re good with following [...]
Back in June we told you about a new developer portal from HTC which offered an SDK for HTC’s OpenSense “which will allow developers to harness software and hardware innovations on HTC phones to develop more richly integrated mobile applications and experiences”, and provided a location to pick up newly released source code and kernels.
Today HTC announced a “placeholder” for the much awaiting “bootloader unlocking solution” via their Twitter feed. Unfortunately, it’s just that, a placeholder; no unlocking hints, tips, or even an [...]
An international version of the unlocked bootloader for Motorola Atrix 4G is now available through an Orange UK update released recently with support for the service. This release builds upon the existing leaked Gingerbread 2.3 ROM which includes a fastboot-unlockable bootloader, however that leak is only compatible with the USA based AT&T Atrix 4G and not international versions, while this new one comes from an official update, and is compatible with international devices. An official update is expected from Motorola enabling the unlocked bootloader soon, per Motorola’s [...]
Yesterday we heard an interesting bit of information about Apple allegedly preparing to sell unlocked iPhone 4 smartphones on Wednesday in all variants (16GB, 32GB, black and white) and it appears that Cupertino has indeed done so.
Over at the Apple Store online you can grab an unlocked GSM Apple iPhone 4 without any carrier tie-in. White and black 16GB variant goes for $649.00 while the 32GB version sells for $749.00 with free one-to-three-day shipping. Will only work on AT&T’s 3G network but if you’re a heavy traveller and prefer switching SIM cards instead [...]
If you caught Daniel Webster’s series of videos and final review on the Samsung Galaxy S, you were treated with an abundance of detail about this new device. Sporting a 4″ Super AMOLED with a 1 GHz processor, the Galaxy is equipped to impress.
However, the Samsung Galaxy S is not alone in the 4″+ screen size market. I’ve decided to match the Samsung Galaxy S up against my beloved HTC EVO. The EVO has been my primary phone for a little over a month now, and I’ve been nothing but impressed. Over the next few videos, I will put the Galaxy side-by-side [...]
Not long ago we told you that the LG Revolution had been rooted, not only that, apparently it wasn’t even very hard. Unfortunately, the way LG put their bits together made writing a custom recovery image very difficult. Previous attempts had resulted in either bricked phones, or phones that would erase themselves every time they booted up.
Luckily for us, that hasn’t stopped the Android community and ClockworkMod Recovery, my favorite recovery image, has been ported to the Revolution — well, almost. It seems that there isn’t a way to get OUT of recovery [...]