Posts tagged with: Unlocked
  • by |

    Australian Motorola Atrix 4G owner Irwin Proud quickly discovered that it's bootloader was locked after his purchase of the device earlier this year. In response, he formed a "Groubal" page to attempt to get the attention of Motorola and convince it that there is a large subset of users who wish to develop for the Atrix and cannot due to the immutable security. The Groubal page has grown quickly, currently at over 8800 signatures since it's inception on March 31st. Motorola has since taken notice, and has issued a response: "...It is our intention to enable the unlockable/relockable ...

    Share
    Read On
  • by |

    Dark Forces Team (DFT), a group of smartphone hackers heavily involved with HTC devices revealed in photos today a modified SPL that could potentially enable custom ROMs and the possibility of MAGLDR, which could mean deploying Android to the WP7 platform soon. DFT is known for releasing HardSPL and MAGLDR for a number of HTC Windows Mobile devices such as the HTC HD2 which allows the deployment of custom ROMs and alternative operating systems. Pictured in the photos are the HTC 7 Mozart (PD67100), and HTC 7 Pro (PC92100), both running a custom SPL created by Cotulla. No word yet as to the ...

    Share
    Read On
  • by |

    Late last month Sony Ericsson made an announcement that it would be opening up it's bootloaders on the current lineup of Xperia smartphones. The day has arrived, and the bootloader unlocking site is now live. Bootloader unlocking is provided for Sony Ericsson Android smartphones from 2011 onwards, while previously released models are not (yet?) supported. The current compatibility list requires a SIM-unlocked smartphone and includes the Sony Ericsson Xperia PLAY, Xperia Arc, Xperia Pro, and Xperia Neo. The unlock comes with a bevy of warnings that are somewhat vague such as "Certain ...

    Share
    Read On
  • by |

    If you've ever flashed a custom ROM on your Android-powered smartphone you know that it can be a somewhat daunting task. You've got to find the ROM, make sure it's built for your phone, download it, check the MD5 hash, reboot into recovery, find the ROM file, flash it, flash GAPPS, and reboot. It's not a big deal if you do it once in a while, but if you're flashing nightly builds it can become a headache really fast. That's where ROM Mananger come in to play. It's an app for rooted phones that lets you do all kinds of low-level stuff to your phone, without having to go through all the ...

    Share
    Read On
  • by |

    While we have various methods to carrier unlock Apple's iPhone available, all of them share issues such as the phone being re-locked after a firmware update. Negri Elelectronics brings us a new method, remotely unlocking after receiving your iPhone's IMEI code, which is permanent and lasts through firmware updates and other software modifications. Negri Electronics' unlock service runs $175 and requires a two-step process: purchasing the unlock, and sending in your IMEI which gets added to a database. Presumably Apple would not close this unlocking method in the future as it is the ...

    Share
    Read On
  • by |

    With the recent release of the iOS 4.3.1 untethered jailbreak came a warning for users of UltraSn0w: do not update. The older baseband firmware supported by UltraSn0w was incompatible with 4.3.1, and updating would result in losing the carrier unlock. Todays update brings support for the older basebands required by the UltraSn0w unlock, allowing iPhone owners with unlocked smartphones to upgrade to 4.3.1 without losing their carrier unlocked status. The update brings UltraSn0w's version up to 1.2.1 and requires your iPhone to be unlocked already. UlraSn0w also fixes the signal bar issue ...

    Share
    Read On
  • by |

    Xperia: the brand synonymous with Sony Ericsson's smartphones for the past few years now. In this review of the Xperia Arc we go through what makes this smartphone innovative, fast, fun, and the next must-have device for any photography or movie connoisseur. The Xperia Arc is the first Android cellphone to implement Sony's Bravia and Exmor R technology from their popular television and digital camera lines. Read on for our review to find out if the Xperia Arc is the next smartphone you will be selecting. UNBOXING The Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc comes bundled with all of the essential items to ...

    Share
    Read On
  • by |

    In our last post we unboxed the HTC Desire S. In this video we'll take a look at the first boot and see the general responsiveness of the smartphone. This cellphone is running Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread with HTC Sense UI 2.1. The new version of Sense UI comes with a quick settings tab and recently used apps, in addition to notifications in the pull-down notification shade. The app drawer has three views (all apps, frequently used apps, and downloaded apps) and a cool, vertically paginated view to help navigate a long list of apps. Integration with HTCSense.com is present and does its job ...

    Share
    Read On
  • by |

    Thanks to our friends at Negri Electronics we got our hands on the HTC Desire S. An Android-powered smartphone running HTC Sense UI, and targeting the European market. In this video I'll show you what comes in the box, and give you a quick tour or the device itself. We'll cover first-boot and software in an upcoming video. Inside the box is what you'd expect: some manuals, a wall-wart for USB-power (sporting European prongs), a stereo headset, a USB cable, and the phone itself. The smartphone feels very substantial in-hand, though it's not heavy and is quite compact. In addition to a ...

    Share
    Read On
  • by |

    Last week Sony Ericsson announced that it would start allowing its users to unlock the bootloaders on some of its Android phones, opening up a world of customization options. You'd have to own a supported phone (one of the newer models), not be carrier SIM-locked, and be willing to lose your warranty coverage, but there should still be tons of users lining up to get their smartphones unlocked. SE's Karl-Johan Dahlström has posted an update on the efforts' progress, advising that the unlock service should launch "in the upcoming weeks". In order to unlock your Sony Ericsson phone, you'll ...

    Share
    Read On
  • by |

    In this video we demonstrate the software included with the Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc. The Android Gingerbread powered Xperia Arc combines the power of the latest version of Android with the Xperia user interface. This particular device is the unlocked international smartphone (LT15i) and will most likely differ when it's released in North America and other continents. The Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc is running Android 2.3 Gingerbread with many applications skinned to mimic the XPERIA UI. The included Timescape app makes it easy to view status updates and messages by just swiping a finger up ...

    Share
    Read On
  • by |

    A new app brought to us by developer Heathcliff74 allows registry, filesystem, and other low level access to Samsung Windows Phone 7 smartphones via developer-unlocked .xap install. The program is called "WP7 Root Tools" and aims to be compatible with all Windows Phone 7 Smartphones in the future. The alpha version grants higher access privileges on the smartphone, currently allowing registry access with further abilities such as a file explorer and certificate store access coming. The tool utilizes Samsung-specific functionality and so will only operate on smartphones such as the Samsung ...

    Share
    Read On
  • by |

    In this video we unbox the new Sony Ericsson XPERIA Arc. The Arc feels excellent in hand and seems thinner than the iPhone 4, especially at the trough of the concave back. The XPERIA Arc is bundled with the essential items to get started. The device we are reviewing is the international unlocked (LT15i) which comes with the international wall charger, a microUSB charging/sync cable, a nice in ear Sony Ericsson branded stereo headset, and a class 2 8GB microSD card preinstalled. While the XPERIA Arc does have a micro HDMI port, regrettably there is no cable included. The battery is a ...

    Share
    Read On
  • by |

    Ever since the XPERIA Play emerged, the device gained immediate fame in the smartphone and gaming communities alike. Combining the versatility of an Android with the gaming capabilities of a PlayStation has produced one of the most, if not the most, anticipated smartphones being released in 2011. With all the hype surrounding the XPERIA Play, some may wonder is the buzz truly merited? Read on for our full review of the Sony Ericsson XPERIA Play, the first PlayStation Certified smartphone! BOX CONTENTS Here is the unboxing of the Sony Ericsson XPERIA Play. The device being reviewed in this ...

    Share
    Read On
  • by |

    While Samsung's Galaxy S series has been running a ported build of Gingerbread and has had CyanogenMod for some time now, we heard rumors earlier this month that an official Gingerbread release was pending, followed by an unspecified delay. Last night that pending release showed up on XDA forums as build I9000XXJVK. While this may not be final code as it is not being distributed via public channels yet, it is purported to be installed at service centers with warranty service. The Gingerbread version contained in this release is 2.3.3, one version higher than a previously available leak, ...

    Share
    Read On
  • by |

    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 stepped up their ...

    Share
    Read On
  • by |

    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+. The reference ...

    Share
    Read On
  • by |

    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 limited to ...

    Share
    Read On
  • by |

    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 catalog for more compatible ...

    Share
    Read On
  • by |

    Today the CyanogenMod team made Release Candidates of CyanogenMod 7 available for the Nexus One, T-Mobile G2, myTouch 4G, and Evo 4G. CM7 is based on the Android 2.3 Gingerbread AOSP source, plus a bunch of tweaks, additions, and improvements. A Release Candidate (RC) is just that, it's a release of the code that could become final if no bugs are found. Generally a CM build will go through two or three RCs before it's finally released. RCs should be usable as your daily driver, and in my experience, there's no reason not to use CM7 RC1 on your phone. There are a few things to keep in mind ...

    Share
    Read On
  • by |

    Call this the day all "the rest of us" were waiting for. The text behind the label may not be that visible to many, but that Samsung GT-I9020A stands for none other than the Samsung's Google Nexus S with some AT&T flavor to it. Just as with the Nexus One, this just means the phone will sport the 850 / 1900 UMTS bands that will give you 3G connectivity for AT&T. Now, given its an unlocked phone, this also means it'll give you 3G speeds in most, if not all of the rest of the Latin American countries also. All the rest of the specs of the Nexus S we recently reviewed remain the same, so lets ...

    Share
    Read On
  • by |

    If you're into customizing your Android-powered phone, and you're into XBOX gaming, this story is most definitely for you! Thanks to Crackanug and Tiffany84, there is now a Halo: Reach bootscreen animation -- with a little Android versus Apple thrown in for good measure. Those who have unlocked their phone and installed a custom Recovery Image can head over to the thread at XDA-Developers to download it. You'll need to know where your boot animation lives (it's different on some devices), download the right version, and flash it via recovery. After that, every time you reboot you can ...

    Share
    Read On
  • by |

    The Sony Ericsson X10 Mini is truly a unique smartphone. With a form-factor unlike any other Android device, our final review is sure to be very interesting. So, check it out below! If you have already seen our video coverage you can skip to the bottom of the page and watch the final video review. SOFTWARE This device was created with the idea of single-handed operation in mind. Due to this, Sony has created a custom user interface for the X10 Mini. Users can easily swipe left and right through the menu system. Navigation is literally a breeze. Despite the fact that this is a custom skin ...

    Share
    Read On
  • by |

    Times certainly are changing. Devices that can boast a larger screen are becoming the current fad. By increasing screen sizes manufacturers hope to fortify users' ability to multitask and become even more efficient by maximizing usability. Dell has jumped onto the bandwagon by releasing the Dell Streak, an Android tablet device that also doubles as a phone. The 5" screen certainly creates a long list of possibilities, but will the screen be too big, making the phone cumbersome? Read on to find out! BOX CONTENTS Here's the unboxing of the Dell Streak. The box comes loaded with just about ...

    Share
    Read On
  • by |

    SIM unlock codes are essentially "keys" that, when input, allow your device to work with any carrier's SIM. Traditionally you obtain one of these "keys" from your carrier -- at their discretion. It's also spawned a third-party market that can provide these codes -- for a price. While we've heard rumors passed in hushed voices that some Samsung Galaxy S phones have SIM unlock codes stored in a secret location on the phone, this solution takes a novel approach to SIM unlocking your device with an app. Instead of asking someone for the key to the lock, this app simply tells the phone it's ...

    Share
    Read On
Mobile Version