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    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 ...

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    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 ...

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    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 ...

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    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 ...

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    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 ...

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    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 ...

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    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 ...

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    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 ...

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    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 ...

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    RIM's BlackBerry Bold 9780 just landed at T-Mobile last week, but AT&T is not wasting any time getting its hands on the latest Bold as well. The first video of an AT&T-badged 9780 has surfaced, hinting that it won't be long at all before the carrier official kicks off sales. T-Mobile first put the 9780 up on its site on November 17, just as predicted. The newest addition to the Bold lineup, the 9780 carries a notable upgrade to BlackBerry OS 6 along with a higher-resolution camera and 512MB RAM - double the 9700's memory. The lucky owner of this AT&T 9780 has put the handset up for sale on ...

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    The GSM version of Verizon's Motorola Droid 2 will be available in the UK too, unlocked, under the name of Motorola Milestone 2, after its recent launch in Germany. The handset will cost £379.99 (around $607), as mentioned, unlocked, and it will be available with Google's Android 2.2 Froyo operating system, with all the specs of the Droid 2 -- that is 1GHz TI OMAP 3620 processor with 512MB RAM, 512MB ROM, 3.7-inch screen with 854x480 resolution and a 5-megapixel camera with dual flash. If you find it to be too pricy unlocked, you can get a subsidized version as Vodafone is offering the ...

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    You love your Android phone, you don't know why you'd ever part with it. It's become a part of your daily routine, a part of your daily commute, not to mention a vital communication tool. And then the latest-and-greatest Android phone is released, and it makes yours look like a dinosaur. You're sure someone out there would love to get their hands on a gently-used Android phone at a sharp discount, and the funds from that sale will go a long way toward buying your new Android phone. So, how should you go about preparing your Android-powered phone for resale? First off, remove your sdcard ...

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    We know that the Palm Pre 2 will be landing in the UK on Monday, November 15, available for £399 unlocked exclusively from Palm but we also know that O2 (and other carriers) are not stocking up on the handset - at least for the time being. If you live in Germany you might be able to get your hands on the Palm Pre 2 which looks to be available via Palm's website. The device has the model number 1075EU-UMTS and is listed for €499 (around 685$) with the ability to purchase right away and a shipping time of around one or two business days. As far as U.S. availability is concerned, it should ...

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    Those of you who remember when the Nexus One first came out may remember Cyanogen, the developer behind the now infamous CyanogenMod custom ROM, coming out with "Bacon". Bacon wasn't a full-blown custom ROM, it was a collection of tweaks, hacks, and goodies to start pushing what the Nexus One could do. With today's announcement of a permanent root solution for the T-Mobile G2 Cyanogen has put together a set of goodies he's calling "Bacon Bits for the G2". Here's what he has to say: Add some bacon to your G2! * Kernel with overclocking and lots of goodies - ...

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    You got a T-Mobile G2. You learned how to root it the hard way only to find out that your "root" permissions went away the next time you rebooted your phone. The old rooting method was so cumbersome that you may have decided it wasn't worth doing again after each boot, so you just gave up. Until now. Following in the footsteps of other "one-click root" solutions comes VISIONary (referring to HTC's codename for the G2: the HTC Vision). What's different about this method? To start with, it's an app. You run it, it roots you. Done. Still, it's a temporary solution, but not to worry! There are ...

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    Remember the eFuse chip that Motorola decided to include in its high-end Droid X? It's the chip that was intended to prevent you from running custom ROMs on the phone. Lucky for us, the Motorola "solution" turned out to be very frustrating for developers to hack around -- but not impossible. According to New America Foundation, T-Mobile's newest phone, the G2 by HTC, apparently is even worse than Motorola's scheme. If the reports are accurate there is a chip in the phone that functions as a "rootkit" which is designed to override any changes you make to Android -- and reinstall the ...

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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 there's one thing I hate it's "exclusivity". I never let this sort of thing positively influence my decision to select a given device or carrier -- and will usually weigh this sort of behavior negatively when making my selection. The way I see it, a carrier who contracts with someone (say an app/service provider) to let their app ONLY run on a specific carrier's network is lame at best. It sends the message that "our phone and/or network sucks, so we have to use gimmicks to get people to sign-up with our service if they want our 'exclusive content'" (or device). I can see including a ...

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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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    The Motorola Milestone is basically a GSM version of the Droid that Motorola created for the European market (and can be imoported to the U.S. by those that want to have a Droid on AT&T, T-Mobile, or other GSM networks). Those of you who have followed my articles know that I'm partial to running custom ROMs on my phones. My ROM of choice? CyanogenMod 6, a Froyo variety of Android built using the Android Open Source Project version of the OS. This ROM is very fast, very stable, and because of the way it's being developed, it's relatively easy to cross-port it to other devices. This time ...

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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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    If you've got a Droid X and want to pimp it out a bit, today is your lucky day! Thanks to some basic hackery to the build.prop file by XDA forum member LexusBrian400, you've got a whole bunch of cool tweaks all in one place! What is the build.prop file? build.prop stands for "build properties" and contains a whole bunch of settings that relate to the particulars of the hardware and software running on your Android device. Changing these settings is akin to registry hacks on Windows Mobile and desktop versions of Windows. Prerequisites 1. A Motorola Droid X. These settings are specific to ...

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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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    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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