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 [...]
If smartphone hardware can run Android, a Linux-based operating system, why can’t it run a full-blown Linux distro? In fact, you can run Ubuntu on many Android-powered phones.
To get Ubuntu to run on a smartphone, some have started the OS side-by-side with Android, others have used emulators or virtualized hardware. On occasion a developer steps up and creates a bootable, functional Ubuntu image. If you’ve got an HTC Desire HD, you can count yourself as one of the lucky ones!
A recently released ROM not only lets you boot Ubuntu natively, it also has a working [...]
Tegrak Overclock, a program that has supported overclocking the Galaxy S series of smartphones from Samsung has been updated with new support for the Galaxy S II line. Superuser/Root access is required, and the device must be running a stock kernel and ROM (custom ROMs and kernels are not currently supported.)
What sets this app apart from other overclocking solutions is that it requires the use of a stock, unmodified kernel vs. other Android overclocking solutions which require custom code to be compiled into a kernel. This can provide a less-intrusive method for those not [...]
HTC made plenty of Android enthusiasts happy when it recently announced that its future phones would feature unlocked bootloaders, opening the door for custom ROMs without the hassle of hacking your way past cryptographic checks (when that’s even possible). Then again, while we love having that kind of access to our smartphones, network carriers enjoy tight control over their systems, and Androids running custom code can interfere with their plans to monetize certain services (tethering comes to mind). One curious Android fan reached out to Verizon over Twitter to get the [...]
Just a few days ago we saw HTC swap out some images of the Sprint HTC EVO 3D in favor of a slightly different back design, confirming our earlier suspicions that we’d see an international GSM version of the device. Now thanks to 911sniper we have a more detailed look at what the international version brings to the table, including a large list of carrier support.
Specifications remain largely the same, with the international version dropping support for WiMax. The cellular modem supports HSPA with speeds of HSDPA Category 10 (14.4Mbps) downstream and HSUPA Category 6 [...]
Samsung has established a history of storing SIM unlock codes in the firmware with their previous Galaxy S series of smartphones, which lead to an app being released to automate the process. The new Galaxy S II continues along that line, with a new app released today that searches through the nv_data.bin, decrypts the code, and reveals it, allowing the use of the device on other networks.
The app is created by well known XDA developer Chainfire, and is available from the Android market under the name “ Galaxy S2 SIM Unlock”. The app requires your Galaxy S II to be [...]
YukiXDA over at XDA brings us a very thurough guide to disassembling a WP7 ROM for a device, introducing new components from other ROMs (Cooking), and rebuilding the resulting mash-up into a flashable ROM for your device. For a while now, we’ve had some Custom ROMs available for the HD2, and functioning Live services, but the knowledge to create these ROMs was limited to a small set of developers.
With this post the process is now laid out in detail, allowing other developers to create custom ROMs for the HD2, and bringing us the first NoDo ROM for the device, which is [...]
After showing us its new bootloader unlocking service, we were left impressed by Sony Ericsson’s support of the developer community. Now it is supplementing the bootloader unlock by releasing a guide to creating a custom kernel, an ability exposed by the unlocked bootloader.
Once again there are clear warnings present – bootloader unlocking may void warranty, and is not revertible to a locked/original state. Sony Ericsson’s guide walks the budding developer through downloading all necessary software and installing it to configure the development environment. [...]
Well known developer Chainfire at XDA brings root to another device today, adding Samsung’s Galaxy S II to the list of 3rd-party developer unlocked devices. This comes hot on the heels of the Gingerbreak exploit, which can be used on a wide range of Android devices, also developed in part by CF.
Superuser access is acheived by using the Samsung flashing utility “Odin” to load a custom re-packaged kernel onto the phone, then booting up. Once booted, the kernel allows root access via the “adb” program, a part of the Android SDK. Simply typing [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]