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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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.
The Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc comes bundled [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]