The Motorola Backflip is the latest phone to get rooted, and it's using the same exploit as was used on the Droid 2 and the Evo 4G. This makes things really interesting, as any root method that works across different models and manufacturers is a very welcome change. And we all should encourage the rooting of all Android phones on AT&T, even if only to uncripple them let them run the OS as designed.
The standard disclaimer that this breaks warranties, can brick your phone, and maybe even make your dog run away still stands. If you decide that this is for you, hit the source link and have at it. [ModMyMobile.com]
Fennec Alpha, aka the Firefox Mobile browser, is now available for Android phones (and the Nokia N900). Just point your Android browser to http://firefox.com/m/alpha to give it a download. The browser has come a long way since our hands-on in April - adding pinch-to-zoom, Firefox Sync (which syncs your history, bookmarks, open tabs, and passwords), Add-ons, and the Awesome Bar.
It's still Alpha, though, so your mileage may vary - Mozilla points out that improvements to graphics performance are coming and there are still a few bugs to work out. Still, to our eyes it looks every bit as exciting as the video after the break suggests. [Mozilla]
In addition to the Android 2.2 goodness, the update will bring Flash, mobile hotspot support, and 720p video recording. Verizon also says it will 'be posted to the VZW site' - we presume they refer to placing instructions on this page, but if you're reading this we suspect the steps in an OTA update are something you can figure out fairly easily.
The HTC Desire (check out our full review here) is officially available on U.S. Cellular today for $199.95 after a $70 mail-in rebate and with a 2-year contract. HTC's device is the second Android powered phone to hit US Cellular this year; it will be followed by the Samsung Galaxy S in October and 2 LG phones by years end.
Full press release is after the break, if you're into that sort of thing. Anybody on this little-carrier-that-could looking to pick one up?
We know every one of your DInc owners (myself included) simply can't wait any longer. Rather than turn to violence, why not share your pain with other users in the Android Central Forums? [Verizon] Thanks to forums user O.G. Incredible for the tip!
In any case, Sept 9th looks solid, which means we can start waiting for an Android 2.2 update and wondering whether it will have fully operational GPS. Given Verizon's history on the latter, our fingers are crossed to tightly we're might have blisters.
Update: Thanks to another unnamed tipster, we have even more reason to believe the September 9 date. After the break check out another image from Verizon systems saying the Fascinate will be available on the Internet on September 8, followed by an "all channel launch" on September 9. Get ready!
Best Buy has announced that it will be offering pre-orders of the Samsung Fascinate (see our hands on here), starting today (Aug. 27) for Reward Zone members, and kicking in on Sunday (Aug. 29) for the public at large. As for pricing information, which hasn't been announced by Verizon, Best Buy has this to say:
"Pre-orders can be made by visiting any local Best Buy or Best Buy Mobile standalone store. Pricing and launch dates for the Samsung Fascinate, which is a member of the Galaxy Series, will be announced soon."
Dedicated readers of Android Central, we apologize for the delay in bringing you our latest application selections! I hope we have not hindered you from taking a leap into the huge market to find something great to use for yourself! Well, without any further delays, let's take a look at some of this weeks selections.