When last we saw the HTC Lexikon, it was just a smattering of rumored specs. Now we have a leaked ROM to go with it, courtesy of some good old-fashioned Chinese file dumps. Funny thing about the Lexikon, though. When we go back and look at the specs again -- 3.8-inch screen, 512MB RAM/4MB ROM, Qualcomm 72xx processor at 800MHz, QWERTY keyboard, 5MP camera -- sure sounds like a lot like the T-Mobile G2, doesn't it?
But, of course, this isn't the G2, as the Verizon branding on the RUU screen shot clearly shows. So what will the Lexikon end up being for Verizon (assuming it makes it all the way to market)? News at 11, folks. [911 HTC via Android Guys]
While some may spend their weekends lounging poolside or at toddler birthday parties, some sit and hack. We're glad in this case, as Cory (our Android Central Forums admin) found something that a good number of us need to be careful about -- in many cases your passwords are stored as plain text in internal databases. We spent a good portion of our Saturday tracking down the issues, scouring Google's code bugs pages, testing various phones running various ROMs, and even calling in the pros for clarification. Hit the break to see what was found, and what you might need to watch for if you've rooted your phone. [Android Central forums] And big props to Cory!
With how much personal data is stored on our Android devices now a days it is only natural to have a fear of misplacing or losing the device and all that information leaking into someone else's hands, and who know's where else. Verizon has partnered with device insurance company Asurion to bring users the most protection possible on its smartphones, including its entire Android line. Mobile Recovery allows users to rest their fears of their information being tampered with as they can lock their device remotely as well as wipe it and they can use GPS locating to find out exactly where the device is at any given time. This feature will be included for users who are currently enrolled in Total Equipment Coverage through Asurion and Verizon, unfortunately if you do not meet this you are unable to take advantage of this added protection for your data. For more information, and a complete list of compatible devices head over to MyMobileRecovery.
Fall is in the air, and in North America that means Football season is upon us -- Flick Kick Field Goal for Android answers the call. Just because you can't (or don't want to) be out in the mud, the blood and the beer doesn't mean you have to go without your fix. The aim of the game is to score field goals, at various distances, and fighting the wind the whole time. It runs like butter on the Evo 4G, so most 2010 devices should run it well and a new Droid X or Galaxy S class phone should chew through it without a hitch. The bottom line is that it delivers in the fun department, and is just hard enough to hold some replay value -- I'm not refunding it, you probably won't either.
We also have a quick look at Open Feint, as Flick Kick Field Goal (say that five times fast) is another Feint game (like Fruit Ninja and Mini Squadron). I'm really glad to see this catching on, as I think having a big Android user base can only make the service more robust. You can pick it up on the Market for 99 cents. Check out the video, and download links after the break.
A result of Android's enormous popularity is the increase in books dedicated to the OS. Two that we want to highlight at the moment are The Complete Android Guide, by Kevin Purdy of Lifehacker and My Droid by CrackBerry's own Craig James Johnston.
Purdy's book just went on sale and can be bought for $19.95 (paperback) or $9.95 (DRM-free E-book) [CompleteAndroidGuide] Purdy also created a Twitter handle called @completeandroid, which will provide tips periodically to its followers.
Johnston's book is available for pre-order from Amazon for $16.49.[Amazon]
Sprint has turned the 4G switch on in Orlando today, bringing the number of cities in Florida with 4G service to three. (Though none of which are where our dear leader Phil, lives. Just sayin'.) This follows on the heels of activations in Nashville, TN; Boston, MA; Daytona Beach, FL; and Providence, RI in what has turned out to be the month of the 4G rollout for the nation's third-largest cell phone service provider. The carrier now has two Android smartphones with 4G radios--the Sprint Evo 4G by HTC and the Sprint Epic 4G by Samsung. Along with these continuing 4G service and handset rollouts, Sprint has ponied up and offered a $50,000 prize for the most useful and unique app to take advantage of their 4G network. Nobody can say that Sprint isn't serious about 4G. [Sprint]
Praise the Lord and pass the ammunition -- Unrevoked Version 3.21 has returned after a short stint on the sidelines for extra testing, bringing the latest in one-click rooting and NAND unlocking for some of your favorite HTC Android phones. Included phones in Unrevoked3's rooting arsenal are the Evo 4G, Droid Incredible, Desire (GSM and CDMA), Aria and Wildfire.
Listen up all you Droid Incredible folks who went ahead and rooted: There's a new Sense ROM on the table that looks like a sure-fire winner -- Redemption Rom v 2.0.2. It's got everything you'd expect from a custom ROM, and then some. Busybox, DSP manager, the new Google apps, all the goodies. The developers have even baked in some very handy third party applications to make life easy and save you the trouble of tracking them down on your own. Add in a wicked custom look and theme, and you've got the makings of a great OS for your beloved Dinc.
Of course, you need to be rooted and unlocked, but we have you covered with that, too. What are you waiting for? Someone get this installed and let me know what ya think -- I love me some Sense custom ROMs. Follow the source link to check it out, and read the complete installation instructions. [Android Central Forums] Thanks to HeyItsLou and crew for all the hard work!
The folks behind DoubleTwist promised that support for internet radio was coming, and here it is. You can browse every genere imaginable, and each major genere has a bunch of sub-generes so you can zero in on exactly what kind of music you are in the mood for. The playlist editing features are a nice bonus, especially for those who aren't already syncing playlists from iTunes using the DoubleTwist desktop client. The only drawback is that I could not figure out how to create a new playlist directly on the phone, but hopefully this is an issue that will be solved in a future update. Until then, check out download links past the break along with a few more pictures. [DoubleTwist, Changelog]
The FCC loves to tear apart phones and other electronics (well, it is their job), and they seem to have done just that with the recently-announced HTC Desire HD. Engadget did some sleuthing and discovered that the device's internal product code "PD98100" appeared on both the phone debuted last week in London and recent filings from the FCC. Not surprisingly, there are no U.S. 3G radio bands. But with FCC approval, it means that if you have a burning desire (ahem) to import the phone and run it on EDGE from T-Mobile or AT&T, you can do so legally. Three cheers for trade law! [FCC via Engadget]
Some users of the HTC Desire began receiving the Froyo (Android 2.2) update at the beginning of August, but not all European carriers were ready to roll it out just yet. One of these was T-Mobile. But the update is on its way, starting today.
From the support forums of T-Mobile's UK site:
We have some exciting news for all our Desire users.
The 2.2 firmware update (FroYo) will be available from today and will be sent over the air (OTA) direct to your phone over the coming weeks.
Be sure to save all your personal data before you start downloading.
Those of you using a Desire on T-Mobile UK will see the update rolled out shortly. Congrats! [T-Mobile UK via T3] Thanks Big Rich!
While not a beast of a device, the Flipout should fill the need for anyone who needs a small form factor with a qwerty, wants a better media experience that the Torch can offer, and doesn't mind using a third-party tool like our SideLoad Wonder Machine to sideload apps. If this sounds like you, give it a look and shout out if you pick one up. [Engadget]
Sometimes it is easy to forget that your favorite Android device is truly made to function as a phone, and all the other fun stuff you can do with it is just extras. Well, in that fun is the market, which is full of applications and can be quite a task to navigate. Whether short for time, looking for something new, or just seeing what other people are using, we bring you our weekly selection of applications that fill our devices.
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