The folks over at SDX, our friendly neighborhood Samsung development group, have been busy ever since the Sprint Epic 4G was released a couple weeks ago. Rooting the phone proved to be an easy conquest. Configuring a recovery mode that allows the flashing of custom ROMs was another story. Through their trials and tribulations, noobnl and skeeterslint’s hard work has finally paid off, and and an Epic version of ClockworkMOD’s recovery is born. Not only will this allow for custom ROMs, it also lets users create and restore backups just in case their phone takes a turn for the worse. They even went as far as to make it “noob-proof” by setting up a one-click method that installs the recovery automatically without having to input any shell commands
The recovery works great, and the only tricky part is that the process requires the installation of the Android SDK (software developement kit), but nothing too fancy there. The only known bug at this time is that the system has trouble unmounting, but that should be cleared up sooner than later. Navigating around the menu can be a little tricky, and it's only fitting that the smiley face button the keyboard acts as the cursor. Be sure to check out our forums for step-by-step instructions on getting this set up. [via SDX]
LG this morning added a pair of Android 2.2 smartphones to its Optimus line, the Optimus One (P500) and Optimus Chic (E720).
The Optimus One (seen above at right) is a 3.2-inch touchscreen device (320x480) with a 3-megapixel camera, 600MHz processor and a 1500mAh battery. Get full specs of the Optimus One here.
The Optimus Chic also is a 3.2-inch Android 2.2 device with the same screen resolution, processor and a 1250mAh battery. Its design is a bit more clean, however, with capacitive buttons beneath the screen. It also has DLNA media streaming. Get full specs of the Optimus Chic here.
As for any U.S. releases? You know the story. We'll have to hope and pray the carriers pick up either of these phones (and manage to not do too much damage to them in the process). That said, LG expects the Optimus One to be available in 90 nations with 120 partners, in Europe in October, followed by Asia. The Optimus Chic will be available in Europe in November, with Asia to follow.
Acer UK made an official statement about a new phone they have in the works called Liquid Metal. In the release they stated the phone is going to be released at the end of October with Froyo running the show and an 800MHz CPU and 512MB of onboard memory under the hood, along with a 3.6-inch touchscreen. From what we know at the moment, and to spare some from the confusion I had, this phone features a strictly standard, commercial, aluminum-metal case and not contain any material from Liquid Metal Technologies as the name suggests although that’s not to say that as October rolls around, that can’t change, but it's highly unlikely. [via Electricpig]
Motorola and T-Mobile teased that the new Motorola Defy would be featured on the Oprah Winfrey Show today, and sure enough, she gave one of the new mid-level smartphones to everyone in her audience (in addition to a trip to Australia). This isn't the first time she's one-upped the professional smartphone nerds; she also got the Sprint Evo 4G before everybody else. It's good to be Oprah.
No word if she's picking up the contract, too. (Yeah, we're downers like that.) Watch the video after the break, if you dare. Thanks to Android Armature.
We've already heard rumblings that the Samsung Galaxy Tab Android tablet (watch our hands-on) would be coming to AT&T (as well as Verizon and Sprint), and Engadget's gotten a leak pretty much confirming that. No word on when or for how much, and we assume it's going to mean yet another bill and not just be an add-on to an existing contract. But we've got our fingers crossed. There's also word that three more Android phones are to hit AT&T. Cross your fingers non-market apps will be allowed. [Engadget]
Good news for those of you who use Google Buzz (we know you're out there) and have have fat fingers. You can now edit your Buzz posts (erm, Buzzes) directly from your phone. Just tap on the post, then the >, and you have the option to edit the post. It's that easy. [Google]
Cox Cable (a cable TV, Internet and phone provider for a good many of us) is poised to roll out an Android application that will work in conjunction with its DVR boxes and television service. The app will be available to everyone at launch, but only customers in Connecticut, Rhode Island and Hampton Roads (Va.) will actually be able to use it at first. (Hey, Cox, need a beta tester in the Gulf Coast market?)
And speaking of Cox, remember that Cox-branded HTC Hero we showed you a few months back? We're being told Cox's mobile service isn't dead, but it's been put on hold while some billing and software integration issues are being worked out to make sure things go smoothly. Can't blame 'em for that.
Update: We're finding out a little more here. The reason that the app will only work in three markets at first is that there's some office work (isn't there always?) and firmware updates that need to be done on boxes before things will play nicely together. The Oklahoma City market is said to be in the midst of upgrades and may have access to the app in the next month or so, and other markets will follow.
Have you ever found yourself wishing that you could have your Android device preform actions with little if any physical input? That's what developer GClue K.K. is hoping to accomplish with the Blocco application. Blocco is, in essence, a user definable macro tool. At first Blocco is somewhat hard to grasp as it's a little complex and not English-native but theres a good hunk of potential for this ambitious little app. Let's explore, after the break.
Here at Android Central, we are always telling you about the latest and greatest apps. We even show off some new apps favorites every week. But, maybe you tried an app and just don't like it. You want it off you phone but just can't figure out how. No worries, follow the steps below and you will be all set!
All you Android-toting parents out there will be pleased to know that Zoodles Kid Mode is now available for Android. Zoodles is a program that puts your phone into a "kid mode" for peace of mind while your child uses your phone or PC. Once you load up the app, the phone is soft-locked into the app so that it takes a little more than a random keypress to get out of the app. It won't stop your child from exiting the app if they really want to, but with plenty of Flash games and videos that can be customized as favorites for each of your children, there's no reason for your little one to want to. The app gives spoken as well as visual directions, and is easy to navigate, so this is a perfect companion for your child while waiting at the doctor's office or while on a long car trip. It's available in the Market now, so be sure to check this one out. Presser after the break.
Motorola this morning announced the Defy, a 3.7-inch rugged Android phone coming to T-Mobile by the holiday seasons.
The Defy is scratch- and water-resistant, as well as dust-proof, Motorola said in its announcement. The phone appears to have the new version of the skin-that-shall-not-be-named, and Adobe Flash Lite is on board, which suggests it also has Android 2.1. The Defy also sports a 5-megapixel camera and DLNA access. More pics after the break. [Motorola]
On Episode 28 of the Android Central Podcast, Alexander from Austria asked if there was an easy way to turn off automatic updating of apps, so that he wouldn't have to contend with the downloads sucking down the roaming data. And over the weekend, XDA Developers member eddieringle released just such an app.
Your phone has to be rooted, but once you install Market Autoupdate Bulk Toggle, you can switch between auto and manual updates for all of your Android Market apps with a single tap.
There's no widget yet, but hopefully we'll see that added in the future.
More info at the source link, and a download link is after the break. [XDA Developers] Thanks, Sethjk!
If you recently received your Froyo OTA, you may want to check to see if you're affected by a nasty little bug in the Gmail application by which any secondary accounts don't sync automatically. Users of the Nexus One, HTC Desire, Droid Incredible, Sprint Evo 4G, and Droid 2 seem to be equally affected, so this is likely an issue across the board and we'll see more reports as more devices get upgraded. What's most frustrating is that while this bug affects Android, it's not part of Android itself, so the community can't take a look and find a quick and dirty hack while waiting for a more permanent fix from Google -- the Gmail apk is closed-source and Google property.
There are myriad fixes floating around, but they seem to be temporary at best. The only true fix at this time is to use a third party mail client, like K-9 mail to sync the secondary GMail account via IMAP. The bug's been filed, be sure to chime in at the source link and let the Googlers know if you're seeing this one. In the meantime, links to install K-9 are after the break. [Google Mobile support] Thanks Artur!
If you watched Apple's Special Music Event on Sept. 1, you couldn't have missed Epic Games new tech demo, Epic Citadel. Although, just a tech demo at the moment, Epic Citadel is no doubt it is one of the most beautiful games we've ever seen on a handheld to date. Unfortunately for us Andorid users, this Unreal Engine 3 powered game will only be available on iOS devices.
Even though we may not be seeing any Epic Games titles on our Android devices, there may be some love from another tripple-a developer, id Software. A new job posting from id Software is looking for an Android programmer to join id's mobile team. id Software is known for industry leading titles: Doom, Quake, and Wolfenstein. Basically, they're the guys that birthed the FPS genre we know today.
Currently, id is developing their new engine, RAGE, which was shown off at QuakeCon running at 60fps on iOS. We're hoping id is looking to bring RAGE to Android phones everywhere soon. We can't play the Angry Birds Beta forever now, can we? [Joystiq via [1UP]
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