If you're an HTC EVO Shift 4G owner who has been looking for a permanent root solution, we now have some great news for you all. You no longer have to wait any more. The HTC EVO Shift 4G permanent root solution has been found and as such, has been posted for all. You will have to proceed with caution and follow the guide to a tee but everyone should be used to that by now, especially if you frequent rooting devices. Hit up the source link for more details and instructions on how to get started. You can also check out forums to discuss it further. [XDA]
AT&T has yet to set a launch date or price for the Motorola Atrix 4G and HTC Inspire 4G, but Amazon isn't shacked to such trivial matters. The upcoming phones were briefly listed on the online retailer tonight but have since been pulled. the Atrix was listed at $149.99, and the 4.3-inch Inspire at $99. While Amazon often undercuts the carriers, there's not telling at this point whether those prices will be what we actually see once the pages return. And so, we wait once more. [Amazon: Atrix, Inspire] Thanks to everyone who sent these in!
Facebook just pushed out a an update for it's Android app. The new version is 1.5.1 adds Facebook Deals (though we can't quite see where they are in the app just yet) and has a few bug fixes, including one in which closed chats would reappear after relaunching the app. Updated now in the Android Market, or there's a download link after the break. [Facebook] Thanks to everyone who sent this in!
Good news for everyone looking for parts and files from the LG Optimus 2X, the files have been stripped from the phone and are available for download. The system dump itself is about 275 MB and is the full dump from the Asian release of the phone. Luckily, the wallpapers and sounds have been singled out, saving a lot of time for folks who don't have the time or the need to go through the system files.
For most, the system files themselves aren't of much use, but your favorite developer can get to work porting all the cool content (like that clock widget!) now that the files are available. Enough talking about them, go grab them and enjoy! [Android Central forums -- system dump; wallpapers; ringtones]
Update: The four new live wallpapers are now available as well. They work as stand-alone installable .apk files. Be warned, they were designed for a phone with a Tegra 2 chipset, so performance may vary. Grab them here.
We've heard this plenty of times before. Heck, even Dave Dobbin, CEO of Mobilicity said it was going to happen at some point but now, we've got more evidence of it actually coming to reality. According to some documentation found over at the Bluetooth SIG, it appears the Samsung GT-i9020A has been registered which leads most to assume that "A" stands for AT&T. While that may be accurate let's not forget that also makes it applicable to each and every major GSM player in Canada. Such as Rogers, Bell, TELUS etc.
Given the history of Samsung devices being abbreviated by carrier letters in their naming; this seems reasonable. Not unexpected by any means but reasonable. The Google Nexus One made its rounds to carriers in every GSM flavor; it only makes sense this will eventually happen with the Samsung Nexus S as well. Be it in March or some other month, we won't be too shocked when it does arrive. [Bluetooth SIG via PocketNow]
Cross-platform gaming service OpenFeint has announced the release of Feint Spotlight 1.1 for Android. The latest version of Spotlight brings new features to the platform, including Facebook friend discovery and the ability to browse OpenFeint achievements and leaderboards. Players can also use Spotlight's social network to see which games their friends have been playing, and buy them if they're interested.
A QR code for Feint Spotlight can be found after the jump. [OpenFeint]
We can't not benchmarks the LG Optimus 2X (be sure to check out our hands-on), with the world's first dual-core smartphone processor, right? But here's the thing to remember -- it's not going to make the phone work twice as fast. That's not to say the Optimus 2X isn't speedy -- it certainly is, with its dual-core ARM Cortex-A9 CPUs, each CPU running at 1 GHz.
So above we have our standard benchmarks tests. Take them for what they are. And we're just now cracking open the games and apps, which we expect to pretty much blow our hair back. Stay tuned for more.
Honeycomb you say? Yes, we're still digging through the SDK and looking over the finer details for our own enjoyment and yours. Lots of goodies were found within already. Such as wallpapers, logos and more. If you've not had time to catch up then head on into the forums.
The magic smartphone fairy just dropped off quite the present -- the LG Optimus 2X -- aka the world's first dual-core Android smartphone.
First impressions -- and we're talking very, very initial here -- are quite good. The phone itself is a big black slab. At 4.48 inches tall and just 0.43 inches thick, it's a bit lanky. But it's a really nice feel. Long and lean, with just enough heft.
The 4-inch touchscreen (at 480x800 pixels) is quite gorgeous. The front of the phone is completely smooth, with no buttons, ridges or anything else to mess with the flow. The capacitive buttons are in the menu-home-back-search configuration and are stenciled onto the phone, so there's no hunting for them. The LG logo's front and center, next to the front-facing camera.
The battery cover takes up the entire rear of the device, with LG's logo, the "with Google" moniker and an 8-megapixel camera with flash. Open the battery cover and you have the 1500mAh battery, SIM card slot and mircoSD card slot. You can swap out SD card without removing the battery, but not the SIM card.
The bottom bezel houses the microUSB port and dual speakers. Up top is the power button, HDMI-out port (with a nice little cover) and the 3.5mm headphone jack.
But really, it's what's under the hood that's really piqued our interest. Dual core processor. Say it again. Say it with us. Dual. Core. Processor. Oh, and 1080p playback and recording. Dual. Core. Processor.
We'll have plenty more on the Optimus 2X in the coming days, including a full review. For now, check out the pics after the break. (Update: Now with video!)
The Motorola Droid X is synonymous with awesome smartphone, and Otterbox is synonymous with awesome smartphone protection. And with the Otterbox Commuter Series case for the Droid X ... you see where this is going. It's one solid case for your Droid X.
The Commuter Series case actually comes in two parts. There's a rubber skin that wraps around your phone, and then a plastic shell you slide on top. You might be tempted to only use the rubber skin, but it's a little too loose to use alone.
Every part of the phone save for the touchscreen is protected by the case. The buttons are all covered by the rubber skin yet remain completely accessible. The 3.5mm headphone jack and HDMI and microUSB ports have little rubber flaps that fit inside for protection. It can take a little finagling to get everything in place just so.
The plastic shell covers the back, top and sides of the Droid X. You'll likely need to work on the HDMI-microUSB cover a little bit to get it to fit right. And once it's in place, you have one solid case. It's important to note that the Droid X's secondary microphones are completely uncovered, so their performance isn't attenuated. Same goes for the camera.
The Commuter Series case adds a little bit of thickness to the Droid X. But the phone is so thin to begin with (despite being tall and wide thanks to its 4.3-inch screen), it really doesn't bother us much. It's also just thick enough to keep the screen from touching when left face-down.
If you have been on T-Mobile for any period of time, odds are you have probably heard of, or even owned a Sidekick device. Just a week ago we saw T-Mobile confirm the new Android-based Sidekick 4G, and then now we have images surfacing of the device in the wild. Some of the images certainly show that it could potentially have a front facing camera, and it is said that the device is going to be running Android 2.2.1. If you are on T-Mobile, and are looking for an Android device with a unique form factor, this device is definitely one you should be interested in. Hit the source for some more images of the device. [via TmoNews]
If gaming on your Android device is something that you enjoy to do, and old-fashioned games catch your attention, Aeon Racer is a game you will not want to miss out on. This game has a retro feel like Asteroid but is fast-paced and is sure to keep you on your toes. While trying to fly your spaceship through the levels, which progressively contain more and more barriers, the intensity increases since your ship continues to go faster and faster.
The game offers three different galaxies, each of which contains five levels which continually get harder and harder as they go on. The game is controlled by simply tilting your device to maintain control of your space ship as you cruise through the levels. If you get through the levels and are looking for more, there is an infinite mode, which allows you to play until you are done.Aeon Racer is $2.18 in the Android Market. Hit the break for download links.
If you missed out on our interview with Line2 at CES, you, well, missed out. But we've got more from the makers of the Android VOIP client -- namely five 6-month subscriptions to give away. The service normally is $9.95 a month after a 30-day trial, and it's currently only certified for the Droid, Droid 2 and Droid Incredible (hello, Verizon!). But with free subscriptions up for grabs, you've really got nothing to lose.
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