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3 years ago

ROM Manager 4.0 now available on Android Market

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The ClockworkMod team has released version 4.0 of ROM Manager, the popular custom ROM flashing app for rooted phones. The update brings a visual refresh in the form of new icons, along with the ability to rate and comment on ROMs and some behind-the-scenes changes. Writing on his personal blog, ClockworkMod's Koushik Dutta says he's "really proud" of the new ROM Manager, and hints that "even bigger things" may be on the way for the project, including a website.

Join us after the jump for the Market link and QR code. [KoushikDutta.com]

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3 years ago

Android Central ROM review: Doc & Stefunel's ROM kitchen for the Galaxy S

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Here's a great idea put to use -- a Galaxy S (the international i9000 version) ROM built from a completely online kitchen. Doc and Stefunel have worked really hard on both the concept, and the ROM, and you can see the results of their hard work at their kitchen's website here.  If you're not familiar with the concept of a ROM kitchen, it's a way to build a ROM with -- or without -- features you want.  You select how to build it, and a script on the webserver packs it up and gives you the download link.  

Now that you know what a ROM kitchen is, you can see what a great experience using one can be from Android Central forums member racdyn.  He took the time to write us up a nice overview of his choices and how they are working for him.  It's a nice look at an equally nice concept, and a big thanks goes out to racdyn for sharing with us all!

Want to write a ROM review for Android Central?  We'd love to hear from you!  Look here for details. Now head past the break for the review.

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3 years ago

Kyocera Echo on sale now, we go hands-on again

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Since Sprint got magical in New York a while back, I've been itching to get my hands on a Kyocera Echo. Look, we know many of you scoff at the Echo, but that's not fair unless you've had a bit of time with it.  I'm a gadget nut.  I'm a smartphone nut.  I'm an Android nut.  I want to check out all the latest Android phones, but show me something unique and I'm there.  The Echo -- which is available today for $199 after contract and $100 rebate -- fits that bill with its two screen setup, complete with applications that can take advantage of them.  Hit the break for some video, some pictures, and some Jerry talking about the Echo.

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3 years ago

Android Central Editors' app picks for April 16, 2011

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Widgets are always one of our favorite parts of Android devices, and sometimes finding a useful widget can be a difficult task. If you enjoy widgets, and are looking for some different ones for your device, be sure to hit the break with us and check out some of our favorites.

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3 years ago

Google adds opt-out to ad targeting in Market

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All of you privacy fiends out there will appreciate this one. In the Android Market's latest update, Google has added the option to remove yourself from targeted ads.

It's a small gesture, but definitely worth taking a look at, especially if you're one who values privacy. I never click on AdMob ads (unless by accident), but it's nice to be able to control your experience a bit more. This isn't getting rid of all ads but, rather, "interest-based ads" that are targeted specifically for you.

We can't do much about your creepy browsing habits. But at least this way, when the fedora-clad men all come to our doors, they won't know I prefer the Xoom to the Galaxy Tab. Thanks, Chris!

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3 years ago

Kyocera Zio source code released -- custom ROMs imminent?

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If you're a Kyocera Zio owner, we've got good news for you. Kyocera has finally released the source code for the Zio on their website, opening the doorway for a whole plethora of hacking and modding to one of Sprint's lesser-known Android handsets.

So, anyone out there planning on developing for the Zio? CM7 on the Zio perhaps? Anyone actually own the Zio? Hit up the forums and talk shop with your Zio brethren. [Kyocera]

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3 years ago

Celebrity Android sighting -- Jenna Jameson and her Thunderbolt

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An astute reader found this one on the New York Post website -- actress Jenna Jameson is sporting her new HTC ThunderBolt.  Focus on the phone (yes, there is a phone in that picture) and you'll see the distinctive kickstand and magic radio plug, which leaves little doubt that she's boltin'.  BlackBerries and iPhones everywhere are jealous.  [New York Post] Thanks, Air Force One!

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3 years ago

Bravo users, rejoice! Your Froyo update is now live

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Good news for all you Bravo users out there, as Moto's got a software upgrade that bringing you up to Android 2.2 Froyo.

Update 37.4.0 brings all of the stock Froyo goodies, like Adobe Flash, Apps2SD, Wi-Fi hotspot, and USB tethering, but Mototola's also got you covered with some Bravo-specific additions, such as:

  • Profiles: Added profiles feature that provides three customizable sets of home screens to give you access to the apps, shortcuts, and widgets you want, when you need them.
  • Dialer Search: Phone numbers and contacts can now be searched from the dialer screen by entering the first few letters of the contact’s name or first few digits of the contact’s number.
  • LinkedIn: LinkedIn® social network accounts can now be added to integrate with contacts, social networking updates, and messaging.
  • Security: Added new security features, including Exchange-based encryption and password security.

Anyone get the update yet? If so, how's it working for you? Make sure to let sound off in the forums or comments and let us know how Froyo is treatin' ya.

For everyone else, installation instructions are after the break. [Motorola]

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3 years ago

Gingerbread for the Galaxy S reportedly rolling out in Europe

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Getting word out of Europe this morning that Gingerbead is starting to push out for the original Samsung Galaxy S. That's right in line with what Samsung Finland had said, as well as the Three network. So if you've got the ol' GT-19000 and have a hankering for some Android 2.3.3, fire up Kies and get to flashin'.

We've got another pic after the break of the post-update about screen. Thanks, Morten and Zackarias!

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3 years ago

Skype responds to report of security hole

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Skype Profile info left vulnerable to malicious applications

Skype on Friday issued a public response to a security issue uncovered recently that leaves some profile and message information open and vulnerable to malicious applications. Uncovered by Android Police, the vulnerability deals with the way the Skype Android application stores some personal information, making your profile information -- and your Skype contacts' profile information (among other bits of Skype data) -- easily found and scraped by any application that wants to. Skype, on its blog, has said:

It has been brought to our attention that, were you to install a malicious third-party application onto your Android device, then it could access the locally stored Skype for Android files.

These files include cached profile information and instant messages. We take your privacy very seriously and are working quickly to protect you from this vulnerability, including securing the file permissions on the Skype for Android application.

To protect your personal information, we advise users to take care in selecting which applications to download and install onto their device.

That's a fairly serious hole, and it's good that it was discovered, reported and is being fixed. So have you been in any danger all this time? Possibly, but you would have had to have installed a malicious application that knew to run this exploit in the first place. Chances of that are fairly low, but not out of the question. And it's important to remember that we're talking about Skype data, not the full contacts list on your phone. That doesn't mean it's not a gaping hole that needs to be closed; but neither are we worried about the sky falling. Be careful what you download, folks. [Skype, Android Police]

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