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3 years ago

Samsung Mesmerize rooted

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It will likely never be the most popular device, but the Samsung Mesmerize is a hell of a phone, and to me, part of reviewing it is using it the way I would if it were mine as well as designed.  So I decided I was gonna poke around and root the darn thing.  It appears that U.S. Cellular or Samsung has done nothing to block access, and the rageagainstthecage exploit by C-skills works just fine.  Then, as luck would have it, I was shown the SuperOneClick program, which uses the same exploit, found someone to help confirm, and it works great!

So if any of you picked up a Mesmerize, and want to really own it, grab the app and give it a go, then head into the Mesmerize forums and we can compare notes.  Know that it breaks your warranty, and if something happens you're out $500.00. [Android Central Forums]

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3 years ago

Google exec: buying Android was our 'best deal ever'

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Speaking at a conference at Stanford University, David Lawee, Google's vice president of corporate development, praised Android, labeling it at the company's "best deal ever" despite having some initial personal doubts. Flash back to 2005, and Andy Rubin was in charge of a tiny little start-up named Android, which was quietly acquired by Google for an estimated $50 million. Ad revenue from Android devices is already making Google $1 billion per year, and CEO Eric Schmidt has gone on record saying it could eventually pull in $10 billion per year. [VentureBeat]

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3 years ago

Sprint Galaxy Tab will have Sprint ID; the Epic 4G also will get it

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Sprint announced tonight at its developer conference in Santa Clara, Calif., that its Sprint ID feature -- which debuted on the Samsung Transform -- will spread to a couple more Samsung devices.

The Sprint version of the Samsung Galaxy Tab (which you can get Nov. 14) will have it, and the Samsung Epic 4G will get it in a future update, presumably on top of Samsung's Touchwiz interface. Sprint ID basically is a profile switcher -- themes, if you will -- that made their debut at CTIA. [via @sprintdeveloper 1, 2]

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3 years ago

How To: Update your preferred roaming list (PRL) on your CDMA device

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Is your phone not holding calls where it previously had a strong signal?  If you have a CDMA device like those found on Sprint and Verizon, you may need to update your Preferred Roaming List (PRL).

The PRL is a list that allows your phone to roam off of towers that are not part of your native network, such as a sprint phone connecting to a former Alltel tower if none of its own are available.  Because roaming agreements are constantly changing and new towers are added all the time, it's important to keep this list up to date.

For most CDMA carriers (including Verizon), you can update your PRL by dialing *228 and selecting the appropriate option.  For example, on a Verizon phone you dial *228 and then select option 2 and listen to the horrible programming music while your phone downloads the latest PRL.

For Sprint, there are two options.  The first is to contact Sprint Customer Service and get your account approved for an update and then dial *2 and follow the instructions.  If you have an Android device, you can also check your PRL by tapping Home > Menu > Settings > System updates > Update PRL. (Thanks milominderbinder) 

With Verizon prepping its LTE launch and Sprint lighting up new WIMAX markets, both carriers are spending a lot of time and resources ensuring their current 3G networks are optimized.  This means a lot of adjustments to which towers cover a specific location, as well as the addition of new towers to handle additional traffic.  Because of this, it's a good idea to update your PRL at least once a month so your phone will always have access to the best coverage available in your area. [Via Android Central Forums]

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3 years ago

T-Mobile officially says myTouch is the myTouch 4G, coming Nov. 3 for $199

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So a couple of things are now official:

  1. The T-Mobile myTouch is now officially called the myTouch 4G. That's no great surprise, and it's not a big deal, but it's nice that somebody finally made up their mind. (Hey, you run a website that covers Android and you'll see how little time you have for such nonsense, too.)
  2. It's coming Nov. 3 (which we knew) for $199 after $50 rebate, available at T-Mobile stores, Best Buy, Costco, RadioShack, Sam's Club and Target.
  3. I still don't even have T-Mobile 3G where I live, so the chip on my shoulder will remain through the rest of this post about TMo's HSPA+ "4G" speeds.

Oh, and there's a new promo video up on Facebook. Have at it, folks. [Facebook]

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3 years ago

Motorola updates its update chart

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Motorola has updated its update chart, which updates us as to the status of the latest updates for its Android smartphones. Nothing earth-shaking for those of us in the U.S., though they acknowledge that testing Android 2.1 on the Motorola Cliq is under way. And you Backflip owners -- and we know who the six of you are -- can still look forward to an Eclair update in the fourth quarter. [Motorola]

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3 years ago

Hands on with the myTouch ROM port to the Evo 4G [video]

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Over the weekend I got my hands on a myTouch 4G ROM that has been ported over to the Evo 4G.  It's a rather functional port, but like Phil said in his video of the myTouch - Nexus One port, it's not something you'd want to use every day.  However, it was nice to get in some time with the new version of Sense UI -- something I really hope HTC releases for their current lineup of "next gen" devices.  So if you love getting your hands on new ROMs, or haven't given the new Sense UI a test drive yet, consider checking this one out.

The self-proclaimed mad scientist responsible for "Frankensteining" this ROM can be found over at XDA, so if you have any questions or comments regarding his work, you know where to find him.  [via XDA Developers]

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3 years ago

Aro proves the strength of Android's 'chaos,' says Scoble

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Robert Scoble, a well-known tech pundit and current iPhone user, recently got a hands on demo with Aro, a new app in closed beta for Android. The app is a complete replacement for nearly all your communication apps: email,  SMS, phone, etc. By tapping into all your messages, the app is able to intelligently link names, places, and other data together. It is a pretty complicated process, and Scoble sums it up pretty well:

What does Aro do? If, say, Bill Gates sends Steve Jobs an email, copies me, and is talking about Larry Ellison, Larry’s name will have a little square around it. Click on that square and a new UI fans out, letting me see other info. It’s like Rapportive or Xobni, but done much better and for the mobile interface. It makes your phone much more productive than it would be otherwise and that’s why I feel it’s so important.

In addition to previewing the app, Scoble talks a bit about how this kind of app is simply not possible on the more closed iPhone. Apple actively prevents developers from changing the core experience of using the iPhone, even if those changes make the phone easier to use or offer more features. A perfect example is the Swype keyboard many Android users (myself included) have fallen in love with or WiFi syncing with iTunes. There are pros and cons to both approaches, but it seems the tables are tipping in Google's favor as of late.

Scoble has posted videos of his interviews and demos of both Sywpe and Aro, which can be found past the link. If you want to sign up for the closed beta of Aro, click on the "Aro" link. [Scobleizer, Aro]

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3 years ago

Sneak peek at myTouch 4G accessories

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The T-Mobile myTouch 4G (the phone previously know as the myTouch HD, or just plain myTouch) hasn't even had a launch date revealed, but TMO is already showing off some accessories that you will be able to get with it. Android Central Forums user fatboy97 found a section of T-Mobile's Facebook page that has pictures of numerous cases. Seeing all these accessories probably only serves to make the wait for the HSPA+ device harder, which was probably T-Mobile's intention all along. [Facebook via Android Central Forums]

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3 years ago

Samsung (Galaxy S) Mesmerize released on U.S. Cellular

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U.S. Cellular is now selling the Samsung Mesmerize, part of Samsung's Galaxy S line, for  $199.99 under a 2-year contract with data plan. For those not familiar with America's sixth-largest carrier, you will be paying a minimum of $89.99 per month for the required plan for new customers. U.S. Cellular is a CDMA carrier, so the Mesmerize is more or less a Verizon Fascinate without Bing (which might be exactly what some of you are looking for). U.S. Cellular has been pushing hard lately to get high-end Android phones, such as the HTC Desire, and also rolled out a promotion entitled "The Belief Project" to better reward long-term customers. Order one of your own past the link. [U.S. Cellular]

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