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4 years ago

Rooting - is it for me? Some Q&A

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Ed. Note: The story originally was published on Feb. 14, 2010. We've updated it with new information and present it again for those of you new to Android.

Each day more and more Android handsets are being sold, and that means users are faced with a major decision: To root, or not to root. Some of us will do it simply because we can, others will decide not to do it as they enjoy the phone as-is, but the majority of us will be on the fence about the whole idea of rooting. 

Hopefully some of those questions can get answered and you’ll have a clearer picture of the process and some understanding to make the decision a bit easier.  I’m sure this won’t answer every question you’ll have when considering whether or not to root your device, but hopefully this is a good start and a basis for further discussion.

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4 years ago

Qik explains why it's gone missing

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Been wondering where the Qik app -- the much heralded video chat service that was (supposed to be) a major part of the Evo 4G launch -- has gone? It's been missing from the Android Market for a little while, and those of you with earlier versions have been awaiting the update for video chat on the Evo 4G (and those premium features, too). Well, it seems that you've been the problem. From the Qik blog:

Earlier in the day we ran into a snag with Qik for HTC EVO 4G not being visible in the Android Market from the HTC EVO 4G devices – even though it was published to the market. Hats off to our great partner Google. Their Android team jumped in, found the issue and came up with a workaround that enabled us to at least get the new Qik Video client out to our users.

We had an unprecedented 20X the amount of workload on our servers. As a result, you were seeing issues connecting to our service on and off. So, our team is now out provisioning more capacity and we expect to have this in control shortly. We feel bad that not all of you got a chance to experience the new Qik Video today and truly appreciate your patience. Rest assured we are not going to rest till this is humming and you are able to video chat with your friends and loved ones.

That's a bad start for the Qik folks, and quite the leg up for Fring at this point. [Qik Blog via Android Central Forums]

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4 years ago

Dell Streak rooted -- now we just need them here

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That was quick!  Paul over at MoDaCo announced that he has rooted the Dell Streak (aka the Dell Mini 5).  Seems like these new devices are getting cracked as fast as manufacturers can push them out.  Not a lot of details yet, but you can bet this is another thing we're all keeping our eye on.  Thanks for the hard work Paul, now go have that beverage at your BBQ -- you deserve it.  [MoDaCo]

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4 years ago

Droid gets Froyo, flash (unofficially, of course)

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Let's be honest, after having Jerry and Phil break down nearly every new Froyo feature in video, all of us Droid owners have been anxiously awaiting our turn to play around with it. Looks like the folks at MyDroidWorld have ported over a nandroid install of Froyo -- aka Android 2.2 -- for the Motorola Droid. The stock kernel has been removed from this leak, to help protect the leaker's identity, so at this time wifi does not work. But that seems like a fair trade. Once you have flashed over to Froyo, they have even been kind enough to give us Droid owners a direct download to Flash so that you can play around with that as well. What an exciting day for all the Droid owners, though having an official release would be nice, too. [MyDroidWorld]

Update: And Wifi's been fixed already!

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4 years ago

Metro PCS bringing a Motorola slider with Android 2.1 and Motoblur

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It's good to see the regional carriers staying in the Android game, it above is a Motorola phone reportedly destined for Metro PCS. It's a four-row horizontal sliding QWERTY that's a bit reminiscent of the Cliq. The home button's been moved left (and down) but still has that familiar ring around it, and the search button has returned (huzzah!). Specs are said to be Android 2.1 with Motoblur (presumably the same new Blur that's on the Flipout?), a 3.1-megapixel camera and a 600MHz processor. [Android Guys]

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4 years ago

Admit it - you're sleeping with your Evo

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And so draws to a close Day 1 of your new life with the Evo 4G. Sweet dreams, everyone. See you in the morning. (Or in the forums late tonight, if you're anything like us.)

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4 years ago

Verizon Droid Xtreme shows its backside

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Looks like the Verizon Motorola Droid Xtreme -- aka the Droid Shadow -- is going to milk these leaked shots for all they're worth. And as such as now have a pretty clear look at its backside. You can see the 8-megapixel camera (and the words "HD VIDEO" with it) alongside dual flashes (which are all the rage these days). Looks like the speakerphone and a probably secondary mic down at the bottom, not far from a Google logo. Also looks like the battery door continues the styling of the original Droid.

Still no official acknowledgment of the phone, or when it might actually see release, so stay tuned. One more shot of the front -- with some sort of custom launcher -- is after the break. [via Droid-Life]

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4 years ago

'The Android phone is for porn'

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[YouTube link]

Dunno who DogSniffingBomb is -- who made this hilarious animated short of what we entirely expect the next iPhone announcement to be like -- but the first beer's on us, pal. Give us a call. [via Android Guys]

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4 years ago

Logitech gives glimpse of Android app to go with Google TV set-top box

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As excited as we may be about the latest and greatest Android phone, we're also over the moon about Google TV. And Logitech -- which will be producing a companion set-top box for Google TV -- dropped a little hint at what the accompanying Android app may look like. The gist is that your Android phone can also serve as a controller for Google TV, by way of Logitech's set-top box. They're calling it Harmony Link, along the same lines as the popular Harmony universal remote controls, which is going to be all kinds of awesome. [Logitech]

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4 years ago

From Sprint to Verizon: the HTC Scorpion

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With the HTC Evo finally in all of our clamoring hands, the next little bit of gadget porn isn't far behind. We first caught wind of this tiny little critter back in February, the HTC Scorpion comes with Android Froyo 2.2 and a 1.5GHz processor. The Scorpion was first rumored to tout a WiMax radio for Sprint's 4G network. But as more details about the phone have been fleshed out, that story has changed. Conflipper, who's a member of the development community with quite the reputation, dug up that the Scorpion may come with Verizon's LTE bands for it's 4G coverage. Conflipper also said that the Scorpion could head to Bell with its HSPA+ network but that would mean that the Scorpion would have to support CDMA and GSM. (If you're really curious about how Con dug up these specs, check out a previous piece along the same lines at WMExperts.) [via Twitter]

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