There comes a time in every Android user's life where you want to install an app not found in the Android Market. If it's your first time, you're greeted with, "For security, your phone is set to block installation of applications not obtained from the Android Market" message as you try to install.
Many of us have been frustrated, to say the least, that there's no toggle switch to turn off the LTE radio in the HTC ThunderBolt like there is in, say, the Sprint EVO 4G or Epic 4G. You could open up the battery cover and pull the 4G SIM card, but that's ... what's the word ... work.
No matter. User cdunn05 over at the ThunderBolt Forums worked up the instructions to manually turn the LTE radio off while still leaving the 3G radio on using the following steps. It looks scarier than it is, and the best part is that it survives a reset. We've got full instructions in the ThunderBolt forums. [How to turn off ThunderBolt LTE] Thanks, cdunn05!
Whenever we talk updating our phones, we inevitably talk about "manual updates." And that leads to the inevitable questions, "Is it safe?" and "How do I do it?"
Manual updates are just like over-the-air (OTA) updates. Only difference is that instead of letting your phone download the update from a server somewhere, you download it yourself, move save it to you phone's SD card and then manually start the update process. In an OTA update, the phone does all this for you. But the big difference is that there's no waiting with manual updates.
The general process is similar for most phones, though you'll want to follow the instructions for your specific device. And as always, if you have more questions, hit us up in the Android Central Forums.
Flash was included as a feature by default in Android 2.2 Froyo, but there are some phones that don't or can't support Flash. As a general rule of thumb anything that is "low-end" won't be able to run Adobe's flagship software, but there are a couple others that can't as well. Here's the list of Android devices certified to run Flash:
As Android gets more popular and mainstream, new users are coming out of the woodwork! I'm very happy to say that a portion of those users are running Linux on their desktops, and they're hungry to learn the things we try to teach all you Windows users. Since we have more than a few Linux-using Advisers and senior members in the forums, this is something we're more than happy to do. And we're going to start with something that's pretty important to me -- sideloading apps on phones that have been altered.
It's not hard, it's all done through the terminal using commands you can cut and paste, and the setup from start to finish is laid out pretty clearly. Check it out in the forums, and be on the lookout for more Linux tips and tricks from Android Central. And if you're not a Linux user, but need to get your sideload on, check out the Sideload Wonder Machine for Windows.
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