About a year ago the Motorola Droid was released, and many of us have held strong with it since then, but with all these new devices being released there is tons of temptations. As many of you know the primary line on Verizon accounts are eligible for annual upgrades, which means it is that time to make the big decision. Are you content with your Droid for the time being, or is there something else that is out that you plan to make the jump to? So, let us know, will the OG Droid be enough to hold you over for now, or will you be making your way to a Verizon store to grab yourself a new device?
So you have your new shiny Galaxy Tab, and you want to root it. I like the way you think. The good news is that the days of SDK's, cryptic shell commands, and crazy Windows USB drivers are over. An app from the Market (z4root -- links after the break) will root your Tab, as well as other Galaxy S phones and other NAND unlocked devices with just a button press.
Download and install Z4Root from the Market
Enable USB debugging (menu>settings>applications>development)
Run the app, and press the "root" button
Your Tab will restart, and you're rooted. Unrooting is just as easy, just run z4root and "unroot." Of course a lot of the goodies available for other devices just haven't been made for the Tab just yet, but they're coming. Hit the jump for download links and a list of other phones this will work on. [XDA Developers via Pocketables]
As North America prepares to "fall back" from Daylight Saving Time (and that's the correct name for it, by the way) at 2 a.m. local time Sunday morning, we need to make sure everything is ready to go -- including our Android phones.
Copy it to the root of your SD card (not inside another folder), and make sure it stays named "Blur_Version.3.0.1390.MB300.ATT.en.US.zip." Sometimes Windows likes to add to the file type extension, so double check.
Tap the menu key > Settings > About Phone > System Updates and look for the update. Your Backflip should find it, install it, and reboot.
When you restart (this process may take a while!) you should be running Android 2.1. Our friend also says that you may experience apps force closing, this can be fixed by uninstalling, then reinstalling. Good Luck! Thanks anonymous friends!
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]
The bad news: Google is shutting down its Nexus One help forums, moving things to a read-only status starting Nov. 1. [via Android Guys] The good news: Our Nexus One forums aren't going anywhere, and we have a plethora of people ready to help you with any questions or hacks. That said, we're more than a little sad because the Nexus One obviously is being shown the door by Google. Not unexpected, but sad nonetheless. So long, little guy.
I think we can admit that we're all just a bit jealous of Palm's Touchstone charging station. The act of simply plugging your phone into its charger doesn't pose any real challenge, and it's nothing new in the world of electronic devices. But there's no cool factor there, and fumbling around for your charger in the dark is no fun.
Perhaps that's what drove forum member d94 to sacrifice his warranty, time, and potentially his Epic 4G to bring us this impressive mod. In the nine pictures posted in his thread, it almost looks like an easy mod with minimal soldering and "Oh god I hope I don't break this" moments. Perhaps an easy task for the seasoned modder.
According to d94, not a single one of the Epic's basic functions had to be sacrificed for this mod either. The charging LED still behaves the same way, and when mounted in his car, GPS is fully functional.
Having issues with applications from the Market not downloading, or stalling during installation? There's a fix that might help, and we've detailed it in the forums. It's not complicated, doesn't require root or any real hackery, and we've even covered the method to make the fix stick so you aren't doing it every time an application wants to install itself to your SD card. It all circles around the .android_secure folder on your SD card, which is the place applications using the "install to SD card method" that comes along with Froyo want and need to be.
Hit the forums and have a look, because even if you're not having problems now, you never know when they might spring up. [Android Central Forums]
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