4 years ago

Evo 4G update is pushing out now, here's how to manually update


 Evo 4G OTA update

So the maintenance release for the Evo 4G -- you know, the one that tackles the 30fps thing, among other fixes -- is finally starting to hit phones. But if your Evo's wearing a sad face, you can update it manually. Don't worry, it's the same update you'd get if you did it over the air. Here's what you need to do:

  1. Download the update from this link.
  2. Rename it to update.zip (but be sure not to rename it update.zip.zip). Save it to your Evo's microSD card.
  3. Time to reboot into recovery mode. Turn the phone off. Then hold the volume down button, and press the power button. You should boot to a white screen with three Android guys on skateboards.
  4. Use the volume button to select RECOVERY, and press the power button again. The Evo will now reboot into recovery. You should see a render of a phone, with a red triangle and exclamation point.
  5. Hold the volume up button and press the power button. Choose applysdcard:update.zip. Let it do its thing.

Reboot, and that's it. You've manually updated your Evo 4G. No muss, no fuss, and no waiting. Now head on into our Evo 4G forums and share what you find.

Update: You want graphics benchmarks? After the break, folks.

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4 years ago

How to manually update your Epic 4G


 Sprint Epic 4G DI07 update

The Sprint Epic 4G is in the midst of an over-the-air system update -- bugfixes, mostly, and not Froyo just yet, though Samsung's Media Hub is now enabled. But if you just can't stand to wait any longer (that'd be a good many of you, we reckon), Andrew Ruffolo in the Android Central Forums has brought us the manual method. All you have to do is download a file move it to your SD card, and follow a couple of instructions. Easy as pie, and it's the same as getting the OTA update, only no waiting. Check it out at the source link. [Android Central Forums]

Update: Video of the OTA process is after the break if you're into that sort of thing.

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4 years ago

Bypass activation on your Android device


Android activation bypassIf you have multiple Android phones, you might now always want keep each device active. But that doesn't mean it's a paperweight. But resetting a phone brings you back to the pesky activation screen in many cases. Luckily you are able to bypass this so that you can access all the features within the phone, without having to actually activate it on your account.

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4 years ago

Linking individual contacts with Sense and TouchWiz


Linking contacts in SenseSyncing contacts with services like Facebook and Google Contacts is a built in feature of Android, and most users set it up when they get a new phone (Watch Phil set up a Droid Incredible here, 3:55 is where the Facebook stuff starts). HTC's Sense UI and Samsung's TouchWiz improve this functionality by letting users edit links for each individual contact after setting up your phone. So, for instance, say you have a contact on your phone simply named "Bob" but you are friends with "Bob" on Facebook, where his full name "Robert Smith" is listed. Normally, these accounts won't be linked by Android during the initial setup. Using Sense or TouchWiz, however, makes linking the two is easy as pie. 

  1. Open up your contacts app and goto the person you want to link.
  2. In Sense, the link button is in the top right (pictured right). In TouchWiz, it is an option found by scrolling down under the "Info" tab (see the picture after the break).
  3. Clicking on either button will take you to a linked contacts editing screen, where you can search for another contact to link to the one you already have selected. This can be from Facebook, Google Contacts, or a phone contact.
  4. Click on the person or account you want linked, and the software will do its thing. You can link multiple accounts together if you so desire.
  5. Linking a Facebook contact will bring in some cool pieces of info, including birthday (if the person has it on their account) and their profile picture. Nifty!

This is one of the few areas where manufacturer UI customizations really improve Android, and is a feature we would like to see implemented by Google in the future. Click past the break to see a screen shot of TouchWiz doing its thing. Thanks to Bryan for the TouchWiz screenshot from his Vibrant!

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4 years ago

From the Forums: Protecting the camera lens on your Evo 4G [video]


protect that lens!

It's pretty cool that smartphones today come with high megapixel cameras, and the Evo 4G's 8 MP 720p camera is no exception.  But the way it protrudes from the back of the device is a headache in the making.  Even if you don't review Android phones for a living and drag them across a stone table all day long (ahem), there's a good chance you'll scratch or even break the protective glass over the actual lens.  Android Central forum member rem_kujawa shows us a cheap and effective solution he found on YouTube using scrap from your local bog box store.  Check the video after the break.  [YouTube via Android Central Forums]

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4 years ago

How to root the Verizon Fascinate


 Fascinate rooted

The Verizon Fascinate has been rooted since Day 1, but that doesn't mean there's not work to be done. For your folks on Windows, it's as simple as downloading a zip file, following instructions, copying and pasting a couple commands, and exercising a little patience. Find everything you need here.

And we've got you Mac folks covered, too. Our main man Cory has whipped up video instructions for you, too, which you can peep after the break, and get the full Mac instructions here. Thanks, Cory and Dirrk, and a tip of the hat to Rootzwiki!

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4 years ago

From the Forums: An Evo 4G theme-makers primer


SprintGirl's How-To theme guide

For many of us, the best part of having an Android phone is the user customization it allows.  It's odd then, that there is no easy method to change the theme on your phone like there is with other phones, ala BlackBerry.  Hopefully, this is something that gets sorted out in future versions of Android, as Google has let it be known that a unified UI is on their agenda.

In the meantime, sprintgirl from the Android Central forums has worked up an excellent tutorial for those who are rooted and feel like being creative.  While this particular lesson is based on the Sprint Evo 4G, the tools and general ideas are the same for all Android phones.  Have a look and see if you can create the next masterpiece! [Android Central forums] Thanks sprintgirl!

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4 years ago

How to uninstall apps


Uninstalling appsHere at Android Central, we are always telling you about the latest and greatest apps. We even show off some new apps favorites every week. But, maybe you tried an app and just don't like it. You want it off you phone but just can't figure out how. No worries, follow the steps below and you will be all set!

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4 years ago

Get Google back on the Samsung Fascinate for free and without rooting


Samsung Fascinate with Google

So you want the Samsung Fascinate, but don't want to give up your precious Google services, eh? Can't stand that Verizon traded Google Search for Bing? Gotta have Google Maps? No worries. We've got your covered. With three free apps and one bookmark, you can transform the Fascinate into a nearly stock Google experience. And it's all done without rooting the phone.

How'd we do it? Let's discuss, after the break.

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4 years ago

Keep those Epic 4G capacitive buttons lit longer


Epic 4G capacitive buttons With many of you Sprint users gleefully setting up those new Epic 4Gs, its time to give the newest WiMax phone some tip love.

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4 years ago

From the forums: Custom boot animation


Android boot animation

Fresh from our Droid X forums, Natemz brings us a couple of cool custom boot animations. On the left, a spinning Android logo. On the right another for some little Android site we've heard a little bit about. You're going to need to be rooted, and there are a couple steps involved. But that's a small price to pay for looking good. Video of the Android logo animation is after the break, and check out the forums link for the whole shebang. [Android Central Forums]

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4 years ago

Copy files to your storage card in Windows


Android storage count mounting

For as easy as Android can make your life, the simple task of getting photos, video and music from your computer to your phone isn't quite as straightforward as it should be. We're going to put an end to that right now. After the break: How to get your storage card to show up on your computer. No rooting. No extra programs. Just a few simple steps

[Ed. note: We previously published this tip on Feb. 5, 2010.]

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4 years ago

From the Forums: Tweaking your screen resolution


before and after dpi hack

Here's one for you hackery types -- changing the resolution of your Android phone's screen through software, just like you can on a desktop monitor.

You have to be rooted, so take that to mean there's a chance for things to go boom if you don't follow the directions to the letter, and insert the standard disclaimer --  this is at your own risk, and nobody is responsible for things that may or may not go wrong.

If that bit of dirty business didn't scare you off, have a look up there and see the before and after pictures on a very messy and cluttered Evo 4G screen (for maximum effect, maximum widgets must be used!).  You'll need to decide if the benefit of having more info on large screens outweighs the effect this can have on widgets and other oddities. 

Want to try it for yourself?  Of course you do -- look here in the forums for a well written and thorough set of instructions.  While this was written with the Droid X in mind, the hack works on most Android handsets.  Android 2.2 required! [Android Central Forums] Big thanks to DaRkL3AD3R for this one!


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4 years ago

How to manually update your Droid Incredible to Froyo


Dinc Froyo

Finally, the Incredible OTA is here! And like all Android phones, now that we know the location for the Incredible Froyo OTA, there is an option to go get it versus waiting for it to be pushed to you.  This is the same file as you would get if you just waited, and you'll have the exact same Froyo as everyone else, so there's no need to worry.  Here's how it's done:

  1. Grab the OTA file here from the Android Central Forums.
  2. Make sure it's named update.zip
  3. Copy it to the root (base directory) of your SD card.  Don't put it in any folders, and don't put it on the internal memory.
  4. Shut your phone off
  5. While holding the volume down button, turn the phone back on.
  6. In the white Bootloader screen, select recovery from the list.
  7. In the recovery screen (the triangle with exclamation mark), press volume up and power.  You'll go to the recovery menu.
  8. In the recovery menu, select "apply sdcard:update.zip"
  9. The phone will find the file, and when finished prompt you to reboot.  Reboot via the menu, then patiently wait for the phone to reboot, and enjoy your Froyo when it's done.

Be sure to hit the Incredible forums to talk about the update, its process, or ask any questions! Thanks to Teslatech in the Android Central Forums for the dl location!

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4 years ago

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