If you took the last OTA for the HTC EVO 4G, and have been wanting and waiting for a root method, you're now in luck. The fellas at Revolutionary have worked out the kinks and the EVO 4G with version 2.16.0001 Hboot is now included on their list of supported devices. You'll want to read everything carefully and make sure you understand it before you dive in, but it's a fairly easy procedure. And if you hit a snag, there's always help in the EVO 4G forums. Happy flashing!
If you're rocking an Optimus S on Sprint, and we know a lot of you are, here's one more reason to hack the daylights out of it -- the Theme Team. Android Central developers jstntp and jondevere have been busy in the kitchen, and some kick ass themes are the result. There's sure to be something there to suit your tastes, and everything is well organized with easy to follow instructions. Chances are, if you're running custom software on your Optimus S you already know these guys, and the awesome level of support that comes with. We're lucky to have them.
Have yourself a Motorola Photon 4G, all ready to root it, but haven't picked up the HD dock yet? You're in luck! A new method has been figured out, one that doesn't have a purchase of $100 worth of accessories as a prerequisite. You will need to be able to use the Android SDK and follow well written instructions, but the method actually looks pretty simple for the end user. AC member sandtiger has a nicely written tutorial all laid out in the Photon forums, so grab a chair and a beverage, and have a look.
The fellas at Codeglue have pushed out an update to Beer Pong HD, adding online multiplayer mode, new OpenFeint achievements, and are have our very own Lloyd on their featured table of the month! Players all over the world can now play against each other on their Android phones, in high resolution with accurate physics. It might not be quite as fun as real Beer Pong, but it's as close as you'll be able to get and still pass a breathalyzer. Of course, having Lloyd oversee the festivities is icing on the cake. I always knew he liked to party. We've got a quick video showing off the gameplay as well as the download link (free for Android 2.1 and up), check 'em out.
The HTC Bliss is a device that continues to pop up in various places and this time around it has landed at the FCC. Looking at the info from the page, it appears to be making a home at Verizon whenever it passes through. The CDMA bands are a give away but it also appears to have Global GSM compatibility on board as well.
Sadly, there isn't much else info available for this female centric device and it looks like the FCC went back to blocking the details but we're guessing the information on this one won't be slowing down -- in fact, it'll just pick up pace until we see it land on store shelves.
Normally, carriers and manufacturers will let blogs run rampant with rumors -- true or not. In the case of a slew of purported Samsung specs outed by a single Lithuanian retailer, however, Sammy's doing a little debunking. The rumored specs involved such unicorns as a 4.3-inch Super AMOLED display at 1280x720 resolution, as well as a 4.65-inch Super AMOLED display at 1280x720 running Ice Cream Sandwich. Hey, some of those specs might be true. But as Jerry's been reminding us any chance he gets, they also might very well not be.
On its "Samsung Tomorrow" official global blog, we're told the following:
Some media have been reporting that Samsung is preparing to launch nine new smartphones and two new tablet devices. While Samsung is continuously working on new devices for our customers, the details being cited are not accurate in this case.
We appreciate the interest in our upcoming mobile devices and will share more information once its available.
AT&T has announced that they are working on a new solution for mobile security issues, partnering with Juniper Networks and offering a new security application. Available later this year, the app will address some key concerns in both the enterprise as well as for consumers. A bullet point look at the applications goals:
Businesses and Organizations
Maintain compliance with government regulations
Enforce security policies
Manage personal or enterprise-owned devices
Enable anti-virus, anti-malware, and application monitoring and control
Protect mobile devices with anti-virus, anti-malware, and application monitoring and control
With the global growth of smartphone adoption, targeting the mobile space has become popular among unsavory types, and it makes sense to see carriers trying to slow the growth of malware and other security concerns. AT&T Chief Security Officer Ed Amoroso details AT&T’s approach in a short video, which we've embedded after the break, along with the full press release.
The Sony Ericsson Xperia Mini Pro (not to be confused with last year's X10 Mini Pro) is now available from the manufacturer's official store in the UK. The pint-size, Gingerbread-powered QWERTY slider will set you back £239.99 on its own, but it's also available for free on contracts from Orange, T-Mobile UK and Vodafone starting at a little over £20 per month.
It's a reasonably-specced phone too, with a 1GHz second-generation Snapdragon inside, along with 512MB of RAM and 720p recording capabilities. Considering the shortage of decent Android sliders in Europe right now, this one may be worth a look if you're a fan of clicky buttons.
HTC Sensation users in Europe are reporting that the long-awaited Android 2.3.4 update for the device is now being pushed out over the air. There's no changelog available from HTC just yet, but being Android 2.3.4, the update should add video calling capability through Google Talk and the front-facing camera. If we had to hazard a guess, we'd say that a sprinkling of bug fixes and performance improvements may have been sneaked in there too.
It's also worth mentioning that this update is for unbranded Sensations only for the moment, so if yours was bought through a carrier, you'll have to wait a little longer while they approve it.
Unbranded Sensation owners, be sure to hit the comments and let us know how your update went.
The first photos of a phone running Ice Cream Sandwich have been leaked out, and we get to see a little bit of the UI running on a Samsung Nexus S (T-Mobile USA). Visually, things look a bit different, with a less AMOLED-friendly blue color scheme and a revamped launcher and app drawer. A little back story goes along with this from the fellow who leaked it out -- expect a native panorama mode for the camera (finally), and an all-new look to the GMail app. The OS will now have Google Shopper integrated, and NFC-enabled devices will be able to utilize those features, and after it launches on the next Nexus device, it's expected to roll out for the Nexus S.
If these shots are legit, and all things point to them being so, things are still in the early stages. We also don't get to see anything incriminating or confidential, so there's a lot of blacked out space in the pictures. This is to be expected, as we're not supposed to be seeing these just yet.It's not a lot to go on, but just seeing it on a device is exciting enough. Jump past the break to see the rest of the pics.
And the really big thing we don't yet see is how all this ties the phone and tablet OSes together. Stay tuned, folks.
So HTC and Beats Entertainment (aka Beats by Dre) have hopped into bed together. It's a $300 million "marriage," as HTC CEO Peter Chou and music mogul and Beats chairman Jimmy Iovine officially announced Thursday night ... and again Friday morning. If you joined us for the liveblog of the conference call and Q&A, you know that we didn't learn a whole lot more than we already knew the night before.
We did learn, however, that it was Beats who approached HTC, back in March. And that despite Beats' business doubling, according to Iovine, the $300 million buy-in (HTC now owns 51 percent of the company) remained unchanged.
Perhaps the phone you see above is what kicked it all off. That's the HTC Surround, which was one of the first Windows Phone 7 devices. We've never considered HTC devices to have the best speaker quality; that crown goes to Motorola. But the Surround (see my initial hands-on from the Windows Phone 7 launch event) sought to change that with its crazy slide-out speaker. Gimmicky, to be sure. But it also sounded a slide shade better than anything else HTC had on the market, for sure. Try one. You'll be surprised. Anyhoo, that speaker's built with Dolby Mobile and SRS WOW HD. (As have a couple Android phones since, but not as well.) And I still don't know what that means, 'cept it sounds better than most of the smartphones I have.
And that's where Beats comes in. You can argue all day about the sound quality -- and you will argue all day about the sound quality. But it's got name recognition and a bit of the ol' sex factor. And that's important. Or maybe it means better earbuds and/or gaudy headphones. Know what? Just about anything would be better than what you get now. So long as they're subsidized in the cost of the phone, we're all for it.
One way or another, this deal is a big one for HTC, and an even bigger one for Beats, as Iovine underscored as he repeated several times how Beats "had to get to the phone." We know you wanted new hardware. We know you want Ice Cream Sandwich. Those things are coming, and coming pretty soon, we reckon. In the meantime, ponder what kind of audio miracle we might soon see -- Chou said Beats-impregnated devices are coming this fall.
Leave your condolences for the overhyped, oversized, overpriced, underappreciated, underpowered, took-too-long-to-get-to-market Android phablet (that's that weird size between phone and tablet) in the comments below. Or don't.
The fellas over the the German site BestBoyZ have got their hands on an upcoming LG phone dubbed the Optimus Sol (E730). We don't know a whole lot about this one just yet, but it should hit Vodaphone in Europe eventually, and come in two colors -- black or silver. On the specs side, it's running Android 2.3.3 on a 1GHz CPU, with LG's very own 3.8 inch AMOLED display. Top it all off with LG's Optimus UI (we've seen that in action on the Optimus Black and the Optimus 3D) on top of Gingerbread, and you have what looks to be a very nice piece of gear. After the break you can watch a video hands-on with the LG Optimus Sol -- it's in German but you'll get the gist of it by watching. Also hit the source link for a couple more pics.
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