Itching to unlock your bootloader ahead of the official unlock supposedly coming with the Gingerbread update? The2dcour over at the XDA forums has posted a method that will allow you to unlock the bootloader. This isn't a one-click root method, and it will wipe your phone's data, but it's amazing that a developer figured out how to do this before Motorola officially offered the option.
As always, make sure you read and understand the directions before you try anything that voids your warranty.
Sam's Club seems to be ready for tomorrow's big launch of the HTC EVO 3D, as a tipster sent us in a couple of pictures and let us know that you should expect "double digit" inventory of EVO 3Ds at your local Sam's Club. No word on any pricing, but there's a very good chance it will be a few dollars (or more) cheaper than the rest. Let's hope every retailer is ready for the demand, and that last years crush of Sprint's activation system from the sheer numbers of EVO 4G's getting activated doesn't repeat itself. Because one is never enough, there's another picture after the break.
And ... we've got another software update for the HTC EVO 3D. This one specifically targets the HTC Watch app. According to mikephenix in the Android Central Forums, it corrects a little issue the EVO 3D had with syncing, as well as a wake issue.
Just go to Settings>System updates>HTC software update and let it do its thing. It won't require a restart or wipe any data.
Internet radio/video device, DECT phone hit in September
In addition to its new Android tablets, Archos today announced two new Android devices for home use -- the Archos 35 Smart Home Phone, and the Archos 35 Home Connect web radio.
The Archos 35 Home Connect basically is an Android device for streaming music wirelessly anywhere. It sports an alarm clock, weather, traffic and news, Android applications, video calling and has access to more than 50,000 streaming radio stations.
The Archos 35 Smart Phone Phone combines a DECT phone and smartphone. Using any ADSL box or phone line and using standard DECT (think VOIP) protocols, it brings the power of an Android smartphone into your phone -- including full Web support.
The Archos 35 Home Connect is expected to be available in September for $149; the Archos 35 Smart Home Phone is expected in September as well for $149.
The HTC EVO 4G+, a.k.a. the HTC Rider, has been caught on video at a Korean Youtube channel. The EVO 4G+ is basically the EVO 3D, with WiBro (Korea's version of WiMax 4G), and no 3D camera or playback. As you can see in the video, the snappy operation and Sense 3.0 are there, and on the hardware side the specs (minus the dual cameras and network specs) are the same. In place of the 3D setup you find on Sprint's version, the EVO 4G+ will have a 1080p capable 8MP rear and 1.3 MP front cameras. Further details and an official announcement haven't popped up just yet, but for all intents are purposes it looks like Korea is getting it's own 3D-less EVO 3D.
Begun, the 3D war has. And whether you're a fan, or a skeptic, there are going to be two high-end phones you can't ignore this summer that have embraced 3D technology. First out of the gate (but just barely) is the LG Optimus 3D. It's a specs powerhouse, LG is promoting it as the world's first "Tri-dual" architecture smartphone with its dual-core OMAP 4 CPU, dual-channel RAM, and dual-channel board configuration. It's a beast, no matter what criteria you use to measure beastliness.
There's more to user experience than specifications though. LG has went all out with a newly revamped UI on top of Android, as well as applications to support the 3D tech in the Optimus 3D. We've kicked the Optimus 3D around for a while, and put it through the paces, so have a look after the break and see how the sum of the parts works as a whole before it hits AT&T later this summer as the Thrill 4G.
Are you ready for a high-end Android phone, on a prepaid unlimited $45 plan, checking in at under $300? Cricket Wireless thinks you are, and will be offering the Huawei Glory to foot the bill. Checking in with a 1.4 GHz CPU, a 4-inch 854x480 screen, an 8MP camera and Gingerbread (Android 2.3.3), the Glory looks like it's filling the promises we heard last year about high-end, low cost components that will push Android into as many hands as possible.
According to Sasha Segan (PCMag), Huawei has edited a few things away from stock, but the Glory doesn't have a heavy manufacturer skin. It does have a huge 1900 mAh battery and a very bright LCD screen. To sweeten the whole pot, Huawei also says the Glory will be updated to Ice Cream Sandwich when it's available.
Will great phones on pre-paid carriers (see the Motorola Triumph on Virgin Mobile) become commonplace? I certainly hope so.
It's not the strangest thing in the world to see an unreleased phone get a pre-launch update -- think way back to the Motorola Droid X -- and the Sprint EVO 3D is the latest to do so. Software version 1.13.651.7 will bring a fix for "Calendar entries in certain formats force close while editing." Important, indeed.
Oh, and look at that. Our review unit's already got the update. It's a sizable 26.59MB and installed with nary a problem. More in the link below, if you're interested.
When we last saw the Motorola Triumph -- a relatively high-end Android phone headed for the prepaid Virgin Mobile -- we'd been given a time frame of July for release, and that was that. If this image taken from a magazine is on the level, it might be headed our way come July 19.
The Triumph, as you'll remember from our hands-on, is a 4.1-inch stock Android phone with a 1GHz Snapdragon processor, 5MP rear camera and HDMI out, running Froyo. That's certainly nothing to sneeze at, now is it?
The birds are back. One bird, rather, according to the latest teaser from the folks behind Angry Birds. "Summer Picnic" will be the latest addition to the Angry Birds Seasons lineup. And, like always, you'll be flinging a bird at pigs. And you won't be able to stop.
And as you'll see in the trailer, in addition to traditional Android devices, it'll also be available on the Barnes & Noble Nook Color, as part of its new app store.
You folks who came from Windows Mobile or, more recently, defected from BlackBerry should well remember the Bolt browser. It's webkit based, as are a good number of other browser these days, and it's full of all that HTML5 goodness the kids are talking about it.
And now it's coming to Android. It's currently in a closed beta program. But we've got your key to entry. Head on over to boltbrowser.com/android, give 'em your name and address, and use the code androidcentral. It's that easy.
Better hurry, though, cause it's only open to the first 500 who enter. And we know how much you folks like beta testing.
The HTC EVO 3D user guide has been made available by Sprint for everyone interested in one of the Summer's hottest devices. It checks in at 315 pages, and will tell you everything you ever wanted to know about operating and enjoying the EVO 3D and Sense 3.0, and even you seasoned Android veterans should take a peek if you're grabbing one of these babies come Friday.
Maybe it will never top Oprah's book list, but we need something to pass the time until we can get our greasy hands all over the 4.3 inches of glass, and I can promise it doesn't end with the butler having done it. Grab it from the source link.
The HTC EVO 3D can now be pre-ordered by Sprint premier customers directly from the Sprint website. The latest and greatest from Sprint will cost you $199 with a new or renewed two year agreement, which seems like a fair price for the high performance that oozes out of that thing. Check out our initial review and see for yourself.
Late last night when the pre-order went live, the Sprint website was getting hammered by buyers and lookers alike, so interest seems to be as high as anticipated. Ordering early and direct from Sprint might not be a bad idea if you're able. The rest of us will just have to wait until the stroke of midnight a few days from now. And here's hoping for overnight shipping!
This is the HTC Sensation 4G. Look familiar? It should -- you likely just read Alex Dobie's excellent review of the European version, the HTC Sensation. So we've now got it here in the states, on T-Mobile. And that's where the "4G" part comes in. This one has access to T-Mobile (USA's) HSPA+ network, meaning faster data speeds.
The Sensation 4G also brings along the latest version of HTC Sense, along with Android 2.3.3. That's Gingerbread, folks.
We're going to take a slightly different look here at the Sensation 4G for our second time around. Less clinical, more colorful. Again, go back and check out Alex's HTC Sensation review. It's a must-read. As for me? I'm smitten. And it's going to show.
The Motorola Droid 3 has shown up in some GLBenchmark 2.0 online results, and they are looking good. Right off the bat -- I don't think benchmark tests are the true mark of user experience (perhaps you've read this?). You can only get the real picture by holding and using the device the way you would normally use it. Having said that, the numbers are pretty impressive, and show just how well the OMAP 4 and PowerVR SGX 540 can crunch those triangles.
In the Egypt benchmark (it's one of the most demanding GL benchmarks in the GLBenchmarks testing suite) the Droid 3 was only beaten out by the Optimus 3D and its "Tri-dual" technology. In a less demanding benchmark that allows software to have more influence, the Droid 3 still performs well, landing right among the latest and greatest from other manufacturers. That graphic is after the break.
The hardware looks like it can do the job. Let's hope the software can keep up, and we have a real 3G powerhouse for Verizon this summer.
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