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2 years ago

HTC One X rooted before release with Modaco Superboot

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The HTC One X has been rooted before it's official release thanks to Android hacker Paul O'Brien. With his Superboot method, any One X that has S-Off, or has been unlocked via the official HTCDev bootloader tool will be subject to this method, which uses the fastboot protocol to boot an insecure image that automatically loads the files needed for a system-wide root. It's easy, it works well, and should make for a simple way to root your phone once we get the One X in our hands, as long as HTC supports the device at launch with their bootloader tools.

Which is where things get a tad more complicated. Paul developed this method using a phone that was factory S-Off, which we shouldn't count on seeing in the wild. Traditionally, HTC has waited a while before providing access to their bootloader unlocking tool for new models, and without it we won't be able to boot with the Superboot image. Couple this with the different version we'll see here in the states for AT&T and things get a little more complicated. 

As usual, we all appreciate the work Paul does with new phones, and are looking forward to having a fully rooted and unlocked HTC One X in our hot little hands. Let's just hope that HTC supports unlocking the bootloaders in a timely fashion, and that Paul's work helps developers for the AT&T model as well. 

Source: Modaco; via Android Central forums

 

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2 years ago

Galaxy S II ICS update coming March 10, says Samsung Philippines

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Update: And ... it looks like the announcement has been taken down. Let's just keep our fingers crossed.

It looks like the Galaxy S II's Ice Cream Sandwich update may be imminent. Samsung has just announced on its official Philippines site that the long-awaited update will finally land this Saturday, Mar. 10. Today's news follows a Facebook post from Samsung Israel last week, which suggested a Mar. 15 launch in that country.

In the past day or so we've seen HTC update a couple of its leading 2011 devices to the latest version of Android -- ICS for the Sensation and Sensation XE is slowly trickling out, starting with users in Germany and Nordic countries.

So it's definitely ICS update season, and we look forward to seeing the new OS work its way onto more devices in the weeks ahead. The (international) Samsung Galaxy Note and Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc series are due to be updated before the end of the month.

Source: Samsung Philippines; via: Engadget

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2 years ago

HTC PJ53100 appears at the FCC, looks to be headed for Verizon

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There has been more then a few HTC devices floating around out there for the past few months, most of which have now been uncovered but one lingering about at the FCC is the HTC PJ53100. The FCC shares the fact this one has Verizon LTE bands on board and not much else so we're left to wonder if this is the unannounced device that popped up a few days ago referred to as the Droid Incredible HD aka Droid Incredible 4G. It's certainly not a lot to go on, but we'll be keeping a look out for further details and once we know -- you'll know.

Source: FCC; via: Engadget

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2 years ago

Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket HD passes through the FCC

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It's been a while now since the AT&T Developer Summit where they announced six new Android devices would be coming to the carrier with one of those devices being the Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket HD. In that time, we've not heard a whole lot of news about the device though, it has now slipped on through the FCC.

If you'll all remember, the Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket HD features 4G LTE along with a 4.65-inch HD Super AMOLED screen, and a 1.5 GHz dual-core processor. In other words, a Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket with an HD screen. Needless to say, it shouldn't be far off now that you'll be able to pick this one up in stores.

Source: FCC; via: Engadget

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2 years ago

NVIDIA joins the Linux Foundation - here's what it means for Android (hint: Not a lot)

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The Linux Foundation has announced four new members this week, including the familiar face of NVIDIA. As most of us here know, Android is based on the Linux kernel, and NVIDIA has become a major hardware player on our phones and tablets. But what does this mean for Android users?

On the surface, it's excellent news. NVIDIA will invest money into advancing Linux, and by proxy, all open-source projects based on it. Linux has always been strong in the enterprise (some figures claim that over 60 percent of the servers on the Internet run Linux). However, its role in the desktop, and until recently mobile, has been much smaller. Because of this, and also to blame for this -- it's a Catch-22, is the relatively poor showing multimedia makes when talking Linux. This is where NVIDIA can make a difference. With its investment, other players may feel more compelled to develop for Linux and Linux-based projects like Android. We want more support from all hardware and software vendors, and getting a company like NVIDIA on board is a big step.

On the other hand, not much is really going to change for users like us. NVIDIA isn't likely to suddenly open-source its drivers for Tegra chipsets, or even offer more support than they do now.  hat they have done is show support for a cheap operating system that bridges their expensive hardware and their showcase software together. This makes sense from a business point of view -- make games that show off the power of your product, and invest time and money into the conduit that makes it possible.

In the end, this one doesn't really affect Android fans directly. Nothing we're concerned with will change, and NVIDIA has always shown support for Linux and Android without being an official Linux Foundation member. But it is nice seeing a company give a little back, and the folks behind the scenes building Linux will put it all to good use.

Source: The Linux Foundation; via Slashdot

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2 years ago

Three UK announces availability of Sony Xperia S

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Today sees the official UK launch of Sony's new flagship smartphone, the Xperia S, with the news that Three UK has begun selling the device. The phone went on sale exclusively at the Sony Store in Barcelona during MWC, and is expected to see broader availability in the next week or so.

Despite Three's announcement, we're not seeing the Xperia S anywhere on the networks' online store, so your best bet may be to track down your local brick-and-mortar Three shop if you want to pick one of these up.

Three says it's offering the Xperia S for free on contracts of £30 or more per month, but it's also available for a surprisingly reasonable £369.99 on pay-as-you-go. That's not at all bad for a dual-core phone with a 720p display and an impressive 12MP camera (even if you'll have to wait until Q2 for ICS).

For more on the Xperia S, make sure you read our first impressions, and stay tuned for the full review in the days ahead.

Source: Three

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2 years ago

First Sony Xperia S software update now available through PC Companion app

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If you were one of the lucky few able to grab an Sony Xperia S in Barcelona during MWC, today you'll be able to pick up a new software update to version 6.0.A.3.67. The update isn't yet going out over the air, but it is available through Sony's PC Companion app for Windows.

Unfortunately the package doesn't include the sorely-needed Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update -- that's due sometime during the second quarter. However, we're hoping the update fixes a few niggling issues we've been noticing with our review unit, including some radio wonkiness and difficulty automatically disconnecting from Wifi routers when out of range. If you've picked up the new software on your Xperia S, be sure to point out any changes or fixes over in the comments.

For more on the Xperia S, check out our initial review and hands-on video.

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2 years ago

German HTC Sensation XEs apparently starting to get Ice Cream Sandwich

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Update: Forum reports now indicate that the original HTC Sensation is also getting the ICS update, though for the moment it seems to be limited to Germany and Nordic countries.

Have a German HTC Sensation XE? Looking for your Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update? Tired of us asking questions when you know darn well where this is going?

That's right, boys and girls, it looks like the ICS update is starting to hit the Sensation XE in Germany, along with an update to Sense 3.6. You're not going to get all the features in the new Sense 4, but somehow we think nobody's going to turn this one down.

HTC had promised the update would hit by the end of March. So that we're seeing it drop in Week 2 is pretty promising. Other phones expected to get ICS this month are the HTC Sensation and Sensation 4G, followed by the Sensation XL.

Head into the settings and check for the update now!

Source: HTCInside.de; via BestBoyz

Update: Looks like the basic Sensation is getting an update, too!

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2 years ago

Late-night poll: What do you think of the 'Google Play' portal name?

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We've had a couple of days to settle in (and debate) the new Google Play branding that covers the old Android Market, Google Book, Google Music, and Google Movies content stores. We've also been enjoying the sales in effect on apps and digital media (get Flick Golf Extreme from Google Play for a quarter before it's too late!) and filling our devices with content. But the name is a bit of a change.

We get it -- Google wanted to provide a unified name and look across all their digital content stores for Android, and a big re-branding sure got everyone's attention. But like all things when they change, there are plenty of skeptics. I'll admit saying download from Google Play seems a bit odd, but I'll get used to it soon enough. Of course what's done is done, but we're still allowed to say what we think of it, and that's what we're about to do. Sound off in the poll and comments and tell us what you think of the new Google Play moniker.

 

Is "Google Play" a good look for Google?

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2 years ago

Angry Birds Seasons gets 'Cherry Blossom' update

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Rovio has revamped Angry Birds Seasons with an early sprint update, featuring a cherry blossom theme. You'll now have 15 new levels to play through, and three new bonus levels. We're used to seasonal updates from Rovio, and as usual, this one is already been well received by the missus, and she says "it's great, go update it"!  Who am I to argue? Market, erm, Google Play download links are after the break, or you can get the latest from the Amazon Appstore.

Thanks everyone who sent this in!

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