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3 years ago

Droid Charge sees its first custom ROM [from the forums]

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Besides that SAMOLED plus display and LTE radio, the Samsung Droid Charge has another thing going for it that's important to many of you guys -- no bootloader monkey business.  All you hackery types know what that means; easy custom ROMs and kernels.  Lo and behold, we have both for the Charge in a very advanced stage of testing and ready for the public to download and try.  Android Central forums adviser DroidXcon is spearheading the Altered Beast project, and he and his fellow developers have things looking and working quite nicely.  Having said that, keep in mind this is still a testing release.  If you can't handle ferreting out a few bugs now and then, you may want to take a wait-and-see approach. 

The ROM is completely deodexed, most of the bloat is removed, working Clockwork recovery built in, and has a custom VooDoo kernel to really speed things up.  Best of all, it has great instructions and support.  If you're rocking the Charge and hankerin' for some custom ROM love, now's your chance.  Two more pictures after the break, you know where to click.

Source: Android Central forums. Thanks DroidXcon and jt1134!

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3 years ago

Samsung Galaxy Mini mini review

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We spend a lot of time here on Android Central obsessing over the latest high-end, high-spec, high-price handsets -- devices aimed at nerds like us who crave shiny new toys every few months. But in the real world, not everyone likes to blow hundreds of their local currency on a cell phone, even if they’re looking to dip their toe into the enticing world of smartphones. This means that competition among budget devices can be just as fierce as it is between the latest dual-core superphones.

The Galaxy Mini is Samsung’s contender in the budget arena -- it’s a low-cost device for folks making the switch from a feature phone, and as such, you can pick one up without breaking the bank. We tested the Three UK-branded version of the Galaxy Mini, which is available for £99 on Three’s Pay As You Go service with “all you can eat” data, or for free on-contract.

Join us after the jump to find out how the phone measures up.

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3 years ago

Motorola Droid X2 system dump and assorted goodies [from the forums]

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A new phone means two things -- we get 'em in our mitts and show you everything there is to know about them, and the system gets dumped into the forums.  The Motorola Droid X2 is no exception.  New Blur for 2.2?  It's in there.  New wallpapers?  Yep, we got those, too.  New ringtones?  You betcha.  Of course the core system files probably aren't of any use to most of us, but you know those ROM devs -- they do all sorts of magic with them.  Hopefully there's something there they can find useful for those keeping their OG Droid X for a while longer.  Hit the forums and grab what ya need!

Source: Android Central forums

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3 years ago

Droid X2 initial review

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Watch our Droid X2 video hands-on

 

Behold, the new Motorola Droid X2, nearly the same as the original Motorola Droid X. Really. OK, mostly. Quite a bit, actually. That's not to say it's not better, because it most definitely is. And that's not to say it's boring, because it most definitely is not.

The original Droid X (read our full review) is still one of our favorites of the past year. And Verizon has shown a penchant for not wanting to upset the apple cart by radically changing a successful phone -- see the Droid 2 and Incredible 2 as previous examples of that strategy. Will that be enough for you to pull the trigger on a new DX2? Let's discuss our initial thoughts after the break.

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3 years ago

Canadian Nexus S owners, grab your 2.3.4 update

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Been waiting for Android 2.3.4 for your Samsung Nexus S i9020A?  Well wait no more -- here's the OTA link location and manual update instructions.  This link comes direct from Google, and only works on stock devices.  To install it:

  • Grab the OTA package here
  • Rename it to update.zip. This isn't needed for the Nexus S bootloader, but it makes things easy.
  • Copy it over to the internal storage on your Nexus S.
  • Power off, then hold volume up and power to reboot to the bootloader.
  • Using the volume key to navigate, select recovery, then use the power button to confirm
  • When you see the warning triangle and arrow, hold the power button and tap volume up. You'll see a menu.
  • From the menu, select "apply update from /sdcard", and choose update.zip from the list.
  • Let it do its thing and update your system, radio, and other partitions. When finished, choose "reboot system now"
  • Enjoy!

Now get spruced up and try Gtalk video chat with someone!

Source link via XDAThanks, Frank!

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3 years ago

Test Gingerbread ROM leaks out for the original Droid Incredible

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You didn't really think the Droid Incredible would be left to languish with Froyo, did you, folks? (You certainly shouldn't, because HTC's said Gingerbread's coming. And to that end, a leaked Gingerbread ROM (Android 2.3.3) has made its way out of everybody's favorite Chinese ROM dumping ground and packaged up into flashable form.

If you're hoping for the latest and greatest version of Sense, well, you're going to be disappointed. But that's also why we keep telling you not to expect it. It ain't gonna happen.

If you're in the mood for a little hackery, check out the links below.

Download: XDA Developers; Source: 911HTC; Via: Android Central Forums

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3 years ago

Samsung Vibrant, Captivate, i9000 merged into CyanogenMod 7 tree

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We've been seeing serious work on getting the GSM flavors of the Samsung Galaxy S line into the CyanogenMod 7 project for about three months, but now it's officially official -- the Samsung Vibrant, Samsung Captivate, and Samsung Galaxy S i9000 have been merged into the CM7 source tree.  Nightlies are currently building, and should be ready for you to test TDR's bandwidth very shortly.

Note that these aren't general release builds.  Nightly builds are prone to bugs, and best left for the advanced user.  If that's you, get ready to check the CyanogenMod mirror network for your version's build.

Source: @koush

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3 years ago

Nexus S 4G review

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The Nexus S 4G is like the younger, faster brother of T-Mobile's Nexus S. It can do just about all of the same things, but is better at wind sprints, so it made the varsity team first. Otherwise, we're looking at the same beast on a different carrier.

How does that stack up for Sprint users, though? Is the Wimax-infused phone of yesteryear worth picking up? Or is it worth holding out for the newest phones on the horizon? (I'm looking at you, HTC EVO 3D.)

Buckle up, keep your hands, feet, and other objects inside the ride at all times, and join me after the break to find out.

Nexus S 4G SpecsNexus S 4G ForumsNexus S 4G Accessories

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3 years ago

HTC Evo Shift 4G Gingerbread leaked, custom ROM already built and running

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Someone had better call a plumber, 'cause the leaks are going crazy!  Here's another Gingerbread leak, this time for the HTC Evo Shift 4G.  But this one has a twist -- Shift 4G developer TMartin03 has already snapped the pieces together and built a flashable custom ROM for the Shift, and it's ready and waiting for you to download and try.  For now, it's a stock build that's been rooted and had busybox added, but I'm sure development on this one will be going full steam shortly.

If you're rooted and ROM'd, give it a try and make your Speedy even more speedy.

Source: 911Sniper (original leak); XDA-Developers (custom ROM)

Thanks, cr33p, for the heads up!

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3 years ago

T-Mobile G2X review

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A vanilla UI and dual-core power combined with open hardware make the G2X one of the best Android phones to date

The LG T-Mobile G2X and its cousin from across the pond the Optimus 2X show us LG is serious about getting into the high-end Android market in the United States.  LG has always been a major player in the mobile space, but up until now its U.S. Android offerings have leaned towards the mid-range of the market at best.  When the LG Star prototype first showed up last November, the Android world (at least the part on the Internet) was all a-buzz with excitement.  It's 4-inch display, dual-core Tegra 2 CPU and front facing camera were all still relatively new ideas then, and we ate it up. 

But today, those kinds of specifications are a given.  Maybe we're jaded, but as a whole the Android community scoffs at phones that aren't dual-core hot rods with big glass and don't have two cameras.  So how does the G2X measure up with our current expectations of what makes a high-end Android smartphone?  Hit the break and have a look.

G2X SpecsG2X ForumsG2X Accessories

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3 years ago

Test build of Android 2.3.4 leaks for ThunderBolt

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Anyone with their RSS reader pointed toward Taiwan should know by now that today an Android 2.3.4 test build has leaked out for the HTC ThunderBolt. If you're not the sort who enjoys buggy test builds, better to stay away for now. But if you're the adventurous type, links to the source files and a rooted, flashable build are below.

Source: 911HTC; flashable download: XDA Developers

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3 years ago

Samsung Infuse 4G review

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It's big, it's bold, it's thin, it's fast and has one hell of a camera -- and it's caught in the middle of AT&T's '4G' propaganda

 

From the outset, the Samsung Infuse 4G on AT&T just sounded too big. Ridiculously big. Some 4.5 inches big. If you don't count the Dell Streak as a smartphone (and we don't, really), it's the biggest damn Android device that's intended to be occasionally used upside your head to make phone calls.

But we'll clue you in on a little secret: It's not too big. No, really. We've spent the last week or so with the Infuse and have found ourselves thoroughly surprised by just how usable a 4-and-a-half-inch phone can be.

That's not to say the Infuse is without its quirks. But we put it through its paces the best way we know how -- in the field, on the road, and in our hands at the Google IO developer conference.

So how'd it hold up? Read on for our complete review.

Infuse 4G SpecsInfuse 4G Forums | Infuse 4G Accessories

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3 years ago

LG Optimus 3D initial review and hands-on

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Has the whole world gone 3D? Sure looks like it's headed that way. And first out of the gate is LG with the Optimus 3D. We first saw this phone at Mobile World Congress in February, and it'll be coming to AT&T as the LG Thrill sometime this quarter.

We got our hands on an evaluation unit at Google IO, and things are pretty much right where we left off. It's got a 4.3-inch touchscreen and is powered by a TI OMAP dual-core processor, with dual-channel memory. LG trumpets it as the most powerful phone around -- more powerful than the Samsung Galaxy S II, they say. Navigating around LG's custom user interface, it feels snappy enough, even for an unfinished device. We're not worried about lag in the least. But it's 3D where this puppy really starts to shine.

So, about that 3D thing. The Optimus 3D has a pair of 5MP stereoscopic cameras on the back (with a flash, too). They work in tandem to record 3D video and take 3D pictures. And of course you need a screen to actually show them, and the Optimus 3D delivers.

It's kind of tough to really demonstrate the 3D effects without actually seeing them. Don't think of it as a holographic experience, where images leap off the screen. Rather, the screen is the focal point, and you get a neat sense of depth within the images. Gimmicky? Maybe a little. Or more than a little. But someone had to be first. And LG has done the right thing by not just giving you a screen on which to watch 3D content, but the means to create 3D content, too. And did we mention you don't need crazy 3D glasses here?

There's a dedicated "3D" button where you might normally find a camera button that takes you to a special menu (in 3D, of course). From there you have quick access to 3D games and apps, a 3D guide, YouTube 3D (you can upload your own 3D videos right to it), a 3D gallery and the 3D camera. Think of it as a three-dimensional quick launcher.

Oh, but there's more. It'll record the 3D video in 720p -- and will do 2D video in 1080p. Yowzers. And it can play back video via the HDMI port, or over DLNA.

Those are the broad strokes, people. But our early impressions are that even if you think 3D is a passing fad, the Optimus 3D is a solid smartphone, in any dimension. We've got more pics and video after the break.

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3 years ago

Galaxy S II overclocked to 1.5GHz, benchmarked, proves our point

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Anyone who's used a Samsung Galaxy S II knows the thing is fast. There's absolutely no disputing that. And when that sweet, sweet Exynos processor is overclocked to 1.5GHz, well, get ready to have your ears pinned back. And with said overclocked actually stable at 1.5GHz, you'll be cruising in the fast lane with ease. Pretty cool, eh?

All that said, we just showed you why benchmarks (and Quadrant, particularly) really isn't indicative of a phone's real performance. But a 1.5GHz overclock is a 1.5GHz overclock. Video of it in action is after the break, and the kernel (and source code) are at the source link.

Download: XDA Developers; Thanks, Scott!
See also: How to manipulate benchmarks (and why we're downplaying their importance)

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3 years ago

Hands-on with the second-gen Sony Ericsson Xperia Mini and Mini Pro

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In a time when phones seem to only be getting bigger, it's fun to see something like Sony Ericsson's Xperia Mini and Mini Pro. When we first saw these phones a year or so at Mobile World Congress, they were pretty much a novelty, tiny little things. But they grew in popularity, and just last week SE announced a refresh.

The new Mini and Mini Pro now sport 3-inch touchscreens at 320x480 resolutions, up from the 2.5-inch, 320x240 screens of old. The Mini Pro's gotten a keyboard refresh, too, and we're just fine with that.

Check out our full hands on with video and a slew of pics after the break.

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