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4 years ago

AT&T up to its old tricks -- no sideloading apps on the HTC Inspire 4G

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But that's why we made the Sideload Wonder Machine

HTC Inspire 4G sideloading

Oh, by the way. In case you were hoping AT&T had changed its ways when it comes to locking its phones into the Android Market -- not so much. There should be an option in the picture above on the HTC Inspire 4G that says "Unknown sources - allow installation of non-Market applications." But, obviously, there's not.

That's not to say there aren't ways around it. The Android Sideload Wonder Machine was designed for phones like the Inspire 4G. So don't forget who's got your back. (Hint: It's us.)

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4 years ago

HTC Droid Incredible Case Review: Otterbox Defender

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 Otterbox Defender for Droid Incredible

The OtterBox Defender is one of the toughest cases you can buy for your precious Droid Incredible. The case comes in four separate parts, two of which snap together to directly encase the phone. This is made of hard plastic and the front-facing one has a thin, clear plastic screen that covers the entire face of the phone. There is a tiny cutout around the optical joystick, which you can see in the picture above. 

Around this hard inner shell goes a thick rubbery layer that also servers to provide both protection and access to the various ports on the phone. Both the micro USB port and the headphone jack on top are given ample space when needed. The case also comes with a holster complete with a clip on the back for latching it onto your belt or nearly anything else. The clip felt very strong and durable during the time I used it. A great feature of the holster is that it is designed in such a way that you can have the screen facing inward for maximum protection of have it exposed for all to see. This is a feature not found on most holsters and is a definite plus for those who make constant use of holsters.

The overall build quality was top notch and what you would expect from someone like OtterBox. The device feels great in the hand if you are used to large cases and the buttons didn't require too much effort to press. The one big issue I had was that the clear screen has a very small opening for the optical joystick and was very uncomfortable to use. Anyone that uses that optical joystick on a regular basis may want to look for something with an open face. That being said, the OtterBox Defender is overall a great case for anyone looking for maximum protection for their DInc. You can buy it right now from the Android Central Store for $47.95

Check out more pictures past the break.

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4 years ago

Hands-on with the HTC Inspire 4G

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HTC Inspire 4G

The HTC Inspire 4G won't be available on AT&T until Feb. 13. But we've got one in our hot little hands, and it's time to put the phone through its paces. For all intents and purposes, this is a Desire HD for us here in the United States. And that's a good thing. Even better: It'll be just a mere $99 on contract.

It's got a 4.3-inch TFT LCD display, a 1GHz processor, the latest version of the HTC Sense user interface, an 8MP camera with dual flashes -- and the auspicious fortune of being AT&T's first "4G" device. We'll deal with the whole data thing later. For now, check out the quick hands-on video after the break.

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4 years ago

HTC Inspire 4G interactive demo found online

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If you're in the mood to mess around with an online demo of a device you just simply cannot, as of yet have then you're in luck. The HTC Inspire 4G is coming to AT&T at some point in time but Radio Shack has been busy getting its affairs in order readying for the launch. The interactive demo is now online for folks to mess play around with and learn more about the device. Although I'm sure Radio Shack would have preferred to keep it under wraps a little longer. But hey they're not exactly known for keeping secrets very well as history dictates.

Go ahead play around with the demo. Just remember, drool is bad for your keyboard. If online demos are not your thing, have a look at our very own hands on with the HTC Inspire 4G. [PocketNow via Phandroid]

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4 years ago

Froyo ported to Samsung Transform

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Froyo on the Samsung Transform  Froyo on the Samsung Transform

Android hackers have done it again, and the Samsung Transform now has a stable Froyo port.  The front facing camera and rear camera flash isn't working, but that's a fair trade off to have a working version of Android 2.2.1, especially since Sprint themselves seem to have no clue about the upgrade path of the Transform.

The installation looks really straightforward and while slightly technical, the instructions are easy to read.  Follow them closely and you should have no problems getting things up and running.  Hit the source link to get started. [SDK Developers via @jibustillo]

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4 years ago

HTC releases source code for Shift 4G, myTouch 3G Froyo

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HTC source code

For you folks who like to go lurking around source code, HTC has released the kernels for the EVO Shift 4G, and the Froyo update for the myTouch 3G. They'll be missing some of HTC proprietary code, of course, but there should be plenty of other goodies if you're into rolling your own ROMs. Check it out at the source link. [HTC Developer Center]

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4 years ago

Permanent root for the HTC EVO Shift 4G now available

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If you're an HTC EVO Shift 4G owner who has been looking for a permanent root solution, we now have some great news for you all. You no longer have to wait any more. The HTC EVO Shift 4G permanent root solution has been found and as such, has been posted for all. You will have to proceed with caution and follow the guide to a tee but everyone should be used to that by now, especially if you frequent rooting devices. Hit up the source link for more details and instructions on how to get started. You can also check out forums to discuss it further. [XDA]

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4 years ago

LG Optimus 2X system, wallpapers, and ringtones available. Update -- live wallpapers, too

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LG Optimus 2X

Good news for everyone looking for parts and files from the LG Optimus 2X, the files have been stripped from the phone and are available for download.  The system dump itself is about 275 MB and is the full dump from the Asian release of the phone.  Luckily, the wallpapers and sounds have been singled out, saving a lot of time for folks who don't have the time or the need to go through the system files.

For most, the system files themselves aren't of much use, but your favorite developer can get to work porting all the cool content (like that clock widget!) now that the files are available.  Enough talking about them, go grab them and enjoy! [Android Central forums -- system dump; wallpapers; ringtones]

Update: The four new live wallpapers are now available as well.  They work as stand-alone installable .apk files.  Be warned, they were designed for a phone with a Tegra 2 chipset, so performance may vary.  Grab them here.

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4 years ago

Hands-on with the LG Optimus 2X

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LG Optimus 2X

The magic smartphone fairy just dropped off quite the present -- the LG Optimus 2X -- aka the world's first dual-core Android smartphone.

First impressions -- and we're talking very, very initial here -- are quite good. The phone itself is a big black slab. At 4.48 inches tall and just 0.43 inches thick, it's a bit lanky. But it's a really nice feel. Long and lean, with just enough heft.

The 4-inch touchscreen (at 480x800 pixels) is quite gorgeous. The front of the phone is completely smooth, with no buttons, ridges or anything else to mess with the flow. The capacitive buttons are in the menu-home-back-search configuration and are stenciled onto the phone, so there's no hunting for them. The LG logo's front and center, next to the front-facing camera.

The battery cover takes up the entire rear of the device, with LG's logo, the "with Google" moniker and an 8-megapixel camera with flash. Open the battery cover and you have the 1500mAh battery, SIM card slot and mircoSD card slot. You can swap out SD card without removing the battery, but not the SIM card.

The bottom bezel houses the microUSB port and dual speakers. Up top is the power button, HDMI-out port (with a nice little cover) and the 3.5mm headphone jack.

But really, it's what's under the hood that's really piqued our interest. Dual core processor. Say it again. Say it with us. Dual. Core. Processor. Oh, and 1080p playback and recording. Dual. Core. Processor.

We'll have plenty more on the Optimus 2X in the coming days, including a full review. For now, check out the pics after the break. (Update: Now with video!)

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4 years ago

Motorola Cliq 2 hands-on

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YouTube link for mobile viewing

CES 2011 was full of high-end phones, but tucked into the mix was a little gem in the Motorola Cliq 2. The follow-up to T-Mobile's original Cliq, the Cliq 2 sports a redesigned keyboard, 3.7-inch touchscreen, 1GHz processor, 512MB of RAM, 1GB of ROM and a 5MP camera with flash, all controlled by Android 2.2 Froyo.

The specs don't quite put the Cliq 2 among the best of the best (of we know is coming, anyway). But it's a solid phone on a solid network. Full review's on the way. In the meantime, enjoy the hands-on, and hit up the Cliq 2 Forums for more.

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4 years ago

CyanogenMod 6 port for the Motorola Milestone now stable

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Motorola Milestone

After an amazing amount of hard work, hard working hackers have built a stable Froyo custom ROM for the Motorola Milestone.  It's a port of CyanogenMod 6, and thanks to the new kernel ripped out of a ROM leaked from Brazilian carrier Vivo, there are no issues with wake time or signal.  I salute everyone involved in this work, and while not a Milestone user myself, I tip my hat and my glass to you all.  For any Milestone users looking for more information, see the source link, and enjoy.

I'm sure many are asking, "Why is this such big news, and why did it take so long?"  The Milestone was Motorola's first foray into the horrible and unfriendly practice of encrypting the bootloader, making third party ROMs dependent on software from Motorola.  The fact that a small group of users was able to circumvent the protection scheme tells us that it was a pretty damn silly idea to begin with.  If the front door is locked, people will find a way to use the window.  Developers who stuck with the Milestone through all this nonsense deserve our admiration and respect. [DoShaska.net] Thanks, Bassem!

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4 years ago

DL09 Super Clean ROM makes your Fascinate fantastic [from the forums]

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DL09 Super Clean

Want to get more from your Samsung Fascinate?  Android Central Forums Adviser Adrynalyne has worked some magic and offers up a DL09 Super Clean ROM -- removing the bloat, leaving what you really want, and improving what needs made better.  It's not a Froyo ROM, as it is built from the current DL09 release, but by all accounts you won't mind -- it's fast, everything works (and works as intended!), and all the bloat is gone. 

Adrynalyne has worked with the rest of the Galaxy S community to include things like custom built AOSP apps, tools like a BASH shell and nano, and in his words he's removed "ALL VZW and Bing crap" and "As much TouchWiz crap as I could, including livewallpapers".  If you're looking for a stock look and feel, this one is for you -- and Adrynalyne is actively supporting the build right in the Fascinate Hacking forums, so no hunting down anyone when you have a question.  Free yourself from a carrier deciding what you should have on your phone, and give this one a try.  You can find it right here.  Hit the break for some pictures of how nice a clean ROM looks on the Fascinate.  Thanks Adrynalyne!

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4 years ago

TrulyEpic ROM brings the Froyo you crave to your Sprint Epic 4G [from the forums]

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Truly Epic

Android Central forums moderator Ragnarokx has been hard at work building a great Froyo ROM for the Sprint Epic 4G, and it looks like a total winner.  Whether you want to blame Sprint, Samsung, or both for the hold-up of the official Froyo build for the Epic 4G, it's time to take matters into your own hands and see what your phone hardware is really capable of, and this is the perfect way to do it.  The TrulyEpic ROM has a huge feature list, here's a sampler:

  • Based On Froyo DK28
  • Deodexed
  • Zipaligned
  • Custom launcher (AMLauncher) optimized for speed, includes 3D app drawer
  • Removed Samsung and Sprint apps (can restore w/available zips)
  • Modified kernel supports EXT4 filesystem
  • Edify script/ClockworkMod3 compatible
  • Galaxy Tab email app, resized for the Epic's smaller screen
  • ClockworkMod3 baked into ROM for "reboot to recovery" apps

And that's less than half of the changes and enhancements.  I've told you guys once before that Ragnarokx is the man to see if you're tired of waiting for Froyo, and with the release of TrulyEpic I urge you to consider tossing the shackles, rooting your Epic 4G, and enjoying what it seems nobody in a corporate office wants you to have.  Ragnarokx is prepared to do whatever it takes to help -- you can find him lurking in the Epic 4G hacking forums.  Check out the TrulyEpic ROM here, it should help you make that decision.

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4 years ago

Thunderbolt ROM booting on the Evo 4G, and a new leak can only make it better

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Thunderbolt ROM on the Evo 4G

Things like the HTC Thunderbolt ROM booting up on the Sprint Evo 4G is the reason we all get excited over ROM leaks and dumps.  I know many of you get tired of reading how these things mean a lot to the developers even if they don't do much for the average end user, but good things come to those who wait.  XDA-Developers member and Evo 4G genius Caulkin has the Thunderbolt ROM up and running, though he says it still has a few issues that need worked out. 

Speaking of leaked RUU's, a new one leaked today that may help get things moving along -- you can get that one yourself at the source link if you are able to chip in and lend a hand.

As of this writing there's no public download for the Evo port, but it's one to keep your eye on for sure.  We certainly will.  [XDA-Developers; 911HTC via Droid-Life]

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4 years ago

HTC EVO Shift 4G review

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The power of HTC and 4G speed of Sprint,
with a killer keyboard thrown in for good measure

HTC EVO Shift 4G

We couldn't have asked for a better way to review Sprint's new EVO Shift 4G than by battle testing it at CES in Las Vegas. Four days of use among more than 100,000 nerds, in press conference after press conference, with smartphone news breaking every minute (or so it seemed).

The Shift, as it's lovingly referred to by Sprint, is Sprint's third 4G-enabled Android smartphone, and the second with a slide-out keyboard. It runs Android 2.2 Froyo but doesn't have all of the whiz-bang specs as some of the other phones we saw announced during CES. And as the second phone in the EVO line (see the original EVO 4G), it has a lot to live up to. So is it worthy of the EVO name? And did it survive the nerd crunch in Las Vegas? Find out, after the break.

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