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4 years ago

WiFi calling on the Nexus One with CyanogenMod 7

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WiFi calling

This one's been kicking around for a while, but with CyanogenMod 7 nightlies getting better, and the hard work Unforgiven512 has done with the files, WiFi calling for the Nexus One is now worth using and sharing with you guys.  To clear up any confusion, we're talking about routing calls through your existing home WiFi, and not VoIP calling.  It's the same method as the MyTouch 4G, and other T-Mobile Android phones -- just ported over to the Nexus One.

WiFi calling on Android uses your voice minutes, so you're probably wondering, why do it?  Besides the call quality (it's top notch, almost land-line quality) it's a helluva battery saver.  It's also the perfect way to make calls outside the T-Mobile service area, without incurring any roaming costs.  Speaking of T-Mobile, you must have an active T-Mobile SIM card inserted to use WiFi calling.  Other carriers don't have the infrastructure in place to use it.  Maybe one day they will, as it's a perfect solution for spotty coverage at home.

If you're interested, and rock a Nexus One with CyanogenMod 7, hit the Android Central forums for the guide to get started.  Big thanks to Unforgiven512 for the hard work with this one!

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4 years ago

HTC Droid Eris forever! CM7 port released

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CM7 port for the Eris CM7 port for the Eris

Put those shovels away -- the Droid Eris is still alive and kicking, and now a  CyanogenMod 7 port is available.  The Eris isn't on the CM 7 "officially supported" list, and HTC and Verizon forgot about this sweet little phone long ago, but workshed over at XDA isn't about to let that stop him from squeezing Gingerbread onto the phone, CM style.  It was built from CM7 sources, and the latest version (as of this writing) was synced with the CyanogenMod tree on Feb. 7.  The changes and full kernel source are available, too.  For anyone thinking about diving in and developing a ROM, this is how it's done.

It's not 100 percent just yet, but from what I'm reading, it good enough to run daily.  Heck, if I was rocking the Eris I'd be using it.  Give it a try and breathe some new life into your Droid Eris.  [XDA-Developers] Thanks for the tip, Dustin!

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4 years ago

Sprint Kyocera Echo first impressions

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Sprint Kyocera Echo

Woe is the smartphone carrier and manufacturer that tries something new, apparently. That much was apparent from the comments before, during and after Sprint's unveiling of the Kyocera Echo dual-screen smartphone at a special event in the Edison Ballroom in New York City. You folks out there certainly made your feelings known.

But we've actually had some time with the Echo. And it's certainly not as far to one end of the spectrum as you might believe. After the break, we get into our initial impressions of the Sprint Kyocera Echo and its crazy two-screen self. Read on!

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4 years ago

Your Optimus S has new toys -- Legos!

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Lego ROMIt's no secret that I'm really digging what LG has done with the Optimus One series phones, and Sprint's Optimus S is no exception.  High performance Android phones for the budget-minded consumer is the right way to do Android.

Take that great little phone, add in three ambitious ROM developers, and one of the best ideas to hit custom ROM development ever, and you have the Lego ROM. 

Usually when you flash a custom ROM, you have to search out the extra tweaks, kernels, small edits and theme you want, then hope that they all play nicely together so you don't have to fool with it.  Not so with the Lego ROM.  These fellas have built the Lego ROM as a modular process, allowing you to choose your tweaks and theme up front, making the process pretty pain-free.  It's also a great custom ROM in it's own right, check the feature list after the break, and hit the forums to check it outThanks Beezy, KSmith, and Nick7 for the hard work!

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4 years ago

Samsung Continuum sees first custom ROM

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Samsung Continuum

The Samsung Continuum has finally entered the custom ROM scene, courtesy of Fascinate developer and Android Central adviser Adrynalyne.  It's a basic ROM, based on the DL17 release, with none of the bloat and none of the Bing.  In short, it's a de-odexed stock ROM with busybox added, and ready for others to fill in and create a masterpiece.  And Adrynalyne doesn't even have a Continuum, but was able to create this with help from bubby323 and Logan302.  Community effort FTW.

If you rock a Continuum (and I totally would if I had Verizon service here on the frontier) you need to have a look.  Hopefully this is the start of a rich development community for one of the most unique phones of 2010.  [Android Central forums] Thanks for the hard work fellas!

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4 years ago

HTC Inspire 4G system dump available

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Inspire 4G system files

New phones always means new goodies for developers and hackers.  With the release of the HTC Inspire 4G to a few people, it was only a matter of time until the system of AT&T's big beauty were pulled out and made available.  As you can see in our hands-on with the Inspire 4G, it's the new version of HTC Sense -- Evo, Dinc and Desire hackers take note -- without too much AT&T bloat added in to screw it up make things better.

If you're curious, or like to tinker grab it and have a look.  And if you're planning on getting the Inspire 4G and doing any type of happy hacking on it, grab it as a safety net.  Trust me ;)  [Android Central forums]

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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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