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4 years ago

Sprint Samsung Transform review

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A surprisingly decent entry-level Android phone

Sprint Samsung Transform

Take the Epic 4G, slim it down and slow it down a tad, and you've got the mid-level Samsung Transform on Sprint. Hang on, hang on. Keep reading. That's not to say this is a lesser phone that should be dismissed. On the contrary. The Transform is a simpiler -- and less expensive -- Android phone -- than much of what's out there today.

Let's take hold hands and take a look, after the break.

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4 years ago

Bootlace creators bringing Froyo to iPhone 4, iPad

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 OpeniBoot bringing Froyo to iPad?

If you found the news about the iPhone 3G running the latest version of Android depressing, you might want to stop reading now.  The team that brought us the OpeniBoot Bootlace for the iPhone 3G is working hard to bring Froyo to the iPhone 4 and iPad.  

OpeniBoot is an Application downloaded through the Cydia app store (Jailbroken devices only) that allows users to load unsigned code, such as Android, onto their iOS devices.  The application currently only works with the iPhone 2g, 3G, and first generation iPod touch, but should work on the iPad soon(tm).

 One more image and a short video after the break. [Via Redmond PieThanks Brad!

More at TiPb: OpeniBoot set to unleash Android on your iPad and iPhone 4
| Install Android on iPhone using Bootlace

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4 years ago

T-Mobile G2 is overclocked past 100%; Doc Brown approves

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G2 goes jiggawatt

The T-Mobile G2 has been overclocked to an astonishing 1.9 GHz.  Read it slowly, it's not a typo -- I read it two or three times myself to be sure of what I was seeing.  Now to be clear, if you are a normal, well-balanced person who likes your G2 and uses it every day you probably won't want to do this one.  On the other hand, if you're like us, and you smile when the magic blue smoke comes out the back of a phone (then cry when you have to tell your wife what you did), hit the source link and give it a try.  Anyone still think the G2's CPU is slow?

And for the love of all things holy, share some screenshots in the forums.  [XDA-Developers via Android Police]

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4 years ago

Droid Pro on Verizon: First Impressions [Video]

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 Motorola Droid Pro

The Motorola Droid Pro on Verizon finally makes our greatest and fondest wishes come to life: a full-powered Android 2.2 Smartphone with a front-facing QWERTY keyboard. Sure, we've gone hands-on with the Droid Pro before, but nothing beats owning it and getting some impressions after a day of use. 

So get those impressions, a video of the most notable aspects of the world phone, and plenty of photos after the break!

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4 years ago

Cyanogen Mod 6.1 ROM for T-Mobile G2 -- Done!

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Been waiting for this on the T-Mobile G2? I'm positive some of you out there have been. The above Tweet pretty much says it all.  As noted on his Twitter account, the update is done but some cleanup does need to take place before it will be made available specifically, the camera portion to ensure it doesn't break on other devices. When it will be ready to roll out remains unsaid, but we're patient folks. Ok, maybe we're not. But, we know better than to be asking for an ETA. Got your devices in hand, ready for when this drops? [Twitter]

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4 years ago

Sprint Epic 4G Froyo leak made available to all

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Epic 4G

Last weekend when the Froyo leak for the Epic 4G rolled out, there was a bit of consternation about the folks that had the leak not wanting to share it with the public-at-large.  Somebody, somewhere decided that this needed changing, and the leak is now available for download and flashing.  You'll need to be rooted of course, and bug reports vary wildly, from no issues to plenty of force closes and reboots. 

If you're that kind of guy (or gal), grab the file at the source and give it a go! [XDA-Developers] Thanks Casey!

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4 years ago

Install Froyo on your iPhone 2G or 3G without a computer, using Bootlace

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Froyo on iPhone

Does iOS fragmentation have your iPhone 3G sluggish and buggy?  Drop Froyo on it and give it some new life!  The new Bootlace app in Cydia (yes, like most things fun and unauthorized, you'll need to jailbreak) for the original iPhone and the 3G will get Froyo running without the use of a computer.  Froyo for the iPhone has had the keys remapped so that the volume rocker, power button, and home button on the Apple hardware work for Android's four buttons, but there's no Google apps (Gmail, GTalk, Market, etc) available just yet. 

If only you could download something to get rid of that silly proprietary connector. [Redmond Pie via EngadgetThanks Derek!

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4 years ago

CyanogenMod 6 on the T-Mobile MyTouch 4G

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CM6 on the MyTouch 4G

You won't find it for download anywhere, it's being called "very broken" and don't dare ask for an ETA, but here's a quick peek at CyanogenMod 6 on the T-Mobile MyTouch 4G.  Less than 24 hours after getting properly rooted and a custom recovery made, this sure looks pretty.  Told you the ROMs would come soon.  [@kmobs]

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4 years ago

Clockwork recovery for myTouch 4G now in Rom Manager

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clockwork recovery on the mytouch 4g

That didn't take long -- Clockwork recovery has been ported over to the myTouch 4G, and is available right from Rom Manager.  After we saw it ported to the G2, we knew the myTouch 4G would soon follow, and kmobs has done the deed.  There are several ways to get it and flash it, but it's hard to beat Rom Manager.  Be sure you're rooted, install Rom Manager from the Market and fire it up.  ROMs and assorted hacks soon to follow I'm sure.  The Market links for Rom Manager are after the break.  [@kmobs, @clockworkmod] Thanks timbo1083!

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4 years ago

Motorola Backflip keeps up with the times -- receives Android 2.1 update

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Motorola Backflip receives Android 2.1 update 

If you weren't lucky enough to be one of the 1,000 users recruited by Motorola and AT&T to test Android 2.1 on your Motorola Backflip, today is the day you can join the party.

The Eclair update is live and well on Motorola's and AT&T's respective websites. We weren't crazy about the Motorola Backflip, or the fact that it launched with Android 1.5, but hopefully this update will improve the Backflip experience for current and future owners.

So what are you waiting for?  Check the links above and begin your update process.  And while it's downloading, feel free to check out the release notes so you can know what to expect once you're up and running on 2.1.

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4 years ago

Clockwork recovery for G2 now in Rom Manager

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G2 clockwork recovery

Here's what many were waiting for -- Clockwork recovery for the T-Mobile G2 is now available for all, and is as easy to get as installing Rom Manager from the Android Market.  Now all the hackery types have a real way to keep and restore their phone's software, instead of depending on carriers and handset manufacturers to do it for them.

Fire up the Market on your rooted G2, grab Rom Manager (link after the break), and flash Clockwork.  Easy as pie.  [@koush]

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4 years ago

HP Photosmart eStation (Android almost-tablet) hands-on [Video]

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Want to know what a printer with an Android mini-tablet looks like? Feast your eyes on the "HP Photosmart eStation All-in-One Printer Series - C510" (pause for breath) and itss little Android-powered control station (neé Zeen). Sure, we could talk specs here - Like Android 2.1, a 7" screen, and so on - but HP is pretty much using Android like many companies use WinCE: as a quick OS to build their custom stuff on. Hence: no Google Apps like Gmail or Android Marketplace for 3rd party apps. Regarding the latter - HP says they will continue to evaluate apps that can bring quality printing experiences. Something we pretty much take as code for "you know we're switching this stuff to webOS soon, right?"

In any case, the mini-tablet does have some clever bits on it - the notification drawer has the printer's status and email address right there along with a shortcut to a dashboard that shows you ink levels and the like. There are a smattering of other apps like Yahoo Weather (with printing!), Snapfish (with printing!), and the default Android web browser munged up with a permanent menu at the bottom (with printing!).

Build-wise, it's nothing to write home about. There's a weird swoop on the rear of the tablet, but the full SD card slot is a nice touch. HP has added music functions as well. No word on battery life, but this is most definitely a print and print-app device with just a little bit of classic Android peeking through.

Basically, our take is that if you're in the market for a cool printer - have at it, this eStation is actually very cool and the email-to-print feature is underrated. Just don't expect to get a sweet Android tablet along with it. If you want an Android tablet, there are better ones coming that don't have a printer attached.

Video and photos after the break!

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4 years ago

Sprint Galaxy Tab Hands-On

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We just grabbed a quick look at the Sprint version of the Samsung Galaxy Tab tablet and ... it's totally a Galaxy Tab on Sprint. Which is to say that what we have here is Android 2.2 with Samsung's TouchWiz (and not Sprint ID), that 7-inch 1024x600 display, a whoppingly large 4000mAh battery -- which should give you a full day -- and all the usual fixings. 

What really pleased us, though is the utter lack of Sprint bloatware. Say what you will about the latest generation of TouchWiz and Samsung apps (we're alternately hot and cold), but at least Samsung appears to be offering a consistent tablet experience across all carriers -- including a Media Hub for buying movies. The only two Sprint apps we could see were an account management app and an app to run their Hotspot for tethering.

We'd say more, but honestly not much has changed from all the previous looks we've had with Galaxy Tab that we have done -- and that's a good thing. Photos of the snazzy Sprint logo and a few of the apps after the break!

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4 years ago

MyTouch 4G root still a bit of the ol' caveat emptor

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Much like the T-Mobile G2, HTC Desire HD and Desire Z, the T-Mobile myTouch 4G has now been freed and permanent root has been obtained. The methods are pretty much the same as the G2 root so with that, you'll have to exercise extreme caution if you decide to roll with this right away. Personally, we suggest holding off until the powers that be can find better way of implementing root. The fact that it can now be obtained should be enough for most folks. You've waited this long, you might as well play it safe. [XDA via AndroidSpin]

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4 years ago

T-Mobile G2 finally cracked open, permanent root for all (and the Desire Z and HD)

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T-Mobile G2

It's been a long time coming, folks, but the T-Mobile G2 -- and with it, the HTC Desire HD and Desire Z -- finally has a permanent root. The work was done by Scott Walker and his merry band at XDA and is being compiled into ROMs as we type, this, we imagine. In other words, you've got a tad longer to wait if you're not familiar in the ways of the GIT -- but rest assured, you'll soon have your permanent root. Check out the source links for more, and congrats, everybody! [XDA, IRC, GIT] Thanks to everyone who sent this in!

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