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4 years ago

Motorola Cliq 2 hands-on

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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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4 years ago

Get the Samsung Fascinate update with no waiting [from the forums]

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Samsung Fascinate

 Want to get the update Verizon has put out for the Samsung Fascinate, but don't feel like waiting for it to push to you?  Android Central forums Adviser Adrynalyne has the fully updated package all ready to download and flash.

It's the stock, non-rooted version that a Verizon employee would use if he or she needed to reflash your phone, including all the Bing and bloatware you can eat. 

Be warned that while you don't need to be rooted to run this update, you will need to use some advanced tools and methods.  That's the kind of help you can find in the Android Central Fascinate forums, so don't be afraid to dive in there and find the help you might need.

Fire up your computer, grab your USB cable, and get cracking!

[Android Central forumsThanks Adynalyne!

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4 years ago

HTC Thunderbolt RUU leaked, system dump posted

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Thunderbolt boot screen

We got a tip that the RUU for the HTC Thunderbolt (check out our hands-on) has leaked out, and while we were breaking things down to be sure all was what it was supposed to be,  the pulled system dump got dropped in the Android Central forums.  It's a hell of a ROM, weighing in at almost 500 MB's worth of software, and we're 100 percent sure it's Bing free. 

Hit the source link for the full RUU, and the forums link for the system dump. [911HTC; Android Central forums] Thanks Steven!

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4 years ago

LG Revolution First Look

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One of the big three new devices Verizon saw fit to directly present at their press conference today was the LG Revolution. The handlers were pretty adamant we not put our grubby hands on their classy phones, but nevertheless watching them go through their paces gave off good impressions. As with the others, there wasn't a working Skype demo, but web pages loaded fast (4G LTE will do that) and rendered fast enough to keep us from feeling the lack of a dual-core processor.

The 4.3 inch screen was good but perhaps a little shy of Samsung's Super AMOLED-level quality. Android 2.2,  a 5mp shooter, HDMI-out, mobile hotspot for 8 devices, and 16gb internal memory round out the topline specs here.

You know the drill, more images and a quick video after the break!

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4 years ago

LG Optimus 2X Hands-on [Video]

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4 years ago

Acer Iconia Tab A500 Hands-on [Video]

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We hit up NVIDIA's table last night to see what sort of Tegra 2 awesomeness they had in store and lo-and-behold they were showing off the gaming chops of the Acer ICONIA Tab A500. If you didn't hear, the 10" tablet is coming to Verizon's LTE network and will sport Honeycomb, though this unit was rocking a fairly stock Android 2.2. So stock, in fact, that rather than poke around Android by pulling up the default buttons (they're brought on-screen with a swipe rather than existing as real button), we just took in the stellar performance of Dungeon Defenders.

Back to the Acer: hardware feels solid by dint of copious amounts of brushed metal, there's HDMI out, a proper USB port, and microUSB. Get your photos and a the video gaming demo after the break!

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4 years ago

Samsung Galaxy Player Hands-on [Video]

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4 years ago

HTC Inspire 4G for AT&T Hands-on [Video]

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4 years ago

SBF files for the Droid Pro and Droid 2 Global available, get them while you can

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the all seeing droid eye

Not that we condone this sort of thing (I'm just the messenger here, Motorola!), but if you're looking for the SBF files for the Droid Pro, and/or the Droid 2 Global, they are now available.  There's no telling how long they will stay available, so think fast and act faster and grab them if you need them (see source links).  SBF files are used to roll your Droid handset back to factory fresh condition, and can be a lifesaver when you've went just a bit too far and angered the Droid enough that it refuses to wake up from it's dreams of human termination.  Or whatever it is that Droid's dream of (I'm still betting termination is in there somewhere).

These files come direct from the TBH fellows, and while some may not agree with their business model, nobody can deny that they know what they're doing.  Grab 'em while they're still there. [MyDroidWorld (Droid Pro); (Droid 2 Global) via DroidLife]

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4 years ago

Tired of the wait for Froyo on your Epic 4G? Try this

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Sprint Epic 4G

The new year has come and gone, and the Epic 4G still doesn't have an official Froyo build from Samsung and Sprint.  They tried to meet their goals, but things happen and at least Samsung has let us know they still want everyone to have a "simple/reliable upgrade".  That's good news, because we want you guys to have a simple and reliable upgrade as well.  But in the meantime, all who have turned to the dark side of root can take matter into their own hands.  Epic 4G forums moderator ragnarox has taken the time to whip up a very comprehensive guide using some popular hacks that not only will get you your Froyo fix, but will put Samsung's rfs file system to bed and replace it with the much snappier, and more reliable ext4 file system

Samsung keeps their phones pretty hacker-friendly, and with instructions this detailed it might just be time to give it a go.  Hit the source link, have a read -- and ask ragnarox any questions you might have -- then decide for yourself if you're finished waiting.  [Android Central's Epic 4G forums]

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