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4 years ago

MIUI ROM now on the Motorola Droid

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MIUI

Last week we got a peak at the MIUI Rom running on a Nexus One, and now it is available for all you Motorola Droid users! This ROM, still in Chinese, appears to be more stable than its partner that was available on the Nexus One. Jerry did a great walk through of this ROM already, so if you want to check that out be sure to do so, and for all you who like to try any and every available ROM, be sure not to skip this one! For instructions and links, be sure to hit the source. [via XDA]

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4 years ago

Droid Incredible ROM -- Uncommon Sense v1.0 [From the Forums]

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Uncommon Sense ROM

Here's what looks to be another great custom ROM for the Droid Incredible -- Uncommon Sense v 1.0.  It comes with a load of UI customizations, and I'll be the first to say they look as good or better than anything from a carrier or manufacturer.  It's more than just visual tweaks though, there is a lot behind the scenes as well as application level tweaks that sound like the makings of a winner -- both improvements to the Standard Dinc system and bits and pieces from other phones.  I know you guys get addicted to flashing ROMs, so do I :)  Try this one out!  You can download it from the forums post, and there's a nice collage of the ROM on device after the break.  [Android Central Fourms]

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4 years ago

Xperia X10 review

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Sony Ericsson Xperia X10

The Xperia X10 is a continuation of every smartphone aficionado's love-hate affair with Sony Ericsson.  It's a combo of exceptional hardware and build quality, with poorly implemented software that is taking far too long to get updated.  By the latest standards, it's no powerhouse, but the specs are still good and were top of the line when we first saw it at CES in January 2010.  But the software.  Oh the software -- especially the fact that it's still running Android 1.6 is so hard to swallow.  Hit the break, and have a look at the impressions, both good and bad, that AT&T's version of the X10 left on me.

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4 years ago

A quick look at the new Sense 'HD' on the Nexus One [video]

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Sense HD

We're all waiting to see what the Desire HD and it's new version of HTC Sense UI brings to the table, but thanks to leaks and ingenious hackers, we can get a pretty good idea of what to expect.  Some of the changes are subtle, some not so much, and some are huge.  For you hands-on types, you can check it out for yourself on your Droid Incredible, Evo 4G, HTC Desire, and now the Nexus One.  Be warned, it's not ready for prime-time yet.  Data, camera, and WiFi are pretty well borked on the Nexus, for example.  At least at the time this was written they were ... those hackers are fast!

Follow past the break to see a look at many of the new goodies. [Xda-developers -- Evo -- Desire -- Incredible -- Nexus] Thanks jlevy73 for the Nexus One tip!

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4 years ago

Droid Incredible boots in seconds on custom ROM [video]

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Droid Incredible boot

Don't have time to wait 45 seconds for your Droid Incredible to boot up?  Then you'll love this -- a video of the IncDoes ROM booting up on the Incredible.  Careful you don't blink, you just might miss it.  Here we all thought the Desire HD had exclusivity in the quick booting department.  Show 'em what you're made of, Dinc!  Thanks for the video, Bret!

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4 years ago

Desire HD ROM ported to Droid Incredible and Desire [video]

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Desire HD port

Want to fool around with the new Sense that's coming with the Desire HD on your Droid Incredible or HTC Desire?  Thanks to some hackery and the Desire HD system dump, now you can.  The folks who brought you the IncDoes ROM have ported it over for the Dinc, and a neophyte (seriously, NeoPhyTe.x360) has wiggled it onto the Desire.  Granted, neither are what you would call "production-ready" and there are plenty of bugs, but everyone knows it's cool to play with new leaks and dumps if only for a little while.  That's what Nandroid backups are for, right?

Hit the source links for details, change logs, and downloads; and check the video after the break.  [XDA-Developers (Incredible -- Desire) via Engadget]

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4 years ago

Rooted version of Evo update released before OTA actually hits

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Evo custom ROM

In a weird twist, while everyone was waiting for the Evo 4G update to show up, the folks over at XDA-Developers have just released the rooted users version of it.  Don't ask, we have no answers about the how or why :) It looks like the rumors of the 30FPS cap being lifted were true, but it's still too soon to see if the Gmail and GPS "issues" have been addressed. 

We normally suggest that everyone on the darkside who has rooted their phone wait a day or two for the developers to release a "root-friendly" version, but this time we don't have to.  Follow the source link to grab the ROM, as well as new cellular and WiMax radios while they're still hot! [Xda-Developers via Android Central ForumsThanks b0ricua!

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4 years ago

MIUI ROM for the Nexus One and Desire

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MIUI ROM for the Nexus One

Here's a neat twist for folks using the Nexus One or Desire, MIUI -- a "from-source" ROM from a Chinese group that takes the best things from vanilla Froyo (Android 2.2), TouchWiz, and of all things, Apple's iOS and bastardizes them into something tha really shows some promise.  It's full of features you wouldn't expect, like dedicated SMS and dialer buttons on the lock screen that unlock the phone and takes you right to the app, working FM radio, a built in screenshot function, and a launcher with an adjustable bottom bar, notification shade controls, and home screen changes much like we see on the new TouchWiz.

It's also full of bugs, and a good portion of the ROM is in Chinese.  The developer is quick to point out that this is not ready for prime time by any means, and they never intended for it to be localized in other areas.  But (and it's a big but) if you like to tinker you should give it a look, because someone else has shown interest in the ROM ... a fellow who goes by the handle Cyanogen.  Hit the break to see a video demo of the ROM and some screenshots from my own Nexus.  For more info, and downloads, hit the source link. [MIUI via XDA-Developers] Thanks teleknEsis!

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4 years ago

HTC Lexikon RUU extracted, is Bingtastic!

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From the department of news nobody wanted to hear -- the HTC Lexikon RUU has been extracted, and it's been Binged.  The image above says it all, the full suite of bing products, and no Google search app to be found.  Looks like Phil has a new project once this one rolls out!  Other than that, there's not much here we haven't seen before.  Looks like "old" Sense UI as opposed to the new version as is on the Desire HD, all the Verizon utilities are there, including a VZW branded Slacker app and an eReader.

All that said, there's no telling just how old this leaked RUU is and what all might change by launch time. I've repackaged it all up in a user friendly way and you can get download links from the Android Central Forums.  [Android Central Forums]

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4 years ago

Unrevoked 3.21 is back for easy rooting

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 UnRevoked

Praise the Lord and pass the ammunition -- Unrevoked Version 3.21 has returned after a short stint on the sidelines for extra testing, bringing the latest in one-click rooting and NAND unlocking for some of your favorite HTC Android phones. Included phones in Unrevoked3's rooting arsenal are the Evo 4G, Droid Incredible, Desire (GSM and CDMA), Aria and Wildfire. 

Get the full lowdown at the source link, and find the changelog here. [Unrevoked]

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4 years ago

From the Forums: Redemption Rom 2.0.2 for the Droid Incredible

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Redemption Rom 2.0.2

Listen up all you Droid Incredible folks who went ahead and rooted: There's a new Sense ROM on the table that looks like a sure-fire winner -- Redemption Rom v 2.0.2.  It's got everything you'd expect from a custom ROM, and then some.  Busybox, DSP manager, the new Google apps, all the goodies.  The developers have even baked in some very handy third party applications to make life easy and save you the trouble of tracking them down on your own.  Add in a wicked custom look and theme, and you've got the makings of a great OS for your beloved Dinc.

Of course, you need to be rooted and unlocked, but we have you covered with that, too. What are you waiting for?  Someone get this installed and let me know what ya think -- I love me some Sense custom ROMs. Follow the source link to check it out, and read the complete installation instructions. [Android Central Forums] Thanks to HeyItsLou and crew for all the hard work!

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4 years ago

Desire HD system dump confirms Vodafone release

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Vodaphone logo from Desire HD

Vodaphone has already said via Twitter that it will be carrying the HTC Desire HD, and there's a ton of speculation about other carriers and SIM unlocked versions. But the system dump leaked out today from dealer75 at XDA Developers is clearly Vodaphone-branded.  Digging through the system dump we see the last frame of the boot sequence is the Vodaphone logo. 

We're still digging through the files, seeing new goodies like an HTC Data Strip widget that appears to be a set of quick switches for 3G and WiFi radios, and well as a roaming indicator widget.  Look for your favorite Sense ROM developer to have a boatload of new toys for you soon. [XDA Developers]

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4 years ago

Another Droid X Froyo update leaks out

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 Droid X leaked OTA

Yeah, we're still waiting on Android 2.2 for the Motorola Droid X. But for those of you who are rooted and don't mind a little hackery, another leaked OTA (see our hands-on with the first) has appeared at My Droid World. You need to be rooted to get this guy to install, and you're going to have to use Koush's bootstrapper. And now would be a good time to remind about the warning Motorola issued after the previous leaked Froyo build -- mainly that if you do this, don't expect help from Moto if a newer OTA actually gets pushed out. But you knew that already, right? Check out the full instructions at the source. [My Droid World via Android Central Forums]

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4 years ago

Here's your Verizon Fascinate Google search fix (update with even more fixed)

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Google Search on the Verizon Fascinate

Here's how to put Google search back on the Verizon Fascinate, and it takes just a third-party launcher and a single download. It's simple as can be and doesn't require root, and it adds one piece of functionality we were missing from our previous fix: You'll get native Google search and voice search back.

Here are your instructions:

  • Download the Enhanced Google Search provider apk from the second post of this forum thread.
  • Place the file on your SD card, and install it through your favorite file manager.
  • In a third-party launcher (like ADW or Launcher Pro), put the Google search widget back on your home screen, if you like. It'll work now. Same goes for the search button. Again, you have to use a third-party launcher.

You'll still need to download Google Maps from the market if you haven't already. And while the phone's physical search button (or capacitive, we know) will now work with Google, holding it to initiate a voice search still routs through Bing. So we're about 90 percent there. (Update: See below)

Otherwise, we're talking no root, no muss, no fuss, and no waiting for Verizon to "fix" this when it eventually releases Android 2.2.  I love it!  [Android Central forums] Big thanks to namebrandon and Cory!

Update: As Cory demonstrates in the video after the break, you can get the search button to work for voice search. Here's how he did it. You're going to have to be rooted. (Sorry, but that's how it is, get instructions for that here.) Go to /system/app and rename I500_BingSearchAndroid_07152010.apk to I500_BingSearchAndroid_07152010.old. You may need to reboot. But after that, it should work.

Update 2: Added more video of it in action after the break.

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4 years ago

From the Forums: First custom Droid 2 ROM now available

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Droid 2 epic ROM

The Motorola Droid 2 now has a custom ROM available.  Epic Unleashed 1.1 (don't be confused by the name, this ROM is only for the Droid 2) brings more to the table than many thought would be possible because of the locking down that Big Red and Moto attempted on the phone -- being deodexed, with some of the carrier extras removed, helpful shell scripts added, and a customized build.prop.  That's developer speak for faster with nice features, and we all can understand that.

You can check it out in the developers threads right here in our forums.  And if you're sporting a rooted Droid 2, you gotta check it out! [Android Central forums] Thanks, Matt!

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