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4 years ago

Gingerbread is on the Droid Incredible? But of course!

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Gingerbread on the Droid IncredibleGingerbread on the Droid Incredible? Don't sound so surprised. Now that the source code has been made publicly available, everyone and their mother (hi, Mom!) is compiling a beta build for their favorite device.

For the most part, though, remember that these builds aren't really ready to be your daily driver -- though they're definitely getting better day by day.

That brings us back to the DInc, and this ROM from r2DoesInc. You'll get the basic Gingerbread experience, with a few tweaks. The camera's working, though GPS and video recording aren't. Be sure to check out the full changelog and instructions at the source link for the full rundown. It's a hodgepodge, to be sure, but an impressive one.

Video's after the break as well. [XDA-Developers]

Thanks to everyone who sent this in!

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4 years ago

Review: T-Mobile myTouch 4G

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T-Mobile's popular myTouch line gets a showcase phone 

The MyTouch 4G

The myTouch 4G is T-Mobile's latest and greatest addition to the venerable myTouch line, which has been around about as long as Android itself has.  This go around, we have T-Mobile's HSPA+ 4G network to add into the mix, and when combined with some nice specifications, this is one to take notice of. 

Of course, there's more to a phone than speed, both the network kind and the hardware kind, and the myTouch 4G is full of features as well.  Make no mistake, this phone is high-end and designed to appeal to both those looking for an easy to use model as well as folks looking for something that flat-out screams.  Did T-Mobile succeed?  Hit the break to see for yourself.

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4 years ago

Nexus S Gingerbread ported to Galaxy S -- not quite ready for prime time yet

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Samsung Galaxy S running Gingerbread

Whenever a new version of Android is released, one thing you can always count on is the developer community hacking it onto as many devices as they can.  Using the kernel and system image from the Nexus S, developer supercurio of XDA Developers was able to get a (mildly) working build of Gingerbread up and running on his Samsung Galaxy S

Although it's a rather crippled build -- and it'll cost you GPS, Wi-Fi, voice, and camera functionality -- it's definitely a step in the right direction.  Every good custom ROM starts with a buggy, near useless build -- these things don't happen overnight.

Check out a video of the Galaxy S running Gingerbread after the break.

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4 years ago

Wimax ported (at last!) to Cyanogenmod for the Evo 4G

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Wimax on the Evo 4G

The Cyanogenmod series of ROMs has done a lot of great things for a lot of phones. But one feature that's been sorely missing on the Evo 4G has been Wimax data. The 4G radio uses code that hasn't been readily available, so it's been a long road getting it to work. But today, folks, it works. It's still not quite ready for prime time, but rest assured, it's coming, folks. Keep an eye out for updates soon. [via @shinzul, @toastcfh, @kyledotodonnell, XDA Developers] Thanks to everyone who sent this in!

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4 years ago

How to unlock the Nexus S bootloader

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bootloader unlock on the Nexus S

Excellent news, folks. The bootloader on the Samsung Nexus S (watch our hands-on video) can be unlocked just as the Nexus One's was. Gandalf44 in the Android Central Forums reminds us of the instructions:

  1. Shutdown the phone
  2. Hold down volume up + power
  3. Now you are in the standard recovery mode
  4. Assuming you have 2.3 SDK installed with fastboot (Google around for that info..), now on terminal/windows or Windows cmd depending on OS type "fastboot devices" to check your device can be seem via USB
  5. Assuming you device is seen via fastboot devices, now type "fastboot oem unlock"
  6. Accept ... and new bootloader is unlocked...

Why would you want to unlock the bootloader? You need access to install a custom recovery. And you need a custom recovery to install custom ROMs. And you need custom ROMs because, well, you just do. Trust us. So this is very good news indeed. If we don't see custom ROMs by the end of the day, somebody's slacking. :p More in the Nexus S forums!

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4 years ago

Nexus S Hands-on Photo Gallery; Update: Video

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Happy Nexus S day, gents and ladies. We high-tailed it over to our local Best Buy Mobile and picked one up to put it through its paces. 

The screen is curved, yes, but not enough to elicit wows from anybody. The overall feel is very Galaxy - which is to say lighter than you might expect but also, sadly, a little cheaper-feeling in the materials than we'd like. The Super Amoled screen is darn pretty and actually performs quite nicely in direct sunlight. Unlike the Nexus One, the capacitive buttons on the bottom are blissfully distant from the main screen and so mis-taps are unlikely to be an issue. What is an issue is that like all Samsung Galaxy phones, those buttons disappear when the screen is off and they're darned-tough to see in sunlight, so better get used to that new button order quickly.

Who are we kidding, the niggles pale in comparison to the speed, which comes partly from that 1GHz hummingbird processor but mostly from Android 2.3 Gingerbread.

In the box you'll find the standard fare: charger, USB cable, and a set of not-horrendous headphones. It's Google-branded, that box, though ours at least had a T-Mobile SIM in there, courtesy of Best Buy.

Obviously expect a full review of the device and a look at its performance, but in the meantime gather round for a quick photo gallery (update: and video!) of this week's "Best Android Phone Ever."

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4 years ago

Nexus S live wallpaper available for download [from the forums]

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Nexus S live wallpaper

While the Nexus S isn't available quite yet, that didn't stop some enterprising hackers from fashioning a re-work of the ho-hum boring original Nexus live wallpaper into the beauty you see above.  It's easy to install (yes, you have to be rooted), but it does overwrite the original -- so back that up if you want to keep it. 

We've got it working here on the Evo 4G and the Droid Incredible, but didn't have much luck on the Droid X. Your mileage may vary.  Check it out, and get the download  and full instructions in the Droid Incredible forums. [Android Central Forums]

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4 years ago

Bell Samsung Galaxy S phones dying - bad hardware, or bad hacks?

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Galaxy S i9000M

The Samsung Galaxy S i9000M (aka the Vibrant) from Bell Mobility seems to be having a high rate of failure with the internal SD storage.  Starting back in September, some folks started seeing their internal SD card become unreadable, unmountable, or just plain invisible to the kernel.  There seems to be a few things in common here -- most of the affected users are running Froyo, most of them have also applied some flavor of "lag fix," and the only sure-fire way to fix it is to ship the phone back to Samsung.

There's a lot of theories, ranging from bad hardware, inferior components, and unsafe hacks.  After reading for half the day, I think it's a combination of all three.  It certainly seems like folks who have upgraded to Froyo but haven't mucked around with their file system aren't seeing many issues, and those that have used some sort of lag fix are seeing the most.  Of course Samsung didn't use hardware that did not meet their specs, but they also didn't use the absolute best available -- that's not very kind to the bottom line.  SD media doesn't take repartitioning very well, and it's likely that the hours spent applying and removing various lag fix schemes has caused early failure for many.  Add in the ever-present bad piece of hardware, and you have the makings of a mess.  And since the only real fix is to send it in and spend time without your phone, my advice is to stop messing with the file system -- inflated Quadrant scores just aren't worth it. Thanks Gregg for bringing this to our attention!

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4 years ago

HTC Knight/Speedy/Shift 4G ROM leaks out in handy RUU form

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HTC Speedy

We're slowly learning more about the rumored HTC Knight, which may also be called the Speedy or the Shift 4G and appears headed to Sprint at some point, and it sure looks like a slightly smaller Evo 4G. But today we do know that the ROM has leaked out in handy RUU form, and we get a good look at it in render form, which you see above. It's being ripped apart as we speak, so keep an eye out for updates. [XDA Developers via the Android Central Forums] Thanks to everyone who sent this in!

Update: As mentioned in the comments below, credit for the RUU (like many leaked RUU files) goes to Football.  Also, we're seeing a few things of interest. It's a mixture of old and new, but unfortunately it's not the new HTC Sense build like the one in the Desire Z or MyTouch 4G.  For all intents and purposes, this is the HTC Vision (G2, Desire Z, Merge) for Sprint.  And that's a good thing, indeed.

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4 years ago

Sprint says Froyo for Epic 4G just a leak, advises not to install

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Epic 4G Froyo leak

Contrary to what you might be reading elsewhere, the DK28 Froyo firmware for the Sprint Epic 4G is not the official Froyo build.  According to Sprint's Epic Product Manager:

...this is not approved software for Sprint production devices and we strongly recommend that users refrain from loading it.

While we're sure this is news nobody wanted to hear, but it could be important in the future when the official update does roll out.  Ask an Evo 4G user or two about that. [Sprint support forums]

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4 years ago

Official Epic 4G Froyo build leaks out (it's likely a test build, though)

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Froyo on the Epic 4G

For those of you dying to get your hands on an official Android 2.2 build for the Sprint Epic 4G, it looks like one has found its way onto at least one phone. The update, which appears to be build DK28, brings the phone up to Android 2.2.1. Doesn't look like it's being pushed to a large number of phones yet -- in fact, the total as we see it so far is one, and it appears to be a dev unit -- so everybody stay tuned. [XDA Developers]

Update: You want the link to the DK28 update?  Of course you do!  Grab it direct from Google right here.  For questions about the installation procedure, be sure to visit the Epic 4G forums for all the answersThanks dieselg5!

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4 years ago

LG Optimus tweaks bring the Thunder to life [from the forums]

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LG Optimus S benchmark

The fellows behind the ThundeROM for the LG Optimus have cranked things up a notch, and have the benchmarks to prove it.  They have edited, tweaked, and monkeyed the system and taken the Optimus from a good, entry-level Android smartphone to a pocketable  fire-breathing dragon that can hold it's own against most devices sold today.  You don't have to take my word for it, just head into the forums and have a look at the results -- results nobody would have though possible from a free (or almost free) Android phone.

Want Need your LG Optimus to sprout wings?  You can make it happen right here for the Optimus S, and here for the Optimus T.  [Android Central forums] Thanks KSmithInNY and Beezy!

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4 years ago

Unrevoked: HTC Incredible OTA root fix now available

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Are you an HTC Incredible owner who downloaded the latest OTA update only to find out you no longer could root your device? If so, your patience has finally paid off as the folks over at Unrevoked have updated their root application. The change log, while small has huge benefits for HTC Incredible owners out there. Changes listed for v3.2.2:

  • Fix for latest Incredible OTA.
  • New Mac OS X build infrastructure; let us know if it broke for you.
  • Switched to in-house reimplementation of rageagainstthecage for better reliability.

Still reading this? What are you waiting for? Go get your root on and enjoy. Thanks Steve! [Unrevoked]

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4 years ago

Samsung Continuum review

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A dual-screen 'Ticker' brings a new look to Verizon

Samsung Continuum

We've been talking about the Samsung Continuum for a while now.  We were able to get a hands-on with it before it released, so we've hashed over the hardware, and I don't think there's anything more that can be said about TouchWiz. This is a Galaxy S phone, after all.

But something as potentially innovative as the "Ticker" needed some attention, and we're about to dive head-first into in on Verizon's newest Samsung phone.  Hit the break to see what this Ticker is all about, and what it can do for you, for Android, and for the world.

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4 years ago

Samsung releases 'GPS Restore' app for Vibrant, Captivate -- does it work?

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Samsung GPS Restore

It's hardly a secret that the Galaxy S Android smartphones have had some, erm, problems when it comes to GPS location. For some of us, things have worked just fine. But far too many have had problems -- from slow to no GPS functionality. We've installed new ROMs. We've hacked our way to fixes. Now Samsung has released an app to undo anything we might have messed up in the process. GPSRestore does just what it says -- fixes any fixins' you might have fouled up.

Download links are after the break. Does it help? Let us know. [Samsung]

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