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4 years ago

Hands-on with the HTC Desire S

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HTC Desire S

The original HTC Desire hit in spring 2010, and was part of the Android boom that saw the OS’s market share explode in just a few months. Twelve months later, HTC offers up the Desire S -- a device which it says is an evolution of the phone that gave many users their first taste of Android. 

Just launched in the UK, the Desire S lies in the center ground of HTC’s European line-up for early 2011. It’s not as large (or expensive) as the Incredible S, but it’s just as fast. And it outperforms the upcoming Wildfire S, while still being easily pocketable.

We've just spent several hours getting to know the HTC Desire S, so join us after the break to learn more about it, and read our first impressions of HTC's first Gingerbread phone...

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4 years ago

We're on-site at the Samsung Galaxy Prevail event

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Samsung Galaxy Prevail event

We're on the floor live at Boost Mobile's Samsung Galaxy Prevail event in New York.  This CDMA phone will be the first Android device on Boost Mobile, and looks like a very nice pre-paid offering for $179.00.

We're keeping tabs on everything, and we'll be sure to let you know if Samsung or Boost tells us something we don't already know, and hopefully we'll get some hands-on time to share later. 

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4 years ago

Xperia bootloader unlocking will be available in 'upcoming weeks'

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Xperia Arc

A while ago we reported that Sony Ericsson would be offering a bootloader unlocking solution for their 2011 Xperia line, and today Xperia Blog has some information about how this will play out.  According to SE developer Karl-Johan Dahlström, Sony Ericsson plans to have a bootloader site "up and running in the upcoming weeks."

The website will allow you to enter the IMEI number from your Xperia device, and you'll be given a key to unlock that devices bootloader via Fastboot.  SE has promised more details, but as it stands this is great news.  I'm loving the way Sony Ericsson has tackled this issue, and given hardware access to the people who paid for their devices.  We know that SE realizes the mistakes of the past, and this is a great way to make the future more user friendly. [Xperia Blog] Thanks, Rick!

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4 years ago

Samsung Continuum ROM Clean Continuum DL17 [From the Forums]

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Clean Continuum DL17

The Samsung Continuum gets an awesome treat from Android Central forums adviser and ROM developer Adrynalyne with his Clean Continuum DL17 ROM.  Samsung Fascinate users should be familiar with Adrynalyne's work, and they'll all tell you it's great.  This has carried over to the Continuum.  The short list of features:

  • Deodexed, Debloated, DeBinged, and mostly, DeTouchwizzed.
  • Visual voice mail is gone, voice mail button in the dialer now opens Google Voice.
  • Verizon Wireless carrier banner replaced.
  • Messaging app will not longer do multi-part messages, but instead converts to MMS automatically once the 160 character mark is hit.
  • GPS has been tweaked.
  • ADW Launcher installed as default

Adrynalyne says that while this is an early beta, it still should be perfectly stable.  It's great to see the Android community at work on phones that don't have the spotlight, and if you're rocking a Continuum you owe it to yourself to have a look.  Check it out in the forums.  Thanks, Adrynalyne, for the hard work!

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4 years ago

LG Optimus 2X hacking continues, MCR now available

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LG optimus 2x

The LG Optimus 2X is proving to be quite the treat for those who love to root and customize their phones, and the release of MCR (MoDaCo Custom ROM) for the device makes things that much better.  For those not familiar with Paul O'Brien's work, MCR is a ROM that appears stock, but everything behind the scenes is tweaked.  Paul has quite the knack for finding a sweet spot between speed and stability, and all versions of MCR (most devices that are capable get the treatment) have a large fanbase.

MCR for the 2X brings a custom kernel with EXT 4 support, Superuser Whitelist and current SU binary from ChainsDD, and is flashable from ClockworkMod recovery for easy installation.  There's also a custom kitchen for downloading available for paid members of Paul's website. 

Thanks for the hard work Paul, here's hoping you can get the T-Mobile version in your hands when it's released.  [MoDaCo]

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4 years ago

Remove HTC Thunderbolt bloatware easily [From the Forums]

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Find the latest HTC ThunderBolt accessories

Thunderbloat

The first thing most people want to do after they root their phone is remove all that extra software the carriers have forced upon them.  The HTC Thunderbolt comes with it's fair share of carrierware, bitbops and golf games -- getting rid of the Thunderbloat is a reason to root in itself.  Again, we see Android Central forums admin and Podcast co-host Cory Streater jump in to make your lives easier.  He's written a tutorial using Root Explorer that's easy enough for anyone to follow, and will soon have all those apps nobody loves gone for good.

Check out the forums post here. Thanks, Cory! 

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4 years ago

Sony Ericsson offering a bootloader unlock solution on 2011 Xperia line

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Xperia Arc

This one came out of left field -- Sony Ericsson is going to offer their 2011 Xperia line with an unlockable bootloader via the fastbook command.  They say only SIM unlocked versions of the Xperia Play, Xperia Arc, Xperia Pro, and Xperia Neo will be eligible, so carriers should be happy as well as developers and advanced users.  The big question of how this will affect the CDMA Xperia Play on Verizon is unanswered, but I hope they have an equivalent solution.  They also go over warranty concerns and possible additional costs for service at their blog, so be sure to read the source link to get those details.

This is a big turnaround from their policy with the Xperia X-10, which will remain locked due to legal reasons.  It shows that Sony Ericsson is listening to their end users and allowing the owners of their oh-so-sexy hardware complete control of it.  Let's all hope other manufacturers see the benefit in this and offer similar solutions.  Now to decide between the Arc or the Neo as my next phone.  [Sony Ericsson Developer Blog]

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4 years ago

Rooting the HTC Thunderbolt on a Mac [From the Forums]

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HTC Thunderbotl

Have a shiny new HTC Thunderbolt, itching to be rooted, but only have a Mac with which to do the deed?  You're in luck -- our very own Cory Streater happens to love his MacBook Pro, and he's the type who can't sleep well when he has an unrooted Android laying around.  He's taken the time to work up an excellent tutorial, complete with a single download for all the needed files.

If you're looking for a way to root with your Mac that doesn't involve Boot Camp, you can stop.  Just point your browser to the Thunderbolt hacking forums and start reading.  [Android Central forums] Thanks, Cory!

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4 years ago

Hands-on with Gingerbread on Droid X

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Gingerbread on the Droid X

Android 2.3.3 leaked out for the Droid X and Droid 2 earlier tonight, and we just had to take it for a spin, especially given that it has an all new skin atop it. We even hesitate to call it Blur, because it's definitely better than the old Motoblur and not-a-Blur from days gone by.

There's a proper dock now, with three customizable icons. That's right, you can put whatever you want in there, which is the way it should be. But by default, Motorola gives you the phone dialer, e-mail and text messages, which is much better than the dialer and contacts we had before.

The app drawer also is greatly improved. You can now make groups of applications within the drawer. And the first thing we're going to do with it is make a group of icons that excludes all the VCAST stuff that's on the phone, and maybe the stub apps for NFS Shift and Madden 2011. For those of you who don't root and kill unwanted apps, this is a nice, safe way to get the bloatware out of sight.

The menus have a new look, too, which is OK by us.

Anyhoo, peep the video after the break. We're going to give it a go for a few more days, but our initial impression is pretty good. Give it a shot, or sit back and wait for the over-the-air update, whenever that is. More on the update in the Android Central Forums

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4 years ago

Official Android 2.3 Gingerbread ROM leaks out for Samsung Galaxy S

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Gingerbread on the Galaxy S

The race is on to see which device will be the first to get an official upgrade to Android 2.3 Gingerbread, and a new ROM has leaked out for the Euro version of the Samsung Galaxy S (that's the I9000 for you folks playing at home). It's not actually being pushed out just yet, but reportedly it's what you'll get if your phone gets sent in for warranty work.

And, no, this isn't what those of us in the states are waiting on -- you'll need the the official upgrade from your respective carrier -- or the Froyo update, first, if you're still waiting on that.

The the full walkthrough of the leaked Gingerbread ROM after the break, and get your download, plus full instructions, at the source link. [XDA Developers]

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4 years ago

LG Optimus 2X gets ClockworkMod recovery

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Optimus 2x

The LG Optimus 2X (see our hands-on) gets the next step of the hacking treatment, a custom recovery.  Paul O'Brien has built ClockworkMod recovery, and packaged it up with an easy installer for Windows, Linux, and Mac computers.  The project is still marked as beta, but the few issues seem to be centered around the installer, so advanced users may wish to just manually copy and dd the recovery image themselves.  Having said that, unlike some other hacks that spring up from time to time, Paul is actively working with the few folks having issues, so I feel good about recommending this one.

I realize that few of us here in the states will be getting an Optimus 2X, but AT&T and T-Mobile will be releasing some very similar devices, so we're keeping an eye on this one in hopes of an easy port.  Visit the source link for downloads and installation information. [MoDaCo] Thanks for the tip, Dan!

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4 years ago

Hands-on with the Cricket LG Optimus C

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Cricket LG Optimus C

There's the Optimus One. And the Optimus M. And the Optimus S. And the Optimus T. And the Optimus U. And the Optimus V. And the LG Vortex on Verizon. And now, we present the LG Optimus C on Cricket, fresh off the show floor at CTIA. 

This is yet another variant of the Optimus One, which is an above-average mid-range Android smartphone. You have Android 2.2 running with a 3.2-inch touchscreen, a 3.2MP camera with a 1500mAh battery. The physical buttons are a tad different than what you'll get on the other versions, but all in all it's mostly the same experience. More pics and hands-on video are after the break.

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4 years ago

Sprint Epic 4G gets a rooted version of EC05 Froyo update

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Epic 4G

The EC05 Froyo OTA is slowly trickling out for the Sprint Epic 4G, but users who like to tinker don't have to wait any longer.  Android Central forums adviser Paul627g has worked up a flashable version that's pre-rooted and ready to go.  You'll need Odin, the Windows drivers, and a few minutes time, but the payoff is worth it in the end.  To make it even better, there is no data wipe required whether you're currently running Eclair or one of the leaked/official/pulled previous Froyo updates.  Nice work fellas! [Android Central forums]

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4 years ago

HTC Thunderbolt gets an easy root option

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Find the latest HTC ThunderBolt accessories

HTC Thunderbolt

Developers have packaged the lengthy and cumbersome HTC Thunderbolt root process into an easy to use application that runs from your computer.  You get the same root, using the same methods, without the work and potential for user error.  There are a few caveats though -- you'll need to be using Windows, have a Tbolt with a firmware version lower than version 1.12.605.9, and there's the potential for a bug that will force you to head to IRC for a fix.

Not much feedback about this one yet, but we've set up a discussion thread in the Thunderbolt hacking forums, so if you have taken the plunge, thinking about taking it, or just have questions there's a place to do it.  This certainly looks like some nice work, hats off to dbzfanatic for the program! [XDA Developers] Thanks everyone who sent this in!

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4 years ago

Hands-on with the Wifi-only HTC Flyer, coming this spring to Best Buy

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Youtube link for mobile viewing

Best Buy just dropped the news that it'll be selling an unbranded, Wifi-only HTC Flyer Android tablet sometime this spring. That's good news for those of you who are looking for some contractless tablet love. And we got ourselves a little time with the device tonight at a CTIA after-hours event.

For all intents and purposes, it's an HTC Flyer, same as we saw unveiled a month ago at Mobile World Congress. The advantage here, of course, is that you're not beholden to a carrier for a two year contract. On the other hand, you have to rely on having a Wifi signal, but for many of us that's not a problem.

Still no word on when it'll be available, other than "this spring," and they're not budging on how much they'll be selling it for. So stay tuned.

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