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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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4 years ago

Motorola i1 -- Sprint/Nextel's push-to-talk Android phone

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Motorola i1

The Motorola i1 is neither big, nor bad, but it certainly fills a niche that many believe is dying off -- push-to-talk on the IDEN network.  Applications and services from other carriers try to replicate it, but if you've ever used an actual "chirp" phone (either because you wanted to or otherwise) you know it's not the same.  Those who need PTT service on their phone now have an Android choice, so let's have a look and see if it would be a wise choice to make after the break.

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4 years ago

Unrevoked 3.2 available, now works with Froyo [update: It's been pulled]

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Unrevoked 3.2

The unrevoked team has announced that version 3.2 is now available for download, and support for Froyo has been added.  This brings the list of devices supported by the flashing tool to:

  • Sprint EVO 4G (HTC Supersonic)
  • Droid Incredible (HTC Incredible)
  • HTC Desire GSM
  • HTC Desire CDMA (HTC BravoC)
  • HTC Aria
  • Droid Eris (HTC DesireC)
  • HTC Wildfire (HTC Buzz)

In addition, users of the Sprint Evo 4G, Droid Incredible, and the CDMA Desire (US Cellular version) can now unlock their NAND and root using the tool.  People using other modern HTC devices not listed above are encouraged to contact the unrevoked team.  Be sure to read the directions carefully, and happy hacking! [unrevoked] Thanks Mike for the tip!

Update: The unlock tool has been temporarily pulled. Says the Unrevoked team: "We're seeing some strange problems with Unrevoked 3.2, so we've pulled the release for a bit. Please hold on! Don't worry if you've already run 3.2 - you are rooted and everything is OK. It's just a problem for users while running it."

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4 years ago

Motorola Charm -- hands on with T-Mobile's tiny messenger

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Motorola Charm

That little bitty phone you see in that big meaty paw is the new Motorola Charm from T-Mobile.  The form factor is a first for Android, and one many of us (myself included) have been looking forward to.  While it may not be running the latest and greatest hardware, and many would say that MotoBlur hinders it, I'm going to go forward and be optomistic about what it can, and does bring to the table.

Under the hood the Charm betrays it's tiny outsides.  Android 2.1 (with MotoBlur), a 600 MHz OMAP processor, 512 MB of ROM and RAM, and all the connectivity you'd expect -- Bluetooth, WiFi, GPS, and a 1700/2100 GSM radio for T-Mobile 3G.  The real sore spot is the screen.  At 2.8 inches,, and 320x240 resolution, you might have trouble using this as you would a 'standard' Android phone.  The rear mounted track pad (TrackBack) and full qwerty help out.  A lot.  I'll be sure to put it to the test for a bit and we'll see just how it measures up after.  For now, enjoy the video after the break.

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4 years ago

Verizon Fascinate ringtones, wallpapers available

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Samsung Fascinate

A new device means new goodies, and this time we don't have to wait for the Samsung Fascinate to launch before we get a peek at it's innards.  We have the full system dump for you hackery types, as well as a bevy of new wallpapers and system sounds for the rest of us to enjoy:

Now all that's missing is a unit in our hands.  Big props to our mystery man for this Android treasure trove!  [Android Central Forums

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4 years ago

Toshiba Folio 100 Hands-On

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 Toshiba Folio 100

We took a gander at Toshiba's Folio 100 today and here's the main takeaway: sucker be huge. It has a 10.1" screen and a fairly reasonable bezel around it - though the resolution on that screen is still only 1024x600, same as the 7" Galaxy Tab. The whole thing is hard plastic with a small texture to the back and felt fine despite being what we suspect is still pre-production hardware. It weighs in at 1.7 pounds and is carry-able, sure, but it's such a large, wide screen that this is pretty much a sit-down device only. The battery died on us pretty quickly - at 1020mAh it's probably difficult to get through an entire day of IFA fondling. Toshiba claims 7 hours of battery life. 

The HDMI-out and USB-host (yay!) ports are hidden underneath a port cover. There's 16gigs on board and it's expandable via a standard, large SD card slot. Combine that full-sized SD card slot, the USB Host port, and the HDMI-out and we're thinking this is a business-focused device that has aspirations of being a professional photographer's bestest friend ever.

We were looking at at build of Android 2.2 that didn't look quite optimized for the big screen and definitely isn't final build ("TOSHIBA_FOLIO_AND_A 2.2 3.0004 for IFA test-keys" is a pretty good hint there), but we did find it to be responsive and quick - for the most part. There was the occasional lag and jaggy transition, due to that early build moreso than the Nvidia Tegra 2 processor, which should be the definition of fast. We would definitely like to see the final build on this - we bet that the included Opera Mobile browser will simply fly.

$540 in "late October" for the WiFi only version is what they quoted us in the booth, with the 3G version coming next year. Catch more photos after the break!

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4 years ago

LG Optimus Z home and widgets running on other devices

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Optimus Z launcher

A week or so ago we looked at the LG Optimus Z, a phone that unfortunately we'll never see here in the states. While we had it, we yanked the system files out of it for a closer look.  And an enterprising xda'er named aalopez10 took the time to go through the system dump and has the home and several of the widgets working, and you can too -- without needing root.

There are still some kinks to work out, but if you have an hdpi device and want a new look, hit the source link and have at it! [xda-developers via Andronica -- files from Android Central Forums]

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