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4 years ago

Sprint Epic 4G sees Gingerbread -- CyanogenMod style

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CM7 Epic 4g -- home  CM7 Epic 4g -- about

Sprint Epic 4G developer Dameon87 has built a working alpha of CyanogenMod 7 for the popular Samsung slider, and it's off to a good start.  The bug list is surprisingly short:

  • Sensors may be slow, but can be fixed via a shell command
  • GPS is not working
  • Cameras are not working
  • Hardware acceleration is not working
  • Bluetooth only works for music

Other things like network data, WiFi, calling, and the Market seem to be working fine.  This looks to be a great way to get Gingerbread on your Epic 4G, and long before any hope of an official release.  If you're feeling adventurous, hit the source links and give it a try. [XDA-Developers via Android Central forums] Thanks everyone who sent this in!

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4 years ago

Motorola Cliq 2 Review

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In 2009 Motorola launched the Cliq -- an entry-level slider -- debuting Motorola’s social networking centric Motoblur user interface. Unfortunately, the original Cliq was plagued by complaints of a poorly designed keyboard, cheap plastic build quality, slow processor, and a less than polished Motoblur UI.

A couple years have now gone by. Does the Motorola Cliq 2 make up for these shortcomings? Check out our full review after the break.

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4 years ago

ACE ROM for the Sprint Epic 4G

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ACE ROM for the Epic 4G

Again and again we see Android modders and hackers take a good thing and make it better -- this time around it's the Sprint Epic 4G. We're not surprised by the amount of love the Samsung Galaxy S phones get from Android developers.  They have great hardware, but often the software leaves a bit to be desired, so they are just begging for the custom ROM treatment.  Android Central forums adviser Paul627g has done just that with the leaked, then official, then removed EB13 Froyo build for the Epic 4G.  With tricks like a deodexed system, bloat removed, and full ext4 compliance this one looks like a real treat, and the fellas seem to have fixed any random issues that were present in the official version.  And we're a sucker for the custom wallpapers by Android Central forums member scodoublet (check out some of his other wallpapers here.  They're fantastic.)

To top things off there's also a huge list of mods, tweaks, a kernel, and other add-ons to be used with the ACE ROM.  If you're rocking the Epic and have went down the path of root, you really need to have a look.  [Android Central forums] Thanks for the heads-up Casey!

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4 years ago

HTC Evo Shift 4G now supported by ClockworkMod recovery and Rom Manager

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Evo Shift 4G

If you've rooted your HTC Evo Shift 4G, you now have the option of using ClockworkMod recovery, as well as it's simple front-end Rom Manager.  With the release of version 3.0.1.4, ClockworkMod recovery now fully supports all the Shift 4G's partitions, and even backs up your WiMax keys. 

Getting it all set up is pretty easy -- first you'll need to root your Shift 4G, then hit the Android Market and install Rom Manager.  When you open the Rom Manager app, you will be prompted to update/install the latest ClockworkMod recovery for your device.  That's it, you're now set up and ready to run a backup and flash custom ROMs and hacks to your Shift 4G, and have an easy restore path using the backup you've made.  All without tethering your phone to a computer.  [Android Central forums]

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4 years ago

Battery cover mod turns mild-mannered EVO Shift 4G into security card

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EVO Shift 4G with RFID

We're more than fond of seeing a little DIY smartphone hackery, and Android Central Forums member jhoove09 brings us a cool little project. Back when he used a Palm Pre (hi, PreCentral!), he'd grown tired of forgetting his security card at home, and so he hacked it into the phone's Touchstone cover. And now that he's moved onto, shall we say, greener pastures, it was time to do the same to his new HTC EVO Shift 4G.

It's a pretty cool little project. And with NFC slowly gaining in popularity, something like this -- minus acetone and super glue -- might well become more common with our phones. Check out the full story at the source link. [Android Central Forums]

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4 years ago

Hands-on with the Atrix 4G and laptop dock

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Motorola Atrix 4G

 

The Atrix 4G is the hot new dual-core smartphone from Motorola and AT&T, you know, that one with the cool docks.  Both the phone itself and the technology behind the Webtop docking stations are something we're all interested in, and we're going to give it a thorough look over and try to tell you as much as we can about the Atrix 4G "ecosystem" (see what I did there) after we have used it for a week or so. 

We're expecting big things from the Atrix.  It has the hardware to put it at the top of the Android heap (for now) with it's dual-core Tegra 2 chipset and 1 GB of RAM.  But first impressions are telling, always good to share, and after the break.

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4 years ago

ROMTools for your LG Optimus S (and variants) [from the forums]

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ROMTools

Man, I love these little Optimus One phones.  When you put Android on great entry-level hardware and price it accordingly, a couple things happen.  They get pretty damn popular, and developers start to take notice.  Both are very good things.  Optimus developer mmmark111 brings us new goodies -- ROMTools.  ROMTools is a program you run from your computer and it handles a whole slew of hacking needs for your Optimus One phone.  Have a look:

  • Flash ROM
  • Flash Recovery
  • Wipe dalvik-cache
  • Mount /system r/w
  • Push ROM to SD card
  • Push framework-res.apk
  • Push bootanimation.zip
  • Reboot
  • Reboot into Recovery

If you hate trying to remember commands and file locations, you'll love it.  It's really easy to use -- I've even got my wife flashing her own boot animations.  I'll make a hacker out of her yet, especially with tools like this one.  Thanks a lot, mmmark111, for making and sharing it! [Android Central forums]

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4 years ago

Gingerbread (Android 2.3.2) leaked for the Galaxy S i9000

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Galaxy S Gingerbread leak

Gingerbread (the Android 2.3.2 version) has been leaked for the Samsung Galaxy S i9000.  Users at XDA Developers are saying that it includes Touchwiz 4, and download mode is still available.  It also looks like Samsung is now using the ext4 file system, which should bring performance boosts much like the ones on the Nexus S.

Remember, this is a beta build -- at best.  I wouldn't recommend anyone run and flash it, but in the hands of developers it's like 24 karat gold -- possibly leading to things like CyanogenMod 7 for Samsung Galaxy S phones.  What this means for US customers who are tied to a carrier for upgrades is unknown, but at least Samsung has Gingerbread in the works.  Check the source link for download locations.  [XDA-Developers] Thanks everyone who sent this in!

Update: Supercurio, of Voodoo fame, has had a look and verifies that this does not enable the ext4 file system.  His word is good as gold when it comes to the Galaxy S -- blame excited users and bloggers for the mix-up.

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4 years ago

CyanogenMod 7 test release for the Samsung Vibrant

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Samsung Vibrant CM7

Yes, you read that right -- The Samsung Vibrant now has its very own CyanogenMod 7 (official) test release.  It's clearly labeled as a TEST RELEASE, so don't expect miracles just yet, but finding and fighting bugs is half the fun of fooling with custom ROMs for many of us anyway.  You can find all the details and download information at the source link.

Let's be serious here for a minute.  You're probably never going to see an official Gingerbread build for the Vibrant from Samsung.  Yes, I think I was wrong.  That hardly ever happens.  CyanogenMod 7 looks to be the best, and logical choice for the Vibrant at this time, and it's something to at least keep an eye on.  If you do decide to take the plunge, you'll find help and support in the Vibrant forums here at Android Central.  [CyanogenMod forum] Thanks everyone who sent this in!

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4 years ago

Honeycomb boot animation on Droid X

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4 years ago

HTC Inspire 4G review

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The U.S. gets it first taste of the new HTC Sense
and AT&T's 4G network

HTC Inspire 4G

The HTC Inspire 4G is AT&T's first foray into 4G data, and the carrier picked a very nice package for the debut.  The Inspire is beautifully constructed with high-grade materials, and it shows the world that the Captivate wasn't just a fluke -- AT&T is seeing the light and getting on board with Android in a big way.

But like everything else, it's not perfect.  Hit the break and see my impressions of the HTC Inspire 4G after using it for a week, and decide if you like what you're seeing.

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4 years ago

The LG Optimus S Control Center makes things easy [From the forums]

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LG Optimus S Control Center

If you're rocking an LG Optimus S on Sprint, you MUST check out the LG Optimus S Control Center from Android Central Forums member drewwalton19216801.  Behind the long name is an easy-to-use Windows application that does a little bit of everything you need to hack your Optimus S, without fiddling with the prompt or trying to remember cryptic commands. 

Using what the developer has dubbed "Android Automation Technology" (AAT) the current version will root your phone, unroot your phone, and install your choice of recovery kernels.  There's also the magic of "No Stupid Stuff" -- which prevents the application from doing things it shouldn't -- like trying to swap recovery kernels without being rooted or trying to unroot when you shouldn't. 

This looks like an awesome beginning for a tool that will do it all.  Some of the features planned for a future release are things like removing/restoring Sprint ID, Switching launchers, and possibly even switching ROMs and kernels.  Very nice work Drew, you've made a great little phone even better.  Go check it out in the Android Central forums!

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4 years ago

Root EB13 Froyo on the Sprint Epic 4G [How To]

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root eb13 on the Sprint Epic 4G

So you weren't patient enough to wait for a rooted version of EB13 Froyo for your Sprint Epic 4G and flashed the official version from Sprint.  I can't blame you; I would have done the same darn thing, and so did Android Central Epic 4G forums moderator ragnarokx.  Luckily, he took the time to verify the root method and write it up for everyone to use. 

So if you just couldn't wait, and are already tired of looking at the Nascar app, or want to fire up Titanium Backup to restore some apps, head into the forums and follow the instructions.  Be sure to tip you hat and tell ragnarokx thanks for getting this one sorted so quickly.  [Android Central forums]

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4 years ago

Samsung Moment gets its own Froyo port

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Samsung Moment

There was another Samsung slider on Sprint, long before anyone ever heard of the Epic 4G -- the Samsung Moment.  It had pretty good hardware for it's day, with an AMOLED screen and an 800 MHz CPU, but the software left a little to be desired.  Officially, it was updated to Android 2.1 and Sprint and Samsung were done with it.

But not everyone gave up on the Moment, and despite some pretty serious software bugs, it still has a thriving development community.  And now they have succeeded in putting Froyo on it, basically from scratch.  Using the Acclaim R880 and Intercept kernel sources and software, the only serious bug left to overcome seems to be the GPS.  At this point, an unreliable GPS has got to be better than toggling airplane mode 10 times a day, so if you're still rocking the Moment, you owe it to yourself to at least have a look at the source link.

This is a testament to the flexibility of Android, and the dedication of a handful of people.  My hats off to each and every person involved  Without you guys the Moment would have been doomed with a buggy, but official, Android 2.1 install forever.  [SDX Developers] Thanks Hugabu for the heads up!

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4 years ago

UberMedia responds to Twidroyd's suspension

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UberMedia

UberMedia has responded to inquiries about today's snafu between them and Twitter, which resulted in Twidroyd being suspended from using the Twitter APIs.  While it was an embarrassing situation, it looks like it was fixed relatively easy, and just as they earlier tweeted, a working Twidroyd should be back in the Android Market soon.  See their response in full, after the break. Thanks Steve!

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