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2 years ago

Motorola Photon 4G gets its bootloader unlocked courtesy of independent developers

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Android hackers have succeeded in unlocking the Motorola Photon 4G bootloader using the methods they first figured out for the Atrix 4G.  Like most hacks of this nature, you're going to have to read the directions and understand everything before you jump in, and you'll need a bit of working knowledge of the standard fastboot procedures.  Because it's a Motorola phone, you're also going to need to know how to use RSDLite.  The good news is that the instructions are laid out nicely and it shouldn't be much of an issue once you get everything assembled.

The biggest thing to remember here, is that this is for the Photon only.  Don't go trying it on your Droid 3, or you'll likely be in for an ugly surprise.  With all that out of the way, head over to the source link and get started.  Let the games begin!

Source: XDA-DevelopersThanks everyone who sent this in!

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2 years ago

EVO 4G Gingerbread update now has root via Revolutionary

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If you took the last OTA for the HTC EVO 4G, and have been wanting and waiting for a root method, you're now in luck.  The fellas at Revolutionary have worked out the kinks and the EVO 4G with version 2.16.0001 Hboot is now included on their list of supported devices.  You'll want to read everything carefully and make sure you understand it before you dive in, but it's a fairly easy procedure.  And if you hit a snag, there's always help in the EVO 4G forums.  Happy flashing!

Source: RevolutionaryThanks everyone who sent this in!

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2 years ago

Give your Optimus S a new look from the Theme Team

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If you're rocking an Optimus S on Sprint, and we know a lot of you are, here's one more reason to hack the daylights out of it -- the Theme Team.  Android Central developers jstntp and jondevere have been busy in the kitchen, and some kick ass themes are the result.  There's sure to be something there to suit your tastes, and everything is well organized with easy to follow instructions.  Chances are, if you're running custom software on your Optimus S you already know these guys, and the awesome level of support that comes with.  We're lucky to have them.

The themes are built for the following ROMs:

Enough talk.  Get in to the Optimus forums and give it all a look-see.  You'll be glad you did.

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2 years ago

Root the Motorola Photon 4G, HD dock no longer needed

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Have yourself a Motorola Photon 4G, all ready to root it, but haven't picked up the HD dock yet?  You're in luck!  A new method has been figured out, one that doesn't have a purchase of $100 worth of accessories as a prerequisite.  You will need to be able to use the Android SDK and follow well written instructions, but the method actually looks pretty simple for the end user.  AC member sandtiger has a nicely written tutorial all laid out in the Photon forums, so grab a chair and a beverage, and have a look.

Source: XDA; via Android Central forums. Thanks, sandtiger!

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2 years ago

Samsung Infuse 4G to get Gingerbread this month, AT&T says on Twitter

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We were kind of hoping Keith Urban might announce it, but we suppose Twitter will have to do. According to AT&T's official Twitter page, in reply to @Drake_Heth (smile, you're famous now), the Samsung Infuse 4G is set to get its Gingerbread update in the next couple of weeks. And that's nary a moment too soon, with the prospect of the U.S. (finally) getting its Galaxy S II devices at the end of the month, and you bet your bippy they won't be running Froyo.

And we'll save you the trouble of looking it up yourself -- the website referenced in the tweet is AT&T's announcement that all of its phones released in 2011 will receive Gingerbread updates. Along with the Infuse 4G, that includes the HTC Inspire 4G, LG Phoenix, Motorola Atrix 4G, Pantech Crossover and Samsung Captivate.

Source: Twitter; via XDA Developers; Thanks, Colton!

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2 years ago

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2 years ago

Beer Pong HD adds online multiplayer mode, Lloyd hangs out for table of the month

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The fellas at Codeglue have pushed out an update to Beer Pong HD, adding online multiplayer mode, new OpenFeint achievements, and are have our very own Lloyd on their featured table of the month!  Players all over the world can now play against each other on their Android phones, in high resolution with accurate physics.  It might not be quite as fun as real Beer Pong, but it's as close as you'll be able to get and still pass a breathalyzer.  Of course, having Lloyd oversee the festivities is icing on the cake.  I always knew he liked to party.  We've got a quick video showing off the gameplay as well as the download link (free for Android 2.1 and up), check 'em out.

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2 years ago

HTC Bliss lands at the FCC

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The HTC Bliss is a device that continues to pop up in various places and this time around it has landed at the FCC. Looking at the info from the page, it appears to be making a home at Verizon whenever it passes through. The CDMA bands are a give away but it also appears to have Global GSM compatibility on board as well.

Sadly, there isn't much else info available for this female centric device and it looks like the FCC went back to blocking the details but we're guessing the information on this one won't be slowing down -- in fact, it'll just pick up pace until we see it land on store shelves.

Source: FCC; via: Engadget

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2 years ago

Samsung: Device leak details 'are not accurate'

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Normally, carriers and manufacturers will let blogs run rampant with rumors -- true or not. In the case of a slew of purported Samsung specs outed by a single Lithuanian retailer, however, Sammy's doing a little debunking. The rumored specs involved such unicorns as a 4.3-inch Super AMOLED display at 1280x720 resolution, as well as a 4.65-inch Super AMOLED display at 1280x720 running Ice Cream Sandwich. Hey, some of those specs might be true. But as Jerry's been reminding us any chance he gets, they also might very well not be.

On its "Samsung Tomorrow" official global blog, we're told the following:

Some media have been reporting that Samsung is preparing to launch nine new smartphones and two new tablet devices. While Samsung is continuously working on new devices for our customers, the details being cited are not accurate in this case.

We appreciate the interest in our upcoming mobile devices and will share more information once its available.

Trust us, folks. When Samsung announces new phones, it does so publicly, as we're expecting it to do in just a couple weeks. We've warned you about trusting strange Lithuanian retailers, right?

Source: Samsung Tomorrow

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2 years ago

AT&T announces partnership with Juniper Networks on new mobile security initiative

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AT&T has announced that they are working on a new solution for mobile security issues, partnering with Juniper Networks and offering a new security application.  Available later this year, the app will address some key concerns in both the enterprise as well as for consumers.  A bullet point look at the applications goals:

Businesses and Organizations

  • Maintain compliance with government regulations
  • Enforce security policies
  • Manage personal or enterprise-owned devices
  • Enable anti-virus, anti-malware, and application monitoring and control

Consumers

  • Protect mobile devices with anti-virus, anti-malware, and application monitoring and control

With the global growth of smartphone adoption, targeting the mobile space has become popular among unsavory types, and it makes sense to see carriers trying to slow the growth of malware and other security concerns.  AT&T Chief Security Officer Ed Amoroso details AT&T’s approach in a short video, which we've embedded after the break, along with the full press release.

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