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4 years ago

Manually updating the T-Mobile G2

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G2 in recovery

Got a T-Mobile G2 and don;t feel like waiting for the OTA?  Don't blame ya one bit, neither do I.  Good news is that T-Mobile or HTC doesn't have some sneakiness at play to prevent us from manually updating the G2, just like any other Android phone, and here's how to do it:

  1. Download the update from Google's servers here.  Make sure it's named update.zip.  Not update.zip.zip, or anything else but update.zip  Check Google to see how to view file extensions for your computer operating system if necessary.
  2. Plug your G2 into your computer, and copy the update.zip to your SD card, making sure you don't put it inside a folder.  Drop it right on the top level (root) of the card.  Have a look here if you need further instruction about transferring files.
  3. Shut off your G2, and power back on while holding volume down.  When you see the white screen, choose recovery and hit the power button.  When you see the picture of the G2 with the red triangle, hold volume up and power to see your menu.
  4. From the menu, choose Apply sdcard:update.zip, and let it do it's thing.
  5. Enjoy your OTA, without waiting for the carrier.

As always, this is the same as applying the OTA.  We're just not waiting for T-Mobile to send it to us -- instead we went and got it ourselves.  (If you've hacked into your G2 a bit, check out the instructions at MoDaCo for a safe upgrade.) Now all that's left is to hit the G2 forums and discuss what's new, and what's bugged in the OTA!

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4 years ago

Hands on with the LG Optimus One

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LG Optimus One

The Optimus One is one of the latest handset from LG, and we've got one to put through the paces.  Admit it, an entry-level phone running Froyo has you intrigued.  (For what it's worth, LG's dubbing it a "transitional smartphone." ) But we're intrigued, too, and at first take it's impressive.  Here's the specs on this little speedster:

  • 3.2-inch Capacitive screen, @ 320 x 480
  • Qualcomm MSM7227 clocked at 600 MHz
  • 512 ROM, 512 RAM
  • 802.11 b/g, A-GPS, Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR
  • 3.1 MP autofocus camera
  • GSM850, GSM900, GSM1800, GSM1900, UMTS900, UMTS2100 radio bands

Combine that with a pretty nicely optimized build of Froyo, and you'll realize that not all entry level phones need to be so entry level.  Hit the break for a quick-and-dirty hands on, and hit the forums with any questions.

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4 years ago

Samsung Mesmerize review [U.S. Cellular]

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US Cellular's Samsung Mesmerize

US Cellular is certainly carving out a name for themselves in the Android world, and the release of the Samsung Mesmerize brings one of the best Android handsets currently on the market to their network.  It's a Galaxy S phone, and like its cousins on the big four networks, it's a powerhouse with an incredible Super AMOLED screen.  Hit the break to see my impressions of the Mesmerize, available at US Cellular for $199.99 on a two-year agreement.

We've already crawled all over the U.S. Galaxy S phones with the Verizon Fascinate, T-Mobile Vibrant, AT&T Captivate and Sprint Epic 4G. What does US Cellular bring to the tablet? Let's find out, after the break.

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4 years ago

Alltel HTC Wildfire mini review

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Alltel HTC Wildfire

When HTC recently announced that the mid-range Wildfire would be coming to the United States after its run in Europe, we didn't know any of the regional carriers involved. Turns out that Alltel -- what's left of it anyway, was first out the gate with what's been previously codenamed the HTC Bee.

Join us after the break for a mini review of the 3.2-inch HTC Widlfire, available now for $29.99 on two-year contract.

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4 years ago

Samsung Vibrant overclocked to 1.6 GHz

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Vibrant Overclock

Another day, another tip about overclocking -- this time it's the Samsung Vibrant hitting a very fast, yet still believable 1.6 GHz.  The method isn't yet public (at the time of this writing), but at least these fellows have some benchmarks to back it up.  Besides the Quadrant benchmark (which is about useless on a Galaxy S phone -- blame the cheaters and developers lack of fixing the I/O scoring algorithm for that one) of 3196, they're showing off a Linpack score of 12.3.  Before you scoff, this is on the OMAP a Hummingbird, still running 2.1.  That's fast.  Very fast.  I'm pretty sure most, if not all, of this will work with all Galaxy S phones, but the skeptic in me says wait for the developers to chime in on that one.

They have also been hard at work on tuning the GPU, and are getting incredible graphics benchmark scores, and these don't involve any suspect benchmark apps.  These are real, folks, and are the kind of scores we all wanted out of the Galaxy S phones.  I, for one, am awful glad to see the community deliver them.  I know benchmarks often don't translate into real-world improvement, but scores this high surely will.  Hit the source link to follow the progress, and read all the juicy details.  [AndroidSpin, CyanogenMod forums (down)] Thanks everyone who sent this in!

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4 years ago

Hands on with the Samsung Mesmerize [video]

The Samsung Mesmerize from US Cellular

U.S. Cellular just released the Samsung Mesmerize, and we have one in our hands to check out.  There's not a lot here that's new, the phone is basically the Samsung Fascinate, with half the bloat and none of the Bing.  And that is a good thing.  It has the same gorgeous 4-inch Super AMOLED display, the same Hummingbird 1 GHz chip and blazing fast GPU as the rest of the Galaxy S line, two GB internal storage, and a slightly modified version of TouchWiz that resembles the Epic 4G's software.

First impression?  U.S. Cellular has one of the best Android phones made today in their arsenal with the Mesmerize.  And the name is pretty cool as well.  There's a video after the break, be sure to have a look.

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4 years ago

Samsung Mesmerize rooted

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Samsung Mesmerize rooted

It will likely never be the most popular device, but the Samsung Mesmerize is a hell of a phone, and to me, part of reviewing it is using it the way I would if it were mine as well as designed.  So I decided I was gonna poke around and root the darn thing.  It appears that U.S. Cellular or Samsung has done nothing to block access, and the rageagainstthecage exploit by C-skills works just fine.  Then, as luck would have it, I was shown the SuperOneClick program, which uses the same exploit, found someone to help confirm, and it works great!

So if any of you picked up a Mesmerize, and want to really own it, grab the app and give it a go, then head into the Mesmerize forums and we can compare notes.  Know that it breaks your warranty, and if something happens you're out $500.00. [Android Central Forums]

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4 years ago

Hands on with the myTouch ROM port to the Evo 4G [video]

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Over the weekend I got my hands on a myTouch 4G ROM that has been ported over to the Evo 4G.  It's a rather functional port, but like Phil said in his video of the myTouch - Nexus One port, it's not something you'd want to use every day.  However, it was nice to get in some time with the new version of Sense UI -- something I really hope HTC releases for their current lineup of "next gen" devices.  So if you love getting your hands on new ROMs, or haven't given the new Sense UI a test drive yet, consider checking this one out.

The self-proclaimed mad scientist responsible for "Frankensteining" this ROM can be found over at XDA, so if you have any questions or comments regarding his work, you know where to find him.  [via XDA Developers]

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4 years ago

Sony's Android Playstation Phone poses for pictures

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Sony's Playstation phone

Sony's new phone -- simply dubbed the "Playstation phone" -- has appeared in more pictures. And if there's ever an indication that it's Android-based, well, here you go. It's still very much in prototype form, according to Engadget, but the pictures are unmistakable. This bad boy is Android, through and through. Sure, a custom skin is more than likely. But still.

Above, you see a picture that closely resembles what was predicted in August. Here are the rumored specs:

  • Android 2.3 (Gingerbread)
  • Custom Sony marketplace to buy games designed for a device like this
  • 1GHz Qualcomm MSM 8655 (200MHz faster than the G2, but the same new architecture, apparently) -- by the way, that's the same system-on-a-chip as we just saw in the myTouch 4G/HD benchmarks we posted.
  • 512MB of RAM/1GB ROM
  • MircoSD slot -- no Sony Memory Stick -- thank whomever it is you thank for that sort of thing.
  • The screen is between 3.7 and 4.1-inches -- that's a pretty large range, and we're learning toward the larger end.

So when we get down to it, we're looking at Sony's bad-arse Playstation controller coupled with high-end hardware -- higher than just about anything currently available, actually. So the hardware should be set. Let's just hope the software and UI don't blow it. More at the source link. [Engadget]

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4 years ago

New Evo 4G update leaks out, is rooted

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HTC Evo 4G.

We stumbled across a minor update release for the Evo 4G, in RUU form.  In an attempt to find out which files have been modified in the update, the XDA faithful have already cracked it open, rooted it, and are in the process of further exploration.  Expect to see some new ROMs built on this update over the coming days.

According to XDA member joeykrim, this update brings changes to the kernel, Recovery.img, hboot, and many .jar files within the framework. 

If you're rooted, it might be a good idea to hold off for a few days in case there are any surprises waiting in this update.  But if you're feeling adventurous, go ahead and grab the rooted update and start flashing (your ROM).  [via XDA, rooted version]

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4 years ago

Manually update Motorola Cliq to 2.1

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Moto Cliq

It seems like only yesterday we mentioned that some lucky testers would be getting the Motorola Cliq Android 2.1 update early.  Of course today being the big day meant that we had to dig around to try to get things set up for the people who didn't make the cut for the testing group, and we came across a really cool find -- the official instructions and download link that went out to the testers is public on the web, and anyone is able to download the files and update their Cliq to Eclair!

We've got it all laid out in the Cliq forums, and there's even a mirror or two just in case this becomes "unpublic" in the near future.  Head over to the forums and check it out, and get your 2.1 on! [Android Central Forums] Big thanks to everyone who helped us out this morning!

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4 years ago

Droid X, Droid 2 Overclocked to 2GHz -- and higher [update 2: we love nerdfights]

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Original Video - More videos at TinyPic

 

Team DeFuse has overclocked the Droid X and Droid 2 to CPU speeds upwards of 2 GHz.  Yes, 2 Ghz.  We don't have a lot of details, aside from a couple pictures and a short video that doesn't really show us anything, so these guys know how to tease and hold our attention as well as overclock their hardware.  Word is that a stable version is in the works and they plan on releasing it to the rest of the world soon.  In the meantime, I'd love to see a couple benchmarks to see how it affects CPU performance.  Throw us a bone, fellas!  The mentioned teaser video is after the break.   [Droid-Life]

Update: According to the developer of SetCPU, we've all been duped: "Okay, the 2GHz video is a deliberate and obvious hoax, not even confusion."  It's a shame, I was really wanting this for the X and the D2, and I know a lot of you guys did as well.  Note to hackers -- don't get upset when asked for proof before we write up your work in the future.

Update 2: We love nerdfights! (especially when we aren't doing any of the fighting).  Up top is a new video we just received, along with some choice words for the SetCPU developer.  I'm not really sure what the video is trying to show, so I'll be blunt -- I want to believe, but I want benchmarks.  George W said it best -- "Fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice, we don't get fooled again."

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4 years ago

Epic 4G modded to charge on Palm Touchstone

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I think we can admit that we're all just a bit jealous of Palm's Touchstone charging station. The act of simply plugging your phone into its charger doesn't pose any real challenge, and it's nothing new in the world of electronic devices. But there's no cool factor there, and fumbling around for your charger in the dark is no fun.

Perhaps that's what drove forum member d94 to sacrifice his warranty, time, and potentially his Epic 4G to bring us this impressive mod. In the nine pictures posted in his thread, it almost looks like an easy mod with minimal soldering and "Oh god I hope I don't break this" moments. Perhaps an easy task for the seasoned modder.

According to d94, not a single one of the Epic's basic functions had to be sacrificed for this mod either. The charging LED still behaves the same way, and when mounted in his car, GPS is fully functional.

So if your Epic 4G has had to sit on the sidelines while the Evo 4G got comfy on the Touchstone, here is your chance! Get into his thread and get to work. [Android Central Forums]

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4 years ago

Hands on with the myTouch 4G ROM port on the Nexus One [video]

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 myTouch 4G on the Nexus One

Last night we brought you news of the myTouch 4G ROM ported to the Nexus One (and you got a plethora of screen shots to go with it). Today we bring you video of the ROM in action. It's the Espresso flavor of Sense, much like what's on the myTouch 3G Slide, and so it's not entirely new to us here. But it's definitely worth further review.

Again, this is some pure witchcraft -- and we mean that in the coolest way possible -- by eViL D:, who has put out a new release since we recorded this video. Video playback has been fixed, and some space has been freed up.

So check out the video after the break, and get your download on here, if you're the tinkering type.

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4 years ago

Epic 4G owner tears apart keyboard to get custom gaming controls

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 Epic 4G gamer mod

Even with all these old gaming console emulators running wild on the Android Market, it is still hard to believe someone would willingly utterly destroy their Epic 4G's keyboard to make it more useful for gaming. Still, that is just what Android user Cary Golomb did. In short, he removed the entire keyboard from the phone, decided what keys he needed to keep for gaming (remember, the phone is fully usable with just the touchscreen), and proceeded to cut out the unneeded buttons with a knife. His final step was to paint over the areas where he had removed keys, which gives the phone a more slick look (as seen above).

This sort of mod is not for the faint of heart, or the beginner. Or sane people. And you can bet resell value for this thing is practically nothing as well. All that being said, some of you hardcore gamers out there might find this attractive, at least until that rumored Android 3.0 PSPhone comes out. Check out a video of the whole thing in action after the break. [BrainLazy via Phandroid]

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