4 years ago

HTC View 4G Hands-on!


HTC's 4G Sprint Tablet brings clever UI to tide you over before the Honeycomb update 

HTC View

We just got back from our time with HTC taking a look at their latest tablet - the HTC View 4G for Sprint - something we've seen in an unbranded-version before as the HTC Flyer. The HTC View 4G is a 7" tablet at 1024x600 resolution, weighing in at 14.88 ounces with 32g of internal memory, 16g of RAM, and a microSD slot if you'd like to add more. On the rear we have a 5 megapixel shooter with 720p HD video capabilities and the front sports a 1.3 megapixel camera. The whole thing is powered by a beefy 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor and, of course, it's capable of running on Sprint's 4G WiMAX network. Its rocking Android 2.3 but will get an update to Honeycomb at some point in the future.

The HTC View 4G includes the latest version of Sense - the main differences from what we've seen before is primarily eyecandy: when you rotate homescreens they fly out and look closely at the gallery after the break - they show you a little gear on the flip-time clock. Cute. More utilitarian is the new lockscreen mechanism: you can drag the circle over one of 4 icons to launch directly into that app. We're also fond of their app-dock on the bottom, which you can configure with your favorite apps with some simple drag-and-drop.

The real story - to us anyway - is that the View includes HTC Scribe technology, which lets you use a special capacitive stylus for taking notes and sketching on the screen. Check out our first impressions of HTC Scribe here. In the meantime, you've got two things to wait for while you look at the images after the break: our pending video and an actual release-date and price - all we know so far is "Summer."

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4 years ago

Hands-on with the Sprint HTC EVO 3D; Update: Video!


The venerable EVO gets a boost with a higher-resolution screen and 3D recording and playback

Sprint HTC EVO 3D

How do you follow up one of the most popular, most successful, biggest and fastest phones of 2010? In the case of the recently announced Sprint HTC EVO 3D, you give it a higher resolution screen, 3D recording and playback capability, and you open up a whole new world of user generated content. Oh, and you make it even faster and more powerful.

That's the EVO 3D in a nutshell. It's based off the wildly popular EVO 4G. But it's gained a qHD (960x540) touchscreen in the same 4.3-inch space. And it's sporting the first dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, at 1.2GHz. Worried about battery life? It's got a 1730mAh power source -- the largest stock battery we've seen.

In the hand, it very much feels like an EVO 4G. It's lost the kickstand, but we can live with that. The battery cover has a nice texture to it, and you don't feel like the phone's going to go flying out of your hand, an important safety measure as it's still pretty sizable (it's actually a tad longer than the EVO 4G) and weighs six ounces. It's gained a physical camera button. We've been fans of them for a while now, and the EVO 3D's is about the best we've seen. It's round and textured, and you're not going to be hunting for it. Next to the camera button you have a toggle switch for the 2D/3D camera. In 2D mode, video shoots at 1080p. In 3D, it's at 720p resolution.

The 3D content plays back as smooth as you'd expect. And while 3D's still kind of gimmicky, it's also not the worst thing in the world. And if you never watch 3D content, you'll likely have a perfectly fine experience with the EVO 4G.

Anyhoo, you're definitely going to want to give it a shot when it's released later this year. In the meantime, hit up our hands-on pics after the break.

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4 years ago

Motorola bootloader still encrypted, developer comes clean


neolod admits the truth

The bootloader on your Milestone or Droid X is just as locked today as it was yesterday, and it looks like it will stay that way.  Android developer Nenolod admits he was lying when he claimed to have the keys to the Motorola sholes platform bootloader, and just did it for the lulz. 

What can we say?  Things like this happen, and all you can do is remember the names involved and stay far away from their "work" until they disappear.  We certainly will.  Hopefully nobody bricked any phones toying with this one.  [@clockworkmod]

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4 years ago

More details of Sprint Epic 4G Froyo update leaked


Epic 4G update

One of the people "close to the matter" has given us a bit more information about the scheduled update to Froyo for the Sprint Epic 4G.  Besides the lovely picture you see above, we have the text from the instructional page that you'll be seeing tomorrow (March 21) at Sprint's website.  While this may be old hat for many of us, I'm sure that others will benefit, and more evidence that it's coming is always a good thing.  Hit the break for the rest, and remember, the Android Central Epic 4G forums can answer most questions that Sprint doesn't.  Thanks Anonymous!

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4 years ago

Key to Motorola's locked bootloaders found, posted on Twitter [update -- or not]


Droid X

This one's still trickling in, but it appears that the keys needed to bypass the bootloader protection used by Motorola have been uncovered, with proof posted on Twitter.  This means developers should be able to build true custom .sbf files and sign them so that they can be flashed via the locked and encrypted bootloader on select Motorola devices.  And presumably, Motorola has its cease-and-desist macro at the ready. Holy shades of Sony v. Geohot, Batman, this is going to get interesting!

To you and I, these aren't of much use.  I'm sure the people that needed them are already hard at work, and soon we will see the benefits.  In the meantime, hit the source links to keep track of the progress.  [@nenolod; nenolod.net]

Update: Turns out this was all a hoax.  Nothing to see here folks.  Look here for details.

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4 years ago

First HTC Thunderbolt custom ROM [From the Forums]


HTC Thunderbolt

The HTC Thunderbolt just got released, and Android Central forums adviser Adrynalyne has already worked up a custom ROM.  


It's a basic stock setup with all the Verizon crapware value added software removed, based on the 1.12.605.9 RUU that has been floating around.  Besides the removal of the Verizonware, the ROM is deodexed, zip-aligned, and has the latest versions of Gmail and the Android Market.

Word is that this is just to get things started, and Adrynalyne will have something special for TBolters soon.  Keep your eyes peeled and visit the Android Central Thunderbolt forums for more news.  [Android Central forums]

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4 years ago

Evo Shift 4G gets CyanogenMod 7 early build


CM7 for the Shift  CM7 for the Shift -- about

The HTC Evo Shift 4G has joined the CyanogenMod 7 club, with an early, still unofficial build getting pretty good reviews.  Android Central Moderator and Evo Shift user Big D5 has this to say:

I have been running this ROM all day. I have tested just about everything, at least everything I use daily, with no issues. Bluetooth works, GPS works, WIMAX works. This ROM is OC'ed to 1.5 mhz, it is fast and smooth. I am getting 1500's in Quadrant without even trying, meaning that is with everything on. If you like you some CM and Gingerbread jump on this ROM. I am glad I did.

Sure sounds like a fine way to make a great phone a little bit better.  If you're rocking an Evo Shift, hit the Android Central Shift 4G forums for discussion, download info (IRC required), and a simple flashing method.  Thanks, Dave, for the heads up!

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4 years ago

ClockworkMod recovery now available for the Dell Streak 7


ClockworkMod recovery for the Dell Streak 7

Dell Streak 7 developer graffixnyc and his band of co-horts (check the source link to see just who to thank) have successfully built ClockworkMod recovery for the Dell Streak 7.  With some help from Koush the build seems to be able to handle everything successfully except mounting the boot and recovery partitions, because Dell is using non standard partitions.

One thing to note -- read the source link carefully before attempting to install.  There are currently (at the time of this writing) issues when flashing recovery from Rom Manager.  The developer goes over the correct (and simple) process of flashing this manually via fastboot very well, so read his instructions.  Now we can add one more reason to want the Honeycomb AOSP code. [XDA-Developers] Thanks Patrick, bogdi1988, and Josh!

Update: bogdi1988 got back in touch with us to let us know the Rom Manager issues have been sorted out, and recovery can be flashed direct.  Even awesomer.

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4 years ago

HTC Thunderbolt Hands-On and Speed Test; Updated with video


HTC Thunderbolt

Now that the HTC Thunderbolt is officially available and in stores (though we suggest calling ahead - a few stores in some cities are already sold out), we naturally had to pick up the latest  big-screened Android phone and start putting it through its paces. The Thunderbolt's specs, if you don't recall, include the now-nearly-standard 4.3" WVGA screen and 1GHz Snapdragon processor, an 8mp camera with 720p HD video on the back with a VGA camera on the front, and finally a capacious 32g microSD card.

Oh yeah, one more spec: Verizon's wicked-fast 4G LTE network.

So far in our testing in Miami that network is pulling down a very solid 3 megabits per second and uploading so fast that the Speedtest.net app can't really even provide accurate numbers. The device itself also shows remarkably little lag or stutter - even while Android is dutifully pulling down a very large number of apps and profile information we haven't experienced any notable delay.

Hardware-wise, we're a little tempted to say HTC phoned this one in. It's solid and hefty, no doubt, but a little uninspired and definitely a descendant of the EVO 4G. However, there are a lot of nice little touches throughout - including a soft-touch paint that's a pleasure to hold and a large kickstand that cleverly sits atop the Thunderbolt's large rear-speaker. Not so clever: the microUSB charging port sits on the side of the phone that's on your desk when the kickstand is out, so you literally can't charge the Thunderbolt while it's resting on the kickstand.

We'll have much much more on the Thunderbolt very soon. In the meantime check out some photos after the break. Update: Video after the break!

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4 years ago

Motorola Atrix 4G review


Atrix 4G

The Motorola Atrix 4G is the latest high-end Android phone on AT&T's HSPA+ network, bringing a dual-core Tegra 2 powerhouse and Moto's unique WebTop experience along for the ride.  Since its announcement at CES in January, people have been excited to see what Motorola can bring to the table, and I was just as excited to have some time with the Atrix and the laptop dock.

That's not to say the experience was perfect -- they never are.  I'll share what I learned during my time with the Atrix, and hopefully it will give you a fair idea of what to expect with this one.  Join me after the break.

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4 years ago

HTC Droid Incredible 2 ROM leaked, extracted and available [from the forums]


Droid Incredible 2

The Droid Incredible 2 ROM images have been leaked, and all the goodies have been extracted and are available in the Android Central forums.  A few interesting tidbits from the leaked files:

  • Sense 2.1 with landscape previews
  • DLNA
  • VZW_Golf game
  • No Bing
  • CityID, and all other standard VzW apps are included
  • Wifi_Router app
  • Skype_mobile.
  • Blockbuster app
  • No Netflix

The extracted system checks in at a whopping 282 MB, but luckily the boot animation (the picture above is a part of that), wallpapers, and ringtones have also been pulled and are available as separate downloads.  Hit the links to grab them, and check the source links for the ROM images and system files. [AndroidSpin (images), Android Central forums (extracted version)]

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4 years ago

Sprint Epic 4G sees Gingerbread -- CyanogenMod style


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


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


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


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, 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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