And another new phone falls to the genius of the Android hacking community. You'll recognize the names -- eugene373, Paul O'Brien, and Koushik Dutta. These guys used the fake OTA method that was devised for the HTC Droid Incredible to crack the MyTouch3G Slide wide open, add the necessary files, and write a custom recovery to the phone. This makes it wide open and ready for ROMs and Metamorphing and all the other goodness that comes with root. Eugene373 has worked up a clear set of instructions, and all the tools and files needed are at the source link.
The Slide is a pretty darn nice phone to start with, and this just made it better. Only thing left is to convince the wife I need another phone. [xda-developers via Twitter] Thanks William!
Samsung today announced the i5500 Galaxy 5 will launch in July in Europe and Asia. The Galaxy 5 is a multimedia phone with an integrated social network tool, a touchscreen display and hopes to appeal to a younger clientele due to the phones design with style in mind. The phone will ship with Android 2.1, a 2-megapixel autofocus camera and Bluetooth 2.1. [via Mobile Burn]
What's bigger than the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 and larger than the X10 Mini? Meet the Xperia X8 -- a mid-size model previously known as the Shakira. No other real details just yet, though it appears to be keeping the same three-button styling, along with the Timescape and Mediascape user interface atop Android. No word on if or when it'll make an appearance, or if it'll be stuck with the same Donut version of Android as its older siblings. [Unofficial SE Blog]
Here we go again, folks. The HTC Aria -- AT&T's second and arguably best foray into Android -- is limited to only loading applications from the Android Market. As you can see in the screen shot above, the choice to load apps from "non-Market" sources is missing, meaning you won't be sideloading from other websites or -- once Android 2.2 is released -- directly from e-mail, which is very cool.
If modding the Evo 4Gto work with the Palm Touchstone isn't warranty-voiding enough for you, take a look at this. XDA member coolbho3000 has cranked his Evo's Snapdragon processor up to 1.267GHz, up from the stock 998MHz or so. Meltdown risks certainly grow as you get that Snapdragon processor to work harder than was initially intended, and this isn't a DIY project for the noobs, so handle with care. But for everybody else, happy overclocking! Check out video of it in action after the break. [XDA Developers] Thanks, Mike!
We don't suppose the Samsung Galaxy S will be a part of Saturday's "All phones free" promotion at T-Mobile (which is now official, by the way), but it's will on its way to the U.S. carrier, having just made its way through the FCC. Exactly when we'll be able to get our hands on all that Super AMOLED goodness is still anybody's guess, though the Sammy event late this month hopefully will shed a little light on things. [FCC via Unwired View]
There it is, folks. The Sprint Evo 4G rewired to work on the Palm Touchstone inductive charger. No more plugging in the phone to keep it juiced -- which with the Evo you tend to have to do a bunch. All it takes is a Touchstone, Palm Pre back cover, a bit of wire and a few simple tools -- oh, and no fear of voiding your Evo warranty. But it may well be worth the risk just to up your Evo cool factor and nerd cred. Full instructions are now available, and it actually looks fairly painless. [Good and Evo]
U.K. carrier Vodafone today announced the launch of its Vodafone 360 Shop for Android, which is geared toward helping developers design standard widgets, widgets for Opera Mini and direct-to-carrier billing options. It's yet another option outside the Android Market, which has seen explosive growth but continues to experience growing pains, including slowdowns, and, over the past week or so, disappearing apps and mis-reported download numbers. Check out Vodafone's release after the break. [Vodafone]
Pico projectors were (or is it are?) supposed to be all the rage, allowing you to do video straight from your phone. Previously, though, you've needed some sort of external attachment. That changes with the Samsung Galaxy Beam -- previously known as the Halo -- which sports a 3.7-inch Super AMOLED screen along with tri-band HSPA and quad-band EDGE, 802.11 Wifi, an 8MP autofocus camera with flash, a front VGA camera, aGPS, 1800mAh batter (nice!), and some bit of internal memory, though the amount is a bit up in the air. This little guy will be available in Singapore in July. [Engadget]
Well folks, it’s time to break out the pom-poms and start the trash talking – the Android Cup has begun. This event, sponsored by Laptop Mag, brings all the older Android classics together and even ties in the newest heavy-hitters in the Droid world -- but in the end, there can be only one. The carnage began today with the the ominous Droid Incredible going head-to-head with the classic Samsung Behold II in a bout of bloodthirst and horror. Now, we know that the first tier matches may seem kind of predictable, but it’s really all about you, the fans, supporting your personal favorite devices so get out there and start voting! [via Laptop Mag]
Tether, a company many of us are familiar with, announced today that they have finally released their Android beta to the public. For many this news is warmly welcomed, since the beta that was announced a while back was limited and not everyone got to get in on it. If you are not familiar with Tether, they are a company that offers a paid tethering application which on the Android has seen speeds around 40 percent higher then their competition offers. Many of you that are converting to Android from BlackBerry may already have a license for this application, and Tether has provided a statement about transferring these license's and how they will handle these customers.
The number one question we've been asked is will existing customers need to purchase a new Android license. Our team has decided, after much debate, that existing Tether customers will be able to get the Android version with a huge discount. The pricing will also be different than our current BlackBerry solution, for a number of business reasons. Keep in mind that your Android version will be transferable to any other Android, should you upgrade, change or lose your phone in the future for no cost. Exactly how our BlackBerry version currently operates.
But for now the Android Beta is available at no cost until we officially launch it.
So, what are you waiting for? Head over to Tether and sign up for your free trial of the application now!
You'll have to excuse the upside-down picture, but what you see here reportedly is the Samsung Galaxy S Pro, with a mondo-QWERTY keyboard and a heavily skinned Android OS with TouchWiz 3.0 (same as on the Galaxy S), all headed for Sprint. Icons for Sprint TV, Sprint Zone and some other video on demand app are present, as our a plethora of alternate buttons on the keys. No word on if and when we'll see this guy launched, but remember that Samsung's having a little shindig at the end of the month, so we'll be on the lookout. [Android Community]
The story goes like this: Sprint employee posts Evo 4G launch sales figures at XDA Developers. Sprint finds out. Post is killed. Employee is invited into a back room by a "forensics" team, which proceeds to show said employee all of his online transgressions, which may or may not involve videos of cute kittens. Regardless, dude was summarily let go, but not before MobileCrunch snagged the numbers out of a Google-cached page.
“according to sprint we as a [company] have sold 66,483 theres a whole bunch of stores though that dont have any more inventory i dont think any major city sprint does”
So if that's true, the Evo 4G sold more than 65,000 units at Sprint's branded stores, and who know how many more at other outlets, such as Radio Shack. Of course, there's no telling just how true any of this may be. But it may add a little clarity to Sprint's slightly confused boasting of sales numbers. Now the question is how long the Evo will ride the wave. [via MobileCrunch]
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