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3 years ago

HTC Wildfire S ROM and system dump appear online

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Yet another upcoming phone has had its software internals laid bare over on XDA. A recent forum thread on the site links to a pre-release ROM for the HTC Wildfire S, as well as a system dump extracted from that ROM. These leaked files give developers access to a potent combination of Android 2.3.2 Gingerbread and HTC Sense 2.1, and some are already working on ways of porting this back to earlier HTC phones. In particular this might help out owners of the original HTC Wildfire, which has been left off the list of older HTC devices due to receive an official Gingerbread update.

The HTC Wildfire S is due to appear in Europe and Asia during the second quarter of the year. Check out our hands-on coverage to learn more. [XDA]

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3 years ago

Samsung Stealth V turns up at the FCC carrying Verizon 4G

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Back when the device was announced it had no name. Now, it has a name and an FCC filing to go along with it. The Samsung Stealth V has hit the FCC carrying Verizon 4G LTE bands and just in case you all needed a run down of those specs once again, they are:

  • Android 2.2
  • Google Mobile services, including Google Search
    Google Maps and Gmail, YouTube
  • Brilliant 4.3-inch Super AMOLED Plus touch screen display
  • 1GHz application processor
  • Rear-facing 8-megapixel camera with LED flash
  • Front-facing 1.3-megapixel camera to support video chat capabilities
  • Samsung Social Hub and Media Hub.

Still no indication on a launch date other then Summer 2011 but it now appearing at the FCC could mean it'll show up sooner rather than later. [Wireless Goodness] Thanks, JRamone!

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3 years ago

Humans vs Aliens updated to Version 1.1

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3 years ago

HTC ChaCha to be known as the HTC ChaChaCha in Spain

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Although HTC may be having their troubles with the folks from ChaCha the search engine company, announcing the HTC ChaCha in Barcelona, Spain doesn't seem like such a great idea now either. Not because of the Facebook button but rather the usage of the word chacha that, in Spanish holds a rather not so friendly meaning. As such, from here on out in Spain (and likely the U.S. eventually) the device formerly known as the HTC ChaCha will now be the HTC ChaChaCha. Although we're sure it will have a hard time abandoning the "Facebook phone" title anyway. Wonder how ChaCha Inc. feels now? [HTC via Engadget]

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3 years ago

Find and share an Android app

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3 years ago

Seesmic for Android gains full Facebook support

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Seesmic has long been my Twitter client of choice -- and it's about to become my Facebook app of choice, too. Yep, Seesmic has added full Facebook support. Previously you could post directly to Facebook, and now you can read your friends' posts, too.

Also new in Version 1.6 is support for TwitLonger for you cheaters who can't stick with 140 characters, inline comments for Chatter and Google Buzz, support for the Goo.gl URL shortner, and a slew of new widgets for all the services.

Seesmic is free. You can update it now in the Android Market, and we've got download links after the break.

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3 years ago

Android Quick-App: Launcher7

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Apparently some crazy fool went and shared this picture on Twitter and, no, we haven't jumped ship to Windows Phone 7. But that doesn't mean we can't have a little fun with it.

What you see here is the Launcher7 homescreen/launcher replacement app. And it's pretty darn good. You basically have two panes. On the left are the hallmark tiles that serve as application icons. By default you have phone, messaging, internet, gmail, music, Market, contacts and HD Video (gallery).

Flip over to the right-hand pane, and you get a list of all your installed apps.

There are a few basic settings, including tile color, and whether you want them to "fly" in or fade in. Font support apparently is in the works, too.

It's a cool little launcher replacement, and it's no secret that we're impressed by what Microsoft's done with the Metro UI in WP7, and the free Launcher7 is an interesting recreation. Now if only it could get me some Zune Pass on Android. ... We've got a video demo and download links after the break. Check 'em out.

ps: Note that you have to have an HDPI (high-res, basically) screen for this app.

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3 years ago

Bell employees start Motorola Atrix training, launch just around the corner

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While Motorola and AT&T have already rolled out the Atrix 4G to consumers in the U.S. those of us in Canada are still waiting for Bell Mobility to announce some pricing and release dates. While it seems we may still be a little ways off from getting that information, we do now know that Bell employees have started their training for the Motorola Atrix and its accessories. Typically when the training starts, launch is only a week to two weeks after but then there is the question of price. [MobileSyrup]

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3 years ago

The unofficial list of Honeycomb optimized applications [from the forums]

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3 years ago

Google pulls Market apps with root exploit -- one patched in AOSP, but you probably didn't get it

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Someone contacted Android Police with a list of applications that contain malicious code to root your device, and this has resulted in Google using the kill-switch and  pulling 21 applications from the Market (and users phones).  Here's the list of affected applications according to Android Police:

  • Falling Down
  • Super Guitar Solo
  • Super History Eraser
  • Photo Editor
  • Super Ringtone Maker
  • Super Sex Positions
  • Hot Sexy Videos
  • Chess
  • 下坠滚球_Falldown
  • Hilton Sex Sound
  • Screaming Sexy Japanese Girls
  • Falling Ball Dodge
  • Scientific Calculator
  • Dice Roller
  • 躲避弹球
  • Advanced Currency Converter
  • App Uninstaller
  • 几何战机_PewPew
  • Funny Paint
  • Spider Man
  • 蜘蛛侠

All the apps were published by Myournet to the Android Market.  The apps use the rageagainstthecage exploit to root your phone (or tablet), which opens the door for the app to do anything with your data -- like send it to a remote server.  Of course with root it can do much worse as well. 

If you installed any of these applications, they should have been pulled off your phone, but that's not enough.  You need to do a full system wipe and reset your phone completely, the data wipe and reset from settings may not be enough.  This means ODIN, RUU's, .sbf files or a trip to your carrier store if this is beyond your capabilities.  The call to our forum moderators and advisers is out, and we're going to try and help as much as we can.

Perhaps the worst part of the whole situation is that this exploit has been patched by Google.  Starting with 2.2.2, AOSP has been fixed to halt this exploit, and with Gingerbread it no longer works at all.  This puts the need for quick carrier updates in an entirely new perspective, as potentially 50,000 users are affected because they are still running old versions of the OS.  I'm all for an open Market, but something has to be done, and it will have to start at the top in Mountain View. [Android Police]

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