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5 years ago

Turn your G1 into a Baby Toy with Toddler Lock!

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Score one... er, G1... for the toddlers! Some creative developers have succeeded in rendering a sophisticated G1 into a baby's plaything. Available in the Android Market, Toddler Lock let's your child (or anyone else's child, if you dare hand over your G1) conjure up random shapes, colors and sounds on your G1's touchscreen with just some taps and swipes. This could very well be entertaining for some adults too!

Toddler Lock requires pressing three buttons simultaneously to deactivate to avoid errant data entry (or loss) while your G1 is a toddler's toy, but it can also serve as a creative and fun way to secure your data from adults unfamiliar with your 3-button combination.

Check out a video provided by Rob Jackson over at phandroid.com and then just make sure your toddler isn't teething before you hand over your G1!

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5 years ago

Visual Voicemail Comes to Android via PhoneFusion

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We at Android Central pride ourselves for being straight shooters, if another phone has something we want, we'll admit so. For example, Visual Voicemail on the iPhone. It is certainly one of the best features about the iPhone because it makes voicemail palatable and your life a bit more cheery. Thankfully, we have a solution from the fine folks at PhoneFusion. Fusion Voicemail Plus for Android!

Fusion Voicemail Plus will visually detail the contact, number, and date/time for each voicemail in a list format. It's supposed to come out before the end of the year so be on the lookout for this fine and hopefully free program. Hopefully, it'll come with a better design layout than the one because that red/yellow/green coloring has got to go.

[Gizmodo]

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5 years ago

"Reboot" Bug Part Deux: Google Details Android Fixes

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You gotta hand it to Google - they may have learned how to deliver some bugs like the big leaguers, but they also act quickly to squish them splat! Following the reported "reboot" bug where typing the word "reboot" gave users "root" access normally privileged to administrators, Google has responded with an RC30 update that addresses this problem and, apparently, some other security issues as well.

Stephen Shankland over at CNET News lays it out in much more detail, but essentially the latest two patches, RC29 and RC30, address the following issues:

Rich Cannings of the Android security team shared details about the RC29 and RC30 updates that T-Mobile began distributing to G1 customers at least as early as November 1 and November 9, respectively. Google had acknowledged the RC29 patch for the G1 fixed a browser vulnerability that could have let an attacker use malicious code on a Web site to take over the browser. The severity of such issues is limited by Android's security design, which walls off applications into separate compartments to limit an attacker's power. But Cannings said the patch also fixed two other issues.

What are these two other issues, you ask? RC29 itself addressed a couple issues, actually. One is a universal cross-site scripting problem that could give a ne'er-do-well control of your G1's browser. The other is allowing someone to boot the G1 into safe mode, thus bypassing the locking mechanism. How nice.

The RC30 patch addresses the "reboot" problem where users could gain access to "root" privileges. Also, some troubling security issues were addressed. Again, according to Rich Cannings:

RC30 also fixes two Webkit problems that Apple--which also uses the software in its Safari Browser--reported to Google, Cannings said. First is a buffer overrun issue relating to JavaScript style sheets that could let an attacker gain control over the browser by putting malicious code on a Web site. Second is a problem that could let people read what's in the phone's memory, potentially gaining access to Web site cookies and thereby gaining online privileges. "If you're logged into a bank at that time, (an attacker) could steal your banking cookies," Cannings said.  

Gee, I feel safer already. Joking aside, it is nice to know that Google takes these bugs and the security issues they create seriously. Hopefully these updates will fix the problems. What do you think about the way Google has handled these issues?

 

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5 years ago

Google, Welcome to Jailbreaking - Android Style

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Welcome to the Jailbroken Club, Google. As surely as there are hackers, so is there jailbreaking of popular and up-and-coming OS's. Even though the Android OS is an open system, Google isn't crazy about users having access to the goodies behind the scenes of the Android OS as evidenced by their statement responding to the jailbreaking issue:

We’ve been notified of this issue (Jailbreaking of Android) and have developed a fix. We’re currently working with our partners to push the fix out and updating the open source code base to reflect these changes.

 

Google's fix (patch) should be available in the next firmware update, RC30. Like I said, welcome to jailbreaking, Google. Be prepared for the endless cycle of patch - jailbreak - patch - jailbreak, ad infinitum. Even though the Android OS is open, there seems to be benefits for the programming diehards to jailbreak.

[BoyGenius via IntoMobile]

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5 years ago

How To Update to RC30 But Still Have Root Access (Jailbreak)

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We at Android Central have a feeling that the battle between Google and G1 Jailbreakers will continue for the foreseeable future. After reporting that the RC30 update kills root access to your G1 which effectively limits jailbreaking, the fine folks from XDA developers found a fix. If you have yet to update your T-Mobile G1 to the RC30 update and want to remain jailbroken, well they've found a way to have your cake and eat it too. Updated already? Sorry, you'll have to wait for the next round. Check out the complicated details after the break.

[via Androinica]

Read on to see how to remain jailbroken AND update to RC30!

First off, you'll need to download two files to your desktop:

Download and install the Android Telnet Client from the Android Market

Download and install the Terminal Emulator app from the Android Market

Turn on WiFi and connect to your WiFi network

Now, go back to your downloaded files on your desktop

  • Decompress the AndroidMod.zip file
  • Extract "recovery_testkeys.img" to your desktop
  • Rename "recovery_testkeys.img" to "recovery.img"
  • Rename the modified Android OS RC30 update file from "update-RC30-fullupdate-modified-testkeys-v1.1.zip" to "update.zip"

Transfer the newly named "recovery.img" file and the newly named "update.zip" to your microSD card (you can use the microSD card that came with your G1)

  • Put microSD card in your G1 (if it's not already in there)

Fire up "Terminal Emulator"

  • Type "cd system" and hit Enter
  • Type "cd bin" and hit Enter
  • Type "telnetd" and hit Enter
  • Type "netstat" and hit Enter
  • The IP address you want is listed on the same line as the word "Established"
  • Write down this IP address
  • Close Terminal Emulator (hit the "Home" button)

Fire up "Telnet"

In the IP address field (it should show "localhost") enter the IP address you wrote down

  • Hit "Connect"

Now that you have root access, you'll want to type in the following (hitting "Enter" at the end of each line):

  • mount -o rw,remount -t yaffs2 /dev/block/mtdblock2 /system
  • cat /sdcard/recovery.img > /data/local/recovery.img
  • cd /system
  • cat /sdcard/recovery.img > recovery.img
  • flash_image recovery recovery.img

Now turn off your phone

Restart the handset by holding down the "Power" and "Home" buttons simultaneously

When you see the triangle logo (you'll know it when you see it), hold press "Alt" and "L" simultaneously

Ensure that you see "using test keys" along the top

Press "Alt" and "S" simultaneously

Follow the on-screen instructions

Press "Home" and "Back" buttons simultaneously when you're done and ready to reboot

The G1 will reboot as it does its thing - let it do so.

You have now fully updated your T-Mobile G1 to Android OS RC30 with the root access exploit preserved - get at the root with the Terminal app.

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5 years ago

The G1 is Worth $143.89 in Parts

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The good guys at iSuppli have figured out the Bill of Materials cost for the T-Mobile G1 and place it at approximately $143.89. They used a virtual teardown method which is presumably easier than a physical teardown (which they've yet to do) and the overall price takes no account for software, research & development, manufacturing, and accessories costs.

With the $143.89 estimate of the G1, the $179.99 price under a new 2-year contract seems extremely reasonable. Those who paid more to get it out of contract may feel the burn but hey, who ever said carriers were there to help you.

What do you think? Anyone surprised by the estimate?

[iSuppli via Android Community]

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5 years ago

T-Mobile G1 Hits Wal-Mart for $180 ?

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It looks like all that suspense and rumor building of Wal-Mart selling the G1 for $148.88 was all bunk. It's being reported that the price will be $179.99 nationwide, which is the exact price point it was on launch day in T-Mobile stores and the exact price it still is.

Oddly, on Wal-Mart's website for the G1 it states, "Prices varies by store." Not all stores will have the G1 yet and we're still unsure of what criteria the store will have to fill out in order to carry the G1. In the meantime, don't expect a discount at Wal-Mart but be on the lookout for them on the shelves!

[Wal-Mart via Phandroid]

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5 years ago

How To Load Debian Onto Your T-Mobile G1

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Whoa. Though Google and T-mobile squashed root access with the RC30 update it didn't stop people from having fun with it in the few days the G1 was jailbroken. Case in point: Jay Freeman loaded Debian onto the G1. For those who don't know, Debian Linux is another OS that adheres to openness.

What's even better than simply loading Debian onto the G1 is that he managed to get Android and Debian to work together. So you can have Android for your phone purposes and Debian for everything else. A great compromise no? To be sure, the process isn't for the faint of heart so be wary of jumping into this very, very cool hack.

We at Android Central will choose to sit and admire from afar. Don't say we didn't warn ya!

[modmyGphone]

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5 years ago

Huawei to Bring Android Device in 2009

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Huawei Technologies has just announced that they'll be bringing an Android-powered device in the first half of 2009. Huawei has typically focused on cheaper, lower-end phones but have realigned their focus toward smartphones with customization capabilities.

Huawei will not sell phone directly to end users, which mean the branding on the phone won't be theirs. More and more phone makers and big shakers are announcing their Android plans. It looks like this Android thing will get preeetyy popular, eh?

[PC World]

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5 years ago

Android to Stream Media via Orb, FIVE

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Do you have a dream of streaming your media to your G1? If you want to access the media library on your computer - watch your movies, t.v. shows, listen to your music and radio - and stream it to your G1, you may not have to wait too long. Orb is a popular multimedia streaming service that will first be available as an online service for your G1, and then later will be available as a native app for your Android phone.

FIVE, an alternative to Orb, is also under development for the Android platform. It's exciting to see that streaming multimedia is coming to Android sooner than later. Stay tuned!

[Phandroid]

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5 years ago

T-Mobile buying $1.5 Million Worth of Ads with AOL?

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With the holiday shopping season about to kick off, T-Mobile and Google are going to push the G1 at consumers and push it hard. All Things D is reporting that AOL has earned a giant contract from T-Mobile that will advertise the G1 on AOL's Platform A Network. A billion impressions have been sold so get ready for the onslaught of ads for our favorite toy.

With more and more eyes diverging to the Blackberry Storm and the iPhone 3G, T-Mobile and Google are trying to make certain that you won't forget about the G1. Let's see how these ads work out and let us know if you run into any!

[All Things D via AndroidGuys]

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5 years ago

The Story Behind the Apps: Amazon and imeem

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A lot about Android is about the apps and a lot of times people don't know the development and story behind the developer's hard work. So it's great that Google is providing some great insight that details the origin behind some popular apps. In this series, we give focus to imeem and Amazon, two music based apps that are growing increasingly popular with Android users.

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  • Completing imeem took around 6 weeks
  • imeem utilizes SQL lite databases, regular expressions, and web service API calls
  • Amazon uses Apache HTTP Client, ListView, MediaPlayer, and ViewGroups

[Android Developers Blog]

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5 years ago

Ballmer Says: Android Won't Make Money

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Whatever Steve Ballmer, Microsoft CEO, says always seems to be a good source for laughs for the rest of the blogosphere. This time he comes around saying that Android won't be able to make any money and that Android isn't a viable opponent..yet.

Here are the quotables:

"I don't really understand their strategy. Maybe somebody else does. If I went to my shareholder meeting, my analyst meeting, and said: 'Hey, we've just launched a new product that has no revenue model!'… I'm not sure that my investors would take that very well. But that's kind of what Google's telling their investors about Android,"

 

Though he is technically right and that Google doesn't make money on Android alone, he seems to be missing the point. Android serves as an extension of Google's services which all point back to search which all point back to ad revenue which all lead to money. Google's logic? If more people use Android, more people use Google, and more money for us. So we'll give Android away, heck, they'll let anyone use and tinker with it. Makes sense here.

[ZDNet]

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5 years ago

T-Mobile G1 Updated to RC30, No More Jailbreak, No Weird Bugs

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Google sure does act pretty fast when it's concerning their baby Android huh? Only a few days after we first reported that the T-Mobile G1 has been 'jailbroken' and allowed root access to the phone, Google has come good with an update (build RC30) that prevents this from happening.

Google speaks:

We’ve been notified of this issue (Jailbreaking of Android) and have developed a fix. We’re currently working with our partners to push the fix out and updating the open source code base to reflect these changes.

 

Over at the Android Central Headquarters, we've already received the fix OTA and have been rocking RC30 for over a day now. The RC30 update also fixes that very weird bug that would reboot the phone every time you type r-e-b-o-o-t. Tell us if you got it!

[Gizmodo]

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5 years ago

T-Mobile 3G Comes to Denver

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Enjoying your Veteran's Day? We sure are. And we think maybe you guys in Denver, CO would even more with this piece of good news: You guys are getting T-Mobile 3G today!

Excited much? Oh we know, the speeds are great and the service is better, just don't waste the day by playing with your 3G G1 now. And don't worry for those currently without 3G, your city could be next!

[TmoNews]

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