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3 years ago

How to unlock the Nexus S bootloader

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Excellent news, folks. The bootloader on the Samsung Nexus S (watch our hands-on video) can be unlocked just as the Nexus One's was. Gandalf44 in the Android Central Forums reminds us of the instructions:

  1. Shutdown the phone
  2. Hold down volume up + power
  3. Now you are in the standard recovery mode
  4. Assuming you have 2.3 SDK installed with fastboot (Google around for that info..), now on terminal/windows or Windows cmd depending on OS type "fastboot devices" to check your device can be seem via USB
  5. Assuming you device is seen via fastboot devices, now type "fastboot oem unlock"
  6. Accept ... and new bootloader is unlocked...

Why would you want to unlock the bootloader? You need access to install a custom recovery. And you need a custom recovery to install custom ROMs. And you need custom ROMs because, well, you just do. Trust us. So this is very good news indeed. If we don't see custom ROMs by the end of the day, somebody's slacking. :p More in the Nexus S forums!

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3 years ago

The Official PlayStation app, coming soon to Android

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Sony has just announced on its blog that the Official PlayStation app is soon to arrive on Android and iOS devices. Although this doesn't appear to be the app we've seen running on the Sony PlayStation Phone, it's still a pretty awesome announcement. As noted on the Sony blog, key features for the app include:

  • Check out your PlayStation Network trophies and keep up to date with your friends’ games and online status.
  • Discover all the latest games, news and hardware for your PlayStation 3, PSP and PlayStation 2.
  • Read all the announcements on the European PlayStation.Blog and comment.
  • Share your favorite products or news with your friends on Facebook, Twitter or via e-mail.

All isn't rosy here though with the announcement. Sadly, the app will only be available in the UK, France, Germany, Spain, Italy, and The Netherlands. Although, Sony has stated that other countries are already in the works for the next version. [PlayStation EU blog]

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3 years ago

Google Maps updated with 3D tilt feature, vector graphics

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Google Maps 5.0 -- that awesome version Andy Rubin showed off a week or so ago -- has been released to the Android Market. With the latest version of Google Maps, you get that very cool 3D tilt feature, plus vector graphics for less tiling (there's still some lag, but it's definitely better), compass mode, improved caching and offline navigation rerouting so that you can still find your way even if you lose your connection.

We'll have to check this out on as many phones as possible. There was talk about the 3D feature not working on the Nexus One, but it seems to be OK for us. (Update: More on that after the break.) Sound out in the comments if you see otherwise. Thanks to everyone who sent this in! [Google Lat-Long Blog]

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3 years ago

Samsung Intercept's Froyo update may come starting Dec. 17

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Have a Sprint Samsung Intercept and are still waiting on Android 2.2? Looks like it's just about here. In addition to the second-newest Android operating system (sorry, but we're all going to have to get used to that), you get a few bugfixes, including one for dropped calls, force closes on messages, inability to access google.com (really!?!?), phone contacts, and TeleNav GPS has been added. And because it's Froyo, wireless tethering is available -- for an extra $29.99 a month. If the date in the Sprint Playbook is to believed, we should start seeing updates in the next day or so.

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3 years ago

Nexus S Hands-on Photo Gallery; Update: Video

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Happy Nexus S day, gents and ladies. We high-tailed it over to our local Best Buy Mobile and picked one up to put it through its paces. 

The screen is curved, yes, but not enough to elicit wows from anybody. The overall feel is very Galaxy - which is to say lighter than you might expect but also, sadly, a little cheaper-feeling in the materials than we'd like. The Super Amoled screen is darn pretty and actually performs quite nicely in direct sunlight. Unlike the Nexus One, the capacitive buttons on the bottom are blissfully distant from the main screen and so mis-taps are unlikely to be an issue. What is an issue is that like all Samsung Galaxy phones, those buttons disappear when the screen is off and they're darned-tough to see in sunlight, so better get used to that new button order quickly.

Who are we kidding, the niggles pale in comparison to the speed, which comes partly from that 1GHz hummingbird processor but mostly from Android 2.3 Gingerbread.

In the box you'll find the standard fare: charger, USB cable, and a set of not-horrendous headphones. It's Google-branded, that box, though ours at least had a T-Mobile SIM in there, courtesy of Best Buy.

Obviously expect a full review of the device and a look at its performance, but in the meantime gather round for a quick photo gallery (update: and video!) of this week's "Best Android Phone Ever."

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3 years ago

CyanogenMod 6.1.1 now available for the Evo 4G, Nexus One, G2, myTouch 3G

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Although the above tweet, I'm sure, speaks for itself, we figured we better make mention of it before you all flood our tips inbox (not that we don't appreciate it) but better to be one step ahead. Cyanogen Mod 6.1.1 is now live on the CyanogenMod website, and in Rom Manager.  The full change log can be viewed via the CyanogenMod Github site. We're still digging through it all at this point but feel free to share thoughts in the comments or in our forums. [Cyanogen]

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3 years ago

The Nexus Ninjas return!

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Remember the ninjas who unboxed the original Nexus One? They're back for the Nexus S, and they're breaking out of YouTube box and doing their ninja thing all over your browser. It's not your typical YouTube video and we can't embed it here, so hit up the link for some slicing and dicing.

Oh, when it's done, don't forget to scroll down the page for some nunchuck action! [Ninja unboxing]

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3 years ago

Nexus S available online now (with free shipping); stores open at 8 a.m.

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The Samsung Nexus S -- the newest "Pure Google" Android smartphone with a smattering improvements over the Nexus One -- is now available for purchase from Best Buy Mobile online. Best Buy's thrown in free overnight shipping, so if you don't mind waiting a day, you can save a few bucks. The phone runs $199 on contract, $529 outright.

Best Buy stores -- the only place you can buy the Nexus S -- open early today at 8 a.m. local time. Our man on the street, Dieter Bohn (who really should get off the streets) reported no line at a Best Buy in Miami -- and we're really not expecting anything other than a mild nerd rush for the Nexus S. It's just not high on the regular public's radar. That said, quantities are finite, there's a two-per-customer limit, so it's wise to get yours sooner rather than later.

A reminder that the Nexus S, while unlocked (meaning it can take any SIM card), can only use T-Mobile 3G in the United States. It'll get European 3G just fine, but note that while you can use it on AT&T, you'll not have the faster data speeds. [Unsubsidized Nexus S; T-Mobile-subsidized Nexus S]

And don't forget that we'll be announce the winner of our Nexus S giveaway tonight on the Android Central Podcast, which starts at 9 p.m. EST.

Update: Dieter reports that he wasn't allowed to purchase two phones. If anyone gives you any trouble, show them this story.

Update 2: And lest we forget our European readers (hi!), you can snag the Nexus S from Carphone Warehouse with none of that pesky AWS band stuff.

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3 years ago

LG officially announces Tegra 2 dual-core Optimus 2X

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LG just announced the first dual-core Tegra 2-powered Android smartphone -- the LG Optimus 2X, previously known as the LG Star. Let's just get into specs, shall we?

  • 1Ghz Dual-core Processor (NVIDIA Tegra 2)
  • 4-inch WVGA screen
  • Android 2.2 (Froyo), upgradeable to Android 2.3 (Gingerbread)
  • 8GB memory (up to 32GB via microSD)
  • 1,500 mAh battery
  • 8 megapixel rear camera and 1.3 megapixel front camera
  • HDMI mirroring
  • 1080p MPEG-4/H.264 playback and recording

It's a new era, folks. The Optimus 2X will be available in January in Korea, with Europe and Asia to follow. And LG will be at CES, so there's a better than average chance we'll see this guy in its full glory. Full presser and more pics are after the break. More in the Optimus 2X Forums!

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3 years ago

HTC's weather provider appears to be under the weather itself

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See what we just did there?

Yes, folks, it appears that HTC's weather provider has a case of the sniffles, and widgets from Wabash to Worthington are wondering just what the weather is like wherever we are wandering.

(OK, couldn't keep that up any longer.) We wouldn't worry (oops) ourselves too much over this, folks. It's like just server hiccups on the part of the weather provider (anyone remember who it is?), and there's nothing wrong with your phone. You're not alone, and it's really not worth worrying your pretty little head over it.

But if you just have to have weather info at the ready, there are a number of good apps and widgets available in the Android Market that should hold you over until the hamster gets back on the wheel.

Another option would be to open a window or go outside. Just sayin'. Thanks to everyone who sent this in. [Evo 4G Forums, Droid Incredible Forums]

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