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4 years ago

Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 gets rooted

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Xperia X10 root

No carriers' locked systems are safe when Android hackers set their sights on them.  Some are easy, some are tough, but eventually they all fall.  This time in the spotlight is the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10.  With the unknowns surrounding the fate of Froyo on the X10, and the less than speedy track record of SE, this one is extra special for everyone who loves the feel and looks of the X10's hardware but isn't quite satisfied with the software.  The other three people don't have to root :)

No method or files yet, just the news that it happened along with the obligatory photo proof.  We'll keep an eye out, and you guys do the same.  When details surface you'll be able to read it here.  [xda-developers via Twitter]

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4 years ago

Nexus One rooted -- with a new twist

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Nexus One rooted with locked bootloader

Yes, you read it right., the Nexus One has been rooted.  Again. What's new about this is that the phone was rooted the old fashioned way, and the bootloader remains locked.  Let me take a minute and explain.  The Nexus One is sold as a developer phone, so you can manually unlock the phone's bootloader.  This lets you flash any software you want to the phone, for testing, hacking, developing, etc.  It also marks an un-editable file (the one that shows as the splash screen when you boot the phone) with a big ugly unlocked icon. (Ant technically is what breaks the warranty.)   HTC can then tell at a glance if the phone's bootloader has been unlocked and decide the fate of any warranty issues from there.  This bothers a lot of people, as they are forced to choose between voiding their warranty or keeping their Nexi (Nexuses) unlocked.

A bright hacker named Booker-T has used the method for the Incredible to root the phone without unlocking the bootloader and flashing a rooted ROM.  No details yet, Booker-T says he needs some sleep (he's earned it!) and will get the files and method up shortly.  In the meantime, you can hit the jump and check out the video for yourself. [xda-developers] Thanks MarkH!

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4 years ago

The truth about Android

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Walt Mosspuppet

Dunno about you guys, but as long as someone who plays with their hand up a puppet's butt is continuing to fire back at Android, we think Google's doing just fine. Check out the latest rant after the break. [via MacLife]

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4 years ago

Cliq and Backflip owners, Motorola has not forgotten you

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Motorola

Good news for Cliq, Cliq XT and Backflip users -- Motorola has set up mailing lists for you to stay abreast of the news about your Eclair (Android 2.1) update.  Again, Moto is using the phrase 'when the 2.1 arrives' and not if.  You'll need to be a member of the official Motorola forums (see source link for details), and you can sign up here:

Cliq update news ; Cliq XT update news ; Backflip update news

No dates are given (of course) and I'll stress again that we have no idea when you'll get your update.  Head over and get signed up! [Motorola Owners' Forum] Thanks Jahntassa!

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4 years ago

AT&T HTC Aria Review

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A tiny Android smartphone with surprising power

HTC Aria on AT&T

The HTC Aria. The tiny phone with big potential is the second Android device on AT&T, and arguably the first worth really considering on the U.S. carrier. (Sorry, Moto Backflip.) It has the slick HTC Sense on top of Android 2.1. And while this guy is small, it is mighty.

You've watched our hands-on and unboxing. You've seen our benchmark results. Now it's time to review the Aria. After the break, people. After the break.

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4 years ago

The Samsung Behold II is getting updated

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Tired of Cupcake on your Behold II? T-Mobile is rolling out an OTA update to Donut (Android version 1.6), which is supposed to be the final version add for the phone. Sure, Android 1.6 may not have been the version you were all hoping for, but it comes with a number of bug fixes, Google Apps (Google Voice Search, Google Maps, etc.) and support for Swype. Do you wish the Behold II had more of a sweet tooth for the heavier desserts? Post a comment if you wish it did or if you’re fine with the more mild sweets.
[via TmoNews]

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4 years ago

Google Maps adds ratings, public transit schedules, Latitude improvements

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Googleg Maps 4.3Google Maps 4.3

Hot on the heels of Google Voice opening up, here comes an update to Google Maps for Android. Version 4.3 brings the following improvements:

  • Location ratings: Service suck? You'll find out here. The atmosphere less than romantic? You'll know in advance.
  • Public transit schedules: Knowing how to get to the station is important. And now you can get there in time to catch a ride.
  • Latitude friends: You can more easily share your location, and friends are now suggested by Latitude.

Head on over to the Android Market and update your Google Maps now. [Google Mobile blog]

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4 years ago

Google Voice opens up for all (in the U.S., anyway), no invitation required

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Google's history of human communication

Finally!  The days of lurking in forums, begging on Twitter, and hounding everyone you know just to get a Google Voice invite are officially over.  Google announced that they have decided to open up Google Voice to the public, no invitation required, so long as you're in the United States.  If you're not familiar with Google Voice, you need to be.  Especially if you're hooked on smartphones in any way, shape or form.  Google says it best:

"We’re proud of the progress we’ve made with Google Voice over the last few years, and we’re still just scratching the surface of what’s possible when you combine your regular phone service with the latest web technology."

You can learn more about Google Voice, as well as get signed up HERE.  Get into everything Android and Google Voice related HERE.  And finally, hit the source link to learn a little of the history and work that went into Google Voice.  Enough talk -- free SMS awaits! [Google Voice Blog] Thanks Duvi!

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4 years ago

Droid X camera samples look pretty good

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Motorola Droid X sampleMotorola Droid X sample picture

Sure, the Droid X is big. And it's going to be fast, no doubt. But how's that 8MP camera? A couple of images point to it being pretty darn good. The EXIF data says they're from the Droid X, and we'll have to hope they weren't touched up at all. And the end result? A decent 8MP picture. Hit the images above to open the original in a new window. [Alienbabeltech via BGR]

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4 years ago

Early version of Samsung Captivate gets an early hands-on

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Samsung Captivate

An early version of the Samsung Captivate -- the version of the Galaxy S that's coming to AT&T -- has made its way into a New York City Starbucks, and Engadget give the phone a quick go.

The body is obviously a little different than the Galaxy S that we've had our hands on (a couple times now, actually), but the 4-inch Super AMOLED display certainly looks vibrant here. Again, we've used Super AMOLED, and it's really something you're going to have to see for yourself.

TouchWiz 3.0's on board, just as we've seen before, and Swype was pre-loaded, which is good, since AT&T's had a habit of disallowing applications from outside the Android Market, which means you can't easily get Swype on the side.

We expect the Captivate to be a pretty speedy device, but Engadget didn't have the best results, with the demo phone showing an 800MHz processor instead of the 1GHz model we're told will be on the phone. Again, it's an early piece of hardware, they say, so take it all with a grain of salt.

Need more? Check out video after the break, hit up the source link, and get ready for Samsung's big event next week in New York. [Engadget]

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4 years ago

Samsung Galaxy S will be T-Mobile Vibrant

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Samsung Vibrant on T-Mobile

With AT&T getting the Samsung Galaxy S as the Captivate, and Motorola unleashing a slew of high-end devices on Verizon, we can see why you T-Mobile fans may be feeling a wee bit antsy. But no worry. The Galaxy S is coming to T-Mobile as the Vibrant (or T959 if you're into the number thing). As for when? July 21 is looking to be the date of record, though nothing official has been announced yet. Think you can wait a month for 4 inches of Super AMOLED goodness? [via CellPhone Signal]

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4 years ago

Latest Froyo build isn't final -- but you already knew that, right?

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Froyo FRF72

Everybody's favorite Googler, Ry Guy, is back in the Nexus One forums to reiterate something -- the FRF72 build of Android 2.2 for the Nexus One that popped up over the weekend is not the "official" or "final" build. But you already knew this, right? Let's think it through:

  • FRF72 wasn't actually pushed out to the public. Just like with the first build, FRF50, this one was pushed to a few phones, and the download location was discerned and then passed around. If the build is not pushed out to the masses, it's not "official" or "final," now is it?
  • FRF72 is not a full ROM -- it's a bunch of patches, really. And since FRF50 isn't an "official" or "final" build, and FRF72 is patches, then FRF72 isn't an official build, now is it?
  • It's probably pretty likely that when the "official" or "final" build of Froyo is released for the Nexus One, Google might, you know, announce it or something.

As for Ry Guy, here's what he tell us:

Hey guys,

Just dropping in to let you know that the FRF72 build that is floating around is not the official update. The Android team is feverishly working to get a final version out the door, but like passion-ate has mentioned this will only happen once a release candidate meets our quality criteria.

Since today is the Summer Solstice, we know things will be heating up a bit so hopefully Froyo will be on its way shortly. Thanks for your continued patience!

As for us, here's what we say: Have patience. We're excited for everyone to get Android 2.2. And you should be excited, too. But better to have a good update than one that's half-baked. When Froyo's ready, Google will let us all know. It won't be a secret. Trust us. [Nexus One forums via XDA Developers]

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4 years ago

Samsung Galaxy S rooted, but it ain't easy

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The good news: A rooted kernel has been hacked onto the Samsung Galaxy S, which is good because we're expecting a spate of devices from Sammy any time now in the U.S. The bad news: T'wasn't easy. Some are reporting bootloops, others are getting things to work with some quick commands during the bootloop. But rooted it is, and we're sure the process will get fleshed out some before the screaming hordes of Galaxy S owners head our way. [SamDroid via @paulobrien]

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4 years ago

The Dell Streak shows off its bluetooth support in style

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Dell Streak using a bluetooth mouse and keyboard

In another display of Android awesomeness, the Dell Streak shows off it's skills by using a full size Bluetooth keyboard and mouse.  Not just any keyboard and mouse though, this time around we're seeing it drive an Apple wireless keyboard and a Magic Mouse.  I'll bet someone in Cupertino isn't very happy about this, but here at Android Central we're loving it.

Even better, it's doing this out of the box -- no hacking or wizardry needed.  Combine with the Streak's 5-inch screen with a real keyboard and mouse and it looks like a tiny little desktop computer.  Should be awfully nice to reply to all your e-mail with this rig though.  Check out the rest of the pics and see a video in action after the break. [Streak Smart via [Engadget]

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4 years ago

SlingPlayer out of beta, available for $30

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slingplayer

SlingPlayer Mobile – the insanely awesome, innovative, and whimsical TV app for Android is finally out of beta testing and is available in the Android Market for $29.99. You're going to need a Slingbox somewhere, of course, but the app should work on just about any Android phone. Supported Slingboxes are the Slingbox SOLO, Slingbox PRO, or Slingbox PRO-HD. Considering you can access any of your home TV channels via your Android phone, that $30 one-time fee they’re asking seems pretty fair. [Market link]

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