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2 years ago

C Skills team discovers Gingerbread root exploit

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The folks at C Skills have done their magic again, this time with Gingerbread (and possibly Honeycomb) and have released GingerBreak.  If you don't keep up with this sort of thing, the C Skills team are the people who brought us the rageagainstthecage exploit.  Besides having a run-on sentence for a name, this is the trick that can root any device running Froyo.  Since it isn't going to work on Gingerbread, the fellas have jumped ahead of the game and found one that will, and are pretty confident that it will crack Honeycomb and Froyo, too. 

Now all we need is devices that aren't OEM unlockable to ship with Gingerbread so we can test it. 

Source: C Skills. Thanks, KSmithInNY!

 

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2 years ago

Possible about screen seems to confirm Epic 4G Gingerbread build in testing

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Preface this with the usual "It's possible to make a "custom" (read fake) about screen in 30 seconds on a rooted phone," but this about screen making the rounds today seems to confirm the story we broke a couple weeks ago that showed Gingerbread build ED12 for the Sprint Epic 4G is in testing. And it also goes along with a poorly photoshopped promo pic that's been making the rounds today, too.

Brief Mobile's source tells them it's got a goal of May 15 to finish up the Android 2.3.3 update, but the same source also says it won't be out before the EVO 3D, which might or might not be on June 5. So will we see a more recent build before then? It's certainly possible.

Us? We're taking all this with a pretty huge grain of salt until it's official. Because it's pretty much impossible to peg the date an update will start to push -- and even then there's no guarantee that the update won't be pulled for some reason, and we've seen early builds leak out week before.

So nobody get your hopes up just yet for anything official, and keep an eye on our build.prop Hall of Shame. Just sayin'.

Source: Brief Mobile

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2 years ago

Fring brings group video chat to the mix, Qik and Skype scowl from the sidelines

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I know Qik and Skype have been all the rage lately, pushing out major updates and whatnot, but we shouldn't forget about our video chatting friends at Fring.

Fring is priding itself on another first in the video chat arena, introducing group video chat before its competitors. Group video chat supports up to four people simultaneously, and if this video is any indication, can lead to some pretty sweet spontaneous jam sessions.

Download links and full PR are after the break.

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2 years ago

Teen uses Xoom to maintain digital directory of fallen soldiers

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A 17-year-old in Virginia is making headlines by being the first to create a digital record of every Iraq and Afghanistan war veteran buried in Arlington National Cemetery, a task aided in part by his new Motorola Xoom. Richard Gilleland III, a high school junior in Stafford, Va., began the project last year, and has maintained preserveandhonor.com, a digital directory of recently fallen soldiers, the only one of its kind. As today’s Los Angeles Times points out, Gilleland is now using his Motorola Xoom, which he received as a gift for his 17th birthday, to help with the ongoing project. Hard to think of a more honorable way of putting the Xoom to good use.

Source: Los Angeles Times; via Android Central forums

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2 years ago

HTC Roadshow: Hands-on with the HTC Wildfire S, Incredible S and ChaCha

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The HTC Roadshow isn’t all Sensations and Flyers. Some of HTC’s more mainstream devices were also hanging out inside the manufacturer’s big truck o’ phones last weekend -- namely the Desire S, Wildfire S and Incredible S. Of course we recently reviewed the Desire S, and so we used some of our time at the roadshow’s Manchester stop to check out the Wildfire S, which makes its UK debut today, along with its big brother the Incredible S.

We also got a sneak peek at the HTC ChaCha, one of HTC’s new “Facebook phones” which puts the social network at the heart of the phone’s hardware and software. Find out what we thought of all three devices after the jump.

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2 years ago

4G troubles, ASUS EeePad Transformer launch [from the forums]

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While Verizon Thunderbolt users are waiting for Verizon to restore LTE to their devices today, lots of folks are in the forums discussing it. The good news is, Verizon is on the case -- the bad news, it's not back yet. Jump on into the forums if you feel like talking about the outage and more.

If you're not already a member of the Android Central forums, you can register your account today.

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2 years ago

Review: Smartphone Experts Top Case for HTC Droid Incredible

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I use my phone for everything so I made the choice early on to spring for the extended battery. The additional hours it’s given me are well worth the few ounces it adds to my Incredible. Unfortunately, this limits what cases I can use.

I’m not much of a case guy. I don’t want a plastic cover to show off my favorite team, and I don’t have some overwhelming desire to have a blue, white, or green phone. I use a case because I want to protect the device. The problem is that once you move out of the fitted case market, the cases become “one-size-fits-all” monstrosities that claim to fit everything from the Samsung Juke to the Galaxy Tab.

The Smartphone Experts Top Case for the Droid Incredible (among other phones) is a welcome change from that norm. Instead of trying to make a single case for everything, they focused on a specific form factor (in this case, 3.7inch screens) and gave it just enough give to accommodate the extra battery without adding a ton of unnecessary bulk. The case is available in two additional colors (red or tan) but I settled on the standard black since I planned on clipping it to my belt.

The case is made out of high quality leather that’s soft to the touch. With an extended battery, the fit is a little snug, but after a few days the sides loosen up enough so that you can easily pull your phone out when needed without becoming so loose that you’re phone will fall out of it whenever the top isn’t secured. The top flap is secured by using magnets, which give the front a smooth appearance.

The back clip is made out of metal, and whatever they used is strong enough to resist warping or bending. This also means that it’s magnetic, allowing you to secure the top flap to it if you prefer to have the top of the case open for easy access. When I wore the case, I never fell off my belt, and the clip is positioned in such a way so that the case sits low and won’t bite into your side if you sit down while wearing it.

If you’re looking for a new case for your Incredible, the Top Case is an excellent choice. The build quality is top notch, and the leather gives it a professional look. For those of you with the HTC extended battery, it gives a near perfect fit without becoming so large that someone might mistake it for a man-purse. The Smartphone Experts Top Case for HTC Droid Incredible is on sale right now for just $24.95, so be sure to check it out. More pictures after the break.

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2 years ago

Android Quick App: Slayer

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If you're a fan of Slayer and have an Android phone, you're in luck. Sony Music has released the Slayer app for Android, and it's really good. And loud. And evil. You'll find everything you ever wanted to know about Slayer at your fingertips, including show information (with a quick link to buy tickets), the full discography, news, weblinks, and a fanwall for commenting and leaving photos. On the multimedia side, you have a well rounded list of tracks that play right from the app, as well as plenty of concert footage in the form of mobile optimized video. 

Besides being a feast for the senses, the Slayer app has some social media functions as well.  Not all death metal fans are anti-social, so the app gives quick ways to share via SMS or Twitter, and is integrated with Foursquare for concert venue check-ins.

Even if you're not a fan of Slayer -- and you really, really should be -- you have to appreciate the polish and thought that went into this one.  It's done very well and would be a very nice format for other apps of this nature to follow.  If you are a fan, the download link and a bunch of screenshots are after the break. 

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2 years ago

Motorola Xoom update coming soon for Verizon users

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Although the rumblings of a forth coming update for the Motorola Xoom have been out there for a few days now, it's never actually been announced by Verizon in any sort of manner. Unless of course, you consider posting up the .pdf with the change log a quite unveiling. While we still don't have a date for when it's to be release -- it's coming at some point so we'll just have to wait it out. In the meantime, the changes are listed below:

Web Browsing and Data Access

  • Access and stay connected to Wi-Fi networks with added Proxy support.
  • SSL data transfer with websites is now supported.
  • WPA Pre-Shared Key pass-phrases are now supported when using the device as a Mobile Hotspot.
  • Supports Google Widevine DRM and HDCP.

Email and Messaging

  • POP3 HTML emails will display in their entirety.

Call Features

  • Bluetooth® is now supported in Google TalkTM.

Additional Device Features

  • Encrypted passwords can be entered during power up.
  • Calendar events will remain up to date after an installed software update.
  • Application storage errors will not appear unless the device has reached maximum storage capacity.
  • Safely dock the MOTOROLA XOOM into the docking adapter without interruption. + Ability to add and use a Bluetooth mouse. + A shortcut key for the Bluetooth keyboard has been added. + View and import pictures from digital cameras with Picture Transfer Protocol.
  • When using the device in accessibility mode, menus will no longer prompt with sounds.

Rather large update that fixes quite a few issues really. Hopefully we'll see a roll out soon since it's been quite a while since Xoom owners have felt the update love.

Source: Verizon; via Android Central Forums. Thanks to everyone who sent this in!

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2 years ago

TuneIn Radio goes pro, adds recording feature to its Android version

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We've taken TuneIn Radio for a spin in the past and walked away quite pleased with its free offering. Now it's decided to step up its Android game by making available TuneIn Radio Pro --  a new, updated and paid version of TuneIn Radio. So what's new? They've gone ahead and added the ability to record the streaming audio content to your device -- something that was previously only available on other platforms.

Now when Lady Gaga visits your favorite talk radio station to talk about her crazy outfits and ramble some nonsense about bacon, you can record the interview along with the live performance right on your device for playback at a later time.

TuneIn Radio Pro is available now in the Amazon Appstore for only 99 cents and later this week will make the transition over to the Android Market. Certainly worth checking out if you have a need for such a service, if not then you can continue to the use the free version as it remains unchanged.

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