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3 years ago

HTC Aria rooted -- carrier lockdown be damned

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Told you they all fall eventually.  Noted HTC hacker Eugene373 has taken his root method for the MyTouch 3G Slide and got it working on the brand new HTC Aria.  It's not the easiest of methods, but it's one we should be used to by now -- it involves timing and monkeying with SD cards.  Now there's no reason not to love the Aria, as I'm sure the first thing on the agenda is adding support for applications from unknown sources.  Have a look and see what's involved, then get your Aria cracked open and proudly standing alongside it's bigger HTC brethren.  [AndroidSpin via Twitter via xda-developers via Android Central forums]

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3 years ago

Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 gets rooted

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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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3 years ago

Nexus One rooted -- with a new twist

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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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3 years ago

The truth about Android

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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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3 years ago

Cliq and Backflip owners, Motorola has not forgotten you

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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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3 years ago

AT&T HTC Aria Review

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A tiny Android smartphone with surprising power

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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3 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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3 years ago

Google Maps adds ratings, public transit schedules, Latitude improvements

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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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3 years ago

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

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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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3 years ago

Droid X camera samples look pretty good

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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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