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3 years ago

Unlocking the Motorola Xoom bootloader [from the forums]

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We all breathed a collective sigh of relief when we learned that Motorola provided the Xoom with an unlockable bootloader, giving developers and hackers easy access to the hardware.  And since many of you guys aren't familiar with the concept and the way it works, allow me to direct you to Android Central member thefredelement and his Xoom unlocking guide.   He has everything laid out nicely for you to get the drivers and set things up so you're ready to go.

Keep in mind that this isn't rooting your Xoom.  With an unlocked bootloader and fastboot mode, there's no need to worry about finding exploits to root the OS.  Instead, developers will just build a package you can flash from a custom recovery with anything and everything you need to have complete control over your tablet.  I expect a custom recovery and those flashable packages in very short order.  [Android Central forums] Thanks thefredelement!

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3 years ago

Video how-to: Manually updating your phone to a new Android version

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Whenever we talk updating our phones, we inevitably talk about "manual updates." And that leads to the inevitable questions, "Is it safe?" and "How do I do it?"

Manual updates are just like over-the-air (OTA) updates. Only difference is that instead of letting your phone download the update from a server somewhere, you download it yourself, move save it to you phone's SD card and then manually start the update process. In an OTA update, the phone does all this for you. But the big difference is that there's no waiting with manual updates.

In the video above -- edited for time purposes -- we walk you through manually updating the Nexus One to Android 2.3.3 Gingerbead. And note that this is for a stock phone -- unrooted, stock recovery, the whole nine yards.

The general process is similar for most phones, though you'll want to follow the instructions for your specific device. And as always, if you have more questions, hit us up in the Android Central Forums.

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3 years ago

How to manually update your Nexus S to Android 2.3.3

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The Android 2.3.3 (GRI40 for those keeping score at home) OTA update for the Samsung Nexus S has started to roll out, but there's no need to wait -- it's a breeze to manually install.  Think of it as the OTA update, with less of the A.  What you need to do:

  • Grab the OTA package here [ link via XDA]
  • Rename it to update.zip.  This isn't needed for the Nexus S bootloader, but it makes things easy.
  • Copy it over to the internal storage on your Nexus S.
  • Power off, then hold volume up and power to reboot to the bootloader.
  • Using the volume key to navigate, select recovery, then use the power button to confirm
  • When you see the warning triangle and arrow, hold the power button and tap volume up.  You'll see a menu.
  • From the menu, select "apply update from /sdcard", and choose update.zip from the list.
  • Let it do its thing and update your system, radio, and other partitions.  When finished, choose "reboot system now"
  • Enjoy!

Sound off in the comments how things are going for you.

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3 years ago

Gmail update crashes prompt pulling from Android market

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We've had a couple reports of the latest Gmail update no longer appearing in the Market, and now we have a reason why.  It seems that users who were still using a 2.2 version of Gmail and updated to the latest version had some stability issues.  Users who updated from a 2.3.x version are unaffected.

If you are experiencing bugs or crashes since updating, Google recommends you remove the update by by going in to Settings > Applications > Manage applications > Gmail > Uninstall updates.  A fix is in the works, and we expect an even updated-ier version soon. [Google Mobile help forums]

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3 years ago

How to manually update your Nexus One to Android 2.3 Gingerbread

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The Nexus One's over-the-air update to Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread (erm, not Android 2.4) is starting to push out. But if you can't wait (that'd be us), you can manually install the update. It's the same thing as the OTA update, just, not OTA. Here's how to install:

  1. Download the update from here. [link via XDA]
  2. Rename the file to update.zip. Note that if you're using Windows, just rename it to "update" (no quotes, of course) because it's already a zipped file.
  3. Copy the update.zip file onto your microSD card.
  4. With your Nexus One off, hold down the trackball and press the power button.
  5. You'll be booted into a white screen with three Android robots on skateboards. Select "Bootloader."
  6. On the next screen, select "Recovery."
  7. Your phone will reboot, giving you a picture of the Android robot and an exclamation point inside a triangle.
  8. Now press the power button and volume up button at the same time. It could take a couple of tries.
  9. Now (using the trackball this time) choose "Apply sdcard:update.zip" and let things run their course.

Easy peasy! Enjoy!

Update:  Seeing getprop/status 7 errors?  You'll need to update your version of Hboot.  If you're not familiar with fastboot and flashing, have a look here for the long (but easy) way.

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3 years ago

HTC Thunderbolt spotted, gets hands-on in the Android Central Forums

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There's no quicker way to become the cool kid on the block these days than to have actually seen and used an HTC Thunderbolt. (We're having jackets made.) And that's just Android Central Forms member O.G Incredible has been doing -- and causing quite the tizzy in the process. Before you start crying "Troll!" -- he's uploaded a few pictures. So put down your pitchforks, raise a glass to the O.G OP, and hope the TB gets released ASAP. [Android Central Forums]

P.S.: That's pretty cool, but we're still partial to our video shot in a Las Vegas In-and-Out-Burger. Just sayin'. :p

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3 years ago

Android's official Twitter app updated

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Looks like Android's "official" Twitter client just got updated. Here's what's new:

  • Timeline now maintains its position when you exit/enter the app.
  • Tapping on a map thumbnail now opens to a full screen map.
  • Fixed crashes when in landscape mode.
  • App refreshes with latest Tweets upon launch.
  • Other various bug fixes.

Good fixes, all. You can update directly in the Android Market, or we have download links after the break.

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3 years ago

Android Market on the web gets a books section

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Looks like the Android Market got what some might refer to as a big upgrade, depending on your interest level in books. In what is surely a tie in to the Google Books eReader app, the Android Market now has a full and complete section for books available.

No telling if and when the mobile version of the Android Market will get it, but it being available in the web version shows that Google has a lot more coming for that portion of the Android Market. Hit the source link to check it out further. [Android Market]

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3 years ago

Froyo coming to the HTC Aria tomorrow, says AT&T

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AT&T has posted news on its Facebook fan page that the HTC Aria will be updating to Froyo (Android 2.2 -- remember it?) tomorrow. The little Android device was AT&T's second Android powered phone to enter their stores. Since then, consumers have been waiting to see if the Aria was going to be getting a Froyo update.

The Aria's newer second cousin, the Samsung Captivate, is expected to be getting Froyo today. From reading through the Facebook fan page comments, owners really mostly want the Captivate to update already. How about you guys? Are you still rolling with an HTC Aria? 

AT&T has also posted a interview with Dante Martin, AT&T's Android Senior Project Manager. Video after the break! [Facebook] Thanks, Greg K!

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3 years ago

Samsung Captivate's Froyo update now available through Kies

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The good news: The AT&T Samsung Captivate finally has its Froyo update. They bad news -- it's available through the Samsung Kies desktop software. Kies isn't the worst thing we've ever seen, but it's still a bit ridiculous in 2011 that we're not updating everything over the air.

But I digress. The update you're getting is the same KB1 version we showed you the other night, so if you installed the leaked version, you're likely good to go. Otherwise, hit up Sammy's instructions (which are nicely done) and the massive changelog (after the break) and get to updating. [Samsung] More on the update in the Captivate forums

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