Simon Walker, developer program head at Sony Ericsson, has made an interesting series of tweets suggesting the manufacturer may be about to change its stance on rooting and custom ROM development. Just as Motorola is looking at compromises on the issue of locked bootloaders, Sony Ericsson's developer boss says he's "actually in favor" of rooting "if we do it right."
One possible example of this might be the introduction of Xoom/Nexus S-style unlockable/relockable bootloaders, though Walker didn't mention any specifics, instead saying he needs to take the discussion inside Sony Ericsson before anything is decided. Still, it's promising that someone at a senior position at SE has come out in support of rooting. Hopefully he'll be able to convince his colleagues to see the light. [@simon_a_walker]
One enterprising XDA forum member has managed to snag a copy of the still unreleased Xperia Arc's /system partition via ADB, and has posted the resulting files online. The /system partition typically contains the core applications and files at the heart of any ROM.
As the Arc is powered by Android 2.3 Gingerbread, this system dump may help developers working on custom ROMs for the Xperia X8 and X10, both of which are stuck on Android 2.1 with no prospect of an official bump to Froyo or Gingerbread. For everyone else, there's always the prospect of grabbing a few cool wallpapers or ringtones. [XDA]
For you Sprint customers out there who are signed up for the Total Equipment Protection service, you now have a new way to keep your stuff safe. Sprint's released the Total Equipment Protection App that brings a slew of features to help locate, lock, wipe and backup your Sprint Android smartphone's contents. Particularly,
Locate lost device by sounding an alarm on the smartphone even if in silent mode, doing a real time locate via GPS technology, or viewing the smartphone’s location history on a map via a Web Interface
Remotely lock their smartphone
Erase contacts in the address book on a lost smartphone
Backup, manage and restore contacts
The app is free if you're a subscriber of Sprint's $7-a-month TEP service. You can get the app at protection.sprint.com. Full presser's after the break.
Can't say we didn't see this coming. Maybe because as soon as the HTC ChaCha was announced the fist thought that came to our collective mind was ChaCha, the questions and answers search engine. As it turns out, ChaCha Inc. is now going after HTC and their Facebook toting phone asking for financial damages and a permanent injunction to prevent HTC from selling the device under the ChaCha name.
To their credit, ChaCha is a registered trademark and they do offer search results via SMS so the relationship between a phone and their organization could be misconstrued. Suing to have the name changed may be in their favor on this one. Damages, I'm so sure about -- if anything the name likely got ChaCha Inc. some exposure rather then doing any financial harm. [Justia via PhoneScoop]
If you are like me and have been putting off filing your taxes for any number of reasons, TurboTax SnapTax is an application you will definitely want to check out. Taking all the information from your W-2 and entering it online can become a pain, especially if you have more then one source of income, but TurboTax has gone above and beyond this year, and made it extremely easy to file. Simply snap a picture of your W-2, give the application a few minutes to pull the needed fields from the image and auto-populate them into your tax forms.
From here you simply go through the information that it pulled and verify that the information is correct. Once you verify the accuracy of the information, you can pay directly through the app and then file your taxes. Within minutes you can file your Federal and State returns, and then sit back and wait for the money to be deposited in your account. While the application itself is a free download from the Android Market, filing will cost $14.99. Hit the break for a video walk through of the application (and yes, we are sorry they chose to film it on an iPhone)
It's nothing we haven't heard before, the BlackBerry PlayBook is said to be able to run Android applications. But up until now we have never really had documented proof of this. During Mobile World Congress this month, during a hands on with the device one of the employees seemed to have slipped up and stated "we'll also support Android apps," which is pretty big. (Or they read the blog rumors, we gather.) Interesting none the less to see some cross platform Android applications, would certainly open the doors to plenty of new developers and ultimately can help strengthen the Android platform even further. [via CrackBerry]
A fun part of any Android experience is rooting and flashing custom kernels and overclocking the device to see exactly what it can do. For those who went out this week and picked themselves up a Motorola Xoom, your turn to join the overclock party is here already. XDA member coolbho3000 has overclocked the dual core Motorola Xoom to 1.5GHz, which judging from the video really speeds the device up, even more. If you have a Xoom, and already rooted, and unlocked the bootloader, be sure to hit the source for more information on how to overclock your device! [via XDA] Thanks, Michael, for the tip!
For all you HTC EVO owners who have anxiously been awaiting the ability to put your HDMI port to its full use, the wait is over. Android Central forums member oorebmas has created FullHDMI, an application which just entered a public beta, that allows EVO users to mirror their devices screen on their favorite HDTV. At this time, root access is required on the device, and it does also need to be running a Sense based ROM, but that is a small price to pay to be able to utilize this amazing application. For more information on the application, the exact requirements, and more information about the app, be sure to check out this thread, and be sure to give it a shot! Thanks to igotsanevo4g for the image! [Android Central Forums]
Is it just me, or did this week just seem to Xoom on by? Ok, bad joke, I know, but this week was rather loaded with a good amount of Xoom drama, fun, and excitement, along with a bundle of other Android related news. Let's take a look below at some of what you may have missed this week.
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