Alongside today's EVO 4G leak, a Gingerbread test ROM for the HTC Desire has also leaked out via the 911HTC blog. Version 3.06.707.0 is based on Android 2.3.3, but is running the old version of Sense, which will come as disappointing news for Desire owners hoping to get their hands on the new-fangled Sense 2.0 found on more recent handsets.
Right now the ROM (pre-rooted, of course) is available as a flashable zip courtesy of XDA member robocik. Upon initial inspection, we noticed the clock widget animations and "fast boot" feature from Sense 2.0 have been ported across, and there seem to be some minor UI changes in the browser too.
Flashing an unofficial leaked ROM like this should always be approached with caution. If you decide to take the plunge, remember that this ROM is intended for GSM Desires from Europe and Asia -- it won't work on the U.S. Celular CDMA version of the phone. [XDA, 911HTC]
Although we're not exactly fully sure of how "green" it is as of yet, the upcoming Samsung Replenish for Sprint looks to be a challenger for the Verizon Droid Pro. The Replenish was once thought to be a feature phone but after some internal website leaks and piecing of information from previously leaked pictures we now know that not to be the case.
In fact, the Samsung Replenish is an Android 2.2 packing QWERTY with a 2.8-inch QVGA display as well as a 2MP camera, WiFi and is made from recycled plastics. How do we know? Well, Samsung told everyone via their site -- then abruptly took the page down. We're expecting to get an official announcement for the Samsung Replenish tomorrow, so stay tuned for details. [Phonescoop]
While it can never come soon enough for impatient Evo 4G users (like all of us here), Gingerbread with HTC Sense has finally leaked out. We shouldn't be surprised, as there was no way HTC would leave the phone that started it all stuck on Froyo, and they have already let us know they planned to update their current users to Gingerbread in due time. What's surprising is that it took this long to leak out.
There's nothing available (as of this writing) that you can flash -- what has leaked is the full dump of all partitions. This is exactly what ROM developers want and need, and they are already hard at work. In the meantime, if you're curious and want to dig around in the files while we wait, hit the source link and download them for yourself, and share your findings in the Evo 4G forums. [911HTC via Android Central forums; XDA-Developers] Thanks, dcmasta!
The release of the T-Mobile G2X smartphone and G-Slate tablet must be nigh, because ol' Magenta is having a little get-together next week in the city that never sleeps. Don't worry, we'll take you all long for the ride, of course. So be sure you're back here next Wednesday night, April 20, as the whole thing goes down. See our list of upcoming Android events
Now that everybody who's anybody has an HTC ThunderBolt (what, you don't have yours yet?) let's take a quick look at some of the best HTC ThunderBolt accessories, as determined by you, the buying public. First and foremost, to no one's surprise, is the massive HTC 2750mAh extended battery with extended battery door (seen above). Face it, the thing eats batteries for breakfast, and this ThunderBolt extended battery is the first thing most people are buying.
And rounding out the your five hottest HTC ThunderBolt accessories, we have:
Its only been a few days since 4sharedunleashed its mobile app to the Android masses. Today, 4shared is back at it again. The file sharing service has released their 4shared Music app in the Android Market. The newly announced app gives access to thousands of songs on the 4shared servers.
According to head of marketing Andrew Liulko, “Developing of application which is able to work with music properlybecame a priority task for us due to the fact that more than a half of files hosted on 4shared are music files. We hope that introducing 4shared Music application to Android audience will attract new users and bring more convenience for everybody overall."
While this new app gives immediate access to tons of music on 4shared servers, we'll take this time to remind you that services like this are often filled with copyrighted material and illegally distributed files. Stay away from them. Hit the jump to get download links. Thanks, Yegor!
Without any official word from Motorola or Verizon, any mention of the Motorola Droid X2's specifications is a guess based on pieced-together information from various sources on the Internet, and leaks like the one we saw earlier this month. Words like dual-core and Tegra 2 have been thrown around, and from the looks of this video of the DX2 booting up, we can be pretty sure of the dual-core part. Since Motorola is using it on other products like the Xoom and Atrix 4G, we can hopefully assume the DX2 has some sweet Tegra 2 juice inside as well.
Check out the boot video after the break, folks. Thanks, anonymous!
Motorola has announced further availability of its Xoom and Atrix as the two devices will be launched throughout Latin America starting 'mid-April'.
They will be launching on 'leading' carriers in Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Mexico and Peru. Which carriers in particular will carry the devices have not been announced.
Quote from Motorola Mobility:
“Latin America continues to be important to our company’s global strategy, which is why we’re bringing the region our most ground-breaking products,” said Maurizio Angelone, vice president and general manager Mobile Devices Latin America, Motorola Mobility. “We’ve received an exceptional response for Motorola XOOM and Motorola ATRIX from consumers and carriers in our U.S. and European markets, and we want to build the same excitement in Latin America.”
This is great news for consumers in any of the aforementioned countries who have been waiting patiently for the Xoom and the Atrix to come their way. [Motorola]
Motorola Xoom's pricing got you down? Does the Samsung Galaxy Tab not tickle your fancy? Or maybe you just can't wait any longer for that G-Slate pricing? Well, do not fret my good friend -- Amazon has your back! Today, and today only, Amazon's "Deal of the Day" is the ViewSonic gTablet for $279.99. It's regularly $499.99. That's 44 percent off, folks!
For those of you unfamiliar with the device, here is a little run-down: 1GHz NVIDIA Tegra 2 - Dual-core ARM Cortex-A9 CPU, 512MB DRR RAM, 16GB internal memory (expandable up to 32GB via SD Card), Android 2.2 (Froyo), and a 10.1-inch TFT-LCD with LED driver system and 1024x600 resolution. The only problem here is the software. This tablet does not have access to the Android Market. There are of course ways to get access, but you'll need to root it and install a custom ROM.
It's a great price for some pretty good hardware, but the software and access is where is lacks. If your still unsure about this tablet, be sure to read our review and head into the Android Central Forums to see what others are saying. [Amazon] Thanks, psych0t0uc4n!
HTC has confirmed via its official Twitter account that the new version of HTC Sense that'll be shipping on the EVO 3D, Sensation and Flyer won't be ported back to any earlier devices. Replying to a question from a Desire HD owner asking whether his phone would get an update to Sense 3.0, HTC said, "due to Sense's hardware requirements, only our newest devices (Flyer, EVO 3D, Sensation) will be able to support it."
This will come as a disappointment to some, including posters on our own forums who were hoping to see Sense 3.0 on recent phones like the Thunderbolt, but it's not really much of a surprise. Sense 3.0 is clearly more hardware-intensive than earlier versions, and the devices which will run it out of the box are a step beyond the current crop of HTC phones in terms of performance. Even the slowest Sense 3.0 device, the Flyer tablet, runs at clock speeds 50% higher than those of the Thunderbolt.
Let's also remember that HTC is by no means abandoning its Sense 2.0 (or even 1.0) line-up. Just because the Thunderbolt and Incredible S aren't invited to the Sense 3.0 party, doesn't mean they won't be getting Gingerbread later in the year. [@HTC via Unwired View]
Boot animations are something that are not always customized, but when they are they have the ability to be almost anything. XDA member thermanlee has taken some time to make a rather funny boot animation that was designed for the Samsung Nexus S, but will also work on some other devices. So, if you are rooted, and want to have some fun be sure to download and flash to your device as long as you promise to show it to all your Apple loving friends. [XDA via Android Central Forums]
After the recent news that Nvidia's Harmony platform would see no further support, Nvidia's Developer Zone forums got slammed with concerned citizens and their displeasure at the decision. Turn's out none of it was necessary, as they plan to support the consumer devices using the Harmony platform as long as needed after all. Before any conspiracy theories about Nvidia backpedaling or the like get started, you need to realize that their definition of the Harmony platform is different than the Android communities. Andrew Edelsten, from Nvidia's Tegra Developer Relations promptly clarified this for us, saying the he was responding specifically about the Tegra 250 development kit and had this to say about their hardware partner's Android devices:
NVIDIA provides support until the hardware partner chooses to no longer support the device. So, for instance, NVIDIA will support the Xoom on all versions of Android Motorola requests until Motorola ceases to support the Xoom. The same goes for ViewSonic with the G-Tablet, Notion Ink with the Adam, Acer with the Iconia, LG with the Optimus 2X and so on.
The Android community refers to early Tegra 250 devices by the code name "Harmony" because the open-source kernel has that reference in its files. The Harmony development kit is what Nvidia uses that codename for, and that's why it appears in the kernel. Nvidia is simply shifting developer focus to the Ventana development kit for their current and future Android OS images. So now any OS version updates for the first generation Tegra 2 Android devices are in the hands of the device makers.
But, wait, there's more -- and it's possibly the best part. I'll end this with a quote from Andrew:
Finally, while we cannot support or give out third party peripheral drivers or provide the Android 3.0 source before Google does, we do want to explore whether we can assist the open source ROM makers. We will be reaching out to them today.
A quick peek at an internal page at Sprint lets us know that the Epic 4G apparently will be seeing some of that sweet Gingerbread goodness, as build ED12 is being tested. It's an .rdf file, so the formatting in your browser leaves a bit to be desired (see for yourself via the source link) but the words "OSName GoogleAndroid" and "OSVersion Android 2.3" are right there in black and white.
It's been speculated that Samsung would have a much easier time developing Gingerbread than they did with Froyo, and we have already heard that the international version of the Galaxy S should be seeing Gingerbread sometime soon. And that's a good thing -- a lot of the behind-the-scenes changes take much better advantage of Samsung's Hummingbird chip and the performance difference should be pretty major. Of course there's no word or even an estimate of when to expect this, but in the meantime we can all wait and speculate in the forums. [Sprint]
At long last, RIM and BlackBerry are getting into the tablet game to take on the likes of Android's Motorola Xoom and Samsung Galaxy Tab (for starters) and, of course, the iPad. The PlayBook falls into the 7-inch category, and it packs a lot of power into that small space.
So how will the BlackBerry Playbook stand up to the likes of the Xoom et al? We'll have to see when it goes on sale on April 17 at a starting price of $499. But reviews are starting to roll in, and we look no further than ol' CrackBerry Kevin Michaluk himself, who leads off with the following:
"With solid hardware specs, an operating system that utilizes a gesture-based user interface to deliver true multitasking capabilities and a web browser that supports Adobe Flash, on paper the PlayBook appears to have the raw talent to be a contender."
We're going to spend the next few hours poring over CrackBerry's PlayBook review, that's for sure. And we suggest you do, too. Keep your enemies close, and your frenemies closer, they say. Here are some links to get you started:
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