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3 years ago

Motorola Photon 4G gets its bootloader unlocked courtesy of independent developers

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Android hackers have succeeded in unlocking the Motorola Photon 4G bootloader using the methods they first figured out for the Atrix 4G.  Like most hacks of this nature, you're going to have to read the directions and understand everything before you jump in, and you'll need a bit of working knowledge of the standard fastboot procedures.  Because it's a Motorola phone, you're also going to need to know how to use RSDLite.  The good news is that the instructions are laid out nicely and it shouldn't be much of an issue once you get everything assembled.

The biggest thing to remember here, is that this is for the Photon only.  Don't go trying it on your Droid 3, or you'll likely be in for an ugly surprise.  With all that out of the way, head over to the source link and get started.  Let the games begin!

Source: XDA-DevelopersThanks everyone who sent this in!

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3 years ago

EVO 4G Gingerbread update now has root via Revolutionary

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If you took the last OTA for the HTC EVO 4G, and have been wanting and waiting for a root method, you're now in luck.  The fellas at Revolutionary have worked out the kinks and the EVO 4G with version 2.16.0001 Hboot is now included on their list of supported devices.  You'll want to read everything carefully and make sure you understand it before you dive in, but it's a fairly easy procedure.  And if you hit a snag, there's always help in the EVO 4G forums.  Happy flashing!

Source: RevolutionaryThanks everyone who sent this in!

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3 years ago

Asus Eee Pad Transformer 3G model support page is online, still no release date

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Asus has brought the support page for the 3G model of the Eee Pad Transformer online, but we still don't have the part we want to know -- when is it coming.  We last heard that the 3G model would launch in the UK sometime in August, and we're expecting it soon, since August is already half over.  While there shouldn't be any hardware changes, we're also curious if the 3G model will launch with Android 3.2 on board, but that's anyone's guess at this point.  We know a lot of people have been waiting for this, and Asus knows this as well, so hopefully we see it out the door shortly.  We'll keep our eyes and ears open and let you know more when there's more to tell.

Source: Asus. Thanks, Waad!

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3 years ago

Give your Optimus S a new look from the Theme Team

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If you're rocking an Optimus S on Sprint, and we know a lot of you are, here's one more reason to hack the daylights out of it -- the Theme Team.  Android Central developers jstntp and jondevere have been busy in the kitchen, and some kick ass themes are the result.  There's sure to be something there to suit your tastes, and everything is well organized with easy to follow instructions.  Chances are, if you're running custom software on your Optimus S you already know these guys, and the awesome level of support that comes with.  We're lucky to have them.

The themes are built for the following ROMs:

Enough talk.  Get in to the Optimus forums and give it all a look-see.  You'll be glad you did.

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3 years ago

Google chimes in on Lodsys patent issue, asks USPTO to re-examine their validity

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Google has broken their silence on the whole Lodsys software patent nonsense, and are asking the USPTO (United States Patent and Trademark Office) to re-examine the validity of both patents in question.  This is in contrast to the way Apple has handled this situation, they have made the argument that the patents are covered by their license with Lodsys and developers for the iOS platform are immune to litigation.  Google is saying that the patents should have never been issued in the first place.  In a statement to Wired, Google senior VP and general counsel Kent Walker said:

We’ve asked the US Patent Office to reexamine two Lodsys patents that we believe should never have been issued. Developers play a critical part in the Android ecosystem and Google will continue to support them.

Lodsys is currently suing 11 application developers for infringment, saying that their patents cover in-app payment technology.  Of the 11, Rovio, and Illusion Labs have released applications for the Android platform.  There is no wanton suing of Android specific developers -- yet. 

Google's stance that these patents are invalid goes along with their strategy of the patent system being broken and in need of a revamp.  But even if the USPTO grants the re-examination request, that doesn't mean they will be invalidated.  A quick look at the current crop of lawsuits and trade dress actions makes that evident.  We wish Google, and the developers involved, the best of luck.

Source: Wired; via TiPb

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3 years ago

Be sure to add your favorite Android Central writers to your Google+ Circles!

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Many of you probably spend a bulk of your social media time on the new shiny Google+, and if that is the case you probably would like to keep up with your favorite Android Central crew, right? Well, let's make things really easy for you and give you our links, so you can add us to your circles, and chat it up with us!

Still not invited? Don't worry, we've got you covered for that, too. Click this link to get in before they're all used up! (New link is up, seeing as how you burned through Josh, Jason and Alex's invites in a few hours!)

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3 years ago

Root the Motorola Photon 4G, HD dock no longer needed

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Have yourself a Motorola Photon 4G, all ready to root it, but haven't picked up the HD dock yet?  You're in luck!  A new method has been figured out, one that doesn't have a purchase of $100 worth of accessories as a prerequisite.  You will need to be able to use the Android SDK and follow well written instructions, but the method actually looks pretty simple for the end user.  AC member sandtiger has a nicely written tutorial all laid out in the Photon forums, so grab a chair and a beverage, and have a look.

Source: XDA; via Android Central forums. Thanks, sandtiger!

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3 years ago

Android Central Editors' app picks for August 13, 2011

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Apps are oh so much fun, and they make the Android experience so much better. If you have a hard time while searching the Android Market, you won't want to delay any further. Hit the jump and let's take a look at what we got this week for you.

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3 years ago

ROM review: Oxygen for the Nexus S 4G

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We're back with another reader submitted ROM review, this time around we have Android Central member digitalslacker showing some love for the Nexus S 4G with a great review of Oxygen ROM.  I've used this one for the GSM flavor of the Nexus S, and he hits it right on the head with his review -- a sweet ROM for a sweet phone.  Hit the jump and check it out.

Discuss ROM, hacks, and more for the Nexus S 4G
Big props to digitalslacker!

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3 years ago

Samsung Infuse 4G to get Gingerbread this month, AT&T says on Twitter

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We were kind of hoping Keith Urban might announce it, but we suppose Twitter will have to do. According to AT&T's official Twitter page, in reply to @Drake_Heth (smile, you're famous now), the Samsung Infuse 4G is set to get its Gingerbread update in the next couple of weeks. And that's nary a moment too soon, with the prospect of the U.S. (finally) getting its Galaxy S II devices at the end of the month, and you bet your bippy they won't be running Froyo.

And we'll save you the trouble of looking it up yourself -- the website referenced in the tweet is AT&T's announcement that all of its phones released in 2011 will receive Gingerbread updates. Along with the Infuse 4G, that includes the HTC Inspire 4G, LG Phoenix, Motorola Atrix 4G, Pantech Crossover and Samsung Captivate.

Source: Twitter; via XDA Developers; Thanks, Colton!

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