We usually don’t get exciting news on Sunday nights, but get ready for this one. A method to unlock the bootloaders on a few popular Motorola phones has been achieved by Dan Rosenberg. If you own a DROID RAZR HD (and MAXX HD), DROID RAZR M, or Atrix HD you are in luck. This method appears to be tied to Snapdragon processors only since it will not work on any devices with OMAP CPUs.
The instructions haven’t been posted yet, but the above image, as well as the one below, is proof enough. Word is the method will be posted tomorrow, and we will let you know as soon it’s posted. Hit the break for another image and a video of the Atrix HD unlocked.
We had another busy week at TalkAndroid so here’s a recap of all the top stories. The week started off with some of the best April Fools jokes Google has ever done. Then later in the week, Facebook and HTC made a splash with the HTC First and the Facebook Home launcher app that will be available for select Android phones. It’s time to get caught up and get ready for another exciting week.
What you need to know about the T-Mobile Simple Choice Plan
Five top live wallpapers for Android [April 2013]
DivX Stash [Media & Video]
Strategy & Tactics: World War II [Arcade & Action]
Fynch for Twitter [Social]
Todoist: To Do List, Task List [Productivity]
With hectic schedules, it can be hard to keep track of everything in your news feed. That’s why we created the TalkAndroid Daily Dose. This is where we recap the day’s hottest stories so you can get yourself up to speed in quick fashion. Happy reading!!
Todoist: To Do List, Task List [Productivity]
Facebook Home Not Launching With Ads, Will Eventually Come To Cover Feed
HTC First to be an EE exclusive in the UK
Watch the complete ‘Building New Experiences with Glass’ presentation from SXSW
Todoist has always been one of the best personal task managers, but it was only available on the desktop until November of last year. That’s when Doist released native apps for both Android and iOS, which brought Todoist’s robust elements to users for on-the-go task management. With the addition of the app, Todoist users are now synced across nine platforms, which include Android, iOS, Web, Chrome, Firefox, Outlook, Thunderbird, Windows, and Mac.
I generally don’t use the desktop to manage my tasks, although it’s important to me that the tasks are synced and accessible from various platforms. With that said, the desktop Web interface is a tremendous application for those that really need a lot of control for their tasks. The Todoist app for Android brings most of those features to your phone or tablet.
Android is still the king when it comes to OS market share in the U.S., but all indications show that it has peaked since the last few comScore reports show Apple gaining slightly at the expense of Android. For February 2013, Google’s Android came in at 51.7%, which is down from 53.7% from November 2012. Last month Android came in at 52.3% so you can see they are dropping a little each month. Even so, they are still the dominate OS as Apple came in at 38.9%, up from 35% 3 months ago. The rest of the pack includes the usual suspects, BlackBerry, Microsoft, and Symbian.
In the U.S., the HTC First is an AT&T exclusive, but in the UK it’s going to be EE. No word on pricing or availability, but we are assuming it will become available soon after the U.S. April 12 launch.
The HTC First is the first and only phone to have the complete Facebook Home experience out of the box. Of course, people can still enjoy Facebook Home on other phones by downloading the app (starting April 12), but it will only be available on the Galaxy S III, Galaxy Note II, Galaxy S 4, the One X, and the One X+, at least for now.
Last month we told you about a Google Glass presentation at SXSW in which they showed early stages of popular apps designed for Glass. The presentation was called “Building new experiences with Glass”, and it just became available for all to see. It’s about 50 minutes long so you will want to make sure you set aside some time for this one. The presenter was Timothy Jordan, who is a developer advocate at Google on Glass. He gives a sneak peak at the Google Mirror API, which is what developers will use to build apps for Glass. He walks through the building blocks as well as show early builds of Evernote, The New York Times, Path, and Gmail.
The concept behind Google Glass is giving you information when you need it, and Timothy said this regarding current tech vs Glass:
“It feels like tech is often getting in the way more than it needs to and that’s what we are addressing with Project Glass. It’s so that you can still have access to the technology that you love, but it doesn’t take you out of the moment.”
Hit the break for the full video.
As expected, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced the HTC First Facebook phone today, but he also introduced a complete home replacement for many popular Android phones (and eventually tablets). It’s called Facebook Home, and according to Zuckerberg, “It sets the tone for your whole experience.”
Although the new launcher will work with all the apps that are installed on your phone, it changes the focal point to people as opposed to apps. The Coverfeed allows you to scroll through updates with large photos. You will be able to quickly see all the comments and respond inline. You will also find a notification pane that includes SMS messages and other important posts.
Remember the HDW: Colourform Test Pack Beta trial that HD Widgets released in early February? Well it’s now an official app in the Play Store, so if you’re an HD Widgets user, go grab it now for 99-cents. This is an add-on theme pack, so you will need the HD Widgets app in order to use Colourform. If you’re new to HD Widgets, you might want to check it out since it’s one of the best looking widgets for showing you the time, date, and weather, along with some cool utility switches.
With the Colourform theme pack you get:
- 58 more widgets for phones & tablets – 2 – 1×1 / 5 – 2×1/ 36 – 4×1 / 12 – 4×2 / 1 – 6×1 / 2 – 6×2 (tablets)
- ICS / JB style
- tons of color settings w/ full color range
- background opacity, tiles, & textures
- new Quick Settings & Indicators
- more Roboto fonts including the 4.2 hipster clock
Check out their demo video below and hit one of the download links to get started.