CM7 Alpha shows up on HP TouchPad, Major work in progress [Video]

Those of you wishing for Android to come to your brand new $99 HP TouchPad will be happy to know that the CyanogenMod team might make your wish come true. The video below shows the 1st boot of CyanogenMod7 on the TouchPad. Don’t go crazy yet, this is strictly Alpha. We have no idea how long it will take till they get something useable, but one thing that will speed up the process is more TouchPads for the development team.

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Full letter from the CyanogenMod Team detailing their plans and progress after the break

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More Screenshots Of Sense 3.5 Surface, Courtesy Of The Female Focused HTC Bliss

Say what you will about HTC’s Sense UI, but it seems that it’s going to be around for quite some time.  I often have mixed feelings about it.  I’m truly not a big fan, but also have to admit that it complements a few devices on the market today requiring some kind of a face lift.  That being said, I’ll just try to report the news and keep my bias thoughts to myself.  Courtesy of the female focused HTC Bliss, we’re getting some bright and clear screenshots revealing the new Sense 3.5 UI.  There’s no doubt the device will sport the latest version of Sense, we’re just wondering how different it is from Sense 3.0 as seen on the HTC Sensation 4G?  Due to the CPU intensive graphics and animations, the UI wasn’t backwards compatible, meaning, we’re not going to see 3.0 on past devices sporting single core CPU’s and the like (unless the generous folks over at XDA have anything to say about it).  However, we’re being told that Sense 3.5 will have the ability to run on those older and slower clocked devices should HTC decide to do so.  We’ll take a free makeover wherever we can get one.  Who doesn’t want to see the new UI on the HTC Aria?

According to PocketNow, the device will still sport the same lock ring feature as seen on present 3.0 devices so you can still drag your favorite app and warp speed to the program.  Added features will include notifications and weather information along with a few other tidbits on that same screen.  We can also expect new and different widgets to hit the UI as well as see a polishing of the present ones.  We’ll let the pics do all of the talking from here on out though.  Hit the break to check out the screenshots courtesy of XDA.cn and don’t forget to let us know what you think in the comments below.   Read more

Should you unlock your HTC Sensation or EVO 3D bootloader with the HTCDev tool?

Recently HTC started locking their devices only to later announce that they will allow users to unlock them. Everyone rejoiced, but is it what everyone expected?

They recently started allowing users to unlock the Sensation and EVO 3D bootloader through the HTCDev tool, but they are not granting S-off status. which unlocks the ability to flash things like radios and hboot versions.

HTC’s method gives you the ability to flash a modified version of a custom recovery, which will let you flash the files needed to root your phone. Of course you will be able to run apps that require root and have read/write permissions. If that is all you wanted to do than HTC’s method is great.

If you think you want to do more, it might make sense to wait.  It is possible that the development community will figure out how to flash ROMs using HTC’s tool, and there might be a chance the boot partition can be flashed. Since HTC has made it impossible to go back after using their tool, you should wait and see what lies ahead.

There are also rumors that HTC will eventually give S-Off status, but that is completely unknown. Stay tuned.

[via androidcentral]

Learn How To Develop For Android Quickly With 200 Free Video Tutorials (About 20 Hours) (Video Samples)

If you’ve ever wanted to learn how to develop for the Android operating system, and we know there are tons of you out there, it’s not going to get any easier than this.  If you’re a visual learner like myself, always preferring diagrams, posters and videos, you might want to check this out.  A series of videos have been put together by TheNewBoston and the folks over at mybringback totaling up to about 200 episodes of non stop code action.  Alright, well I wouldn’t quite make it sound that exciting because lets face it, programming is not exciting.  It’s what comes to fruition that’s exciting.  Think you have the next Angry Birds in you?  A systematic play list has been arranged by ChangingTheUnknown for your convenience and offers easy access and learning.  It doesn’t get any easier than this folks.  Being in the form of YouTube videos, you can watch these anywhere, anytime, and most likely on any device.  Convenience is the key, I always say.

It’s difficult these days to find good quality content like this for free.  So, we tip our hats to these cats for putting this together and encourage you to take advantage of the free education.  There are countless videos showing you more code than you’ll know what to do with.  So, if you’re ready to get your learning on and maybe even eventually make some cash with a hit application, you can head on over to the video series to get started.  We can’t see this type of tutorial appealing much to the experienced developer, but if you’re a newbie who wants to start dabbling in code for Android, this should be right down your alley.  And as always, feel free to let us know what you think in the comments below.  Hit the break to check out a few video samples from the tutorial.

Seton Hall Knows How To Do It, Supplies Lenovo ThinkPad Tablets To Staff And Students

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Now that’s what I’m talking about.  Getting your education on in style.  Notice how they’re not using iPad’s?  Just a note, Apple fan-boys please don’t flood my inbox.  On a more serious note, we’ll have to give credit where credit is due.  We applaud the University for adopting new technologies and not being afraid to take a different route in educating their students.  Today the Seton Hall University’s CampusTechnology dept announced that it would be supplying Android powered Lenovo ThinkPad tablets to both their students and staff.  Productivity is about to be taken up a notch:

“As a long time partner with Lenovo as a ThinkPad University campus, we’re delighted to bring the ThinkPad Tablet to our students and faculty in the Sciences, Honors and the School of Business Leadership Program,” said Stephen G. Landry, chief information officer at Seton Hall, in a prepared statement. “This new technology represents the next evolution in Seton Hall University’s Mobile Computing Program to use technology effectively to support teaching, learning and institutional effectiveness while keeping pace with technology that appeals to our students.”

According to Seton Hall, the devices have already shipped and the school is expected to receive them shortly.  The device hit the market yesterday and sports a 10.1-inch display with a 1280 x 800 resolution.  In addition, the tablet will house Nvidia’s Tegra 2 chip set, 1GB of RAM, a multi card reader, a 5mp camera, 2mp front facing camera and support for USB devices.  And of course, the device will sport Android’s Honeycomb OS version 3.1  Looks like someone is serious about educating their students and making their stuff a heck of a lot more productive.   Read more

Physical Or Virtual Keyboard? Maybe We Can Help You Decide

It’s the age old question plaguing the smartphone industry, isn’t it?  And when it comes down to it, isn’t it based on a user’s preference?  “Do I get a device with a virtual keyboard or a physical one?” While I’ll admit that this could be a difficult question to ponder, I’d still love to point out a few things that might help you decide what your next input method of choice could be.  First question I suppose we could ask is, “how bent are you on having a device with a physical keyboard?”  I ask this because for some it’s a major deal breaker.  There is a social demographic out there who shares RIM’s Blackberry arena and  hold that a physical keyboard is a must have and is the determining factor as to whether or not a specific device is purchased.  I too used to be a part of that arena, but have since then reconsidered.  Why?   Read more

Google Announces Preview Of Google TV Add-On For Android SDK

Back in May, we quickly announced that Google would be bringing Honeycomb to a Google TV near you and with it, the Android Market.  It was also confirmed when Logitech’s Revue finally received a leaked walk through for the update.  Well, as an early start to the promise, the search giant is giving you a little taste of what’s to come while also hoping you’ll get a head start on developing some monster apps for their TV service.  The company has announced that it will be providing a preview of the Google TV add-on for the Android SDK.  Per the company’s official Google TV blog, Ambarish Kenghe, product manager for GTV stated the following:

“These are still early days for Google TV, and this release is another step in providing developer tools for the big screen. While the number of apps available on TV will initially be small, we expect that through this early release of the add-on you’ll be able to bring optimized TV apps into the ecosystem more quickly. To start doing this, download the Google TV add-on today….”

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While the add-on does not contain all features of Google TV, it enables developers to emulate Google TV and build apps using standard Android SDK tools. It also provides new APIs for TV interaction, such as TV channel line-up. Google TV emulation is currently supported onLinux with KVM only, and we are working on support for other operating systems. We’re very happy that through KVM we’ve been able to create a fast Android emulator for TV.

Talk Android is also hoping developers will take advantage of the head start and hit the floor running, developing some innovative applications for Google TV.  As of now, I’ve not been enticed just yet to run out and jump on Google TV, but I believe Im getting there.  There’s just something practical and effective about having a web browser on your television screen, but not in that quirky webtv kind of way.  So how about it folks?  Ready to jump on board and help Google TV soar to new heights?  Head on over to their blog via the source link to download the SDK and get started.  Don’t forget to let us know what you think in the comments below.

[via googletv]

We are reassured of the state of CyanogenMod via kmobs

If you have even the slightest idea as to what rooting your Android device means, or what a custom ROM is, then I can bet you probably know what CyanogenMod is. CyanogenMod is a fully modified version of Google’s Android OS. This custom ROM can be flashed to a very long list of devices, and is hands down one of the most popular custom ROM’s available today.

We’ve all been hearing and reading about the latest news of Steve Kondik (cyanogen) being hired by Samsung. And I don’t blame Samsung for wanting to get their hands on the proven skills of the founder of CyanogenMod. So due to this latest development, there looks to be plenty of rumors and much speculation as to the fate of CyanogenMod.

This is where Keyan Mobli (kmods) comes in.

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New HTC Thunderbolt Gingerbread Leak 2.10.605.1 RUU Available [courtesy of xda]

I don’t want to get too much excitement going, but with two official HTC Thunderbolt Gingerbread leaks out this week we must be getting close right? Just the other day we gave you the leak of build 2.07.605.0 (with install instructions) and now, thanks to Football over at XDA, you can download version 2.10.605.1 right here. Since this is a full RUU, it will unroot and wipe your phone should you choose to try it out.  Be sure to hit up the forums over at XDA if you need any help.

[via xda]