White Samsung Galaxy S II Makes An Appearance

by Joe Sirianni on
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Yesterday we mentioned that Clove over in the UK was about to grace the mobile world with one of the hottest devices to hit the industry, the Samsung Galaxy S II, only this time it will be sporting some sexy white housing.  Well, how about a pic of the darn thing?  We’ve got you covered.  The pic blown up above comes to us by way of Mobilefun, an online retailer in the UK.  Does this bad boy look sweet or what?  Here’s to hoping once US carriers pick up the handset we’ll be able to sport white models of the hit device as well.  Cross your fingers folks and stay tuned because TA will be all over this like white on rice.  See what I did there?  Feel free to let us know what you think of the new color in the comments below.

[via eurodroid]

CyanogenMod 7 testing for Motorola Atrix underway

by Jesse Bauer on
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The Motorola Atrix was the top of the Android foodchain at the beginning of the year being the first dual-core Android device released. Since then, you gotta wonder how it could be improved upon. How about giving it a software overhaul by way of CyanogenMod 7 for example? CyanogenMod is easily the most popular of any available Android ROMs out there, and for good reason. It’s offers add-ons and features that we only wish were built into the actual Android 2.3 code and left that way when we buy it.

Now that the bootloader has been unlocked for the Motorola Atrix (which was an uphill battle for a long time), there’s no stopping the amount of mods and ROMs that we’ll start seeing. Best of all, testing is underway as you read this to get CyanogenMod 7 onto the Motorola Atrix. No time has been given for its release, but we’re sure at the pace they have worked for many other devices, it shouldn’t be long before it’s up for download.

Stay tuned!

[via xda developers]

Toshiba Thrive gains root, though not quite completely

by Dustin Karnes on
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We’ve heard complaint after complaint about the Toshiba Thrive tablet concerning not having root access. While some readers might argue that you don’t really need root, I’ll jump in and defend the devs to the death. Fortunately for all of us, the deathmatch can go to the wayside, as root has finally been achieved on the Thrive… but not fully.

Since it was released back in mid-June, the Thrive tablet has been completely locked down. Now, however, thanks to a group of modders, devs, hackers, and testers, the Thrive is enjoying what this author will call “psuedo-root”. In other words, it has root access, but is unable to read or write to the system directory. On top of that, Clockwork Recovery has been a practical no-go, as Toshiba wrote their code so the recovery gets re-flashed on every reboot.

However, if you’re ready to don your geek glasses and hacking hat, you can hit up the full set of instructions here. Be sure to let us know how it goes in the comments!

[via techcrunch]

Subsonic: The Music Streamer You Didn’t Even Know You Needed [Part 1]

by Ryan Brooks on
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Have you ever loved something so much that you would donate a limb for it? Well fine, neither have I. But Subsonic comes pretty damn close.

While not exclusively an Android application, Subsonic is by and far the most comprehensive, reliable, and easy to use music streamer this writer has ever come across. And this writer has tested A LOT of music streamers (Orb, Audiogalaxy, Google Music, Apple’s Airplay, Doubletwist, not to mention your online radio like Pandora and Last.fm). Subsonic is different in the sense that it is not a hosted solution. You stream your own, personal library of music with a very high level of quality and compatibility, and only you have control of it.

While initial screenshots may leave one disconcerted, what Subsonic lacks in flair, it makes up for in features.

What features, you may ask? How about 320kbps streaming directly to your phone over wifi or 3g/4g? Local caching to minimize data charges and “buffering”? Support for Scrobbling, sharing, and podcasts? Transcoding on-the-fly of nearly any file to an easily playable mp3 format? Support for video to your phone?

Are you sold yet? Of course you are. Lucky for you, Sindre, Subsonic’s developer, has provided us with a great demo to test the web interface here. Now on to the fun part.

Subsonic’s BIGGEST disadvantage is its semi-technical setup. While not hard to those that are experienced in the field, your average PC user is going to dismiss the job before even trying to attempt it.

Never fear. I am going to walk you guys through setting it up on your own network, and provide some support in the comments. Check with us tomorrow for the full guide here!

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HTC Sensation and LG Optimus 3D sporting CyanogenMod 7.1 RC1

by Adam Johnson on
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We mentioned last week how although HTC promised us an unlocked bootloader for the HTC Sensation soon, AlphaRev refused to wait. They told that Sensation to S-off. Seeing this new device ready for flashing was great!

Now it seem that we’re now getting some first in news via Google+. That’s right! Looks like developers Ricardo Cerquiera and Ed Carrigan, by way of their respective Google+ profiles have given us proof that they have successfully flashed the HTC Sensation and the LG Optimus 3D with CyanogenMod 7.1 RC1.


MIUI Port Released on the Moto Droid X and Droid 2

by Ryan Brooks on
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Thanks to @cvpcs (developer of the ultra-minimalistic Ruby and Sapphire ROMs), and his 2nd-init hack, the DROID X and DROID 2 can finally experience some truly custom ROMs, not just some stripped down versions of the stock build. The MIUI ROM is a mashup of sorts – taking the best of various ROMs and putting them together into one awesome package. Reminiscent of iOS on the outside, that similarity stops here. Quick and stable, MIUI makes for a excellent ROM if you’re looking to better the performance of your phone.

With no viable way yet to modify the kernel on Motorola devices (because of the bootloader policy), this particular port is built from CyanogenMOD nightlies that can utilize the stock kernel. The original ROM was a complete AOSP rebuild, and this is a far-cry from that. However MIUI, by its very nature, is many things on many different devices. The performance gain we all know and love is not lost on these phones.

[via Droid-Life]

Gingerbread 2.3.4 Leaks for Samsung Droid Charge With Version EP1H

by Michael Murphy on
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We’ve been happy to tell you about the Droid Charge since it launched, and in typical fashion, after launch, the biggest news we can share will have to do with updates. The official update for the Droid Charge is still pending, but it’s being tested. And as has been the case with practically every update being tested for any phone, the kernel that’s being tested — Android version EC1H for the Droid Charge is making its rounds on the intarwebz. Standard disclaimers apply to leaked, unsupported kernels, but if you’re feeling adventurous and would like a glimpse into Gingerbread on your Charge, hit the source link and check it out.

[via androidforums]

LeafROM for the Samsung Replenish goes Beta

by Ryan Brooks on
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One might think that some phones, like the Samsung Replenish, just don’t get as much love as others. This thought would be understandable, too, considering that this “eco-friendly” smartphone doesn’t have the largest user base. Surprisingly enough, this isn’t actually the case; developer Shabbypenguin over at the AC forums has just released a beta version of LeafROM, fixing several of the problems inherent with a “stock” phone. While rooting and removing bloatware like the “rescue server” app, Shabbypenguin also adds some new features such as the Gingerbread malware patch. If you’re looking for the “rooting and hacking” experience, and own the Replenish, why not check it out? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below!

[via ac]

Motorola Droid X2 gets 2nd-init, CyanogenMod7 could be on the way

by Robert Nazarian on
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About a month ago we reported that CM7 was ported to the Droid X by a method called 2nd-init. It looks like xda forum user, edgan, has brought the same method to the Droid X2, which should open this device up to some really nice ROMs. Basically it is a clean port from the Atrix.

edgan states:

It has been tested on one Droid X2 so far. I recommend only developers play with this for now. It is not that useful be itself, but expect to see lots of new things happen based on this.

Head over to the source link for more information. Don’t forget, we reported last week about the first ROM available for the Droid X2, so give that a try while you wait for more goodies.

[via xda forums]