And the Samsung Galaxy S II news just keeps on rolling in. Talk Android was present at Samsung’s launch event in New York and we were able to get a quick hands-on look at AT&T’s version of the popular Galaxy S II device. And as you can imagine, the device is super thin (8.89 mm) with a beautiful and vibrant Super AMOLED Plus display. However, unlike its brethren over at Sprint and T-Mobile, the device is only sporting a 4.3-inch screen. This is most likely because its big brother, the Infuse 4G, already has a 4.5-inch touch display. Nevertheless, the device is still impressive and is sure to be a must have handset or this year. This is as close as you’re going to get to the original Galaxy S II released overseas. Hit the break for the full list of specs and some hands-on shots of the device. Read more
A cooked up version of CyanogenMod 7 is booting on the Samsung DROID Charge but there is still a long way to go before being ready for public release. In fact, they are only listing the things that are working as that list is much shorter than the non-working one. What currently works:
- Power button
- Volume Rockers
- Home and Back button
- WiFi (turns on but won’t connect)
While there is still a way to go, it is still encouraging to see solid progress being made. When we get another update you’ll be the first to know!
Make sure to check out our recent unboxing and review videos on the Verizon Samsung DROID Charge!
Do you have a variation of the HTC Sensation that has not been added to the list of approved devices for the HTCDev bootloader unlocking tool? We have good news for you because HTC has added a few more variations, including the T-Mobile version, as well as Turkey, Arabic, and Bouygues Telecom versions.
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.
Full letter from the CyanogenMod Team detailing their plans and progress after the break
XDA forum member, dirbliss, has successfully rooted the Motorola DROID 3. It is as simple as using ADB shell to manipulate a few files.
The big news is that this method could work on the upcoming DROID Bionic. Lets keep our fingers crossed.
Full instructions after the break.
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
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.
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.
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
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