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]

EVO 3D Unlock Bootloader Tool Available on HTCDev Website (Next Up T-Mobile Sensation 4G?)

Following the Sensation 4G in Europe, now owners of the EVO 3D on Sprint can join the party and unlock their bootloaders via the HTCDev website tool. You can head over to the HTCDev site and get started by the source link below. Remember, running this tool will void your warranty, so proceed with caution. It also appears the HTC Sensation 4G from T-Mobile is listed on the site too, however, it’s grayed out.  Keep checking back with us and we’ll let you know when it’s live! HTC deserves a big applause for this so let’s give it up for them. Hit us up in the comments and let us know if you’re excited!

[via htcdev]

Official Gingerbread Update 4.5.602 Ready For Rooted Droid X

Is your Droid X currently rooted, but you want the latest Gingerbread version for all the bug fixes? Well, you’re in luck! MyDroidWorld has posted files and instructions for your Droid X rooting pleasure. Here’s how the rooting process is going to go down:

WARNING: Proceed at your own risk. If you have any questions, I’ll be happy to answer in the comments.

  • Flash your phone back to the official Froyo 2.3.340 (you’ll need to use RSD Lite with the Froyo SBF file)
  • Turn on your X while holding the volume down button and the camera button at the same time. Connect to PC, load the SBF into RSD lite, and click Start
  • After the flash is complete and the phone restarts, pull the battery and power the phone back on into stock recovery by holding the home button
  • To see the menu in recovery hit the search key
  • Do a factory reset from recovery at least 3 times (I like to do this to make sure everything is totally clean) and restart the phone
  • Once you’re back to Froyo, root using z4root
  • Install Droid 2 version of Bootstrap (Droid X bootstrap will NOT work)
  • Download 2 files to flash from recovery. The first one here and the second one here and place them on the root of your SD card
  • Run bootstrap and reboot into recovery
  • Install part 1 and part 2 before leaving recovery
  • Reboot and relax because your done

If this is your first time rooting your Droid X, I would suggest you read up on how to do this or ask in the forums. If not, and you have all the tools ready to go, rock on!

[via mdw]

HTC Evo 3D Update Coming Aug 23rd And Samsung Conquer 4G Aug 21st Per Leaked Sprint Playbook

Who doesn’t love an update huh?  Unless it bricks the smack out of your device right?  Don’t worry, we don’t think these respective updates are going to kill your high priced investment.  Per a leaked Sprint Playbook, it appears that the HTC Evo 3D will be receiving an update to version 2.08.651.2 which can be downloaded on Aug 18th and will be pushed to the rest of us on Aug 23rd.  Don’t get too excited though, it’s not Ice Cream Sandwich however, it will address a number of bugs with the device.  Be warned though, this update could prevent you from performing the new bootloader unlock and root method.

Samsung’s Conguer 4G, a highly anticipated device, will also be receiving a security patch, placing the Gingerbread 2.3 build at EG15.  No other details have been released regarding the update.  Plus, who’s going to argue with a security fix, right?  If you’re not familiar with the Samsung Conguer 4G, check out our unboxing here and stay tuned for the hands-on review, which will shortly follow.

[via ac]