Dockless Root Method for Motorola Photon 4G courtesy of XDA

Looking to root your Photon 4G, but haven’t picked up the HD dock yet? I promise I’m not playing with your emotions here because the dock is no longer needed.

Member edgan over at XDA has posted a new dockless method for your rooting pleasure. It looks relatively easy, but you will need to follow some well written instructions, download a few apps from the market, and use the Android SDK. Hit up the XDA link below for the thread.

[via xda]

First “Beats By Dre” Phone To Be The HTC Vigor?

Chock this one up as a rumor for now folks, at least until we get further confirmation.  However, according to a source over at Droid-Life, the HTC Vigor could be the initial launch device sporting Beats by Dre’s audio mechanics.  Droid Life states in their coverage of the rumor:
And if you were wondering, this will be a Beats by Dre device.  We’re hearing that it has a Beats logo as part of the bootup sequence, but other than that, it was tough to tell what else HTC had done to integrate their audio technology.

Furthermore, it’s stated that the device will strongly resemble the  look and feel of the HTC Thunderbolt, sporting a 4.3-inch capacitive touch display with 1280 x 720 resolution, a 1.5 GHz dual-core CPU, 1 Gig of RAM and Android 2.3.4 on board.  It’s also speculated the device will come with 16 GB’s of storage and an 8 mp camera.  There will also be a 2 mp front facing camera for your video chatting pleasure.  And to top it all off, it’ll have the latest version of Sense UI (3.5)  Here’s to hoping DL’s source is accurate, because if it is, we have high hopes for a device like this.  Feel free to leave your thoughts in the comments below.

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[via droidlife by gizmodo]

AT&T Enters Mobile Security Space, Announces Partnership With Juniper Networks (Video)

It appears that AT&T is looking to claim its corner in the Mobile Security arena with a recent announcement of a partnership with Juniper Networks.  With several episodes of malware entering the mobile market, it’s no wonder Norton has recently recognized the need as well as Sprint who recently announced a partnership with McAfee to ensure their devices are secured.  The partnership will offer protective services via an application due out some time later this year and will address key concerns with both corporate and main stream consumer use.

The AT&T Mobile Security application will help:

  • Businesses and Organizations
    • Maintain compliance with government regulations
    • Enforce security policies
    • Manage personal or enterprise-owned devices
    • Enable anti-virus, anti-malware, and application monitoring and control
  • Consumers
    • Protect mobile devices with anti-virus, anti-malware, and application monitoring and control

Check out the quick video of AT&T’s Chief Security Officer, Ed Amoroso, explaining the company’s approach to the growing threat of malware on mobile devices.  Feel free to leave your thoughts in the comments below.

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[via att]

Meizu CEO Jack Wong: Announcement on their MX Smartphone coming at the end of September

According to Meizu CEO Jack Wong, an announcement concerning the MX, their new 4 inch Android smartphone, will be given at the end of September.

The MX will be released in two different flavors – a 16GB dual-core version and a 32GB quad-core speed demon. Wong also confirmed that the MX will still have a removable back cover but the mini-usb socket once intended for the phone will be changed to a micro-usb.

Based on the pre-launch pattern of Meizu’s M9 phone last year, the original estimate of this quad-core powerhouse being launched by the end of the year still looks good.

[via engadget]

Google’s Web Search And Android OS Targeted By Federal Trade Commission

Google has recently entered the cross-hairs of the Federal Trade Commission, as the company is being heavily scrutinized for possibly tampering with its search results and “not playing fair” with their Android operating system. How so you ask?  About six weeks ago the FTC handed Google several subpoenas for allegedly preventing the fair use of other competitors’ products on their mobile devices.  Is this a joke?  Need we remind the FTC that several Android devices to date run Microsoft’s mobile version of Bing, its popular search engine by default?  In addition, the organization is further investigating the possibility of Google placing their products and services in a position of advantage when running a web search.  The company came into question when the FTC hinted that the search giant may not be playing fair with other rival services.  While I’m not sure about that one, and wish the FTC all the best proving it, we’ll be sure to keep an eye on this one for you.  Stay tuned to Talk Android as we follow up on the accusations and learn of what the FTC’s final ruling is.  Feel free to leave your ideas, thoughts and rants on the matter in the comments below.

[via phandroid]

HTC teams up with Dr. Dre and his Beats (video)

HTC recently announced their first NFC device and now have also officially partnered with Beats by Dre. This is certainly good news as anything to help set them apart from the competition is a good thing. Here’s a quick blurb:

Today marks an incredible day for sound and Beats by Dr. Dre. We are announcing a partnership with HTC, one of the world’s leading wireless manufacturers. With this announcement, our two brands are coming together to redefine the smart phone category and redefine the way that sound is heard.

Over the past year, Beats by Dr. Dre has continued to evolve from a headphone company to a cultural movement that is redefining the way sound is heard. We have strived to take studio-quality music into the hands of you, our consumers, across the globe. This partnership with HTC represents the next phase of our vision, placing the utmost importance on giving smart phone fans the opportunity to hear the highest-quality of sound possible. The Beats team, still led by Dr Dre and Jimmy Iovine, will continue to manage Beats autonomously.

There will be a lot more exciting news to come and we will continue to keep you on top of all of the wonderful things happening within the Beats World. This is truly an incredible chapter for Beats and we are proud to have you with us. Let’s Go!

Hit the break for more info and a video.


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Android-powered robot tank built by London developer

Web developer Tamlyn from London has built an Android phone controlled RC tank. After leaving only the tracks, drive motors, gears, battery and on-off swtich, an Android phone and IOIO board were added to drive the tank remotely. Now that’s cool!

Using Tamlyn’s own application, the tank can receive steering and movement commands via any web browser. The Android device is running a basic HTTP server with a web page listening for commands. These are received and then sent to the tank via USB to the IOIO board. The response time over 3G hasn’t been tested yet, but he has the current response times over WiFi down to about 30ms which he deems fast enough.

It’s also worth noting that Tamlyn stated that, with help, writing for Android was easy.

“This is my first Android project but thankfully the Android SDK and documentation are outstanding. With the help of a few tutorials I went from Hello World to a simple app that accepted HTTP connections in just a few hours.”

While he isn’t sure what this robot tank will ultimately do, it’s sure worth thinking about possibly of the camera being live. This could lead to some really cool applications besides checking on and scaring your cat or dog while at work. Be sure to check this cool creation out in the video and let us know what you think in the comments.  Hit the break for another screen shot and the video demo.  
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Live View Canon Shooting Via USB From DSLR Controller App

Welcome the new DSLR Controller app, which allows you to control your Canon EOS DSLR camera by linking it up to your Android device via USB. You’ll have access to features like a live view from the lens, focus controls and aperture settings all right from your Android device’s screen.

Its developer, ChainfireXDA has uploaded a live demonstration video which will walk you through its overall functionality and surely pique the interest of photographers and otherwise photo-savvy Android users looking to shoot tethered to your Android phone.

What kinds of possibilities does the DSLR Controller app open for you? Leave us a comment below!

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[via androidandme]

HTCDev Site Brings More Pics Of Sense And Honeycomb

A couple of days ago we brought word that the HTCDev site was officially up and running.  According to a tipster over at Android Central, we now have a few screen shots of Sense UI on Honeycomb.  Some of the pics here show much of what we’ve seen in line with the up and coming HTC Puccini Tablet.  However, one minor note, it looks like the multitasking button on the bottom left is missing and in its place stands a regular menu button.  We’ll see what the final product looks like in time however.  All in all, everything looks to be the same.  In addition, we can most likely expect for HTC to incorporate its Scribe technology.  Hit the break for a couple of more shots and don’t forget to let us know what you think in the comments below.  
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HTC Trademarks “CloseConnect”, Getting Closer To NFC?

It looks like HTC still has their heart set on getting NFC functionality working on their devices.  The Taiwanese giant just recently trademarked CloseConnect, which appears to be a wireless communication technology geared for several pieces of hardware.  Check out the description below:

Computer hardware and software for setting up, configuring, and administering wireless networks; Computer application software for mobile phones, cellular phones, smartphones, PDAs, and tablet computers used to connect to other mobile devices; Computer software for mobile phones, cellular phones, smartphones, PDAs, and tablet computers used for the collection, editing, organizing, modifying, book marking, transmission, storage and sharing of data and information; Computer application software for mobile phones, cellular phones, smartphones, PDAs, and tablet computers used to manage near field communication technology features on those devices; Computer software for setting up, configuring, and administering peer-to-peer networks and local peer-to-peer networks.

According to the description, it’s clear what HTC’s intent is.  “…used to manage near field communication technology…”  Hey, we’ll take it.  It will also be interesting to see what else the company does with the combination of software and hardware.  The technology will be aimed for a number of devices such as smartphones, tablets and computers.  Imagine an HTC Sensation-like device with NFC?  Feel free to leave your thoughts in the comments below.

[via engadget]