Rooted Android 2.2.1 Update Leaked for Motorola Droid!

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Those with a Motorola Droid and a need to hack their Android wait no longer as build FRG83 has been released at MyDroidWorld, which will update the Motorola Droid to Android 2.2.1!

This is a pre-rooted update to help ease the pain a little, and so far, no users who have updated on the Droid report any major concerns with regards to Wi-Fi, Android Market fixes or Settings, so you should be in good shape after installing.

Grab the update by clicking the link below to visit and download.

[via MyDroidWorld]

Epic 4G Android 2.2 leak now available for the masses

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Samsung Epic 4G

Over the weekend we told you that Android 2.2 had leaked for the Epic 4G, but that it wasn’t entirely stable yet. Because of this fact, the leakers were a little weary about unleashing it upon the general populous. However, that is no longer the case now, as the Froyo leak for the Epic 4G is now fully available over at XDA-Developers.

So, if you’re ready to serve up a hearty scoop of Froyo for your Epic 4G, hit up the source link below for instructions and a download link.

[via XDA-Developers]

T-Mobile myTouch 4G gets ClockworkMod recovery via Rom Manager

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If you love rooting (or just do it because you feel it’s the right thing to do), then chances are you’re familiar with ClockworkMod Recovery tool. Good news for you myTouch 4G rooters and hackers: your device is now part of the ROM Manager family. The G2 also got the Clockwork treatment recently, and we knew the MT4G wouldn’t be far behind.

Installing is simple. Once rooted, simply head here to check out ROM Manager (free) and download it to your device for free, or check out the premium version here. And be on the lookout, as custome ROMs and kernels are sure to be headed your way very soon. Be sure to let us know what you think in the comments! Cheers, Koush!

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Droid 2 getting Profiles and Tethering?

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Well-known Android enthusiast p3droid has some new screenshots up of an OS update reportedly coming for the Droid 2. Standard news, except for the small fact that, included in these shots are the profiles we reported on a couple days ago, as well as new tethering options. The tethering will be coming via USB.

It’s also mentioned that the ROM should be pretty slick and fast, so if you have a Droid 2, be sure to hit up the source link below to check it out for yourself, and let us know what you think in the comments.

[via MyDroidWorld]

US Military continues to focus on Android with the General Dynamics wearable Android computer

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Remember awhile back, when we talked about the US military focusing on Android as a development platform? Well ,it looks like they’re keeping good on their plans, as General Dynamics has developed the new Itronix GD300 Rugged Wearable Computer for use with our troops. The device is Android based, and is a very special GPS device that connects to tactical communications within the Armed Forces network for the US.

This is truly exciting news, as we have discussed before, even at length in our podcast a couple weeks ago. Military development on the Android platform is not only good for our troops, but also for the consumers, as development for security on the platform would increase multi-fold. Be sure to hit the break for the full press release.

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Nexus One gets T-Mobile wi-fi calling through hacks

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Well, well, well…. looks like The Nexus one is getting in on the wi-fi calling goodness with T-Mobile. Thanks to the drive of the Android hacking community, some brilliant minds at XDA (isn’t that a shock!?) have added in the capability that the G2 recently got to make calls over a wi-fi network. If you want to check out the hack for yourself, and maybe even don your geek hat and give it a go for yourself, then be sure to hit up the XDA forums at the source link below and check the thread out. You can also get some sort of support there. Be sure to let us know what you think in the comments below!

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Study shows Android grew 628% year over year in 3rd quarter

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We know that Android is big, huge even, but here’s the question: how big is big? According to a study done by Gartner, big – in terms of Android – is a 628% increase from Q3 2009, which is a number that has pushed Android to be the #2 OS for smartphones worldwide. Users gobbled up about 20 million devices in the third quarter this year, in comparison to the snack of 1.4 million handsets in the same quarter last year, back before the DROID line was even introduced or Sprint had 4G devices.

There was an overall gain of sales by 96% in the smartphone market over 2009 Q3, and smartphones take up a stunning almost 20% of all mobile device sales. With numbers like this, one has to wonder if the momentum being gained by Android can possibly be stopped, sans a Google meltdown or alien invasion. We already told you all about our opinions on Android tablets and Android phones, and why we believe them to be better in their individual markets, so be sure to let us know your thoughts in the comments below!

[via Gartner]

LG Optimus S Source Code Released for Download!

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The source code for the LG Optimus S has been released just a couple of days after the smartphone made its launch.
LG made no bones abut giving up its source code, giving developers a pain free experience, where they are used to struggling with the manufacturers for a period f time to get it otherwise.

We all know what happens when we get open source developers involved. The code gets better, with options that make the device worth 10 times what it may have been out of the box. It’s only a matter of time before we see LG Optimus S owners utilizing some great new code!

For developers, here is the download link for the source code LGLS670.

[via Android Central]

T-Mobile myTouch 4G gains permanent root

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Earlier today we told you that the supposedly unrootable G2 had finally been permanently rooted. Now,  we’re happy to report that myTouch 4G customers are free to remote bloatware to their heart’s content using a technique very similar to the G2 root method.

The process is a bit technical right now, and you run a serious risk of bricking your phone if you do something wrong. If you’re feeling brave, however, hit up the source link below for download links and a full set of instructions. God speed.

[via XDA-Developers]