Tether your T-Mobile Vibrant without rooting

Pretty much everyone knows that when you root your Android device, you will gain the ability to tether your phone. Well for those who don’t want to root their T-Mobile Vibrant, the ability to tether your phone to your PC is actually pretty easy. You just need to download the Samsung Keis software and use the USB cable that comes with your Vibrant. And if you haven’t already, be sure to check out all of our Galaxy S guides. Anyway, here’s the video:


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CyanogenMod V6 RC-1 Available For Evo 4G

The wait for Evo users is finally over. Cyanogen and his team has finished making a stable version of CyanogenMod V6 and has released it for everyone to check out. Just so everyone knows, the “RC” stands for Release Candidate, which just means there will still be some minor tweaks before the release has been completely polished. Cyanogen’s team never stops working on their ROMs until everything is as perfect as possible.

For anyone that doesn’t know, CyanogenMod ROMs have been around since the G1 and have been at the top of every device ROM list since then. They dedicate much of their time and effort to making sure that the android community gets the best experience out each of our phones, all for the occasional beer. Their latest release is based off of Android 2.2 (Froyo), so get ready for 2-3X faster UI, Flash Support, Apps2SD, and all of the other new features.

There are some downsides, which you should definitely note before installing the ROM. Even though the release is stable, there are some things that don’t work right now: 4g, FM Radio, and HDMI. They are being worked on throughout the day, so a fix should be available soon. You will also probably want to check out the threads for the Android Market fix and Facebook fix. Oh yeah, and you will lose Sense UI by installing CyanogenMod. Not only is it not included, it will never be a part of Cyanogen’s ROMs, so if that’s something you love then don’t install this.

Disclaimer: Cyanogen and his team (and myself) is not responsible for bricked devices, dead SD cards,  thermonuclear war, or you getting fired because the alarm app failed. Please do some research if you have any concerns about features included in this ROM before flashing it! YOU are choosing to make these modifications.

So, without making you wait any longer, here are the instructions:


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Android Development 101- Part 3: Introduction to Databases

In case you missed part 1 and part 2, Hackaday is in the process of an Android Development “course” if you will that is walking you through the process of developing for the Android platform.

They have now posted the third part in this series which introduces you to using databases, specifically SQLite databases with the Android OS. You will learn how to implement, insert and select items from the database for use in your application. If you have been developing any apps from these tutorials we would love for you to share them with us. I am going to give these a try and see what I can come up with.

[via hackaday]

How to install Android On Your Windows Phone

Have a Windows phone? Interested in running Android? A guide posted on howtogeek.com can walk you through installing Android on most Windows phones. The installation is not easy and there is a chance of bricking your phone, but it is cool none the less.

So while I would not recommend trying this on a brand new Windows phone with irreplaceable information on it, I would certainly give it a go if you happen to have an extra handset sitting around.

[via: howtogeek]

Guide: How to take screenshots on your Nexus One (without rooting)

Monkey around with your Nexus One long enough, and pretty soon the need to take a screen shot of your device pops up. “No Problem” you think as you head to the app store to download a screenshot app. You then find out that none of the screenshot apps work without rooting your phone, and you’re not ready to do that yet. So what do you do? Taking screenshots on your Nexus One will work, it just requires a bit of elbow grease to set up, but once setup, it’s easy as pie.

Yes there are already guides like this available, but the process has changed a bit, but we’ve simplified it for you and given you all the tools you need to start grabbing screenshots in no time at all.

How to take screenshots on your Nexus One