Liberty ROM Released for DROID 3 and Bionic

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So you own a DROID 3 or a Bionic, but hate BLUR? Today is your lucky day. Kejar31 and Jrummy16 at RootzWiki have released their Liberty ROM to the general public. This attractive ROM features apps built from source, an attractive yellow and black theme and custom add-ons such as the Liberty Customizer (enabling you to add back BLUR apps). Hit the break to see full instructions for both the DROID 3 and Bionic from RootzWiki as well as screenshots of the attractive ROM in action.

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HTC Amaze 4G gains permanent one-click-root [Courtesy of XDA]

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Well looky here! The great developers over at XDA have mustered up a simple way to fully root to the new HTC Amaze 4G. Talk about fast! Until today they only had temporary root, but now you can use an easy one-click-root method to permanently root your new Amaze 4G.

You must keep in mind that your bootloader must be unlocked or this new method below will just be another temporary root. Your bootlader must be fully unlocked to achieve permanent root. The Amaze 4G is not yet listed on the HTCdev.com site for unlocking bootloaders, but that method will still work for the device. Once unlocked, head to the HTC Amaze 4G XDA thread to gain permanent root, woot! It’s only a matter of time before custom roms and recovery tools are available as well.

I am sure you know this, but this WILL void your factory warranty and TakAndroid will not be held responsible, this post is for your reference only. Once you obtain the HTC drivers and the root method, you’re all set. It’s only a matter of time before custom roms and recovery tools are available as well. Jump past the break for full instructions from XDA.

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How to Test Drive Android Ice Cream Sandwich

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Hey Android fans! As you all know, Ice Cream Sandwich was officially unveiled yesterday evening. In case you missed it, Google also announced that the 4.0 SDK (Source Developer Kit) is available as of right now. To most, the SDK is strictly for development purposes, but did you know, you can use it to give yourself a tour of new Android releases? The SDK has a built in Android Emulator that can be used use to simply boot up 4.0 and start poking around. So, perhaps you’re eager to know how it’s done.

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[Android Quick Tip] Using Folders To Unclutter Your Home Screens

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If you didn’t know already, depending on your version of Android, you can use folders on your home screens to help organize your apps. To do this, all you need to do is long press on one of your home screens and select Folders and then New Folder. Once you’ve added a new folder to your screen you can now drag and drop just about anything you like in here. In the screenshot above I have a folder set up for my Google specific apps which is accessed by simply tapping on the folder. This is a nice built in feature that looks nice and will put some apps all in one place for you. Be sure to share this with anyone considering an iPhone.

Get To Know Your Android Device With A Free Guide: Everything From The Home Screen To Rooting

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Know anyone that’s new to Android and could use a schooling on how it all works works? Maybe you know someone interested in a new smartphone and could use an Android education. Well we’ve got a free guide for you that will take them through just about everything they will need to know about Android to get them started. The guide will take them from a brief history of Android to the home screen interface and what it’s all about, the Android Market, and even an explanation on game emulators and rooting (the good and the bad). The guide is called “These Are The Droids You’re Looking For: An Android Guide” and you can request it for free right here. I would say this guide is really only for a beginner or someone that has never used and Android device, but at 22 pages long it’s also very detailed. Even if you’re a pro, this might be worth grabbing to share with others that might need a hand understanding how Android works.

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Droid X2 and Droid Bionic Join ROM Manager’s List of Supported Devices (Video Tutorial)

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With over 3 million downloads, there’s no doubt as to why root users are downloading ROM Manager by the butload.  Its ease and simplicity have made it possible for those who know very little about ROM’ing to get their feet wet.  Well, among those millions we can now add Droid X2 and Droid Bionic users.  Thanks to the ClockworkMod team the list of supported devices continues to expand.  Obviously you’ll need root access for this as well as to be bootstrapped.  An official Bionic bootstrap is said to be coming soon but for now the current version will suffice.

If you’re a newbie, there’s no doubt about it.  ROM Manager is the tool to get things done when it comes to the awesome world of swapping ROM’s hassle free.  If you’re ready to give it a go you can head on over to our popular apps database for the download where you’ll also find a QR code available or you can simply grab it from the Android Market.  If you’re a X2 or Bionic owner and have successfully used ROM Manager, definitely feel free to let us know what you think of it in the comments below.  In addition, after the break, we’ve added the Android Market tutorial for the full walk through on how to install and use ROM Manager for your ROM’ing enjoyment.  Have fun.   » Read the rest

Tutorial: Root and ClockworkMod Recovery for the Samsung Epic 4G Touch [Videos]

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A couple of days ago Samsung released the source code for the Samsung Epic 4G Touch, and now root has been achieved.  We have two methods which are essentially the same, but the first build is more complete:

From XDA member Zedomax:

Download files here

  1. Put your Epic 4G into download mode by holding down Power button and Volume down buttton, when you see an option screen, let go of both buttons then hit Volume up button.
  2. You should now be in download mode, connect your USB cable from Epic 4G Touch to a Windows computer. (Sorry ODIN uses Windows only…)
  3. Make sure you have Samsung Kies installed, it will install the proper drivers.
  4. Open up odin3 v1.85.exe, click on “PDA”, then select “SPH-D710_Zedomax_Kernel.tar” and hit Start.
  5. Your phone should reboot and voila, your phone should be rooted with SuperUser app.

Tutorial video below:

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Talk Android Weekly Recap, What You May Have Missed

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Have a you had a busy week?  Allow us to summarize this week’s hottest topics for you.  Check out the buzz below on what’s hot with this crazy insane union we all call Android.  Hit the break to get all caught up and let us know what your favorite topic of the week is.

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Motorola Photon 4G software updates laid out by Sprint

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In order for your Android phone to run in optimal condition it is wise to be sure that you have all the latest software updates downloaded to your device. For those of you who own a Motorola Photon 4G, we have compiled a guide directly from Sprint explaining recent updates and how to be sure that you have them installed correctly.

Most recent software updates:

9/14/11 – Adjustments to Wi-Fi functionality.

8/23/11 – Improvements to voice calling to eliminate inadvertent voice calls defaulting to mute.

- Improve stability, resulting in fewer occurrences of unresponsiveness.

- Bluetooth support for mono headsets with the Sprint Visual Voicemail application.

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Droid Bionic gets Fastboot Recovery files for broken software and bricked devices

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Have you already turned your shiny new Bionic into a paperweight that rules all? First of all… bummer dude. Second… you might just be in luck!

Motorola’s FXZ Bionic recovery file was just released allowing the phone to return to factory condition. If done properly, the Fastboot XML zip package will return your phone back to stock i.e. bloatware, BLUR, Android 2.3.4 and stock boot image. If you are in a bootloop this should repair your system.

We have included the tentative instructions after the break. And just as a friendly caveat, Talk Android is not responsible for any damage to software and/or hardware and we list these instructions for reference purposes only. Proceed at your own risk!

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