Motorola Photon 4G software updates laid out by Sprint

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.

Hit the break for further details on how to properly update Your Photon.

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

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!

Buy a smartphone, mail in your old phone, get a $100 Verizon Wireless gift card [online exclusive]

Verizon Wireless has an offer where you can buy any smartphone and get a $100 gift card with the trade in of your old phone. Specifics of the offer as per Verizon Wireless:

New Customers!

For a limited time, activate a new line of Smartphone service with Verizon Wireless, and receive a Verizon Wireless gift card worth at least $100, when you trade in an old phone.

Already a Verizon Wireless customer?

Need to Upgrade? Upgrade to a Smartphone today and you’ll be eligible to receive a Verizon Wireless gift card worth $100 when you trade in your old Verizon Wireless basic phone.

Ready to Add a Line? Activate a new line of service with a Smartphone today and you’ll be eligible to receive a Verizon Wireless gift card worth at least $100 when you trade in an old phone.

Need to Trade-In Your Phone?

Follow these steps to get your $100 Verizon Wireless Gift Card.

  1. Activate a Smartphone line of service with a new 2 yr contract agreement and data plan.
  2. Within 5 days, you will receive your promotion code via email or text message after you’ve activated your phone.
  3. Then, visit our Trade-In program web site to submit you request along with your promo code.
  4. You will receive a postage paid envelope (within 5 days) and mail in your used basic device. You must return your device within 30 days of trade-in submittal.
  5. Allow up to 3 weeks for us to process your Verizon Wireless Gift Card.
  6. Receive your $100 Verizon Wireless gift card in the mail. Use it to pay your bill or buy accessories with ease from the comfort of your home with
    MY Verizon.

Anyone planning to take advantage of this offer?  Let us know in the comments!

[via verizonwireless]

Sense 3.5 ROM now available for HTC Desire HD [Courtesy of XDA]

Lucky owners of HTC Desire HD can now enjoy the first custom ROM loaded with Sense 3.5!

Recognized XDA Developer capychimp, who was responsible for bringing you the first ROM with fully working Sense 3.0, comes through again with the latest installment of HTC’s Sense UI. This ROM is based on Bliss WWE RUU 1.10.401.0 Android 2.3.4.

Bugs are to be expected with this being the first release.  This is to be expected so please give it time to become fully functional. Make sure to leave feedback for the developer about your experiences with the ROM.

As originally posted by capychimp:

This rom is based on Bliss WWE ruu
no chinese leak
1.10.401.0 android 2.3.4
Added advance power menu
user apps auto install written by rmk40 readded, known from kingdom
3D homescreen option added
Initial release
camera acting up
bluetooth wont turn on
you tell me

Hit the break for additional pics!

Get The Official Gingerbread 2.3.4 Update For Your G2, Courtesy of XDA

Last week we brought you news that T-Mobile would update your G2 or MyTouch 4G to Gingerbread 2.3.4 in stores starting August 6th. While I’m sure many of you have taken advantage of that already, if you are out this weekend and decide to stop by T-Mobile for the update, be sure to check out our previous post for a rundown of what to expect. Or on the other hand, now you can do it yourself, thanks to XDA member atlp99. Atlp99 was able to copy the official update from the SD cards being sent out to T-Mobile stores. But wait, maybe you are kicking yourself right now for installing that leaked 2.3.3 update from a while back. No worries! This update should still apply just fine. The official instructions from the T-Mobile support forums are as follows.  

Update your HTC Desire to Gingerbread – A How To Video

Even though HTC had to create space by removing some customizations, wallpapers, and HTC applications, the official Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread has been released.

HTC will not push the update over the air and unlike most other Android phone Gingerbread Updates, this one will actually erase all of the data on your phone (SD card should be safe though). A full, verified backup of your data is desirable (pun only kind of intended) before you start the update.

The update is recommended for advanced users only and once you commit to Gingerbread, you can’t return back to Froyo.

If you still want to give Gingerbread a run on your Desire, hit the break for a nice how-to Video:

How To Install New Honeycomb Update On Your Logitech Revue (Video)

Looking forward to the new highly anticipated Honeycomb update for your Logitech Revue?  We can’t blame you with the overall flop the device has been since its release.  Let’s not forget that the company had to drop the price down to a mere $100 dollars for the unit in hopes that you’ll now buy one.

That being said, you might appreciate your device a little more if you could manually push the new Google update to it, wouldn’t you?  Well, you’re in luck.  The awesome dudes over at GTVhacker have put a little video tutorial for you on how to install the update with ease.

And as always, remember that TA is not responsible for any damages you may incur on the your unit.  Do this at your own risk.  This is not the official Google TV 2.0 update.  The only other caveat we can give you is that this update will most likely wipe the Netflix application from your device as it is not in the new build.  So, if you’re bent on using that, don’t udpate.  However, if you do brick the device, remember, they’re only $99 bucks now.

As long as you’re cool with that we’ve supplied the step by step instructions below courtesy of our friends over at Android and me.  Hit the break to give it a go and good luck.  If you happen to install the update without an issue, feel free to drop us a line or two in the comments below.  Check out the couple of video tutorials from Channel Android.  The videos are different so be sure to watch them both before you proceed.

Subsonic: The Music Streamer You Didn’t Even Know You Needed [Part 1]

Have you ever loved something so much that you would donate a limb for it? Well fine, neither have I. But Subsonic comes pretty damn close.

While not exclusively an Android application, Subsonic is by and far the most comprehensive, reliable, and easy to use music streamer this writer has ever come across. And this writer has tested A LOT of music streamers (Orb, Audiogalaxy, Google Music, Apple’s Airplay, Doubletwist, not to mention your online radio like Pandora and Subsonic is different in the sense that it is not a hosted solution. You stream your own, personal library of music with a very high level of quality and compatibility, and only you have control of it.

While initial screenshots may leave one disconcerted, what Subsonic lacks in flair, it makes up for in features.

What features, you may ask? How about 320kbps streaming directly to your phone over wifi or 3g/4g? Local caching to minimize data charges and “buffering”? Support for Scrobbling, sharing, and podcasts? Transcoding on-the-fly of nearly any file to an easily playable mp3 format? Support for video to your phone?

Are you sold yet? Of course you are. Lucky for you, Sindre, Subsonic’s developer, has provided us with a great demo to test the web interface here. Now on to the fun part.

Subsonic’s BIGGEST disadvantage is its semi-technical setup. While not hard to those that are experienced in the field, your average PC user is going to dismiss the job before even trying to attempt it.

Never fear. I am going to walk you guys through setting it up on your own network, and provide some support in the comments. Check with us tomorrow for the full guide here!

[via subsonic]

Android 101.06: More Than 20 Battery Tips And Tricks Every Android User Should Know About

Some of you may remember that a long time ago I wrote an article that had 18 little tidbits that could help your phone last longer. This article will be updating it since the post is now dated. If you still wish to see it, you can find it here. In a day in age where how long something lasts seems to be the be all end all (zing), you might find yourself in a place where you need to stretch your batteries life as far as you can. Whether it be for a long car/plane ride, lack of a charger for a long time, or whatever your reason is, we’ve all had those times where we’ve monitored our battery like someone was trying to steal it.  There are tips for new users, more experienced users, and even root users.

Android 3.2 kernel source code available, ASUS Transformer to receive update soon

When Google released Honeycomb 3.0 earlier in the year, they stated that the full source code would not be released until Ice Cream Sandwich for the fact that it was not finalized. Honeycomb has already been updated two times, so it is obvious they are attempting to get it finalized, and we know Ice Cream Sandwich should be introduced by the end of the year.

As with 3.0 and 3.1, Google released the source code for the GPL and LGPL components of 3.2, which is essentially the kernel source.

So far, the XOOM WiFi has been the only device to get the 3.2 update, but ASUS has confirmed that it will be coming to the Transformer soon as they are already testing it. Don’t worry, Verizon XOOM 3G owners, we are hearing you are next in line.

[via xda developers]

Android 101.03: Managing Your Music/Your Phone as an MP3 Player

Now that you’ve learned how to transfer files from your computer to your phone via USB this next lesson will be a cinch. You’re sick of carrying both your dedicated MP3 player around and your phone, huh? Well this lesson here will narrow down your devices in your pocket to one. You know what’s even better? You have two ways about this that you can do: Hard memory or streaming. Hit the break to read more.

Motorola releases 20 tutorial videos for the Droid 3

As we reported earlier, the Droid 3 is now available online for $199 for a two-year contract or $459 without. Motorola released 20 videos to help you understand all the features. Some of these videos were leaked a month ago. For a lot of us, these videos won’t serve a lot of purpose, but I think these videos are great for the mainstream consumer, especially if they are new to Android. Here are all 20 videos for your viewing pleasure:

Using your phone for the first time: