With the taste of Gingerbread 2.3 continuously making appearances on the seemingly abandoned Samsung Epic 4G from Sprint, we can’t help but feel we’ll be graced by it soon enough. The latest build to surface, EH06, has just been leaked and is available for download. The news comes courtesy of our friends over at Android Central and we’re highly looking forward to seeing just how stable the build really is. If you’re feeling gutsy, and want to be an early adopter, hit the source link for more info on how to download the build onto your device. And as always, if you’re up and running, don’t forget to let us know how well it’s working.
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.
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.
Back in May Google released a Video app allowing Android users the ability to rent movies on their devices, some of us that is. It was quickly discovered that those of us with rooted devices were prevented from using the service, receiving only an obscure error shown here. When we covered this shocking news in May, we were sure that Android’s ingenious developer community would have a workaround for the rest of us soon. Fast forward to mid-August. Ften of SDX Developers has successfully modified the Videos apk to bypass the root and tamper checks. What’s more is that the fix will patch both the standalone videos app as well as the market’s newly integrated video section.
Ften stresses that:
“This bypass doesn’t affect the actual DRM licensing, it will still generate a proper license key, you will still be limited to the normal viewing times, you will still have to pay to rent movies, etc. Don’t ask, because it’s not happening. It just bypasses/disabled the root check.”
Great job by Ften in that regard! Google and the MPAA need to know that “root” doesn’t equal “pirate.”
The apk has been specifically tested on both 2.2 and 2.3 devices including Moment, Optimus, Droid Incredible, Thunderbolt, Xoom, Transform, Nook (CM7), & G1 (CM7). It should work on any rooted device however.
Ften elaborates in detail just how the fix was produced so if you’re interested be sure to check out the source link.
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.
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!
Everyone’s favorite developer is showing no signs of slowing down when it comes to his “get CM on as many devices as I can” campaign. The latest and greatest to make the list is the LG Optimus 3D/LG Thrill 4G. We knew it was being implemented on the device along with the Sensation 4G but now we’ve got a video preview for you thanks to developer Ricardo Cerquiera. As you can see in the video, the build looks stable with video, browsing, OpenGL and WiFi all working on the device seamlessly. And with 58 frames per second according to the NenaMark benchmark app, it’s sure to be sweet as heck.
According to Cerquiera, 3D video is up and working as well. So, if you’re all worried about losing that gimmick feature don’t worry about it. As of now, there’s no word whether or not the firmware will make it to nightly builds but we’ve got one eye open on this and you’ll be the first to know if it does. Hit the break to check out the video demo of the build in action and as always feel free to leave your thoughts in the comments below.
Did you get yourself a new, shiny Samsung Galaxy Tab on Verizon’s 4G LTE network? Well, if you’re in the mood for a little bit of hacking and modding (and we do mean a little), then you could get that pretty new Tab rooted and running Netflix in no time at all. The same rooting method that got the shackles off the wifi only version apparently works on the LTE flavor as well. What’s more, the Netflix hack that got everyone’s Transformer tablet watching movies works as well.
If you want to check all this out for yourself, be sure to hit up the source link, and let us know how your rooting endeavors go in the comments below!
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.
ClockworkMod, one of Android’s highly customized recovery options, has now been made available for the HTC Sensation and Evo 3D. If you’re a hard core hacker and ROM’r, chances are, the ROM you’re using now or will be using in the near future already has ClockworkMod on board. So, do the devs a favor and try it out. Provide as much feedback as you possibly can, so as to assist in getting this recovery to work flawlessly on these devices. ClockworkMod, via their official Twitter account, also announced that they’re looking for Motorola Atrix 4G users as well to test their popular recovery. Let’s not disappoint! Feel free to head back here in the comments when you’re done with the install and let us know how it’s working. In addition, it might be worthwhile to check out our own Andrew Greenfield’s post on TeamWin’s custom recovery. He’s sort of our ROM guru and subject-matter expert around here, don’t ya know?
Well, look no further than this modified Torch app from XDA member demo23019. Demo23019 set out to modify MIUI’s stock application to a more pleasing blue theme, then released it to the public once confirmed working. Check out the link below for the APK, and tell us how you like it! It’s been confirmed working on both MIUI and CM7.
Tired of all the issues that seem to come along with the Samsung Fascinate? Frustrated with the frequency of the updates? Well, rooters and modders rejoice, because CM7 is officially coming to the Fascinate. While custom ROMs have been on the device for awhile now, CM7 has been unsupported for a long time. Be sure to hit the source link to check it out for yourself, and let us know in the comments!
Ahh, just because Motorola has forgotten about the original Droid, the one that kicked off fragmentation like no other, doesn’t mean our strong at will developer’s community did. Remember Peter Alfonso? He’s the guy that also brought the Droid 2.3.4 a couple of weeks ago. Well, he’s still hard at work to keep the OG Droid up to date with recent devices.
Alfonso has announced today that 2.3.5 is now available for download which would instantly allow this device to leap frog over new devices who haven’t even received the new version yet. Among some of the minor changes you’ll find are video capabilities with Gtalk, new Google Search features yet to even show up in the Market and a few others. Hit the break to snag the download link and thrust your Droid into the near distant future.
We’ve heard complaint after complaint about the Toshiba Thrive tablet concerning not having root access. While some readers might argue that you don’t really need root, I’ll jump in and defend the devs to the death. Fortunately for all of us, the deathmatch can go to the wayside, as root has finally been achieved on the Thrive… but not fully.
Since it was released back in mid-June, the Thrive tablet has been completely locked down. Now, however, thanks to a group of modders, devs, hackers, and testers, the Thrive is enjoying what this author will call “psuedo-root”. In other words, it has root access, but is unable to read or write to the system directory. On top of that, Clockwork Recovery has been a practical no-go, as Toshiba wrote their code so the recovery gets re-flashed on every reboot.
However, if you’re ready to don your geek glasses and hacking hat, you can hit up the full set of instructions here. Be sure to let us know how it goes in the comments!