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!
Those of you who have been on the fence about getting the Logitech Revue may want to start saving for the $99 price tag. A second Honeycomb build (we covered the first one here) has leaked for the device and it’s quite nice looking and much smoother than the previous leak. The folks over at ChannelAndroid took the plunge with it and were kind enough to do a video walk-through for those that might need some encouragement. In the video, they show Netflix, the newly designed GoogleTV specific Market, as well as the general UI of the new build. One thing that does bear mentioning: if you’re wanting to flash the leaked build, you’ll want to flash the original leak first or you’ll end up with a $99 paperweight. With that out of the way, grab your popcorn and click in after the break!
A little over month ago we reported that the Droid X2 was confirmed using the 2nd-init method, the same method that brought CM7 to the Droid X. Unfortunately, there haven’t been many ROMs currently on the X2 to choose from. Things should start to change now as XDA member navenedrob has stated porting Atrix ROMs over to the DX2. The first one up is stock 2.3.4 Gingerbread 4.5.91 Atrix 4G port and updates along with the download link can be found in the source link below. This should be the first of many to help you un-blur your DX2. Let us know how this ROM works out for you.
A lot of you were able to root your Bionic, but found that you couldn’t WiFi tether. It looks like Verizon and Motorola have stepped up their efforts in preventing your from tethering, but thanks to xda member ddv2005, you can now freely tether away.
From the post:
I found way to enable Hotspot without Verizon Provisioning. I used SQLLite Editor to modify settings.db for “Settings Storage” application ( com.motorola.android.providers.settings ). Set entitlement_check to 0 and reboot the phone.
Whether you like the DROID Bionic or not, there is no question that sales should be strong because of the strong marketing push and the lack of a Samsung Galaxy S II (for the moment).
It has already been rooted so all we need is the bootloader to be unlocked. Our friends over at XDA have put together a bounty for all parties that want to donate to it. Right now it stands at $370, but I am sure it will increase rapidly as this news travels.
For those that are interested in receiving the bounty here are the rules:
- Be first person to create (or find from another source) a method of permanently unlocking the bootloader
- Make a post in the xda thread (via source link) with the following:
- Proving it works with appropriate photos or screenshots
- Providing full step-by-step instructions for which anyone else can follow
- Wait for another member to follow the method and confirm it works
- Claim your bounty via PM from donator(s)
Just yesterday we gave you step by step instructions for rooting your Bionic and the other Gingerbread running Motorola devices. Now, thanks to the awesome community over at Rootzwiki, we’ve got some unroot instructions as well. This is an updated version of what we showed you yesterday and full Windows based instructions for root/unroot are below (see source link for other OS). The disclaimer as always is you will void your warranty running this and we take no responsibly for the slight chance that you may brick your device. Happy rooting!
Instructions to Root:
1. Make sure you have Motorola drivers installed - Motorola Drivers 32bit Motorola Drivers 64bit
2. Download the PetesMotorolaRootTools v1.05.zip file and unzip it to your Windows PC.
3. On your phone go into Settings>Applications>Development and check the box for USB Debugging.
4. Plug phone into your computer and select “Charge Only” mode from your phones notification pull down.
5. Navigate to PetesMotorolaRootTools v1.05 folder and run Pete’s Motorola Root Tools.exe.
6. Follow the instructions in the command window.
7. Your phone will complete 3 steps, rebooting along the way. When it finishes, you will be rooted.
Instructions to UnRoot:
1. Make sure the Motorola drivers are still installed.
2. Make sure USB Debugging is still selected.
3. Connect your Bionic to your computer.
4. Run the Pete’s Motorola Root Tools.exe.
5. Select UnRoot My Phone at the bottom.
6. Your phone will reboot 3-4 times as the program goes through all 4 steps in the process.
We have great news for HTC Sensation and EVO 3D owners. It was just announced via Twitter that the CyanogenMod Team will have an alpha release of the CM7 ROM sometime this weekend.
Apparently there was a camera issue holding up the release, but it is now sorted out. Keyan Mobli (@kmobs) took the below 1080p video with his CM7 Sensation, and as you can see things are working fine.
[via twitter and xda]
It looks like everyone’s favorite selling tablet, thanks to its ridiculous price drop, is surely going the way of the Nook Color in that no one ever gave it a second glance as a worthy contender in the “cheap but effective as hell” tablet market. The HP TouchPad has certainly come a long way since its first inception as a possible Android powered tablet. We’ve also recently seen the device running the latest version of Gingerbread 2.3.5 thanks to Team TouchDroid’s blood, sweat and tears. However, the real credit goes to the folks over at the CyanogenMod team, as its original code generators.
The CM7 team states that everything is running on the device smoothly with the exception of WiFi. Now we know that’s big, but if you can remain patient, it’s only a matter of time until that issue is resolved as well. Then you’ll have a cheap as hell Android tablet running one of the most respected ROM’s on the platform today. Once the build is final, you should have no problem sporting this little guy as your daily tablet driver. Check out the video after the break of the team’s progress and don’t forget to let us know what you think in the comments below. Were you one of the lucky users able to get your hands on the device for a mere $99 bucks?
HTC has added to their list of devices available on their bootloader unlocking site following Sprint’s EVO 3D becoming unlockable a few weeks ago. Unbranded EVO 3D owners in Europe and those on Rogers in Canada can join the unlocking party. Remember, even though HTC is offering this web based unlocking tool, you’ll be voiding your warranty by using it. If the thought of losing your warranty didn’t make you flinch, then head on over to the HTCDev website and get your unlock on.
We are still waiting for the DROID Charge to get updated to Android 2.3.4. It was supposed to happen in August, but for now we will have to enjoy the leaked builds. Back in July update EP1H leaked, and now My Droid World brings version EP1W. You can flash this using the Samsung Internal Flash Utility or by using Odin.
Release notes: This is unofficial and a leak. Teamblackhat, Mydroidworld, and p3droid are not responsible for what you do to your phone. Installing this firmware will void your warranty and may cause harm to your device.
You will need 7z to uncompress these files. Download
Samsung Internal Flash Utility: Samsung PST - Download Now
If you don’t want to use the official flashing software you can use odin.
Odin 1.82: Download
You will need the Samsung drivers: Download