Talk Android Weekly Recap, What You May Have Missed

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.

Sept 12th

Sept 13th

Motorola DROID Bionic unofficial CWM-Recovery available now

Earlier today we showed you CyanogenMod 7 running on the DROID Bionic, but we also saw an unofficial ClockWorkMod recovery running. It is now available for you to download, but please make sure you understand the following (from CVPCS):

  • This is not an official CWR release. Official CWR releases are signed off by Koush.
  • This will not be on market. I’ll leave that for when Koush makes an official release.
  • This is for BIONIC ONLY. Do not try to use this with the DROID 3 or any other device.
  • I am not responsible for any loss of data if there are bugs present. I have tested it but that doesn’t mean it’s bug free!

Download the BionicBootstrap.apk file. This works in the same way that the Droid2Bootstrap and DroidXBootstrap applications work.

[via cvpcs and rootzwiki]

Samsung releases source code for Epic 4G Touch

Well if that wasn’t fast! Samsung has already released source code for Sprint’s Epic 4G Touch that only began to start selling this morning. The developer community will be able to create custom kernels with access to this code. The phone still needs a root method before you can run custom ROM’s, but by the looks of things, it won’t be long.

Head to Samsung’s Open Source website for the download and Search for the SPH-D710.

[via briefmobile]

CM7 Boots Up On Droid Bionic After Only A Week (VIDEO)

Nice! Only after about a week since the Droid Bionic’s release and cvpcs has already gotten CM7 to boot up on it. As he mentions in the YouTube description, there are still a ton of bugs (no radio, charging, camera, or audio) and graphics aren’t perfect. What is working though is the touchscreen and accelerometer. Who cares, this is a really quick start and big thanks to @cvpcs for getting this rocking so far. We can expect this probably won’t take long to be fully working so stay tuned and be sure to check out the video below.

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[via twitter]

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!


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Logitech Revue Gets Second Honeycomb Leak Complete with Video Walkthrough

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!
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Atrix 4G ROMs Being Ported To The Droid X2

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.

[via xda]

DROID Bionic WiFi tether hack for rooted users [Courtesy of XDA]

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:

Hi,

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.

Dmitry

[via xda]


DROID Bionic bounty for unlocking bootloader currently at $370 [Courtesy of XDA]

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:

  1. Be first person to create (or find from another source) a method of permanently unlocking the bootloader
  2. 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
  3. Wait for another member to follow the method and confirm it works
  4. Claim your bounty via PM from donator(s)

[via xda]

Unroot Tool for Droid Bionic Available; Also Works other Motorola Gingerbread Devices

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.

[via rootzwiki]