So RIM has been talking up its Playbook tablet device for a while now, but today an interesting possibility is developing. RIM is considering which Java VM to use in their upcoming device, and they are looking heavily at the Dalvik VM — the same one Android uses.
If they go the open source route and pick up Dalvik VM, there’s a good chance that the Playbook will be able to run Android apps, provided that you are able to track them down from their sources. Obviously, you won’t be able to just download apps from the Android market on the Playbook. However, according to BGR, who broke the story, RIM is also considering “courting” Google to get some sort of licensing agreement, which would give the Playbook access to the Android Market, Gmail apps, and other Google services.
So, right now this is firmly in the “rumor” category. It makes sense for RIM to be looking into this avenue, but will it pan out? Google seems very unlikely to “license” a non-Android device to run the full gamut of Android apps and the market — especially given that some Android tablets don’t even have full Google support. I’m sure RIM is willing to throw some money at Google in this equation, but they have to be picky about how much they can offer, because while full support of Android apps would definitely help the Playbook sell, they still don’t know how successful it will be in the market. And it seems to me that if people are REALLY buying a tablet based on the ability to run Android apps…well, they’d probably buy an Android tablet. But if RIM can’t provide access to the Android Market, I don’t know how much of a bullet point that would really be for them, even if they could run “sideloaded” apps. So their situation is a tricky one.
All that said, it’s kind of interesting to think about. There’s really no reason they couldn’t go with the open-source Dalvik VM, and that would most likely allow access to at least a lot of the Android apps out there. What would this do for them? Would it hurt Google at all? Let us know your thoughts in the comments!
In the pic above, we see the ViewSonic G tablet, but whats on it? The Notion Ink Adam Eden UI! Yes, after many people started to receive their Notion Ink Adam tablets (after a painful waiting period), the first update was actually bricking the tablets! Ouch! In the Androidverse, people will find a way to make something their own when they’re put up against a wall of crap like having to wait months for a tablet launch, only to have it brick after you run updates.
That’s what Blake did at intomobile.com. He installed the Eden UI onto his ViewSonic Android tablet successfully, but left feeling that he wasn’t impressed with the UI after all. By following the instructions found here by an XDA-Developer (of course), he was able to get it running, at least enough that he could say he gave Eden a try, and it wasn’t the paradise he was looking for.
For a more personal view of the experience, head over to the source link below.
The Nook Color has become quite the hot item lately. Here at TalkAndroid, we make it our goal not just to help you find the device that’s right for you, but also how to get the most out of it. We follow the development community closely so we can keep up with the newest custom apps, hacks, and tweaks. In that vein, those looking to get the most out of their Nook Color might be interested to know that the CPU speed has been boosted yet again. XDA-Developers, being the kings of overclocking, have managed to boost the CPU speed of the Android-based e-reader-turned-Android-tablet to an impressive 1.1GHz. Developer dalingrin has developed his own kernel, and if you’ve rooted your device and loaded the ClockworkMod recovery tool, you can get this kernel on your own device. Simply visit the source thread, download the corresponding file, and flash through the ClockworkMod recovery. Any customization of this nature of course involves a certain amount of risk, but this process seems fairly safe. Still, proceed with caution.
If you’re feeling very confident in your abilities, this is a good time to remind you that the Nook Color, once rooted, is capable of being hacked to run the Android market. This process is substantially more risky, but if you’re wanting to get the absolute most out of your tablet, it’s worth considering.
Myself, I’m considering picking one of these up just for the simple fact that a $250 Android tablet is a steal, and the hardware in this device is quite capable. With a few tweaks, it’s a very capable tablet. Of course, one misstep, and it’s a $250 paperweight, so weigh your options carefully.
What could make your Samsung Galaxy Tab even better? How about some more speed? Well, if your Tab is rocking Sprint, then some more speed could be in your future. Thanks to the minds over at XDA, the 1GHz Hummingbird processor has benefited from the new “Bauxite” kernel, which overclocks it to 1.2GHz.
Be sure to hit the source link to check it out for yourself, and let us know how your speedy new Tab treats you in the comments.
Motorola had a bit of a slip-up yesterday in PR department, but they were quick to try to make it better with their customers. On the comments to their YouTube channel, the following comment and response pair appeared yesterday — and have since been removed:
Even though this phone seems to have the best hardware specs yet, no sale if the bootloader is locked like the Motorola Milestone I have. It’s really upsetting to not be able to put custom roms on MY device…
Please Moto, do the right thing. [For your customers, that is]
@tdcrooks if you want to do custom roms, then buy elsewhere, we’ll continue with our strategy that is working thanks.
There’s something to be said for shooting straight, but to me, this seems like a little bit over the line. Apparently, someone else at Motorola thought so, too, because last night on Facebook, and today in Youtube comments, was the following message:
We apologize for the feedback we provided regarding our bootloader policy. The response does not reflect the views of Motorola.
We are working closely with our partners to offer a bootloader solution that will enable developers to use our devices as a development platform while still protecting our users’ interests. More detailed information will follow as we get closer to availability.
So it’ll be good to see how things develop on this. Motorola seems to be looking for the happy medium between “protecting” customers, and locking them out of development completely. A worthwhile goal, and we wish them luck.
[via Facebook and YouTube, by way of Phandroid]
You may remember a bit of talk about the Miezu M9 a few months back. We’re not expected to see it stateside, as it’s likely to just be sold in the Asian market. However, a team of developers has brought a mostly-functional ROM of the M9 to the EVO. It still needs a little polish, but EVO owners who are curious to see what all the M9 fuss is about may have an opportunity to do that very soon. It’s likely that this ROM will be finished up and available in the near future.
Of course, always make a backup of your existing ROM first. The EVO is one of the most popular Android phones on the market, so it’d be a shame for anything to happen to yours. But as long as you’ve got a good backup, what’s the harm in giving it a shot? After all, Android will let you do exactly that.
I’m pretty convinced that if Android were to be integrated with your toilet bowl, as it may very well be one day, then XDA would still hack it, and hack it well. So, it’s no surprise to us that they have recently assisted in overclocking the NOOKcolor to almost 1GHz. That’s right, this little eReader is trying to tussle with the big boys by stepping up and maintaining that it can fill the shoes of other main stream tablets in its class, like the Galaxy Tab.
And of course, this is brought to you by none other than those crazy members at XDA. XDA member Geniusdog254 is the developer we have to thank for the improvement. The flashable overclock kernel goes by the name “She’s A Screamer” and can be found at XDA here. If you have successfully performed the mod, leave us a comment below and lets us know what kind of speeds you’re getting on your Nook.
XDA-Developers member “Caulkin” has been working hard on getting the HTC Thunderbolt ROM to boot up on the HTC EVO 4G, and now we’re happy to pass on that it works. Caulkin does state that there are a few bugs and issues to work out still in the near future, and no doubt they’ll get worked out. If you happen to use this ROM on your EVO 4G, and notice an issue, let Caulkin know here.
Are you tired of hearing about Android versus iPhone? All the forums and fanboys always bickering about which is the better smartphone, which has the best features, etc, etc, etc. I say, let there be peace. You can have both if you want. How? Install Android Gingerbread on an iPhone 3G, that’s how. In the video sen below, we have proof that someone hacked an iPhone3G and installed Android 2.3 on it. How cool is that?! I think it’s safe to say that the iPhones are always trendsetters when it comes to packing the new technology inside, so why not load the best software on it too.
This hack shows the Android Market running on the Logitech Revue Google TV box. It’s not an easy hack, but it is possible. It’ll require a little more than just a couple of software tweaks, or flashing BIOS…no this one requires something a little more hardware intensive for those so inclined to try it out. We showed you here how GTVhacker rooted Google TV and this video below demonstrates a little more application use after the hack.
Have a watch below!