We received word from Lookout that they have been able to further analyze the Gemini trojan that’s been hitting some Android devices, and the virus has more capabilities than we previously thought. It apparently can do all of the following:
· Read and collect SMS messages
· Send and delete selected SMS messages
· Pull all contact information and send it to a remote server (number, name, the time they were last contacted)
· Place a phone call
· Silently download files
· Launch a web browser with a specific URL
The full intent is still unknown, but just having a look at what the virus is capable of, it certainly has the potential to be very dangerous to your device. Fortunately, Lookout Mobile Security has a very solid protection tool that is free to download. If you don’t already have it, you can get it from their website. For the full breakdown on how the virus works, hit the source link for all the details.
[via MyLookout Blog]
Gotta love the guys over at XDA. They just keep bringing customizable goodness on a daily basis for the win. Our next creation conceived comes to us by way of member Unconn. He has developed a very simple yet contemporary clock widget that can be tailored to your liking, should you become weary of your OS’s default clock. Hit the break for pics and more info on the app as well as for instructions on how to download it.
If it runs Android, you can bet your bottom dollar that it’s eventually going to get rooted. The guys over at GTV Hacker got their game on with the Logitech Revue and did just that. Now you can install any custom app you want on this internet TV device. It will be interesting to see what the cunning developers come up for this device. Just a word of warning, this hack requires some pretty hardcore modding, but if you wield a soldering iron better then you do a tire iron, you might want to give this a go. Check out a video with the custom boot logo and installed apps after the break.
Those who dare venture into the realm of custom Android ROMs are well aware of the infamous CyanogenMod ROM, and we have some exciting news. Here’s what Cyanogen tweeted earlier today: “we’ll have nightly builds of CM7 going in a few days”. While we still don’t know what phones will be first to break into the Gingerbread land of Cyanogen, it’s a good bet that the developer phones will be some of the early candidates, ie: the Google Nexus One and Nexus S.
CyanogenMod has also just released their nightly builds for the Samsung Epic 4G should you not have one of the “chosen” phones. So if you are eager to experiment, be sure to head over to the xda-developers forum to grab it and contribute to the evolution that is Android and Cyanogenmod!
Remember, installing custom ROMs voids your warranty and you are solely responsible if you brick your device – so take caution and read all the instructions carefully – that is, unless you are looking for an excuse to upgrade to one of the sweet new phones that have been seen at CES 2011 already.
[via twitter and xda-developer forums]
If you’re an Evo 4G user, and you love hacking and ROM’ing, boy do we have some good news for you. The folks over at XDA have gotten together to work extremely hard on providing the very first CyanogenMod Wimax Alpha build. This is the best news we’ve heard since the HD2 received Android. XDA members Shinzul and toastcfh are the masterminds behind the project. Keep in mind, as mentioned, this is in Alpha, so there may be a few caveats to adhere to and some bugs to sift through, so don’t forget to provide feedback. Head on over to the thread via the source link if you’re feeling frisky and please remember, Talk Android is not responsible for any damages you may encounter in your attempt to modify your phone. And don’t forget to report back to us via the comments as to what kind of speeds you guys are getting with the build.
A fairly new launcher was brought to our attention today, and based on the writeup over at LifeHacker, it looks pretty cool. It has themability and screen gestures, as well a versatile and customizable app drawer, as well as the capability to have as many as 30 homescreens.
If you wanna try it out, download it via the QR code below, or the link to the developer’s site.
[via GoForAndroid, by way of LifeHacker]
My absolute favorite thing about the Android OS is how remarkably customizable it is. Even without rooting, you have tons of possibilities for themes, launchers, wallpapers, and notification sounds. But for those who have made the choice to root their phone, things open up even more — kitchens, roms, custom backups, and apps that REALLY dig in and change things. So, have you ever thought about maybe changing your battery icons? If you’ve ever looked into that, you know it’s always involved flashing an update.zip from recovery mode, or pushing files through adb — neither of those options are particularly painless or convenient.
Well, once again our friends over at XDA-Developers have whipped up a tool to help you out. theimpaler747 and appelflap have written an app that will allow rooted users simply to run the app and it will give you choices for icons that you can run, sorted by device. Currently supported devices, as of this writing:
- Epic 4G
- HTC Hero CDMA
- Nexus One
- HTC Magic
- Samsung Intercept
- HTC Desire HD
- Droid 1
- Droid Incredible
- HTC Evo
- HTC Hero GSM
- Dell Streak
It is highly, highly recommended that you do a full backup before using this app, as selecting icons that are not compatible with your phone or your rom could cause you some real headaches. It’s not hard to recover from, though, provided that you have a solid backup of your device as it is now.
Some of those icons look pretty cool, and my phone’s on the list…I may have to check this one out myself. If any of you do the same, be sure to let us know in the comments. More details and download at the source.
Been dying for a front-facing camera on your Samsung Vibrant? Well, thanks to the genius minds over at xda, you can now have one. Of course, this won’t be an easy task, as you’ll need the right ROM, kernel, and – you guessed it – a front-facing camera to install. You’ll also have to have the stomach to take your Vibrant apart and do some serious geek work.
If you’re ready to don your geek hat and get into the nitty-gritty, then be sure to hit up the source link below. If you are brave enough to try this hack for yourself, be sure to let us know how it goes in the comments!
XDA-Developers member morfic has managed to get the Nexus S running at a clock speed of 1.2GHz. He has developed a custom kernel with the Bionix NS1 ROM that gets new speed out of this new device. There’s still some work to be done, especially with Bluetooth, but it’s coming along well. The most recent version brings the following changes:
Tweaked voltages, should work for more people.
Further build tweaks, mostly removal of more “forced on” debug options
Download the file at the source link, boot into recovery, and flash the update. Let us know in the comments if you try it.
Happy new year everyone! There’s a new version of UnrEVOked available, now with support for new Evos and the SLCD Incredible. Drop over to the UnrEVOked site and give it a download if you have a new Evo and you’re wanting to root it!