Motorola on Locked Bootloaders: “Buy Elsewhere,” Then Apologizes

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]

Miezu M9 ROM Ported to EVO, Mostly Functional

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.

[via Engadget]

NOOKcolor Overclocked to 950MHz, Courtesy Of XDA

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.

[via phandroid]

HTC Thunderbolt ROM Boots on EVO 4G

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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.

[via XDA-Developers]

Android Gingerbread running on hacked iPhone

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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.
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[via Gizmodo]

Android Market hacked onto the Logitech Revue

Logitech Revue hack brings Android Market

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!

Lookout Update on Geinimi Trojan: New Capabilities Discovered

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]

Custom Clock Widget Comes To Android By Way Of XDA

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.
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Logitech Revue gets rooted

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.


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CyanogenMod 7 nightlies coming soon, CM6.1 nightlies for Samsung Epic 4G available now

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]