Desire HD, Wildfire and Wildfire S Receive Bootloader Unlock Support by HTC

HTC has been on a quest if you will, to further support the development community by bringing the ability to unlock your phone’s bootloader. In my opinion this is a quest that more phone manufacturers should join (hint, hint Motorola). Well if you were one of the lucky ones to purchase an HTC phone after September of last year then chances are your bootloader is unlocked and if you weren’t and are stuck with an older model, fret not, as HTC is showing some love to their older devices. Yesterday the HTCdev Twitter Account announced that the Desire HD, other Desire models and both the Wildfire and Wildfire S now have Bootloader Unlock support.

As you know, unlocking your bootloader and all related problems are at your own risk as unlocking your bootloader voids your warranty. If you are up for an upgrade or are ready for a new phone I recommend the HTC Rezound as it’s now only $199.99 on 2-year contract and as HTC announced, the bootloader is unlockable leading to some pretty awesome ROMs and MODs down the road. If you don’t have Bootloader Unlock support yet keep looking on the HTCdev site because eventually your phone may see this support. Enjoy!

[via Twitter]

Get Cool Boot Animations For Your Galaxy Nexus

If you’re of the “root’n & rom’n” variety and you own a new Galaxy Nexus device, you’ve got to be loving all of the new tweaks the dev community have been accomplishing.  Latest to make its way to the device are a few cool boot animations provided by our friends over at RootzWiki.  The Bokeh animation above should be a good indication for you of how fricking cool these animations are.  Ready to give them a go?  Check out the DL links after the break along with the instructions.  Feel free to use our forum or the comments thread below if you have any issues.  We’ve provided all of the download links courtesy of RootzWiki for your convenience.  Good luck and have fun.   Read more

CyanogenMod Gets Amazon’s Silk Browser Working on Non-Kindle Fire Devices

Though Amazon’s Silk browser may not be a perfect fit for everyone and their smartphone, you’ll be happy to know that the good folks over at XDA have managed to port the popular eReader’s new browser over to non-Kindle Fire devices.  Yep, we were thinking the same thing, these fricking guys can do anything!  And though the browser could use a few extra features, it still appears to have a decent fan base and loyal following, otherwise the dev community wouldn’t have thought it worthwhile to port over.  So far the browser has been tested on the original Motorola Atrix and the Droid X for starters.  We look forward for the extra browser alternative to hit other devices soon, so stay tuned to Talk Android.  If you’ve managed to get this working on your smartphone, feel free to let us know in the comments below.

[via XDA]


Samsung Says No on ICS “Value Pack” for Galaxy S and Original Galaxy Tab

Man, when the Galaxy Nexus was first debuted with Ice Cream Sandwich it looked amazing (still does). However you’re an owner of a Samsung Galaxy S or an original Galaxy Tab and your contract isn’t up for a while. Maybe it is, but you’re thinking to yourself that you love the Galaxy S hardware or you love that little tablet and that maybe if you hope really hard Samsung will grace your device with Ice Cream Sandwich. Well even with hope sometimes we don’t get what we want, as you well know, Samsung made it clear that the Galaxy S and the Galaxy Tab wouldn’t be seeing the awesome, new Android 4.0 OS. Well, that was until they back pedaled and rumors were flying about that these devices would  see it or that they may receive a “value pack” that would give the best features of ICS without the need for a full update instead.

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Galaxy Nexus Gets Its Own 4G LTE Toggle Switch/Widget From Team BAMF

And the race to bring a 4G LTE toggle function to the Galaxy Nexus is well under way as Team BAMF emerges with the capability for the Galaxy Nexus device.  These are the same dev’s who brought you the toggle button for the HTC Thunderbolt.  Your device has to be rooted and it’s being touted that the function works well on most of the ROM’s available for the G-Nex.  Note that they’ve had some difficulties getting it to work properly on a stock rooted Nexus, so be cautious.  If you’re ready to check it out you can follow the simple instructions below.   Read more

Wi-Fi Only HTC Flyer Begins Receiving Honeycomb Update

It was a month ago that the European HTC Flyer was issued the well-deserved Honeycomb update and at that time HTC said the Wi-Fi version would receive the same treatment in the near future. Well the near future is hear my friends, as HTC began to push out the Android 3.2 update this morning. Users are reporting better overall improvements, smoother operation and no wallpaper lag. If you are the owner of a Wi-Fi Flyer be on the lookout for the update. Rollouts tend to take a period of time to reach all devices so be patient, you will get a notification when your device is next in line.

Now we can begin to wonder if and when the Flyer will receive Ice Cream Sandwich! Any guesses?

[via Android Central]



ICS running on the Original DROID [Video]

The Cyanogen Team recently dropped a bomb on OG DROID owners by stating they would no longer support the device going forward. Since then, XDA member kfazz has been hard at work implementing Android Ice Cream Sandwich 4.0.3 for the OG DROID, and while he isn’t finished yet he’s certainly ahead of the competition. I took his ROM for a spin and was pleasantly surprised by it’s performance on this now two year old device. It just goes to show that Android 4.0 is chock full of performance enhancements, and it also serves as reason to believe any Android phone could potentially be updated, either officially or through Android’s many popular “unofficial channels”. See it for yourself just past the break.

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Custom Controls and Themes Added to CyanogenMod 9’s Music Player

The other day we brought to you a preview of CM9’s brand new launcher, Trebuchet. Well today we bring you news regarding CyanogenMod’s take on the stock music player. While Ice Cream Sandwich‘s music player is no slouch, the Cyanogenmod team is slated to have a host of features on top of those already there. The folks over at The Verge, were able to wrangle out the details on the music player by one of CM9’s developers, Andrew Neal.

There is a whole slew of customizations and features that make the music player that much more awesome. There will be a custom shake action feature that you can set up to go to the next song or play/pause for example. They will work through out the OS and even while the screen is off. You will see custom  notification area controls with the ability to add or subtract controls to your heart’s content. There will be an ability to search the Android Market, set ringtones, and you will see swipe-gestures through out. It’s also planned for a full theme engine addition that will allow you to customize both the look and feel of the app.  Read more

Gingerbread 2.3.5 Fastboot 6.11.744 Files Released for the Verizon DROID RAZR

Yesterday we brought you the story about how the folks at brought us the bootstrap that allowed for booting into ClockWorkMod Recovery on the DROID RAZR. While this is completely awesome in itself, we didn’t have any fastboot files should we mess up a ROM or MOD. That is, until today; daywalker04 over at XDA was able to get and release the 6.11.744 fastboot files should we actually mess up. These files will return you back to stock Gingerbread 2.3.5 with the ability to download the OTA update bringing you to the current 6.11.748.

For those with slow internet or non-premium XDA memberships, you can download the files in two parts (or as one here if you have fast internet), and put them back together with this. Afterwards you can flash these files in RSD Lite 5.6 (see the link below). This safety net helps should you soft brick your RAZR and has been tested by members of both XDA and with positive results.

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HTC Rezound Gets Bootloader Unlocked Thanks To HTC Dev, Though Technically Not Listed

The list over at just keeps getting longer and longer doesn’t it?  Well, though technically the HTC Rezound hasn’t officially made the list yet, it’s being reported that the same method and tools work just the same to unlock the Rezound’s bootloader.  You’ll be left with “S-ON” afterwards, but it appears to most that this is how it’s left anyway after normally unlocking it with these tools.  As stated above, the Rezound is not listed yet on the site, but if you follow the instructions to a “T”, you should be golden.  Enjoy and hit the source link to get started.

[via XDA & RootzWiki]