Yes, it is now illegal for users to unlock mobile phones to use on another network and most of us are not too happy about it. The good thing is the change in legal status, a direct result of the Library Of Congress ruling we told you about in October, will probably not affect too many of us. The Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) still protects our right to unlock the bootloader but it stripped away our ability to lawfully unlock a cell phone purchased from a carrier even after we’ve fulfilled our contractual obligation.
For example, a phone purchased from AT&T cannot legally be unlocked by the user (or third party) to be used on T-Mobile. The carrier, on the other hand, faces no new restrictions and in many cases will unlock devices of customers in good standing. Phones on Verizon & Sprint are unaffected since they are CDMA networks with handsets that aren’t really locked the same way GSM phones are locked. Purchase an unlocked phone, like the Nexus 4, and this becomes a non-issue.
With the Google Nexus Q all but abandoned by Google, CyanogenMod and the rest of his team have worked hard to give it some life to the few that actually do own the device. A nightly build for the device has been made available to the masses and provides some added features that definitely prove useful such as the ability to access some apps. If you’re interested in trying this out hit up the source link for a download!
Users looking for a backup solution for their Android devices should probably be keeping an eye on Carbon. The app comes to us courtesy Koushik Dutta, creator of Clockwork Mod Recovery and a CyanogenMod ROM maintainer. Earlier this week he released the first beta of his newest creation that will backup apps and data between devices in the cloud.
Today he released the second beta that adds support for Dropbox, though that feature is limited at the moment while Dutta waits for “production” status from Dropbox. New features in this second beta include the ability to save groups and batches of apps, the ability to select all apps for backup, and the ability to backup data only. Fixes included in this second beta address backup/restore windows popping up once per app and some button click issues.
The new Carbon beta will work through January 25th. This version requires a rooted device, but Dutta says the next beta will work on non-root devices. If you want to try out Carbon Beta 2 and you have a rooted device, use the link below:
Carbon Beta 2 APK: http://download.clockworkmod.com/test/Backup.apk
source: Koush’s G+
Koushik Dutta, the famous Android developer that created Clockwork Mod Recovery (ROM Manager) and a CyanogenMod ROM maintainer, has released a beta for of his Carbon backup application. His Carbon app syncs and saves the app and its data between devices in the cloud. Syncing in the cloud certainly makes this app interesting and different from most of the backup apps out there. The app requires your device to be rooted and this beta will only be available for a week, so try it now if you wish to. Especially if you’re an avid ROM flasher!
Hit up the link below for the download link and video of the app!
source: Koush’s G+
Verizon has a tendency to lock down phones on their network, but fortunately, Big Red hasn’t been able to ruin the developer experience on the Droid DNA. Just to show its resilience, the Droid DNA has been added to the list of supported devices in Flash Image GUI. Flash Image GUI is a neat little app that lets you flash kernels and recoveries without rebooting to recovery. If you’re the kind of person who likes to flash something new on their phone a few times a week, this app is a huge time saver. But remember that anytime you flash new software on your device, it can be risky, so be sure to keep a reliable backup just in case things go awry. If you’re a Droid DNA owner who wants to give the app a go, hit the link below.
The Chinese manufactured ROM dubbed as MIUI have reached a milestone with 10 million users world wide. For an aftermarket Android OS firmware, this is certainly a huge feat for the team. With a mix of iOS like aesthetics paired with the power and flexibility of Android, MIUI has been popular for rooted users for a couple of years now. Congrats to the MIUI team! Curious to see what MIUI is? Head on over after the break for a video of the ROM.
Republic Wireless may be on its way to being a revolutionary wireless provider, however in order to be a revolutionary wireless provider— it has to ensure that its offers a topnotch service to its customers free of any type of shenanigans or tomfoolery. This means keeping its various devices offered to its customers free of tools like rooting, which may enhance a customer’s service at the expense of Republic Wireless’s philosophy. With this in mind, there has been a recent rise in customers’ interest in rooting their devices and Republic Wireless decided to take some time and share its position on not just rooting, but any sort of unauthorized device customization:
“We’ve seen a flurry of questions and comments recently, and we wanted to provide some answers and a bit of context. The burning question these days is whether or not it’s ok to root your phone. The short answer is no. You agreed to the Terms of Service when you joined republic, and if you don’t follow the Terms, we can terminate your service at any time”.
While Google Now has only been available for Jelly Bean devices (officially), that hasn’t stopped people from finding numerous ways to get it onto their Ice Cream Sandwich devices. Google Now has been available for Ice Cream Sandwich devices for some time now thanks to the folks at XDA. Back then you just needed to have a rooted device and being able to sideload an .apk file and changing some things in your build.prop.
Now there’s a newer method that utilizes an application called GNow Handlebars. Your ICS device still has to be rooted, and all you have to do is install the application and follow the simple steps:
The DROID DNA is probably the best smartphone available today, at least according to me. Since Verizon is such a stickler when it comes to bootloaders and all that fun stuff, it can be tough to deal with for newbies. Well XDA member hassoon2000 has come to the rescue with an all-in-one toolkit that will unlock, root, and flash your DROID DNA with a ClockworkMod or TWRP custom recovery. It’s GUI-based and it couldn’t be simpler. At hassoon2000’s request, I won’t get into any other details, so hit the source link for more information. If you like what he has done, we encourage you to donate for further development.
source: xda / donate
The Note 2 has been available on Verizon for less than a week and it’s already been rooted to join the rest of the family. Like other Samsung phones, it involves using ODIN to flash a rooted image file. Unlike the other versions of the Note 2, there are a few bugs. The phone signal indicator breaks, although data does still work, and some users report that it’s not quite as fast as the stock image. Regardless, I’m sure the bugs will be worked out soon.
The bootloader is still locked, so no custom ROMs (yet) but it doesn’t usually take too long to solve these “problems.” If you’re a Verizon Note 2 owner, hit the link below to get started.