Ahh, just because Motorola has forgotten about the original Droid, the one that kicked off fragmentation like no other, doesn’t mean our strong at will developer’s community did. Remember Peter Alfonso? He’s the guy that also brought the Droid 2.3.4 a couple of weeks ago. Well, he’s still hard at work to keep the OG Droid up to date with recent devices.
Alfonso has announced today that 2.3.5 is now available for download which would instantly allow this device to leap frog over new devices who haven’t even received the new version yet. Among some of the minor changes you’ll find are video capabilities with Gtalk, new Google Search features yet to even show up in the Market and a few others. Hit the break to snag the download link and thrust your Droid into the near distant future.
We’ve heard complaint after complaint about the Toshiba Thrive tablet concerning not having root access. While some readers might argue that you don’t really need root, I’ll jump in and defend the devs to the death. Fortunately for all of us, the deathmatch can go to the wayside, as root has finally been achieved on the Thrive… but not fully.
Since it was released back in mid-June, the Thrive tablet has been completely locked down. Now, however, thanks to a group of modders, devs, hackers, and testers, the Thrive is enjoying what this author will call “psuedo-root”. In other words, it has root access, but is unable to read or write to the system directory. On top of that, Clockwork Recovery has been a practical no-go, as Toshiba wrote their code so the recovery gets re-flashed on every reboot.
However, if you’re ready to don your geek glasses and hacking hat, you can hit up the full set of instructions here. Be sure to let us know how it goes in the comments!
Many hoped the Gingerbread update for the Samsung Epic 4G was going to be here this month, but an announcement by Sprint squashed that. While you are still waiting for official release, you can check out a leaked ROM. This ROM is build EG22 (back in June it was EF02), and it is based on Android 2.3.4. It looks like there are some fixes with this new build, including one for existing sound-related problems
This ROM is flashable with ClockworkMod and is pre-rooted. Head over to the source link to give it a try.
Some of you may remember that a long time ago I wrote an article that had 18 little tidbits that could help your phone last longer. This article will be updating it since the post is now dated. If you still wish to see it, you can find it here. In a day in age where how long something lasts seems to be the be all end all (zing), you might find yourself in a place where you need to stretch your batteries life as far as you can. Whether it be for a long car/plane ride, lack of a charger for a long time, or whatever your reason is, we’ve all had those times where we’ve monitored our battery like someone was trying to steal it. There are tips for new users, more experienced users, and even root users.
One might think that some phones, like the Samsung Replenish, just don’t get as much love as others. This thought would be understandable, too, considering that this “eco-friendly” smartphone doesn’t have the largest user base. Surprisingly enough, this isn’t actually the case; developer Shabbypenguin over at the AC forums has just released a beta version of LeafROM, fixing several of the problems inherent with a “stock” phone. While rooting and removing bloatware like the “rescue server” app, Shabbypenguin also adds some new features such as the Gingerbread malware patch. If you’re looking for the “rooting and hacking” experience, and own the Replenish, why not check it out? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below!
Last week we showed you a video of CyanogenMod7 running on the Samsung Galaxy S II, and now the nightly builds are officially available. CyanogenMod is the leader for custom ROMs as it is now on over 500,000 devices.
The nightlies are based on CyanogenMod7.1 which is based on Android 2.3.4. As always, these builds are likely to have bugs and missing functionality, but if you have been dying to get CyanogenMod rocking on your SGSII, hit the source link.
Team Synergy has been hard at work. After about 2 weeks of nightlies they’ve given us another, more stable, release candidate that has a lot of extra goodies packed in. The ROM is for the Evo, The Droid Incredible, and the My Touch 4G but is starting to be ported to other devices as well. Hit the break to see all the goodies and for a link!
Ever since Google told use that they were planning another Nexus device to pilot Ice Cream Sandwich, we’ve waited patiently (think: spamming F5 on Google’s blog every 5 minutes) to see what’s in store for us next. Rumor has it that Google has narrowed it down to just a few big players, including one “big surprise”. And what a few big players they are.
We continue to see a few devices rise from the dozens, so we have to assume that there is at least some truth to the rumors. Among these supposed prototypes are a Samsung device with a dual-core 1.5GHz OMAP4460, and HTC with dual-core 1.8 Ghz Krait Snapdragon MSM8960 (/drool), a Sony Ericsson with dual-core 1.2 GHz Scorpion MSM8x60, and an LG with dual-core 1.5 GHz OMAP4460. Rumor also tells of a “rather svelte” “really big surprise” with an Intel CPU, which is interesting because it would be Intel’s first foray into the Android market. That said, could they be any more vague?
Still, any one of these devices would make for an excellent phone. This author has his eye set on the HTC device for more than a few reasons, the largest of which being its unreleased Krait Snapdragon processor. This CPU delivers up to twice the density of any chip previous to it, while its 28nm draw does far more with less power. Many would argue that these processors won’t be ready in time for a release this year, but sources tell us that HTC is working around-the-clock to make this a reality. Certainly, a device such as this has the potential to be the next “developer phone”, a la the Nexus One. HTC’s stance on rooting just makes it all the more appealing.
As to the “big surprise”, it had better be a doozy. We’ve seen Android released on so many devices (phones, watches, TV’s, etc), that Google would have to release an iPhone to truly catch this author off-guard.
HTC promised unlocked bootloaders, but the Sensation won’t officially be unlocked until August/September, but who wants to wait? The folks at AlphaRev have been working hard and it looks like they have succeeded. These are the same guys who unlocked the Droid Incredible 2 which is already enjoying custom ROMs.
Hopefully a public release will be soon, but for now, check out the video clip.
Until recently, owners of the Nook Color have resorted to various third-party modifications in order to turn their devices into a true tablet. Not so anymore.
Seeking to capitalize on these hacks’ popularity , the company Nook2Android hopes to simplify a process that can, and often will, brick your device if done improperly.
For a paltry $35, one can treat themself to the latest 2.3 Gingerbread in its entirety. This includes full a/b/g/n wifi, the Android Market, Gmail, Facebook, Pandora, and more. It’s as easy as turning off the Nook, inserting the 8GB SD card pre-loaded with all the necessary software, and turning it back on again. Even better, should you decide to change your mind, it’s every bit as easy to uninstall.
Better yet, the company legitimately sells their product through Amazon, even offering a 14-day return policy. The few reviews already present, are positive.
Sure, it isn’t free, and it takes some of the fun from hacking the device yourself. However, for your everyday user, it’s a great way to enter the world of Android at a fraction of the cost of owning a real tablet.