HTC Sensation spotted unlocked with S-off [Video]

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.

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[via androidcentral]

Nook2Android Seeks to Simplify the Upgrade to 2.3 Gingerbread on the Nook Color

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.

[via cnet]

DROIDX2 ROM Available For Download With Performance Based Enhancements

Droid X2 users, your day has come.  The first ROM is now available and the developer touts that it offers several performance based enhancements for Motorola’s giant work horse.  Developer and XDA member c21johnson has created what appears to be a very sharp looking black theme to enhance the device’s UI and states that it’s good enough to be your daily driver despite being in beta.  The bug list is short and doesn’t appear to include anything significant which would effect the operation of the handset.  Ready to rock your DX2 with this ROM?  Check out the XDA thread here and definitely head back over to TA and let us know what you think of it.  In addition, make sure you provide the developer with as much feedback as possible, so as to improve the ROM and make the most out of your expensive investment.  Hit the break for the source link and to check out another screen shot of the ROM.  And remember, Talk Android is not responsible for any damages you cause to your device, do this solely at your own risk. 
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Hulu Plus won’t play nicely with rooting

Last month, Hulu Plus launched on Android, but we were disappointed because it was only available on a handful of phones. Shortly after, they added additional devices, which gave us promise. Now we are back to disappointment again as it turns out that if you are rooted, you won’t be able to use the popular streaming service.

This is not surprising because Google movie rentals and Blockbuster are already doing it. For the short-term, some rooted users are able to run the app which might be related to what version of Android you’re running.

[via pocketnow]

Rogers HTC EVO 3D will have an unlocked bootloader out of the box

The EVO 3D is already up for pre-order with Rogers, but the best news is that it will come with an unlocked bootloader. Rogers said the following: “Yes, our HTC EVO 3D will have an unlocked bootloader”

If you remember, HTC promised to unlock bootloaders, but was unable to accomplish it for the EVO 3D and Sensation because of the timing of their respective launches. Here in the U.S., we will have to wait until August/September so we are jealous, but this is good news for our fellow Canadians and kudos to HTC for making it happen.

[via phandroid]

CyanogenMod 7 Nightlies Coming To A Samsung Galaxy S II Near You (Video)

With CyanogenMod making its way to over 500,000 devices, it was only a matter of time before we saw the custom ROM hit one of the most powerful devices in the industry.  That’s right, The Samsung Galaxy S II is going to get a little visit from the CyanogenMod 7 Nightlies fairy.  A while back, Sammy sent the CyanogenMod team some devices for the sole purpose of loading that bad boy up on it.  As they say, “ask, and you shall receive“.  So, if you’re in the market for a new and powerful smartphone, definitely check out the SGII and when you’re bored or Samsung “forgets” to update the device, you’ll always have Cyanogen.  Big thanks to the Cyanogen team for all of their blood, sweat and tears.  Hit the break and check out the video below of the ROM in action. The word “snappy” is a bit of an understatement.  And as always, don’t forget to let us know what you think in the comments below.  
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Want more speed: Check out the best RAM Optimization script for Android [Video]

We all want more speed, smoothness, and more than enough free memory on our phones. Recently, XDA Recognized Developer, Juwe11, came out with a RAM Optimization script for Android devices. It will find the best balance between free memory, multitasking, speed of launching apps, and system speed.

Juwe11 states that you will notice a considerable difference in speed when switching between apps.

You will need root access and a kernel that supports init.d. Check out the video:

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Hit the source link for further instructions from the modification thread.

[source xda-developers]

Attention Non-rooted users: Easy Tether Pro is on sale at Amazon for $4.99

I know that many of you have chosen to not root your phone, and if you are one of them, you need to head over to Amazon, and grab Easy Tether Pro because it is discounted 50% at $4.99.

Sure you will have to use a USB cable to connect your phone to your computer, but when there is no free WiFi available and you need to get your laptop online, it works flawlessly. Most of all, it is easy to set up.

[via amazon]


CyanogenMod now on over 500,000 devices

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TalkAndroid would like to give a big Congratulations to the CyanogenMod team for reaching the 500,000 milestone. Their commitment to the development community has always been top notch. At this time there are officially 505,756 users (378,240 official and 127,516 unofficial or “kangs”).

The most popular devices using CM are:

Right now CM’s growth is about 4,000 users each day, which is amazing since the custom ROM community is not something that is adopted by mainstream device owners. With 550,000 Android activations per day, there is no question it is a small community, but it is a strong one. Any predictions on when the one millionth customer will be served?

[via cmstats]

Original Motorola Droid gets update to Android 2.3.4, props to infamous developer Peter Alfonso

Anyone out there still holding onto their OG Droid from Motorola? Yeah, you know who you are. Desperately clutching to your nostalgia, praying for more updates. Well, folks, help has arrived, and it has come by way of developer Peter Alfonso. You may recognize the name from his GPA16 build, which – while unofficial – has become insanely popular on OG Droid devices. He has continued to develop for this piece of Android history, and today brings us a 2.3.4 build, complete with stock UI, clean code, and some other various and sundry tweaks.

If you want to give this sure-to-be-crowd-pleaser a go on your OG Droid, be sure to hit up the source link. Full changelog in the works. Don’t forget to let us know what you think in the comments!

[via Peter Alfonso]