In the vein of awesome mods and hacks, Koush is right up in the class of freakin’ sweet. We’re huge fans of Rom Manager, and when we heard that it had an update with a new UI, we couldn’t help but check it out. The new update not only brings some pretty cool looking UI changes to the table, but also fixes the HTC charging bug that has been reported for a little while.
Be sure to hit the break to check out a couple shots of the update, and be sure to let us know what you think in the comments! Also, if you don’t use ROM Manager, be sure to check it out via the source link below, and check out the paid version here.
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Yesterday, word got around that Verizon was starting to roll out Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread to Droid X owners. Updates do not usually happen before some sort of internal document leaks so it seemed surprising, but a user claimed that they received the following message on their Droid X:
“Update (4.5.588.en.US) has been downloaded and is ready to install”
Last month, version 4.5.573 leaked for rooted users, but this appears to be an official update since it arrived over-the-air and non rooted users are successfully updating their phones with the update.zip file.
JR Raphael, from Computer World, interviewed Brenda Raney, A Verizon spokesperson. She told him that a roll out is not underway and she was emphatic. How or why anyone would have received the update is anyone’s guess.
The big question is if this is actually going to be the final release, but of course time will tell.
For now there is no root for this update, but it is coming soon. If you are non-rooted, and you are not planning on rooting in the future, hit the source link to download the file and enjoy some Gingerbread.
In the “It’s About Time” department, Sprint is rolling out the capability to buy Android apps and charge them to your phone bill. We’ve seen a couple of other carriers moving this way already (come on Big Red, catch up!), and as a Sprint subscriber, I’m happy to see them jumping on board. According to Android Central, Sprint is rolling this capability out presently, and all Sprint customers should have the option available to them by tomorrow. This is a smart move for Sprint, who seems to be embracing Android fully. Their release of the “pure Android experience” Nexus S seems to indicate that they’re going all in…which is smart, since Verizon has a penchant for locking bootloaders and AT&T tends to disallow sideloading. After the AT&T/T-Mobile acquisition, Sprint may be able to really assert itself as the carrier of choice for Android devs and enthusiasts…and it’ll need that, should the acquisition go through and it finds itself in a distant 3rd in the US cellular marketplace. Announcement after the break.
Do you love CM7? Of course you do! Who doesn’t? We do, that’s for darn sure. My only real qualm with it was not having visual voicemail – an issue I was quick to overlook for the awesome functionality of the ROM. But wait! Thanks to XDA, us Sprint users can have VVM back! The instructions are simple:
Download the Sprint VVM 126.96.36.199 Titanium Backup zip: Download attached below
Extract the Sprint VVM 188.8.131.52 Titanium Backup zip to the root of the SD card.
Download & install Titanium Backup from the Market.
Launch Titanium Backup and make sure Sprint VVM is removed (if not, use Titanium Backup to remove it).
We’re hosting the zip mentioned above here for easy access. If you want some additional help with this, be sure to hit up the original thread at XDA and call out your troubles, if there are any. I can confirm this is working with my HTC Evo 4G, and I love it! Let us know how it goes in the comments!
We all want it: remote wipe for our phones. Can we do it through terrific apps like Lookout? Of course we can – and we do! But, sometimes we need a little extra help… like to wipe our device automatically when it gets into the wrong hands. How about a device wipe after too many wrong password guesses from the lockscreen? Or after receiving a special password via text? Or how about after the SIM card is changed (my personal favorite)!?
Well, thanks to the genius minds over at XDA (who else?), we now can say “yea… my phone does”. The app is called Autowipe, and – while not new to the community, it has been out since July of 2010 – is now complete with a test mode, allowing users to test out functionality without, you know…. killing everything on your phone.
Be sure to hit the source link below to check out the full thread at XDA. Was there ever a time you could have used autowipe? Be sure to let us know in the comments!
Wyse Technology has released an update to its PocketCloud remote desktop app for Android. While version 1.2 of this app should give all users an increase in performance, what makes this update particularly noteworthy is its compatibility with Honeycomb tablets. It also brings the Auto Discovery tool, to allow for easier detection of clients and logging in. Users of PocketCloud, be sure and and grab the update. If you aren’t already a user but might like to be, grab the free version of PocketCloud or the Pro version for $15 from our Apptly Android database. Catch the full press release after the break.
The AutoCAD WS blog confirms that the Android mobile app will be available April 20th. Me personally in my day job, I use AutoCAD probably 30% of my week. I’m always interested in what Autodesk, or any computer aided design software company has coming out that I can take advantage of in my work or the little spare time I have outside of my career. Just recently I installed the AutoCAD WS Google Chrome web browser app. I’ve not used it much, but it has handled the few things I’ve tried with it rather well. I’d recommend giving it a shot if you’re interested. It would be a great collaboration tool for small business. Well back to the Android app…….
We love Android, because it’s so versatile. We can tailor it to our user experience, it can transcribe our words to text messages, we can make video calls, and we can play games. But right now, there’s a woman in Peoria, Arizona who loves Android because it helped the police recover her stolen car.
Over the months and years, we’ve seen plenty of replacement launchers. ADW, LauncherPro, Go Launcher… everywhere you turn, someone’s making improvements to Google’s home screen UI. Now, however, for the first time, someone has created a launcher aimed at making your Android tablet awesome, and it’s been dubbed VTL.Launcher.
The app comes to us from XDA member gojimi, and is riddled with code from ADW.Launcher code. According to XDA:
On the dock, you can drag any Application, Shortcut, Browser Shortcut, Folder etc onto or off of and even drag them to different positions along the bar. Scrolling widgets are fully functional and the Launcher should work on virtually any device.
We also hear that you may need to change the number of icon docks and rows to make it fit just right. If you’re feeling adventurous with your tablet, be sure to hit up the application thread at XDA to download the beta apk, and let us know your thoughts in the comments.
The smartphone market has a few different camps, each embracing their own train of thought on how things should be done. Apple’s iPhone does a lot of things very well, but it forces you to play the game their way. RIM has taken a “business first” approach with their Blackberry devices. And Android has made it their goal to do whatever it is that you might want to do, taking a jack-of-all-trades approach. Based on their massive gains in marketshare over the last few months, it seems that this has worked well for them. However, it has one major shortcoming, especially if corporate IT admins are to be asked: It just doesn’t have the security features of Blackberry to make it a valid alternative in the corporate world. But perhaps that’s about to change.