Rooted Motorola devices with Moto Phone Portal USB Support can now do USB tethering

Have a rooted Moto Android device? Does it support Motorola Phone Portal USB? Want to stick it to the man? If you answered yes to all three of these questions, then it’s time to bust out your anti-big-red hat pins and start tethering. Thanks to XDA member elaware, those of you with specific rooted Moto phones can start tethering your internet connection to your PC. According to the developer:

Moto Tethering USB uses “Motorola Phone Portal” USB connection to establish a link between your computer and your Motorola Android phone.
Simply Select “Motorola Phone Portal” from USB OPTIONS after you’ve connected your Motorola phone to pc and then you can start sharing your Mobile Connection using Moto Tethering USB!

If you want to get your tether on, be sure to hit up the original thread here. The app is a free download from the Android Market.

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[via xda]

Desire Z All Set For Gingerbread “In The Coming Weeks” Says HTC

We can hear them now, all of the Desire Z owners saying “Hellz yeah!”  Yeah, we feel ya.  HTC has recently sent out acknowledgements that its European version of the G2, is near the end of its testing phase and the Gingerbread 2.3 update should be arriving on devices “in the coming weeks”.  Better than nothing right?

Thanks to everyone whos been patiently waiting for the Gingerbread update for Desire Z. We are in the last stages of testing and plan to start rolling out the update over the air in the coming weeks. It may take a little time to reach all of you across every network but it should have reached everyone by the end of the month.

Evernote for Android redesigned for tablets and more

Evernote is an app that many find they can’t live without once put to use. I personally know a few users that will swear by it for organization of their daily lives. Evernote takes control of everything you consider ‘noteworthy’. It helps you stay organized by syncing across devices for easy access, and much, much more.

The Evernote Android application has been updated today with the following changed: Ability to create notes with rich text, bullets, numbered list, and checkboxes. Completely redesigned for Android tablets. Changes to the widget for quick access to notes and features. Bug fixes, performance improvements, and interface enhancements.

For all the detailed information on the latest updates to Evernote hit the source.

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[via Evernote]

Motorola XOOM WiFi gets Android 3.2, brings SD card support and “Zoom to fill screen”; LTE module passes through the FCC

The Android 3.2 update started rolling out yesterday for the WiFi-only version. This update brings support for 7-inch devices, but more importantly, it will finally bring SD card support, which hasn’t been available since the February launch. It will also include the new “Zoom to fill screen” feature that we reported a couple of days ago.

In other good news, the LTE module upgrade has been approved, so Motorola will start the 4G LTE upgrade process soon. No word on when Android 3.2 will be pushed to the 3G version yet, but we will let you know as soon as we hear more.

[via phandroid]

You can now Play, Watch, and Read with the new Android Market [Video]

A brand new Android Market is coming to your phone very soon and it is a major upgrade. The new Market client will feature an improved UI and will be designed to better showcase top apps and games. To make it easier for users to find fresh content, Google has added their app lists right to the Apps and Games home pages. Users can now quickly flip through these lists by swiping right or left. The lists include Top Paid, Top Free, Top Grossing, Top New Paid, Top New Free, and Trending. They will also be country specific.

You will also find changes to the app details page. The app name and price has been moved to a compact action bar at the top of the page. Directly below, users will be able to swipe through screen shots, flipping right or left, or they can continue down to the app’s description, what’s new, reviews, and more.

The other big news is movies and books will now be available in the U.S. You will be able to rent movies for as little as $1.99, and be able to watch them immediately, or save them to watch offline when you don’t have a data connection. There will be over 3 million books that you can purchase and read immediately. Google plans to offer movies and books outside of the U.S. soon.

Hit the break for the video showing it all off.


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Slate3Duniversal Theme Available For Sense 3.0 Devices Courtesy Of XDA

If you’re a Sense 3.0 user, like that found on the Evo 3D and Sensation 4G, you might find it worthwhile checking this little tidbit out.  XDA member cypis has released a pretty cool theme offering improved performance in the UI aesthetics and scrolling department.  The developer is looking for more users and feedback.  So, if you’re ready to give it a go, check out the XDA thread link here and don’t forget to let us know what you think of the added functionality and looks in the comments below.

From The Developer:

Hello. I missed a little after cool slate theme from 2.1 Sense ROMs so I decided to make it myself.
This is not cheap and EMO theme with thousands of colors . Just pure elegance in 3D (screenshot’s in second post).

Its intended to work on ALL Sense 3.0 devices even on ports.

[via xda]

Google promises to make all apps usable on tablets with “Zoom to fill screen”

Google just announced a new feature coming to the next Honeycomb update (most likely 3.2) which will make all non-compatible Honeycomb apps usable on tablets.

Many apps already support Honeycomb, but for those that do not, you will have a choice between two viewing modes; “Stretch to fill screen” and “Zoom to fill screen.” “Stretch to fill screen” is the normal layout resizing, which uses the app’s alternative resources for size and density. With “Zoom to fill” the app will be emulated at 320 x 480 and then scaled up. It will be like zooming in by about 200% so everything will be bigger, but more pixelated. In a sense, the app will look terrible, but it will be usable.

Most likely Google is doing this to force developers to properly update their apps to support tablets rather than allow it to look real bad. I am hoping that we won’t have to use this option frequently, but I guess for now it is a nice alternative if you really like a certain app, but cannot find another one like it.

[via google developer blog]

Keep track of darn near everything with sticky notes as your live wallpaper

Keeping notes, keeping track of stuff, staying up to date… someone, please put me out of my misery. Is there anything more tedious? Well, folks, take that note-tired frown and turn it live-wallpaper-upside-down, because your life just got a lot easier. With as annoying as it is to keep notes, one developer perisicboro at xda-developers has given us something wonderful. It’s a sticky note widget.. that doesn’t take up your precious screen real estate. According to xda:

“…it adds a LWP which can be edited to have sticky notes, so that you will not forget about what you were supposed to do when you are playing with your phone, The app comes in two themes and can have up to 5 different sticky notes. Lastly, it supports various resolutions with more being added.”

We remind you, however, that the app is still in development stages, so your mileage may vary. However, if you happen to do the right thing (and we know you will…), be sure to let us know your thoughts in the comments! You can view the original thread and download it here.

[via xda]

New tweak for 4.24.xx Evo Sense ROMs re-supports “N” wireless

Admit it… you love XDA. That’s okay – we do, too! Especially when we see things like this:  there is now a tweak available through xda-developers that allows users on 4.24.xx Sense ROMs on their Evo to utilize wireless N on their device – again. For those of you who updated to one of these ROMs, you probably (okay, maybe) noticed that your wireless N support had been cut. Why? We’re not really sure. However, what we are sure of is that you can get it back. According to XDA:

The dev found that the driver for this needed to be replaced for it to support N, so he took it upon himself and released a guide on how to get this functionality back on the EVO 4G. The dev gives two possible ways of getting this done, one of which involves adb and a few commands, while the other is simply flashing a zip file via recovery. Several members have tried this already and it seems to work well with some members reporting the longer range as well as increased speeds, typical on N networks.

Sounds good to us! For those N-missing-Evo-toters out there, if you try this out, be sure to let us know how it goes in the comments! You can hit the original thread and instructions here.

[via xda]

Has Android overtaken iPhone iOS as #1 in market share in the mobile OS arena??

As seen in the chart above and based on data from Chitika Ad Network, it looks as if the Android mobile operating system has a hold on 36.3% of the market share, first week of July. Slightly beating out the known reigning king iOS, which reports a 34.4% iPhone chunk. Although when including iPad and iPod, it jumps to a 60% control of the market. Then we have the other players, BlackBerry, Windows Phone, and WebOS, which are not even in the running.

……important to note that across online statistics and analysis, everyone’s data is drawn from slightly different sources and as such represents a slightly different market composition. Chitika Inc. draws its data across a wide range of web servers which service over 70 Million impressions daily.

The Android spectrum is ever growing. Device makers are constantly looking to Android as the mobile operating system that will run on their hardware. Android continues to grow and is found on a number of tablets and phones, making ‘smartphones’ accessible to virtually everyone. It is very likely that the Android platform will continue to expand and gain more and more of this market share. In comparison to iOS which was initially developed for one single carrier, AT&T (and now in recent month Verizon Wireless), the Android OS can boast free and open development, giving easier, more affordable access to consumers, also offering more frequent updates and improvements.

As these two top mobile operating systems continue to grow, it will definitely be something to watch. Will they continue to stay in close competition for that goal of #1 mobile OS? Or will Android consistently gain ground over iOS and take the top spot in market share for years to come? Hit the break for the press release.


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