HTC Thunderbolt – Let the Rooting Begin!


Yes you heard right. The HTC Thunderbolt for Verizon is in the hands of the public for less that 48 hours, and it’s already been rooted. See the quote below from The Root Thread over at XDA in the HTC thunderbolt > Thunderbolt Android Development section.

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3/17/2011 11:35pm

We have perm root.


We have write to /system on two production devices, from from the store. We do not have a working recovery yet, no release will be done until then.


A kind soul with a release Thunderbolt dropped by AndIRC tonight. Jamezelle and I were able to confirm Temp Root still works. I will be posting directions for it (nothing special, likely many ways to be done) tomorrow.

We did not have a chance to finish perm root testing before he had to hit the sack (can’t blame him, its late). Hopefully we can get it tomorrow.

So i suggest subscribing to this thread so you can be updated as to the progress of the root of this brand new LTE device!


HeLauncher All in one Launcher UI – one launcher to rule them all


Many have had the opportunity to use more than one Android device, and if you have, you’ve also noticed how different some of the Home screens and launchers can be between manufacturers.  Different UIs like HTC Sense UI to Motoblur, sure enough, they put they’re own flavor into every Android bite of dessert you want to try out.  If you haven’t had the chance to try out other UIs on different devices, don’t worry, we have a solution for you from XDA member HandlerExploit which brings the best of any Android launcher and puts it all into one little package called HeLauncher.

HeLauncher is the culmination of several launcher UIs, and brings them into one easy launcher that allows you to switch between the launcher that best suits your workflow any time you like without having to install several different ports that eat up your resources, making your Android very slow and unresponsive. Below explains it best from the developer;

HeLauncher is a free home replacement for Android. The home application is the center piece to the users entire Android experience. Device manufacturers like to modify the home application to give the user a different feel for their device, to make their specific device stand out against the crowd.

What makes this home replacement different is that all docks included in this app, have been ripped from home applications from the main manufacturers and blended into one home application.

So if you want to check it out, hit the application thread here, and please let them or us know in the comments on how it works on your device, good or bad.

[via xda-developers]

Android 2.2 leads serving Froyo to 61 percent of active devices

froyo dominate

It may have seemed like some of us would never see this coming by the amount of time many have waited to get Froyo on their devices, both last year and still this year to come.  So, here we are, looking at 61.3% of active Android devices on the market currently running Android 2.2. The downside is you can see that there are still many, many people waiting for an upgrade with 29% still running Eclair. Gingerbread comes in under 1%, which is quite low considering it was released a few months back already.  Let’s hope that it doesn’t talk as long to get Froyo devices onto Gingerbread as it did to get Donut onto Eclair or Froyo.  Carriers…help us out here!

[via engadget, android developers]

HTC Desire HD – USB Host Drivers Ported

HTC Desire HD

This is a hack that many could find useful. By porting the USB Host Drivers to your device you could be able to connect a variety of devices to your HTC Desire HD, such as a keyboard, external monitor, USB mass storage. This was also accomplished for the Nexus One. Isn’t it great to see what some of these XDA members come up with? But there is a small downside to taking the steps to do this to your Desire HD. If you give this a try, let us know in the comments, your thoughts, and how it worked for you.

Click the source to find out more….

[via xda]

WhisperCore Brings Secure Encryption to Android

One of the things that makes the Android operating system as successful and popular as it currently stands is its flexibility. Despite this advantage, the OS hasn’t gained much traction as a business centric solution, due at least in part to its loose security. This could change, however, with the work of application developer Whisper Systems. Read on, after the break.
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Froyo Finally Lands on Motorola Milestone

Responding to the “extremely high number of requests,” Motorola has made an update available for the Milestone that finally brings Froyo to the device. The Milestone is the European equivalent to the original Droid, which has had Froyo available for quite some time. Milestone owners have been clamoring for it, so feel free to head on over to Motorola’s site at the source link and grab the download.

[via Motorola]

Leaked Droid Incredible 2 ROM Available

Our friends over at Android Central have a pretty hoppin’ developer community, and over in their forums the ROMs for the Droid Incredible 2 have been leaked. They highlight some of the features:

  • Sense 2.1 with landscape previews
  • DLNA
  • VZW_Golf game
  • No Bing
  • CityID, and all other standard VzW apps are included
  • Wifi_Router app
  • Blockbuster app
  • No Netflix

The ROM weighs in at 282MB, but Android Central also has links to individually extracted boot animation, wallpapers, and ring tones if you just wanna grab some stuff individually. Head on over, tell ‘em we sent ya. They’ll know what it means.

[via Android Central]

Flow for Facebook Updated – Facebook for Android Alternative

I’m sure we can all agree that Facebook for Android (developed by Facebook) most times leaves something to be desired. Now I’ve seen this Flow for Facebook mentioned a few times in the past, just never took the time to install it, not even the free version. Call me a procastinator if you will. Well, today I decided to install it, and reason being, I came across much info on the app especially by way of an XDA thread I navigated to.  So the app was purchased, and I’m really enjoying it.

This article was intended to inform users of the application of the latest updates to Flow for Facebook, so here they are:


  • Completely rewrote the Image Downloading function. Now works perfectly.
  • Changed Image Zoom levels
  • Migration of Favorites on Database Changes
  • Ability to Search Facebook for Friends.Just press the Search button on your phone.
  • Sentence case for Status Textbox
  • Fix the display of Post Tags and Checkin tags Speed up refreshing Friends
  • New Preference to open News Feed on Application Launch


  • Fix for FC with News Feed Launch on certain Launchers

Installed it and gave it a run around the block, I’ll say that this is an app that anyone with regular visits to Facebook would want on their Android device. It will fill the void where the original Facebook Android app is lacking. So check it out, and let us know what you think in the comments.

Download the pay version

Download the free (ad-supported) version

[Via XDA]

Samsung Galaxy S can now use modified Xperia Arc Launcher

The Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc launcher was something that many of us wanted for our own handsets since we saw it demo’d here. If you own a Samsung Galaxy S device however, you can now get that same launcher working on your device, without any of the lag seen in other launchers.

XDA member Syn Ack has taken the ‘unimportant’ files from the launcher code, and made it transparent and lightweight for all Samsung Galaxy S models. If you’d like to give this a try, head on over to this forum thread for more info on how.

[via XDA-Developers]

AppBrain Android Stats launches

AppBrain has developed into a very nice search engine for the Android Market. Many were wondering what direction they would go once Google released their web-based market. They are still alive and has just released a new service called AppBrain Android Stats.

AppBrain is reporting that there are 148,990 apps in the market as of the time of this writing. There are 93,202 free apps and 56,408 paid apps. They even evaluate which phones have this highest market share of AppBrain users. Samsung Galaxy S wins it hands down with 14.0% and the HTC EVO 4G comes in second with 9.5%.

They also get into ratings of apps. Right now 47.7% of apps are rated lower than 3 stars.

It is good to see AppBrain is still around. I think they have some great search functions, and are a great resource if you are looking for a few new apps.

[via Appbrain]