Owners of Sony’s Xperia S phones may be interested in a couple root methods that have been developed for the handsets. The methods get around the locked bootloader of the Xperia S.
Over on the XDA Developer forums, member Sharaz22 has developed a “long” method to root the Xperia S. The method uses several batch files and then users complete some operations on Flashtool. To wrap up the install, Superuser from the Google Play store needs to be installed. Building on the work of Sharaz22 and others, XDA forum member hk2006 has developed a “short” version that is more of a one-click solution that basically wraps the long method into a single batch file.
The two methods do have some issues, including the lack of a custom recovery. With the “short” method, some users are reporting the batch file needs to be run more than once and some users with ICS have reported a factory reset may be required to address some lag issues.
If interested, check out the source links for all the directions and links to files needed.
source: XDA Developers Forum (long method thread), XDA Developers Forum (short method thread)
I had a chance to try out the Magic Pro iGoGo TV (MP-188), which is a simple box that brings Android 2.3 to your television. This shouldn’t be misunderstood with Google TV. Google TV is a completely different interface designed for TV’s whereas the iGoGo brings the full Android experience to your TV. It behaves much like Android does on your phone, and somewhat on your tablet minus the touchscreen. If your looking to add internet capabilities to your TV this is an option, but how does is fare for $179.99? Hit the break to find out more.
Last fall Motorola brought back the RAZR from the dead, and it’s been pretty successful so far. Now it’s possible Motorola is planning on doing the same with the StarTAC. The StarTAC was very successful even before the original RAZR existed, and it revolutionized the clamshell design in the late 90′s. It appears that last week, on July 9th, Motorola filed with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office seeking a trademark for the name “Star Tac” for mobile phones, smartphones, cordless phones and accessories therefor, namely battery chargers and power adaptors. Interestingly enough this trademark has a space between Star and Tac, whereas the original trademark was simply StarTAC.
Motorola applied for the original trademark (without the space) in 1995 and it was registered in 1997, but in July of 2004 it was cancelled and listed as Dead. To further complicate things, Motorola filed for the same trademark in April 2004 (3 months before the cancellation of the first trademark) only to abandon the process in April of 2008. Now a completely different company called Data Access in France tried to file for the same trademark in 2009 for cell phones and other computer equipment, but it was never registered, and they subsequently abandoned the process nearly 4 years later this past May. I don’t pretend to be a trademark expert, but obviously something is going on with the name StarTAC so they are now seeking a trademark for this new version with the space between Star and Tac.
There has been so many videos lately that pit Siri against Google’s new Voice Search from Jelly Bean. Google seems to win the majority of them and this video is no different, but it’s pretty funny as well. Annie Gaus from App Judgement decided to test them both out with actual questions that she Googled in the last week. Let’s just say Siri didn’t fair to well, and this video will definitely give you a nice chuckle to start off your Monday.
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So you live in the UK and have been itching to get your hands on a lovely new smartphone? Great you’re in luck because Three UK has listed the Sony Xperia P smartphone on its website today. This means interested customers can pick up the Gingerbread-powered device which gives you a 1GHz dual-core processor, 8MP camera with Exmor R sensor and 4-inch screen for free on a £27 per month, two-year contract plan. Of course there is the option of purchasing the phone outright with a Pay As You Go plan for £289.99. Options include the All in One 15 costs £15 and gives 30-day access to all-you-can-eat data along with 300 any-network minutes and 3,000 texts or the All in One 25 costs £25 and offers 500 minutes, 3,000 texts and all-you-can-eat data for a 30-day period.
I’m sure you’re all itching for additional details, so you can find the expanded info found in the presser once you hit the break.
Remember how we told you about how XBMC was on its way a few days ago? Well it’s already here— albeit in an early form. CyanogenMod developer Jason Parker used his skills to develop a working port of the app for the Nexus Q and other Android-based set-top boxes, as well as most smartphones. From what we can tell, the interface looks like its centered around arrow keys and while touch input does work, the text is too small to see and operate on a smartphone or tablet. For now, it’s looking like the app may be best-suited for a set-top box that can run Android apps since there will presumably be a bigger screen to work with.
As you might expect, XBMC is still in its early form, so there may be a bug or two (or three or four). Nevertheless, it’s still cool to see the app being completely functional and somewhat ready for those who are ambitious enough to try it out.
source: Android Police
Yesterday marked the official launch of Sprint’s much anticipated LTE network in Kansas City, Dallas, Houston and Atlanta. While this is just a small amount of cities, Sprint does plan on expanding their LTE network as quickly as they can. Sprint has been eager to get this out and finally be able to match the LTE speeds of Verizon and AT&T’s LTE networks. Certain users in those cities have already seen LTE pop up on their phones. If you live in any of those areas, let us know what kind of speeds you’re getting!
The Google Nexus Q has been quite the ambiguous device. Some just don’t quite know what to make of it and what its true potential could be. I feel the sky is the limit on the Nexus Q’s potential, and yesterday has proven just that with the first port of the much popular CyanogenMOD 9 ROM on the device.
With the Samsung Galaxy Nexus‘ source and repositories, the independent developer with the YouTube name of kornk00 was able to port the ROM right over. While WiFi, Bluetooth, and other things are working, sound is currently not working and the system UI crashes frequently. It is safe to say that this is still a work in progress and far from being ready. Surprisingly, Bluetooth pairing does work without the need of a third party hack and was able to pair speakers, keyboards, and use several remote control apps.
If the bugs and other things can be kinked out, this could be a huge step for the Nexus Q. Running apps and browsing through the internet directly from the Q would completely change the dimensions on what this device is capable of. Check out the video after the break to see CM9 on the Nexus Q.
Carbon for Android has been the most anticipated Twitter client for quite some time now. According to the app makers Google+ page, Carbon for Android will finally see an official release in the Google Play Store during the week of July 22nd. To much of the developers dismay, the app will be free due to Google’s current stance on not accepting paid apps from the United Arab Emirates in which the developing team reside in. The restriction has had a negative impact on the team’s motivation and even caused Carbon for Android’s development to be temporarily halted between April and May of this year.
Regardless, I am pleased to say that the team decided to push it out to the market and make it available to all of us. If you are currently running a beta version of the app, you will be able to upgrade it to a near-final version soon enough. I have nothing but high expectations for this app as it already looks aesthetically pleasing. I hope the team will somehow find a way to make money without the use of ads. With such a high quality app, they definitely deserve to get compensation for their hard work. Any of our readers out there excited for this new Twitter client? Once this app hits the Google Play store next week we’ll be sure to let all of you know!
Sure Verizon committed an epic party foul by locking the bootloader of the Galaxy S III smartphone, but at least Samsung has come through the make everything good again. Hot on the heels of its recent announcement of a special-edition Developer Edition of the Verizon Galaxy S III, Sammy has gone ahead and flipped the switch of the device listing on its website. Sure Verizon and Samsung is planning on a software update which will allow current Verizon Galaxy S IIIs to unlock the bootloader, but until we see the update pushed through to those phones, the Developer Edition might be users’ only option for now.
Currently, the only option for interested parties is the 32GB Pebble Blue model which will run you about $600 bucks, though there’s no word on its availability as of yet. But hey— since the link is now live, we suspect it will be available very soon so you call can get to your ROMing or other general tomfoolery.