Okay, before you start wondering what the heck ‘Backgammon’ actually is, I’ll explain it very briefly for you. Essentially it’s a lot like checkers, except you roll dice to move your pieces around the board, to collect and roll them out the opposite side, while being able to land on your opponents’ markers, thus slowing them down from winning. That’s about it…with a bunch of rules on how exactly to do that.
edit: as of right now the apk files have been taken down. As soon as they are put back up I will let you know!
Nope, I’m not kidding. Keais over at XDA has not only themed the Pandora App, but tweaked it so that you can skip any amount you want, and listen to as much as you want. Too good to be true? Nope. Streaming music for the past half hour and my account shows no sign of being affected. On top of that (as if it wasn’t enough already) it has no ads. Yes, music fans, this is reason to rejoice and party.
You do not need to root. Simply download the apk file, open it using whatever file explorer app you have (AndroZip, Astro, Root Explorer, etc), and select install. Make sure you don’t have any other version of Pandora installed before you do.
It is currently themed in Red, White, and Blue and can come with clear widgets of all three of those colors.
Check out this beauty. Happy listening.
Side Note: Do not update the app in the Market. You’ll lose all of the goodies.
In an article today from PC Magazine entitled, “The tethering police are coming, unroot your phones” (pretty sensationalist title, ‘eh? I mean hell, look at the picture in the article), author James Kendrick talks about how AT&T are going to start charging customers who use unauthorized WiFi tethering, such as the MyFi program on jailbroken iPhones or those of us who have rooted and unlocked the tethering option included in Android. I was originally going to simply write a news piece about this, but it got my thinking of why I rooted my phone in the first place…
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Here comes the weekly Friday post for the best screenshots over at XDA! All screenshots are taken from this thread and anyone who posts a screenshot in the thread has the possibility to appear here every Friday. It is a great community thread where anyone can learn to trick out their screens.
The winner this week has got to be Zebwen for his beautifully themed six screen display. Congratulations to Zebwen and all that got selected!
We got word a few days back this week that T-Mobile was bringing back the Sidekick which is being manufactured by Samsung, the T-Mobile Sidekick 4G. Here we have a feature video demoing the new Sidekick 4G from the T-Mobile Blog, and the message here is that T-Mobile has done some research from Sidekick users, giving this new Sidekick 4G the features it needs to be a successful device again. The other message here is the strong focus on messaging as opposed to calling or gaming. This is a QWERTY slider, pre-loaded with what T-Mobile identifies as apps that will help you do what you need to do, which they clearly identify as messaging and social networking.
[via t-mobile blog]
Right now we’re watching the Android market for Flash 10.2 to drop. There is an insane amount of controversy, and debate over Flash and HTML5. Everyone has their own flavor they love. Just check out the comments in the Engadget article. Either way, Flash 10.2 will hit the market today. It will support the 3 latest versions of the Android OS, Froyo, Gingerbread, and Honeycomb. Read more on this over at Engadget.
We have been hearing rumors that the Motorola XOOM would be coming to Sprint. It looks like Sprint Users forum member rofl has posted an image. Currently the only cellular version of the XOOM is available on Verizon. We expect that the Sprint version will have the same specs as the current model. The only item that is not clear is if the Sprint version will be WiMAX-enabled or WiMAX upgradeable. The Verizon version is only available as 3G and will be upgraded to 4G at no cost.
Apparently Rofl is pretty reliable. Late last year he leaked images of the Sprint’s MiFi 4082 and HTC’s EVO Shift 4G.
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.
Chat at irc.andirc.net #thunderbolt
or use webchat
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!
This new free app from the no contract, prepaid mobile company Virgin Mobile is now available in the Android Market. This android application is an extension of their online 24/7 streaming radio that was launched last year. Now Sir Richard Branson can listen to his Virgin Records music on his Virgin Mobile Live app, while he travels on his Virgin Atlantic Airways. This guys a billionaire? I wonder why. </sarcasm>
Here’s a little information on the app. Besides the streaming music channel, where you can buy music and share with friends, you can watch select videos, such as trailers to movies, prerecorded live music sessions via your favorite mobile browser or You Tube. Read the blog dedicated to VML, and check out events local and global. And of course as many applications utilize, you can log in with your Facebook acct. They’ve even included a ‘check-in’ feature, for those of you that attend these events and want to tell the world how awesome you are for going to a Lady Gaga show. There was even event details for the new movie ‘Limitless’ which comes out tomorrow.
The app is available to everyone, Virgin Mobile customer or not. This isn’t an app you can compare to Pandora, Last.FM or Slacker – some of the top streaming music apps. These apps allow you to chose station and artists you’d like to hear. As the Virgin Mobile Live app does not. That why we’re calling it ‘streaming music channel‘.
So check out the app if you want, and let us know your thoughts in the comments below.
Fachadick over at the wonderful XDA has created an ever expanding collection of over 300 different fonts for your viewing and flashing pleasure. The thread is posted in the Evo section, but they’re flashable on several other devices as well (except for Galaxy users. However, he links to another thread with fonts for you folks). Each font contains either a screenshot of how it looks, a template of all the letters, or both. Either way, no true Android fan can say they’ve fully tweaked their phone without looking at their options for changing their font. The thread is located here. Go give it a look! (Always remember to NAND backup first!)