With the Kindle Fire’s release, developers at XDA are wasting no time in getting the device rooted. Given the ability to enable sideloading, rooting is inevitable. Over at XDA there is a quick walk-through in setting up ADB on the Fire. Of course this can only be done after one is done installing the Android SDK. Once ADB is set up root is obtainable through the SuperOneClick application.
As of right now there are no custom roms available for the Fire but when they do come out, and they will, you will be one step closer to flashing a new rom. Given the Fire’s specs it will be interesting to see how developers can push this device to its full potential. For those of you who have a Kindle Fire and are wanting to root it, download the SuperOneClick Application here and hit the break for instructions on how to do so courtesy of developer death2all110 over at XDA.
Now that Tegra 3 is official, it can’t be a surprise to anyone that manufacturers are working on devices with the newest quad-core processor from NVIDIA. We have heard that Lenovo might have one ready to go by the end of the year. Now, it looks like Acer is jumping onboard with the A510 and A511 tablets. The above User Agent Profile clearly displays NVIDIA Tegra 3.
The A510 will most likely be a WiFi version, while the A511 will be a 4G version. Lets hope that these devices come in a lot thinner than the A500 and A501. We don’t know when they will be released, but I am expecting to get my hands on one at CES in January.
Everyone who plans on buying an Amazon Kindle Fire tablet and loves to tinker, listen up. You may have heard Amazon recently confirming the Kindle Fire will have access to Android apps, but not from the Android Market. However, we know that some you are wondering how the heck can we get apps on the tablet not found in the Amazon App Store? You’re in luck because we have the answer by providing you full instructions on how to sideload apps on the tablet. It seems unusual and intricate, but it’s actually straightforward and simple. You can find full instructions for both Windows and Mac users after the break.
Sprint is the first U.S. Carrier to offer Wireless Emergency Alerts on its mobile network. With Wireless Emergency Alerts, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) can deliver warning messages from the President of the United States, the National Weather Service, and state and local emergency operations centers. Sprint customers will receive these messages based on their geographical location.
Testing will begin later this year in Brooklyn, the Bronx, Manhattan, Queens, and Staten Island.
“Providing immediate, reliable wireless communications before, during and following an emergency situation is trademark of Sprint’s service,” said Steve Elfman, Sprint president of Network Operations and Wholesale. “Sprint is proud to be the first wireless carrier in the U.S. to offer this service, and we look forward to testing this critical service in a city that is the epicenter of our nation’s financial, media and fashion markets.”
Full press release after the break:
Today’s an exciting day for T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy S 4G users. Owners of the phone will finally get a dose of that Gingerbread 2.3 goodness. The new software build T959VUVKJ6 has been released and is ready for action. The new build will bring not only Gingerbread, but also numerous bug fixes, a camera enhancement and Google security patches . The Galaxy S 4G update (as with all other Samsung devices) will not be pushed to your device, but rather on your computer using Kies Mini software. Make sure you have the latest version of the Kies Mini software on your computer, connect your phone, run the program and enjoy that brand new feeling on your phone again. Hit the link below for full instructions on how to update your Galaxy S 4G.
[via T-Mobile Support]
Today’s free app from Amazon is Bejeweled 2 from Electronic Arts. This game may not need an explanation, but for those who have never played it Bejeweled is probably the most popular matching puzzle game. Playing is easy, match up 3 or more alike gems to destroy them and rack up points. You’ll also have multipliers and bonuses for matching 4 gems or 5 gems at once. What you’ll also find here though are slick graphics that are ultra fast along with a cool wormhole looking animation when you clear a level. Instant hints are also available should you get stuck along the way. Why you should check this out besides it being a really fun puzzle game? Well, it’s free today that’s why.
This game will normally cost you $2.99, so grab it while it’s free from the Amazon Appstore. If not using the Appstore, you can grab the download here by entering your email address or phone number in the upper right hand corner for a download link. Be sure to have the “unknown sources” box checked off under Settings —>Applications on your Android device. Check out some screenshots after the break and let us know what you think.
Last week we had an opportunity to show you the unannounced Sprint Express. The only way we spotted the device was because some ninja noticed the unfamiliar full QWERTY phone within the Now Network’s most recent Playbook. Now, it seems that Sprint has slipped out even more info on its Youtube channel via an introductory promo video of the device.
Check out the video below for a quick run down of the Express’ hardware and features. Don’t expect to do any serious data consumption with this phone, it is more geared toward the casual communications user. If this entry level Android looks like something you might be interested in, our earlier leak shows that the device will become available on November 18th for $20 on contract.
With the recent release of the precious Ice Cream Sandwich source code, the CyanogenMod team took off like dogs at the race once the gate’s are opened. The team is hoping to get CyanogenMod9 up and running on some lucky Android device in about two months time.
..and we’re off. check back in 2 months :) #cm9 #ics
The above quote was released on Cyanogen’s official Twitter account today and we can tell it sure got some folks speculating as to which device might be the first to get it and which are to follow. Feel free to sound off in the comments below as to which device you’d like to see the OS gracefully hijack. We’re looking forward to seeing what the team can do with this and which devices it can manage to pack the awesome OS into. Stay tuned as you’ll be the first to know once they announce the “chosen one”.
Add this one to the rumor mill, much like the HTC Edge, but it looks like HTC has another quad-core device in the works. Code named Zeta this phone boasts better specs than that of the rumored Edge. The main specs are as follows:
- Processor: 2.5GHz APQ8064 CPU
- RAM: 1 GB
- Display: 4.5” 720p HD Display
- Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich with Sense UI
- 32GB of internal storage
- 1,830mAh battery
- Beats Audio.
Other specs include an 8MP camera, 1.3 front facing camera and 1080p video capture. Dimensions are speculated as 4.32 x 2.4 x 0.39 inches (109.8 x 60.9 x 9.8mm) and a weight of 5.15 ounces (146 grams). Right now this is completely speculative and no pricing and availability is known. One thing is for certain, HTC is looking to set the tone in regards to quad-core handsets.
I’m not sure if you guys remember T-Mobile’s “Yes, Every Smartphone Is On Sale, Sale” and how great the deals were on smartphones. In the spirit of the holidays and to get an early jump on other carriers Black Friday promotions, T-Mobile is offering up yet another great opportunity to score a new handset at a killer price.
This Saturday, November 19th, T-Mo is having a one day sale that will be known as “Magenta Saturday” where you can get select smartphones or broadband devices (like the G-slate or Streak 7) for a down payment of a mere $49.99 or less after mail-in rebate. The only caveat. You have to pay an additional $10-$20 a month on top of your monthly bill and must be willing to sign up for a new Unlimited Value plan of 2GB or more. For example, if you were to buy a new HTC Amaze 4G, the down payment would be $49.99 after a $150 mail-in rebate, but you will also have the additional $20 added to your monthly bill.
These deals also apply to existing customers who are eligible for an upgrade but again, must sign up for the previously mentioned Unlimited Value plan. Sounds like there are still some decent deals to be had even though you will be paying off the device throughout your contract. This may be your chance to grab that new Samsung Galaxy S II that you have been scoping out, but now with the ability to pay it off over time. Does this sound enticing to any of you?
Join us after the break for further details and full press release. Anybody thinking about visiting T-Mo’s Magenta Saturday?