Sprint allowing MNVOs to sell modified Sprint Android handsets

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Sometimes, a customer doesn’t want to go with one of the big name carriers like Sprint or Verizon. Smaller MNVOs are popular alternatives to the larger (usually contract-centric) carriers. Both options have their place with consumers, but in many situations, MNVOs don’t have a good enough device selection to sway as many costumers. Well, Sprint is looking to give them a hand with a new program that will allow MNVOs to modify certain Sprint handsets to resell to customers.
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Nexus 10 toolkit now available for all your rooting needs

The Nexus 10 may not be selling as well as LG’s Nexus 4, but that hasn’t detracted from its surmountable capabilities. A little more than a week after making its global debut, the Nexus 10 has received a fully functional root toolkit.

This custom toolkit will allow users to easily root the Nexus 10, as well as perform various root-related functions like unlocking your bootloader, backing up system partitions and installing USB drivers, all without a need to touch that often-feared command line. It’s a fantastic tool for those who are new to rooting their device, or simply want to save valuable time.

Be sure to check out the full list of features, as well as the official download at the source link below. Before proceeding, ensure that you read the instructions at least twice before initiating the rooting process. Godspeed, friends.
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Sprint prepping ZTE Flash to join slew of devices for Nov. 11th launch

Last summer we broke the news about a new ZTE smartphone that appeared to be headed for Sprint. ZTE, one of the top five Android device manufacturers in the world that mainly concentrates on the Chinese market, recently made headlines when members of a US House of Representatives intelligence committee concluded they were one of two companies that could be a threat to the U.S. due to spying activities. That unwanted attention may have played into the decision to drop “ZTE” from the name and market the device as the Sprint Flash.
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Google makes Jelly Bean factory images available for Verizon Galaxy Nexus

Developers or others who enjoy flashing their phones have a nice new option available if they have a Verizon Galaxy Nexus smartphone. After starting the process of rolling out a Jelly Bean update to Verizon users earlier this week, the factory images are now available on the Google Developers site for download. Listed as version JRO03O, the file can be used to restore a Galaxy Nexus to factory state. Even if you are not inclined to flash your Galaxy Nexus for fun, you can always keep a copy of the image as a fail-safe in case something really bad happens with your phone.

source: Google Developers

Flash for Android is now officially dead

Well folks, we knew this day would come sooner or later. Adobe Flash for Android is now officially dead starting tomorrow. While it was widely reported that Flash was only disabled on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, starting tomorrow Adobe will disable all new installs of Flash for Android.

There’s so much talk as to whether Flash ultimately failed or succeeded. It’s clear that Adobe has now realized that HTML5 is the future, and not Flash, but I still don’t quite understand why they plan on disabling new installs all together. Adobe halting development in understandable, but why not just leave it in the market for people that wish to install it? After all, there are still plenty of sites that utilize Flash and it would be nice to have the choice to still have it if you wish so.

Either way, I’m sure folks over at XDA will have the .apk for Adobe Flash if you still wish to install it onto your device. Long live Adobe Flash, whether you see it as a failure or not, it was great while it lasted and I certainly welcomed it.

source: The Verge

ZTE Flash headed to Sprint with 4.5-inch IPS 720p display and 12.6MP camera

ZTE recently announced the Grand X for Europe and the Asia Pacific in the third quarter, but it looks like they have something else up their sleeve for the U.S. in the 4th quarter. The ZTE Flash will debut on Sprint this October and it sports some pretty decent specs such as a 4.5-inch IPS 720p (1280 x 720) display, a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM, 12.6MP rear camera, 1MP front facing camera, 8GB of internal storage, microSDXC slot, 1780mAh battery, Bluetooth 4.0, LTE, Gorilla Glass, and Android 4.0.

Hopefully there’s still a chance that Android 4.1 Jelly Bean is onboard by the time this bad boy releases since this sheet was probably printed before Google unveiled it a few weeks ago. ZTE is already putting Jelly Bean on the N880E so it’s a pretty safe bet. These specs do look good, but the question is how good will they look come October?

 

Guide: How to flash Ice Cream Sandwich to the HTC Rezound

Hungry for a portion of Ice Cream Sandwich? Aren’t we all? Well they do say good things come to those who wait, but better things come to those who make it happen! The team over at Android Police got their hands on a freshly leaked, stable build of Android 4.0 with Sense 3.6 and it’s available right now. We must point out that this is not a final build, however early feedback has been positive so far. If you’re in possession of a Rezound then we suggest you strap yourself in while we talk you through the process.

HTC Rezound 4.0.3 ICS stock (note – will break root)Download Link
HTZ Rezound 4.0.3 ICS Rooted version – Download Link

  • Download the appropriate file and rename it to “PH98IMG.zip” (remove quotes)
  • Place the renamed file onto the root of the SD Card
  • Turn off the phone
  • Reboot into the bootloader by holding the Volume Down + Power buttons together
  • Sit back and watch as your phone updates
  • The device will reboot and you’ll be sporting some Ice Cream Sandwich
Check out the full changelog below and let us know your thoughts on the build in the comments. Happy flashing!
Features / Enhancements
  • Android 4.0.3 ICS
  • CMAS support added
  • IPv6 over eHRPD support
  • UI updated to Sense 3.6
  • Caller name ID application added
  • VMM/BUA plus updated
  • New storage UI (in settings menu)
Issues Resolved
  • Changing pin causes EULA to be displayed
  • Incorrect time displayed in Phoenix, AZ
  • EAS message – “Client/Server Conversion Error”
  • EAS message – “Exchange policies have changed”
  • EAS message – “Certificate Error”
  • Home screen view blocked with black bar
  • Hotspot data stalls
  • Removed power mode settings
  • Group messages not showing originating MDN
  • Call button not disabled when using voice commands
  • People widget displaying multiple birthdays
  • Verizon Location Agent removed – impacting battery life
  • SSO authentication fails for VCAST tones
  • “to” field deleted when device is rotated
  • Google Talk app formatting

source : Android Police

Adobe Flash Player Not Coming To Chrome for Android, Ever

With the announcement of Google Chrome for Android earlier today – to a resounding cheer of the Android community – Adobe has stepped in to (indirectly, of course) take a little of that excitement away. Standing by their previous announcement, the Adobe Air and Flash team released a statement on their blog stating that they have no intention of developing a flash plugin for the new Chrome for Android browser. Disappointing? You bet.

However I don’t think this signifies anything more than the necessity to inconvenience yourself with switching browsers for Flash content. With HTML 5 dominance and standardization on the horizon, mobile users will soon be forgetting about the Flash Player days anyway. I do believe that this is a pretty premature move though, since Flash content is all over the web and Adobe has yet to release any HTML 5 alternative for viewing it (though they do note that Adobe AIR will be bringing this in the near future). The full statement follows after the break.


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