How to brick a Droid X & bring it back to life

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We’ve all been there. Sitting at our desks, hunched over some gadget when suddenly, you have the “Oh sh*t” moment. You might know what went wrong, you might not… but all you know is you borked your device. At this point, you can either rage-quit and smash your device to smithereens, or you can consult the all-knowing-internets for a solution.

Nilay Patel from engadget recently had his own little “oh sh*t” moment when he bricked his Droid X while trying to downgrade from a leaked Froyo build to Android 2.1, all so he could just grab the official Froyo build OTA. What he didn’t know was that while in the bootloader, the phone doesn’t charge, so mid-upgrade… POOF the phone shuts off and that, my friends is a textbook way to brick your phone.

Nilay, feeling that his nerd-fu was strong, decided to take matters into his own hands, did a little internet reading, and produced what you see in the picture above. Stripping a USB cable, he tricked the phone to thinking it was charging and then, using some more h4ck3d goodies, got his phone back to default 2.1 and grabbed the 2.2 update. Bravo Nilay, bravo.

For the full story with more details, hit up his editorial at engadget

[via engadget]

Android Debauchery: Android running on Palm OS Hardware

by Dustin Karnes on
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Ever wondered just how many things you can put Android on? Sure, it has already been slapped onto Windows Mobile devices, tablets, and let’s not forget the slew of devices meant to run Google’s OS. Now, in yet another fit of android debauchery (or sacrilege… we’re not sure which yet), programmer Dmitry Grinberg has managed to get Android up and running on Palm OS hardware. There is a picture that has been posted by Dmitry (see above) showing Android running on a Palm Tungsten C, which was originally released in 2003. According to the information available, Android 2.1 is “installed and semi-functional”, with some obvious graphics issues, which can probably be traced back to the screen compression used on the device.

The feat is accomplished by utilizing a dual-boot SD card running the OS, but performance is also said to be laggy, due to the lack of physical memory on the device. Also, because of the OS being run from the card, there isn’t a whole lot of room for your external media. Dmitry does go on to state, however, that he is attempting “full Android with proper optimizations, in hopes of better performance”.

Other lacking features include wifi, Bluetooth and audio. While this news is by no means indication of a public release, we here at TalkAndroid.com will keep you up to date on all the latest.

What Palm OS device would you like to see Android running on? While the Pre is obvious, try to go retro…. can I get a “Palm Treo”?

[via palminfocenter]

DIY Macro Lens for your Nexus One

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Here’s another one of those DIY macro lens attachments for you amateur cell phone photographers looking to get those tricky close-up shots.  Rather then buy one for his phone, Nexus One owner Thomas went the do-it-yourself route using an old binocular lens, epoxy, and a headphone jack to secure it his phone.  I especially like the use of the headphone jack mount for easy attachment and removal.

Keep reading to see the before and after shots:

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Increase the max volume on your Samsung Vibrant speaker – or, “all the knobs go to 11″

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Having trouble hearing the speaker on your Samsung Vibrant? Well, the guys over at xda are, too… and they have decided to do something about it. The procedure is relatively simple. It simply involves entering a code into your Vibrant, and then selecting the volume type to change and setting the level. The default is 88, but users warn that a level of 100 is almost unbearable.

To try it out for yourself, be sure to hit up the source link below, and let us know the results in the comments!

[via xda]

LockBot Allows You to Customize the Look of Your Lock Screen

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A nifty little app called LockBot, allows you to change the way your lock screen looks and reacts. Change your lock screen to mimic the Galaxy S drag away, The X10 pull swipe up, and even the dreaded iPhone lock screen. There are two versions one for free and one for paid. The free version is very limited taking out the ability to download themes, shake to open, and adding certain items to your custom designs. The Pro version is available for upgrade for $3.49.

I downloaded and played with it for a bit and I really like the concept. It gives you a bit more then the plain old lock screen.

Market Link

Rate & Download: LockBot Free

[via lifehacker]

“Unhackable” Android phones can indeed be hacked

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Well we kind of already knew this, with the recent wallpaper fiasco, but here is a video interview with Anthony Leinberg (sorry if last name is misspelled!) who is a security researcher with Lookout Mobile Security. Anthony and his associates at Lookout have developed an exploit that can give them root access to a variety of Android phones, including some higher-end devices like the HTC EVO, Droid X and Droid Incredible. Just check out the video and watch for yourself:

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How to install Android On Your Windows Phone

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Have a Windows phone? Interested in running Android? A guide posted on howtogeek.com can walk you through installing Android on most Windows phones. The installation is not easy and there is a chance of bricking your phone, but it is cool none the less.

So while I would not recommend trying this on a brand new Windows phone with irreplaceable information on it, I would certainly give it a go if you happen to have an extra handset sitting around.

[via: howtogeek]

Hacked Froyo Downloaded Over 37,000 Times

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37,642. That is how many times the “BuglessBeast” version of Android 2.2 (Froyo), made be Peter Alfonso, has been downloaded. Thanks in part to the bit.ly link, which counts downloads, we can get a rare glimpse at just how many people have rooted (hacked) their phones, particularly the Droid. While this may not seem like a large number in comparison to the millions of Droid phones that have been sold, it is important to keep in mind that this is just one build. In fact, Alfonso claims that his build was only advertised through word of mouth and twitter. Woah.

It would also appear that people were attracted to Alfonso’s build due to the additional amount of customization that it offers. For instance, Alfonso released a vanilla Froyo upgrade at the same time as “buglessbeast” that offers no additional customization or hacks. That that version has only marked 1,000 downloads.

At any rate, for a single build of Froyo to be downloaded over 37,000 times shows just how smart and dedicated Droid users are. I can only imagine what kind of numbers we would see if it were possible to track rooting across the entire Android family.

For more info on Peter Alfonso, check out his Twitter

[via: Mobilecrunch]

Major stumbling blocks overcome on road to Android on HTC HD2

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Most people would agree… the HTC HD2 is a gorgeous phone. With it’s 4.3″, 480×800 screen, 1GHz Snapdragon processor and 448MB RAM, it’s one heck of a device. Only problem? Windows Mobile 6.5. But fear not, Android lovers. the guys over at xda-developers have overcome a couple major obstacles in the porting of Android over to this phone that involved both the tool used to boot Linux from Windows CE, and the Snapdragon architecture, and can now move closer to a public-friendly release. Keep your eye on us for more news on the subject, or head over to xda and check out the progress for yourself.

[via engadget]

Android hackers port 2.2 Froyo to Nokia N900

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A Nokia N900, running Android? Not as far fetched as you may think. There is now picture and video goodness of this phone running Android 2.2, and the hardware seems to handle the platform remarkably well. While not fully complete (wifi, cell signal and SD card don’t quite work properly), this is, in this geek’s opinion, awesome. Check out the video for some specifics:

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