We’ve mentioned before that, despite having a locked bootloader, development for the HTC Sensation and EVO 3D has progressed at a surprisingly rapid pace. That progression has reached a breakthrough. Through the culmination of efforts by developer groups unrEVOked and AlphaRev, S-OFF has been achieved for several newer HTC devices through a tool called Revolutionary. For those unfamiliar with S-OFF, it represents unlocking a device to enable modifications to elements in its system. In other words, for those looking to truly make your new HTC device your own, the moment is nigh. I say “nigh” simply because the Revolutionary tool is currently directed towards developers and Android users familiar with higher system functions. There’s still enough bugs and unknowns in the process to not release it to the general public. Still, the tool itself represents an impressive achievement and a big step in the development of some of our favorite phones. Click in after the break to see the group’s message, a full list of devices supported, and a link to the tool’s webpage. Here’s to the future! » Read the rest
Verizon finally and officially announced the availability and launch of the highly anticipated LG Revolution. You can pick up the device tomorrow, May 26th on contract for $249.99. The LG Rev sports an LTE radio on board, 4.3-inch display, Android 2.2 (Froyo), a 1GHz Snapdragon processor, 5 mp camera and HDMI-out support. The device will be available both in stores and online for your convenience. Check out the full press release after the break and don’t forget to let us know if you’ll be getting one of these bad boys over a Thunderbold, Droid X2 or Droid Charge. » Read the rest
Remember the LG Revolution, one of the four phones Verizon featured at CES? (Shameless plug – check out our hands-on comparison of all 4 phones here) One of them, the LG Revolution, is finally getting into the hands of testers, and you know what that means: we’re getting closer to an actual public release.
We got a chance to check out the Revolution at CES, and I must say: I liked it. It’s got:
- 4.3″ 480×800 display
- Android 2.2
- 1500 mah battery
- 1GHz Snapdragon CPU
- 3D graphics hardware acceleration
Sounds pretty great, right? Be sure to hit the break for a gallery of the test units, and let us know what you think in the comments.
If there is one thing my friends and co-workers continue to ask me regarding the Android platform, it’s “when are we going to get a Netflix app?” Well, it seems as though news of a Netflix app for Android is closer to fruition than we think. The previously announced LG Revolution has recently received a system dump. And for most who enjoy sifting through these dumps may have a little something to get excited about this time. A thorough look into the system dump reveals that a Neflix install file is present and has also been made available in the form of an apk file for you. It looks like Netflix is following through on what the company promised back in November of last year. However, we hate to burst your bubble, but as of now the application doesn’t do much but allow you to log into your account and browse your que. If you attempt to stream a movie the app informs you that it “could not reach the Netflix service”. We’re not sure if the company is on standby ready to flip a switch for the service or if it possibly has anything to do with the whole dependency on the Qualcomm MSM8655 CPU chosen over the Tegra 2 chipset? Only time will tell as usual, but we certainly have high hopes for this one. Head back over to Talk Android folks, because we’ll be all over this tidbit like white on rice until the day it graces our devices. Let us know what you think in the comments below.
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At CES, Verizon has been more than busy, what with the announcements of all those new 4G phones. Big Red is now busting into the LTE space with their new devices (which we have individual hands-on videos with, all found below):
- LG Revolution
- HTC Thunderbolt
- Samsung 4G Smartphone (Previously the Samsung Inspiration)
- Motorola Droid Bionic
We were invited by Verizon to come into an exclusive private meeting room to take a look at all 4 new phones side by side, and get a comparative look at all of them. Be sure to hit the break to catch a video and check out a photo gallery of all 4 devices, and let us know your thoughts in the comments!
Wired is celebrating the best of CES but giving their rundown of the 9 best Android smartphones they saw at the show. Their absolute favorite seems to have been the Motorola Atrix, mainly because of its dock. They also give a lot of love to the Droid Bionic, which they describe as speedy and sleek, in spite of the enormous screen — but with an 8 megapixel camera, that big screen really comes in handy. The EVO Shift is the smaller, svelte little brother of the bigger EVO with a slide-out keyboard. The LG Optimus 2X is loved for being the powerful phone in which nVidia’s Tegra-2 makes its premier. The Xperia Arc has a very sleek design and an 8 megapixel camera with an actual lens. The Optimus Black they praise just for its design, but they didn’t get a chance to play with it. The LG Revolution gets props for being Verizon’s first 4G phone, and because it just generally looks awesome. The Cliq 2 looks pretty slick, being pretty much the EVO Shift with a very slightly larger screen and a 1GHz processor. And the Samsung Infuse has the best processor we’ve seen yet, at 1.3GHz.
Looks like the Verizon site is getting well-timed updates, as the site is now showing two new devices… and they’re just the ones you’ve been waiting for. Two new 4.3″, LTE-touting phones are showing their faces: the HC Thunderbolt and the LG Revolution. The Revolution will come with Android 2.2, and the Thunderbolt will come with Skype video calling pre-loaded into HTC Sense, along with a Super LCD display.
LG is preparing their presentation for CES, but they’ve made it known that they plan to show off two new phones. One is the Revolution, pictured above, which will be LTE-enabled — not surprising, since we knew they’d be announcing a few 4G phones this week. The other is the Optimus Black, which is believed to be just over 9mm thick, sporting a 4-inch display and a 2 megapixel front-facing camera.
We’ll see a lot of phones announced over the next couple of days, but some news is already starting to trickle out, so stick around and we’ll keep you posted.