Launcher Pro v0.8.3 update now available in Android Market

by Mikka Burrell on
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For those of you who do not want to take the risk of rooting your device, Launcher Pro is a great free app for customizing your device’s UI. An updated version of Launcher Pro (v.0.8.3) is now available in the Android Market. While it’s not a huge overhaul of the last version of Launcher Pro, there are some neat added transition effects.

For those of you who have tried out the new Launcher Pro, what are your thoughts? Leave a comment!

You can also grab Launcher Pro from the TalkAndroid ApptlyAndroid database or scan the QR code below.

[via TA ApptlyAndroid database]

Logitech Revue gets rooted

by Steve Ginter on
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If it runs Android, you can bet your bottom dollar that it’s eventually going to get rooted.  The guys over at GTV Hacker got their game on with the Logitech Revue and did just that.  Now you can install any custom app you want on this internet TV device.  It will be interesting to see what the cunning developers come up for this device.  Just a word of warning, this hack requires some pretty hardcore modding, but if you wield a soldering iron better then you do a tire iron, you might want to give this a go.  Check out a video with the custom boot logo and installed apps after the break.

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Tips, tricks and tutorials: Getting started with your new Android phone

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So, you opened up that present on Christmas, and found a brand new, shiny Android phone inside. Sure, you kissed them on the cheek and told them it’s everything you’ve ever wanted, but now what? Fortunately, we’re here to help you out in getting started with your awesome new smartphone.

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Google Nexus S gets single click root solution “Superboot”; works on Windows, Mac, Linux [Tutorial]

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Stop the presses! It looks like the Google Nexus S has just gotten a one-click root, and we’re here to give you the skinny. Paul O’Brien, Mr. MoDaCo himself, has released a new superboot that lets users flash the image, and – voila! – instant root access. We saw an adb-based root the day the Nexus S was released, but this makes it easier for those who have the Nexus S, but don’t want to get too technical.

For those who do enjoy the technical end of things, it’ll be nice to know that the single click method gives you full adb access to both files and folders, as well as adb remounting. Requirements for the Superboot are simple, only in that you need to check your “about” screen in the phone settings to see what version of Superboot you should be using.

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Root Access Is Openness Says Google Security Team Member

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Tim Bray posted an article on the Android Developers Blog which was written by Nick Kralevich, an engineer on the Android Security Team.  Kralevich seems to make an argument that rooting your device is in fact a form of openness.  A commenter on the blog attempted to point to the fact that the only reason users are able to root their phones is because of the lack of sufficient  security by the Android team.  Kralevich disagrees:

“Legitimately gaining root access to your device is a far cry from most rooting exploits. Traditional rooting attacks are typically performed by exploiting an unpatched security hole on the device. Rooting is not a feature of a device; rather, it is the active exploitation of a known security hole”.

Kralevich goes on to say “Android has a strong security strategy, backed by a solid implementation”.  He reiterates the features set in place so applications do not conflict with one another, eliminating possible malicious attacks.  Furthermore, he states:

“And yes, we aggressively fix known security holes, including those that can be used for rooting”

Kralevich hopes that in the near future carriers, manufacturers, developers and security teams can just all get along.  We hope so too.  He ends his thought with a glimpse of Utopia:

“It’s possible to design unlocking techniques that protect the integrity of the mobile network, the rights of content providers, and the rights of application developers, while at the same time giving users choice”

After all, isn’t that what Android is all about? Giving the user choice?  Leave us your thoughts in the comments.

[via Android Developers Blog]

New HTC Droid Incredible kernel adds 10-point multitouch

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Here’s a question for you Droid owners: how often have you thought to yourself, “I want to put this phone down on the table and use ALL TEN fingers in some kind of multitouch gesture”? If you’ve ever find yourself thinking that, I have 2 suggestions:

  1. Find a better use of your ten finger (just get creative)
  2. Go check out the source link of this article

That’s right, folks. XDA member tchebb has created a new kernel for the Droid Inc that creates ten points of simultaneous multitouch goodness at the same time. He admits that things tend to get a little wonky after 5 points, but still… wow.

Of course, you’ll need to be rooted to flash this kernel. If you try it out, be sure to let us know how it goes in the comments!

[via xda]

ClockworkMod Recovery gets up and running on T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy Tab

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One of the main foundation columns of good root development is a good recovery system. ClockworkMod Recovery has long been a favorite of devs and root users, myself included. So, you can imagine my excitement at the article I just came across, saying that ClockworkMod has been ported to the Samsung Galaxy Tab. There’s a good, lengthy set of instructions to get it working, but seems well worth the hassle for one of the best recoveries out there.

We should also mention that the recovery is currently only working on the T-Mobile version of the Tab, but the other carriers seem to be in development. As always, TalkAndroid cannot be held liable for any damage done to your device during this process.

Ready to don your geek glasses and get your lisp on? Be sure to hit up the source link for full set of instructions, as well as necessary download files. What’s your favorite recovery? Be sure to let us know in the comments below!

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TalkAndroid Tutorial: Download and install the new Android Market on your rooted 2.2+ device

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Been dying to try out the new Android Market, announced last week? If so, we’ve got a package here you might like. Available for download is the new Android Market version 2.2.6, and we’re going to tell you how to install it, as well as how to get rid of it if it causes you problems. As always, TalkAndroid cannot be held liable for any damage you may do to your device, as you will be messing with some base system files, but if you’re ready to don your geek hat, hit the break for a full set of instructions.

Requirements: You will need your device to be rooted, as well as running a ROM that is based on 2.2 or above. You will also need root access to the file system. We will be showing you how to do this with Root Explorer, which is a $2.50 app, but well worth the cost. I use it just about every day. » Read the rest