Google IO 2016 Coverage

CyanogenMod 10.1 Nightlies now available for Samsung Vibrant

Are you still rocking a Samsung Vibrant on T-Mobile? Well, first things first–you should probably consider upgrading. However, if you’re not into buying a new phone, you’ll be somewhat pleased to know that your now two and a half year old device has been given a breath of new life in the form of CyanogenMod 10.1. Based on Android 4.2 AOSP, the latest Nightly builds are now available for flashing, offering up Google’s newest software on your forgotten Samsung handset.

Sure, there may be a few bugs, but let’s get serious for a minute. Android 4.2 on a device released in 2010? This is exactly what separates Android apart from the rest. Now, only if we could somehow manage to get manufacturers on board.

XDA To The Rescue, Netflix Running On The T-Mobile Vibrant

Well, after months and months of waiting we finally saw the highly coveted Netflix app for Android hit the market.  Unfortunately, there were only a handful of devices supported.  But as expected, upon launch, it was only a matter of time before our developing dogs at XDA caught the scent and modified a couple of apk’s for non-supported devices.  And thanks to the boys over at AndroidSPIN, they managed to get the app up and running on the T-Mobile Vibrant.  Only catch, it’s running on Gingerbread based ROM’s.  There are very limited choices for Galaxy S phones in the US as far as 2.3 ROM’s go,  but it has been confirmed to be working flawlessly on CyanogenMOD7 for the Vibrant.  We get to thank XDA member n1gh7mar3 for manipulating the device check in the apk and gracing the masses with some streaming love.  Check out the video below of the app working seamlessly on the Vibrant and feel free to fire away in the comments if you have any other light to shed on the subject.

[via androidspin]

Take extremely wide-angle photos with a Fisheye lens attachment

XDA user, flexnix, has attached a fisheye lens to his LG G2x. If you are wondering what a fisheye lens is, here is the Wiki definition:

In photography, a fisheye lens is a wide-angle lens that takes in an extremely wide, hemispherical image. Originally developed for use in meteorology to study cloud formation and called “whole-sky lenses,” fisheye lenses quickly became popular in general photography for their unique, distorted appearance. They are often used by photographers shooting broad landscapes to suggest the curve of the Earth. Hemispherical photography is used for various scientific purposes to study plant canopy geometry and to calculate near-ground solar radiation.

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Will the AT&T Attain, Verizon Function, and Sprint Within be the US versions of the Galaxy S II?

When the original Samsung Galaxy S phone came to the U.S., it was branded as the Verizon Fascinate, AT&T Captivate, T-Mobile Vibrant, U.S. Cellular Mesmerize and the Cellular South Showcase. Is it any surprise that the same thing is going to happen all over again for the new Galaxy S II. For some reason the Fascinate 2 or Captivate 2 is just not good enough.

An online web store has a listing for a silicon gel case that’s compatible with the generic Samsung Galaxy S II, but also lists Attain (AT&T), Function (Verizon), and Within (Sprint).

Get ready for the bloatware and other tweaks from the U.S. carriers. It  will also be interesting to see if NFC makes it over on any of the U.S. versions.

A notable exception from the U.S. carriers is T-Mobile. They were the first to offer the Samsung Galaxy S. They even had a second version with a slightly tweaked 21 Mbps HSPA+ radio. Right now the biggest competition to the Galaxy S II would be the HTC Sensation which will be on T-Mobile. Is it possible they will not go head to head on the same carrier?

[via intomobile]

Samsung Vibrant sees bugfixes thanks to KB5 update through Kies Mini

Have a Samsung Vibrant with some bugs? Well, hopefully your woes are handled, as a new update has slipped in via Kies Mini. Sure, T-Mo isn’t telling us exactly what bugs are fixed in update T959UVKB5 (or KB5), but, hey… who needs those kinds of details, right? </sarcasm>

The update cannot be received OTA, so it looks like you’ll have no choice but to bust out that Kies Mini and do it all up manually. Be sure to let us know how the update process goes!

[via t-mobile]

Samsung Galaxy S can now use modified Xperia Arc Launcher

The Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc launcher was something that many of us wanted for our own handsets since we saw it demo’d here. If you own a Samsung Galaxy S device however, you can now get that same launcher working on your device, without any of the lag seen in other launchers.

XDA member Syn Ack has taken the ‘unimportant’ files from the launcher code, and made it transparent and lightweight for all Samsung Galaxy S models. If you’d like to give this a try, head on over to this forum thread for more info on how.

[via XDA-Developers]

Test Release of CyanogenMod 7 for the Vibrant

CyanogenMod is one of the most popular custom-built ROMs out there, and with version 7 they are bringing Gingerbread to more and more phones.  The T-Mobile Vibrant just got an official Froyo release recently, but the CyanogenMod team has got the beginnings of ROM for the Vibrant that, when finished and stable, will bring it Gingerbread in the near future, without waiting for the official Gingerbread release from Samsung.  It’s only a test build right now, so there’s still some work to be done, but this is an awesome team with a lot of experience at building these ROMs, so it’s safe to assume that it won’t be too long before they’ve got a solid build for you.  As always, we’ll keep you posted.

[via CyanogenMod Forum]

Samsung Galaxy S 4G will cost you $200 with T-Mobile


Well, it looks like even though you thought you could get a Samsung Galaxy S 4G at RadioShack for $149 on sale, you won’t be seeing that pricing from T-Mobile after all. They apparently…made a boo-boo with the pricing. It’ll cost $199.99 after a $50 mail-in rebate, and taxes n such of corse too. So, to grab one, you’ll actually need around $275.00 then have to fill out a rebate form at home for the extra $50 savings. Yeah…that sucks.

The Samsung Galaxy S 4G has;

  • Cortex A8 Hummingbird 1GHz processor
  • 4-inch Super AMOLED touch screen
  • Android 2.2
  • ST-Ericsson M5720 HSPA+ 4G modem capable of giving 21 Mbps
  • Front-facing-camera
  • 5MP camera with 720p HD video recording

Is the 4G version of the Samsung Galaxy S worth it?

[via Engadget]

For Valentine’s Day, T-Mobile Giving Away All Phones Free for Two Days

If you’re shopping for a new phone this week, has T-Mobile got a deal for you! February 11th and 12th — this upcoming Friday and Saturday — T-Mobile is giving away all phones for free with a two-year contract. Even their newest 4G Android phones are going to be absolutely free for those who are eligible for upgrade or for those starting new lines.  The Vibrant, the G2, and the MyTouch 4G are all normally priced at $100 after rebates, so this a substantial savings on those phones.  This is a great Valentine’s Day present to T-Mobile customers, so if you’re looking for a new phone, drop into your local T-Mobile store Friday or Saturday, but you’d better get there early!  Full release after the break.
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Want To Root Your Samsung Galaxy S, Captivate And Vibrant In One Click?

There are a number of reasons that some might want to root their Android devices.  Among them may be improvement in the speed and stability department, boosting performance to a height you would have never achieved, had you not been rooted.  Some may do it to gain access to easy tethering capabilities.  Further still, some may take the plunge to gain a new function or UI application such as a new keyboard or menu option.

Whatever the reason is, we want to let Samsung Galaxy S users  know that they don’t have to be scared of the “R” word any longer.  Times are changing and the method used to root a device is not the same as it once was when the Android platform initially kicked off.   Read more