HTC HD2 Gets a Touch Sensitive Taste of Android

by Kevin Krause on June 30th, 2010 5 Comments

Stuck with an HTC HD2 but really wishing it was an HTC EVO 4G? You can get closer than ever by replacing that tired version of WinMo with Android, and thanks to the HTC Linux team you’ll now get a properly functioning touch screen. The release (also supporting other variants of Linux such as Ubunutu) [...]

Bricked EVO after Latest Update? Sprint and HTC Say Visit a Sprint Corporate Store

by Kevin Krause on June 30th, 2010 2 Comments

Quite a few people suffered an unfortunate side effect of the latest HTC EVO 4G update. Instead of a fresh take on their software they were hit with a phone that wouldn’t even power on. There is no easy fix for the problem, but there is hope. Sprint and HTC are recommending you take your [...]

Shipped-ROMs Reaches Terms with HTC

by Kevin Krause on June 30th, 2010 10 Comments

Go ahead, modder community, let out that big sigh of relief. HTC won’t be shutting down Coinflipper and his merry crew of hackers over at Shipped-ROMs after all. Due to the cooperation of the site, HTC is extending the date on their cease and desist order and working with Coinflipper to identify exactly which software [...]

For Those Droid Owners Who Manually Updated to Android 2.2, You May Want to Think Twice About Tethering

by Kevin Krause on June 30th, 2010 20 Comments

Android 2.2 build FRF84B was leaked earlier this week for the Motorola Droid, and if you’re included in the group who decided to install the ROM on your rooted handset you may want to hold off on attempting to use the new tethering feature to share a data connection with a PC. Those that do [...]

Qualcomm to Release Augmented Reality SDK

by Kevin Krause on June 30th, 2010 3 Comments

Qualcomm is gearing up for an augmented reality revolution with the introduction of their mobile augmented reality SDK, which will first be available for Android starting with a a beta this fall. Qualcomm eventually plans to get their SDK on additional platforms, citing the “quantum leap in the mobile experience” that augmented reality brings with [...]

Droid X Ad Tears Into iPhone 4’s ‘Grip of Death’ Signal Issues

by Kevin Krause on June 30th, 2010 35 Comments

Verizon is holding no punches with their Droid X campaign, which again has taken to attacking the phone’s main competitor and the company’s biggest rival in much the same way the original Motorola Droid directly challenged AT&T and the iPhone’s “There’s an app for that” slogan with “Droid Does.” The latest print ad for the [...]

They May Have Missed Q2, but Motorola Has Updated Their Android 2.1 Timeline: Cliq and Cliq XT “testing in process”

by Kevin Krause on June 30th, 2010 18 Comments

Either Motorola is really close to getting the anticipated Android 2.1 update out to the CLIQ and CLIQ XT, or they have just given up on naming a timeframe to avoid the metaphorical tomatoes and other assorted fruits and vegetables owners of those devices have been stockpiling to fling in their direction come the end [...]

B.o.B. Performs “Nothin’ On You” LIVE at Samsung Event [VIDEO]

by Rob Jackson on June 30th, 2010 5 Comments

The Phandroid team and myself were working our butts off capturing the footage and covering the stories that YOU would want most at the Captivating, Fascinating, Epic, Vibrant Samsung Galaxy S launch event in New York City. But we’ll admit… we had a whole lot of fun while we were at it:

We were also treated [...]

3-Click Root for EVO 4G, Say What? [UPDATE]

by Kevin Krause on June 30th, 2010 18 Comments

OK, so you have been wanting to dive deeper into your device, gain root access, maybe install a new ROM, slide a few apps over to your SD card, and fidget with some other things…no big deal. But what’s that? You’re not quite confident in your ability to root your HTC EVO 4G without bricking [...]

Epic 4G Keyboard, Asphalt & Multimedia [VIDEO DEMOS]

by Rob Jackson on June 30th, 2010 7 Comments

There are a LOT of similarities between the four Galaxy S phones recently announced by Samsung, but there are also a bunch of differences. One of the most distinct and noticeable differences is the full slideout QWERTY keyboard on the Epic 4G. As some people are stuck on QWERTYs I thought I’d give it a [...]

Droid X Pre-Orders Abruptly Halted Due to Low Inventory Levels?

by Kevin Krause on June 30th, 2010 56 Comments

This one hasn’t been confirmed just yet, but a little rumor is starting to spread that Motorola Droid X pre-orders at Best Buy and Best Buy Mobile locations were closed down today due to overwhelming demand. It would seem the number of phones that will be ready to ship come July 15th has been surpassed [...]

Motorola FLIPOUT Launches in Brazil

by Kevin Krause on June 30th, 2010 1 Comments

Just in time for Brazilians to get all social and tweety about how well their nation’s team is doing in the World Cup, Motorola has announced their MOTOBLUR-driven squat and square Android known as the FLIPOUT  for the South American country (why they insist on BILLY MAYS-ing all of their product names is beyond me). [...]

[Rumor] Android 3.0 (Gingerbread) Details Outed, 1GHz Minimum Specification

by Quentyn Kennemer on June 30th, 2010 80 Comments

With most of the Android faithful still waiting on Android 2.2 (and some even still waiting on Android 2.1) for their devices, we’ve apparently gotten first details of the supposed Android 3.0 updated (supposedly codenamed Gingerbread). We’ve long heard that we wouldn’t see this crunchy, sweet, gingery treat until the latter parts of the year, [...]

Galaxy S: Samsung Captivate vs Fascinate vs EPIC 4G vs Vibrant [VIDEO]

by Rob Jackson on June 30th, 2010 20 Comments

What I dislike MOST about the American Galaxy S devices are the naming schema: they wanted to keep the Galaxy S brand but obviously each carrier needed their own little brandable baby. Intentions acknowledged, but it’s confusing as heck to consumers and technically irritating to repeatedly explain. For the record, I think Samsung should have [...]

T-Mobile’s Samsung Vibrant Actually $449.99 When Buying With Even More Plus

by Quentyn Kennemer on June 30th, 2010 37 Comments

Earlier this morning, we reported that the Samsung Vibrant for T-Mobile would be priced to sell at $329.99. This revelation came to us through fine print that the Even More Plus plan option would see you paying $82.50 over the course of four monthly installments. One of our readers also managed to grab a screen [...]

1&1 Announces the SmartPad, Headed to Germany This July

by Quentyn Kennemer on June 30th, 2010 6 Comments

Popular web-hosting company (and German internet service provider) 1&1’s announcing the 1&1 SmartPad, an Android-equipped tablet with a 7-inch WVGA display, WiFi (up to N), and 3G connectivity through an optional USB dongle. Other confirmed specs include an ARM11 processor clocked at 500MHz, 256MB of RAM and 1GB of ROM. It will ship with Android [...]

Official IMDB App for Android is Here

by Quentyn Kennemer on June 30th, 2010 36 Comments

It’s finally happened. Perhaps I’m a bit too geeked up about this piece of news seeing as I’ve been dying for a mobile version of IMDB since Android took off, but I can finally head to the market and download the app to one of the most valued sites for movie lovers.

Internet Movie Database is [...]

Firmware 1.4 of the Nook Has Been Rooted

by Quentyn Kennemer on June 30th, 2010 8 Comments

If developers can find a way to root an Android-enabled eBook reader, they can root anything. Barnes & Noble released version 1.4 of their Nook the other day, and with that came the usual curiosity of coders: they looked deep into the soul (or source, I forget which) of the latest firmware and found more [...]

Black Pixel Power: How The Samsung Galaxy S Saves Battery Life

by Rob Jackson on June 30th, 2010 21 Comments

Google has occasionally set the background of their homepage to black as a way to promote the environmental importance of energy efficiency (ex: Earth Hour). While the effort was intended to be symbolic, the idea that a monitor/screen uses less energy to display a black pixel than a white pixel became a big discussion point.
Apparently [...]

Xperia X10 Gets An Update (Not Eclair, Not Froyo)

by Quentyn Kennemer on June 30th, 2010 6 Comments

It’s been a while since the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 got some update love, but perhaps the discovery of a new OTA this morning will soothe that empty part of your soul. Let’s clear this up right now: it’s not Android 2.1, nor is it Android 2.2. The device’s update to Eclair has a broad [...]

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