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CM9 launcher available in alpha, ROM flashers tweak in anticipation

Tuesday, December 27th, 2011

January’s right around the corner and with the promise of a new year comes the anticipated release of CM9. So, to whet those ROM-flashing appetites, the CyanogenMod team’s made an alpha of its Trebuchet launcher available as an .apk and .zip file over on XDA, bringing with it the ability to customize the number of homescreens, resize widgets and sort the app drawer, amongst other planned features. As is the nature of Android’s underbelly, you’ll need to have your device rooted, as well as running 4.0.3 in order to take part. And if you do decide to take the plunge, remember this is far from the final build, so things are bound to get buggy. Check out the source below to preview the ICS goods.

CM9 launcher available in alpha, ROM flashers tweak in anticipation originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 28 Dec 2011 00:50:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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XDA dev provides means to block Nook Tablet OTA updates

Sunday, December 25th, 2011
Worried that an OTA update will put a crimp in your Nook Tablet modding activities? Then you may want to follow the lead of xda-developers member Indirect, who has managed to tweak the tablet to block all OTA updates and kindly provided the means for you to do the same. That involves installing a few files on your device (another method is also available that involve tweaking some files), but Indirect says that the process “holds no risk,” and that it won’t prevent you from buying books from Barnes & Noble. Complete details can be found at the source link below.

XDA dev provides means to block Nook Tablet OTA updates originally appeared on Engadget on Sun, 25 Dec 2011 21:05:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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HTC G1 gets a taste of Ice Cream Sandwich (video)

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2011

Even though Ice Cream Sandwich is popping up everywhere since its source code was released to the public, we’ve got to give a shout out now that its been squeezed onto the original Google phone, HTC’s G1. The G1 was last seen sporting an unofficial Honeycomb port, and now jcarrz1 from XDA-Developers is showing off his device running Android 4.0 in this video. So far the touchscreen is (slowly) working, along with all apps and “ICS goodies”, though WiFi, Bluetooth and rotation are still out. That’s a nice effort for a device that some said wouldn’t see any versions past 1.5, so press play and witness the unholy fusion of Android’s past and present working all at once, or hit the source link below to grab the alpha release for yourself.

HTC G1 gets a taste of Ice Cream Sandwich (video) originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 24 Nov 2011 00:53:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Nexus S port of Ice Cream Sandwich is available, if you can stand some rough edges

Tuesday, October 25th, 2011

Why wait to get an official bite of Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich when you can load it on your Nexus S right now? After a quick tease a few days ago, an early preview is available to all thanks to a few hard working developers, although beezy’s post on Android Central warns you may have to live without WiFi and Bluetooth for the time being. His build is only tested on the Sprint Nexus S 4G, although concurrent work posted at XDA-Developers should give 3G Nexus S owners a shot at the port as well. As usual with these early tester ROMs YMMV, but those who enjoy life on the bleeding edge can hit the source links for more info.

[Thanks, Dan]

Nexus S port of Ice Cream Sandwich is available, if you can stand some rough edges originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 25 Oct 2011 19:52:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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HTC HD2 keeps spry with Mango RTM and custom ROM, looks to clear final hurdle (video)

Sunday, August 28th, 2011

You likely know the HTC HD2 as the phone that just can’t be held in the past. While it started life with Windows Mobile 6.5, it’s since met better fortunes with Android, Meego, and most recently… NoDo. Now, after the leak of Windows Phone Mango RTM, things are about to heat up once again. First, we’ve come across a video that clearly shows the HD2 gobbling up version 7720 of this tropical fruit without missing a beat. Also, xda-developers members YukiXDA and xboxmod are preparing to release their own concept ROM based on this release. Both projects are currently held back by the OS’s inability to properly recognize the phone’s microSD card, but that seems to be the final step before a full scale release. If you’re interested, check the video after the break and make sure to bookmark the source link. Life is about to get a whole lot more interesting for your HD2.

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HTC HD2 keeps spry with Mango RTM and custom ROM, looks to clear final hurdle (video) originally appeared on Engadget on Sun, 28 Aug 2011 14:07:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Windows Phone Mango RTM leaks into the wild, offers tropical sweets for the daring

Saturday, August 13th, 2011

For those who’ve longed for Twitter integration and multitasking capabilities on your Windows Phone, the folks at xda-developers have a weekend project you’re bound to flip over: the final version of Mango has leaked, and it’s available for download today. Internally, it’s known as build 7720, and it requires the post-NoDo update dubbed 7392. Alternately, users of Mango beta versions 7661 and 7712 may hop on board, too. If you’ve got a couple hours to spare, a full list of instructions — along with the operating system itself — is included in the source. So far, the software has been confirmed to work on the HD7, Mozart, Trophy, Focus, Arrive, Venue Pro and Optimus 7. As always, proceed at your own risk, and best wishes for your tropical getaway.

[Thanks, Leonidas]

Windows Phone Mango RTM leaks into the wild, offers tropical sweets for the daring originally appeared on Engadget on Sun, 14 Aug 2011 00:24:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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OnLive Viewer hits HTC Flyer, ripped and posted for other Android gaming voyeurs (video)

Sunday, June 26th, 2011
OnLive Viewer Droid X

Those of you toting around an HTC Flyer probably just got an update that loaded OnLive Viewer on your 7-inch tablet. Don’t get too excited though, the name of the app says it all — this is a viewer not a player. So, if you’ve got a voyeuristic streak, you can watch others shoot their way through F.E.A.R. 3, but you won’t slowing down time yourself. If that sounds like a blast but you don’t have a Flyer, fear not, the folks at the XDA forums were kind enough to rip the APK and post it for all the world to enjoy. We successfully tested it on a Droid X, and reports are that it’s up and running on the EVO 4G, Desire HD, and even a hacked Nook Color. Once installed you’ll just need a WiFi connection (the app kicks you back to the homescreen on 3G) and low expectations — the video quality was less than impressive. Hit up the source link to download it for yourself, and check out the video our tipster sent us after the break.

[Thanks, Phil]

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OnLive Viewer hits HTC Flyer, ripped and posted for other Android gaming voyeurs (video) originally appeared on Engadget on Sun, 26 Jun 2011 06:59:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Motorola Xoom hits 1.7GHz, teeters on the edge of oblivion

Sunday, June 5th, 2011

Just when we thought the Motorola Xoom had hit its stride at a blazing 1.504 billion operations per second, the trusty Tiamat kernel has strapped on an veritable afterburner capable of 1.7GHz. What happens when your shaking hands flip that switch and give that Tegra 2 all the jet fuel it can take? Well, anecdotal cases from the XDA-developers forums suggest it’ll probably just reboot anticlimactically. If you’re lucky enough to have the magic silicon, however, you’ll be treated to a benchmark-blitzing rig, reportedly capable of 70 MFLOPS in Linpack, 1480ms runs in SunSpider, and Quadrant scores approaching a smooth 5,000. See just how far that rainbow benchmark bar can stretch in a screencap after the break.

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Motorola Xoom hits 1.7GHz, teeters on the edge of oblivion originally appeared on Engadget on Sun, 05 Jun 2011 08:06:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Add GPS to your Viewsonic G-Tablet and test your soldering skills

Wednesday, May 25th, 2011
GPS module in Viewsonic G-Table

If you picked up one of those G-Tablets, but are now suffering from buyer’s remorse after realizing how much you miss GPS, there’s a solution — provided you have a strong DIY streak. It turns out Viewsonic set space aside on the Froyo-powered slate’s motherboard to place a GPS receiver. Of course, if you even have to ask what flux is or what SMD stands for this is not the hack for you. And while apps that rely on 3G, such as Google Maps, won’t work properly, offline navigators like Navigon and CoPilot should be just fine. If you’re comfortable tearing open your device and poking at it with a hot iron, hit up the source link for a complete list of parts and some very detailed instructions… or, you could just buy a tablet that already has GPS.

[Thanks, Andrew F.]

Add GPS to your Viewsonic G-Tablet and test your soldering skills originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 25 May 2011 13:43:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Netflix app can be installed on any Android phone without rooting

Wednesday, May 25th, 2011

To say Android fans had mixed emotions earlier this month when Netflix finally released its Android app is an understatement. On the one hand, the app is finally here, which is obviously great news. On the other hand, Netflix only made the app available on five of the many, many Android phones currently on the market. But we have good news for those of you with an Android device not currently supported by the Netflix app: your pals over at xda-developers forum have figured out a workaround that will let you install the app and stream all the movies and TV shows you can handle — and you won’t even need to root your phone. The workaround is tested and working on plenty of devices and it couldn’t be easier to do; you’ll just have to change a setting and then install one of the Netflix apps linked in the xda thread. Of note, most AT&T devices won’t be supported until a fix is implemented, but that should be coming in the near future. Check out the via link below for the how-to, and the files you’ll need can be found through the read link.

Thanks, Jim

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Eee Pad Transformer gets overclocked to 1.4GHz, deemed less than stable

Monday, May 23rd, 2011

While many of you continue your quest for an Eee Pad Transformer, some folks, predictably, have already figured out how to overclock it. Someone in the XDA forum posted a custom kernel allowing hackers to crank the tablet’s clock speed to 1.4GHz, the same peak reached by the ViewSonic G Tablet. Beware, though, that performance at that speed has proven unreliable, so the with the dev recommends a more modest 1.2GHz to avoid data loss, a meltdown, and “injury of assorted puppies.” Par for the course, really.

Eee Pad Transformer gets overclocked to 1.4GHz, deemed less than stable originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 23 May 2011 15:17:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Desire HD tries on Sensation’s Sense 3.0 suit, needs some tailoring for it to fit

Saturday, April 16th, 2011

So you got all excited after seeing HTC’s latest UI on the Sensation, but were dismayed to discover your hoary handset wouldn’t be getting the same Sense 3.0 love? As usual, the folks at xda-developers have just the tonic for what ails you… as long as you own a Desire HD. Yup, a clever fellow by the name of capychimp took the Sensation’s ROM and ported it to yesteryear’s HTC European flagship phone. The port isn’t perfect — those who dive in will lose camera support and the images need some resizing to properly fit on the HD’s 800 x 480 display — but brave souls who hit the source link for the download still get all those mellifluous movements that Sense 3.0 provides. See all the smooth scrolling in action after the break.

[Thanks to everyone who sent this in]

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Desire HD tries on Sensation’s Sense 3.0 suit, needs some tailoring for it to fit originally appeared on Engadget on Sat, 16 Apr 2011 11:13:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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HTC Mazaa spotted running Windows Phone, headed to Sprint

Friday, April 15th, 2011

The gang over at XDA-Developers have been sent in an image of what they are calling the HTC Mazaa. The site reports that the device has a screen in the 3.7-inch range, GSM capabilities, and should be hitting Sprint shelves in the next several months — making this the first CDMA “world phone” based on the Windows Phone operating system. The source of the pictures also noted that the device could ship with DDR2 RAM inside, but was not certain. The device looks like it will be the full-touchscreen counterpart to the CDMA carrier’s HTC Arrive.

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Images of HTC Pyramid leak; Android 2.3, 1.2GHz dual-core

Wednesday, March 30th, 2011

The gang over at XDA Developers have acquired several new images of the unannounced and unreleased HTC Pyramid Android handset. The site’s intel seems to confirm what has been rumored for several months: this device is going to be a beast. The Pyramid will boast a 4.3-inch qHD display with a 960 x 54o pixel resolution, dual-core 1.2GHz processor, 768MB of RAM, 8 megapixel rear-facing camera, Wi-Fi b/g/n, and will run Gingerbread (Android 2.3.3) with Sense 3.0 (the same version that will be running on the EVO 3D). No word on when and where this Herculean handset will hit store shelves… but we’re hoping sooner rather than later. Hit the jump to see a few more images.

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Android Honeycomb’s music app extracted, brings cloud sync and streaming to phones

Monday, March 7th, 2011

Those who are familiar with Android Honeycomb might have already come across its music player’s cloud syncing feature, though previous attempts to port said app to phones hadn’t been successful. Whatever it was that kept crashing the app back then, it seems to have fixed itself — after xda-developers member WhiteWidows slapped the leaked app onto his rooted EVO 4G, the phone started to automagically sync his tunes to his Google account. The modder then swapped in an empty SD card, but he was still able to stream music straight from the cloud after checking the “Stream music” option in the app. Pretty neat, eh? That said, we do wonder if Google will be able to handle the exabytes worth of high-quality Justin Bieber and Spice Girl tracks.

Android Honeycomb’s music app extracted, brings cloud sync and streaming to phones originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 07 Mar 2011 22:09:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Motorola Xoom overclocked to 1.5GHz, eats Quadrant and Linpack for breakfast (video)

Sunday, February 27th, 2011

Hold on to your hats, gents, because things just got real — that’s a Motorola Xoom in the picture above, clocked at a blazing 1.504GHz. While we highly doubt that’s a new world record of any sort, the dual-core Tegra 2 inside seriously screams at that clockspeed, scorching Quadrant to the tune of 3105 (remember this?) and delivering 47 MFLOPS in Linpack. Oh, and in case you’re curious, this achievement wasn’t some random hack. It was perpetrated for our collective benefit by the master of SetCPU himself, and you’ll find full video proof of his accomplishment below and instructions at our source link. Got root? Then you’re on your way.

[Thanks, Adam B.]

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Motorola Xoom overclocked to 1.5GHz, eats Quadrant and Linpack for breakfast (video) originally appeared on Engadget on Sun, 27 Feb 2011 19:12:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Motorola Atrix 4G already rooted, and it’s not even out yet

Saturday, February 19th, 2011

If you thought the lack of root on the Atrix 4G was going to save you a couple hundred bucks next week… well, we hate to break the bad news, but you’re going to need to find another excuse not to buy it (more on that in a second). Long story short, the phone’s already been rooted by a gentleman over on the ever-resourceful xda-developers forums, which means you can do all the normal things that require root access like enabling the standard Froyo mobile hotspot feature, using root apps like Titanium Backup (pictured above), and generally looking 1337 compared to your friends locked up in their walled gardens. Now, the bad news: the bootloader remains firmly locked and encrypted, so custom kernels are still just a dream — but hey, where there’s a will, there’s a way. Keep the faith!

[Thanks to everyone who sent this in]

Motorola Atrix 4G already rooted, and it’s not even out yet originally appeared on Engadget on Sat, 19 Feb 2011 13:40:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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