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Mar 28, 2011 - 11:31 AM - by dgstorm

Our friends over at Droid-Life.com let everyone in the community know about the new LauncherPro (Plus) update that was just released. It has some great new features and fixes. It's now version 0.8.4 and is on the Android Market. Supposedly, the developer, Federico Carnales, has a complete rewrite in the works. Also, because of updated T&Cs for the Android market, Mr. Carnales will not be able to sell LauncherPro Plus through Paypal anymore. It will be available through the Android Market, and he will continue to push out updates to current users. Here the new details:
  • New Gmail widget for Plus users!
  • New “Flip” and “Rotate 2″ homescreen transition effects. The old “Flip” transition is now called “Flip 2″.
  • Facebook login is now done through the official Facebook app (where available).
  • Updated the Twitter widget code to fix some issues

Some of this new stuff is pretty slick, so try it out and let us know what you think in the forums.

Source: Droid-Life
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Mar 28, 2011 - 11:03 AM - by dgstorm

A new Honeycomb tablet from the company named "Ainol" has been announced. It will have an ARM Cortex A9 Processor, WiFi, 3G, and a 1,280 x 800 IPS display of undisclosed size. It will also apparently have big buttons. It is due to arrive next month, but there are still many details missing on this device.

I will attempt to refrain from making any jokes regarding the company name as that would be too easy and too obvious. Besides, maybe they will 'pay extra attention to important details', 'provide exacting customer service', and 'offer meticulous technical support'.

Source: AndroidTablets.net via Engadget
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Mar 28, 2011 - 10:13 AM - by danDroid

We wanted to share some pretty hilarious videos with you guys from Sony Ericsson. The above video is just one of a series of promo videos for the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play (Playstation Phone). There are a total of 5 videos, so we included a link at the bottom to a post of the other 4 videos. They feature comedian Kristen Schaal, and are a bit PG-13, although the raw language is mostly bleeped. A couple are a bit creepy, but not nearly as creepy as their previous "Android with Thumbs" video. Check em out and tell us what you think.

Link to All the Videos: Android.net - Sony Ericsson Xperia Play Kristen Shaal Promo Videos

By DGStorm,
Source: BGR
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Mar 28, 2011 - 10:04 AM - by dgstorm

It seems to be a Gingerbread day. Right after we got a couple of juicy leaked Gingerbread ROMS for the Droid 2 and the Droid X, now we get announcements of Gingerbread coming to the HTC Thunderbolt and the HTC Droid Incredible sometime later in the second quarter of this year. This is still unconfirmed at this time, so we are counting this one as just a rumor for now. Regardless, all this talk of gingerbread has made me really hungry now. I shouldn't have skipped breakfast...

Source: Phandroid
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Mar 28, 2011 - 9:54 AM - by dgstorm

Hot on the heels of the last story is a leaked Gingerbread (2.3.3). This one is for the Droid X this time. It is again, courtesy of mydroidworld.com. These guys are swift and savvy... awesome. Below are the instructions and links:
Installing Firmware

1. Download this file from the TBH app or one of the mirrors below
2. Use Bootstrap to get your phone into recovery.
3. Create a backup (This is not compatible with new firmware)
4. Install the Firmware using recovery

1. select install zip from sdcard
2. choose zip from sdcard
3. navigate to teamblackhat folder
4. select the file you downloaded

5. Restart phone

If your phone bootloops you need to enter recovery and wipe data:

1. hold down power and home.
2. when you see the triangle hold down both volume buttons
3. select wipe data/factory reset ---press power button to select
4, reboot system
Download Mirrors:
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Thanks guys!

Source: MyDroidWorld.com
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Mar 28, 2011 - 9:38 AM - by dgstorm

Some of our friends over at mydroidworld.com got hold of a leaked Gingerbread (2.3.3) update for the Droid 2. The official release should be here within the next few weeks. Luckily, they have decided to share it with the Android community now.

You must be rooted to get this one. Here are the install instructions below:
Installing Firmware

1. Download this file from the TBH app or download below
2. Use Bootstrap to get your phone into recovery.
3. Create a backup (This is not compatible with new firmware)
4. Install the Firmware using recovery
1. select install zip from sdcard
2. choose zip from sdcard
3. navigate to teamblackhat folder
4. select the file you downloaded
5. Restart phone
6. Re-activate your phone
1. dial *228
2. select 1

If your phone bootloops you need to wipe data to enter recovery:

1. hold down x and power button
2. when you see the triangle hold down both volume buttons
3. select wipe data/factory reset ---press power button to select
4, reboot system

If your phone asks you to select/create an account

1. press the home button
2. go to accounts (you may be sent there automatically)
3. select done
Also, here are some tips/warnings:
1) This build has not been able to be rooted, this is not unexpected as we have not been able to root any of the other versions of Gingerbread that we have.

2) I am working on a solution so that when you do get this you will have root. (community will work on it now)

3) You can sbf the 2.3.20 zip file from TBH to get back to stock to take the update whenever verizon pushes it out.

Finally, here are a bunch of download links and the source link for more info:

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Mar 25, 2011 - 11:52 AM - by dgstorm

Google has decided to delay the release of the Honeycomb source-code to the general public for now. If you are a member of the Open Handset Alliance you can get access to 3.0. Also, other manufacturers are able to get access to the source-code upon request, but only for use on tablets. Ultimately, Google wants to avoid contaminating Android's marketing image because some low-end device makers forced out buggy "Honeycomb phones". Here's what Andy Rubin, CEO of Google had to say on the matter,
Android 3.0, Honeycomb, was designed from the ground up for devices with larger screen sizes and improves on Android favorites such as widgets, multi-tasking, browsing, notifications and customizationWe didnt want to think about what it would take for the same software to run on phones. It would have required a lot of additional resources and extended our schedule beyond what we thought was reasonable. So we took a shortcut. While were excited to offer these new features to Android tablets, we have more work to do before we can deliver them to other device types including phones Until then, weve decided not to release Honeycomb to open source.
Before anyone could cry foul and compare Google to Apple, Mr. Rubin added,
"[Google is] committed to providing Android as an open platform across many device types and will publish the source as soon as its ready."
It is probably a bit nerve racking for developers and enthusiasts that Google has taken this step. It's easy to jump to the conclusion that they intend to begin "locking down" the product, but one could also look at it from the standpoint that Google is serious about protecting 'Andy' from being "dumbed-down" too much. Also, this fine-tuning process will help them nail-down extra security measures to help reduce malware issues in the future. What do you guys think? Is this a signal of sad times for Android, or just smart business strategy?

Source: AndroidTablets.net via AndroidPolice
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Mar 25, 2011 - 10:52 AM - by dgstorm

Hot on the heals of HTC showing off the HTC EVO View 4G Tablet at CTIA, some new info suggests that HTC will release two larger and more-advanced Tablets this summer, with Honeycomb. No specifics on these two devices yet, but we will keep you informed as we find out more.

Source: AndroidTablets.net via Phandroid
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Mar 25, 2011 - 10:15 AM - by dgstorm

Apparently, there is some measure of sanity in the world, as the Wall Street Journal got a quote from an FCC official on Wednesday, regarding the AT&T/T-Mobile Buyout. The official said,
"There's no way the chairman's office rubber-stamps this transaction. It will be a steep climb to say the least."
The Wall Street Journal also added,
The official stressed that the agency hasn't even begun to formally evaluate AT&T's proposal and will examine the deal on its merits and whether it's in the public interest.
Furthermore, the article also pointed out that deals like this have been approved before despite these types of warnings. Regardless, it will probably be a long time before we know anything for sure. It could be a year or more before it passes through the regulatory process with the FCC and DOJ. Also, the deal between AT&T and T-Mobile includes a $3 Billion dollar cancellation payout even if the merger falls through. You know AT&T is going to fight aggressively to avoid giving up $3 Billion bucks for nothing.

Source: Android.net via The Inquirer via The Wall Street Journal
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Mar 25, 2011 - 8:06 AM - by WenWM

Mozillas Firefox browser is still one of the very few great alternatives to Microsofts Internet Explorer, and to keep this title, their latest browser has been evolved for the desktop and mobile phone users. The latest release of Firefox for the PC is Firefox 4, and it was released last week out of beta for general use. I have been using this browser since it was in 7th generation Beta, and I have to share with you how much I love it. The browser just does it all for me. Now the mobile version was also released, and I am using that as well, so here are my thoughts on that.

The new Firefox 4 for Android is one amazing browser. You can download and install the much smaller APK from the market now. The browser has support for flash, text reformatting, widgets, personas, and PC-Mobile sync. The PC-Mobile sync is my favorite feature because it allows you to use the desktop version, get up, get on your phone and your cache/log ins are on your phone already. You can just reopen the tabs you had opened on your laptop, but from your phone. This browser is very innovative and has become my only browser, replacing DolphinHD and Opera on my phone.

The video above gives you a better explanation of this new release, so enjoy.

Download: Mozilla Firefox 4 Release Candidate for Android and Maemo Now Available | The Mozilla Blog
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Mar 25, 2011 - 7:05 AM - by WenWM

The Samsung Galaxy S II was one heck of a device when launched at MWC early last month. With many of us excited for a formal review, we have one here, although it is in Russian. This website got their hands on a prototype/pre-shipping device, and the review displayed the greatness of the device. The phone passed every test the reviewer put it through, showing off how advanced Samsung really has become with their Galaxy S line of phones. It looks to be an impressive device. The Galaxy Tab has every single advance technology the Thunderbolt has, but just in a thinner 8.49mm thick body. We wont be getting our hands on this new device for quite some time now, but the videos will give you an idea of what you should expect when they hit the stores.

Video sample (1080P) Dont forget to change the video quality to 1080P with YouTube:

Via: Предварительный обзор флагманского смартфона Samsung Galaxy S II | gagadget.com
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Mar 25, 2011 - 6:39 AM - by WenWM

The solar panel technology we have had for the last 20 years has not advanced much, but one French man thinks he has the next best thing that might change things. This solar charging technology was on display at CTIA this year, and after Engadget got a chance to talk to the person, they brought us a little information regarding this latest advancement. The basis of this new innovation is a thin transparent film that can be placed over anything, and while using it normally, it can be creating energy thats naturally thrown off by the sun and unused by us.

This looks pretty incredible because the size of modern displays could allow a lot of energy to be created. This would make huge displays have more than just sex appeal over smaller screens.

In a nutshell, the technology involves alternating strips of solar cells overlaid with a lenticular surface; it's not unlike what you find on some glasses-free 3D displays to beam different images to the left and right eyes, except you're beaming sunlight to solar cells and routing the human eye through to the display below. Because the film is applied directly to the screen -- which would lie below the capacitive layer -- there's no effect on touch performance. Clearly, there's some magic involved in making that happen without being optically annoying, and Wysips says they've perfected it over three generations of prototypes.

But is it really perfected? Wysips doesn't have any fully functional phones on hand, but it's got a couple compelling demos: first up is a partially-disassembled device with the top half of the display covered by its patented film, which generated between roughly 1.2 and 2.5 volts under harsh trade show lighting (we thought it might be able to eke some regenerative power from the backlight -- sort of like a hybrid car recharging the battery from the brakes -- but we're told that it soaks up rays strictly from the front, not the back). There was minimal impact to the brightness or clarity of the display, though it was definitely still noticeable -- and it was considerably better than Wysips' other demo, an iPhone 3G with an unconnected solar film placed underneath the glass to demonstrate how it might look in a production device. As you change the angle of the phone, bands of darkness move across the film, which is a pretty common effect in lenticular displays. Fortunately, the company says this is an older-generation prototype -- production devices shouldn't suffer from from that.

Though it's not generating enough power to keep a modern smartphone perpetually charged, it's easy to see how this
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Mar 24, 2011 - 12:02 PM - by Preach2k
Motorola acknowledges some ATRIX 4Gs have call quality issues, searching for a cure

Some Motorola ATRIX 4G units have severe call quality problems - so severe, in fact, that people on the other side of the line report they are unable to figure out what the caller is trying to say.

Most users of such Motorola ATRIXs claim something along these lines:

"The voice quality is such a problem that almost every person I talk to tells me that I either sound like I am in a hole, in a cave, far away from my phone, on hands free, muffled, or just plain your phone really sucks."

Motorola is well aware of the problem and is searching for a way to sort out this issue.

Could The Bionic have the same issue? I hope not! I hope this issue is fixed before The Bionic is released!!!

source:Phone Arena via Engadget
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Mar 24, 2011 - 10:30 AM - by dgstorm

A recent article at Digitimes.com claimed that according to suppliers forecasts, Motorola would be declining and terminating the Xoom during the second quarter of this year. Here's a quote from the original article,
But Motorola's Xoom orders in the second quarter will drop gradually each month, and orders will only last till the end of June, the sources said.
The story seemed a bit "suspect" so we did run anything on it until we could get more details. It was a wise move on our part to do so, because as it turns out, Motorola themselves were contacted and completely refuted these claims. Here is a direct quote from representatives at Motorola,
The Digitimes article is NOT accurate. Motorola Mobility is planning to manufacture and sell the Motorola XOOM beyond the second quarter.
The likely scenario that is emerging from the whole story is that they plan to introduce a new Xoom SKU into their system towards the end of the second quarter. When one of their suppliers saw the declining older SKU number, they jumped to conclusions and assumed that Motorola was going to shut down the Xoom altogether. That seems like a pretty ridiculous "leap pf logic", don't you think?

Source: AndroidTablets.net via Phandroid and Digitimes
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Mar 24, 2011 - 9:45 AM - by dgstorm

A developer named dbzfanatic over at XDA has put together the first one-click easyroot + S-OFF for the HTC TBolt. Here's his description:
This is my easy-rooter for the Thunderbolt. I do not personally have a thunderbolt but I have tested it and fixed as many problems as I could. As far as I'm aware this will only work with firmware versions lower than version 1.12.605.9.
If adb does not see your device try installing the htc sync drivers. If that doesn't wok install PDA.net. If it still does not register please post here.

THIS IS A WINDOWS-ONLY PROGRAM. You must have windows or a windows VM to use this.

As always there is a small chance of bricking your phone.

DISCLAIMER: AndIRC is not affiliated with this program and by using it you agree that neither AndIRc nor myself is responsible for any damages caused by this program.

This provides all necessary files and gives you in-program instructions.
This looks very slick, although keep his disclaimer in mind when trying this out. After any of you guys try this out, let us know in the forums how smoothly the process went. Of course, below is the link to the XDA thread to get more info, and the download links.

Source: AndroidPolice via XDA Developers
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