Artem Russakovskii
Artem is a die-hard Android fan, passionate tech blogger, obsessive-compulsive editor, bug hunting programmer, and the founder of Android Police.
Most of the time, you will find Artem either hacking away at code or thinking of the next 15 blog posts.

04
May
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Thank you to everyone who entered AndroidPolice.com's first contest - we've had quite a turnout!

Up for grabs we had 2x Starcraft 2 Beta keys. There were 62 contest entries, listed below:

2dvh guille0301 Martin rockslave
Adi halldorhg MattDolan5595 RyanD86
adriencollot Hippolyth Maxwell Thom Scx2010
Afal88 Howard Chiang Michale Senne Mennes
AlexK iOverflow Mike K shamoo121
AlexS Jason Mona Zhao snowboycowman
Ben Jim MrRandomacity Spencer Rosengarten
Bennet Manuel Joe Layne mwardrop2 Starzcat
blah2135 JoeCool Nasosd Storfmon
DavidA Johan Larsson Nicholas Bowman Tenorikuma
DavidD Jonathan Peter McGuire Travis
Dzverski Josh Firman Phaze vi_x3
elvin Kavos puppi WayHow Hsu
GardenOfAiur khin RaptorJedi wearelu
Gary L Kluc1996 Rhainus  
gb lerdex Ricosta3  

Drumroll please!

02
May
DamageControl 2.08

damageless and TrevE, the developers behind the DamageControl ROM which brings Android 2.1 to Sprint HTC Hero CDMA, have been silently working on a new version of the ROM for the last few weeks.

DamageControl 2.08

Yesterday night, the world saw the newly updated ROM v2.08 finally go live with the following changelog:

    Changelog v2.08:
  • New DConfig tweaker tool
  • Theme Server
  • New beefed up apps2sd. If any errors are encountered post /data/dcboot.log
  • Scheduler tweaks
  • Working Friendsync
  • Gallery3d fully working
  • Newer XDA keyboard
  • Fixed sprint NFL
  • Optimized Even more/Cleaned up directories
  • Connection tweaks
  • Fixed Facebook sync
  • Ring delay fixes
  • More dalvik tweaks
  • Potential audio fix & battery life fix

**First boot will take awhile if upgrading.

01
May
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Last Updated: August 20th, 2012

Introduction

Ever wondered what the whole Android custom ROM scene was about?

What is all this talk of installing "aftermarket", custom upgrades on your phone?

Who needs it? Why do it? Is it safe?

Don't fret - I'm here to explain - the AndroidPolice Academy is now in session.

By the way, the word ROM means Read Only Memory, but has migrated in the modding community to mean an actual custom OS image that you install into the ROM area of your phone.

29
Apr
CyanogenMod 5.0.7 for MT3G and G1

The moment you, MyTouch 3G and G1 users, have been waiting for is here! Only minutes ago Cyanogen announced the availability of CyanogenMod 5.0.7 ROM (v. Test1) which brings Android 2.1 to MT3G and G1:

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Full instructions and downloads for this first version (Test1) are available at this CyanogenMod forum post and are cached below (the forum is SLAMMED).

G1 users: note that you need "DangerSPL" (or DeathSPL or Haykuro's SPL or whatever you prefer) in order for this ROM to fit onto your phone.

29
Apr
HTC Legend rooted

As promised earlier today, the HTC Legend rooting guide has been posted by PaulOBrien, the founder of MoDaCo.com.

Paul, who rooted the HTC Desire earlier this week, is on a roll!

Here are the current instructions (29/Apr r1) from Paul himself:

Read this whole topic - it contains a ton of useful information as well as the instructions and downloads!
Remember that if you use this guide, you do so entirely at your own risk!

29
Apr
Amazon HTC Droid Incredible for $99

Wow, what a day. First, Wirefly.com announced a special price that was cheaper than Verizon's or Best Buy's, and now Amazon.com one-upped them and is currently offering the HTC Droid Incredible at $99!

That's $100 cheaper than VZW.com (which is currently sold out) or Best Buy, and comes with a FREE 2-day shipping when purchased with a service plan.

Moreover, Amazon traditionally doesn't charge any tax in most states. We are not sure whether they do on the phones or not so if someone could clarify that in the comments, it would be great.

29
Apr
HTC Legend rooted

Only a day after @PaulOBrien, the founder of MoDaCo.com, defeated HTC's new protection techniques and successfully rooted HTC Desire, he strikes again with a successful root of HTC Legend, using pretty much the same methods.

The hack is coming ASAP but for now we can all admire the following beauty in tweet form:

HTC Legend rooted

Update: a new tweet from Paul:

HTC Legend rooted

Update: full instructions now available!

Of course, we will update you when the details of the root become public.

29
Apr
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Wirefly.com loves posting useful phone videos, and the latest one is no exception.

In this video, Wirefly compares the new HTC Droid Incredible (which you can get here for a better price than your Verizon store) to the Motorola Droid in a series they like to call "Schmackdown" (we won't even mention the cheesiness of the name here).

Here are the highlights from the video that I annotated in my favorite bullet point format:

Hardware

  • Comparable size-wise
  • Motorola Droid is thicker and heavier
  • Motorola Droid has a physical keyboard while the Incredible doesn't
  • Both have a virtual keyboard
  • Speech-to-text on both phones
  • Both have a dual LED flash
  • 1GHz and 512MB RAM on the Incredible and 550MHz and 256MB RAM on the Moto Droid
  • The Incredible has an 8MP camera vs Motorola Droid's 5MP
  • No MicroSD preinstalled on the Incredible, though it comes with an 8GB internal storage while the Motorola Droid comes with a 16GB MicroSD card
  • Same buttons on the outside of the phones but the Incredible has a trackpad on the front while the Motorola Droid has it on the inside
  • Both have a 3.7" display but the Incredible has a 480x800 px resolution while the Motorola Droid has 480x854 px
  • Droid Incredible has an AMOLED display
  • Battery life on the Incredible is not as good as the Motorola Droid

Software

  • Both are running Android 2.1
  • Incredible has HTC Sense (with additional apps and widgets) on top of Android while the Motorola Droid has vanilla Android 2.1
  • Incredible has Scenes which are like presets for your home screens while the Moto Droid doesn't have this feature
  • Incredible has some Flash support while the Moto Droid doesn't (though full Flash 10.1 support is going to come with Android 2.2)
  • Incredible seems to have a faster browser, probably due to hardware (both are on Verizon data network)

The video follows:

So, who wins?

28
Apr
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Last Updated: December 30th, 2011

Guys, we have incredible news (didn't expect me to start this post so originally, did you?).

Update: VZW.com is currently sold out of the Incredible but you can still get it from Wirefly.

Buy It With A Discount

Starting immediately, Wirefly.com, one of the biggest online mobile phone retailers, is opening up the sale of the HTC Droid Incredible for a low, low price of … well, unfortunately we can't tell you due to certain restrictions but here what we can tell you:

  • It's low.
28
Apr
HTC Desire
Last Updated: April 2nd, 2011

Yesterday, we reported on an exciting announcement for all HTC Desire owners - @PaulOBrien managed to root the device and promised detailed instructions to be posted today.

Well, he's backed the promise up with action and as of this morning, full instructions have been posted.

Paul notes that HTC made it much harder to access key partitions and write any data to them, compared to, say, the Nexus One. This made the process of rooting extremely complicated and left it a quite crippled (he's still working on uncrippling it).

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