Lately, we've talked a lot about Carrier IQ, the "service" that hides itself in the background of an unknown number of Android devices, harvesting information and sending it back to carriers. While it's still unclear how deep the rabbit hole actually goes, the dev who discovered it, TrevE, is still digging in search of the answer. His latest findings may shine a bit of light on the subject, and I can promise you one thing: it's not pretty.
Just two short weeks after the Kindle Fire received its first dose of Android development goodness (read: root), the first full custom ROM has made its way to the device. The ROM is question is, of course, CyanogenMod 7, the most widely distributed custom ROM among Android devices.
Basically everything works, though there are a few glitches. The touchscreen was initially on the receiving end of one said glitch, as the alignment was off by 90 degrees.
Looks like HTC jumped a new member into the unlockable bootloader gang this morning: the EVO Design 4G. The Design now joins the ranks of the Sensation, EVO 3D, and Flyer in the realm of unlocked bootloader-dom, along with another recent newcomer to the scene, the Amaze 4G on T-Mobile.
As always, the process will void your warranty, but if an unlocked bootloader is what you're after, then this is the place to get it done.
If you're a Total SMS Control user, you may be interested in the latest findings of our good buddy Justin Case. He uncovered some rather alarming info within the app, and by alarming, I mean a crapload of exposed data, including SMS messages, emails, call logs, phone numbers, contact information, and GPS location. Yeah.
For the uninitiated, Total SMS Control is an app used to "spy" on other mobile phones. For example, if you install TSC on your child's (or spouse, employee, etc.) phone, it will sit silently in the background collecting emails, text messages, GPS location, and more.
Who doesn't love casually paging through catalogs just looking at... whatever? Wouldn't it be nice to kick back on the couch and have access to dozens of different catalogs at your fingertips without having ridiculous stacks of books laying around? Enter Google Catalogs, an app for Android-powered tablets that allows you do to just that.
The app offers access to a slew of different catalog categories, like women's fashion, jewelry, beauty, home, men's fashion, gift, toys, and more.
Ready to add another device to AT&T's growing number of LTE smartphones? Welcome the LG Nitro HD, Ma Bell's version of the Optimus LTE.
Spec-wise, the Nitro is packed to the gullet with top-of-the-line guts:
- 4.5-inch 1280x720 AH-IPS display
- 1.5GHz dual-core processor
- 1GB RAM
- 4GB built-in storage, 16GB microSD card included
- 8MP rear shooter, 1.3MP front cam
- Android 2.3 (will most likely be upgraded to ICS)
- 4G LTE
The Nitro will be available beginning December 4th for $250 with a two-year agreement.
While we have basically all of the info about the ASUS Transformer Prime, we are missing one of the most important details of all: the release date. ASUS has yet to unveil this last detail, but Newegg is pegging the Prime for a December 8th release date on its pre-order page.
While Newegg is usually a pretty reliable source that isn't quick to just slap a random date on device pre-orders, I would still take this with a grain of salt until ASUS makes the announcement itself.
Cyber Monday always brings some pretty killer deals, and this one is no exception. If you're looking to jump on a pay-as-you-go carrier like Virgin Mobile, then today is the day to grab your new phone - three of the most popular Virgin devices, the Motorola Triumph, LG Optimus V, and Optimus Slider are all 50% off.
Motorola Triumph - $150
- 4.1-inch display
- 1Ghz processor
- 512MB RAM
- 5MP rear shooter, VGA front
- 2GB built-in storage, microSD card slot
- Android 2.2
LG Optimus Slider - $100
3.2-inch 320x480 display
microSD card slot
LG Optimus V - $65
While each of these phones are far from the latest-and-greatest, the fact that you can score a new device without contract for less the two-hundred bucks makes them very appealing.
Okay, I have some good news and some bad news. First, the good: Google has decided to extend next year's I/O convention to three days instead of the usual two! That's more time to spend hitting the booths, attending sessions, and chatting it up with the Google devs. Awesome.
Oh, the bad news - since the event is now three days long, the dates for the event have been pushed back a couple of months.
Earlier today via its Facebook page, LG announced that it would be bringing ICS to a number of "high-end" devices, including the Optimus 2x, Optimus Black, Optimus 3D, and Optimus LTE. Other LG devices are still on the chopping block, as they are currently being evaluated "to determine whether [ICS] is compatible with the functionality, features, and performance of other LG smartphones."
More details, including an upgrade schedule and specific model information, should be available and posted on the LG Facebook page sometime next month.