In the ever expanding quest for root access on the EVO 3D and its T-Mo cousin, the Sensation 4G, another chapter has unfolded. XDA devs have achieved sticky-temp root on both handsets, which basically means that temp root will now survive reboot. This still isn't permanent root, though, as the SU binaries are not in the default path(s), but instead an alternate location which can lead to some root apps not functioning properly.
A few weeks ago, we saw a leaked Gingerbread build for the Samsung Epic 4G and it looks like Sammy has been putting the finishing touches on it since then. According to SprintFeed, Epic owners could see an OTA hit their device around July 24th. This is a tentative date, so don't grab the sharpie and make it permanent on the calendar just yet (oh, who am I kidding - no one uses a traditional calendar anymore).
If you've been using the Google+ Android app for any amount of time, then you've probably noticed one thing: there's a lot of white. The majority of the screen - especially on a tablet - is blanketed in with a white backdrop consistently throughout the app. This is, of course, hard on the eyes (especially in a dark room), and can negatively impact battery life on phones with AMOLED displays.
To the rescue comes XDA forum member santiemanuel, offering his own themed mod of the G+ app, simply called Krad+.
The second part of the "Deal Alert" for this morning is the LG Revolution. As long as you're willing to jump from your current carrier and sign on the dotted line with VZW, then you can grab its newest 4G handset for a mere $50 from Wirefly. That's an easy $150 price drop compared to the Big Red sales floor, and $50 less than Amazon's current price.
The Revolution is rocking some pretty decent specs:
- 4.3 Inch 480*800 display
- 1GHz Snapdragon processor
- 16GB built-in storage
- 5MP rear camera, 1.3MP front
- Android 2.2
Aside from the ridiculously low price, this phone also includes a $25 Android Market card, saving you even more money.
Update: If you're not into the idea of dropping $379 on this, then you can per-order it from Costco for $50 less ($329). Similarly, Amazon has the pre-order priced at $350, which is still a bit cheaper than ordering direct from Vizio.
If you've been counting down the days until Vizio releases its 8-inch Android-powered tablet, then you can breath a sigh of relief, as pre-orders are now live. The tablet itself is $379, but you can drop $20 extra and get a 16GB SD card and folio style case to go along with it.
If you're one-or-two months away from the end of your Sprint contract, or your renewal date has already passed, the Now Network has a new incentive going to draw you back into the store to grab a new phone and sign on the dotted line. According to an internal document nabbed by SprintFeed, if you meet the aforementioned conditions as of July 8th, you will receive a $50 credit when you renew your contract.
Here's an interesting tidbit of information for the XOOM owners out there: there may be a system update heading your way within the next few days that bumps you up to Android 3.2. Details are pretty scarce right now, but here's what we can tell you: in the comments of AOSP issue number 16992 - which is in regards to the lack of Exchange support post-3.1 update on the XOOM - one line stands out.
News360 has been the go-to news aggregator for Honeycomb tablets since its release a couple of months ago, and now, you can get the same top-notch newsreader on your phone. News360 for phones brings over 4,000 different news sources to the palm of your hand, displaying them in an easy-to-navigate, concise manner. You can pick and choose the news that's important to you for quick access, as well as user GPS or WiFi to get local news delivered directly to your handset.
Ultra-popular iOS game Fieldrunners HD is finally making its way to Android as of tomorrow. The best part? It will be free in the Amazon Appstore for the first 24 hours - after that, the price will jump to $2.99. If you don't have access to the Amazon Appstore, fret not, as it will also be in the Android Market for the discounted price of $0.99 for the first 24 hours (it can't be free in the Android Market because once an app is listed as free, it remains such for the rest of its lifecycle).
We've seen the XOOM hit some pretty low prices lately, but this one is rock-bottom. For a limited time, you can get the Wi-Fi version of the world's first Android Honeycomb tablet for a mere $450 from Staples when you use the attached coupon (see below). That's an insane deal for this tablet, as it's still one of the best Android tablets on the market:
- 10.1 inch 1280x800 display
- 1GHz dual-core Tegra 2 Processor
- 1GB RAM
- 32GB built-in storage
- 5MP rear camera, 2MP up front
- Stock Android 3.1
There you go - print the coupon, head to your local Staples, and leave with a brand new XOOM.