David Ruddock
David's phone is an HTC One. He is an avid writer, and enjoys playing devil's advocate in editorials, imparting a legal perspective on tech news, and reviewing the latest phones and gadgets. He also doesn't usually write such boring sentences.

21
Aug
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It seems a few community developers (@barakinflorida) have been inching towards releasing a functional, bone stock version of Android 2.1 for the Samsung Galaxy S (That is, without Samsung's TouchWiz interface). Their efforts are paying off, as this video shows.

The only big issues remaining lie in getting the camera/camcorder to actually, well, work. A relatively minor inconvenience, and a problem many developers have struggled with when developing full-ROM releases for phones with UI overlays.

19
Aug
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As it becomes painfully obvious to the RIAA that suing individuals for music copyright infringement is about as fiscally logical as burning hundred-dollar bills to melt down pennies for copper, the now-infamous media group is seeking to generate revenue from more traditional avenues.

Both the RIAA and NAB (National Association of Broadcasters), who are often fierce opponents, are demanding US Congress pass a bill mandating the presence of FM radio receivers in all cellular phones.

13
Aug
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We don't have a whole lot of info on this, but apparently Clockwork Recovery (a custom recovery image) has been loaded onto the DROID X. This could imply custom ROMs based specifically on Motorola's ROM may be finding their way to the DROID X. Also, this means if your phone "softbricks" (ie, bootloader not corrupted), you can makes a nandroid backup, and then restore it.

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To be clear, this doesn't mean the DROID X has been unlocked, nor has the encrypted bootloader been circumvented, it just potentially allows flashing custom software to the system partition (ROM).

13
Aug
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Them’s Fightin’ Words

As you may have heard, Oracle (who now own Sun and the Java programming language) filed a patent infringement suit against Google related to the use of Java on the Android platform (particularly in the Dalvik VM, details on TechCrunch if you’re interested). Google has responded to Oracle’s suit, and they are ready to make a stand:

We are disappointed Oracle has chosen to attack both Google and the open-source Java community with this baseless lawsuit.

13
Aug
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Last Updated: July 24th, 2011

Android is a great mobile operating system. And with Android 2.2, it’s getting even better. One thing Android isn’t very good at, though, is quick and easy wireless file transfers. This week’s App Of The Week solves half of that problem, allowing you to easily transfer files from your computer to your Android phone.

Awesome Drop aims to provide a simple file transfer solution that is lightweight and usable almost anywhere on any computer, without having to use clumsy FTP software or file hosting services.

12
Aug
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We leaked an early build of the TweetDeck for Android app yesterday, but now it seems the real deal is available to TweetDeck users. To obtain the beta, you must have a TweetDeck account (or create one), sign up here. The instructions for downloading and installing TweetDeck for Android, below (You still need to be signed up for the Beta Preview for the app to work):

Hi there!

Thank you for your interest in Android TweetDeck.

12
Aug
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Dell’s elusive not-a-tablet-phone has broken its cover once again, this time showing up on a video exclusive over at Engadget.

The phone remains unchanged on the hardware side of things, it seems, but it’s now confirmed to be running Android 2.1. We’ll go ahead and give you a quick brush-up lesson on what the Thunder is bringing (pun very much intended):

  • 4.1” WVGA AMOLED 480x800 display
  • Android 2.1 with Dell’s “Stage UI” overlay
  • 1 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor
  • Removable 1400 mAh battery
  • 8MP camera with LED flash and 720p video recording
  • FM radio
  • External SD card support

Internal storage specs for the Thunder remain unknown.

11
Aug
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Earlier today, Engadget broke an exclusive regarding Sony-Ericsson’s work on an Android gaming handset that is currently “in the late stages of planning.” There have been rumblings of a PlayStation phone for quite some time, and it seems like this device may be Sony finally delivering on those long-standing rumors.

According to Engadget, the device will feature:

  • 3.7-4.1” WVGA screen
  • 5MP camera (may not be final)
  • Slider-phone design, but instead of a QWERTY keyboard, a gamepad
  • Gamepad will have:
    • Touchpad for directional controls instead of joysticks
    • A standard D-pad,
    • Standard PSP buttons
    • Shoulder buttons
  • “Likely” to have a 1GHz Snapdragon Processor
  • Mostly black chassis, some silver highlights (looks like a Captivate crossed with a PSP Go)
  • Will run Android OS “Gingerbread”
  • Phone-specific software skin
  • Will have access to a new and exclusive Android Market Games section
  • Game titles will include some PSX oldies, as well as newer PSP games

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Mockup Created By Engadget

Engadget has speculated the device and the new Android Market Game “ecosystem” could be available as early as October.

11
Aug
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This tool does appear to do a permanent NAND unlock, irreversibly voiding your phone’s warranty, proceed with caution.[/note]

This night keeps getting better and better. The unrevoked team just announced the release of their anticipated Unrevoked Forever tool. What does it do? While the summary provided by unrevoked is a far better explanation, I’ll keep it short and sweet: once you install unrevoked forever, your phone can flash unsigned updates, no matter what, forever.

11
Aug
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UPDATE: Customers can reserve their smartphone for purchase at www.sprint.com/epic4g beginning Friday, Aug. 13

Well, it would appear we were off a bit on our August 20th estimate. Sprint has just informed us that the Epic 4G (the first Galaxy S keyboard phone, and the first 4G keyboard phone) will be available for purchase on August 31st on the Sprint network, specs below:

  • 4” Super AMOLED Capactive Touch Screen (Resolution: 480x800)
  • Slide-out QWERTY Keyboard
  • TouchWiz 3.0UI overlay
  • 1GHz Hummingbird A8 Cortex Processor
  • 512MB RAM
  • 512MB ROM
  • MicroSD external storage
  • 5MP camera with LED flash
  • Front-facing camera
  • Sprint 4G Service
  • WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
  • 720P video recording
  • FM radio support
  • Android 2.1
  • 1500mAh battery

Sprint’s official press release on the Epic 4G:

Samsung Epic 4G will be available beginning Tuesday, Aug.

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