Jaroslav Stekl
Jaroslav Stekl is a tech enthusiast whose favorite gadgets almost always happen to be the latest Android devices. When he's not writing for Android Police, he's probably hiking, camping, or canoeing. He is also an aspiring coffee aficionado and an avid moviegoer.

08
Oct
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Last Updated: January 23rd, 2011

Android hackers have definitely come a long way since first rooting the T-Mobile G1 - it is no longer a surprise to see a device rooted on or even before launch day.

07
Oct
androot
Last Updated: October 16th, 2010

Update: As Artation has pointed out in the comments below, Universal Androot has since been removed from the Market for unknown reasons. If you're still heartbent on using it though, you can download it it from here.

If you can think back to the time Universal Androot was released, you'll recall the then small xda-developers startup that allowed for one-click rooting of a very limited number of phones, all of which had to be running Android 2.1 Eclair or lower.

07
Oct
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Once upon a time, Android tablets were few and far between, but with tablets like the Notion Ink Adam (if it proves to be anything more than vaporware), Samsung's Galaxy Tab, and even Archos' entries into the tablet space, that might be changing sometime in the not-so-distant future.

Cherrypal (a company most of us have never even heard of), has just introduced the Cherrypad America, a 7-inch Android tablet that may not be another high-end iPad competitor, but may instead be a pretty decent low-end tablet, featuring specs such as:

  • a 7" 800x480 resistive touchscreen display
  • an 800MHz Samsung ARM11 CPU + GPU + DSP system-on-a-chip
  • 256MB of RAM
  • 2GB of internal storage (ROM)
  • a 3.5mm headset jack
  • WiFi 802.11 b/g (no support for 802.11n, sadly)
  • a 3200mAh battery with a stated run time of six to eight hours
  • an external adapter for USB 2.0
  • an optional external (!) 3G modem
  • a weight of 1.3 pounds
  • aluminum casing

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While the resistive touchscreen worries me since our own Brian O'Toole was bitterly disappointed with Nationite's MIDnite tablet,  I don't see any real dealbreakers here, especially as the tablet costs a mere $188 and is available today from Zecozi.

07
Oct
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Well isn't this a surprise, Nokia? HTC's just posted their profits for Q3 of 2010, and not only are they almost double those of Q3 2009, they are, in no small part, due to Android, according to RBS analyst Steven Tseng.

That's right - the company has posted profits of T$11.1 billion, or about $360 million, for the months of July, August, and September. By ways of comparison, last year's Q3 profits were a mere T$5.695 billion, or about half of this year's profits.

06
Oct
Samsung-Transform-closed-thm
Last Updated: November 7th, 2010

 

 

If anyone needed any more evidence that Android wasn't created exclusively for us power users who insist on having the latest and greatest, Sprint's latest announcements should be enough to convince even the most doubtful - the nation's third largest carrier just announced three new Android budget Android devices: the LG Optimus S, the Sanyo Zio, and the Samsung Transform. The first of those three devices will go on sale starting October 31, while the latter two will be available from October 10 forward.

06
Oct
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If you've got a good memory (I don't), you may recall that back when the Samsung Epic 4G, the Fascinate, and the Vibrant were announced, there was also an unnamed version of the Galaxy S headed to US Cellular.

Well today, over three months later (and also about a month after Verizon became the last major US carrier to receive an incarnation of Samsung's flagship device), US Cellular has finally announced that the Samsung Mesmerize, aka their version of the Galaxy S, will be available starting October 27 for $199 after an $80 mail-in rebate.

06
Oct
Epic 4G
Last Updated: October 10th, 2010

Well it isn't CyanogenMod 6, but according to our tipster, it's close - one of the Epic 4G's first ROMS has just gone live on xda-developers, and it looks... promising, if nothing else.

While we haven't had a chance to test this ROM out ourselves, the forum post states that the ROM's standout features include:

  • Deodexed
  • Sprintware Removed
  • Modified MMS/SMS app
  • Bootup/Shutdown sounds ported from the Samsung Galaxy S I9000
  • Changed shutdown display screen
  • Choice of 4 launchers
  • ADW Launcher
  • LauncherPro
  • Launcher (Vanilla)
  • TouchWiz

AOSP apps:

  • Calculator
  • Calendar
  • Clock
  • Car Home
  • GenieWidget (News & Weather)
  • AOSP Lockscreen
  • EVO YouTube App
  • Spare Parts
  • Superuser
  • Google Maps & Google Street View are up to date
  • Pandora Compatible

Live Wallpapers ported from the Samsung I9000 & Samsung Fascinate:

  • Aurora
  • Blue Sea
  • Connection
  • Dandelion
  • Flow
  • Forest
  • Layers Of Light
  • Luminescence
  • Ocean Wave
  • Spark

As with most other ROMs, a full wipe of both the data and cache partitions is required, but since one of my wife's main gripes with the Epic has always been its lack of an option to play YouTube videos in HQ (something my EVO is capable of), I think the Epic Experience ROM might just be worth a try.

05
Oct
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Verizon has just announced the Droid Pro (that's right, the same device that was previously rumored to have a dual GSM /CDMA radio for global roaming, a 1.3 GHz processor, and a 4" display), and let me tell you, the thing's got a few surprises hidden up its sleeve.

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For starters, it's not a landscape slider, unlike the Droid 2. Instead, Motorola's decided to go with a candybar form factor for this one, much like the form factor used by RIM for numerous BlackBerries and also by Palm for the Pixi.

04
Oct
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SwiftKey Keyboard, which was already one of Android's best third-party keyboards, recently shed beta status, and BlindType is starting to look interesting now that Google's bought the company, but the fact remains that for diehard typists, nothing beats a full computer keyboard.

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DoMobile, the developers of ShareKeyboard, must share that mentality, for the app they've produced allows users to pair the keyboard they usually type with when using their computers with their phones.

02
Oct
Avatar Screenie

Games based on box office hits are usually released shortly after the blockbusters themselves, but it appears that James Cameron's Avatar begs to differ, at least when it comes to an Android version of the game.

About ten months after Avatar was released, Gameloft finally had the decency to turn its attention away from the iPhone and towards the other major player in the mobile industry, which is, of course, Google's world-conquering Android.

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