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If you were ever wondering what bootloader encryption, signing, and locking actually meant, this post is for you.

My name is Ivo, and recently I posted this write-up on Reddit (check out the Android subreddit while you’re there!). The post gained quite a bit of traction, and to spread the word further, I'm now posting it here at Android Police. I hope it helps out those of you who are confused.

27
May
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Keyboard replacement developer TouchType has released a beta of its newest software, SwiftKey X, out to the public. Previously only available to the service's VIP subscribers, the keyboard replacement will be available for free for a limited time.

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New Hotness

The newest version adds a lot of features, most of which are designed to help you get words onto the screen quickly. SwiftKey's game has always been one of text prediction: its ability to learn from your SMS and language modules made it perfect for those who find themselves relying on auto-correct a lot.

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May
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Ladies and gentlemen, minutes ago HTC announced that they have been listening to us all along and will reverse their stance on locking bootloaders! The statement comes directly from the CEO Peter Chou and reads:

There has been overwhelmingly customer feedback that people want access to open bootloaders on HTC phones. I want you to know that we've listened.

Today, I'm confirming we will no longer be locking the bootloaders on our devices.

26
May
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UPDATE: Unfortunately, this update doesn't work on Honeycomb devices.

When the Netflix app first dropped, it only supported a handful of devices, which (naturally) caused a not-so-positive reaction from the bulk of the Android community. The result? A slew of hacked .apk files that allowed Netflix to operate correctly on unsupported devices.

Those days are gone now, though - Netflix has pushed an update to its official app that removes the "device check", so it should work on all most devices (Android 2.2 and above, of course).

26
May
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Earlier this month, we got a hold of a Gingerbread leak for the LG G2x, and all seemed pretty official with that build, so we expected to see an official announcement fairly soon after. It's been a few weeks now, and while nothing concrete has surfaced from T-Mo, we now have a little more info on what's gong down:

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Yeah... summer is pretty vague. Is that the beginning of summer?

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May
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If you've been considering a new phone purchase lately, then this weekend is probably the best time to pick a new handset, as Amazon Wireless is dropping prices like crazy. Check out some of the deals that you can get:

  • HTC Inspire 4G (AT&T) - $0.01 with two-year agreement (new or upgrade)
  • Motorola Atrix 4G (AT&T) - $79.99 with new two-year agreement; $99.99 with upgrade
  • Samsung Infuse 4G (AT&T - $129.99 with new two-year agreement; $179.99 with upgrade
  • Samsung Droid Charge (Verizon) - $179.99 with new two-year agreement; $199.99 with upgrade (doesn't apply to family plans)
  • HTC EVO 4G [White] (Sprint) - $59.99 with new two-year agreement; $149.99 with upgrade
  • HTC EVO 4G [Black] (Sprint) - $79.99 with new two-year agreement; $179.99 with upgrade
  • HTC EVO Shift 4G (Sprint) - $49.99 with new two-year agreement; $129.99 with upgrade
  • Samsung Nexus S 4G (Sprint) - $49.99 with new two-year agreement; $99.99 with upgrade
  • LG Revolution (Verizon) - $149.99 with new two-year agreement; $199.99 with upgrade

...and there's more where that came from.

26
May
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In the Android world, privacy is a huge concern for most users. We've seen our fair share of malicious software, questionable apps, and out-of-place permission requests. If privacy is something that you hold near-and-dear to your heart, then we have an app for you.

This app is for rooted users only!

It's called LBE Privacy Guard, and in a way, it's quite similar to UAC (User Account Control) in Windows.

26
May
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A few days ago, we told you that Google was most likely going to announce a mobile payment service using NFC. Today, that announcement is official, and it's called Google Wallet. Wallet is exactly what the name suggests: a payment service that aggregates all of your credit cards, coupons, loyalty cards, and more, into your Android phone. You can then not only use your phone to pay, but it will also enter your customer loyalty information automatically, as well as redeem any coupons that are loaded into your Wallet using NFC (near field communication).

26
May
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Remember that version of the Wall Street Journal app that was made for Android tablets (but not Honeycomb tablets)? Yeah, it didn't make a whole lot of sense to us, either. Fortunately, the folks over at the WSJ have finally decided to release an app specifically designed for phones.

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Now you can access everything that you love about the WSJ from the palm of you hand. Don't have time to read an article as soon as you see it?

26
May
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If you're lookin' to score the newly-released LG Revolution, but the $250 price tag is a bit steep for you, then hop on over to Wirefly, where you can get VZW's newest 4G LTE device for $200. I realize that may not be the deal of the century, but c'mon - a deal is a deal, right?

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Not sure if this is the device for you? Check the specs:

  • 4.3 inch 800*480 display
  • 1GHz Snapdragon processor
  • 16GB Built-in Storage
  • 5MP rear camera with 720p video capture
  • 1.3MP front camera
  • Android 2.2
  • 4G LTE

So there you have it - if you want a 4G LTE phone, but the Droid Charge or HTC Thunderbolt aren't your cup of tea, then this is the way to go.