03
May
open handset alliance

Some interesting leaked news are hitting the airwaves today: according to a former high-level Open Handset Alliance executive from Google, the said Alliance was "nothing more than a myth".

The one-time company head called the group “oligarchical” and revolving solely around Android:

"The power is concentrated with the Google employees who manage the open source project"

The Open Handset Alliance

The Open Handset Alliance, founded and led by by Google in 2007, contained 34 large and small companies related to the mobile business, and this number only grew over the years, currently standing at 65.

03
May
x10 mini

The XPERIA X10 Mini, first seen at the Mobile World Congress back in February, has shown up on our radars once again. CoolSmartphone.com has posted pictures of the Mini making an appearance in Vodafone’s monthly magazine, under the ‘coming soon’ section.

Although the X10 Mini doesn’t offer a slide out QWERTY keyboard like the Mini Pro (thanks, Rana), Sony Ericsson have managed to pack in a 5 megapixel, geo tagging camera with auto focus along with video recording capabilities.

03
May
aigo n700

If you’ve been thinking of diving into the tablet market recently and are looking for an alternative to Apple’s iPad, you may want to direct your attention to Aigo’s new tablet: the N700.

Running on a 1GHz ARM Cortex A9 processor coupled with 512MB of memory and NVIDIA’s Tegra 2 chip, the N700 certainly knows how to make an entrance. You’ll find a 7-inch capacitive display with a resolution of 800 x 480, inbuilt storage of either 4, 16 or 32GB and, of course, Android 2.1 to match.

02
May
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It was announced today that BumpTop has just been purchased by Google, following a statement made on April 30th that the application was being discontinued.

Dear BumpTop fans,

More than three years ago, we set out to completely change the way people use their desktops. We're very grateful for all your support over that time — not just financially but also through all the encouraging messages from people who found BumpTop inspiring, useful, and just downright fun.

02
May
DamageControl 2.08

damageless and TrevE, the developers behind the DamageControl ROM which brings Android 2.1 to Sprint HTC Hero CDMA, have been silently working on a new version of the ROM for the last few weeks.

DamageControl 2.08

Yesterday night, the world saw the newly updated ROM v2.08 finally go live with the following changelog:

    Changelog v2.08:
  • New DConfig tweaker tool
  • Theme Server
  • New beefed up apps2sd. If any errors are encountered post /data/dcboot.log
  • Scheduler tweaks
  • Working Friendsync
  • Gallery3d fully working
  • Newer XDA keyboard
  • Fixed sprint NFL
  • Optimized Even more/Cleaned up directories
  • Connection tweaks
  • Fixed Facebook sync
  • Ring delay fixes
  • More dalvik tweaks
  • Potential audio fix & battery life fix

**First boot will take awhile if upgrading.

02
May
cyanogenmod icon

If you have not heard yet, Cyanogen and gang have finally released CyanogenMod 5 for your G1/Mytouch 3G. If you are new to using ROMs, make sure to follow the instructions carefully, so you don't brick your phone. Anyone who has used ROMs, whether Cyanogen’s or not, also needs to follow the instructions as you will need to install DangerSPL which has bricking potential (unless you already have it installed).

02
May
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You have to hand it to Verizon’s marketing department – out of all of the carriers pushing Android, their ads have been the most compelling.

Verizon continues their Android advertising legacy with a departure from the ‘Droid Does’ campaign in order to use the Iron Man 2 release to pimp their latest Android phone – the LG Ally. What’s that? You haven’t heard of the Ally? What about the LG Aloha?

02
May
apps2sd

Utilizing SD cards for the storage of apps has undoubtedly been one of the biggest feature requests of Android since the G1 was released, with users being limited to the internal storage capacity of their devices to install applications on. Fortunately, Google have finally addressed the issue, and an update may not be too far away.

A post on Issue 1151 yesterday by a Google representative confirmed that the feature was ‘coming soon’ to Android devices, although no exact information was divulged at the time.

01
May
evo-4g-at-sprint-rm-eng

What have we here: it looks like a user over at the ppcgeeks forums has nabbed himself a picture of an Evo 4G sitting pretty at a corporate Sprint store in Florida. Granted the picture is so blurry that it looks more like a Jackson Pollack painting than a spy-shot, but we’ll take what we can get.

evo-4g-at-sprint-rm-eng

Of course, with pictures like this, you always want to take things with a grain of salt - the blurrier the shot is, the easier it is to hide any digital alterations and in this case, there are plenty of reasons to doubt the veracity of this image:

  • It’s low quality
  • The forum poster has since removed it
  • It was posted on a forum to begin with
  • It was hanging out in a store, yet there’s not even a release date?
01
May
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Last Updated: August 20th, 2012

Introduction

Ever wondered what the whole Android custom ROM scene was about?

What is all this talk of installing "aftermarket", custom upgrades on your phone?

Who needs it? Why do it? Is it safe?

Don't fret - I'm here to explain - the AndroidPolice Academy is now in session.

By the way, the word ROM means Read Only Memory, but has migrated in the modding community to mean an actual custom OS image that you install into the ROM area of your phone.

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