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Google Acquires BumpTop, Will The Ingenious UI Make It To Android?

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.

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[Updated] DamageControl (Android 2.1 on Sprint HTC Hero) 2.08 Is Released, Fixes Bugs, Brings New Features, Apps2SD, Promises MUCH More In The Next Version

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.

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Impressions And Screenshots From CyanogenMod 5.0.7 (Android 2.1) For G1/MyTouch 3G – It's Eclair Deliciousness At Its Best

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).

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Less Droid, More Iron Man – Tony Stark Confirms The LG Ally For Verizon

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?

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Memory Card App Storage Support (Apps2SD) Coming To Android ‘Soon’

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.

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Sprint Evo 4G Spotted At Florida Store – Did The ‘Free’ Price Give The Photographer A Seizure?

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.

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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?
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Custom ROMs For Android Explained - Here Is Why You Want Them

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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Detailed Preview/Review Of The Official Android Dropbox Client Beta

For those unaware, Dropbox.com is an online file storage service that gives users a free account to store up to 2GB of files.

As you install the client software on other systems, your files become instantly accessible, providing a very convenient way to share data between home, work, and mobile devices (an official iPhone client was released on September 29, 2009).

You can pay for additional storage if 2GB isn’t enough, or you can refer others to Dropbox which will give you an additional 250MB per user, up to an additional 8GB.

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[Updated With Our Review] Twitter Releases Official Android App, Kicks All Other Twitter App Devs Where It Hurts

It was rumored for a long time that Twitter would be releasing an app for Android. Well the wait has ended as Twitter’s official app was finally released a few minutes ago and is available on the Android market right now for free.

While this is great news at first, there is a catch - it is only for Android 2.1 and above. Anyone with 2.0 or lower will have to stick with their current Twitter app and wait till 2.1 hits their phones (I'm looking at you, Hero users).

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CyanogenMod ROM 5.0.7 Is Live! Brings Android 2.1 To T-Mobile MyTouch 3G And G1

The moment you, MyTouch 3G and G1 users, have been waiting for is here! Only minutes ago Cyanogen announced the availability of CyanogenMod 5.0.7 ROM (v. Test1) which brings Android 2.1 to MT3G and G1:

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Full instructions and downloads for this first version (Test1) are available at this CyanogenMod forum post and are cached below (the forum is SLAMMED).

G1 users: note that you need "DangerSPL" (or DeathSPL or Haykuro's SPL or whatever you prefer) in order for this ROM to fit onto your phone.

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