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HTC Droid Eris On-Phone One Click Root Available

Yesterday we brought news of an on-phone one click root for the Samsung Galaxy S line of phones - which itself was based off of a similar root for the HTC Droid Eris (as mentioned in the post). Turns out we didn’t mention the Eris root the first time around - so here it is.

Android user/coder jcase has come up with an App to root any Eclair-running Droid Eris’. The process is nearly as simple as it gets:

Step 1) download and install this apk
http://dl.dropbox.com/u/8699733/erisone010.apk - VERSION 0.1.0

Step 2) Run, read disclaimer, press button

Step 3) Reboot, once rebooted your phone should have Amon's recovery.

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Early EVO 4G Froyo OTA Adopters, Rejoice. An Update From 3.26.651.3 (Friday Leak) To 3.26.651.6 (Monday Final) Now Available

The wizards at xda-developers have woven their magic once again and solved the woes of those EVO 4G owners who upgraded their handsets to HTC's leaked 3.26.651.3 version of Froyo last Friday.

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If you remember, shortly after the .3 leak was posted, HTC announced that it wasn't the final Froyo release. Indeed, a few days later, on Monday, the world saw a new, this time official, OTA with the version number ending in .6.

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Android 2.1 Update Gets Previewed On Dell Streak : 720P, Pinch-To-Zoom, New Keyboard

That Richard Lai fella sure gets all the luck, eh? Not only was Engadget’s London-based editor amongst the first to get to play with a Streak (aka Mini 5), Dell’s impressive 5” Android slate device, he’s now gotten an exclusive look at an early build of Eclair 2.1 running on the “tablet-phone”. While the previously unexpected 1.6 to 2.1 update is intended as a stop-gap measure to reduce the pain of waiting for Froyo, Engadget encountered several new features in their time with the new OS.

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PayPal’s Android App Updated, Brings New Bump And Split The Check Features

Just like the recent update to Facebook for Android (minus the battery draining issues), PayPal’s Android application has just received an update which puts it on par with its iOS counterpart.

Along with a heavily refined UI, the latest version includes two major new features. Bump, which allows you to share money with a friend by tapping your phones together, and Split the Check, which can calculate the cost of a bill for each person and allow them to all pay their portion simultaneously.

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[Updated: Watch Out!] On-Phone One Click Root Available For Samsung Galaxy S

[Updated August 6 @ 10:15 AM EST]

Enterprising user rhcp0112345 over at XDA-Devs (where else?) has come up with an on-phone, one click root/unroot for the Samsung Galaxy S line of devices. It has only been tested on his Vibrant, but it should work across the line of devices.

There are no real details on the process yet - but it seems that you just install the app, hit “root” or “unroot,” and reboot your device.

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DamageControl 3.5 Released For HTC EVO 4G, Packing Froyo And The Usual DC Goodies

Damageless and TrevE have been hard at work for the past few weeks porting Froyo to the EVO. On July 24th, they released the first DC 3.5 (Froyo) beta. Today (in the wee hours of the morning) they released their final build - and users seem to be loving it. The guys have also set up a Google Code page for DC, which provides a wiki and bug database, in addition to the usual news/latest version page.

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[Updated: Facebook Addresses The Issue] Flipz (Of Fresh ROMs): Facebook 1.3 Eats Battery. Hardcore

A few days ago, we reported that the Facebook app had been updated, and now included “less suck”; turns out we may have been wrong (that pun will make sense in a minute). Flipz, the developer behind the awesome Fresh ROM’s, has done his homework and found that the updated Facebook App has a wake lock bug that drains the battery fairly significantly.

As mentioned, the problem arises from the wake lock.

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SurfaceFlinger Hack Brings Screen Calibration To Nexus Ones Running CyanogenMod 6

 

Remember Jeff Sharkey’s screen tool that allowed you to turn off the sub-pixels of specific colours on the Nexus One’s PenTile display, in order to save battery?

XDA-Developers member storm99999 has just published a hack allowing you to apply a different colour calibration profile to your N1’s screen using the very same function. However, rather than switching sub-pixels off completely, this hack changes the voltages and thus the colour balance to suit a particular colour temperature.

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Android Still Growing Like Gangbusters: Eric Schmidt Says 200,000 Android Phones Sold Daily

On June 23, Eric Schmidt told the world that Google was tracking 160,000 Android devices sold per day – and just a month before that, they were at 100,000/day. Today, he revealed that 200,000 Android devices are sold every day. It’s truly amazing, especially considering the scope of other devices – as much as I hate to do this, I’m going to drag in the iDevices, and quote the figures I stated in June:

  • Excluding the iPhone 4 launch, Apple averages approximately 246,000 phone sales per week
  • Mac sales are estimated to be 110,000 units per week
  • iPad sales are estimated to be 200,000 per week

The important caveat there is that figure excludes the iPhone 4 launch, but I’m not looking to draw a line from Android to iOS here – rather, I’m looking to establish a scope.

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Platform Version Update: Froyo Trickles In, Eclair Up, Still Too Much Cupcake & Donut – But We’re All Still Eating Too Much Sugar and Fat

The newest Android Platform Version numbers are out, and the news is both good and bad. Android 2.2 (Froyo) now has 4.5% of the market, while Android 2.1 (Eclair) commands 59.7% – meanwhile, Android 1.5 and 1.6 (Cupcake and Donut) still account for a whopping 35.6%.

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The good news in those numbers is obvious – many devices are starting to catch up, and FroYo has taken an additional 2.7% of the market – and these numbers are from before Froyo updates started popping up all over.

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