On Tuesday, we posted that the first nightly (experimental) Cyanogen Mod 6 (CM6) build for the EVO 4G was released the night before. True to the name, CM6 has released a new build every night since, bringing bug and feature fixes. After a number of you posted comments saying that you were running CM6 without any problems (other than the known non-functional features), I decided to take the plunge.
The ROM still lacks a handful of features – such as 4G, FM Radio, and full MMS support. Still, it seemed that the number of bugs was pretty low and I was dying to switch to FroYo. Read More
Smartphones are already commonly used in most workplaces, and now the folks at Google are working with military contractors to equip G.I. .Joes. Reuters is reporting that Google, Motorola and HTC have been working along side Raytheon, markers of the Patriot missile defense system, to develop software which could allow a soldier on the battlefield to gain important information via an Android OS device.
According to Raytheon, Google has helped push the limits of the phone and integrate features such as detailed satellite imagery, unmanned drone video and even tap into the Patriot missile system itself. This software could certainly allow the soldiers to gain all the intelligence they need to authorize a missile launch, and one day may even launch missiles from their phones. Read More
EVO 4G is notorious for its battery problems - they've been plaguing the phone since before it even came out. I personally don't think the battery life is too drastically different from the Hero, for instance, but it's still pretty bad. Chances are that if you want to last through the day, you won't.
: These fit the HTC Hero too! (Thanks to @xMPoly
for the tip
: Fit the Droid Incredible perfectly as well! I wonder if it's good for all HTC phones.
There are countless battery tips out there, most of which either don't do anything or force you to turn off so much of your phone's functionality that you might as well buy an iPhone (ziiiiing?). Read More
If you happen to be an HTC Hero owner on Cellular South, today is your lucky day – an update to Android 2.1 is now available for you to download. Unfortunately, it’s not the easy an over-the-air update - you’ll have to download it yourself and wipe all your data (factory reset) – but, in my opinion, it still beats running Cupcake. The update includes the following features:
- Picture and video messaging capabilities [Pics feature required]
- Android Market™ with access to latest 2.1 apps
- Turn-by-Turn Google Navigation
- Preloaded Facebook™ app with
enhanced Facebook sync
- Preloaded YouTube™ app
- Enhanced Bluetooth support
- Voice Dialing
- Improved Phone Search
- Improved alarm/bedside clock
- Multiple Gmail account support
- Improved Battery Meter
- VPN support
- Enhanced ActiveSync support for Microsoft Exchange
- Additional Gestures: Pinch home screen to see thumbnails of all 7 hero screens, dial contact by drawing letters of contact name
- Enhanced Device Setup Wizard
All the instructions can be found in few videos on Cellular South’s website. Read More
Many blogs and websites have reported over the past several days that an OTA update was coming for the Droid Incredible which included the following updates:
- 720p video recording (sweeeeeeet!)
- Verizon’s mobile hotspot app
- Integrated Skype app
- Cool new “Droid” boot animation
For the record, I’ve had my Incredible since the beginning of May and have seen only one minor update (update 1) since then. Apparently, this most recent OTA was a "rolling" update and was supposed to hit Incredible owners over the last week or so.
Image credit: Droid-Life
If you haven’t yet received your OTA update, I may have a possible reason why. Read More
[Update – 7/22 7:45 AM EST]: The unrevoked root method doesn’t work with CM6 – you must either use Toast’s method or SimpleRoot. Thanks for posting up your results guys, keep them coming!]
Cyanogen, the biggest name in Android ROMs, has released their first FroYo ROM for the HTC EVO. While still a “nightly” build, many users are reporting it is very stable. However, as with most FroYo ROMs to day, there are a number of things that don’t work just yet – although it is the only FroYo ROM with working cameras.
The more significant issues right now:
- No sense – it’s AOSP (stock Android) with ADW Launcher running over top
- No 4G
- Google Apps must be reinstalled
- No FM Radio
There are a ton of smaller issues as well. Read More
While financial information may be a little outside the norm at AndroidPolice, this piece is pretty relevant. Deutsche Bank reiterated its “Buy” rating on Sprint this morning, based on Q2 expectations. The relevant part of their explanation:
Key reasons are the record-setting launch of the 4G EVO, which we believe resulted in 42% Year-over-Year growth in post paid gross adds, and further improvement in post paid churn [customer turnover] (2.05% est).
They think the EVO 4G led to 42% YoY growth – that’s incredible. We have yet to see any sales estimates for the EVO, but a reputable analyst is set to release a report (and matching tool) sometime very soon that will estimate each handset’s market cap. Read More
For some time, the Droid Eris on Verizon Wireless has had a bug that causes the user to be unable to hear the person on the other end during a phone call, and/or be heard by said person. A member of the Verizon Wireless forums, after receiving Maintenance Release 4, is reporting that the issue appears to have been resolved with the patch.
The update comes OTA and will reach most users in the coming weeks; however, you can download a signed zip from Google directly as well to get the fix right now.
To install, place the file on the root of your SD card, reboot your phone into recovery mode, and use the install update button; your Eris should automatically find the file and proceed to flash the update. Read More
Unrevoked, a tool that brought the ability to run applications that require root and originally developed for the HTC EVO 4G and HTC Hero, was just updated to version 3.
With this new version 3, Unrevoked finally brings a 1-click root solution to the HTC Droid Incredible that also allows you to flash a custom ClockworkMod recovery, custom ROMs, and take backups of your phone with Nandroid Backup.
The only thing that Unrevoked doesn't do is unlock NAND permanently, meaning you won't be able to write to the system partition after the OS boots and therefore won't be able to uninstall various carrier installed garbage apps. Read More
Android is getting some love from the great white North: the HTC Desire is coming to Canada on Telus. The Desire features:
- Sony SLCD 3.7” HVGA screen at 800x480,
- 1GHz Snapdragon processor
- 5 MP camera with flash and video recording
- 3G (850MHz and 1,900MHz bands)
- Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, GPS, Bluetooth 2.1
- MicroSD slot with support for cards up to 16GB
Telus is also throwing in an 8GB microSD card for good measure, and the device will be running Android 2.1 with HTC’s Sense UI. Can you spot the difference between Telus’s Desire and the original? HTC has apparently chosen to start using SLCD screens on the device in place of the AMOLED display the European version possesses, presumably to make sure production capacity is high enough (due to the AMOLED “shortage”). Read More