Remember the 3-click SimpleRoot app that brought full root, including permanently unlocking NAND (that's something unrevoked doesn't do), to your EVO 4G? I sure do, as that's exactly how I rooted my EVO. However, If you applied the latest god forsaken EVO OTA, you may have found that that version of SimpleRoot no longer worked.
Ever since HTC released its version of Google’s Nexus One, the Desire, people have wondered why Google haven’t given the N1 any FM Radio capability. The HTC Desire uses the same Broadcom chipset as the Nexus One, so why does one have FM Radio and the other doesn't?
Asked about this at their I/O conference, a Google rep said the company had no plans to bring FM Radio to the Nexus One and told everyone to turn to the hacking community for support, as there are a number of custom ROMs out there for the device.
Android Community Steps In
After six months of waiting, it appears that our wishes have finally come true, as a member at xda-developers, named intersectRaven, has released a kernel which, when utilized by ROM developers, gives us FM support on our Nexus Ones!
Nobody was happy to learn that the HTC Aria would be locked down in the same way as its predecessor, the Backflip, and be unable to install non-Market apps. Fortunately, HTC has given Aria owners a sort of “fix” through an update in their desktop client.
The newest version of HTC Sync for Aria (which you can download for Windows here) gives users the ability to load an APK onto their phone, which means they now have access to a host of new apps that are not available on the Market. However, HTC did previously stress that the update would not include this feature, so you may want to update in case this feature is removed in the near future.
As usual, Droid Life has come through with some Mr. Blurrycam photos. This time, they’re from Verizon and show that the Droid Eris will be receiving a software update on July 17th at midnight (ok – techincally, it’s July 16th at 11:59 PM – but for all intents and purposes, that’s the 17th). The update isn’t Android 2.2, but that shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise given that the phone has been discontinued. Still, when the 2.1 update rolled out to users, it brought a number of issues – most significantly:
- Numerous syncing issues
- Weather widget instability
- Bluetooth compatability problems
Thankfully, the update looks to fix all that, as well as improve various other aspects of the phone.
Because it was previously leaked, today's announcement of 7 new metropolitan areas lighting up with Sprint's 4G signal didn't quite come as a surprise. Still, we want to congratulate Sprint users who will now be able to enjoy 4G speeds in these areas:
- Rochester, NY
- Syracuse, NY
- Merced, CA
- Visalia, CA
- Eugene, OR
- Tri-Cities (Kennewick, Pasco, and Richland), WA
- Yakima, WA
With the 7 new additions, Sprint's 4G coverage now includes 43 markets.
HTC EVO 4G is currently the only 4G phone on Sprint's network, soon to be joined by Samsung's Galaxy S Epic 4G. The users of these powerhouses, who are charged an extra $10 "premium data" fee, will finally be able to see exactly where their money has been going.
For many people, the EVO is an excellent phone, but extremely weak battery life is a huge detractor. Now, however, always-helpful user Pingpongboss has posted some instructions over at XDA-Devs for how to use the SetCPU app to significantly increase battery life. How significantly? He estimates that he could get 64 hrs with the screen off on a full charge. Pretty impressive stuff. Before and After graphs:
The key is disabling Perflock – a bit of code by HTC that keeps the CPU running at a set speed, regardless of usage. By disabling this and setting custom profiles, the CPU can underclock when its use is lower.
While its author openly claims the ROM is far from perfect, most Incredible owners would probably be happy to give this new ROM, codenamed Sky Raider, a whirl simply to see what Froyo+Sense feel like on their rare, practically extinct, phones.
While have not yet tested Sky Raider ourselves, the installation should be familiar to most rooted Incredible owners who have flashed a ROM before.
Note: this ROM appears to require a full wipe (system/user data or “factory” reset).
Sky Raider 1.0 Beta for HTC Incredible:
1. Download the ROM from the link above
The long-awaited first beta (release candidate) of CyanogenMod 6 is available for download on the HTC Nexus One, Dream, and Magic devices as of 10:15PST this evening. While Cyanogen’s site is experiencing some seriously debilitating traffic, we’ve managed to get links to all the downloads for those of you eagerly awaiting a taste of what CyanogenMod 6 will bring to your phone. Additionally, Cyanogen has said it will be available via ROM Manager very shortly.
Download Links For HTC Dream/Magic
- http://kanged.net/mirror/download.php?file=update-cm-6.0.0-DS-RC1-signed.zip CyanogenMod 6 ROM For Dream/Magic
- http://kanged.net/mirror/download.php?file=gapps-mdpi-FRF91-signed.zip Google Apps FRF91 Addon (Required, flash after ROM)
Download Links for Nexus One
- http://kanged.net/mirror/download.php?file=update-cm-6.0.0-N1-RC1-signed.zip CyanogenMod 6 ROM For Nexus One
- http://kanged.net/mirror/download.php?file=gapps-hdpi-FRF91-signed.zip Google Apps FRF91 Addon (Required, flash after ROM)
- http://android.chemlab.org/android/nexus/radio-4.06.00.12_7.img Radio Image (This must be flashed before the ROM)
Instructions For Installation
Here are the instructions for the Dream and Magic, ala XDA Forums:
If you've been trying to get your hands on the HTC Droid Incredible ever since it launched and you didn't reserve one in a preorder, you may have had some trouble finding one in stock. In fact, even some later preorders have not been filled yet.
One of Droid-Life.com readers noticed today that Amazon's availability just went from backordered to "ships in 24 hours".
Before the EVO launched, Matt Mastracci and the crew at unrevoked announced that the EVO and Hero had a serious security vulnerability. In turn, this made the phones easy to root – but they still recommended that people either hold off on buying the phone unless they were going to root, or an OTA update was released patching the flaws. It looks like the latest OTA did just that, as they’ve released details on their Wiki.
The crew at UR suspects that these vulnerabilities were for debugging, and were never removed before the phone went to manufacture. The first flaw is in a set of code called “Skyagent” (HTC/Sprints name), and is pants-pissingly scary.