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

[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

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

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

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

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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Facebook For Android Updated To Version 1.3 - Now With Less Suck

Facebook For Android Updated To Version 1.3 - Now With Less Suck

Facebook released an updated version of their Android app today and finally addressed many reported issues – namely, that it was underpowered in comparison to the Facebook app for the iPhone, or even the mobile site. Tonight’s update brings a slew of improvements, raising the app to a level that puts it on par with its sister app on iOS.

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As you can see, the new app (left) is much improved over the old (right) – the most obvious new features being the photo bar along the bottom and the notification bar that now slides up, as well as adding Events, Messages, Search, and a… What’s New button.

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Another Point For The Dev Community: Official HTC EVO 4G Froyo Build Rooted

Another Point For The Dev Community: Official HTC EVO 4G Froyo Build Rooted

This is exactly why I love Android so much and the awesome developer community around it. Case in point: the official  Android 2.2 update for the EVO 4G has already been rooted by netarchy over at XDA-Devs. Yea – the update that was just released yesterday… pretty impressive stuff. Be forewarned, though – the update may not play nice with the previous (non-final) update that was released.

Full instructions:

You might be able to just flash this over the leaked ota, but I advise doing a full wipe before flashing just to be safe.

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Motorola Droid Android 2.2 Froyo OTA Is Now Live! Download Yours Now (FRG01B)

Motorola Droid Android 2.2 Froyo OTA Is Now Live! Download Yours Now (FRG01B)

What a great day for Motorola Droid owners - your Froyo update that you've been patiently waiting for is finally here. You can upgrade your ESE81 (that's your old Éclair) to what is now called FRG01B (this is your Froyo) using the link below.

It is unclear yet whether the upgrade is showing up when you ask the phone to update in Settings > About > System updates but we have preliminary reports that it is not.

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Final Android 2.2 Update Officially Rolling Out To HTC EVO 4G (Seriously This Time) – Grab It Here

Final Android 2.2 Update Officially Rolling Out To HTC EVO 4G (Seriously This Time) – Grab It Here

Well, that was fast, although not entirely unexpected – it seems the official (really this time) update v3.26.651.6-1.47.651.1  (let's call it simply .6) for the HTC EVO 4G is being rolled out as you read this, a whole day early.

As promised, it’s coming over the air - just go to your Settings > System updates and force it through.

If the OTA update is not showing up or if you've opted to install the earlier update last Friday (3.26.651.3-1.47.651.1 - let's just call it .3), then you can try downloading it via this direct link below and follow the steps in Friday's article to install.

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Dear World, Samsung [Sadly] Is Not Announcing The Galaxy Tab Tablet At The PR Event On August 11th

Dear World, Samsung [Sadly] Is Not Announcing The Galaxy Tab Tablet At The PR Event On August 11th

Rumor around the interwebs in the last few days has been that Samsung may be planning on announcing the Samsung Galaxy Tab during the August 11th press conference.

Unfortunately, we just got word from the official Samsung PR source saying that the event is unrelated to a tablet release. In fact, it’s completely unrelated to the mobile division altogether and will be related to the Consumer Electronics division. While, one could argue that CE could include a tablet as well, the PR contact specifically mentioned that a tablet is not involved.

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