If you were looking to get your enormous hands on a Galaxy Note in the U.S. but have no interest in switching to AT&T’s network, you may be in luck. AT&T’s “phablet” was previously limited to EDGE speeds on T-Mobile’s network, making the device a much less appealing option. XDA-Developers forum members have managed to figure out a way to enable HSPA+ support for AWS bands, however. After performing a SIM unlock, a user can flash one of three radio files that will allow the phone to access T-Mobile’s network with the proper SIM card. There are obvious risks involved, but T-Mobile subscribers in search of a supersized smartphone now have access to the king of the crop. More →
In a quick statement just published on HTC’s Facebook page, HTC CEO Peter Chou said:
“There has been overwhelmingly customer feedback that people want access to open bootloaders on HTC phones. I want you to know that we’ve listened. Today, I’m confirming we will no longer be locking the bootloaders on our devices. Thanks for your passion, support and patience,” Peter Chou, CEO of HTC
For anyone out there that roots their devices to customize them, this is probably the best news you can get. Well, or stock Android devices from the beginning, we guess. More →
As noted by enthusiast blog istartedsomething, Windows Phone 7 is on the verge of being jailbroken. Actually, hackers have already gained root access Windows Phone 7’s registry and file system — their methods simply aren’t yet bundled up in a nice little user-friendly package. “Jailbreaking” or “rooting” is a process that will allow users to install applications that have not been approved by Microsoft. It will also allow developers to build applications that utilize functions of the OS that are not accessible using standard developers tools. As it did with the iPhone, a Windows Phone 7 jailbreak will open up a whole new realm of possibilities for apps and customizations that would otherwise be unavailable to end users. More →
In case you haven’t been keeping up on your HTC G2 news: The recently released Android 2.2, G2 handset from T-Mobile has a built-in security feature that is having an adverse effect on those who are trying to root the device. As T-Mobile explains:
The HTC software implementation on the G2 stores some components in read-only memory as a security measure to prevent key operating system software from becoming corrupted and rendering the device inoperable. There is a small subset of highly technical users who may want to modify and re-engineer their devices at the code level, known as “rooting,” but a side effect of HTC’s security measure is that these modifications are temporary and cannot be saved to permanent memory. As a result the original code is restored.
This is good for those users who are not interest in root access; as the chance of a bricked device become slimmer. It is however not so good for that “subset of highly technical users” who are trying to get their electronic mitts on the G2’s innards. It appears as though the Android-tinkering community will just have to be a little more creative than usual with the G2. More →