To say Android fans had mixed emotions earlier this month when Netflix finally released its Android app is an understatement. On the one hand, the app is finally here, which is obviously great news. On the other hand, Netflix only made the app available on five of the many, many Android phones currently on the market. But we have good news for those of you with an Android device not currently supported by the Netflix app: your pals over at xda-developers forum have figured out a workaround that will let you install the app and stream all the movies and TV shows you can handle — and you won’t even need to root your phone. The workaround is tested and working on plenty of devices and it couldn’t be easier to do; you’ll just have to change a setting and then install one of the Netflix apps linked in the xda thread. Of note, most AT&T devices won’t be supported until a fix is implemented, but that should be coming in the near future. Check out the via link below for the how-to, and the files you’ll need can be found through the read link. More →
It looks like the gang over at xda-developers have leaked a build of Microsoft’s Windows Phone NoDo update — better known as the copy and paste update — for the HTC HD7. Forum member football has posted the build, which is in RUU format, for European HD7s only. If you want to try to shoehorn this update onto your T-Mobile HD7, you had better be prepared to roll up those sleeves. Using the GoldCard method, it is possible to load this ROM onto unsupported hardware, what it is not, however, is easy. Regardless, if you’re the adventurous type, and want copy and paste functionality so bad you can taste it, hit up the read link and have a look for yourself… and do be careful! More →
So you’ve gone ahead and purchased a Motorola XOOM for a cool $800. You’ve been politely pawing at it for the last few days, playing by its rules, running at — or under — its manufacturer-designated speed limit. Now what? You overclock that bad boy’s processor… that’s what. XDA forum member coolbho300 has managed to tweak the XOOM’s kernel to get both Cortex-A9 cores running at a benchmark-shredding 1.5GHz. “I have successfully brought the Tegra 2 in the XOOM to 1.5GHz,” writes coolbho300 in a forum post. “A few kernel modifications make the dual core chip in the XOOM even more powerful than the recently announced Tegra 2 3D. 1.5GHz through two Cortex A9 cores is truly a force to be reckoned with.” We’re not going to argue with that assessment. As you can see from the above image, the device’s performance in benchmark tests is quite impressive (especially when compared to a lowly smartphone). You can hit up XDA to check out the tutorial on how to bring your XOOM up to warp speed… but do be careful. More →
If we know you, and we think we do, you’re not the kind of person that wants to wait two weeks to get Gingerbread (Android 2.3) on their Nexus device. Neither are we. Thankfully, the gang over at XDA-developers have posted two, Android 2.3.3 download links — one for the Nexus S and one for the Nexus One — for those looking to force-feed Google’s latest and greatest code-base onto their device. Hit up the read link to venture on over to the XDA forums for further instructions… and enjoy your dessert. More →
The tinkering community that is xda-developers has managed to shoehorn the phone.apk Android module onto T-Mobile’s Samsung Galaxy Tab. Forum member Jyveafk has figured out how to flash the device, using Odin3, to allow calling over T-Mo’s EDGE network. In it’s current state, XDA cautions that the procedure is “for experienced flashers only.” If you’re the adventurous type, and give this a shot, let us know how you make out. More →
Dear hardware OEMs: Resistance. Is. Futile. It seems as though the gang over in the IRC channel #G2Root xda-developers have found a permanent rooting solution for T-Mobile’s HTC G2 handset. As you may recall, the rooting community ran into a little hiccup with the Android 2.2 device due to an auto-restore feature aimed at helping the average consumer un-brick their handset. The new solution comes just days after HTC released the source code for the G2 on their website. The root exploit for the G2 is far from production-ready, but it does look like the software is well on its way to getting the one-click treatment.
UPDATE: Quick correction — As Aaron pointed out in the comments, the G2 root was originally discovered by members of the #G2root IRC channel; an XDA forum member announced it. Thanks, Aaron!
What do we have here? The folks over at xda-developers have posted the above picture; an HTC Android phone purportedly named “Knight.” The phone rocks a 3.7-inch screen, akin to the Nexus One, and resembles a smaller EVO 4G with its four rounded soft-keys. The site’s source was unsure about an exact release date but does expect an official announcement “soon.” According to XDA, the phone sports a “hinge” of some sort; whether it’s a slide-out QWERTY, or a HTC Surround-esque speaker, remains to be seen. What are your thoughts on the 3.7-inch screen?
Have a hankering for that old-fashioned frequency modulation (FM) radio? A member of the XDA forums has successfully ported several Motorola DROID X files over to the DROID 2 allowing the FM radio application to function on the QWERTY-slider handset. All that is required is a rooted DROID 2 and a fair amount of patience. Hit the read link to view the full instructions sheet. More →
We are a little late on reporting this one, as it got lost in the DROID Incredible melee that happened yesterday afternoon, however the Sprint EVO 4G — running Android 2.2 — has been rooted. The good people over at xda-developers have the write-up ready to go, although there is this warning:
My advice would just be to READ very carefully
through all the STEPS. It’s very easy to get confused if
your are just excited about it and are
trying to finish as soon as possible.
You’ve been warned! If you need the “roots” give the tutorial a shot. Enjoy! More →
If you recently purchased — or have plans to purchase — a phone in the Samsung Galaxy S line, the folks over a xda-developers have a pretty interesting tutorial up on their forums. The instructions detail how to carrier-unlock your Galaxy S phone (e.g. Captivate, Vibrant, etc.) without the need to pay for a SIM unlocking service. The process is four steps long and looks to be a 4 or 5 out of 10 on the difficulty scale. Hit up the read link if you want to give this one a shot… and do let us know if you have any success. More →
HTC just hit us up with an official response to Apple’s patent lawsuit filed against them. In short, HTC is sticking up for themselves, naming the innovations they’ve been to market with, and listing some of the industry-wide recognition they’ve received. Look, we’re not arguing for either side, like whether Apple is wrong for filing suit for whatever reason, or whether HTC actually did violate some of Apple’s patents, but this press release is more of a slight-of-hand movement than an actual response. Though they do say pretty clearly that they will defend themselves. What do you think? It’s after the break… More →
Worried about the multitasking capabilities of Windows Phone 7? Worried it will only have support for one ActiveSync profile or be missing some of those key features from Windows Mobile 6 platform? Well, we’re pretty sure the good people over at XDA-developers are going to have you covered come release time. A full eight months before it is due to hit the streets, the tinkerers over at XDA-devs have acquired a code dump of the Windows Phone 7 operating system. The code was pulled from the SDK emulator image and currently only runs on an x86 PC, but the XDA gang is already starting to prod and dissect the code in anticipation of a full ROM. You can hit up the XDA forum to get in on the conversation. Let the games begin.
While the keys to the Android 1.5 “Cupcake” SDK may have just been handed over to developers, the clever folks in the XDA-Developers community have been playing with the software on their G1’s for the past few days already thanks to an individual known as haykuro. Very, very long story short; haykuro successfully ported the software from the upcoming HTC Magic/G2 over to the G1. A bit of work is required to get the software up and running on a G1, but it’s not something that would be above the abilities of the average user thanks in part to great tutorials and the help of the XDA community. Plus, it helps that all of the APNs for T-Mobile USA and AT&T, etc come pre-loaded within the software. So forget about waiting for Google and HTC to take their sweet time sending Cupcake your way — hit haykuro’s blog and let us know how it goes.