HTC One Android L Update Available Early

HTC One-Best-Cheap-Phone-June 2014

Last month the next version of Android which for now is being called the Android L release, was shown off early for the first time in three years. Then in an even more shocking move Google released an early developer preview. Now if you own an HTC One you can try it early only a […]

Nexus 4 Android 4.4 KitKat Ready for Brave Users

The Nexus 4 Android 4.4 KitKat update is still weeks out, just like the factory images, but here aretwo options to get Android 4.4 for the Nexus 4 today. Image via boykioy on XDA.

The Nexus 4 Android 4.4 KitKat update isn’t coming for a few weeks and the old tricks to force an update aren’t going to work, but there is another option for Nexus 4 owners who can’t wait to get Android 4.4 KitKat. Google did not put the Nexus 4 Android 4.4 KitKat factory images up […]

AT&T HTC One X Bootloader Unlocked

AT&T HTC One X Bootloader Unlocked

One of the drawbacks of AT&T’s HTC One X has been the fact that its bootloader is locked down. HTC has not yet released a bootloader unlock tool leaving some to wonder whether an “official” method would ever arrive. Well, it hasn’t arrived yet but it seems that there is an HTC One X bootloader […]

New Unreleased Ice Cream Sandwich ROM Leaked for AT&T Galaxy Note


It looks like AT&T and Samsung are hard at work prepping the forthcoming Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich software build for the 5.3-inch Galaxy Note smartphone. A new leaked ROM with Google’s Android 4.0.3 update was just leaked on the Internet with a build number of UCLC3. The UCLC3 is said to not introduce any […]

Android 4.0 for Nexus S 4G Gets Closer to Release

Nexus S

If you’re the proud owner of Sprint’s Nexus S 4G, you’ve probably been wondering when the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich would start rolling out for your device. Unfortunately, we don’t have the exact answer to that question but now that an official Android 4.0 ROM for the device has made it onto XDA-forums, we […]

HTC Super Tool Hack Roots, Unlocks Many HTC Smartphones, Tablets


A user-created hack called the HTC Super Tool allows HTC phone and tablet users to root and unlock their HTC-made Android handsets easily. The tool works on a variety of HTC devices currently. Though HTC had announced earlier this year that it would be opening up its devices to official unlocking following controversy about locked […]

Sony Ericsson Invites Advanced XPERIA Users to Test Ice Cream Sandwich


Following Huawei’s move to make available early alpha and beta ROMs of Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich available on existing, released handsets, Sony Ericsson is doing the same for many of the company’s Android smartphone under the XPERIA brand. Sony Ericsson is making available Ice Cream Sandwich alpha ROMs–which are supposed to be even less […]

Sprint Dropping Carrier IQ From Early Samsung Epic 4G Touch ROM?


An early leaked ROM for Sprint’s Samsung Epic 4G Touch Galaxy S II (review) smartphone indicates that the carrier may be dropping the Carrier IQ software that was preloaded on the device. It’s unclear when the new ROM will be updated for existing users, but the absence of Carrier IQ software suggests that Sprint may […]

Custom CyanogenMod ROM Creator Joins Samsung, TouchWiz Getting Overhauled?


It looks like Samsung has nabbed the founding developer behind the CyanogenMod custom ROM series for various Android devices, Steve Kondik. Kondik has indicated his official corporate involvement with Samsung by updating his Facebook status to say that he is now a Software Engineer with Samsung Mobile, but maintains that his custom CyanogenMod ROM efforts […]

Droid Incredible 2’s Bootloader Gets Unlocked by Community


Rather than wait for HTC to address the locked bootloader situation, owner AlphaRev of the Droid Incredible 2 has found a way to unlock the bootloader on the HTC-made Android smartphone. Having an unlocked bootloader will mean that custom ROMs may soon be possible and become available to owners of the Droid Incredible 2 after the […]

HTC EVO 3D Confirmed to Have Locked Bootloader


In a bit of sad news for those who were planning or have already pre-ordered the HTC EVO 3D on Sprint, Android Police has confirmed that the device will indeed have the same locked bootloader as the HTC Sensation. This means that those of you looking forward to putting ROMs, kernels and recoveries on your […]

HTC Thunderbolt: How to Get Better Battery Life [Android]


The HTC Thunderbolt is a pretty amazing phone, but the first 4G LTE phone on Verizon’s network has at least one major issue — it can drain a standard battery in 4 hours while browsing in a 4G network area. While many will see their Thunderbolt last longer, since they won’t be browsing the web […]

HTC Thunderbolt Firmware Update Leaks with GPS, 4G and Other Fixes


The HTC Thunderbolt may be one of the hottest phones on market, but that doesn’t mean that Verizon’s first 4G LTE phone isn’t without issues. Early users have reported battery life issues, problems switching between 3G and 4G as well as others. The good news is that HTC and Verizon seem to be working on […]

Why I Chose the HTC Thunderbolt Over the Rest of Verizon’s Lineup


The HTC Thunderbolt is Verizon’s flagship 4G LTE Android smartphone and has been one of the most anticipated devices to arrive on the Verizon network, even doing battle with the iPhone. While there are upcoming devices with faster processors and higher resolution screens, I chose the Thunderbolt as my next smartphone, for at least the […]

Tethering and Bottle Service: A Look at Entitlement & Data Plans

Bottle Service Tethering

Paying for a set quantity of something, say a bottle of Wine, and then being required to pay another fee to use it in a certain way, to drink it in the wine merchant’s tasting area, can be a bit annoying, but it’s a fact of life and you don’t see many people storming in […]

Galaxy Tab 7-Inch Gets Unofficial Android 3.0 Honeycomb Port


Early adopters of the Android 2.2 Froyo-powered Samsung Galaxy Tab 7-inch are now treated with a functional, yet unofficial, port of Android 3.0 Honeycomb for the small pocket-able tab. Though Samsung has remained silent on whether the 7-inch tablet will get Android 3.0 in the future, the Galaxy Tab-maker has since announced 8.9- and 10.1-inch versions of […]

No Custom ROMs for Motorola Atrix 4G


Thanks to Motorola’s implementation of a locked bootloader, the new Motorola Atrix 4G dual-core flagship Android smartphone for AT&T will not be able to handle custom ROMs. Despite the fact that the handset was recently rooted, which allows for certain features like ability to install non-Android Market purchased apps that was prevented by AT&T, the […]

Microsoft Locks Down Windows Phone 7 to Prevent Custom ROMs


It looks like custom ROMs right now won’t be a possibility on devices launching with Windows Phone 7 until someone can figure out Microsoft’s PVK system. PVK, which is a security key that ties the Windows Phone 7 operating system to the hardware or smartphone. If the PVK cannot be found, certain parts of the […]