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Nov 23, 2010
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Install Android 2.2.1 On Droid X With New Hack

The latest version of FroYo is not available for Motorola Droid X users yet. But if you are of the restless variety and need to get it sooner, a leaked version of Android 2.2.1 that can be installed on Droid X handsets is now available. Of course, since this is not official, you will need to root your Android phone first which, as you should be aware already, is fraught with risks and so will need you to proceed at your own risk.

Even if you are successfully rooted, the Android 2.2.1 installation comes without an SBF file which means there is no way to go back to the original state should something go wrong. So proceed to the following steps only at the risk of bricking your phone. No guarantees here.

To start with, you will need to download the source file from the link here. Once this is done, download the file and copy it to your SD card. Use the instructions mentioned here to bootstrap the recovery and reboot it. After you complete this, navigate to “mount and storage” and pick format system & mount /system.

Now tap the power button of your phone once to return 1-Menu option. Here, select install zip from sdcard -> choose zip from sdcard. Pick the Blur.zip file that was downloaded to the SD card to proceed.

This will complete the process. The Droid X will now reboot to the new Blur and Android version.

Nov 23, 2010
Anand Srinivasan

Tethered Jailbreak For iOS 4.2.1 Using GreenPois0n Soon

iPhone and iPad users running the latest version of the iOS shall be glad to know that a tethered jailbreaking solution from the Chronic Dev Team should be up and running very shortly. GreenPois0n, as it is called, is based on the Limera1n exploit that was uncovered by George Hotz and is capable of jailbreaking all the iOS-based devices in the market.

One problem however is that this shall be a tethered jailbreak. This means that you should tether your iDevice to a computer every time you need to reboot in order to keep the jailbreak active. If you think that is a pain you can live without, then you should probably wait for some more time before an untethered jailbreak solution is made available.

But again, there is no need to wait if you have an iPhone 3G or a 3GS running the older bootrom. The RedSn0w 0.9.6b3 update that was released last week for the GM build of iOS 4.2 is good enough for these devices.

Nov 23, 2010
Anand Srinivasan

Jailbreak & Unlock iPhone 3G/3GS On iOS 4.2.1 Using RedSn0w

There is some good news if you are the owner of one of the older iDevices like the iPhone 3G and iPod Touch 2G or iPhone 3GS (running the older bootrom). The iPhone Dev Team has noted that iOS 4.2.1 jailbreak for these devices is already ready for download.

This is thanks to the updated RedSn0w 0.9.6b3 that was released last week to jailbreak the GM build of the iOS. The Dev team says that the recently launched iOS 4.2.1 is primarily a public version of the GM build and so the same RedSn0w tool should work on these devices as well.

A word of note if you are also looking to unlock your devices. A new updated version of Ultrasn0w that will work on these devices (with the older bootrom) is expected to be released later this week. So unless you have an iPhone 4 or a 3GS with new bootrom, your device should be good to use by the end of this week.

Nov 13, 2010
Anand Srinivasan

Enable USB Tethering On Samsung Focus/Omnia 7 With Simple Trick

Microsoft had indicated prior to the launch of their Windows Phone 7 devices that they shall not be offering USB tethering on launch and that it will be enabled sometime down the line. But now it looks like at least Samsung Focus (or Samsung Omnia 7 outside the US) are in for some luck. Some users have discovered a simple trick that can bring USB tethering to their WP7 handsets.

If you are a Omnia 7 user, this is what you should be doing

Step 1 : From the phone’s dialer, key in ##634##
Step 2 : You will be taken to the phone’s diagnostic menu. Here, key in *#7284# in the menu that appears
Step 3 : Navigate through to the “Modem, Tethered Call” option. Follow the on-screen instructions to find the USB Tethering option.

Once activated, users will be able to use their Windows Phone 7 handset as a internet hotspot. Do note that some users do not seem to be getting it to work. So, if you do manage to enable USB tethering, don’t forget to write in the comments about how it went.

Nov 11, 2010
Anand Srinivasan

Root myTouch 4G Permanently Using VISIONary

It was only yesterday that we wrote about a permanent rooting solution for T-Mobile G2 that was built with the already known VISIONary application. Now thanks to that, we now have a permanent root for T-Mobile myTouch 4G as well. Credit once again to the folks at XDA.

The procedure is not too different from what we saw for the G2 and you can check out the complete step-by-step instructions here. What this root means is that we are not very far away from having custom ROM builds releasing for myTouch. But having said that, please also note that the usual disclaimers apply here. More so, because this is a new root and there is a lot of chance for things to go wrong. That could mean, one misstep and your phone could be bricked. So proceed to the link above at your own risk.

Nov 10, 2010
Anand Srinivasan

Permanently Root T-Mobile G2 With VISIONary

It has finally been done. Folks at the XDA Developers have managed to find a way to permanently root a T-Mobile G2 – the Android handset that was launched just a few weeks back. The new procedure is an extension of the temporary tethered rooting solution that was achieved on the G2 last month.

The rooting solution makes use of the same VISIONary application and while you do have the complete instructions here, do note that going ahead with the process is not advised unless you have a throw-away G2 or a complete nerd who can take care of the eventualities.

Either way, any mistake on your part could potentially brick your G2 rendering your device useless. So, proceed at your own risk. Nevertheless, if you do decide to go ahead, don’t forget to let us know how it works in the comments.

Nov 10, 2010
Anand Srinivasan

Run Android On iPhone 3G/2G Using Jailbreak App

Bootlace is a new app on the Cydia store that will enable iPhone users to run their Apple devices on an Android operating system. The best part of this process is that it is simply tap-and-go and does not require you to connect to a computer. There are a few points to note though. Bootlace 2.1 app is compatible with only iPhone 2G and 3G devices and require these handsets to run one of iOS 3.1.2, 3.1.3, 4.0, 4.0.1, 4.0.2 and 4.1. It goes without saying that your iPhone also needs to be jailbroken but do ensure that they are done with either PwnageTool, Redsn0w or Blackra1n. Other jailbreak methods would not work.

So to get started, you need to add the repo at http://repo.neonkoala.co.uk/ to your Cydia store and then search and install the Bootlace app. Once done, launch the Bootlace app, tap to install OpeniBoot and from the bottom of the screen, choose to run iDroid. You are almost done. Simply tap on the QuickBoot icon from the bottom of the screen and follow the instructions to complete the process of installing Android 2.2.1 on your iPhone.

This is quite a simple process to do. Do let me know how the process goes in the comments below.

[via Redmond Pie]

Nov 6, 2010
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How To Disable HDR Photography On iPhone 4

Sometime back I had written about a jailbreak tool called HDR Camera Enabler that would enable HDR photography on an iPhone 3GS even though that feature is disabled by default on the iOS. Now if you are looking for a counter feature – the ability to disable HDR photography on iPhone 4, here’s this new tool.

Before you start wondering if anyone will need this, do remember that HDR photography capture can be a power guzzler and some people may think it fit to enable and disable such features at will. If you are one such user, you need to check out the new jailbreak app called myOS. myOS is an application that is available on Cydia that makes it possible for iPhone users to enable/disable not just HDR photography, but all the other iOS features as well. The app lets you manage the following

  • Multitasking
  • Homescreen Wallpapers
  • Unified iPod
  • App Store
  • Contacts
  • HDR Photography
  • Game Center
  • Camera
  • Voice Control

myOS is available right now on the BigBoss repository and can be had at a price of $0.99. Check it out and let us know if you found it good.

Nov 6, 2010
Anand Srinivasan

How To Run All Apps On Samsung Galaxy Tab In Full Screen Mode

Not all apps on the Android market are capable of running on devices with a resolution higher than 800×480 pixels. This means a number of popular applications do not appear full screen on a device like Samsung Galaxy Tab that has a resolution of 1024×600 pixels.

All is not lost though as a Galaxy Tab user has discovered a simple way to get all applications to run in full screen mode. The procedure makes use of a free Android app called Spare Parts and will require a couple of reboots. You can check out this video embedded below for the complete how-to instructions.

The trick lets all applications to scale beyond the 800×480 pixel barrier and removes one of the most prominent disadvantages that the Galaxy Tab had vis-a-vis the iPad. Did you try the method? Do remember to let us know how it went in the comments below. You can use the QR code below to download Spare Parts to your Tab.

Spare parts Android app

How To Record HD Videos On iPhone 3GS

Apple is notorious for building hardware capable of handling advanced technology and yet disabling them with their software. Now if you are with an iPhone 3GS, you may not have HD video recording enabled even though the ARM Cortex processor is perfectly capable of handling them. So how do you get it enabled then?

Firstly, you will need to jailbreak your iPhone. You do know the risks involved right? Jailbreaking can void your warranty and can even brick your device. So the risk is all yours. Once done, you need to install OpenSSH for iPhone. Go to the Cydia App Store and install this application. You can use Cyberduck to SSH with a Mac or if you are on Windows, use WinSCP. The connection settings are

  • IP address: available from the Settings —>WiFi —> Network Name (the name of your WiFi network which, hopefully for security sake, is not the default “linksys”)
  • Username: root
  • Password: alpine
  • Protocol: SFTP for Cyberduck and SCP for WinSCP

Done? Now download HDVideo3GS.zip and extract it. The folder has 4 files. Of these, copy the N88AP.list file to /System/Library/CoreServices/SpringBoard.app/ and the other 3 files (AVCapture.plist, CameraRollValidator.plist, MediaValidator.plist) to /System/Library/PrivateFrameworks/Celestial.framework/N88/

That is it. Reboot your iPhone 3GS and you should be done.

[via IntoMobile]