Archive for March, 2009
This one is for the majority of Android owners who don’t want to be bothered with root on the G1 (Android). Mucho gracias to Tremendo Slap for digging this one up. June Fabric has released an app for Windows that also installs another app on Android that allows you to tether to 3G. Most users say it works flawlessly even with VPN connections. A few dropped connections being dropped here and there but overall a success. This is an app that I know many of you have been waiting for.
For those wondering, tethering is connecting your device to your laptop and using your devices internet connection on your laptop, basically.
Edit: This may be in violation of your carrier’s TOS. For T-Mobile the 1GB per month data cap was lifted awhile ago but there is word that users that pass the 1GB limit will be limited to 50Kbps for data past that mark. I would advise using this only if you are in dire need. I would advise against canceling your home internet plan as well
The G2, aka HTC Magic, is making it’s rounds now sporting the T-Mobile USA logo. This is HTC’s newest answer to Nature’s call for more convergence. According to CPS and the white papers it is the first to sport both T-Mobile’s 3G and UMA. So we can have the best of both worlds! Of course it doesn’t have a physical keyboard which means it will have an on-screen keyboard. The on-screen keyboard is supposed to be a part of Cupcake (Android 2.0). The FCC docs have a confidentiality release date of June 15th, 2009 on the in-depth documents which may hint at it’s release date.
- 528 MHz processor
- microSD(HC), TransFlash, SDIO (up to 32GB)
- Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 2.0 +EDR
- Assisted GPS, QuickGPS
- 5 MP camera w/ autofocus
- 1340 mAh battery
- Google Android 2.0 (Cupcake)
- Screen Resolution of 320 x 480 (touch screen)
This fourth part in the ROMs for Dummies series addresses how to customize ROMs. Why would you do that? ANY AllShadow Community member that likes to hack their Shadow/Wing/Dash and has a list of applications that they like/must-have and work all the time should have a custom ROM with those applications in it. Of course there is a space availability issue but if you plan accordingly the next time you hard reset your phone it will turn on with all your favorite applications already installed. How’s that?
So get your favorite tasty beverage, dim the lights and and get started on ROMs for Dummies: Part Four.
The much coveted HTC Touch Pro2 is coming to T-Mobile USA. ND4SPD got his hands on the T-Mobile Branded ROM for it and diced it up. This is big news since T-Mobile hasn’t flexed it’s Windows Mobile Professional muscles since the Wing. Rumored to be released in May, the specs on this are mighty and promising.
- 528 MHz processor
- Video Out!
- 480 x 800 resolution screen
- 512MB ROM
- 288 MB RAM
- GPS, Assisted GPS, QuickGPS, Geotagging
- 3.1MP Camera (yes it does record video, it’s WinMo remember!)
- Bluetooth 2.0 + EDR
- Slide and tilt QWERTY Keyboard
- it MIGHT have a secondary .3 MP camera for video calls
- Windows Mobile 6.5
- Custom Branded TouchFLO 3D for T-Mobile
- MyFaves built into TouchFLO 3D
- Telenav GPS included
- Sliding sounds for the keyboard
- Will have Facebook and Contact Card apps
- Support for T-Mobile HotSpot and WAP
- Google Maps, JBlend Java, OZ Im
Waiting to See:
- at this point the ROM doesn’t include UMA support like the new Shadow. It is possible that they MIGHT throw it in later.
Thanks to ND4SPD on the digging and thanks to d474rpr for grabbing the ROM
back_right points out that YouTube has released a new app for Windows Mobile that allows you to access YouTube videos. While no app is perfect, many people are finding that it fits the bill. It works over EDGE and Wi-Fi. A few quirks are that the landscape only rotates counter clockwise and that you can’t login to your account. However! You can still access many of your favorite videos like the G1 Unboxing. How quaint.
You can download the new YouTube app for Windows Mobile (Shadow, Wing, Dash) from m.YouTube.com on your phone. If you want more options check out our tutorial which also lets you watch videos from other sites and vTap.
This Facebook app comes from Windows Mobile 6.5 thanks to the work in the forums of kron2 we can now share it with you! I was actually surprised at how well this application works. There was an unexpected bonus, the video recorder and uploader actually works! I recorded a quick (<30 secs) video on the Shadow and it was instantly uploaded to Facebook where it went live immediately. If you want to get your grubby little hands on the app you can find it in the forums in this thread.
If you want, you can always add me as a friend on Facebook. Just look for Mike Benton in Phoenix, AZ.
Some of the apps in the Android Market ask for Root Access on the G1. How do you get it? There are also custom ROMs for Android that require root access first. Many believe these to be worth it. Especially if you want to install some of the sick themes hanging out in the wiki. TO see many of the features in the newer custom ROMs give OctoberRiot’s post on ‘JF Updates Defined for the Average Reader’ a read.
If you just want to get to the root of the issue…check out the page in the wiki. Be warned, only you are responsible for messing up your phone. So if you don’t understand what’s going on in the tutorial it is advisable that you gather more information. You could also give the original thread a read first to see what other questions the community has had.