azrienoch

azrienoch is an editor on XDA-Developers, the largest community for Android users.

Posts by azrienoch

· 1/6 at 02:00 pm · 200 comments

HTC Adds Bootloader Unlocking Support for Wildfire S and 4 Other Devices

Following their move to unlock all bootloaders on phones released after September 2011, HTC announced today that the HTC Wildfire S, Wildfire, Desire, Merge, and A315c (a Wildfire CDMA variant) joined the official list. It looks like all the devices they added right after Christmas are on the list as well. The dropdown menu of supported devices on HTCDev’s bootloader page changed formats as well.  Now included, at the very bottom of the list, is an All Other Supported Models option....

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· 1/4 at 10:00 am · 8 comments

Holo Theme Compatibility Standard on Android ICS Explained

Adam Powell explained on the Android Developers Blog how to maintain a consistent look on Ice Cream Sandwich between your apps and the general user interface with a line or two of code.  And he explains the improvements in ICS to streamline theme porting.  The goal here is design consistency wherever possible within a device interface. He explains that all devices running Android 4.0+ with the Android Market installed will necessarily have the Holo theme installed.  That doesn't mean there...

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· 12/30 at 11:30 am · 388 comments

HTC Kingdom Source Code Released

I made a mistake.  A few days ago I reported that, with a slew of new kernel source codes posted on HTCdev, HTC is now GPL compliant.  That wasn't true.  I found out after saying it again on XDA TV.  On Twitter, @gu1dry said, @azrienoch Just finished the new XDA TV video, issue with the end, @HTC still hasn't released source code for the Evo Design... :/ That was true.  Somehow, I overlooked the HTC Kingdom (HTC EVO Design 4G and HTC Hero...

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· 12/28 at 06:13 pm · 127 comments

HTC Unlocks Its Verizon and AT&T Bootloaders

Today, Peter Chou makes good on his word to no longer lock the bootloaders on HTC Android phones.  Just in time for those New Year's Resolutions. XDA Junior Member nightwings noticed, when trying out HTCDev's bootloader unlocking tool on his HTC Rezound, his bootloader was successfully unlocked.  Similar reports came in on the HTC Vivid forum, even though neither were named on HTCDev.com's list of supported devices. And it's bigger than just the HTC Rezound and Vivid.  I just tried out the...

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· 12/21 at 06:24 pm · 254 comments

EFF Releases IQIQ to Decode Carrier IQ Profiles

The Electronic Frontier Foundation is hard at work on the Carrier IQ issue.  EFF volunteer Jered Wierzbicki reverse-engineered the Carrier IQ Profile file format from WBXML to human-readable XML.  (A Profile is a set of instructions telling IQ Agent on your phone what information to collect, and when to send it back to Carrier IQ.) He then created IQIQ--a clever title, providing a watching-the-Watchmen sort of commentary--to allow anyone to decode the Carrier IQ Profile active on their phone.  The EFF hopes...

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· 12/21 at 10:21 am · 212 comments

HTCdev Releases 8 New Source Codes

HTCdev just released kernel source codes to eight new devices and their varying regional versions, and source codes for updates.  This brings HTC up to compliance with the GPL. Here's the list: Desire S (Europe, HTC Asia India, HTC TUR, Bouygues FR, HTC Arabic) Flyer (HTC WWE Honeycomb update) Explorer (HTC Asia HK CHT, HTC Asia WWE, HTC Asia SEA WWE, Orange UK) Sensation (T-Mobile US) Incredible S (HTC WWE, HTC TUR, BrightStar SPA) Droid Incredible (Verizon WWE) Vivid 4G...

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· 12/20 at 09:31 am · 303 comments

UnBricking the Nexus S

Last week, T-Mobile issued the Ice Cream Sandwich OTA update to Nexus S customers.  Great news for some, miserable news for others.  I didn’t found out exactly what all Google and T-Mobile included in the update, but apparently a new bootloader was included.  For some users, that meant a nice, Nexus-shaped brick. So XDA Recognized Developers AdamOutler and Rebellos of Team Hummingmod set out to do what they do best: unbricking devices.  And they released revision 37 of the UnBrickable...

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· 12/20 at 08:31 am · 10 comments

Underwhelming ITC Ban of Some HTC Devices

The US International Trade Commission made the decision that HTC has in fact infringed on one of Apple’s patents.  This was one of four reviewed, two of which were preliminarily found to infringe back in July.  As FOSSpatents put it, “this ruling falls far short of anything [that] would force HTC out of the U.S. market in the near term.” Apple, not one to license its technology, sought to ban the import of all infringing devices.  HTC devices running Android 1.3...

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· 12/16 at 04:05 pm · 232 comments

Al Franken’s Pursuit of “Carrier IQ”

December 14, the deadline Senator Al Franken gave to answer his questions about Carrier IQ, came and went.  Now the responses are public.  Franken also questioned FBI director Robert Mueller in the Senate Judiciary Committee about the FBI’s collection of information specifically obtained from Carrier IQ’s software.  Thankfully, Franken was not satisfied by the answers he received in either inquiry.  From Franken’s press release, which includes companies’ responses, “I appreciate the responses I received, but I’m still very troubled by what’s...

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· 12/13 at 08:30 am · 217 comments

Carrier IQ Releases a Report, FBI is Silent

Carrier IQ released a 19-page document explaining their software, how it’s used, and how it protects the data it collects.  Much of it we already heard, but now with more thorough detail.  Click here to listen to this article. After describing the basics of Carrier IQ and how it’s implemented--a section which points a finger squarely at the manufacturers and carriers--the document addresses specific questions people asked since the issue blew up in the media.  They begin by answering Trevor...

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· 12/6 at 04:12 pm · 16 comments

Verizon Bloats the Galaxy Nexus

How many carriers does it take to screw up a lightbulb?  One, if the lightbulb represents a good idea, but the other carriers are certain to join in, anyway.   Google’s Nexus family is that good idea. According to 9to5Google, Verizon will block Google Wallet on the Samsung Galaxy Nexus in favor of its own product, Isis--a competing payment app, collaboratively created with AT&T and T-Mobile.  Google Wallet won't come installed on the Android Market on Verizon.  (But note, Verizon said...

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· 12/2 at 07:40 am · 47 comments

Carrier IQ Creeps Out Everyone

Over the last week, Carrier IQ received quite a lot of attention.  First, TrevE was served a Cease and Desist letter from Carrier IQ, including a prepared statement they insisted TrevE release on his website, denouncing his work.  The Electronic Frontier Foundation responded on TrevE’s behalf, calling the C&D a violation of constitutional rights, and malicious.  Carrier IQ apologized, calling the C&D, “misguided,” but made a statement denying many of the allegations. Then TrevE released a video proving that every...

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· 11/30 at 12:15 pm · 20 comments

Mobile ODIN Lets You Flash Firmware from Device

Chainfire's abilities know no bounds.  The XDA Moderator and Recognized Developer now presents Mobile ODIN, allowing you to flash firmware from your device, itself.  That's right, you no longer need to connect your device to your computer. All right, that's not perfectly true--Mobile ODIN currently cannot flash PIT, bootloader, or EFS partitions.  You still need your computer for those.  For now.  But if you want to flash a new kernel, system, DBData, data, cache, parameter, or modem partition, Mobile ODIN...

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· 11/15 at 08:21 pm · 521 comments

More on Carrier IQ

This article intends to extrapolate the implications of egzthunder1’s article on Carrier IQ, and to comment on the responses by Carrier IQ, HTC, and Sprint, given in Russell Holly’s article on Geek.com. The point--short, sweet, and at the beginning of the article--is that we do not get to choose whether this information is collected.  Or who sees it.  Authorized employees only?  Marketing and polling firms?  Law enforcement?  All rhetorical questions, because we don’t know. To be clear, the “information” I’m...

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· 11/15 at 12:00 am · 12 comments

Location Security Exploit on Samsung Devices

XDA Recognized Developer pedrodh recently identified an exploit in Samsung devices running AccuWeather, and developed an app for demonstration.  The app can poll your location without granting any permissions--not even Superuser permissions--using two lines of code. As a system app, AccuWeather is automatically granted access to your GPS settings.  There are two ways to avoid giving away your location.  Under the AccuWeather settings you can set your location manually.  The developer recommends some remote village in China.  Unless, of course,...

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