Posts From azrienoch

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...