liwen

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

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liwen · Feb 4, 2012 at 06:30 am · 2 comments

RIM Giving Out Free PlayBook Tablets To Android Developers

One of the reasons the BlackBerry PlayBook never got much traction is because of its lack of third-party apps (actually, first-party apps as well; think email). Anyway, the PlayBook OS 2.0 update that's expected to arrive this month will try to mitigate that shortcoming: it will finally include the long-awaited BlackBerry Runtime for Android Apps. Basically, developers can repackage their existing Android apps and submit them to the BlackBerry App World, so they will run on the PlayBook and upcoming...

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liwen · Feb 3, 2012 at 08:00 pm · 275 comments

Peek Giving Discontinued Devices To Hackers And Developers

Back in 2008, the original Peek was launched. It was not a sophisticated smartphone, or anything like that; it was a strict single-purpose device, designed for email use only. You could either pay a monthly subscription fee, or $299 upfront for "lifelong" service. Well, those who did the latter are now out of luck, as the company has announced that it would discontinue that service and all hardware, and instead concentrate on software solutions that work on top of existing...

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liwen · Feb 3, 2012 at 08:30 am · no comments

Bug In HTC Sense May Reveal WiFi Passwords, Fixes Are Underway

A security flaw in certain HTC Android builds allows third-party applications to access WiFi passwords. The flaw was discovered last September by Chris Hessing and Bret Jordan, who contacted HTC privately before publicly disclosing details. Considering the list of affected devices – which includes the Desire HD, Glacier, Droid Incredible, Thunderbolt, Sensation, Desire S, EVO 3D and EVO 4G – it appears that the bug is related to some HTC-specific Android modifications in its custom Sense UI. The myTouch 3G...

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liwen · Feb 3, 2012 at 07:00 am · 2 comments

Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet To Get Ice Cream Sandwich Update In Q2

According to a PCWorld report, Lenovo will update its ThinkPad Tablet to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich in the second quarter of this year. The ThinkPad Tablet was released last August, running Android 3.1 Honeycomb. Similar to the ThinkPad line of notebooks, it is targeted at business users and comes with a stylus and note-taking software. Despite security features aimed at enterprise, it was recently rooted. Several monts after the release of Android 4.0, the ThinkPad Tablet is one of...

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liwen · Feb 2, 2012 at 02:00 pm · no comments

Japanese Carrier KDDI Stops Sending Notification Ads

It was barely a week ago that KDDI, Japan's second-largest wireless carrier, started to push advertisements as notifications onto Android devices that had its custom "AU One Market" installed. It triggered a wave of bad press and, naturally, outrage on social networks. Following this backlash, KDDI has now decided to stop sending notification ads. While some third-party apps use similar techniques to display advertisements as notifications, those can be easily uninstalled, as opposed to pre-loaded applications. To KDDI's defense, it...

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liwen · Feb 2, 2012 at 01:00 pm · 1 comment

Samsung Confirms: No Galaxy S III At Mobile World Congress

In a statement issued to TechRadar, Samsung confirms earlier rumors that its next flagship Android smartphone and Galaxy S II successor, the Galaxy S III, will not be introduced at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona at the end of this month. Instead, it will be shown off at a seperate event later in the first half of 2012, closer to commercial availability. However, Samsung is not abandoning MWC in any way. The electronics giant is still going to introduce several...

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liwen · Feb 2, 2012 at 06:15 am · 1 comment

Humble Bundle Comes To Android, Pay What You Want For Four High-Quality Games

Most gamers and deal-hunters have probably heard of or even bought some Humble Bundles already, but for those not in the know, here's the deal (quite literally): For a price that you choose yourself, you get a bundle of high-quality games that work cross-platform and without any type of DRM restriction. The Humble Bundles are designed to promote the work of indie developers, so while they may not include your typical standard gaming fare, the games included are usually extremely...

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liwen · Jan 30, 2012 at 10:00 pm · 10 comments

#OPMOSH2: Developer Edition Is No Solution, Petition For Real Droid RAZR Bootloader Unlock

Guess what, Motorola? You got us shouting at you again. You delivered a special Developer Edition of the RAZR, but how are existing owners of the Droid RAZR going to unlock their bootloaders? No way. Do you seriously expect them to dish out money to buy a brand new device just to get a bootloader unlock? If you did, you clearly shouldn't. Here's what forum member [TSON], who's also responsible for the original Operation MOSH (make ourselves heard), has to...

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liwen · Jan 30, 2012 at 06:00 pm · 186 comments

HTC Rezound Is A World Phone, Works On GSM Networks

Verizon might tout its LTE capabilities, but what if you're not in the US and thus can't use the HTC Rezound on Big Red? Good news, as the Rezound includes radios that enable it to work globally on all GSM networks. How come? Well, forum member i rule123, who's based in the UK, accidentally ordered one for Christmas, under the impression that it was a world phone – which many promptly pointed out not to be the case. However, that...

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liwen · Jan 30, 2012 at 02:00 pm · 2 comments

Easily Root Your Nook Tablet With An SD Card

Since the latest 1.41 update from December, rooting the Barnes & Noble Nook Tablet has gotten a lot harder – you had to block the update or, if you had already applied it, restore to the previous 1.40 version before it was possible to gain root access. However, some people have been working on directly rooting the 1.41 version, and even come up with a method to root the Nook Tablet by booting from the SD card. With help from...

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liwen · Jan 30, 2012 at 11:00 am · 216 comments

Deepshining ROM For HTC HD7 Updated With 8107 Build And Custom Marketplace

There aren't many custom ROMs for Windows Phone 7 devices because, let's face it, there simply isn't the same kind of need as there was on Windows Mobile (or still is on Android). But nonetheless, with some Windows Phones getting unlocked and everything, custom ROMs have emerged for them, and one of the most popular ones is Deepshining for the HTC HD7. The Deepshining ROM by recognized developer dotcompt has recently been updated to the 8107 build, which fixes some...

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liwen · Jan 29, 2012 at 08:00 pm · 616 comments

Nokia Says Lumia 800 Battery Life Is Fixed, Promises Updates For Audio And Camera Quality

While Nokia's first Windows Phone, the Lumia 800, has been critically acclaimed for its unique industrial design, it has had its fair share of issues regarding battery life and audio and camera quality. In a statement posted on its official support forums, Nokia says that the recent 1600.2483.8106.11500 update indeed fixes all problems related to battery life, according to internal testing. For those that are still complaining, Nokia suggests that they should stop using the diagnostics tool that can be...

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liwen · Jan 29, 2012 at 02:00 pm · 270 comments

Amazon Kindle Fire Already Caught Up With Samsung Galaxy Tab

Android tablets have increased their marketshare in 2011, from 29% in late 2010 to 39%, but not because of the strength of the Android ecosystem. Sure, us geeks like them for their powerful hardware, but most normal consumers are rather drawn to the Kindle Fire. The Amazon tablet runs a forked Android version, as we explained earlier, and has proven to be extremely popular. Even though there are still more Galaxy Tabs in the wild, the Kindle Fire already sees...

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liwen · Jan 29, 2012 at 10:00 am · 8 comments

Koush Teases Fully Touch-Enabled ClockwordMod Recovery

We've previously shown you some touch-enabled recoveries: for one, the fully touch-based 4EXT Recovery Touch, but also modded CWM versions. However, both had their own shortcomings; while the modded CWM versions use on-screen buttons which emulate the functions of hardware keys, without taking full advantage of the touchscreen, not everyone might be willing to change to a completely different recovery if they're already used to ClockworkMod. But what if – what if ClockwordMod was updated with a fully touch-based interface?...

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liwen · Jan 29, 2012 at 08:00 am · no comments

HTC Rezound Getting OTA Update, Improves Stability

Verizon began to roll out a new update to the HTC Rezound a few days ago. It's not Ice Cream Sandwich yet, but rather a maintenance release that mostly improves stability and fixes a few other odd issues here and there. According to the official documentation, the new update bring the software version to 2.01.605.11, baseband to 0.95.00.1118r, and the following changes: Updated signal strength meter to 5 bar Received Signal Strength Indication (RSSI). Screen Timeout issues while connected to...

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