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May 23, 2011
11:41 PM
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As I was saying:

 

I recently flashed my Optimus One with custom rom Void (based on Android 2.2). This got rid of the lags I get occasionally on stock rom, which is good, and those #$%! stock apps. I also noticed slightly better battery life. In any case, the interface looks sweeet (very dark and sleek)!! Not bad for a first!

 

@Ashraf: There is a CM rom for it, but it's not an official one, so I'll probly leave that for later when I get bored with this one. But it's actually quite fun flashing roms, because you kinda learn something, and they have so much potential for customization (because each rom is tweaked in different flavors), especially if you have a popular phone *cough*. I would stick to the popular developers though, because of the trust issue like you said.

 

Any other rom flashing dottechies feel free to chime in!

May 24, 2011
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Hacking and slashing = best part of Android. I must warn you, though, be sure not to flash every darn ROM you see. People call me paranoid when I say but you don't know the person – aside from their forum name – that created the ROM and it could easily have something malicious cooked into it. Always only use ROMs from reliable sources. Just because it is posted on XDA-Developers does not automatically make it reliable.

May 27, 2011
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http://www.zdnet.com/blog/hardware/htc-to-unlock-android-bootloader/13009?tag=nl.e019
The short announcement was made by HTC CEO Peter Chou on the social network site Facebook:

‎”There has been overwhelmingly customer feedback that
people want access to open bootloaders on HTC phones. I want you to know
that we’ve listened. Today, I’m confirming we will no longer be locking
the bootloaders on our devices.good news indeed for all HTC customers :-)

May 27, 2011
4:37 PM
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oooooo that is good news for HTC fans.

May 27, 2011
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I sent them a message asking if it was going to be backwards compatible.I will let you know if/when i get a reply mate

May 27, 2011
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Cool. I wonder when they will actually stop locking it. I hear the new HTC Sensation has a locked bootloader.

May 30, 2011
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This is the reply I received today “Thank you for contacting HTC regarding your mobile phone HTC Desire and Desire HD.
I understand that you wish to know if your phone will get an update to unlock the Bootloader.

We’re
pleased to announce that we have heard everyone’s comments and
constructive suggestions and have decided to go forward with this
initiative. Currently we don’t have a schedule yet, but stay tuned; we
will let you know via through our official website and official social
media outlets.
Regarding which phones will be unlocked, currently we
don’t have information but keep an eye on our official website and
official social media outlets for announcements about which phones will
be bootloader unlocked.

I hope that this information meets with
your requirements, should you have any further questions please do not
hesitate to contact us again.
If this response has resolved your
query, and you have no further questions please close this ticket by
following the link below. Upon closure of the ticket you will be invited
to complete our Customer Satisfaction Survey which should take no more
than 1 minute to complete.

To send a reply to this message or let me know I have successfully answered your question log in to our ContactUs site using your email address and your ticket number” and the reply I sent them was “

If
you can unlock the bootloader in Android then all your Android phones
should be applicable not just some!Might I say you are making progress
listening to your customers,you are just not hearing them properly.All
Android phones should be applicable not just certain models,this is not
just right it is just!
May 30, 2011
4:09 AM
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Typical corporate dodge.

May 30, 2011
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So basically they have no plans to do anything they just want good PR? Blah. Cry

Android looks 100% awesome, but the only devices with what I consider Android is the Nexus line. Everything else has Fauxdroid. Wink Cyanogen anyone? Your device is probably already supported, it's not like a locked bootloader ever stopped anyone: the Desire, the EVO 4G, the Desire Z, the Incredible, the Desire HD, the Hero, the Magic, the Legend, the myTouch Slide, the myTouch 4G, the Wildfire, Aria, and the Click all have official CyanogenMods, and most other phones have unofficial Cyanogens.

My next mobile device will 100% be Android. No more of this iOS stuff.

Oh, the site that was :(
May 30, 2011
2:39 PM
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Locutus said:

My next mobile device will 100% be Android. No more of this iOS stuff.


My life's work is complete.

On a serious note, I hear a new Nexus phone will be featured with Ice Cream later this year. I will be semi pissed since I bought the Nexus S at full price when it came out last year, but still… Nexus line is awesome. I don't run CM7 though; I prefer stock as opposed to unofficial ROMs. Im paranoid about security.

May 30, 2011
2:41 PM
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BTW Locutus, I don't know how long you want to wait until your next phone, but the Nexus One, which may be a year old but is still a kick-ass phone, has been available for ~250-270 brand new online for the past few weeks. You may want to jump on that, if you want to buy a phone without contract and forced data plan.

May 30, 2011
5:13 PM
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Ashraf said:

My life's work is complete.
 

On a serious note, I hear a new Nexus phone will be featured with Ice Cream later this year.

I've been planning that bit for a while. Laugh

..also, I heard that Google was planning to make a whole line, so that a new phone will be out makes total sense.

 

I'd rather not get a Nexus One–why get a year old technology when you can wait just a year longer? I am the king of patience when it comes to waiting for devices to come out; I waited for two generations before getting an iPod touch.

So maybe next year–or maybe once the iDroid project works on things other than iPhones 2G and 3G and the iPod 1g. Cry

 

I tried the Nexus S at the local Best Buy and I must say, it is a beautiful device.

Oh, the site that was :(
June 3, 2011
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Does anyone use the gmail app? I finally switched over all my emails to gmail, and I wanted to sync it with my Android device. But does that mean my Android device will download all of my emails? So if I had 1GB worth of mail, and I sync it with my gmail app on my device, will it actually download all 1GB of my mails?

 

(yea, this is all new to me, so what might seem obvious isn't obvious to me)

June 3, 2011
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The Gmail app is about the best e-mail app you can find. Will it show all your e-mails? Yes. However, as far as I know, it won't download and cache *all* your e-mails. I believe as you go through older e-mails, it loads the e-mails in batch, on demand.

Don't quote me on that, though.

June 3, 2011
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Locutus said:

I tried the Nexus S at the local Best Buy and I must say, it is a beautiful device.

Yes, it is.

June 4, 2011
6:46 PM
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You’re right I just tried it out, and it doesn’t take long to sync. It only stores the cache of emails you open, so it is accessible offline. I hope clearing the cache with 3rd party tools clears this also, because that cache could really add up.

 

Edit: Is there a way to password protect this app, or the gmail account? Anyone who has access to the phone can just open the app and then voila. That seems very insecure to me.

June 4, 2011
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Ok so I did some research and the only solution to this is an App Locker. Great, more resources used up and less battery life. You know, sometimes I really despise Google for things like this (and many other “tiny” annoyances in chrome). I mean, they are great and very innovative, but sometimes they really need to step back and fix simple things such as this.

 

YellYellYell

June 4, 2011
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http://dottech.org/android/best-free-apps/22274. And it takes up minimal resources. Little to no effect on battery life.

June 4, 2011
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I came across that, thanks. Nevertheless, it still really pisses me off how Google can't code their apps more properly. I really regret ever touching this app now. Google = no privacy.

 

/sorry I had to get this off my chest, Android still rocks

June 4, 2011
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Google makes some of the best apps around. I don't see why you are pissed because they didn't add the ability to password lock an app. If every app had the native ability to password lock, that would be a nightmare. That is why there are apps that specialize in the field.

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