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Land of the Giants(martphones) – part 2

Land of the Giants(martphones) – part 2

Lewis Curdie  Nov. 23, 2012 at 13:00

Two things smartphone manufacturers are currently obsessed with: firstly, making devices that are anorexically thin, and also churning out wares with seriously massive displays.

Over a year ago, back in September 2011, I penned Land of the Giants(martphones), and I figured I’d revisit the idea, taking a look at the continuing trend for phones bordering on tablet territory (hence the term “phablet”).

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Downgrading an EVO 3D CDMA (Shooter)

Downgrading an EVO 3D CDMA (Shooter)

Jeff Mulkey  Jul. 12, 2012 at 19:30

Anyone using a Sprint EVO 3D (for the Mobotniks on the US side of the pond) has undoubtedly heard of the atrocity that is HBOOT 1.50. Whereas versions 1.30 and 1.40 of the bootloader could have the security flag turned off (S-OFF) and the NAND portion of the phone written too, HBOOT 1.50 was without exploit. As such, even with the bootloader unlocked using the official HTC method, the ability to flash custom kernels was limited, unless a mobotnik was willing to undergo a much lengthier process that did not allow for flashing on the go.

In fact, the lack of development in the months following the release of the EVO 3D was (in part) attributed to the locked down bootloader. Thanks to a group of very intelligent developers, a method was constructed that allowed for HBOOT 1.50 to be downgraded to 1.40, which could have S-OFF. Let's take a look at the how to do this.

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HTC updates Ice Cream Sandwich schedule

HTC updates Ice Cream Sandwich schedule

Lewis Curdie  May. 23, 2012 at 14:00

We recently got an update on the Motorola Ice Cream Sandwich saga, and now HTC is teasing its users with fresh Android 4.0 info.

There’s good news in the form of more specific dates, but bad news in that some HTC devices won’t get a taste of delicious Ice Cream Sandwich after all.

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HTC Evo 3D: You May Still Be Able to Get Root

HTC Evo 3D: You May Still Be Able to Get Root

Joe Hindy  Feb. 21, 2012 at 20:00

Unfortunately for some HTC EVO 3D owners, getting rooted isn't as easy as we all would like it to be. If you're rocking an hboot version that is 1.5 or higher, then you can only get fake root through the htcdev.com website, but not the full s-off, bootloader unlocked root that we'd all rather have. Of course, that doesn't mean that there aren't people working on that.

Well, Mobotniks, if you're rocking an HTC Evo 3D and you're on Vodaphone, there's a chance that you may yet be able to achieve full root with relative ease as there has been a method uncovered that will allow people to downgrade from the 1.5 hboot and achieve full s-off goodness.

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Power button wearing out? Swipe to turn on your HTC EVO 3D

Power button wearing out? Swipe to turn on your HTC EVO 3D

Liwen Guo  Feb. 11, 2012 at 20:30

One of the places where the obsessive design and engineering that went into the iPhone becomes obvious is its home button. It certainly is not perfect, as many people prefer to have an additional back button, but it does have a big advantage: since it is a 'hard' button (as opposed to 'soft' touch buttons) and slightly recessed, it gives you physical feedback when pressed without being easy to activate accidentally.

Why does that matter? By combining those two properties, it can be used to turn on the screen on Apple's iOS devices, instead of reaching for the power button. While many Android devices also come with hard buttons, they can't be used to turn on the screen by default – and even though you can change that using various mods, they may activate accidentally. Newer Android devices, on the other hand, often include capacitive buttons that naturally aren't suited for this kind of usage. However, that does not mean that you're stuck with the power button for good, thanks to a mod for the HTC EVO 3D that allows you to turn it on and off with a simple swipe!

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The best smartphones of 2011? Yes and no… part 2

The best smartphones of 2011? Yes and no… part 2

Lewis Curdie  Jan. 4, 2012 at 13:00

Good afternoon to you. Apparently I didn’t make it clear enough in The best smartphones of 2011? Yes and no… part 1 that I was simply listing a synopsis of each and every Mobot handset review from 2011, in plain old chronological order. Also, when I say “part 1”, it’s perfectly safe to assume there’s a second part in the proverbial pipeline. You maniacs.

I listed a total of 18 devices in part 1, and not one – including the Samsung Galaxy S II and iPad 2 – managed a perfect 5/5. Evidently that Dave Oliver is a tough gentleman to please. Will we see a cheeky 5/5 in part 2? I really don’t know. Personally, I’m hoping for a 1/5. Let’s rock!

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HTC addresses security flaw

HTC addresses security flaw

Lewis Curdie  Oct. 26, 2011 at 12:00

Earlier in the month, we heard that Android Police had uncovered a security flaw in some HTC handsets, akin to “leaving your keys under the mat and expecting nobody who finds them to unlock the door.”

HTC promised to address the issue post haste, and now Android Police reports that Sprint in the US has begun firing out a fix for the controversial flaw.

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Blink and you’ll miss 396 HTC smartphones

Blink and you’ll miss 396 HTC smartphones

Lewis Curdie  Oct. 10, 2011 at 13:00

So I see someone (namely justincredible) asked: “How many phones has HTC released in the UK this year?” on the discussion board this morning. Any excuse for a list, man. They’re right up there with pie charts, for my money.

He further asks if the total is “More than 12?” I’m going to go out on a limb and say: “Uhm, probably.” Almost certainly, if we’re including both Android and Windows Phone 7 releases. In fact, I won’t be surprised if we make 15. Ready?

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Security flaw uncovered in HTC phones

Security flaw uncovered in HTC phones

Lewis Curdie  Oct. 4, 2011 at 12:00

A trio of nerds has uncovered a rather worrying security hole in some HTC phones, which essentially allows any web-connected app to access a ton of your private junk.

User accounts including email addresses, GPS locations, the phone log, and SMS data are all thought to be at risk. Cripes.

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Dear manufacturers, stop doing these things

Dear manufacturers, stop doing these things

Lewis Curdie  Sep. 7, 2011 at 13:00

It can’t be easy being a mobile phone manufacturer in this day and age. Technology continues to evolve at an obscene rate, and we gadget-hungry beasts can be a fickle lot.

But hey, that doesn’t stop us thinking we know what’s best for everyone and judging manufacturers from the comfort of our respective chairs.

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