Desire and Legend Rooted Already

Well, looks like it has happened again. Modaco, the same guy that rooted the Nexus One before it was released, just achieved root on the Desire and Legend before they have been released. HTC must’ve gotten wind of this because they are now working on an update to the Desire’s firmware which will most likely patch this exploit before it is released.

Droid Does Cyanogenmod?

The awesome Android modding community continues to amaze. One of the hardest things to do is port a GSM ROM ot a CDMA phone. Koush, has recently ported the latest and greatest cyanogenmod to the Droid. Cyan's Rom's are always near the top of the hill in the custom ROM world. This is a luxury that was previously only available to users with HTC branded phones until now.

Guardian Project has secure Android smartphones in the works

Cryptographically secure phones has been around for quite sometime now but the use of such devices are highly underutilized due to their high cost and low user support. Android is now being used by Guardian Project in an effort to bring these types of devices to the masses. Android-compatible handset will be updated with new firmware release that would add an anonymous browser, encrypted email, secure voice calls and secure data sync, along with various other security related things.

Orange HTC Hero gets firmware update

HTC have released new firmware for the Orange version of the HTC Hero.  The software - version for Orange - is available to download from HTC's support site; however it looks unlikely to be the much-anticipated Android 2.1 firmware update. The previous ROM for the Orange version of the Hero was, meaning this is likely a very minor update.  However HTC do not indicate what particular changes have been made, so we'll have to wait until an Orange Hero owner updates and lets us know any differences. [via CoolSmartPhone]

Guide to manually updating the Nexus One

If you’re getting impatient waiting for the major Google update to be forwarded to your Nexus One smartphone, Android Forums have cooked up some directions letting you manually update the Nexus One, finally allowing you to play around with multitouch, Google Goggles, and even possibly getting rid of the 3G issues that have reportedly plagued many N1 units so far.

HTC Magic gets Sense UI update

HTC have pushed out a ROM update for the HTC Magic, and as promised it delivers their Sense UI to the Android smartphone.  The company had confirmed back in 2009 that Asian Magic handset would have access to an update, but it seems that all non-carrier-branded devices are now eligible.
"This ROM Upgrade for your HTC Magic will let you experience HTC SenseTM on your phone. HTC SenseTM lets you create a phone just right for you. You can customize your experience to be any way you like. Discover intuitive experiences that make everything you do on your phone effortless and delightful."
Unfortunately it looks like this update won't work for the T-Mobile myTouch 3G, though we'll wait to hear for confirmation from owners about that; HTC's site requires the serial number from your phone before it will allow you to download the new firmware, v3.05.401.3, so as to prevent you from accidentally bricking the handset. Even so, it's a good idea to back up your Magic before you start since HTC warn this update will definitely wipe it completely.  You can download the ROM here. [Thanks Paul!]

Motorola deny DROID OTA update

Here's an odd one for you: while some users have reported receiving an OTA (over-the-air) firmware update for their Motorola DROID this past week, Motorola themselves have just announced via Twitter that there has been no such update released.  In fact they say the last update to be pushed out was back in December 2009. The update was believed to address Facebook stability, but other users had claimed that they'd seen significant battery life updates too.  We're yet to see any sign of an update on our review model DROID, leaving us pretty confused as to what might have been showing up on some handsets earlier on.

DROID OTA update boosting battery life?

A minor OTA update for Motorola DROID users earlier this week could turn out to be more impressive than expected.  Initially believed to address some basic Facebook issues on the Android 2.0 smartphone, some users are now reporting that the new firmware makes a noticeable improvement to battery life. The DROID's excellent 3.7-inch LCD display is one of its key strengths, but it's also a significant guzzler of power.  Heavy use of the smartphone can see it expire well before the day is through. The update is yet to arrive for installation on every DROID out there; anybody finding their phone has a new lease of life come the evening? [via PhoneDog]

Android 1.6 Donut finally hits Archos 5 Internet Tablet

Archos have again released the Android 1.6 Donut firmware update for their Archos 5 Internet Tablet.  This marks the second attempt for the company, who briefly released an update back in December 2009 before promptly yanking it over a "major issue" with the web browser. The update brings with it all of the non-cellular improvements we're used to seeing in Android 1.6: a new Quick Search feature and improved power management are likely the two biggest draws for Archos 5 owners.  However there's also improvements in media file support, a new version of the ThinkFree Mobile documents viewer, and better UPnP support over WiFi.  There's a full changelog here. [via Twitter]
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