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Android for iPad and iPhone 4 on horizon with OpeniBoot update [Video]

The prospect of a dual-booting Apple iPad, iPhone 4 or iPhone 3GS capable of loading iOS or Android is one step closer, with a new version of OpeniBoot that can apparently run on the newer Apple devices. Arch modder Hexxeh has been demonstrating the updated tool, which allows booting of unsigned code such as Linux kernels on devices. Until now, OpeniBoot has been limited to the first-gen iPhone, iPhone 3G and first-gen iPod touch. We're not quite at stable dual-booting stage yet, but if you've always liked the look of Apple hardware but miss your Android fix, this could be one way of achieving it. [youtube UIixUYaLufo]

Dell Streak gets unofficial Froyo 2.2 ROM [Video]

Dell's Streak tablet has seen its Android 2.1 update - in certain regions, anyway - but how about Android 2.2 Froyo for the 5-inch slate?  It's not an official update, instead being a port of a vanilla CyanogenMod ROM that's been fettled by Stephen Hyde (aka DJ_Steve), but it's a way to get the latest version of Android on your Streak with no delay. There are a few hiccups with this particular build, including the occasional random reboot, and the installation process isn't exactly a walk in the park, but the end result is Froyo on the Streak and well in advance of any official Dell option.  Anyone brave enough to try it out? [youtube 4GNEsUrE2Hw] [via StreakSmart]

MIUI Android ROM overhauls UI with iPhone/TouchWiz/Sense inspiration [Video]

Take a pinch of iPhone, a dash of Sense, a sprinkling of TouchWiz and mix it all up in Android, and you might get the MIUI ROM.  Currently wowing with its combination of slick icons, straightforward multitasking and general visual niceness, the new ROM completely overhauls the UI. More information at xda-developers together with download links, and the Android Community guys are already talking about MIUI here.  Anybody tempted? [youtube Or-9T44Bt7M] [Thanks Ewdi!]

HTC HD2 gets functional Froyo ROM [Video]

Last we saw of the efforts to get Android 2.2 Froyo running on the HTC HD2, the Google OS would load but there were some potentially deal-breaking 3G and audio issues.  Happily the xda-developers community never sleeps, and now a new ROM release delivers what looks to be a 99-percent complete Froyo experience for the HD2. HDBlog.it shot a video demo of the new ROM in action, complete with a Minimal Matte skin that provides a neatly different user experience not only to the HD2's original Windows Mobile 6.5.3 OS but what you'll find on true HTC Android handsets.  WiFi, GPS, Bluetooth (aside from the HID profile), 3G, the camera (including flash) and most other things are functional, so this sounds like a ROM you could actually comfortably live with day to day. [youtube 0raobiKRDAs]

DROID X rooted; next stop that tricky bootloader

Could it really be this simple?  According to Droid X Forums the new Verizon DROID X has already been rooted, and it's a mighty simple process from the look of it.  Hot on the heals of recovery mode for the smartphone being accessed come root privileges. Of course, just having root access is only one part of the process: right now the bootloader is still locked down tight, and Motorola's use of eFuse tech means that third-party ROMs are still a no-go area right now.  What you should be able to do, though, is get rid of any preloaded bloatware you're not using, and all the other little hacks that root permits.  Now, anyone brave enough to give it a try?
Step 1: Set up ADB Step 2: Push exploid to /sqlite_stmt_journals "adb push exploid /sqlite_stmt_journals" Step 3: type "adb shell" Step 4: type "cd sqlite_stmt_journals" Step 5: type "chmod 755 exploid" Step 6: type "./exploid" and follow directions on screen Step 7: type "rootshell" Step 8: type in password "secretlol" Step 9: your in root! Step 10: mount your sdcard to pc and put Superuser.apk and su in the sdcard Step 11: unmount sdcard Step 12: in adb (make sure your still in root with the # sign) type in: - cp /sdcard/Superuser.apk /system/app/Superuser.apk - cp /sdcard/su /system/bin/su - chmod 4755 /system/bin/su
[Thanks djunio and ggrant3876!]

Nexus One 720p HD camera hack released

Looking for something new to do with your Google Nexus One?  If you're a photography fiend then how about 720p HD video recording; thanks to a new hack from - where else - xda-developers, you can now boost the Nexus One's native video capture capabilities. Currently the hack is predominantly for Android 2.1 Nexus One handsets; there's a test build for 2.2 Froyo, but from the sound of things it's not quite ready yet.  Video demo of the potential results below - make sure to choose 720p from the quality menu, else you won't be getting the full effect - and instructions/downloads here. [youtube mnHw0wdZx] [via Twitter]

HTC Hero Android 2.1 unofficial ROM released [Updated]

If you're not in Taiwan and thus waiting for the OTA HTC Hero Android 2.1 update to drop from carrier Chungwa Telecom, you'll be pleased to hear that there's already a hacked ROM suitable for any Hero out in the wild.  Master ROM-fiddler Paul O'Brien has released three different versions of the update. Two are rooted (one of which has the Chinese-specific functionality stripped out as well, and is the recommended path for most users to take) while there's also an unrooted version.  We're keeping a watchful eye on HTC's European support sites, and have a request in with their PR team for any public timescale they may be able to give. Update: We've just heard back from HTC's UK PR team, who say that they expect the Android 2.1 firmware for the HTC Hero to be released sometime in June 2010. Nothing more specific than that, sadly.

Motorola DROID gets USB Host hack

Having USB Host support on Android smartphones has long been a request, especially now we're seeing more capable handsets with processors that could, feasibly, allow them to work as basic netbook alternatives.  Now there's one way to add USB Host capabilities to the Motorola DROID, but as with any first-generation hack it's not exactly pretty. The system takes advantage of the fact that Motorola used USB-OTG capable hardware when they built the DROID, choosing to pair it with a standard USB Micro-B port rather than the Micro-AB port normally found on an OTG device.  To work around that, you need to create a microUSB to USB connector cable - with some judicious rewiring of a couple of regular cords - together with a tiny adapter that, when inserted into the DROID while it reboots, enables the Host mode. There are still quite a few issues with the implementation; only one device will be recognized before the DROID kicks itself out of Host mode, there are issues with premature disconnects and of course there aren't really the drivers to actually do anything.  Plugging in a memory key, for instance, sees it recognized and powered but not actually accessible.  Still, the Android developer community has shown itself to be fast-moving when it comes to adapting to new hacks, so it probably won't be long until all this is polished up in a custom ROM. [via UberGizmo]
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