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Dell Streak Froyo Beta ROM available now

A Froyo ROM for the Dell Streak, currently in beta, is now available to download via a somewhat lengthy process. Everything is working, and there are a few bugs like the Streak randomly rebooting, or 3G data problems after switching off WiFi. However for a beta in the early stages of a Froyo ROM this is very impressive. The process is pretty detailed and lengthy and requires updating the baseband. Don’t be too concerned, this is all taken care of by a program made by Qualcomm so, in theory, it is safe. However, as with all rooting, nothing is 100% safe and you will need to try it at your own risk. You can check out the instructions for download over at Android @ Modaco

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]

HTC Desire HD ROM Ported to Droid Incredible, Desire, and EVO 4G

Just a few days after the announcement of HTC Desire HD, we heard that the ROM has been extracted. Well we now have a followup of the happenings between then and now. The developers behind the extract have not got it ip and running on the HTC Desire as well as the Droid Incredible and EVO 4G. They are still not perfect, missing camera support, WiFi and 4G, but they are definitely a start.

HTC Lexikon and HTC Bee specs outed from ROMS

Details of two new HTC Android smartphones have emerged, seemingly dug out of the company's own ROMs by 911HTC.  According to the site, the HTC Bee and HTC Lexikon each run Android 2.2 Froyo, with the Bee packing a lowly 528MHz MSM7625 chipset while the Lexikon gets a somewhat more satisfying 800MHz MSM7630. Both have a 5-megapixel autofocus camera, but the Bee has a 3.2-inch QVGA display while the Lexikon gets a larger 3.8-inch WVGA panel; both run HTC Sense.  The Lexikon also packs a QWERTY keyboard, which suggests it might be another version of the HTC Vision (though the vision has a 3.7-inch display). According to 911HTC, the HTC Bee is a CDMA device for Verizon (as well as Cellular/UTSTARCOM/Alltel/CellSouth); no word on who might be offering the Lexikon. [via Coolsmartphone]

Motorola: eFuse does prevent unofficial ROMs but won’t brick your phone

Motorola has denied the eFuse technology used in its Android smartphones will leave customers handsets "bricked" if they attempt to install unofficial ROMs, though the company concedes that the system will indeed be non-functional with anything other than Motorola firmware.  "If a device attempts to boot with unapproved software" Motorola explains, "it will go into recovery mode, and can re-boot once approved software is re-installed."
"Motorola's primary focus is the security of our end users and protection of their data, while also meeting carrier, partner and legal requirements. The Droid X and a majority of Android consumer devices on the market today have a secured bootloader. In reference specifically to eFuse, the technology is not loaded with the purpose of preventing a consumer device from functioning, but rather ensuring for the user that the device only runs on updated and tested versions of software. If a device attempts to boot with unapproved software, it will go into recovery mode, and can re-boot once approved software is re-installed. Checking for a valid software configuration is a common practice within the industry to protect the user against potential malicious software threats. Motorola has been a long time advocate of open platforms and provides a number of resources to developers to foster the ecosystem including tools and access to devices via MOTODEV at http://developer.motorola.com."
It seems the real difference between the rumors earlier in the week and the truth about eFuse - which is found in the DROID X, DROID 2 and other Motorola Android devices - is that users themselves will be able to "restore" their handsets rather than needing to send them off to Motorola to be reflashed.  That's certainly the implication from the official statement.  However, the end result is the same: if you want an Android device that's open to the various third-party ROMs available, Motorola probably shouldn't be your first port of call.

Motorola locking DROID X and DROID 2 bootloaders

Motorola has disappointed ROM-tinkerers with the news that, unlike the Motorola DROID, future Android smartphones from the company won't be supplied with open bootloaders.  Instead, Motorola will be "securing" the software on handsets like the DROID X and DROID 2, making loading custom ROMs significantly more difficult. The company says their justification is "driven by a number of different business factors" and that is common practice; the DROID having an open bootloader, in fact, is described as being done for "a specific business reason" though that is not detailed.  "The use of open source software, such as the Linux kernel or the Android platform, in a consumer device does notrequire the handset running such software to be open for re-flashing" the company points out, highlighting that Motorola does "comply with the licenses, including GPLv2, for each of the open source packages in our handsets." [Thanks Toby!]

HTC HD2 gets Android 2.2 Froyo and Desire’s 2.1 Sense ROMs [Video]

The HD2 is another piece of endearing solid, discretely handsome HTC hardware, but its native Windows Mobile OS would normally make it unwelcome here at Android Community.  Thanks to the handiwork of xda-developers, however, HD2 owners can now get a shot of frozen yoghurt instead of their Microsoft dose; they've managed to port Android 2.2 Froyo onto the HD2. If Froyo isn't to your taste, there's also an Android 2.1 build with the same HTC Sense UI as on the Desire available.  There are still issues with each, including audio issues during calls and - on the Froyo build - some 3G problems, so these may not be everyday ROMs for you, but the good news is that the 1GHz Snapdragon processor in the HD2 keeps them running as slickly as you'd find on a Nexus One or Desire. Android 2.2 Froyo on HTC HD2: [youtube f891vm6vWHM] Android 2.1 with Sense on HTC HD2: [youtube rCwo9Z-JWG8] [via HDBlog.it]
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