Dell Streak gets battery meter tweak

Sometimes the simple hacks are the most useful, and we've a feeling Dell Streak owners will find this new battery gauge tweet particularly handy. The work of MoDaCo forum member Gopu, it replaces the standard battery icon with a circular meter and power-remaining percentage. You'll need to be running version 1.4.6 of DJ_Steve's custom ROM for the Streak in order for it to work, but assuming that's the case you can download the new icon ZIP from here. [via StreakSmart]

Lockscreen Gestures coming to DROID via CyanogenMod

Oh the glory of custom ROMs. Bringing in many new and creative features, that would just take too long to be implemented on official releases for the inpatient, we are all thankful for these ROMs. CyanogenMod has now released a version that allows lockscreen gestures.

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"
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.
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