HTC Thunderbolt gets the HTCDev unlock treatment

HTC has been busy adding devices and support for their bootloader unlocking program and just yesterday announced that all devices released after September 2011 are fully unlockable. While this is great news I know there are still thousands of HTC Thunderbolt owners waiting for the real thing too. Today it appears they've updated just that as the Thunderbolt and Incredible 2 have now been added to and are now truly free.

HTC Releases Thunderbolt Gingerbread kernel source code

Well folks, time to let the good times roll and the custom ROMs flow. HTC has recently released the full kernel source code for the HTC Thunderbolt, although this isn't for Froyo, no, this is for the recently released Android 2.3 Gingerbread. Now all of the hackers and tinkerers that make our custom ROM's can get to work on the Gingerbread aspects of things. Good news for Thunderbolt users indeed.

HTC ThunderBolt gets an Ice Cream Sandwich SDK port

Stock ThunderBolt users are just now getting their first taste of Gingerbread, but all the cool kids are already running versions of Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich based off of the Software Development Kit. Verizon's first LTE phone is the latest to get the treatment, courtesy of the fine folks at RootzWiki. Experienced custom ROM users can flash the software in the usual way via a custom recovery - don't forget to do a backup!

“Massive” security/privacy issues found in HTC phones

The Android world had a major shock earlier today when several members of Android Police (appropriate, no?) published a "massive" security flaw found on several high-profile devices from HTC. The problem comes from a customization that HTC has implemented on the core Android system, allowing any app that asks for the right permission access to a staggering amount of users' private and technical data. Even more disturbing, it seems to be the case that some of this information can be retrieved remotely by HTC or anyone else due to an HTC app opening up a network port on any affected phone. The primary issue stems from the "android.permission.INTERNET" permission. Once an app calls this permission into effect, it has access to all sorts of disturbing information on both rooted and non-rooted phones. The private information which any app can access includes email addresses, GPS locations and at least some former locations, call logs, SMS logs, and information from running apps. The HTC app "HtcLoggers.apk" is capable of collecting much of this data and then supplying it to anyone who opens up a network port on the phone. Theoretically, it's possible to duplicate a user's entire phone using these vulnerabilities. Trevor Eckhart originally discovered these vulnerabilities, and the flaws have been verified and cataloged by Artem Russakovskii and Justin Case of Android Police. According to these three, the problems effect a wide range of HTC Android devices across all major carriers. The EVO 4G, EVO 3D, EVO Shift 4G, MyTouch 4G Slide and Thunderbolt were mentioned specifically, so it's a fair bet that anything running similar hardware and software is likewise affected. The whistle-blowers have created a proof-of-concept app which allows any user (no root required) to examine the data being collected in real-time. You can find their exhaustive research and the proof of concept app at the source link. Though Eckhart said that he alerted HTC of these security issues more than a week ago, no official response has been made. Update: HTC has made the following statement: "HTC takes our customers' security very seriously, and we are working to investigate this claim as quickly as possible. We will provide an update as soon as we're able to determine the accuracy of the claim and what steps, if any, need to be taken"

PowerSkin for HTC Sensation 4G and ThunderBolt Review [Video]

For those of you wishing to get a whole heck of a lot of battery life out of their smartphones, your time has arrived. If there's one system that's working right now that, besides is obvious added bulk, will make your smartphone into a easy day's worth of workhorse at least, that being PowerSkin rubberized case and smartphone battery charger attachment. What PowerSkin offers you is a bit of protection and one whole heck of a lot of additional battery power in the form of a constant charger. You plug the microUSB in the slot, slip the smartphone in the skin/case, and you're on your way. You're able to go about your day as per normal then, charging the charger and the device up with a new port that you'll see coming out the side of the charger, and a powering you shall go!
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