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Simple Android pattern lock workaround discovered

Here's some good news for those who frequently forget their pattern to unlock their phones: a developer on the XDA forums has discovered a relatively simple workaround for pattern-locked devices. This workaround requires just a few lines of code in ADB, and it's made even easier by the fact that your phone doesn't need to be rooted in order for it work. Of course, that also means that some undesirable people may be able to gain access to your phone if it's ever stolen, so watch out for that.

Samsung Galaxy S III Local Search fix offered by XDA Developers

Local Search, as many of you may have already discovered, has come up missing from Galaxy S III devices. It isn't hard to imagine why, considering that many draw comparisons between Local Search and Siri and Samsung has already been through enough legal tussles with Apple to last a lifetime. Sadly, it seems like Local Search isn't coming back anytime soon, but there is a way to fix it, provided you aren't against rooting your S III and doing a little work under the hood.

Download dual-boot Android on your HP TouchPad now

Just Monday we saw an extremely early version of Android living happily with WebOS on the same HP TouchPad, but the developers hadn't released the necessary files to try it out yourself. Rejoice, cheap tablet modders: the indefatigable denizens of XDA-Developers have done it again. You can now download and install an alpha version of the WebOS Android installer, keeping your TouchPad's core software intact.

NOOKColor humming on Gingerbread thanks to CyanogenMod7

The flexibility of the Barnes and Noble NOOKColor shows itself again as the Android eReader has been rooted to become a full-on Android 2.3.3 (Gingerbread) tablet. The mod, based on CyanogenMod7, has completely wiped out the BN ebook reader overlay and has also overclocked the NOOKColor's 800 Mhz processor in order to get it run smoothly. The only real issue appears to be a hardware limitation, since Gingerbread requires multiple hardware buttons and the NOOKColor only has a single button plus volume controls. But other than that, the NOOKColor is humming along rather nicely at 1.1 Ghz speed.

XDA forum sets sights on HTC Sense to Samsung Galaxy Tab

It's almost a digital Island of Doctor Moreau. You know, the book about the mad scientist who crosses humans with animals? Well, users of the Samsung Galaxy Tab are exploring porting the HTC Flyer ROM. The idea comes from the fact that both the Flyer and the Galaxy Tab have the same screen resolution (600 by 1024).

TouchWiz 4 ported to Samsung Galaxy S

The gang at XDA can't be stopped. This time, taking TouchWiz 4 and they've ported it to the Samsung Galaxy S. Now before you think, "oh cool, I've been wanting to do the whole rooting ROM thing," give it a second thought. The average user just cutting their teeth on custom ROMs may want to stay clear or at least wait on this one, it's not for the faint of heart.

Samsung Galaxy Ace gets Gingerbread update

Tsar3000.com and Sam's Firmware have leaked a Gingerbread ROM for the Samsung Galaxy Ace. The update, which Samsung is developing is for theS5830. It was leaked to commemorate the one year anniversary of Sam's Android partnership with TSAR3000. But as always, these early beta leaks aren't perfect and users are advised they take their phones into their own hands when tasking it.

HTC Pyramid ROM ported to HTC Desire HD

The gang at XDA has done it again, this time, "CapyChimp" has managed to port the HTC Pyramid Rom to the HTC Desire HD ... and it only took 24 hours. Now granted, with such a slap dash effort to get it ported and out, there's some more work to be done. A LOT of work, in order to iron out the bugs. But it does give users a chance to poke around the neighborhood some. Let's take a look ...

Xperia PLAY Android ROM Dump

A relative newcomer (or so it would appear) to the game, son1c, has dumped the Xperia PLAY ROM on XDA Developer Forums. This is rather exciting as once this occurs, the rest of the fun can begin. We're in a bit of an odd place at the moment when it comes to this phone as it's not officially launched here in the USA, but basically the rest of the world has it in their hands - so we're sort of relying on the rest of the earth to let us in on the fun until we've got it here.

HTC Thunderbolt gets rooted with a click

The rootability of the HTC Thunderbolt continues to reveal more gems as as XDA Moderator CaptainKrtek, with support from NetForce-TX, has created a one click method which, after testing, is pretty easy to apply. The method is a Windows batch file which runs the user through the complete process and ends with a rooted Thunderbolt ready to play with. CaptainKrtek suggests users still give the thread a good solid read just in case anything goes wrong, but he's confident that, thanks to NetForce-TX's testing, that the batch file is sound and works as advertised.
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