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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.

Samsung Epic 4G gets Cyanogen Mod

XDA Developers have turned their sites on the Samsung Epic 4G and have released CynogenMod 7 for the Sprint 4G phone. The Gingerbread Mod is still in Alpha release and XDA developers Dameon87, nullghost, and DevinXtreme warn that the Mod is not fully functional. Users who choose to flash the ROM to their Epic 4G are advised that they will likely be able to make calls, send SMS text messages and data via bluetooth and WiFi, but that there are a few other things that aren't working just yet. Users will not be able to use GPS or the Epic's 5MP camera just yet. And hardware acceleration in the UI and in Video is still being worked on so it's out of the mix as well. But hey, it's small price to pay to get rid of TouchWiz, isn't it?

Android vs Apple Startscreen [Barbershop Cuteness]

Oh you industrious creators of unofficially wonderful things, you've done it again. This is just about the cutest little thing we've ever seen in our entire lives. What you're about to experience for yourself is a brand new startscreen for your Android phone (or your iPhone, if you're in to that sort of thing) that features an Android with a cheeky side. This particular Andy character is what appears to be part of a barbershop quartet, this singular one having a taste for Apples.

Particle Ring Boot Animation for Shiny Justice

XDA Developers love to tinker with their Android phones and publish their results. And this one is one of my favorites. XDA user "Aph" has taken a cool particle ring animation he found in another thread and has tweeked the CM7 boot animation to make it really smooth. The result is our favorite little robot standing in a ring of plasma energy.

Samsung Galaxy S 4G unlocked at XDA

With the results of JD Power's customer satisfaction survey being most unkind for T-Mobile, Samsung Galaxy S 4G fans may want to try and bring their phone elsewhere. Thanks to XDA developer SanFranX415, users can. All they need is root access, a hex editor, and plenty of patience to find the unlock code buried deep in the Android OS. There's a thread here that will walk users through the process, but it's always important to remember that having to root a phone may cause your warranty to be voided.

Honeycomb Theme for CM7 gets you as close to Honeycomb as possible

Even though Android 3.0 Honeycomb was just released recently, and is a Tablet based OS. It hasn't stopped many of the developers at XDA from porting it to just about as many devices as possible. Here's just a few, Honeycomb port for Nexus One, or the HTC Desire Port, even the all popular EVO got a Honeycomb Port. For some wiping out all of their data and flashing a completely new ROM that may, or may not be fully functioning is out of the question. Luckily for you I have the easiest way to get some Honeycomb. (for CM7 users that is)
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