We've arranged a civilization in which most crucial elements profoundly depend on science and technology. We have also arranged things so that almost no one understands science and technology. This is a prescription for disaster. We might get away with it for a while, but sooner or later this combustible mixture of ignorance and power is going to blow up in our faces.
-Carl Sagan

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Got a new Android phone in the last 2 years?

Alright, so its known that Android is becoming more mainstream recently and that it is beginiing to level the playing field with iOS, but how come you still can't tether your internet, or install that app you wanted? How come if your phone dies and all of your data wasn't saved to your SD card, you lose everything you had on that phone? What if you got a Droid X, Droid 2, Droid Incredible, or other phone by Samsung. Motorola, or HTC and you don't like their subpar attempts at fixing the UI? Well the first step to that is rooting your Android device, which can be accomplished in different ways. Originally, anyone who wanted to root had to follow multi-step instructions and push instructions to their device, but with the help of many devs we are now able to perform one-click rooting. z4root does this very well, just follow the link in this post, download the .apk and place it on your SD card, then Android should prompt to install. You may have to tweak your phone a bit during the process, so read through the forum as well for help or email me back here and I can probably find you help. After you have finished you will be able to use Wireless Tethering for sharing your data connection with your laptop or computer, Titanium Backup to make complete backups of your phone, and ROM Manager for installing ROMs and custom themes. As for getting rid of that TouchWiz, HTC Sense or Motoblur, you will have to look into custom ROMs for your phone. Some examples of these if you want to research are Darkslide for Droid X, Cyanogenmod 7 for many phones, and Sapphire for Droid. Also check ROMs for version number as FroYo ROMs are being updated with Gingerbread ROMs based on Android 2.3.

12 comments:

  1. I've been looking into getting a droid phone. I've never owned a mobile phone before and it looks like a good one.

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  3. Rooting really is the way to go. Cyanogen Mod ftw :P

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  4. i cannot decide what to buy, apple or google...

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  5. definitely apple! iphone all the way.

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  6. I'm tempted to jump ship off the iPhone and pick up one of the new HTCs.

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  7. I recently bought an iphone, them smart phones are expensive!

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  8. using cyano on a g1. i wanna get the nexus one.

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  9. ill tell my brothers this! i have an iphone but they have droids.

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  10. can't wait to renew my contract next November so I can get a new android. HTC Hero got a little bit old now...

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  11. I actually read an article somewhere that Android OS actually HAS surpassed iOS in terms of usage and sales.

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  12. I actually read an article recently (I think from Mashable.com) that Android OS has surpassed iOS in terms of usage and sales. Which I think was expected since it is open source, and open source is way more popular nowadays.

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