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Overclock your Motorola DROID to 1.0 GHz

by: Susan ElleryJanuary 28, 2010

DROID owners that don’t mind voiding warranties can head over to and following the nine step process to overclock your DROID. The process requires you to root your device and flash your phone with the aptly named evilboot8.img to overclock your DROID to 800MHz, evilboot9.img to reach 900MHz or evilboot1g.img for blazing 1GHz. As with any hack that modifies the stock system, proceed with caution and do so at your own risk.

[via Phone Arena]

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CyanogenMod 5.0 ROM now available for the Nexus One

by: Susan ElleryJanuary 26, 2010

Cyanogen fans who have made the jump to the Nexus One have cause to rejoice and a reason to flash their phones today. Making its debut at xda-developers is the latest and greatest offering from Cyanogen – the CyanogenMod 5.0 for the Nexus One. The ROM has a bunch of tweaks and optimizations for the Nexus One and can be used with or without the Google application suite. The full list of changes is after the jump. Happy flashing!

[via xda-developers and Lifehacker]

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Get the 2.1 Google News & Weather widget on your 2.0 device

by: Chuck ZichJanuary 24, 2010

For all of you non Nexus One owners out there wanting to get a little more of the 2.1 experience on your device, scan the barcode to the right with a QR Code recognizing app and voila, you’ve got the Google News & Weather app and widgets.  This trick has been around for about a month now but I have seen little about it posted on the internet, so I figured that I would share it here.  Along with this, remember that you can also get the 2.1 Gallery with updated interface as well.  In order to install, you will need to allow your phone to install applications from unknown sources, and it should work on any device running 1.6 or above.  Enjoy and tell us what you [...]

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Add multi-touch to the DROID web browser via the Milestone

by: Susan ElleryJanuary 4, 2010

DROID owners clamoring for some multi-touch like their European counterparts should take a close look at a lively discussion over at AllDroid. Apparently, member t3hSteve was able to hack the multi-touch enabled browser of the Motorola Milestone onto the Motorola DROID. The hack is not for the faint of heart as it requires a rooted device and some familiarity with adb but if you are up for the task, a enviable multi-touch browsing experience will be your just reward. Hit the jump for a short video of the pinch and zoom in action.

[via Gizmodo]

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Flan gallery application now available for Android 2.0!

by: Chuck ZichJanuary 2, 2010

Remember that ultra sleek gallery app you’ve seen in the many Nexus One videos that have been posted in the last 2 weeks?  Well, now you can have that app on your Android 2.0 or 2.0.1 device, but mainly the Motorola Droid.  The team over at have discovered that it has been ported and is rather easy to install.  There is no rooting necessary but I should note that it is slightly unstable.  Here are the step by step instructions:

Download gallery_flan.apk to your computer. Copy gallery.apk file to your sdcard. On your phone go to Settings, then Applications and enable Unknown Sources. On your phone, use a file manager such as Astro to browse to [...]
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WiFi-tethering now availble for the Motorola DROID – hacking required

by: Susan ElleryDecember 24, 2009

Good things come to those who root and enjoy walking that fine line of hacking versus bricking a phone. Served up for us this time is a free WiFi tethering solution for the Motorola DROID. Functioning like the popular PDANet application, the hack will allow you to share your DROID’s 3G connection with your laptop or other portable device. The hack is not for the faint of heart as it requires you to root your DROID, install a custom recovery image, install a custom kernel, and finally install android-wifi-tether from the Google code project. Those who are undaunted by the prospect of a bricked DROID should grab a cup of coffee, pick up your DROID, and head over to [...]

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Multi-touch Milestone ROM and Android 2.1 ROM now available for the Motorola DROID

by: Susan ElleryDecember 19, 2009

Motorola DROID for Verizon

Just a few days ago, we reported on the addition of multi-touch to the DROID, a feat that was achieved by a few members of Alldroid who managed to take the firmware from the Motorola Milestone and install it on the DROID. Now that they have had a few days to put their nose to the grindstone, they have bundled up the hacked Milestone ROM and packaged into a custom ROM for the world to download and install to their DROID. Don’t care much about multi-touch but find Android 2.1 exciting? There is a new Android 2.1 ROM for you to download, too! Just a word of caution: if  you don’t know how to run ADB or boot into [...]

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Android 2.1 ported to the Motorola DROID

by: Susan ElleryDecember 15, 2009

DROID owners not satisfied with OS 2.0.1 should keep an eye on the work of some hackers over at According to their latest post, a few daring members have installed Android 2.1 ripped from the Nexus One onto their DROID. Not quite ready for prime time, the image used for the installation apparently does not properly preserve file system permissions which causes some problems with the phone. Other reported issues include problems with the keyboard backlighting, unusual behavior of the landscape app drawer, and general inconsistent behaviors where the homescreens stop swiping and apps stop launching. Quite wisely, interested parties are admonished to wait for an improved [...]

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Android ported to the Windows Mobile-powered HTC Vogue

by: Susan ElleryDecember 13, 2009

We have to hand it to the folks over at xda-developers, they sure know how to hack an HTC phone. One of  the latest endeavors allows HTC Vogue owners to replace their stock Windows Mobile OS with Android 1.6. The process is not for the faint of heart as Android will completely wipe out Windows Mobile. You can not dual boot and have both operating systems on your phone at the same time. Once you have sampled Android, you can revert back to Windows Mobile if you so desire. This Android 1.6 port is only available for the older HTC Vogue, not the more recent HTC Touch Pro 2. Folks that have an extra Touch Pro 2 and some programming skills can try their hand at porting Android to the [...]

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Android Authority is finally on Twitter

by: Michael OrylDecember 9, 2009

If you prefer Twitter to RSS feeds when it comes to getting your news, you’ll be happy to learn that I have finally setup a Twitter account for Android Authority.

It’s going to be a mostly automated account, so don’t expect to get replies to any messages you send in the @AndroidAuth direction. For that, you’d be best off sending a tweet my way at @MichaelOryl.

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