Archive | September, 2011

Are you ready to root / jailbreak Kindle Fire?

Note: our detailed tutorial about how to root / jailbreak Kindle Fire is live here.
Big day today, Amazon officially announced their Android based tablet – Kindle Fire. With technical specs better than Nook Color and a lower price – $200 compared with $250, it is obvious that the new tablet will not only smashed through every other Android tablet on the market at this point, including Nook Color (which, you might not know but it is the second best selling tablet after iPad), but, it might as well prove a formidable competitor to iPad itself. Why? Well, as the recent sales for HP TouchPad proved, consumers are voting with their wallet and at $200 the new Kindle Fire is getting close to the impulse buying price point.

While technical specs are significantly behind iPad 2 with only 8GB internal memory, no webcam, no Bluetooth and no 3G (see the full list below), most of the people won’t use these features anyway. Technical specs aside though, Amazon worked hard to create their own user experience and their own UI with Android hidden somewhere behind. Don’t get me wrong, you’ll still find a store (Amazon has its own Android store for a while already) and the daily free app provides is the icing on the cake, but a quite large percentage of Nook Color buyers got their toy specifically to root it later and install the official Android marketplace powered by Google. I do expect that to be also the case with the new Kindle Fire, since popular applications like Netflix or Hulu Plus are only available through Google’s own Android Marketplace. B&N never Read More…

Hulu Plus for Android ver 1.0.139 compatible with 9 more devices, download for Nook Color and others

Hulu just released a new version of their popular Hulu Plus Android app – 1.0.139. bringing compatibility to 20 devices now (running Android 2.2 and up). Here is the full list:

G2, HTC Evo 3D, HTC Evo 4G, HTC Flyer, HTC Incredible 2, HTC Sensation, HTC Thunderbolt, HTC myTouch, HTC Inspire 4G, LG G2X, LG Revolution, Motorola Atrix, Motorola Bionic, Motorola Droid 3, Motorola Droid II, Motorola Droid X, Motorola X2, Nexus One, Nexus S, Vizio 8” Tablet.

This list is of course Hulu’s official one because right now Hulu Plus works perfectly well on my CyanogenMod 7 Nook Color and hopefully on my shiny new HP TouchPad that will run Android soon. If your device is not on the official list you won’t be able to see the new Hulu Plus version 1.0.139 in the market though and you’ll have to side load it.

The new upgrade brings Hulu closer to Netflix’s performance to support every available Android device running Android OS 2.2 or newer.

Vulkano Lava to start shipping, takes your Live TV, videos, music and photos on the road

If you want to take your live TV channels with you wherever you go and on every possible mobile device you might have, Vulkano Lava is an enticing solution. Featuring a plethora of inputs including HD Component, you can use it to capture the TV signal from your cable / satellite box and stream it in a different room via your home network or a different country together if your Internet connection can take it. UPnP / DLNA is supported for in-house access,  iPad, iPhone, Blackberry and Android clients are available for $12.99 per app (cheaper than Sling) while PC / MAC clients are free. HP TouchPad compatibility is not listed but we hope with the recent $99 price reduction and the subsequent craze more and more app developers will start supporting it.

The streaming rates start at 150kbs in H.264 format up to near HD quality. You can also use the available clients to change channels, pause / play your recorded shows, etc. The Vulkano Lava starts at $199 with a more advanced version containing a harddrive to ship later in the fall at $249. Beside videos, music and photos can be accessed as well. We’ll look forward to get a review sample and review it as soon as possible.

Check the full Press Release after the break.

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Windows 8 developer preview – available for download

As you probably now, today was a big day for Microsoft – they officially previewed Windows 8 during their Build conference. At the same time, Microsoft mentioned that Windows 8 developer preview version will be available later in the week. Fortunatelly, for all of you wanting to get an early glimpse of what this Windows 8 is about, the download links will be live no later than today September 13th 8:00PM Pacific Time. The only available downloads will include (probably .iso file) of 32 or 64 bit x86 versions at with ARM version to be available at an unspecified later date.

Personally, I’ll download Windows 8 developer preview to try on the Acer Aspire 1420P convertible tablet I got at one of the previous PDC events. Among my hopes would be a possible Windows 8 port on one of the now unsupported HP TouchPad tablts.

Update: I started parallel downloads via the provided link and via MSDN (Universal Subscription). The downloads are obviously using different servers, with the MSDN download at least 10 times faster than the free one. Makes sense somewhat…

Android Netflix update 1.4 brings compatibility with all 2.2 and 2.3 devices

Well, isn’t this a good news? The new Netflix version 1.4 was just released in the Marketplace and with it, Netflix announces compatibility with all Android devices running Android 2.2 and 2.3. And that probably means your cheap HP Touchpad that soon will get its own CyanogenMod 7 as well. This is a really good news, especially with all the tricks I needed to perform to get it on my CyanogenMod 7 Nook Color. With the Netflix device limit increased at 50 devices per account, there is no excuse to get the popular service everywhere you can.

via Android Market

Review – How To root the HP TouchPad, enable developer mode, take screenshots overclock and side load apps

Like many other people I was fortunate enough to score a $99 HP TouchPad and while it is no iPad 2, it certainly worth the investment. I got to play with it for about a week, tweaked it to my needs and the experience accumulated is described in this comprehensive guide that will enable everybody to get the most out of this toy, at least until a stable Android port is available.

Before proceeding with the following steps, do not forget to update the TouchPad OS to its latest version, currently 3.0.2. It will bring a large number of improvements including a much more responsive app store.

Step 1: Root / enable developer mode on HP TouchPad

While actually rooting the device is not the same as enabling side loading apps, the latter is what most users really want.

1. To enable developer mode, navigate to the Home / Just type box and input webos20090606 or upupdowndownleftrightleftrightbastart. A windows will pop-up where you can turn the developer mode to On. The default password for developer mode is empty but you can set a new one if you want to limit access to the developer mode.

Once the developer mode is enabled, you can side load apps using Preware, webOSQuickInstall or InternalzPro. Read More…