Archive | November 14, 2011

How to root Samsung Galaxy S2 / S II / Skyrocket with Easy Root

If you are like me and bought a Galaxy S2  / Skyrocket (or thinking to buy one) you might be anxious to root it as soon as possible and unleash its full power (including possible overclock, etc). The are several solutions available at this point, but the easiest one comes from Android Creative Syndicate which recently launched Easy Root (thanks, all the credit goes to you – Shabbypenguin and the team at Android Creative Syndicate)

This procedure will also install Superuser and it won’t even require (in my case) to restart your phone. To check if proper rooted, just download something like Set CPU or root check from the Android Market, run it and you should see the Superuser pop-up pop-up prompting for access.

What is Easy Root? Basically a package consisting in ADB, a number of batch files and utilities designed to work together and root your Samsung Galaxy S2 Skyrocket in one easy step. In order to do it, you need to perform the following steps:

Step 1: Prerequisites

Before starting the process, yu will need to download the following files:

a. Samsung USB drives from here (22.81MB) – for Windows platform, name Samsung_USB_Driver_for_Mobile_Phones_v1_3_2200_0.exe Read More…

Deal of the Day – Quickoffice Pro (HD) as free app (from $14.99) of the day in Amazon Android App Store

The free app of the day right now (Nov 14th 2011) in Amazon Android App store is Quickoffice Pro both the regular and Quickoffice Pro HD (Gingerbread)  versions. Get them while you still can, the original price was $14.99. Today only.

Product Features

  • Take your work with you with this mobile Microsoft Office application
  • Create, view, and edit Word, Excel, and PowerPoint files on the go
  • Seamlessly access Google Docs, Dropbox, Box, Huddle, SugarSync, and MobileMe
  • Open and view PDF documents, including password protected and encrypted files
  • Share files via e-mail
You can install Amazon Android Market on a variety of Android devices, including CyanogenMod 7 HP TouchPad, Nook Color and directly on the AT&T newest LTE phones, HTC Vivid and Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket.

HTC Vivid Review

As I said in my previous article when I reviewed Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket, both me and my wife decided we need larger screens than the ones our current iPhone 4 smartphones have, we were eligible for an early upgrade offer from At&T and it really made no sense paying again for iPhone 4S upgrade over the iPhone 4, so we looked into AT&T’s new 4G LTE capable smartphones based on Android OS, especially since AT&T run a pretty cool promotion. We got to buy the HTC Vivid for only $99 and I choose the Galaxy S2 Skyrocket for myself, the HTC Vivid going to  my wife. We got to play with them for a couple of day and the experience is described in detail in this review. Beside references to the Galaxy Skyrocket, I’ll also compare HTC Vivid to my previous iPhone 4 so you can make an informed purchase decision overall.

In case you don’t know, HTC Vivid is one of the two LTE sets AT&T  just launched. LTE is the new 4G communication standard AT&T is upgrading its network to, it stands for Long Term Evolution. With the current technology LTE should achieve download speeds of 20+Mbs, enough for pretty much everything including 1080p streaming. LTE sets owners report download speeds in excess to 50 Mbs / second, a quite impressive jump over the 3G technology and while LTE is not yet deployed in all AT&T markets, in the areas the technology is deployed you should be in for a treat.

The latest LTE sets should also help position AT&T as a solid Android provider considering that iPhone exclusivity for so many years helped it build a somewhat opposite image. Will they succeed? I guess time will tell.

HTC Vivid Unpacking

It looks like AT&T decided to customize the boxes to look more AT&T-ish than anything else, in an obvious effort to set their brand. The boxes Read More…