How to Root your HTC EVO 4G

Ready for some hacking action? The XDA-Boys have posted the following instructions on how to your,soon-to-be-purchased, HTC EVO 4G if you really feel like doing it . Remember that this will void your warranty and can potentially brick your handset if your screw up the process. But this is currently the only way to get Android 2.2 (once the port is finalised) on the EVO 4G. So you will do this at your own risk? Follow the instruction after the break:

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HP: No WebOS Smartphones in the works

This was kinda un-expected especially coming from big corporation like HP who is about to pay $1.2Billion to acquire a smartphone company. According to CEO Mark Hurd who spoke at the  Bank of America Merrill Lynch technology conference yesterday, the The Palm acquisition had nothing to do with being in the smartphone business.

We didn’t buy Palm to be in the smartphone business. And I tell people that, but it doesn’t seem to resonate well. We bought it for the IP. The WebOS is one of the two ground-up pieces of software that is built as a web operating environment…We have tens of millions of HP small form factor web-connected devices…Now imagine that being a web-connected environment where now you can get a common look and feel and a common set of services laid against that environment. That is a very value proposition.

Bad news for all the WebOS fans I guess. But this may sound like music to Microsoft’s ears. HP is/was a Windows Phone 7 launch partner but everything was sort of put on hold after the Palm acquisition announcement. Nothing is really known yet but I guess that we will know soon enough if HP is still riding the Windows Phone 7 train.

Source: ZDNet

HTC EVO 4G User Manual available

If you can’t wait until tomorrow here’s your chance to grab the HTC EVO 4G User Manual that is now available on Sprint’s website. Both the Getting Started Guide and User Guide are currently up on Sprint‘s support servers:

User Guide (EN) : PDF

Getting Started [EN): PDF

Getting Started Spanish: PDF

First HTC EVO 4G TV Ad

Here’s the first HTC EVO 4G TV Ad that Sprint is going to air today for the launch on the device. Nothing really amazing there and lots of first first first. Should have been”First in the US” instead because HTC has already released a WiMAX smartphone nearly 2 years ago in Russia, the HTC MAX 4G. Check Out the video after the break:

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Microsoft shows off Windows Embedded Compact 7 (Windows CE 7) tablet with Metro-Like UI

It looks nice, it is made by Microsoft themselves and it will never see the light of the day. Nice isn’t it? The boys at Engadget had the opportunity to get a closer look (really close and blurry as you will see in the video) at a Windows Embedded Compact 7 (Windows CE 7) prototype tablet powered by and nVidia Tegra 2 SoC with a UI build by Microsoft that looks a tiny bit like Metro and WMC. Unfortunately this thing was just build to show off what can be done with CE 7 and OEMs will have to do their on thing with their hardware. Reminds you of something? yup, Windows Mobile. What is happening to WinMo? It’s dying a slow death and Windows Phone 7 is going to take over from there. And what’s the big news in WP7 ? OEMs can’t customize the UI and will have to keep MS’s interface. You got to wonder what goes on in Redmond sometimes. One thing to note though is that Windows Phone 7 is what it is because Microsoft decided to merge several divisions together (Zune Team + WinMo + a bit of XBOX Live Team) and the the CE team is still fairly independent. Maybe it’s time to shake things up a little bit and thightly integrate the CE divisions with the Windows Phone crew (they are already working with the same Kernel!)? Check out the video after the break:

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Samsung Galaxy S officially launching in Europe

Samsung is officially launching the Samsung Galaxy SAndroid smartphone in Europe today. There’s still no real info on pricing and on carrier/country availability (we alread know that Vodafone UK willl get it) but it obvious that Samsung wants to push it out as soon as possible before the imminent launch of the next generation iPhone in a few days/weeks. Other regions will also get the Galaxy S in the coming months (it will supposedly launch in 110 countries). Check out the full press release after the break:
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