XDA Developers has posted a followup to yesterdays article covering Carrier IQ and what it means to you as a smart phone user.
The point–short, sweet, and at the beginning of the article–is that we do not get to choose whether this information is collected. Or who sees it. Authorized employees only? Marketing and polling firms? Law enforcement? All rhetorical questions, because we don’t know.
Head on over and read the full article:
I found this article on XDA and it then links to the original, that I am sharing with you now. One of the developers over there has dug deep into the code and found this bit of software. A quote from the XDA article:
You may recall from a few articles back that we started talking about something called CIQ or Carrier iQ. This is, essentially, a piece of software that is embedded into most mobile devices, not just Android but Nokia, Blackberry, and likely many more. According to TrevE, the software is installed as a rootkit software in the RAM of devices where it resides. This software basically is completely hidden from view and in it virtually invisible, and worst of all, rather complicated to kill (some devices more so than others and you will see why in a few minutes). This is given root like rights over the device, which means that it can do everything it pleases and you will have nothing to say about it.
Scare stuff. Read the full writeup at the authors blog below.
A HUGE thank you to Hashcode who has been working dilligently to get us ClockWorkMod, the most popular custom recovery, on the Droid 3.
As of right now flashing is disabled but nandroid backups do work. I had no progress bar when I ran it on mine but it worked well. This means we have a good backup option.
Remember, this is a 2nd init recovery. The startup script has to be able to at least partly run (I believe it has to hit line 127) for this to work, so it is still possible to brick your phone.
Just a quick note about the latest Motorola smart phone to hit the market. Sporting dual cores and 4G LTE capabilities it is a powerhouse.
Early reports indicate that the same rooting method that worked on the Droid 3 works here.
After several month of hunting and searching for exploits, including some work by myself, one of the developers over at XDA has claimed to finally have cracked Gingerbread 2.3.4 and gotten Root for the Droid 3
We are still waiting on instructions and proof pictures but based on his other posts and some conversations with other devs the chances seem high that we may be looking at root!
Stay tuned for updates as I get them.
Update #1: It is real. The IRC channel is buzzing right now. I showed up a bit late and miss the directions but I hope to have a better idea shortly.
Update #2: The developer has released the instructions :
All credit goes to him for finding this.
As expected from the numerous leaks on the internet the third generation of the Motorola Droid series hit the market. The Droid 3 is the latest in what was once the flagship product of the Motorola family. Sporting a new keyboard, larger screen, and dual core processors this beast is poised to take the market. Lets take a look at the specifications from Verizon.com
- All–Digital, 800/1900, CDMA EVDO rev A and GSM 850/900/1800/1900 UMTS
- Dimensions: 2.5(w) x 4.9(h) x 0.5 (d) inches
- Weight: 5.9oz
- Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) OS with Motorola Application Platform
- 4” qHD 960 x 540 Touch Screen Display
- 5–row QWERTY Keyboard with Ergonomic design
- Physical slide out QWERTY Keyboard
- Battery: 1540 mAH Li–Ion
- Usage Time – Up to approx. (min.): 550 Minutes
- Standby Time – Up to approx. (hrs.): 300 Hours
- SAR: Head: .77 W/kg; Body: 1.46 W/kg
Memory / Processor
- 16GB Internal memory for emails, texts, and apps
- Dual Core 1Ghz processor
I am on my 2 week mark with my new Droid 3 and so far I love it. Coming from the Droid 1 the keyboard is stunning and does not feel stiff as my last phone. It reminds me more of a Blackberry keypad where you get a nice click but almost no resistance. Typing is fluid and quick once you get use to the slightly shifted keys.
The screen is equally stunning. I had my worries due to the screen being a Pentile design however I see almost no fuzziness in even high contrast views. As full brightness it is readable outside in everything but direct sunlight, a huge plus for me when I have to check emails on the walk into the building. Some people do see slight pixilation so i would suggest checking the device out in a story before ordering.
The phone is fast, very fast. Animation is quite smooth and games play flawlessly. That speed does come at a bit of a price as the battery life does suffer. Dropping the brightness and disabling the GSM radio (or removing the SIM card) help a lot with the battery. There is an extended battery that also helps and adds very little to the width of the phone.
In hand the phone feels solid and about the same weight as the Droid 1. It has similar size and weight to the Droid x. The battery cover bothers me as it is the only plastic feeling part of the phone. Removing the battery cover is easier with a screwdriver or some other leverage but can be done by hand.
As far as the software there is a ton of bloatware on the phone. Blur seems to be much better than previous versions but I found msyelf quickly moving to ADW EX again. The social apps are fairly well done but lack some customization. They also seem to have some issues with networks like LinkedIn. The gallery app needs some serious work to allow for folders as albums, however the link to the social media services along with DLNA capabilites makes up for the current shortcomings.
The remaining apps are bloat and I will be very happy once Root is unlocked and they can be removed.
On the note of Root this phone has a locked Bootloader, so custom roms are going to be a pain for now. This may change as it is ether unlocked by developers or Motorola unlocks it (they promised the Atrix will be unlocked so it is not out of the question).
Another negative is the lack of 4G. For a phone that was once the flagship of the Android movement this is a oversight that should not happen. Rumors are that the Bionic will have 4G and will end up being the flagship product in the future.
Overall I love the new phone. If you are looking for a good upgrade and can live without 4G for a few years this is a great path to take.
The good people over at CloudFlare, who I do owe a review of their services, have posted a very interesting blog entry on a recent change from Google and the Malware Cycle in general.
Google did something terrific yesterday. They began notifying users with a certain kind of malware running on their PCs that they had a problem and linked them to tools to help clean it up. While it is currently limited, we think this is an important step by Google. Notifying web visitors when they are running an infected machine, and giving them the tools to help clean up the infection, has been part of CloudFlare’s core mission from the day we began protecting websites. We believe steps like this by more websites is a critical step needed to break the “cycle of malware.”
It is a good read and even covers some of the things CloudFlare does to help protect site owners and users. Head on over and check it out!!
A few months back Google was forced to pull all the old Video Game emulators from the market. The best of these were made by a developer called Yongzh.
Emulators allow you to run old video games, such as Atari 2600, SNES, Sega Genesis, and many others on your phone. They are very fun and a wonderful way to experience the games of old
Thankfully the Emulators are back and, for a limited time, you can get them for free. Phandroid.com has the details so I will point all of you there to get the good stuff.
As for getting Roms you can search Google for them.
Our good friends over at PPCGeeks have posted a great writeup of the newly release grandchild of the Droid, the Droid 3. While most of it is not new they do note that the Bootloader is locked in what appears to be a similar encryption to the other recent Motorola phones.
Yes this means that custom roms are going to require some fancy coding to make them work. I know I have faith in the rom developers to get around this hiccup but it is still disappointing and a possable deturrent for people who have an unlocked Droid 1, such as myself.
However it is a good phone with a lot of very good reason to upgrade. Will the bootloader and lack of 4G keep me from ordering one?