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Official CyanogenMod 10.1 Android 4.2.1 Jelly Bean ROM for HTC Inspire 4G released [How to Guide]

CyanogenMod team has been so busy last month. Many Android devices received official CyanogenMod 10.1 ROMs based on Android 4.2.1 Jelly Bean and one of the lucky ones is HTC Inspire 4G. The installation of this custom ROM is easy; there will only be three packages needed to be installed into the device and it would take just a few minutes to complete.

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Just an overview of what’s going to happen in this tutorial, first owners are advised to make a backup of all their data and their current ROMs using ClockworkMod Recovery console. This is to make sure they can be restored when things happen differently than expected. Then owners will have to install the CM 10.1 ROM followed by Google Apps then the Inspire mod.

If you’re one of the owners willing to take a different route to getting Android 4.2.1 Jelly Bean, continue reading this tutorial as we will guide you through a successful installation. However, you should know that flashing any kind of ROMs or mods into your device will void the warranty. If you want to continue, it’s on you; you can never blame us (The Droid Guy) or the people behind the development of the ROMs and mods used in this guide.

Pre-requisites/Reminders

  1. It is advisable your device should, at least, have 80% battery left but it is mostly recommended you fully-charge it before taking the first step of this guide.
  2. It is required that the bootloader of your device was unlocked.
  3. Your device should be rooted for this installation to be successful. [How to root Android phones]
  4. You should already have installed the ClockworkMod Recovery because its console will be the one to be used in this tutorial. [How to install ClockworkMod Recovery]
  5. Backup all your data including your contacts, SMS message, videos, music, files, etc… [How to backup data]
  6. Enable USB Debugging in your device.
  7. Make sure all necessary USB drivers are installed in your computer so your HTC Inspire 4G can properly be detected.

Files to Download

  1. CyanogenMod 10.1 Android 4.2.1 Jelly Bean ROM for HTC Inspire 4G [LINK]
  2. Google Apps for this build [LINK]
  3. InspireMod [LINK]

Step-by-step Tutorial

Step 1: Download all three packages specified above into your computer. Do not extract any one of them as they need to be zipped to be installed.

Step 2: Connect your HTC Inspire 4G to your computer using the USB data cable and copy the files into your phone’s internal memory. Ensure you save them in the root directory, otherwise ClockworkMod Recovery cannot detect them during the installation.

Step 3: Disconnect your device and turn it off.

Step 4: Boot Inspire 4G into recovery mode; press and hold Volume Down and Power buttons simultaneously until you see HBOOT menu on screen. Locate and navigate to Recovery option from the menu using volume buttons, use Power button to select.

Step 5: It is advisable you perform a Nandroid backup of your current ROM so you can easily restore it later if you don’t like the new one. Select Backup and Restore => Backup.

Step 6: You need to do a full data wipe. Select Wipe Data/Factory Reset => Yes.

Step 7: Select Install from SD card => Choose zip from SD card and browse through your device’s internal memory; locate and select fix_root.zip. This is the step where you install CM 10.1 Jelly Bean ROM. It may take a few minutes, so you need to wait.

Step 8: You can now install Google Apps; select Install from SD card => Choose zip from SD card, locate and select gapps-jb-20121212-signed.zip. Wait until the installation is complete.

Step 9: Now you need to install Inspire mod; select Install from SD card => Choose zip from SD card and look for inspiremod+gps.zip. Still it may take a few minutes to complete.

Step 10: Go back to main recovery menu and choose Reboot System Now option.

This time, the booting time of your device may be a little longer than usual as part of the installation. However, the next time you boot your Inspire 4G, it would be like before. Just wait until your device is fully active before using it.

[source: XDA Developers]

Father’s Day Gift Ideas – Gadgets!

Let’s see, last year I got my dad a blue tie, maybe I should get him a matching tie clip…not!  If you’re into gadgets and toys, your dad is likely just as geeky as you, whether he shows it or not.  Below are a few Father’s Day gift ideas primarily focused on gadgets.  Let get dad something he will actually use.

In case you forgot, Father’s Day is next Sunday (June 17th)!

1) Smartphones For A Penny

If you really want the wow factor and get your dad the latest and greatest smartphone to replace his dinky flip phone (or Zack Morris phone), here are some great options released recently and on sale for only $0.01! Amazon offers several top-notch smartphones for a penny, these offers are available to new customers, existing customers, or addition to family plan. The only catch is the deal requires a two year contract with the wireless provider.

SmartphoneMakeNameOSProviderRelease DateReview ($0.01)
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[easyazon-image align=”none” asin=”B005LHN47S” locale=”us” height=”110″ src=”https://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51b2z-zNRXL._SL110_.jpg” width=”60″]Samsung[easyazon-link asin=”B005LHN47S” locale=”us”]Galaxy SII Epic 4G touch[/easyazon-link]Android 2.3Sprint09/16/2011[easyazon-cta align=”none” asin=”B005LHN47S” height=”42″ key=”amazon-us-tall-orange” locale=”us” width=”120″]
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2) [easyazon-link asin=”B0051VVOB2″ locale=”us”]Amazon Kindle Fire[/easyazon-link]

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When I think of dads, I tend to imagine the old fellow in bed with reading glasses with a book in hand. If that’s your dad, then it’s about time to get with the technology. Amazon Kindle Fire is the latest of the line of eBook Readers by Amazon. With over one million titles to choose from, your dad will be able to read the latest releases available in the bookstores, or even magazines such as Golf Digest.

The Kindle’s claim to fame is its anti-glare technology that allows the eBook to read almost like a book on paper. Unlike your typical tablets or laptops, there’s no problem reading with this device under the sun.

The touchpad Kindle fire runs on a special edition of the Android OS, so there’s a browser to surf the web and can be used as a personal organizer. If you want to get dangerous, there’s ROMs out there that can turn the Kindle Fire into a full fledged Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich tablet.  The machine is certainly powerful enough to handle the OS.

This is considered one of the cheaper tablets on the markets at $199.

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3) [easyazon-link asin=”B005JTDFOA” locale=”us”]Olloclip iPhone Lens[/easyazon-link]

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Olloclip is a clip-on camera lens for the iPhone 4 and 4s.  This 3 in 1 lens provides you the features of a bulky and expensive DSLR camera on your iPhone, capturing fisheye, wide-angle, and macro photos.  All for a relatively small price tag at under $70.

With the add-on lens, you can capture images in the following 3 popular styles:

Fisheye – full panorama 180 degree shot

Wide-Angle – extends the view wider than your normal peripheral vision

Macro Lenses – magnifies the object roughly 10 time to capture the details

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 4) In-Car Speakerphones:  Jabra Cruiser2 and Motorola Roadster

Talking on the phone without a headset is not only dangerous, it’s illegal in many states.  If your dad happens to be constantly on the phone for business, these two popular bluetooth speakerphones for his car may come in handy.

[easyazon-link asin=”B0043M668G” locale=”us”]Jabra Cruiser2[/easyazon-link]

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This bluetooth in car speakerphone is sleek looking and the installation is simple.  The pairing instruction should be painless just like any other bluetooth connections, and afterwards, simply leave the device on your sun-visor in your car, then the device will automatically connect to your phone when you enter your car.

The best feature is the ability to output the sound through your FM radio so the voice comes out smooth and clear.  The device also allows two active connections at once.

Jabra is one of the leaders in hands-free technology, and it’s priced at a reasonably around $56.

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[easyazon-link asin=”B004877KOK” locale=”us”]Motorola Roadster[/easyazon-link]

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The Roadster has most of the key features of the Cruiser2, but what stands apart from competition is Motorola’s proprietary technology Motospeak, which can listen and dictate text messages.

Some users who owned both devices have mentioned that the Jabra Cruiser2 may have a slight edge in the voice quality and clarity.  But bottom line is both devices do a great job for its intents and purposes, and both at a very similar price points.  You can’t go wrong with either one.

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Fragmentation Taking A Toll On OEM’s, HTC Vows Quality Over Quantity Too

 

One of the great things about Android is variety. Another is that with variety comes the availability of a smartphone OS in emerging markets. With Android phones varying in cost from under $100 to over $700 even off contract, just about anyone can own an Android phone.

Somewhere along the way that vision may have been skewed as Android’s main OEM partners started releasing device after device after device. At one point Samsung was releasing a new Android powered device every 15 days, yes 15 days (worldwide).

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HTC Desire HD Gets Gingerbread Update OTA From Orange

Although they look very similar and the Android Market actually lists them as the same device, the HTC Desire HD and the HTC Inspire 4G are two different devices.  So while they aren’t twins they could easily be kissing cousins.  They hold about the same similarities as the HTC Nexus One and the original HTC Desire.

European wireless carrier Orange has just released an Over The Air (OTA) update for the HTC Desire HD to Android 2.3, “Gingerbread”.  If you’re an Orange customer with an HTC Desire HD you may want to go to settings and check your software updates. Hopefully you’ll have a Gingerbread man waiting for you for Christmas in July.

Although very similar in specs and body styles the HTC Inspire 4G still needs to wait as HTC works on getting approval for a Gingerbread update by AT&T.  AT&T has taken a more aggressive position towards Android and the HTC Inspire 4G was their first HSPA+ (4G) device so hopefully the Gingerbread update won’t be that much longer.

Source: Gizmocrunch

Powerskins Adds To Android Line Up With Powerskin For HTC Desire HD / HTC Inspire

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There’s no doubt that HTC has released some incredible Android phones as of late (no pun intended). However battery life has never been their strong point.

There have been a few great third party battery solutions including slim line extended batteries and even using a backup battery charger.  However one of our favorite power solutions is the Power Skin.

Power Skin offers a case and power solution in one. You get a form fitted silicone case that protects your phone from little mishaps. You also get a spare battery that charges while charging your phones internal battery.

When you’re on the go the PowerSkin can recharge your internal battery as it drains.  You can also use the PowerSkins on off switch, let your internal battery drain and then use the PowerSkin to recharge it later in the day.

PowerSkins Android offerings already include the Samsung Galaxy S 4G and the original Sprint/HTC Evo 4G. They’ve now added a PowerSkin for the HTC Desire HD and the HTC Inspire 4G on AT&T.

The PowerSkin sells for $59.99 but if you act fast and use the promo code “powerup2” you can get 20% off.

Source: PowerSkins

HTC Inspire 4G On AT&T On Sale Today

AT&T enters into the 4G space today with the release of the HTC Inspire 4G.  Although the Inspire 4G’s big brother on Verizon seems to be getting all the press we’ve spent some time with out HTC Inspire 4G and really like it.

Let’s go over the bads first:

Battery Life: We’re not sure what HTC was thinking putting a 1230mah battery on the Inspire 4G. Perhaps they needed to put the battery into the clever little side slot to make way for the newer radio but the 1230mah battery is lasting 5 or so hours for us and we’re medium users.  Wi-Fi hotspot, like with all other phones that offer this feature, drains the battery at an incredibly fast pace.

No FFC: There is no front facing camera on the HTC Inspire 4G. We’re not sure why it is on HSPA+ and T-Mobile seems to have it down on their Mytouch4G also made by HTC.  Video conferencing and 4G are supposed to go hand in hand.

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Unboxing: The HTC Inspire 4G

At the AT&T Developers Summit in Las Vegas last month AT&T shocked a lot of people by rolling out a full plan of action for 4G. Until then they didn’t seem very aggressive in the 4G space. Everything changed that day as they rolled out 4 4G devices and announced their 2 phase strategy for 4G.

The HTC Inspire 4G will be the first “4G” branded device on AT&T. It’s available for pre-order now and goes on sale next week at AT&T core stores and their retail partners.

AT&T and Motorola are doing a great job of hyping up the Motorola Atrix 4G. Some people feel that they shot themselves in the foot though by selling the Motorola Atrix 4G’s webtop accessory for $499 ($100 rebate when bundled with the phone on a two year agreement). The HTC Inspire 4G is a really great device so far though and if you bundle it with your own netbook at $249-$399 you may be in a better position.

Out of the box we noticed there is a really good weight and feel to it. The HTC Inspire 4G features an aluminum body and it just “Feels right”. It’s not too heavy but not too light and plasticy feeling. It has the same body style as a Nexus One or Desire but a little bigger at 4.3″.

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AT&T Officially Releases The Inspire 4G February 13th

HTC's CEO Peter Chou unveils HTC Inspire 4G On AT&T At AT&T Developers Conference. credit: thedroidguy LLC

Just in time for MWC AT&T is releasing the HTC Inspire 4G on February 13th.   AT&T typically releases new phones on Sundays. Possibly because it’s typically a lighter day as far as call center customer service goes, however this launch is no different as the 13th is a Sunday.

The HTC Inspire 4G is the first 4G enabled phone on the AT&T Wireless network. The ITU certified HSPA+ as 4G and AT&T revealed a 2 stage 4G strategy at the AT&T Developers Summit in Las Vegas in January.  The first half of the year they will light up their HSPA+ network and release phones capable of HSPA+ as “4G”. Then, during the summer, AT&T plans to start rolling out LTE and LTE devices for their second stage of 4G.

The Inspire 4G will run Froyo and be the first Froyo device on AT&T and also feature mobile hotspot. The HTC Inspire 4G features a 4.3″ screen, the largest screen in AT&T’s portfolio.

The HTC Inspire 4G will be $99.99 after a two year agreement. It will also be available at Radio Shack.

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Radio Shack Posts HTC Inspire 4G Simulator


Lately it seems like the HTC Thunderbolt and the Motorola Atrix 4G are getting all the post CES 4G well, “Thunder”. That changes today as Radio Shack has posted the simulator for the HTC Inspire 4G on AT&T.

If you remember back to the day before CES AT&T held a developers summit in Las Vegas.  During the press conference portion of the event AT&T unveiled the Motorola Atrix 4G, the Samsung Infuse and the HTC Inspire 4G.  Many think the HTC Inspire 4G is the 4G and US version of the HTC Desire HD which is a flagship phone for many Europeran carriers.

In addition to some basic simulation the Radio Shack website shows off all kinds of tutorials and other great information.

Radio Shack’s Teaser site includes test drives for:
– Google Mobile Services
– 4G
– Social Networking
– Display
– Camera
– Wifi
– Applications

The HTC Inspire 4G is expected to reachs stores on February 14th. Thanks to Radio Shack you can take it for a test drive today.

Source: Radio Shack via Pocketnow

CES Live: HTC with AT&T

9:34AM HTC: Peter Chou says they are happy to be part of AT&T’s 4G rollout

9:31AM HTC Sense includes find my phone, lock my phone, wipe my phone.

9:30AM: HTC Inspire 4G will feature HTCsense.com

9:29AM: Peter Chou introduces Fast Boot on the HTC Inspire 4G on ATT

9:28AM: New Button Menus on the HTC Inspire 4G

9:27AM: HTC Inspire 4G will feature newest version of HTC Sense.  The phone knows when it’s in your pocket or your handbag

9:25AM: Peter Chou announces HTC Inspire 4G