A few months back I became the proud owner of a brand new Android Phone in all its slick open source amazingness…
Being the superficial geek that I am (meaning that I know most of what is happening in the tech world by keeping sufficiently abreast with the top Tech Blogs and a smattering of terms too.. but ask me something really technical and I will have to google it up) I was super excited this being a super cool new android phone which had been updated with Android 2.1 inside the box itself and given my limited resources was a steal at just INR 11k. So all in all I was a happy camper. Not going to give you a full review of the Phone that may come at some later time not right now.
What this article is about is the way I can’t for the life of me keep my inquisitive geeky little nose out of the Android modders marketplace and even though I know it may void my warranty i’m willing to take the risk… but only and only with a lot of information and knowledge on my side so that I don’t screw it all up and have to go running to my parents crying for a new phone which I surely will not get.
So this is where the Journey begins… Hopefully along the way I will learn a lot from everything I read and I will surely put it up for all of you to follow and at the end once this post becomes longer and longer due to re-edit after re-edit I will compile a simple hopefully easy to follow guide on how to proceed with the whole thing. But first as I have already seen on the various Blogs and Posts I have read let me put up the customary Disclaimer.(PS: I will try to put the sources too of what I read and refer to)
DISCLAIMER: THIS ARTICLE AND GUIDE ARE FOR REFERENCE PURPOSES ONLY I AM IN NO WAY TO BE HELD RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY DAMAGE YOU CAUSE TO YOUR DEVICE AND IF IT GETS BRICKED
Ok now that we have dealt with that let me start with the basics the Firmware versions which I am currently using.
I got this Info by typing *#1234# into the dailer of my phone.
Some other info about my phone,
I am currently running LauncherPro version 38 as my home “page” or default Launcher.
I have games installed and PdaNet for tethering the phone to your laptop to use as a Wifi hotspot.
For those who don’t know tethering is a process of using the Internet available through your data plan or Wifi connection on your phone to power your Internet browsing on your laptop.
Thats all for now will augment this post soon with links and all too… but sadly I don’t think I will be able to provide screenshots. (I will try to learn how to though so I can help everybody even more)