SunShine Bootloader Unlock Tool Released for Moto X, DROID Family

TeamAndIRC released their SunShine bootloader unlock for the original Moto X and the DROID family from last year (MAXX, ULTRA, and Mini), this afternoon. The unlock tool comes in the form of an .apk that is sideloaded onto your Motorola device of choice. Once installed and paid for ($25 per device), a quick run through of a compatibility check followed by an approval or two is all that it takes before your phone is unlocked.  (more…)

Monday Poll: Interested in the HTC Nexus 9?

Google, in collaboration with HTC and NVIDIA, is about to release the Nexus 9 tablet (“very soon“). This will be the first tablet released by Google in over a year, with the Nexus 7 (2013) being the last.  It should sport close to a 9-inch high-res display, NVIDIA Tegra K1 processor, maybe even an all-metal HTC One (M8)-like design, and Android L. If Google’s previous tablet efforts are anything to go by, it will likely be a solid tablet at a reasonable price.

But are you interested? There are countless Android tablets available these days, many at sub $200 price tags. Do you want a high-end all-metal HTC-made Nexus tablet? Do you want a tablet at all? I would venture to guess that many of you already own a tablet, so is a new Nexus tablet something worth considering as a replacement? Do you own an oversized smartphone and not see a need for a tablet?

I can tell you that the DL staff is more interested to see what Google can bring in the form of a new Nexus phone than a tablet. But what about you?

Interested in the HTC Nexus 9?

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HTC Gallery App Updated, New Duo Camera Effects for One (M8)

A new update is available for HTC Gallery users, but if you don’t own a device sporting HTC’s Duo Camera setup (anyone but One M8 owners here in the US), then the update will do you little good.

In the update, HTC adds in new Duo Effects for Seasons and Foregrounder in the application, as well as a new Typography setting in the Seasons edit mode.  (more…)

HTC Reportedly Developing Waterproof Camera to Compete with GoPro, Others

According to Bloomberg, HTC is poised to enter the ruggedized camera market with a device designed to compete with products like the  GoPro 3.

The shooter, described by someone familiar with the device as “tube-shaped,” will reportedly be waterproof and feature a 16-megapixel sensor and ultra-wide lens. Bluetooth and Wi-Fi radios will facilitate connectivity between the camera, with both iOS and Android devices supported, plus a dedicated app may be available at launch.  (more…)

HTC Decouples Another System App, Adds Sense 6 Lock Screen to Google Play

HTC began separating apps from its firmware a bit ago, but it’s been a few months since we have seen any continuation of that trend. Today, the company gave the Sense 6 lock screen the decoupling treatment, adding an entry for it into Google Play.

It predictably isn’t compatible for any device that isn’t running Sense 6. For those who are, note that it requires a reboot after install.  (more…)