[How-to] Revert Your Captivate To Stock with Odin3 “One-Click”!

So, you got yourself a shiny new AT&T Captivate.  Great, fantastic device; SuperAMOLED, Hummingbird, blah blah.  As any new Android user, you hop on the interwebs and get to Googling.  Slowly, over time, the inevitable happens; you stumble onto xda-developers.com.  You see the light.  Within hours, you’re on your third rom, the thirst for speed clouds your judgement.  Life is great, your device is flying, multitasking with gusto.  It’s at this point the tech Gods decide to rain on your parade, or, more precisely, your Captivate.  The speaker is dead, the rain markers are clear, time for insurance.  But wait!  You’re running CFW.  They’ll never replace a device that has so blatantly been modified.  In comes Odin3.  With just “one-click” (really a few more than that), you’ll have your Captivate SGS back to factory specifications with none the wiser (it’ll also help in ‘bricked’ devices).  Hit the link for directions and downloads!

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eyeSight Mobile Technologies Control Phone with Hand-Gestures; Italians Ecstatic

Kevin over at GigaOM has posted an article describing an interesting new addition to the Android community; Hand-gesture control (a.k.a. natural gesture control)!  The Israeli company has created a software environment capable to capturing and interpreting natural-esq hand gestures and relating said gestures to functions and commands on your device.  All that’s required is an Android device that sports a front-facing camera (HERRO EVO!), and a genetic predisposition to talking with your hands (Hi mom!).  Hit the link for more information on this potentially game changing mobile control scheme. Read more of this post

Motorola Droid ‘FINALLY!’ getting Android 2.1 starting today

AH!!! I cannot believe I am even writing this again. I want to apologize to everyone who had their hopes brought up then just smashed down by the Motorola unorganized hammer. The update is in fact going out today. It has already hit 1,000 people and will hit another 9,000 phones tonight at midnight. If all goes smooth, then tomorrow night at midnight another 200,000 will get the update and this will continue each night until everyone’s phone is up to date. Keep an eye out on our site and on Androidcentral because they love to get the update out nice and early for you to manually install your self. We praise them for it! ^^ So keep your eyes peeled on that update icon. You will receive a notification when you can download the update. This is all similar routine Verizon follows when it comes to updating Android phones. It is finally here so we can all enjoy multi-touch, live wallpapers, and any other goodies seen in the Android 2.1 update.

Update notes after the break…

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Android 2.1 Ported To Motorola Droid

Sholes.info reportedly ported over the Flan Android 2.1 on Verizon’s Droid handset. Although the port was successful, there were quite a few problems with bringing over this build to the Droid. Below is a summary of a few of them:

1. Keyboard backlight is no longer functioning properly. The only way to get the keyboard to turn back on is to use the Power widget and toggle the brightness. This is a one-time fix and needs to be done repeatedly.

2. Superuser and the su binary for local root and escalated privileges no longer works (even if pushed to the device). If you drop to a terminal and execute “su” it seems like it wants to do something and then ultimately gives a “permission denied.”

3. Landscape mode app drawer acts weird. The little “home” icon on the screen is off-centered and when pressed launches the Camera application.

4. The Messaging app still notifies you of Messages even when it’s set not to.

5. The carrier shows up as T-CDMA 64

6. General, non-repeatable inconsistencies with the home screens. Issues like no longer being able to swipe to change home screens, or not being able to launch apps from the home screen.

7. Automatic brightness is also not working.

8. App drawer not working properly in landscape, probably because the phone it is for does not have a landscape mode in home, therefore, app drawer cannot handle displaying in landscape properly.

9. It seems that notifications are fairly jacked up as well. For instance, the Email app always makes a sound because the Default sound is set. But attempting to change it to “silent” results in a crash of the Email app itself.

Feeling like taking a stab at it with your coding guts? Here is a link to the image file. PLEASE NOTE: We are not responsible if you brick your phone.