Mobile Monday Madness: Jailbreaking Now Legal, Nexus One Going Super LCD, iPhone 4 Expanding Release

Mon, Jul 26, 2010

Android, iPad, iPhone, Mobile

Welcome to this edition of Mobile Monday Madness! We wrap-up the latest mobile news so you can get on with your Monday. This week we are taking a look at the brand new DMCA addition that will allow you to jailbreak your phone without any sort of legal repercussions, the Nexus One and HTC Desire getting hooked up with Super LCD screens and the iPhone 4 being released in 17 new countries by the end of the week.

New DMCA exception allows you to ‘root’ or hack your phone.

The Library of Congress has added a new anti-circumvention provision to the Digital Millenium Copyright Act that allows people to ‘tweak’ their phones for the purpose of installing legally obtained software. By ‘tweaking’, they mean “jailbreaking” for iDevices and “rooting” for most Android devices. The full statement is below:

Computer programs that enable wireless telephone handsets to execute software applications, where circumvention is accomplished for the sole purpose of enabling interoperability of such applications, when they have been lawfully obtained, with computer programs on the telephone handset.

Engadget said it best when they said that this doesn’t mean that Apple suddenly has to open its doors to the jailbreaking world, simply that they can’t sue anyone for doing it. Also, Apple can still go after developer teams that specifically distributes these jailbreaks.

HTC Desire and Nexus One Going Super LCD

HTC has officially announces that they will be swapping out the current AMOLED displays in the HTC Desire and Nexus One to new Super LCD versions. The reason for the change? According to HTC, it has to do with the demand for 3.7 inch display smartphones as well as availability of AMOLED.

“The SLCD displays provide consumers with a comparable visual experience to HTC’s current 3.7 inch displays with some additional benefits including battery performance,” said HTC CEO Peter Chou.

Apple Expands iPhone 4 Launch to 17 More Countries

A statement from Apple indicates that the iPhone 4 will arrive in 17 more countries this Friday, June 30th. The countries set to release this Friday are: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, New Zealand, Singapore, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland. This will join the existing 5 countries to make the iPhone available in a total of 21 countries.

For those countries not mentioned, Apple says: “iPhone 4 will roll out to many more countries later this year and Apple will announce availability and local pricing for these additional countries at a later date.”

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