Leaked: Get some Skype Video on that Tbolt!

While originally promised to be shipped with the Thunderbolt stock, Verizon backed out at the last minute on an Android first: video calling via Skype. Well, someone at Skype apparently goofed and Droid-Life.com wasable to pick up the apk and host it for download. Install is like normal with every other Android package, and it looks to be darn near perfectly stable according to early responders. I’m sure many early adopters will be thrilled to see that ridiculous 4G bandwidth be put to good use. Also of note: the app does NOT enable the feature on any other phone than the Thunderbolt right now, but hackers are working on it. So if you’ve got an Android device with a front facing camera you’ll just have to wait. Also of note is that it is functional for video over 3G on the Thunderbolt, put bless your heart if you can even make out the person on the other end with that kind of connection. The future is here, ladies and gentlemen, it just needs a little more bandwidth. Get the download now for your Thunderbolt here.

Image and Source: Engadget

Theme: Fake 4G on your Droid 2 (Or any custom ROM)

Everyone wants a slice of that delicous 20mbps Verizon 4G pie, but the reality is a lot of us have a lot left in our contracts. What are we poor saps stuck on 2mbps 3G supposed to do? Why, fake it of course! Imitation is the highest form of flattery and thusly I’ll be showing you how easy it is to have your flabby 3G Droid jogging along next to that sexy 4G Thunderbolt. Granted you won’t actually see any speed improvements (believe me I did extensive testing), but at least you’ll look fast. It’s like racing stripes for your phone. Any way, here’s what I did:

  1. This is all assuming you have a rooted phone running a custom ROM. These might work with stock software, but it’s unlikely. First off, get MetaMorph downloaded and installed on your Droid of choice. It also requires the latest BusyBox, but odds are you already have that.
  2. Next, head over to this link from DroidPirate.com and download your choice of color: Here. It’s a fantastic website with loads of other custom icons you may also choose to install, just one at a time. Get that .zip you downloaded copied to your sdcard\AndroidThemes.
  3. Go into MetaMorph on your phone. Let it run its check. Then select install new theme.
  4. It’ll uncompress and then click “ok” on the popup. Select apply all.
  5. This might take a while, but don’t touch anything.
  6. So long as you didn’t touch anything, you should simply select “Reboot” on the popup.
  7. Reboots. Tada! You now magically have a 4G LTE modem! Show off to your friends and complain about the lack of coverage and that’s why your phone doesn’t seem any faster.

All credit for the actual MetaMorph theme go to DroidPirate. All credit for MetaMorph go to Stericson Enjoy the theme hack guys and girls!

You stay classy, World Wide Web.