Handcent SMS logs all your sent messages

In light of all the CarrierIQ press I started wondering what others applications on my phone might be doing things that I am not aware of. So I installed SQLite Editor and started poking around my phone, that’s when I decided to see what my sms client “Handcent” was up too. Since I wanted to view my out on a bigger monitor I fired up a adb shell and used SQLite see what Handcent sms was hiding under the hood.

I used the following command to search my /data/data folder on my device to look for any files with a .db extension since that indicated it was a database file.

adb shell find /data -name *.db

As you can see I found several databases on my phone but today
we will be looking at one in particular. Handcent's "hc_sms.db".

For this part we will use sqlite to view the database layout (schema)
and its contents:

sqlite> .schema


CREATE TABLE android_metadata (locale TEXT);

sqlite> .tables
DELIVERY_REPORT   SEND_LOG          SEND_LOG_DETAIL   android_metadata

And now after doing a select * from SEND_LOG; to my amazement
I saw all my text messages that were sent since I installed
the handcent application both
DELETED and undeleted.

Also looking at select * from SEND_LOG_DETAIL I saw the same
information but this log also held the receiver of the sms name
and phone number.

Now my question is, if I am deleting a message and thinking
its being deleted why would handcent chose to keep a copy of
this message in an unencrypted database where anyone can access
it? I would love to hear from them and try to understand why
this is being done.


My first expirience at installing a custom rom

  So after having my Droid Bionic for a few months now I have decided to take the leap from rooting to roming. A quick definition on Rooting and Roming from the nice people over at droidlessons.com:

What is Rooting?

“Rooting” your device means obtaining “superuser” rights and permissions to your Android’s software. With these elevated user privileges, you gain the ability to load custom software (ROM’s), install custom themes, increase performance, increase battery life, and the ability to install software that would otherwise cost extra money (ex: WiFi tethering). Rooting is essentially “hacking” your Android device. In the iPhone world, this would be the equivalent to “Jailbreaking” your phone.

Custom Software (ROM’s)

You may have heard of people loading custom “ROM’s” on their devices. A “ROM” is the software that runs your device. It is stored in the “Read Only Memory” of your device. There are many great custom ROM’s available that can make your Android device look and perform drastically different.

After hanging around rootzwiki forum, listening to Droid Nation and Android App Addictspodcast I felt like I was ready to install my first custom  rom. My rom of choice was [K]IN3TX v1.0 some features about this rom:

  • Latest BusyBox
  • Superuser (Updated Binary)
  • Battery Optimization
  • Fully ROOTED
  • SD Card Read tweaks
  • Built Off of 5.8.894 OTA
  • Advance Power Menu
  • Scrollable Power Toggles in Pull Down
  • FULL Custom UI
  • PNG Optimization
  • init.d Run Support

Just to name a few..

You can read the full posting about this rom over at the rootzwiki forum their you will also find the various downloads that you would need. However I will highlight a few steps I took:

After you are finish installing log-in setup your device, then you can boot back into CWM wipe your cache, and dalvik then install add-on or tpak of your choice, I installed the ICS tpak.

Now as anyone might expect the first time you are doing something like this you have to realize that you might make a mistake, but you can only hope it doesn’t hurt you too much. The mistake I made was that I copied the wrong add-on pack to my sdcard but not the base rom, and since I already wiped my system partition I was unable to reboot my phone into recovery mode after I copied the correct file via another device.

How I corrected this issue you might ask yourself, I had some help from my buddy Highlander-:  over at the Podnutz IRC chat room. He pointed me to a tool call RSDlite, which allowed me to flash my phone back to the stock rom and from there I followed the steps outlined above and all was well the second time around :). You have got to love the power of the Internet and great communities.

Have fun roming and you can comment back and let me know which rom is your favorite. I have only tried one and I must say I absolutely love it!

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Rooted your Droid, now what?

Hello all, I know I have been a bit lazy on the posting of new content for a while, hopefully my busy schedule is now getting a little  more manageable and I can start back blogging. Apart from work being crazy recently I was involved with assisting my wife with her debut album that will be released by year end, check her out on www.facebookcom/yonetteodessa and become a fan :).

Ok back to reason why you visited the blog, I recently got a new phone “Verizon Droid Bionic”,  this for me was a big change from my current Blackberry storm, so after playing around with the phone for about 2 weeks I started wondering what else can I do with this powerful little machine in my pocket.

I went ahead like any techno enthusiast powered up my Linux net-book and rooted my device using a guide found over at www.droidbionicroot.com , and I was up and running in a few mins.

Next I started to ask myself, ok I have rooted my Droid now what? While doing some searching online I came across a few things that you might want to do after rooting your device:

I am aware that some of the  apps listed above does not require you to root your device, however rooting your device allows you to do tons of kool stuff if you are adventurous.You can increase your batter life,   install  custom ROMs ( I cant wait for a CyannogenMod for the Droid Bionic to be released), install your favorite Linux apps once there is a port available and most importantly gives you more control over your device to truly learn whats under the hood.
Caution: Be mindful what type of apps your install or where you are installing them from because you could easily get your device con.

I would love to know what are others doing with there device, please leave a comment and share.