Enthusiasts bring 3rd party apps to the Helio Ocean, too

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The iPhone isn’t the only handset whose software innards are getting lovingly torn apart in the name of science this week. It turns out some intrepid users of the Helio Ocean (a device occasionally compared to the iPhone, coincidentally) have been slaving away on a method for adding extra applications outside of the carrier’s walled garden. Their first success is a doozy, too: Opera Mini 3, one of the most prized jewels in the world of mobile software. The developers aren’t claiming it’s bug-free — landscape mode and the QWERTY keyboard don’t work, for example — but it’s a huge step in the right direction and they’re continuing to work out the kinks. More custom apps are said to be on the way, and don’t worry, Drift and Heat users — support’s said to be on the way for you guys, too.


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