Incredible Gingerbread ROM almost finished?

The dedicated folks over at XDA-Developers have been hard at work getting Gingerbread ROMs working on various devices. You may have seen our story about the list XDA is keeping, but in case you missed it these are the devices which currently have Gingerbread ROMs: HTC HD2, Droid Eris, Hero, Desire, Wildfire, and the EVO 4G. Notice a trend here? That’s right, these are all HTC devices so far.

At the bottom of said list, the author has added the Incredible to their second list of devices that should have a ROM soon. I did a bit of digging on the ‘Droid Incredible Android Developlent‘ forum and came across this thread which outlines the progress that has been made on the Incredible so far. Work is just getting started it seems, and this appears to be their furthest point of achievement:

Glimpses of the boot animation are shown before the loop starts again

We’ll be following this one closely, so stay tuned for the latest developments. Also, I should mention that these are not working Gingerbread ROMs, but simply SDK ports for testing purposes so that once Gingerbread actually hits, working ROMs can get up much quicker. None of the Gingerbread ROMs available right now are actually functional, so unless you are wanting to get involved with the development process, I would hold off until the actual working ROMs start showing up.

Zombie art found in Gingerbread SDK – What this means for us

zombie gingerbread platlogo

Deep within the SDK of our new favorite OS, Android 2.3, is something most didn’t expect to see…Zombies! Yes, Zombies!

We see them everywhere, aimlessly walking about, mumbling brief sentence fragments to the likes of “brains…” and “uuuuughghghghghghg….” So one might ask, “Why are there Zombies in my Gingerbread?” One may say that Zombies have a special aquired taste for Gingerbread, I mean, it tastes nice, and gives a warm feeling, particularily with a cup of Spiced Rum and EggNog. Maybe this is that warm feeling long forgotten by our Zombie friends, and as such, is missed dearly. We could only speculate.

So if you’re looking for some conversation at the water cooler on your choice of wallpaper, or simply have a special place in your heart for Zombies, as does an unamed developer at Google, get the Android 2.3 SDK and navigate to platforms/android-9/data/res/drawable-nodpi/platlogo.jpg to show it off at your next Walking Dead LARP party.

[Thanks to our Tipsters!]

Dell Streak Recovery Now Available For Download

Dell-Streak reboot

XDA Forum member mistadman has put together a recovery tool for Dell Streak owners with a nice stock appeal to it. The recovery tool will support the following features, and possibly more to be added as it is still in early stages of development;

  • Landscape
  • Capacitve buttons
  • First stage of the two stage camera button working
  • Signature verification setting survives reboot

If you’d like to give this a try on your Dell Streak device, as always, back it up first, then visit here to download the source code.

[via XDA-Developers]

TI announces new OMAP4440 mobile processor, speeds of 1.5 GHz per CPU core

Imagine my excitement when I opened up my inbox this morning to find a press release from Texas Instruments that TI has officially announced their new TI OMAP4440, the latest in the OMAP 4 family of CPU’s. The new CPU boasts:

  • 1.25x increase in graphics performance
  • 30 percent decrease in webpage load time
  • 2x increase in 1080p video playback performance
  • clock speeds as fast as 1.5 GHz per ARM® Cortex™-A9 MPCore™

According to Remi El-Ouazzane, vice president of OMAP platform business unit:

The increased performance given by the OMAP4440 applications processor illustrates TI’s ability to push mobile computing possibilities with the right processor architecture enveloped in the right platform. We seized an opportunity to enhance the platform capabilities driving the OMAP4430 processor’s success today. As OMAP4430 processor-based products hit the market in first half 2011, we’re arming our customers with a huge performance boost via an easy migration to OMAP4440 processor for their next wave of exciting devices. The resulting user experiences will radically impact how consumers continue to integrate mobile technology into their daily lives.

The new OMAP4440 will be sampling in Q1 of 2011, and TI expects mass production to start in the second half of the same year. The new CPU is said to increase capabilities of  mobile video teleconferencing, stereoscopic-3D and gesture recognition. For a full lineup of technical specs, hit the break for the full presser.

What do you think about TI’s new processing power? Be sure to let us know in the comments!


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Android 2.3 Eclipse Plugin Has a Bug… But There’s a Fix

Developers are reporting an issue with the Gingerbread dev kit.  Apparently, once you upgrade your Eclipse plugin for Gingerbread, if you open a non-Android project, it kicks out the following error:

Unable to execute dex: null
Conversion to Dalvik format failed: Unable to execute dex: null

The issue was reported on an Ubuntu machine, so that may also be a factor.  The issue has been worked out already, but it’s definitely something you developers might want to keep an eye out for.

[via Android-Developers]

HTC Knight/Shift 4G ROM leaks

We’ve been hearing about the HTC Knight/Shift 4G for a while now, which appears to be a slightly smaller version of the Evo which is supposedly headed to Sprint. Earlier today, the ROM for this device leaked in standard RUU (ROM update utility) form, which can be downloaded via the source link below.

Initial impressions show that there isn’t anything spectacular here, and it also doesn’t appear to be using the latest build of Sense (although this could be an older ROM). If anything interesting emerges, we’ll be sure to keep you informed, so stay tuned.

[via XDA]

XDA-Developers adds Nexus S forum

XDA-Developers, for those of you who have heard the name but may not know the origin, is a magical place where dreams come true. Seriously though, it’s a wonderful site and forum with an outstanding community of developers and enthusiasts, and they have announced that the Nexus S forum is now up.

I expect that the Development section of this forum will be a hotbed of activity in the coming weeks, but be sure to check everything out now if you’re interested in hearing what people are discussing about the Nexus S.

[via XDA]

Android Open Source / Compatibility Tech Lead says no 1GHz requirement for Gingerbread, is LG lying?

A little while ago, we gave you the scoop on LG’s Facebook post, wherein they said that there was a 1GHz requirement for Android 2.3 Gingerbread. We thought this sounded a little fishy, as there are already custom ROMs with Gingerbread that are running on phones with less than a 1GHz max. Now, according to Dan Morrill, the Open Source and Compatibility Tech Lead for Android:

Random note: there’s no hard minimum processor requirement for Gingerbread. Trust me, if there were I’d know. ;)

This status was just sent via Twitter. Another followed shortly after, stating that the requirements for Gingerbread are very similar to those of Froyo:

…Android has never had hard processor reqmts, tho older devices do fall behind. GB H/W needs are similar to FY.

Which begs the question: Is LG lying about the minimum requirement to help force new phones out the door? We’ll wait to see what surfaces, but for now, it seems – as stated before – a little fishy on LG’s part. Be sure to let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

[via Twitter] Thanks cbowley690 for the tip!

Exclusive: TalkAndroid.com Speaks to Vodafone about the Vodafone Shop

Back in July of this year, Vodafone released a native App Store called the ‘Vodafone Shop’ for Android, and it is now found pre-installed on all Vodafone branded devices. Something that Vodafone pride their App Store on is the great service that they provide developers as well as consumers. They invited TalkAndroid down to their UK offices to tell us a little bit more about it.

Upon release, the Vodafone Shop had 400 applications, with a number of game publishers having exclusive titles available for purchase. These publishers include such names as EA, Gameloft, and Glu. Now while these titles are only found on the Vodafone Shop, Vodafone tell me that there are no exclusivity contracts involved with the publishers. Instead, publishers have decided that for now the Vodafone Shop is the best place to market their games on Android, and personally I don’t blame them.


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Gingerbread now running on HD2, HTC’s most popular Windows Mobile device

In the slew of Gingerbread news coming out about devices getting Gingerbread, here’s one we hadn’t thought about yet. It looks like some of the brilliant minds over at xda-developers have gotten Gingerbread ported over to the HTC HD2, an originally Windows Mobile device. We’ve given you a tutorial on running Android on your HD2 before, but this is, of course, the newest and greatest you can get.

XDA member DarkStone1337 was able to port Android 2.3 over to the HD2, simply stating, “I’ve done it”. We also know that, because of his personal life, DarkSton will be unable to continue development or push releases, he will hand out the information that he used to get it running. He stated:

Like I said in other threads, I won’t be updating/releasing builds anymore due to time constraints. So I’ll share the change, basically @ mjeeday, phiredrop, motoman, others who want to make the build work…

Just another awesome piece of Gingerbread goodness here. Expect to see more and more development on devices like this as the days go on. Be sure to let us know your thoughts in the comments, and hit the source link to check out the original thread at xda.

[via xda]