Cyanogen cooks up some Gingerbread

Twitter is the way to be informed. Any of us awake at three this morning would have read a tweet by the infamous @Cyanogen and his successful porting of Gingerbread to his T- Mobile G2. Curious to read his exact words? Read no further:

If that wasn’t news enough, paired with the Galaxy S port of Gingerbread,  another #TeamDouche member by the name of Chris Soyars had successfully compiled the Gingerbread AOSP and ported it to his Nexus One. However, Twitter was not the source of information as he decided to keep it personal and inform the public on his personal website. If you are an Android enthusiast and want to know, check this out:

I think it is safe to say that, by the end of the week, many devices will be cleared to flash their own version of Gingerbread. Make sure to support your local and favorite developers by purchases or donations. Remember, Android is kept alive by the passion of the community.

[via androidSPIN]

Android Market Allows Developers 4000 Characters for App Description


Android app developers are going to love this character limit increase because it actually gives them enough space to properly describe their app in the Market. What once was 325 characters is now 4000, and after the “Recent Changes” was added to the market, this allowed more space reserved for actual descriptions rather than update/bug fix information when new versions were published to the Android Market. This may be so much space that the Developers of the Twitter app may not know what to do with more than 140 characters! Kidding.

Yes, that’s 10 times more space, and for the effect, you’d have to Tweet 28.5 times to hit that many characters. Cool hey?

[via – Android Market]

Android 2.3 Now Part of the Android Open Source Project

The beauty of the Android OS is the ability for everyone to take part in it. This news is for developers and Android enthusiasts alike. Android 2.3, better known as Gingerbread, is now being pushed to Android’s Open Source Project, making it available to all Android lovers. Whether it is to develop applications strictly for Android 2.3, or to make custom ROM’s for phones stuck with their carriers Froyo release… with no Gingerbread in sight.

However, there is a word to the wise from Google’s Jean-Baptiste Queru. He explains that even though it is released and suitable for AOSP work, it is strongly recommended that it is not used for the Nexus S at this point in time. He warns that trying to use the AOSP code with your Nexus S could potentially brick your Nexus S and turn it into nothing but an expensive paperweight. TalkAndroid will alert you of when Queru announces that it is safe to use AOSP code on your Nexus S.

Now all we have to do is wait for custom ROM’s to be released for the HTC EVO 4G and other current phones. Any guesses to how soon our favorite developers will crack it?

[via googlegroups]

Sprint 4G, WiMax, coming to CyanogenMod for HTC Evo… finally

I love CyanogenMod. I really and truly do. I used to run it on my HTC Hero, and absolutely adored it. However, once I  got my HTC Evo 4G and started paying for 4G service, I found myself no longer being able to use CM, as it didn’t have 4G baked in. Now, however, thanks to the hard work of hackers, modders and developers, it looks like WiMax will finally be added into Cyanogen’s baby for the HTC Evo 4G. While it isn’t ready for the limelight, you should know that it’s well on the way, and will probably be added into the next release. Looks like I’ll be trying out the next iteration of CM6, and waiting with baited breath!

Sound like great news to you? Be sure and let us know in the comments!

[via xda]

ANDROID 2.2.1 XXJPU ROM From Kalpik Gives Galaxy S Some Pep

Did you get your Galaxy S 2.2 update yet?  Or did you receive it and you’re still having performance issues, such as lag?  Several Galaxy S users reported some lag on their device shortly after the firmware update.  Kalpik from XDA Developers released what sounds like a godsend for Galaxy S users perpetually complaining of such issues.

Some of the performance advancements you can expect with this build:

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Instructions for unlocking the Nexus S bootloader

Now that the Nexus S is getting into people’s hands, information about the device is making its way online. For example, if you want to unlock the bootloader,follow these simple instructions.

  1. Shutdown the phone
  2. Hold down volume up + power
  3. Now you are in the standard recovery mode
  4. Assuming you have 2.3 SDK installed with fastboot (Google around for that info..), now on terminal/windows or Windows cmd depending on OS type “fastboot devices” to check your device can be seem via USB
  5. Assuming you device is seen via fastboot devices, now type “fastboot oem unlock”
  6. Accept … and new bootloader is unlocked…

You’ll need to follow these steps if you want to get into recovery and root the device, so have at it!

[via AC]

Nexus S gets root and recovery

Given how open the Nexus S is, I’m not entirely surprised that this happened so quickly, but nevertheless I am happy to report that root and recovery has been gained on the Nexus S. The steps are simple enough, and are as follows:

  1. Boot into recovery (Volume + Power Up, or adb reboot bootloader)
  2. Flash this recovery image.
  3. Then boot into recovery and install the Superuser zip file, which you can grab here.

If you want additional support and instructions, hit up the source link below. Happy rooting to those of you who have a Nexus S already.

[via XDA]

Android 2.3 Gingerbread: An In-depth Look

Android 2.3 Gingerbread is amongst the hottest topics in the android world right now. Whether it is curiosity about receiving the OTA upgrade or if it is all it is cracked up to be, the forums are flooded with Gingerbread discussion. Among the fabled upgrades are speed and performance enhancements, a refreshed UI, new text selection, and more.

First, under the spot light is speed. Gingerbread is faster then its predecessors. Along with the speed comes a smoother experience with almost every interaction with the phone including, but not limited to, menus, screen swipes, and scrolling. Although it is impossible to dictate just how much faster Gingerbread is then Froyo with a quantity, the differences are definitely noticeable.

Second, the refreshed UI. The user interface is not a complete overhaul, but has some noticeable changes. First the color scheme has changed to a black, orange, and green with the menus being set against a all black background instead of trimmed in white. The biggest change is the functionality of the home screen menu. Accessing the menu presents you with an option to manage apps, and allows you to go directly to the app manager. Also among the UI changes is the new text selection and copy/paste tool. Simply tapping on the text box brings up the selection tool that you drag to any position in the text to make the modifications. A long press will bring up two selection tools that allow you to drag over what you wish to copy, cut, or paste. Along for the ride is the new Microbes wallpaper that ships by default with Gingerbread. This adds a little human interaction with live wallpapers.

Third, is the introduction of Near Field Communications (NFC) and the downloads app. The NFC chip inside the phone allows the phone to interact with NFC stickers , which contains information that the phone will automatically process. The downloads app allows you to sort through all the downloaded content on your Android device.

Android 2.3 Gingerbread, while not a complete overhaul, will definitely hold its own until the release of Android 3.0 Honeycomb. Look for the OTA update for your phone in hopefully the near future.

[via intomobile]

CyanogenMod 6.1.1 released for Nexus One, HTC Vision, Evo 4G, Slide

According to a tweet from Cyanogen, CyanogenMod 6.1.1 has just been released for the following devices:

  • Google Nexus One
  • HTC Vision
  • HTC Evo 4G
  • HTC Slide

If you want to check it out for yourself, be sure to hit up the CM forums here. If you do end up doing some late night flashing (not that kind), then let us know how it goes in the comments!

[via Twitter]

Become an Android Developer with App Inventor

Five months ago, Google Labs announced one of their latest creations that sparked interest among the Android Community. The announcement was to put the App Inventor for Android into the hands of the consumers and make it easier to unlock the full power behind their Android phones. The App Inventor spread across the country like wildfire allowing people to become their own developer. The use stretched from the skilled developer to the people new to the world of open source coding.

Some examples noted by Google were the use of the application to create learning tools for children, SMS applications, and even a marriage proposal application. Because of the excitement and enthusiasm behind App Inventor, Google is proud to announce that the beta version is available in Labs to anyone with a Google account. To get started you can visit the homepage allowing time to set up and getting a jumpstart on building your first application.

Also, continue after the break to check out a video demo of App Inventor.

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