New Build Of CM9 For Samsung Galaxy Note Brings Improved S-Pen Support, Corrected Video Recording

 

Got a new Samsung Galaxy Note, but itching for some TouchWiz-free ICS action? You’re in luck because the fine CyanogenMod team has been hard at work and released the newest build of CM9 for the GT-N7000 version of the popular smartphone/tablet hybrid. Unlike the preliminary builds of CM9 which lacked many features, the newest build includes many of the anticipated device-specific features such as corrected S-pen support, in addition to corrected issues involving the microphone and video recording. As you might imagine, while the newest version of the CM9 ROM is looking good for the most part, there are still some minor issues to be worked out including the speakerphone not working properly. As always, the CyanogenMod team advises extreme caution when attempting to flash the build onto Galaxy Note devices.

If you all are feeling a little ambitious or lucky, head on down to the source link below for the download links and full instructions.

source: XDA

Sprint Galaxy Nexus Gets Some ClockworkMod And CM9 Nightly Treatment

 

While Sprint owners can enjoy all that pure ICS goodness on the newly released Galaxy Nexus, they have yet additional reasons to be excited for the device: the arrivals of CM9 Nightly and ClockworkMod Recovery. The ClockworkMod Recovery, which is the gold standard in ROM management will be available in touch and classic flavors, while the CM9 Nightlies will offer up users daily dose of new Android 4.0 code. Keep in mind though that as exciting as the CM9 Nightlies release is for users, keep in mind the codes may not have been tested and do not have any changelogs, so owners of the Sprint Galaxy Nexus may encounter a significant bug or two (or three or four).

So you’ve seen enough and ready to get into some CM9 or ClockworkMod action? Great— make sure you hit the source link below for full details and the download links.

source: CyangenMod | ClockworkMod
via: Android Police

T-Mobile ICS Update Schedule Leaked for the Galaxy S II, Sensation 4G, and Amaze 4G

According to TmoNews, they got their hands on what is believed to be the official ICS rollout dates for the Samsung Galaxy S II, HTC Sensation 4G, and HTC Amaze 4G. They were able to acquire a leaked 2012 T-Mobile enterprise calendar that also outs the dates these devices should receive the illustrious update. The T-Mo Galaxy S II is scheduled for May 14th, and the Sensation 4G and Amaze 4G are slated for June 16th. As always, this may end up changing and until we hear anything official I wouldn’t bet on anything. We will let you know if we hear anything more.

source: TmoNews

 

 

New ICS Build 6.14.84 Leaks for the Droid Razr and Razr Maxx, Still a Bit Buggy

Looks as though Verizon is getting to the final testing stages of what will eventually be the official ICS build for the Droid Razr and Razr Maxx. A new test build (6.14.84) has been pushed out to testers and has been packaged for download for those willing to give it a run. Some of the new changes include faster speeds, a new kernel, and a new CDMA radio. A few bugs have already been reported so it is very likely that Verizon will compile a new version before anything becomes official.

If you are feeling froggy, be sure that you are running the latest OTA update (6.12.181) before flashing this new build. It is recommended to have Voodoo Rootkeeper installed just in case you happen to loose root during the process. For further instructions and a download link, hit up the source link below.

source: DroidRzr.com
via: DroidLife

 

 

Android 4.0.4 Factory Images Now Available Online

Well what do we have here?  Newly available factory images for Android 4.0.4 (IMM76I) can now be obtained via the web for all yakju variants of the GSM version Galaxy Nexus.  In addition, there’s a new build on the horizon, “takju”.  These images are highly coveted as they can assist you in a time of need, such as when you brick the heck out of your phone rendering it useless.  The  images can also help you move from a non-yakju build to a yakju one seamlessly.  You’ll need fastboot of course and some experience flashing images can’t hurt either.  Also note that as Google has begun selling their Nexus device on the Play Store, recall that this is not the same model, it’s the takju build.  Takju is Android 4.0.4 (IMM76I) with some optimization for supporting Google Wallet.

source: Google Dev Site

[Rumor] Redditor Claims to Know When the HTC Rezound and Motorola Xoom 3G/4G are to Receive ICS

Part of my editorial duties here at Talk Android include perusing various obscure outlets trying to find newsworthy information. Making my daily rounds this morning I stumbled across some interesting info in a not so obscure place – Reddit. As it goes with many things on Reddit, this bit of news should be dashed with a dose or Mortin’s but either way I figured it looked plausible enough to pass it along.

According to a Redditor who claims to work for Verizon in some capacity, they say that the HTC Rezound and Motorola Xoom 3G/4G have scheduled ICS release dates. Curious to know what they are? Join us after the break and I will give you the full low-down.

HTC One X And One S Smartphones Get ClockworkMod Touch Software

Leave it to some crafty folks to ensure the latest and greatest tools are available for the latest and greatest devices in no time. While the HTC One X and One S smartphones are still newly released devices, the fine ClockworkMod development team has gone ahead and quickly pumped out the latest ClockworkMod Touch software for those devices. That means owners of those devices are one step closer to flashing not just one, but perhaps multiple ROMs because hey— we all love our ROMs, right?

Naturally, you’ll find the new ClockworkMod software when you hit the source link below. In addition, you will also find the traditional non-Touch version, if that’s your fancy. Well go on— get to it.

source: ClockworkMod

Motorola Razr/Razr Maxx to Get ICS Soak Test Instead of the Gingerbread Bug Fix

Man, the past week’s news about the Motorola Droid Razr/Maxx and its pending update(s) got a bit annoying and had me starting to think that Razr owners may never actually see an ICS update at all. First we saw a leaked Best Buy memo that claimed that an ICS update was supposed to begin the following week, which we all know never happened. Then, we heard that an ICS soak test was being prepared to push out to Moto testers only to find out it was just going to be a silly 6.12.181 Gingerbread maintenance update. Here we are the following week and nothing has happened, not even the Gingerbread maintenance update. Things are starting to look a bit shaky, no?

Well, by the looks of things over at the Motorola testers’ forums, Moto is now possibly scraping the 6.12.181 maintenance update all together in lieu for the actual ICS soak test. The Moto forum manager left a message for its testers (since removed) stating the following:

Looks like we got a surprise people. This regular soak test has now turned into an official soak test for Android 4.0 also known as Ice Cream Sandwich. Please subscribe to this feed for updates and more information will be posted as soon as possible.

Thanks guys for hanging in there.

So there you have it folks. Whether you can take that comment to the bank or not is still up for debate. Either way I hope this BS comes to an end soon and you patient Razr owners finally get a taste of Android’s oh-so-good Ice Cream Sandwich. We will let you know if anything else changes or if the soak test does actually get under way. In the meantime, feel free to vent your frustrations in the comments below.

source: Droid Life

 

CyanogenMod Announces Cid, the Final Version of the New Mascot

Damn, that was fast! Yesterday we showed you what was to be the starting point of the new CyanogenMod mascot, rAndy. The CM team put out an open call for mascot ideas and rAndy was the the teams final choice. When announcing their decision they had said that they were going to be working with the artist to fine tune the little guy before making any finalization’s and would let us know when he is ready for the mainstream. Enter Cid, the final design for the new CM mascot and it only took a day to get him whipped into shape.

Cid (Pronounced: /si:d/):
When we started brainstorming names we wanted to pick something short, simple and fitting for the new mascot. Obviously trying to stray away from the *droid or *Andy type names we decided to pay homage to D.A.R.Y.L., B.O.B Maximillion or V.I.N.Cent and create a name that could also be an acronym.

We chose C.I.D. which is short for Cyanogenmod ID, the common thread that all CyanogenMod users share; each user’s unique place in our community.

Some of you may also be familiar with the concept of the “id”, the instinctual driving force behind our personalities. It seemed fitting, that this chaotic force and need for immediate gratification, was incorporated into the image of a OS which strives to be on the bleeding edge of Android development.

Thus C.I.D became Cid.

Alright, sounds good to me! Although I was partially attached to the cool looking owl entry they had, and apparently that was actually one of the designs that was hotly debated over. Either way I am cool with Cid and I look forward to seeing his cute little mug on a CM boot animation in the near future. What about you guys? Are you down with Cid? Tell me all about it in the comments below.

 

Samsung Galaxy Note Gets Leaked Build Of Ice Cream Sandwich With Slight Topping Of Minor Bugs

The Samsung Galaxy Note is no doubt an amazing device, we know that already. We also know that while the device is going to be a wee bit better once it receives its long-awaited software update, it’s going to be a bit of a wait as it’s due to arrive at some point within the next few months. Sammy is hard at work developing the software in the meantime, but “somehow” a build of the upcoming ICS software has leaked. The gang at RootzWiki got their hands on a leaked build of the ICS update for the Galaxy Note and seem to have positive feedback for the update despite its early progress. Here’s a quick rundown of the update:

April Fool’s? 29 Individuals Still Using CM “TehUberDuckDistro” ROM… From 2011

Sure April Fool’s Day has come and gone sadly, but many of us sure enjoyed the good laughs, right? Well sadly, a particular joke has taken an unusual— albeit comical turn that has gone on for the past year. Last year a CM ROM was renamed to “TehUberDuckDistro” for a single nightly release which featured an unusual duck as its mascot instead of the usual Android. Some 29 individuals did not get the memo of “TehUberDuckDistro” being a joke and are actually logging in info with CM’s reporting app featuring “TehUberDuckDistro“. Here’s CyanogenMod team member Ricardo Cerqueira sharing his thoughts on the stunning find:

“I accidentally noticed, while checking something entirely different in our stats data, that 29 people are still running TDUD today. That one year-old, one-shot nightly is still in use, and I want to meet these 29 people just to shake their hands.”

The moral of the story is two-fold. One— some of these individuals using the CM ROM featuring “TehUberDuckDistro” really need to update their CM ROMs… immediately. Two— perhaps the 29 people still using the joke ROM may really like their duck mascots? Perhaps.

source: Android Community

Coming soon: Customise your Galaxy Nexus navigation buttons [Video]

Chances are that part of the reason you picked Android over other popular mobile Operating Systems was due to the huge amount of customisation available straight out of the box. Another huge benefit of the Android OS is the enormous and talented developer community who always strive to make the wonderful OS experience ever better. Combine the two together and what do you get? Well the sky is the limit, but the video below should serve as an appetizer.

The talented AOKP developer, Zaphod-Beblebrox, is working on a new AOKP addition that will allow the user to completely customize the Galaxy Nexus‘ on-screen navigation buttons. Bored of the standard back, home and multi-task buttons? Why not replace them with a browser or SMS short-cut?

This is one that we will certainly be watching with interest as the possibilities really are endless. Check out the work in progress in the video after the break and stay tuned as we keep you updated on when this mod gets added to the AOKP ROM!

CM9 Nightlies return – Galaxy S i9000/i9000B, Captivate and Vibrant all covered

It is a truth universally acknowledged that many of the most talented Android designers and developers don’t work for the giant manufacturers such as Samsung, Motorola and HTC. Some of the most impressive Android ROMS come from the independent developer community and it’s safe to say that CyanogenMod is the most reputable of all.

Only a couple of days ago we reported that the CyanogenMod team had been busy bringing Android 4.0 ICS to the HTC Sensation, LG Optimus LTE and LG Nitro HD by way of the CM9 ROM. It’s time for owners of the original Samsung Galaxy to take notice as, although Sammy itself won’t be bringing you some sweet Ice Cream Sandwich, CyanogenMod has added CM9 links for the i9000/i9000B, Captivate and Vibrant  to its downloads webpage.

As a reminder, you need to be rooted to pick up these ROMs and if you’re not rooted, perhaps today is the day to change it. Hit the source link below to get started. Happy flashing!

source : CyanogenMod

Meizu Releases Public Beta Vanilla ICS ROM for the MX and M9

This probably isn’t going to apply to many of you but if you own a Meizu MX or M9 you are going to dig this. Meizu has just sent out a press release announcing that after a month of private testing, the public ICS beta is ready for the masses. One great thing about this ROM is that Meizu decided to keep their grubby mits out of the UI and have left it a bone stock ICS experience. No cumbersome UI overlays here! Just pure vanilla Android. If you own either of these devices and are ready to get into some 4.0 action, hit up the link below. Also, you can jump past the break to read the presser I mentioned earlier.

Meizu

T-Mobile Uses Facebook To Highlight Reasons For ICS Update Delay For HTC Sensation 4G Smartphone

 

We know that the T-Mobile HTC Sensation 4G is all set for the upcoming Android 4.0 + Sense 3.6 UI update, but there has been an unexpected delay in the prep process. According to T-Mobile’s Facebook page, HTC has sent the ICS ROM to T-Mobile, but apparently the ROM did not pass T-Mo’s gold standard of quality checks. T-Mobile has since sent the ROM right back to HTC for further testing and are hoping the bugs and kinks will be worked out sooner than later before the official update is released to customers. Here’s T-Mobile’s specific statement: