The other day we told you about the CyanogenMod team bringing CM7 to the Kindle Fire. Well as of today you can too. However, this is a lengthy process (43 steps and use of ADB) and I suggest taking extreme caution by reading through the entire guide before you take on this task. According to the post, this is still an alpha build and some stuff doesn’t work. We reported before that the wifi wasn’t working, but both that and the touchscreen are working just fine. The sound and hardware acceleration aren’t working however. According to the post:
“- First, this method will require some knowledge of ADB.
– This version is very much an alpha build, and as such there are features that are not yet working, though most of the important stuff is.
– Wifi and touchscreen controls are reported to work just fine, however sound and hardware acceleration are not.
– This has been tested with firmware versions 6.0 and 6.1, but not on 6.2.
– In addition, there is no way (currently) to return to the stock software.
– There are likely other issues as well, but if you’re willing to test it then proceed.”
So, those of you that are interested in trying this out, I still, advise extreme caution in flashing this, and like with rooting and flashing on other devices, it does void your warranty. If you haven’t rooted your Kindle Fire yet and want to, you can go here. There is no way to get back to the Stock software as of yet, so again, extreme caution advised, have I stressed this enough yet?
If this doesn’t deter you from trying this out, hit the break below to download the files and for the install process. Those of you that successfully flash this, we would love to hear from you. How well does it work? Read more
Good news for those with rooted Bionics. A somewhat functional, alpha build of Ice Cream Sandwich has been released for the Bionic thanks to dhacker29 of the Th3ORY ROM team. Not everything works as of right now, so using this as a daily driver is probably not a good idea. Here is what works:
– Graphics working smooth now
– Adb is working so we can track the rest
– Capacitive buttons
– Charging indicator
– External SD Card
– Builtin Screenshot
– Reboot menu
However, wifi and phone data aren’t working and the developer still needs to get the internal SD card to mount. This should happen sooner rather than later though.
If you are interested in trying this out, you need to make sure your Bionic is rooted, which you can do by going here. Keep in mind that this is an alpha build and is intended for preview purposes only. As always, what happens when flash the ROM is your responsibility. If that doesn’t deter you, hit the break below to download the ROM or view the source for more details. Read more
So you own a MIUI port but are wondering what the developers are doing for an encore now that a new treat is out? You’re in luck as they are hard at work developing a new ROM based off of Ice Cream Sandwich. They’ve gladly released some teaser shots and feel ready to show their work off to the Android community. As you can expect, there is still the same gorgeous interface and what looks to be a seamless integration of ICS features. Check out the their photos and gallery at their Facebook page. I have a feeling that more than a few people will be giving this ROM a spin.
[via MIUI Facebook page]
Chomping at the bit for some Ice Cream Sandwich action brought to you by CM9? Then you’re in luck, sort of. The developers of CyanogenMod released an update to their blog showing progress for CM9. As they say things are “slowly starting to come together.” I think however, that given they got the source code a little over two weeks ago, they are moving along pretty well. They have a number of devices running CM9 and they are focusing on getting it on more devices. OMAP4, MSM8660/7×30 and Exynos devices will most likely be the first ones ready for this ROM. Tablets are being shown some love too as both the Galaxy Tab 10.1 and the Asus Transformer are in the “pipeline” early.
Older devices will be seeing CM 9 as well. As the blog put it:
“Our goal is to provide continued support to all CM7 devices back to the QSD8250 series of devices such as the Nexus One. I don’t want to make any promises at this time, but that is the plan.”
Bad news for those of you with the original Droid. CM9 will not be seen on your device. As the CyanogenMod puts it, “time to upgrade.” Given that the Android framework has had some major changes the CyanogenMod team has had trouble with compatibility with older proprietary camera and graphics drivers, but, they are pretty confident that they will be able to overcome these issues like they have in the past. The CM team has also created a solution to CM7‘s long spin-up time by adding new devices on-demand which saves bandwidth and avoids long start-up time. Read more
I’m not sure how many of you have been following all the buzz surrounding the Galaxy Nexus and ICS, or for that matter still following (the lack of a US launch is getting old), but from time to time some new and interesting tidbits pop up here and there. No, not to sound like a broken record, but, I have no information on the GN’s release date. I do however, have news of a little hidden ICS treat just waiting for you once Verizon decides to release its nasty death grip.
A new video has surfaced showing that Google’s Nyan Droid surprise is not the only secret addition to be found inside the phone. Apparently there is this Stars Wars-like screen-saver called, Android Dreams, that can be accessed through the Launcher Pro app that spews forth all your app icons as seen in the video below. By the looks of it, you can press once on your device’s screen to slow down the spew – allowing enough time for you to select (tap) which app you want to open. It was originally thought to be some kind of hidden launcher but in reality it’s an interactive live wallpaper of sorts. In order to activate said treat, one must download the Launcher Pro app from the market and use its “activity shortcut” to find such Google-ness. Here, just check out the video after the jump and you will see what I’m talking about, sometimes a video aid is the best way to explain these kinds of things. Read more
Droid Incredible 2 owners are about to start salivating big time! That oh-so delectable new treat is available now for owners courtesy of ProTekk of beloved RootzWiki. While it is available everyone, keep in mind that this custom ROM/build of ICS is still in its infancy stage– so like any ROM in beta, it has its fair share of bugs and missing functions. Here’s a quick rundown of what works and what doesn’t work in this build of the beta:
What doesn’t work:
Headsets (logcat claims that the kernel doesn’t support it)
The mere fact that most of the needed basic functions working correctly is nothing short of amazing. For those of you willing to brave it out and be ahead of the rest of us Android users, back up your files and give the ROM a try. I mean hey, rooting your Droid Incredible 2 is why you bought the device, right? Be sure to give your props to ProTekk at RootWiki and let us know if you plan on rooting your Droid Incredible 2 or how it works out for you if you’ve already jumped ship and rooted it.
If you are at all familiar with the rooting of Android devices and custom ROM’s, then I am sure you have heard of CyanogenMod and its CM line of custom ROM’s. CM7 has got to be one of the most popular Android custom ROM’s and can be found for both phones and tablets. The latest addition to devices seen running CM7 is the Amazon Kindle Fire. Although still in its early stages, XDA member, JackpotClavin, has posted a few images of his Fire running the CM7 ROM but it definitely needs more work before I can recommend that you try it out.
At the moment, a few things aren’t working properly like the touchscreen (rather important, no?) and the fact that you loose Amazon integration, preventing access to the Appstore and the like. On the up side though, Wi-Fi is working and if you don’t like the Amazon UI than this enhanced version of Android Gingerbread might just be up your alley. For more details about CM7 on the Kindle Fire, hit the source link below. Looks a bit rough to me so I recommend sitting on the sidelines until they get all the issues figured out, but I reckon that shouldn’t be too long from now anyway.
The race is on, that is, to see how many different devices can we port ICS to in the least amount of time. Next to make the ICS port list is the seemingly forgotten Samsung Fascinate. The device was recently graced with the “Alphalulz” ICS build courtesy of the folks over at RootzWiki, primarily dev JT1134. Working features include 3G call quality, WiFi functionality and the camera. The build is definitely being touted as good enough to be your daily driver. Want to give it a try? Remember that you’re doing this at your own risk. That being said, you can hit the source link for all of the download instructions. Good luck and have fun with this.
We didn’t think it would take too long before the creators of CyanogenMod got………creative. Since the Android 4.0 source code release, the team has been hard at work and now we’re seeing the blood sweat and tears begin to manifest into fruition. Early alpha builds of CyanogenMod9 for the Samsung Galaxy S and the Nexus S are surfacing and certainly showing some promise. The build is doing well so far per Koushik Dutta, CM9’s initial developer. He also states that as the build is performing well, it’s stable enough to become a “daily driver-type ROM”. Video playback and MMS are experiencing some issues but otherwise it’s still a good build for Nexus S.
In regards to the Galaxy S, a beta version of CM9 made its way to the folks over at XDA and you can download it now to try. The ROM is being touted as “functional” with the exception of some minor but important issues. For instance, the Galaxy S version has been known to completely wipe users’ SD cards. So keep in mind you’re attempting this at your own risk. If you’re still interested in giving it a go, you can head on over to XDA via the source thread and try your luck. Good luck and don’t forget to report back on how well the builds are working on your respective devices.
[via XDA 1, 2]
LG took to the social media platform this morning and announced which devices will officially receive the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update. According to LG’s Facebook page, a few of their top tier Optimus phones will most definitely get a taste of Google’s latest treat:
- Optimus 2X
- Optimus Black
- Optimus 3D
- Optimus LTE
Now, if your LG device is not on that list there is no need to worry just yet. LG says that additional devices my also receive the update, it just depends on whether “it is compatible with the functionality, features and performance of other LG smartphones”, and I am pretty sure LG will include the US variants for those listed above. If you have one of these Optimus phones, you can expect to see the update roll-out over the next couple of months with details of the roll-out issued sometime in December.
Speaking of December… Let’s hope that whatever mysterious phone (Nitro HD :-D) is to be revealed during LG’s “exclusive launch” on December 1st, launches with ICS pre-loaded!