Samsung Fascinate Gets “Alphalulz” Ice Cream Sandwich ROM

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.

[via RootzWiki]



Nexus S and Galaxy S Receive Early Build Of CyanogenMod 9

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 12]






Lg Confirms 4 Optimus Phones to Receive Android 4.0 Update

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!

[via Facebook]


Verizon Confirms DROID Charge Android 2.3 Gingerbread Update to Begin Rolling Out November 29

So remember yesterday and how I said I would keep you updated on the status of Verizon’s Android 2.3 update for the DROID Charge? Well it’s only a day later and I have official confirmation from Big Red stating that the Gingerbread update will begin to roll out next Tuesday, November 29. Join me after the break for a full change log of expected features and improvements, there’s some really great stuff on the way!

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HTC G1 Gets Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich Port [Courtesy of XDA]

It seems that some crafty developer has set out to prove Google and HTC wrong by showing them that it is possible to run ICS on devices that have “incompatible hardware”. Some fella going by the name jcarrz1 over at XDA has posted a video showing the oldschool HTC G1 of all devices, running a build of the latest Android 4.0 software.

As you will notice in the video below, the G1 seems to be struggling fairly bad at completing rather menial tasks such as swapping from screen to screen and opening smaller apps. I am not sure you could call this port usable and I don’t foresee many people dying to get their hands on it. Regardless, this is a huge feat and I don’t mean to downplay the success because I was truly impressed to see what jcarrz1 and team have accomplished. Great work guys, I am curious to see what’s next!

Jump past the break to check out the video for yourself and be sure to let us know what you think.
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Verizon Announces Android 2.3 Gingerbread Update for DROID Charge

Just yesterday, Verizon announced that the official Android 2.3 Gingerbread update for the Droid Charge was ready and will be pushed out sometime in the near future. Although Big Red made the announcement, they failed to include a changelog to give us an idea what to expect, until today. Verizon posted the full changelog this morning and it looks like the Gingerbread update will do the Charge some good.

The update should improve the device immensely and a few noticeable differences will be a couple of UI tweaks and improved speed and stability. The changelog says that improvements have been made to the GPS so I am hoping the device will not take 5 minutes anymore to lock on to a signal. A new download manager, “running apps” tab, and visual voicemail has also been added as well as improvements to the phones camera and sound output. Overall, if you have been having issues with your DROID Charge, I think this update will suit you well.

The new build is number EP4 and according to the rumor you can look for the update beginning November 29th. I have a feeling this will roll out over a short period of time so be patient, I too have a DROID Charge so I will be keeping a close eye on this one and will let you know as soon as the update rolls out.

Go here for more official details and you can check out the full changelog after the cut.

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HTC Releases Source Code For The Amaze, Rezound, Explorer And Desire S

HTC, one of the hottest handset manufacturers in the word has just announced the availability of source code for several of its popular handsets.  Among these are the HTC Amaze, Rezound, Explorer and Desire S.  You now download the kernel source code by heading over to HTC’s Dev site.  Here’s to hoping the wide array of developers get on board and do what they do best which is checking out what’s under the hood, extracting some goodies and tidbits and of course, producing some awesome and useful custom ROMs for the masses.

[via HTC Dev]







Koush Releases ICS Alpha Build For Nexus S, Now in ROM Manager [Courtesy of XDA]

Have a Nexus S? Looking to get a taste of Ice Cream Sandwich? Well look no further. If you are wanting to get a taste of an early build of ICS check out Koush’s build available in the ROM manger. For those of you who don’t know, Koush is famous for the Clockwork Recovery mod  that allows the flashing of various ROMs and mods and for the ROM manager itself which makes the process entirely painless.  Let it be known that this is an Alpha build and everything isn’t working as it should be and that your Nexus S needs to be rooted. According to Koush:

“What doesn’t work:
Facebook account sync, missing apps from market. I am fairly sure this is a build fingerprint issue. Can probably be resolved by using the fingerprint of the Galaxy Nexus, etc. Will need to wipe between changing fingerprints.”

The GPS may not work but I will let you head over to XDA and read why that is. So for those of you who are chomping at the bit to get a taste of Ice Cream Sandwich, here is a chance by a more-than-reputable source. Just remember that it is an Alpha build and there may be some bugs or issues that have to be resolved. Hit the link below to download the zip file courtesy of Koush and XDA.

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Ice Cream Sandwich AOSP Builds Arrive For Many Devices [Courtesy of XDA]

Many of you felt let down when Google’s Mobile Product Manager, Hugo Barra, announced that the big G had no plans to update the Nexus One to ICS because the device was cited as being “too old”. This news didn’t sit well with XDA members either, and because the released ICS SDK-port for the Nexus One was entirely too slow for any real use, members decided it was time to get crafty.

It was only last week when news broke about the release of the ICS Source Code and we knew it would only be a short time until AOSP builds would arrive on the scene. Here we are 5 days later and we are pleased to see that XDA member, dr1337, has created a functional AOSP build for the Nexus One and is ready to share with the world. What’s even better is the fact that this is just one of the devices to receive ICS AOSP builds, and even more XDA members have been busy as well.

Thanks to the hard work from, dizgustipatedMongooseHelixstritfajtjaybob413onecosmicChaosz-X, and zFr3eak; the Nexus S, Droid Eris, Hero, Hero CDMA, Galaxy S I9000, Desire, and Desire HD now get to feast on a little Ice Cream Sandwich treat. I know this has got to be great news for many of you and you are just dying to get to work on your own device. We have included the following XDA links to help you in your task:

Most of these are going to have a few hiccups here and there but that can be expected with any early AOSP build. Please read all the directions carefully and pay attention to the XDA comments for your respective device, you may find out that there are certain bugs that you may not be able to deal with. Reported user feedback has been overwhelmingly good but, TalkAndroid is not responsible for anything you do to your device and this is purely for your reference. If you are a Nexus S owner and want to see what is in store for you, jump past the cut to check out a Youtube video of the phone in action. Lets all be sure to give thanks where it is due, these guys must have been working really hard to bring these builds to the public. Thanks guys!!

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