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.
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.
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]
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.
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, dizgustipated, MongooseHelix, stritfajt, jaybob413, onecosmic, Chaosz-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!!
It seems that developers are becoming more and more interested in bringing the Android operating system to more devices than just smartphones, tablets and recently TV’s. You can also find car stereos that operate on a specialized version of the OS and even in a self contained, dual-core USB stick. Currently there is an open source project going on named, Android-x86, that aims to get Android up and running on your laptop or PC. People are already successfully running Android 3.2 Honeycomb on their computers via this new project.
Most people are reporting easier success with ASUS products and is as simple as downloading the Android ISO and by using UNetbootin you can install the image to a USB stick or SD card. Once complete, just throw that puppy in your computer and you can now run Honeycomb from the comfort of your desk or lap. Most hardware is fully functional, including Wi-Fi, and you can even download the Android Market and various apps. Jump past the cut to see some guy’s rather lengthy, sometimes comical, Youtube video showing Android 3.2 running on his Eee PC netbook. With the recent release of Android 4.0 I can only imagine that developers will soon try and climb that mountain as well. Super exciting!
Its only been a few days since the ICS ROM dropped and you can bet ROM builders have been awake ever since trying to successfully complete a port. Some dudes have already managed to port rather slick looking builds onto their Galaxy S II and Optimus 3D. That did not take long at all!
Now don’t go getting all excited thinking that you can already throw one of these builds onto either your SGSII or O3D. The crafty gentlemen have yet to release instructions and the SGSII doesn’t even have the radio, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth working properly. As you can see in the picture above, the SGSII still shows ICS’ software buttons but plans are in the works to have them removed. Jump past the split to check out the videos showing the devices in action and rest assured knowing this could be on your own device soon enough.
Today is sure a big day for the Samsung Galaxy Nexus! First off, it was released in the UK and oddly enough the first one that was sold got returned. Samsung then updated its US Galaxy Nexus product page, adding an official US spec sheet, 3D view, and outed its official US commercial. The specs sheet then confirmed that here in the US we will be treated to a 100mAh larger battery compared to its overseas counterpart. Specs also reveal that the stateside device is now a half a millimeter thicker than the one originally debuted. And as if that wasn’t enough, to top it all off, the Galaxy Nexus was then put through a brutal scratch test to determine the resilience of its non Gorilla Glass display. Whew! All that and still no US release date!
Anyway, one of the coolest events from today was the additions to the Galaxy Nexus website. You can now watch a bunch of walkthrough videos explaining many of the device’s awesome features. We round up the whole lot and thought we would share them with you here on TalkAndroid. There are quite a few so you will need to jump past the break to check them all out. After you’re done, be sure to let us know in the comments what feature/s you are most looking forward to. I am sure there is at least one that will catch your eye!
With all the great features that we are looking forward to in the impending release of Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, some are more practical than others. This week, The Verge, had an opportunity to sit down with Matias Duarte to spend a few minutes discussing one of the more ‘add-it-cause-it’s-fun features’ rather than focus on more serious stuff.
The video below outlines a new addition to the ICS’ native camera app that allows you to apply real-time video effects. By applying a tweak-filter, if you will, you can create goofy caricature-like effects and distort the persons face or head as you see fit. While focusing solely on the subjects head, the camera can apply these effects without distorting anything else contained within the video. Feel like making your buddy look a bit pudgier than normal? Easy. Feel like making your girlfriend look a tad skinnier than in reality? Just a click away.
These kooky features will now be found within the native ICS video camera and while not very practical, they are bound to provide a bit of fun in between those times you are enjoying the more serious improvements within Android’s latest, and most definitely greatest, OS to date. Check out the video after the break and let us know what you think.