The numbers are in and it looks like CyanogenMod by a landslide! The number of official CyanogenMod installs has nearly reached 600,000, and when combined with unofficial KANG installs, that user base has now crossed the 1 million mark, with thousands more each day. This is a landmark achievement for Android’s custom ROM community. Here’s to the next impending million sure to coincide with the complete release of CM9.
[via DroidLife, CMStats]
I know what you’re thinking. Why the heck do we need yet another app store on our phones, what with Amazon, GetJar, and the Android Market and a slew of other apps that do this same thing. However, I think you’ll want to hear me out on this one because this proposes to be a different kind of app store. Here’s the back story.
Recently Koush, the man behind ClockworkMod Recovery and ROM Manager, came out with a tethering app that bypassed the need for a tethering plan and one that did so without the need for root access. While there are other apps that do the same thing, Koush is known for bringing us very good software. Well it wasn’t long before carriers banned the ability to access this app in the Android Market as they did with other tethering apps. It’s those moves done by carriers that spurred this article to begin with. So here’s the deal. Read more
HTC has been on a quest if you will, to further support the development community by bringing the ability to unlock your phone’s bootloader. In my opinion this is a quest that more phone manufacturers should join (hint, hint Motorola). Well if you were one of the lucky ones to purchase an HTC phone after September of last year then chances are your bootloader is unlocked and if you weren’t and are stuck with an older model, fret not, as HTC is showing some love to their older devices. Yesterday the HTCdev Twitter Account announced that the Desire HD, other Desire models and both the Wildfire and Wildfire S now have Bootloader Unlock support.
As you know, unlocking your bootloader and all related problems are at your own risk as unlocking your bootloader voids your warranty. If you are up for an upgrade or are ready for a new phone I recommend the HTC Rezound as it’s now only $199.99 on 2-year contract and as HTC announced, the bootloader is unlockable leading to some pretty awesome ROMs and MODs down the road. If you don’t have Bootloader Unlock support yet keep looking on the HTCdev site because eventually your phone may see this support. Enjoy!
If you’re of the “root’n & rom’n” variety and you own a new Galaxy Nexus device, you’ve got to be loving all of the new tweaks the dev community have been accomplishing. Latest to make its way to the device are a few cool boot animations provided by our friends over at RootzWiki. The Bokeh animation above should be a good indication for you of how fricking cool these animations are. Ready to give them a go? Check out the DL links after the break along with the instructions. Feel free to use our forum or the comments thread below if you have any issues. We’ve provided all of the download links courtesy of RootzWiki for your convenience. Good luck and have fun. Read more
Though Amazon’s Silk browser may not be a perfect fit for everyone and their smartphone, you’ll be happy to know that the good folks over at XDA have managed to port the popular eReader’s new browser over to non-Kindle Fire devices. Yep, we were thinking the same thing, these fricking guys can do anything! And though the browser could use a few extra features, it still appears to have a decent fan base and loyal following, otherwise the dev community wouldn’t have thought it worthwhile to port over. So far the browser has been tested on the original Motorola Atrix and the Droid X for starters. We look forward for the extra browser alternative to hit other devices soon, so stay tuned to Talk Android. If you’ve managed to get this working on your smartphone, feel free to let us know in the comments below.
Man, when the Galaxy Nexus was first debuted with Ice Cream Sandwich it looked amazing (still does). However you’re an owner of a Samsung Galaxy S or an original Galaxy Tab and your contract isn’t up for a while. Maybe it is, but you’re thinking to yourself that you love the Galaxy S hardware or you love that little tablet and that maybe if you hope really hard Samsung will grace your device with Ice Cream Sandwich. Well even with hope sometimes we don’t get what we want, as you well know, Samsung made it clear that the Galaxy S and the Galaxy Tab wouldn’t be seeing the awesome, new Android 4.0 OS. Well, that was until they back pedaled and rumors were flying about that these devices would see it or that they may receive a “value pack” that would give the best features of ICS without the need for a full update instead.
And the race to bring a 4G LTE toggle function to the Galaxy Nexus is well under way as Team BAMF emerges with the capability for the Galaxy Nexus device. These are the same dev’s who brought you the toggle button for the HTC Thunderbolt. Your device has to be rooted and it’s being touted that the function works well on most of the ROM’s available for the G-Nex. Note that they’ve had some difficulties getting it to work properly on a stock rooted Nexus, so be cautious. If you’re ready to check it out you can follow the simple instructions below. Read more
It was a month ago that the European HTC Flyer was issued the well-deserved Honeycomb update and at that time HTC said the Wi-Fi version would receive the same treatment in the near future. Well the near future is hear my friends, as HTC began to push out the Android 3.2 update this morning. Users are reporting better overall improvements, smoother operation and no wallpaper lag. If you are the owner of a Wi-Fi Flyer be on the lookout for the update. Rollouts tend to take a period of time to reach all devices so be patient, you will get a notification when your device is next in line.
Now we can begin to wonder if and when the Flyer will receive Ice Cream Sandwich! Any guesses?
[via Android Central]
The Cyanogen Team recently dropped a bomb on OG DROID owners by stating they would no longer support the device going forward. Since then, XDA member kfazz has been hard at work implementing Android Ice Cream Sandwich 4.0.3 for the OG DROID, and while he isn’t finished yet he’s certainly ahead of the competition. I took his ROM for a spin and was pleasantly surprised by it’s performance on this now two year old device. It just goes to show that Android 4.0 is chock full of performance enhancements, and it also serves as reason to believe any Android phone could potentially be updated, either officially or through Android’s many popular “unofficial channels”. See it for yourself just past the break.