Let the party begin! Sony Ericsson has joined the small line of those being the first to offer an Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich ROM for their unlocked Xperia line. They’ve released an Alpha ROM today that supports bootloader-unlocked devices Xperia Arc S, Xperia Neo V and the Xperia Ray devices. Dev’s can now get a quick preview of the ICS goodness that’s to come. The company has already confirmed that they plan to update their entire Xperia lineup over the next several months. We’ll certainly +1 that. As far as the ROM goes, keep in mind that certain functionality is going to be rather limited at start due to legality issues. No Google apps will be included and the ability to make a phone call is excluded at this time as well. So, no daily driver here, of course. If you still want to give it a go despite the limitations, check out the source link as well as a video provided by SE of a walk through on how to flash the ICS ROM. You can check out things like the lock screen, music controls and task switcher.
Yesterday we posted an article concerning the discovery of alternative builds on GSM Galaxy Nexus Phones. Google’s own build for the Galaxy Nexus is named “yakju,” however some owners who were not receiving updates for their device discovered the problem lay in the fact that their phone sported a different fingerprint, “yakjuwx.” Android software engineer Jean-Baptise Queru, shed some light on the information, declaring that yakjuwx and yet another alternative build yakjusc are from Samsung, not Google. While the experience is largely the same between the versions, only Google’s yakju build is guranteed updates as they happen. Samsung will presumably distribute the updates to their modified build at unknown time intervals. Not having to wait on updates is one of the major draws of the Nexus brand, so it comes as no surprise that many, discovering they had the yakjuwx build, were a bit disappointed. Others, however, turned their gaze to the impending release of the Galaxy Nexus on Verizon. Would it be receiving updates through Google, Samsung, or shudder Verizon?
It appears that those of us waiting to purchase the Verizon version can all take a big sigh of relief today, as JBQ has chimed in once more on the situation. He writes,
After reviewing the situation, Google concluded that the only Galaxy Nexus that can be supported in AOSP are the ones that are originally sold with a “yakju” or “mysid” system.
yakju is one of the GSM/CDMA+ variants, while mysid is indeed the CDMA/LTE variant for VZW.
There you have it folks. Verizon Galaxy Nexus gets its updates through Google. Rest a little easier, until our next startling discovery…
[via Google Groups]
The Samsung Galaxy Nexus, a phone which should stand as the epitome of a pure Google Experience device, has been receiving a lot of flak lately for inclusion of bloatware and exclusion of Google Wallet, at least in the Verizon version. That being the case, many have resorted to obtaining a purer version elsewhere, purchasing the GSM counterpart for use on alternative networks. As it turns out the GSM version may have its fair share of problems as well, besides the volume bug. One of the key aspects of a Nexus device is the fact that it is updated before any other devices, and the updates come to you straight from Google immediately thereafter they release them. As expected, Google pushed out update 4.0.1 and people started receiving it without missing a beat, some people that is. A buzz began when select XDA community members realized they had failed to receive the 4.0.1 update. Many of them anything but new to Android took matters into their own hands and decided to flash the update to their devices manually using the Google provided update zip file. They subsequently found that they could not manually install either.
What’s going on here?
It’s a work in progress and a pleasure watching it in the making as ICS comes to the Droid Razr. The folks over at RootzWiki managed to successfully boot Ice Cream Sandwich on the device. They’ve dedicated this a whole thread to keeping you up to date in what’s working, what’s not working, all features, news, pics and videos of the port. And if you can get through a ton of heavy metal music and bad viewing angles, check out the video of the new OS on the Razr and don’t forget to let us know what you think of it.
Remember the HTC Amaze 4G that we did an extensive review on in October? Well, a new update started rolling out for it today (no, not ICS) and it brings a few fixes to the device and also includes the awesome advantage of IMS Wi-Fi calling. The update will bring the device up to Android 2.3.4 and the changelog is as follows:
- IMS Wi-Fi Calling
- Google Music
- Improvements to Bluetooth connection
- Clock widget not updating with time zone change
- Improvement to Twitter and Peep application
- Improved Wi-Fi connection
As you will notice, the software improvements aren’t really anything to write home about (although improved Wi-Fi connection is always nice), the real kick in the pants here is IMS Wi-Fi calling. Basically, its a T-Mobile supported bridge between their network and the Internet that allows for incoming/outgoing voice calls. I am not sure yet whether or not T-Mo is going to count those minutes as part of the calling plan, but if not it’s going to be the best deal going for phone calls. If you are the owner of an Amaze 4G, after you get the update you can enable said feature by pressing Settings-> Wireless & Networks, then enable the Wi-Fi Calling option. Pretty bad-ass if you ask me.
The update began to roll-out today and will continue through Jan. 20th. As usual, the roll-out is done in stages and can take some time until it reaches all devices. If you don’t see it just quite yet, be patient. Eventually you will see the welcomed notification in your notification bar. Hit the source link below for further details.
[via T-Mobile Support]
So you’ve purchased a brand new Amazon Kindle Fire, but feel Gingerbread 2.3 isn’t sweet enough for you? Well great because you’re in luck! G1011999 has successfully ported that sweet, sweet new treat to the tablet. Oh and what’s more is he wants to tease you by sharing a video of the Kindle Fire not only booting up but the UI appearing to be fully functional. As with any beta and early build of a ROM being ported, the port has its fair share of bugs, but it shouldn’t take too long for ROM to be smoothed out and released for all Kindle Fire owners. Looks like we have an additional reason past the attractive $199 pricing point to go out and splurge on this device. Be sure to check out the video below to see the ICS port in action!
[via AndroidSpin by Phandroid]
Looks like we will have another current Android tablet up and running with Android 4.0 sometime in the first quarter of next year. Archos just announced that they will indeed be upgrading their 101 G9 and 80 G9 series of tablets to Google’s latest OS, Ice Cream sandwich. The G9 tablets were launched earlier this year with Android 3.2 Honeycomb on board so a nifty upgrade to 4.0 will be a pleasant treat for those who already purchased the Archos tablets and will make the current price tags of $279 and $349 sound even more enticing. As soon as we have a more precise timeframe we will let you know.
[via Android Central]
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]