Everyone’s favorite developer is showing no signs of slowing down when it comes to his “get CM on as many devices as I can” campaign. The latest and greatest to make the list is the LG Optimus 3D/LG Thrill 4G. We knew it was being implemented on the device along with the Sensation 4G but now we’ve got a video preview for you thanks to developer Ricardo Cerquiera. As you can see in the video, the build looks stable with video, browsing, OpenGL and WiFi all working on the device seamlessly. And with 58 frames per second according to the NenaMark benchmark app, it’s sure to be sweet as heck.
According to Cerquiera, 3D video is up and working as well. So, if you’re all worried about losing that gimmick feature don’t worry about it. As of now, there’s no word whether or not the firmware will make it to nightly builds but we’ve got one eye open on this and you’ll be the first to know if it does. Hit the break to check out the video demo of the build in action and as always feel free to leave your thoughts in the comments below. Read more
Rumor has it that Motorola is working on an Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich-powered tablet with a 4:3 aspect ratio, similar to that of the iPad. Fusible was able to dig up some hidden info on this gem, and judging by Motorola’s recent purchase of the MotorolaKore.com, KoreMotorola.com, Moto-kore.com, MotoKore.com and Motorola-Kore.com domains, we can guess that this device will be called the Motorala Kore. While it isn’t yet clear, speculation is that this may be one of the first tablets to ship with NVIDIA’s Kal-El Quad-Core processor, and that Moto will likely market around those “kores”. XOOM’s sales have been less than impressive, shipping just 250,000 unites in its first quarter, so we can understand why they might drop that moniker.
Having listened to their customer’s concerns, and knowing that locking a phone is out of the question, HTC has devised the perfect compromise. Phones will continue to ship locked, however, users can register with HTC for access to a web tool use to unlock the device. The process is more complex than that, requiring that the Android SDK be installed and a couple of command-line lines to be run, but should make a welcome change from the norm. Certainly not needing to wait for developers to “hack” it should expedite ROM development initially.
I see no problem with HTC requiring registration. HTC should not need to deal with a bricked phone because of user error; you knew what you were doing when you got started, and if something goes wrong, you voided the warranty. It shouldn’t be HTC’s responsibility to fix your phone should you break it. That said, it isn’t clear if ACTUAL faultiness will still be covered after running the tool, and to what extent. I have no reason to believe HTC will screw this up, but if they do, rest assured you guys will know about it.
CyanogenMod, the world’s most popular alternate ROM (and one of my own favorites, I might add), always manages to find a home on whatever new phones are coming out, and Sony’s stable of new phones is no exception. Coming up soon, the Xperia Play, Xperia Neo, and Xperia Arc will have the option of bursting with cyan Android style. The only thing holding up the process is some code that needs to be approved from CyanogenMod proper. Following this approval, some sweet, sweet cyan love can start hitting the phones of Sony users. If any of you folks rocking the Play, Neo, or Arc haven’t tried CyanogenMod, it’s definitely something worth a shot.
Well, sort of. Other than the Atrix, no Motorola device running Gingerbread has gotten its own permanent root. However, for those of you worried about rooting your Droid X2 after receiving the 2.3.3 update you need not worry.@P3droid over on twitter updated his phone and showed that it was still possible to SBF back to 2.2 and root your device. An unexpected move from Moto, who is often considered evil for their current stance on rooting, but a welcomed one nonetheless. The Droid X2 has been showing a sign of life in the developing world and Motorola should take notice. MyDroidWorld‘s instruction on how to root after the break. Read more
ClockworkMod, one of Android’s highly customized recovery options, has now been made available for the HTC Sensation and Evo 3D. If you’re a hard core hacker and ROM’r, chances are, the ROM you’re using now or will be using in the near future already has ClockworkMod on board. So, do the devs a favor and try it out. Provide as much feedback as you possibly can, so as to assist in getting this recovery to work flawlessly on these devices. ClockworkMod, via their official Twitter account, also announced that they’re looking for Motorola Atrix 4G users as well to test their popular recovery. Let’s not disappoint! Feel free to head back here in the comments when you’re done with the install and let us know how it’s working. In addition, it might be worthwhile to check out our own Andrew Greenfield’s post on TeamWin’s custom recovery. He’s sort of our ROM guru and subject-matter expert around here, don’t ya know?
Oh TeamWin, how we love you so. Fresh off the heels of, well, everything they do for us Android users, TeamWin has come up with something else for our flashing pleasure. Introducing twrp (TeamWin Recovery Project), hands down the most user friendly recovery of all time. No more awkward selection methods, no more boring/nerdy look (unless you want to), and several other goodies that us lazier people will immediately appreciate. More info after the break.
Tired of all the issues that seem to come along with the Samsung Fascinate? Frustrated with the frequency of the updates? Well, rooters and modders rejoice, because CM7 is officially coming to the Fascinate. While custom ROMs have been on the device for awhile now, CM7 has been unsupported for a long time. Be sure to hit the source link to check it out for yourself, and let us know in the comments!
We’ve mentionedbefore that, despite having a locked bootloader, development for the HTC Sensation and EVO 3D has progressed at a surprisingly rapid pace. That progression has reached a breakthrough. Through the culmination of efforts by developer groups unrEVOked and AlphaRev, S-OFF has been achieved for several newer HTC devices through a tool called Revolutionary. For those unfamiliar with S-OFF, it represents unlocking a device to enable modifications to elements in its system. In other words, for those looking to truly make your new HTC device your own, the moment is nigh. I say “nigh” simply because the Revolutionary tool is currently directed towards developers and Android users familiar with higher system functions. There’s still enough bugs and unknowns in the process to not release it to the general public. Still, the tool itself represents an impressive achievement and a big step in the development of some of our favorite phones. Click in after the break to see the group’s message, a full list of devices supported, and a link to the tool’s webpage. Here’s to the future! Read more