Last week we showed you a video of CyanogenMod7 running on the Samsung Galaxy S II, and now the nightly builds are officially available. CyanogenMod is the leader for custom ROMs as it is now on over 500,000 devices.
The nightlies are based on CyanogenMod7.1 which is based on Android 2.3.4. As always, these builds are likely to have bugs and missing functionality, but if you have been dying to get CyanogenMod rocking on your SGSII, hit the source link.
Team Synergy has been hard at work. After about 2 weeks of nightlies they’ve given us another, more stable, release candidate that has a lot of extra goodies packed in. The ROM is for the Evo, The Droid Incredible, and the My Touch 4G but is starting to be ported to other devices as well. Hit the break to see all the goodies and for a link!
Ever since Google told use that they were planning another Nexus device to pilot Ice Cream Sandwich, we’ve waited patiently (think: spamming F5 on Google’s blog every 5 minutes) to see what’s in store for us next. Rumor has it that Google has narrowed it down to just a few big players, including one “big surprise”. And what a few big players they are.
We continue to see a few devices rise from the dozens, so we have to assume that there is at least some truth to the rumors. Among these supposed prototypes are a Samsung device with a dual-core 1.5GHz OMAP4460, and HTC with dual-core 1.8 Ghz Krait Snapdragon MSM8960 (/drool), a Sony Ericsson with dual-core 1.2 GHz Scorpion MSM8x60, and an LG with dual-core 1.5 GHz OMAP4460. Rumor also tells of a “rather svelte” “really big surprise” with an Intel CPU, which is interesting because it would be Intel’s first foray into the Android market. That said, could they be any more vague?
Still, any one of these devices would make for an excellent phone. This author has his eye set on the HTC device for more than a few reasons, the largest of which being its unreleased Krait Snapdragon processor. This CPU delivers up to twice the density of any chip previous to it, while its 28nm draw does far more with less power. Many would argue that these processors won’t be ready in time for a release this year, but sources tell us that HTC is working around-the-clock to make this a reality. Certainly, a device such as this has the potential to be the next “developer phone”, a la the Nexus One. HTC’s stance on rooting just makes it all the more appealing.
As to the “big surprise”, it had better be a doozy. We’ve seen Android released on so many devices (phones, watches, TV’s, etc), that Google would have to release an iPhone to truly catch this author off-guard.
HTC promised unlocked bootloaders, but the Sensation won’t officially be unlocked until August/September, but who wants to wait? The folks at AlphaRev have been working hard and it looks like they have succeeded. These are the same guys who unlocked the Droid Incredible 2 which is already enjoying custom ROMs.
Hopefully a public release will be soon, but for now, check out the video clip.
Until recently, owners of the Nook Color have resorted to various third-party modifications in order to turn their devices into a true tablet. Not so anymore.
Seeking to capitalize on these hacks’ popularity , the company Nook2Android hopes to simplify a process that can, and often will, brick your device if done improperly.
For a paltry $35, one can treat themself to the latest 2.3 Gingerbread in its entirety. This includes full a/b/g/n wifi, the Android Market, Gmail, Facebook, Pandora, and more. It’s as easy as turning off the Nook, inserting the 8GB SD card pre-loaded with all the necessary software, and turning it back on again. Even better, should you decide to change your mind, it’s every bit as easy to uninstall.
Better yet, the company legitimately sells their product through Amazon, even offering a 14-day return policy. The few reviews already present, are positive.
Sure, it isn’t free, and it takes some of the fun from hacking the device yourself. However, for your everyday user, it’s a great way to enter the world of Android at a fraction of the cost of owning a real tablet.
Droid X2 users, your day has come. The first ROM is now available and the developer touts that it offers several performance based enhancements for Motorola’s giant work horse. Developer and XDA member c21johnson has created what appears to be a very sharp looking black theme to enhance the device’s UI and states that it’s good enough to be your daily driver despite being in beta. The bug list is short and doesn’t appear to include anything significant which would effect the operation of the handset. Ready to rock your DX2 with this ROM? Check out the XDA thread here and definitely head back over to TA and let us know what you think of it. In addition, make sure you provide the developer with as much feedback as possible, so as to improve the ROM and make the most out of your expensive investment. Hit the break for the source link and to check out another screen shot of the ROM. And remember, Talk Android is not responsible for any damages you cause to your device, do this solely at your own risk.
Last month, Hulu Plus launched on Android, but we were disappointed because it was only available on a handful of phones. Shortly after, they added additional devices, which gave us promise. Now we are back to disappointment again as it turns out that if you are rooted, you won’t be able to use the popular streaming service.
This is not surprising because Google movie rentals and Blockbuster are already doing it. For the short-term, some rooted users are able to run the app which might be related to what version of Android you’re running.
The EVO 3D is already up for pre-order with Rogers, but the best news is that it will come with an unlocked bootloader. Rogers said the following: “Yes, our HTC EVO 3D will have an unlocked bootloader”
If you remember, HTC promised to unlock bootloaders, but was unable to accomplish it for the EVO 3D and Sensation because of the timing of their respective launches. Here in the U.S., we will have to wait until August/September so we are jealous, but this is good news for our fellow Canadians and kudos to HTC for making it happen.
With CyanogenMod making its way to over 500,000 devices, it was only a matter of time before we saw the custom ROM hit one of the most powerful devices in the industry. That’s right, The Samsung Galaxy S II is going to get a little visit from the CyanogenMod 7 Nightlies fairy. A while back, Sammy sent the CyanogenMod team some devices for the sole purpose of loading that bad boy up on it. As they say, “ask, and you shall receive“. So, if you’re in the market for a new and powerful smartphone, definitely check out the SGII and when you’re bored or Samsung “forgets” to update the device, you’ll always have Cyanogen. Big thanks to the Cyanogen team for all of their blood, sweat and tears. Hit the break and check out the video below of the ROM in action. The word “snappy” is a bit of an understatement. And as always, don’t forget to let us know what you think in the comments below.
We all want more speed, smoothness, and more than enough free memory on our phones. Recently, XDA Recognized Developer, Juwe11, came out with a RAM Optimization script for Android devices. It will find the best balance between free memory, multitasking, speed of launching apps, and system speed.
Juwe11 states that you will notice a considerable difference in speed when switching between apps.
You will need root access and a kernel that supports init.d. Check out the video:
Hit the source link for further instructions from the modification thread.