As we’ve seen over the last few days, folks are hard at work creating Jelly Bean ROMs for a variety of devices. Up to this point, work seems to be limited to smartphones or Nexus tablets. That appears to have changed with some work done by user randomblame over at XDA. He has succeeded in creating an SDK port of Jelly Bean for an Acer Iconia A500. It is not yet ready for daily use as several items are still not functioning, including audio, wifi, sdcard access, and usb mounting of flash drives. While work continues on those issues, users can at least get a taste of Jelly Bean if they are willing to root their device and install the ROM. Hit the source link for instructions and access to the files.
The HTC One X has gotten itself an SDK port of Google’s Jelly Bean firmware thanks to the XDA developer by the name of tgascoigne. At this point it’s nothing you can use as a daily driver, but serves as a great way to get yourself a nibble of Jelly Bean if you’re a One X user. Many things don’t work such as the camera, WiFi, audio, and much more. The developer has stated that he’s already working with the actual Galaxy Nexus OTA of Jelly Bean ported to the One X. If he’s able to get that working that build should be far more superior than the current SDK build. If you don’t mind your phone pretty much unusable but still want to give Jelly Bean a shot, then head on over to the XDA thread and flash away. Of course, needless to say, your One X will have to be rooted and the boot-loader unlocked in order to flash the ROM. You can also watch the video at the bottom to see this port in action.
You remember WebOS, right? Well since HP has open sourced WebOS while simultaneously announced their Enyo 2.0 framework, WebOS developers began the transition of making their WebOS-based apps available to Android users as they will now be compatible with WebKit. With this in mind, an important WebOS port has found its way to the Android Market called Paper Mache. The Paper Mache app created by Ryan Watkins, allows for access to Instapaper using your paid Instapaper account. Among the features included are offline access, syncing across devices and configurable font and text size which makes for reading your favorite pages and articles a simple and enjoyable experience.
The Paper Mache app will work with any Android 2.2+ device, so head on out to the Market today to grab it. Or you can scan the handy QR code below if that tickles your fancy. If you do grab the cool app, let us know what you think about it in the Comments section.
[via WebOS Nation by Android Central]
Android gamers have another reason to celebrate. The highly popular Wii game World of Goo is now available for Android devices. How popular is the game? It’s popular enough to garner numerous “Game of the Year” awards. What took so long for the game to be ported to Android is anyone’s guess. But hey, better late than never right?
In case you’re not familiar– the game is built on the premise of using “Goo” to create things. You have to use the “Goo” to create bridges, cannonballs and other tomfoolery in order to complete objectives. Believe me– there are lots of objectives, so the gameplay doesn’t get stale. Hit the break for some screenshots of the game as well as the Market links and QR codes for both the full and demo versions.
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.
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.
HTC Thunderbolt owners are about to start salivating. The MIUI ROM port for is one step closer to being official for the phone. MIUI as you already know, can work on any phone including the Thunderbolt. Developers have been hard at work ensuring the Thunderbolt port of the ROM works properly before releasing to the general public. There have been various kinks and issues during the development, such as data and SMS not working properly. It certainly hasn’t taken much time to address the issues as it was announced on Twitter that “data and SMS are fully working”. This is indeed exciting news, especially considering that it shouldn’t be much longer before the ROM is released for Thunderbolt owners. Look out for the MIUI for the HTC Thunderbolt to be available any day now.
Barnes & Noble’s Nook line of eBook’s have been fairly popular with consumers, not only as a digital book but as an affordable tablet capable of running the Android OS. Sources say that the newest version of the device, the Nook 2, will beat Amazon’s Kindle Fire to market and will arrive in stores on November 7th. Along with the new unit, Barnes & Noble is said to revamp their stores adding a new “Nook Boutique” equipped with the latest technology and updated marketing materials. Leaks suggest that the new Nook section will be laden with LED TV’s and numerous working Nook display models giving the customer the opportunity to try out the device and make a purchase right on the spot.
Sources close to The Digital Reader say they have confirmed all but price and specs on the new unit, the store re-model and device landing are scheduled for November 7th. With no confirmed hardware details you can expect the Nook 2 to be relatively un-upgraded in order to keep price low and compete with the Kindle Fire. While it could have a slightly improved display or moderately improved processor, I wouldn’t expect any earth shattering specs here. The competition eBook’s would reflect that being lighter, thinner and a lower price point is the way to a customers heart. The possibility for root and Android goodness doesn’t hurt either!
[via The Digital Reader]
If you are anything like me you must be getting excited to see ICS first hand, not only in person, but on your very own device. Not every one is going to be able to run out and purchase the new Galaxy Nexus and some can hardly wait for the official ICS update to roll-out for scheduled devices.
The peeps over at XDA have taken the wait away for you brave Nexus S owners who are willing to port an early unofficial build. The build is pretty close to the real thing but it is definitely not official. This build is based on an earlier version of ICS and some of the new Android 4.0 features are missing. There have been reports of minor issues ones that by no means make the device unusable: a few of the new icons are missing, NFC is a bust, the camera might have some glitches, and this build is sans facial recognition.
If you have a rooted device and are familiar with flashing ROM’s you may want to give this a whirl, if not I suggest just waiting it out a couple more weeks until Google pushes out the official release. Reports are saying that for an unofficial port it is super stable so if you’ve got a brass set and want to give it a try, hit the link below. Remember, anything YOU do to YOUR phone is at YOUR own risk!