Android 2.1 is the latest version of the Google’s operating system on handsets today. Android 2.2, codename “Froyo”, was announced at Google IO 2010 and should start rolling out beginning in a week or so.
In the meantime, a lot of users are still on older hardware such as the HTC Dream and Magic (such as the T-Mobile G1, etc.).
Steve Kondik, known better as “Cyanogen” has taken the Android source code and released his own versions for Dream, Magic, and Nexus One phones. The Nexus One has Android 2.1, but Dream and Magic are still on 1.6. But that’s about to change.
Cyanogen (and all the developers in the community who work with him) has been working on 2.1 for Dream and Magic, and have released several “test” versions that have been buggy and less-than-stable. That too, it about to change.
According to a post on his website, Cyanogen outlines what is coming next — and when:
“A whole bunch of us have been working hard to get Android 2.1 (CM 5.0.7) running perfect on the HTC Dream and Magic phones and I think it’s nearly ready to go. This release is almost exactly the same as the Nexus One and Droid versions of CM now, minus a few of the heavier apps.
“This was an incredible community effort and I hope everyone likes the result. Breathing new life into old hardware is always awesome.
“I expect that a stable release of 5.0.7 should be ready for all devices in the next few days.
“And after that… Google has confirmed that Android 2.2 (FroYo) will be available for ION phones, so it’s guaranteed that CM-6 will continue to support the G1 also when the source code hits AOSP.”
Some things to keep in mind, running CyanogenMod ROMs:
– requires your phone to be rooted
– is done at your own risk
– voids your warranty
Also, when will the ROMs be available? Cyanogen hinted at “a couple days”, but the real answer is “when they’re ready.”