“A company pulling their support out of an open source project does not mean it has to die.”
So begins a new thread of history for the Lineage OS Android Distribution, the all-new forking of CyanogenMod we’ve all expected. The change —announced on the community’s blog — was warranted after Cyanogen Inc., the commercial effort attempting to spread the software, decided to shift focus and co-founder Steve Kondik pulled out of the venture to work on Lineage.
At the same time, Cyanogen Inc. has decided to shut down services [...]
It. Won’t. Die. While the HTC HD2 made for a terrific developer trick pony, it seems that the HP TouchPad has it beat. It’s an odd sight to witness as we’re getting word that Lenovo may plan on pushing Android Marshmallow on some of its devices Indian in a whole year’s time.
It’s the work of devoted devs, unpaid for side projects like these, to really pull up something interesting like porting Android Marshmallow onto the HP TouchPad, a 2011 tablet that originally ran webOS. It’s been a Cyanogenmod bastion as well as an Android ROM one for [...]
If you own or have ever used an Android tablet, you know that the same app will run differently on the tablet than it will on the phone. This is because each app has its own DPI setting that dictates the app’s behavior. In a lot of cases, tablet apps are better: they often present split-screened views, more controls, and more customization potential. What if you could run tablet apps on your phone? Better yet, what if you could selectively choose which apps run in tablet mode, and which apps in phone mode? Then you could have your email be shown in a super-productive split-column [...]
Theming is one of the cooler things that you can do with an Android-powered phone. Applying a new theme can make your phone feel like an entirely new device with a whole new look and feel. The easiest way to do this is through a replacement Launcher app like ADW Launcher EX. Unfortunately, there’s only so much that a launcher theme can style, and sometimes people want more (like custom fonts, custom notification icons, and a re-worked notification bar).
For that level of customization you need to dig into the ROM itself, which generally means flashing a custom theme over [...]
It’s been a long time coming, but the Android 2.1 (Eclair) update for AT&T’s Backflip is finally available — and it’s a significant upgrade for the device, which has been stuck at version 1.5 (Cupcake).
The update file runs a bit more than 90MB, and the installation process takes about 20 minutes, but once you’ve got it, it’s well worth it. In addition to getting an extra two homescreens, the new Market, and a whole bunch of new apps available, users are reporting a noticeable jump in speed.
Motorola should have this available any [...]
One of the friendly folks over at XDA Developers has released a ROM claiming to be for the HTC Spark, a rumored Windows Phone 7 device. As you can clearly tell by the image generated when the flashing application is run, this model looks like…just about every single leaked HTC WP7 device we’ve seen so far. In fact, the only clue we have as to the Spark’s identity is a report in WMPoweruser that it and the HTC 7 Trophy are one and the same device. If that’s true, and the HD7 is the handset formerly known as Schubert, then we should theoretically only have one [...]
If you’ve got a Google Nexus One and you haven’t unlocked it, rooted it, and/or flashed a custom ROM on it, there’s an update for you!
If, on the other hand, you have done any of those, this update isn’t for you. Don’t proceed any further.
This update is coming OTA (over-the-air), but if you haven’t gotten it yet and want to manually update, here’s how you do it.
1. Download the 2.2.1 firmware from Google.
2. Rename it to update.zip (for you newbies, update.zip.zip is wrong), and place it on the root of your microsd [...]
The current version of CyanogenMod ROM (my favorite Custom ROM for Android) is currently 6.0.0. It’s based on the Froyo AOSP codebase with a lot of tweaks, optimizations, and improvements from the community and runs on phones ranging from the HTC Dream (G1) to the Google Nexus One. In my opinion, CyanogenMod is what Android is all about. It’s fast, it’s clean, and it reflects the work of the people who actually use it.
So, what’s on deck for the next version of CyanogenMod? 6.1 is the current work-in-progress and, according to Cyanogen himself, it’s [...]
If you’ve got an HTC Dream or Sapphire (also known as the G1 and myTouch 3G) and haven’t yet rooted it, you’re in luck! Wes Garner has put together a new and much more simplified method of rooting these devices. While rooting the G1 wasn’t all that difficult, rooting the MyTouch 3G often required the use of a “Gold Card” which added significantly to the process.
Once you have rooted either of these devices, flashing a custom ROM (such as Cyanogen MOD 6) is a relatively simple task — and can easily bring both devices up to Android 2.2 [...]
Not long ago we learned about 14 new devices coming from HTC including the HTC Lexikon.
The Lexikon is rumored to be an Android 2.2 device with a slid-out keyboard heading to the Verizon sometime later this year or early next year.
911sniper got a hold of the specs even a link to a leaked version of the ROM.
It’s specifications aren’t significantly remarkable, sporting only a WVGA 3.8-inch display, an 800Mhz processor, 5MP camera (no mention of an LED flash). However, the processor looks to be in the same family as T-Mobile’s upcoming [...]
It looks like that leaked copy of BlackBerry OS 6 that we saw running on the Bold 9650 last month was the real deal, as a ROM is now available for all 9650 owners to download and install. Since this is still beta software, users should naturally flash this firmware at their own risk. CrackBerry has published a video of its experience with the build running on a Verizon 9650, which we’ve re-posted below. BlackBerry OS 6 brings several new features to the device, including a revmaped UI, Universal Search, and a new WebKit browser courtesy of RIM’s acquisition of former [...]
Popular Windows Phone Android port XDAndroid has gone gold, at least in its Froyo incarnation. With the addition of several features and tweaks, XDAndroid 2.2 AOSP is now at its final version, bringing an almost perfect Android 2.2 experience to HTC devices such as the Windows Phone 6.5-powered Touch Pro, Touch Diamond, Touch Diamond 2, and Touch Pro 2. The project has also been tweaked and successfully ported over to other devices like Sony Ericsson’s ill-fated Xperia X1.
Some of the new features in this final build include a full language pack — plus Chinese and [...]