When it comes to CyanogenMod, Samsung Galaxy S owners have been mostly left in the dark. Fortunately, those days may be coming to end. Some very dedicated developers over at XDA have been hard at work and have gotten a semi-working port of CyanogenMod 7 (that's Gingerbread) up and running on the Samsung Fascinate. Trust us when we say it's still a work in progress, but progress is being made nonetheless.
There are still a lot of things not working properly. Lights, camera, Bluetooth, most of the sensors, GPS, WiFi, MMS and a lot of the hardware are not functional yet, so this is probably not something you'll want to be using other than for test purposes. So, if you're daring, hit up the source link for the full download. [XDA Developers]
We've mentioned Game Gripper a few times here on the blogs and now they are working on their latest version for all you Android gamers out there. Well, that is -- they are trying to. In order to get things rolling on the Bluetooth gaming pad many folks have been asking for they've put up a page on Kick Starter in hopes to generate enough pre-orders to obtain the funding needed to get things into production. You can hit the break to see the Bluetooth version in action and of course, if you're interested in seeing a release be sure to check out their page via the source link. [Kick Starter]
With the Xoom's impending launch, Motorola has seen fit to post full technical specs up for the world to see. There aren't really any surprises here other than confirmation of a GSM version but no word on where or when we might see it. And yes, the WiFi-only and GSM versions are exactly the same as the CDMA one except for the radio. If you have a pressing need to find out just how many OpenGL extensions the Xoom supports (no, we aren't kidding), head on past the read link. [Motorola via Engadget, Motodev Forums]
Motorola Mobility has announced its European retail arrangements for the upcoming Xoom tablet.
According to Moto's press release, the Xoom will arrive on European shores in the second quarter of 2011. In the UK, the Carphone Warehouse and Best Buy will stock the 3G/WiFi version, while the WiFi-only Xoom will be available at PC World and Currys. Elsewhere, Motorola says that T-Mobile parent company Deutsche Telekom will introduce the Xoom in "selected markets".
No prices were mentioned, but the Xoom was recently given a price of $799 for 3G/WiFi and $600 for WiFi-only in the US. Inflated European prices are pretty much par for the course when it comes to consumer electronics though, so we'd expect the Xoom to retail for more than exchange rates would suggest. [Motorola Media Center]
You gotta love a nice live wallpaper on Android, and developer Kittehface Software has quite a handful. From holiday themes to patriotism to fish, there are myriad options available. We caught up with Kittehface at Android's booth at Mobile World Congress to take a look. Enjoy.
Following the initial handful of phones we reported had received CyanogenMod 7 release candidate 1 yesterday, a bunch more devices have now been graced with official RC1 builds of the Gingerbread-based custom ROM.
At the time of writing, CyanogenMod 7 release candidate 1 is available for the HTC EVO 4G, MyTouch 4G, Nexus One, Nexus S, HTC Aria, HTC Desire (GSM/CDMA), HTC Slide, HTC Desire Z, T-Mobile G2, HTC Desire HD, HTC Legend and HTC Droid Incredible.
Even if your phone isn't listed above, you should check out the CyanogenMod experimental builds page, as builds for other phones are being added all the time. [CyanogenMod Experimental Builds]
We have to file this as a rumor, but we just got word from a tipster (who also provided us the image you see) that the Motorola Atrix 4G's release date is confirmed for Feb 22. We previously reported that it would be available on March 6 or earlier, and we're glad to see it turned out to be earlier this time :)
Nothing price related was reported as changed, so expect to fork over $199 after rebates and contracts. If you're still on the fence, check out our hands-on with what may just be Android's new king of the hill. Thanks anon!
Update - Confirmed, AT&T will have pre-ordered devices shipped on Feb 21 while everyone else can grab one on Feb 22. See a copy of the emails AT&T has been sending out after the break.
Google has updated the official Google Reader app to version 0.9.2, adding two new homescreen widgets, a "mark previous as read" button and Russian translations.
The new button on the reading list allows you to mark anything above the current screen as read, saving precious time, energy and finger strain. The "news ticker" widget allows you to bring a selection of items to your home screen in a similar way to the stock News and Weather app, while the "unread items" widget creates a shortcut to a particular feed, label or person with the number of unread items shown next to it.
Previously only available to iOS devices, the popular media server application Plex is now coming to Android as noted in a press release from Plex today. As it is now, a lot of Plex remote control apps already exist in the Android Market but having a dedicated app built by the originators is almost always going to be better in most cases. However, this isn't one of those cases. While the Plex app will allow you to stream items from your Mac or PC to your device over WiFi, or 3G it does not allow for you to remotely control those said files. Plex is building it into the next release but it's not there as of yet.
One other component missing from this release is the optimization for Tablets but that will come in due time. One awesome thing about Plex is their plug-in support as well. As the Android app gains popularity, we'll begin to see plug-ins created for a number of services. For example as it is now, the Mac and PC versions can tap into Netflix, Hulu and even direct web content to offer it all to you on your mobile device. Keep in mind though, Plex does cost $4.99 in the Android Market, which might be a turn off for some. You can hit the break for the download or head on over to the source link for more details. [Plex]