If you use a custom ROM on your Android phone, you should know about CyanogenMod. If you don't, go hit Google now, then come right back. (pretty freakin' sweet, huh?) With the drop of the Froyo (Android 2.2) source code everyone is patiently waiting for the code wizards behind the CyaongenMod project to give us the kind of custom goodness we've become used to. To quell the mountain of inquiries, Cyanogen himself has updated the CyanogenMod homepage with a progress report.
The condensed version? Things are going well. The Nexus One and Droid ports "just work," the Dream/Sapphire port has everything but one minor issue working, Wes Garner has the Slide (MyTouch 3G slide) port well underway, and ports for the Desire, Incredible, and Evo have no status report as of yet. Also, we're told to expect some experimental releases (for the Nexus One and Droid most likely) by the weekend. (YAY!) Hit the source link to read the post and take a minute to thank Steve and the whole crew for their hard work! [CyanogenMod]
This update focuses on improving the general performance, speed and responsiveness of Xperia X10. For example, there are speed improvements in messaging tasks and camera UI. In addition we add a free back up and restore application so you’ll never lose your settings and information. In selected markets, PlayNow™ with premium apps and games will also be added.
Better than nothing, we guess. But as we talk more and more about devices starting to get Froyo, the wait for Eclair becomes that much harder to stomach. [Sony Ericsson Product Blog]
It’s been officially stated that the Motorola CLIQ and CLIQ XT will definitely be receiving an Android 2.1 update, but now the question is: When? Well, folks, just hold your horses. Motorola jumped on Twitter this morning and released a statement:
For those asking for an update regarding a software upgrade on CLIQ in the U.S., we've made a decision to take more time on the release to optimize the experience in some key areas. We will continue to work to deliver it as soon as possible and apologize that we have been unable to provide an upgrade to these users in Q2 as planned.
We are working hard to provide an upgrade to Android 2.1 as soon as we can. Our consumers’ experience is our first priority and we will provide an upgrade when we can deliver the best possible user experience.
Basically, that’s Motorola saying that the update just isn’t ready yet, and they can’t tell you when it will be. Luckily, last week they opened mailing lists that will inform you when 2.1 has walked through the door. Until then, all we can do is be patient. [Motorola via Twitter]
The Bodyguardz Protective Skin for your Sprint Evo 4G's 4.3 inches of glass definitely brings the protection. Many of us (myself included) do not like a case interfering with the pocketability of our phones, especially when it's as big as the HTC Evo, so a full skin is the answer.
Made from the same material used to shield the front of automobiles from stones, the Bodyguardz skin is tough and durable, and will keep your Evo 4G free from scratches. Cut to fit the Evo, it provides screen and full body protection without adding in bulk, and best of all there is no case to grab all that pocket lint or interfere with docks or chargers.
It's also a pretty easy install, and comes with all the materials needed for two applications on your HTC Evo 4G.
Take a look after the break to see a video of the installation process, as well as a few pictures showing off the finished product.
Details on Gingerbread, the next big release of Android, have been few and far between. We are expecting a user interface overhaul, but beyond that things have been a little murky. Well, mobile-review's Eldar Murtazin is a man with a long history of accuracy when it comes to the future and he's held forth what he expects on Russian podcast Digestiv. Unwired View does the hard work of translation to let us know that the release should be in October with handsets by December; the minimum requirements for hte OS will include a 1GHz processor, 512 megs of RAM, and a large touchscreen; 1280x760 will be supported; and yes, we'll see that completely revamped interface that will apparently share lots of design cues with Froyo's gallery app. Apparently today's high-end will become tomorrow's low end, too, so Froyo as we currently know it will stick around for devices that aren't up to Gingerbread spec.
If Murtazin's predictions hold true (and we have little reason to doubt them), then we may be looking at an even more fragmented Android future. The fragmentation doesn't sound so good to us, but these sound like the right notes for the high-end devices of the next year or so.
This kind of should go without saying, but Samsung said it last night, and so shall we: The Galaxy S class of smartphones it just announced -- the Sprint Epic 4G, Verizon Fascinate, T-Mobile Vibrant and AT&T Captivate -- all will be "upgradeable to Android 2.2." Sammy couldn't quite come out and say they will be upgraded -- you have to get the carriers involved, natch -- but we can't think of any reason why they wouldn't be upgraded.
In the interim, we've got some good news. We were running some late-night benchmarks on the AT&T Captivate, pitting it against the Motorola Droid X on Neocore. And the Captivate won, hands-down. That's a big plus for those of you worried about not having Froyo and the JIT at launch. We're not worried about it, and neither should you be.
According to a tipster, Verizon is sending out letters to everyone waiting for their HTC Droid Incredible, apologizing for an extra seven-day delay for those who ordered on or before June 28. The letter goes on to say they will be sending out $25.00 gift cards to all who had to wait as a way to express their thanks for your continued patience.
While it doesn't make the time go by any faster, a few bucks and more importantly the fact that they address and apologize for the issue goes a long way. I'm sure Verizon wants an Incredible in your hand almost as much as you do. Follow the link to see the text in it's entirety. Thanks Andrea!
Introducing the Sprint Epic 4G, Verizon Fascinate, T-Mobile Vibrant and AT&T Captivate
Samsung on Tuesday night in New York City unveiled its United States contingent in the new Galaxy S class of Android smartphone, which it first announced in March at the CTIA convention in Las Vegas. Click a phone below for hands-on coverage from the event.
We saved the best of the Samsung Galaxy S phones for last: the Epic 4G. It's similar to its other Galaxy S cousins, but adds in a horizontally sliding QWERTY keyboard and, yes, WiMAX 4G. The slider did add some thickness - but we're comparing that to the crazy-thing Galaxy phones on the other networks, by its lonesome the Epic 4G doesn't feel all that chunky or heavy. We obviously haven't had a chance to do much with the keyboard, but our first take is we're liking the separation and even the flatness of the keys.
Yeah yeah, talky talky - we make with the pictures after the break!
Update: doesn't really do it justice, but we shot a quick video of the Epic 4G displaying ...video. It's crisp, vibrant, very beautiful. It may not have the pixel density of the iPhone 4, but the color and contrast looks much better to our eyes. It, too, is after the break
And here comes the Verizon version of the Samsung Galaxy S, which forever shall be known as the Fascinate. It's going to give the Motorola Droid X a run for its money, no doubt. It's also launching with Android 2.1 but will get a Froyo update sometime later. Hands-on pictures after the break.
Lo, look forth on the AT&T Captivate -- its version of the Samsung Galaxy S. Just like the other carriers' versions, it's thin, light, and flies, thanks to that 1GHz Hummingbird processor. And that Super AMOLED screen -- gorgeous. We can only hope that AT&T doesn't do its usual job of locking down the phone to the Android Market, but that's hardly Samsung's fault, is it. Peep more hands-on pics after the break.
The Sprint Epic 4G brings a horizontal keyboard, and it brings some monster gaming power (as do all the other versions of the Galaxy S, of course). After the break, we take a look at the Asphalt racing game on the Epic 4G, which sports a six-axis gyroscope, which you can see in action.
T-Mobile's version of the Samsung Galaxy S is known as the Vibrant, and it's as slim and sleek as its cousins. Same 1GHz Hummingbird processor, same 4-inch Super AMOLED display. T-Mo just had to show us how Avatar looks on the phone, and while it's not quite the same as in the theater, it's still pretty damn good for a 4-inch smartphone. Check it out after the break.
Today's update is a bit larger (~30MB vs. ~21MB for yesterdays) and we're seeing success from the forums. We're in the process of rolling things back and trying it out ourselves (good luck Adam!), we'll update when and if anything happens -- good or bad.
To make things even more clear, Phil just got word back from HTC:
The OTA is officially back, and should be ready and working well.
If you updated yesterday, none of this applies to you, you're good to go and already updated.
No official word about what's going to happen with bricked devices, but HTC is aware and will take care of things ASAP.
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