Sprint's latest Android device, the LG Optimus S, now has its own custom ROM from our very own forum moderators KSmithInNy and Beezy. You might be familiar with their excellent work on the Evo 4G, and anyone who might have grabbed one of these snappy little phones should get to know them soon.
The ROM is a well optimized Froyo build based on the latest official version from LG, and has that dreaded carrier bloatware stripped out. Not only did you pick up a solid little device for a great price, now you can run the pure Android experience on it. Be sure to hit the Optimus S forums for everything you need to get rooted and run custom ROMS on your new Optimus S phone. [Android Central Forums] Thanks KSmithInNY and Beezy!
No, the HTC Mergestill hasn't been announced. But a Body Glove case for the HTC slider has been spotted, lending even more credence to the whispers that this Verizon phone has been delayed at least once. When will it drop? Your guess is as good as everybody else's at this point (and likely just as wrong). In the meantime, you'll have to continue to make do with our exclusive hands-on, benchmark tests and video preview. And that's not too shabby. One more pic after the break. [Droid Forums via Android Central Forums]
Well this week sure has flown right by us, and we all sure hope you stuffed your faces full on Thanksgiving and then went and bought some new Android related stuff on Black Friday. Many of us were busy preparing and indulging this week, and may have missed some of the news that took place, so let's take a look at what we may have missed.
Those of you out there who like to play around with custom ROMs may have already picked this tidbit of news up -- CyanogenMod releases will soon be getting a cool new lock screen gesture feature courtesy of mtwebster, with an OG Droid version being already available for download as an add on.
Gestures of course, will add the ability to "draw" out anything you wish onto your lock screen and upon doing so, be able to launch an application or activity that has been associated to that drawing. (Kind of like Google's own Gesture Search app.) A smiley face for Facebook maybe a T for Twitter; you all get the drift. Pretty awesome! And likely something that should have been there from the get go on Android but alas, this why many of us love custom ROMs to begin with. [Twitter / CM Forums]
Android 2.1 updates for the Sony Ericsson Xperia X8 have started to roll out, and no, SE didn't surprise anyone with Froyo. Android 2.1-update 1 is rolling out in stages, based on the "SI-number" located on the label on the back of your phone. Sony Ericsson has a list of all the SI-numbers that are being given the update now, and they will update that list accordingly. See the source link for the list.
Interestingly, SE again mentions that software updates are not under their complete control:
...the final timing of when each kit comes is depending on different local and global approvals and therefore we don’t really have a detailed plan per kit but rather release them as soon as all needed approvals are in.
All manufacturers need carrier approval for their software, but it appears the Sony Ericsson really wants us to remember that. If I can offer a suggestion -- stop shipping phones with Android 1.6 on them and you wont have to make so many excuses. Just sayin'. [Sony Ericsson Product Blog] Thanks Sam!
Let the teasing continue: Christophe writes in again to say he's spotted another build of Android 2.3 Gingerbread that reportedly is pinging his app. This time it's GRH47B (the previous sighting was of GRH14B), with the full string being Dalvik/1.4.0 (Linux; U; Android 2.3; Nexus One Build/GRH47B). Yeah, it's possible this is just a little trickery, but we doubt it. Now all we need is an actual build to leak out. Google, you know where to find us. [AIR Benchmark]
With the mass flurry of Android devices that are (were?) on sale, surely some of you all out there picked one up. The joy of bringing home a new toy that you got for a sweet deal is awesome. Especially if it's something you been holding out for, for a while. Whatever your Android needs be at this time, we want you all to know we're here for ya.
Lots more can be found in the forums and around the site. Be sure to check out our "Tips and Tricks for Android" section and just in case you never got any accessories while you were out, hit up the Android Central Accessory Store. If you're not already a member of the Android Central forums, you can register your account today.
The Twitter account for Rovio has been rather busy the past few days. OK, that's not true. They're actually busy every day, but even more so now that they've made mention of just how many Android users have downloaded Angry Birds (More than 7 million, in case you were wondering) but today's news is even more awesome.
Rovio has confirmed after some images appeared online that they are indeed planning on a Christmas edition of Angry Birds for release. When asked about Android getting stuff for Christmas and they advised that Android would indeed get in on some of the action as well. Angry Birds day is on Dec. 11, and a new release would fit in nicely for that day don't you all think – or maybe sooner? [Ylex via @Roviomobile]
While Vodafone has been advertising its arrival for quite some time now, they've never actually made the HTC Desire Z available to Android loving Vodafone UK users. The device has finally gone live on the UK carrier's website. Although, if you're in the UK and looking to pick one up, you might want to look at those tariffs carefully. The £25 per month tariff carries a £199 device charge while the £55 per month option has you walking away with the HTC Desire Z for free. [Vodafone via Eurodroid]