CM10 Easter Egg

We reported on the Jelly Bean “Easter egg” that comes standard with the latest version of Android a while back. You tap 5 times on the Android version number displayed under about phone or about tablet and you’ll be greeted with a large Jelly Bean. If you then press and hold on said Jelly Bean for a second or two, Jelly Beans fill the screen and you can playfully flick them away. Not to miss out on the fun, it seems our favorite Android modding team, CyanogenMod, has joined in on the Easter egg game with CM10. In a similar fashion to the…

cm10-cyanogenmod-10-Jelly-Bean

There are plenty of CyanogenMod fans among Android fans, and plenty of them must have surely purchased a Samsung Galaxy S3, the most important Android handset of the year, at least thus far. They’re certainly waiting for CyanogenMod 10 to be released for their recently acquired device and we have good news for them – CM 9 is already available for all U.S. versions except for Verizon’s. Steve Kondik, the Android guru behind the CyanogenMod firmare has released CM 10 preview builds for three of the available four Galaxy S3 versions including AT&T’s, Sprint’s and T-Mobile’s. And we’re not really…

Acer Iconia a500

Usually some of the first devices built from Android source (AOSP) fall to the likes of Nexus devices. Thankfully, developers don’t always play by those rules. Shortly after the source code for Jelly Bean 4.1.1 was released, the Acer Iconia A500 received a very nice alpha build of Jelly Bean. Over the last few days, XDA Developer randomblame and his team have been tweaking and hacking away at their source built beauty and so far have nearly everything working. For some, this early alpha build may even be sufficient as a daily driver (if you’re into a bug or two…

google-nexus-q

When Google first launched the Nexus Q last month at Google I/O 2012 they made it publicly known that the Q had a USB port for general “hackability”. That statement alone and the limited features of the Nexus Q to some meant that Google wasn’t entirely sure yet what the Q could evolve into.  Since it’s launch, developers have been busy hacking away at the Q, trying to determine new uses and add more functionality. We’ve seen the Q turn into a gaming console, be able to play Netflix movies, and launch some standard Android apps. Developer Jason Parker has decided to…

Galaxy-S3-Cyanogenmod-9

If you’ve ever doubted  the benefits of having an unlocked bootloader, now it’s the time to reconsider that position. The CyanogenMod team has officially released the latest version of CyanogenMod 9 (CM9) for most U.S. Galaxy S3 versions available in stores, with the sole exception (U.S. Cellular and C Spire have not shipped their Galaxy S3 yet) of the Verizon model, which as we’ve learned a couple of days ago, has a locked bootloader. Verizon tried to blame the issue on Samsung at first, which caused Samsung to release a “Developer Edition” version that works just as well on Verizon, but…

verizon-galaxy-s3-front

A few days ago we learned that Verizon’s Galaxy S3 version comes with a locked bootloader meant to prevent users from running certain unwanted apps on the device or from rooting it and/or flashing other ROMs on the handset. However, that doesn’t mean that Verizon Galaxy S3 buyers will not be able to circumvent these carrier-imposed security features. In fact, we already have a report from xda-developers that tells us that root and recovery are possible on the device. We have already told you that other Galaxy S3 versions can be rooted (from T-Mobile, Sprint and AT&T) but that particular…

aaonair

This week on Android Authority On Air we’ll try not to rage or voice our opinions too much over this weeks Patent Wars segment. The Galaxy Nexus has been banned in the US. You can’t even buy it from the Google Play Store. And that Android fans, has us fuming. We’ll try not to talk about #boycottapple too much as we have many other issues to discuss. From Amazon phone rumors, to CM10, to the Nexus 7 and Jelly Bean information, all is not doom and gloom this week. Rising out of the sadness of the Galaxy Nexus being banned…

cyanogenmod_cid

Last Tuesday, the CyanogenMod team announced that CM9 had officially reached Release Candidate status. The Android community rejoiced, knowing that they were one step closer to getting a stable CM9 build for their device. Then, the following day, Android Jelly Bean was officially announced at Google I/0 2012. This left a lot of users around the custom ROM community wondering. What’s going to happen with CyanogenMod 9? Will Jelly Bean be CM9.1 or CM10? And more importantly, when will CyanogenMod bring Jelly Bean goodness to my device? Today, the CyanogenMod team shed some light on this very subject. It seems the…

Sprint Nexus S 4G

AOSP, also known as Android Open Source Project if you’re not familiar with the acronym, is a very important term for Android devices, as it defines the Android source code developed by Google, which everyone can customize the way they see fit. Android Police now reports that Jean-Baptiste Queru, the “Android Open-Source Tech Dude at Google,” revealed that the Samsung Nexus S 4G, available from Sprint, is now “fully supported in AOSP, with no restrictions.” Here’s his original message posted on the Android Building group: We’ve been able to resolve the issues around Nexus S 4G, and we can now…

iconia-a500-jelly-bean

The list of devices officially announced to get Android Jelly Bean soon might not be very long, but, if you want to take the latest mobile OS version for a quick (unauthorized) spin, you can already do it on a bunch of gadgets. The Tegra 3-powered versions of the HTC One X and the Samsung Galaxy S3, as well as Sprint’s and Verizon’s Galaxy Nexus, have all been treated with unofficial and almost fully functional Jelly Bean ports, following impressive efforts from several skilled independent devs. However, those are all smartphones and we felt the need to see how Jelly Bean…