As you may have noticed, we didn’t air our normally scheduled On Air live broadcast last Friday night. Yours truly was soaking up the sand, salt water, and sun at the beach. I thought about bringing my notebook and doing an On Air – Beach Edition broadcast. However, I decided to ditch the notebook for a week and fully enjoy my Nexus 7 as my main computing device. And let me tell you, it was amazing (the vacation and the tablet). The Nexus 7 is the prefect vacation computer. It accomplished everything I needed it to and being extremely portable, this tablet made it hassle free.
While I was off on vacation, as usual, the Android world moved forward. Verizon now [...]
The CyanogenMod team released the RC1 version of CM9 just before Google I/O started. A couple of weeks later, RC2 was launched, and now it seems that CyanogenMod 9 stable is trickling out for some devices. Well, truth be told, they’ve only released it for the Galaxy Nexus so far, which may be why the team hasn’t made an official post about it yet. I’m sure that once at least a couple dozen phones will support it, they will announce it.
Reaching the stable version of CM9 is a very big deal for the developers that have been working on it for so long, because it has been a huge project. When they started porting ICS over, they’ve had to basically [...]
Sony has been one of the more supportive companies when it comes to sending its own code back to the Android Open Source Project (AOSP), and for this reason it has been a lot easier for custom ROM makers like the CyanogenMod team to port the latest version of Android to the latest Sony devices. This is why we’re now getting an alpha version of CM10 for all Sony Xperia devices that were launched in 2011.
CM10 is the Jelly Bean version of the CyanogenMod ROM, and according to the CM team, it should work on most or all devices that supported CM9/ICS. While the CM9 ROM is still not final yet, even though there have been 9 months since ICS [...]
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 has an unlocked bootloader. The only (major) [...]
It’s a good thing CM9 reached the Release Candidate (almost final) stage in time before Jelly Bean got released, because it looks like the CyanogenMod team won’t be able to merge Jelly Bean that easily. The whole merger will consist of cherrypicking CM9 code when merging it with Jelly Bean to create CM10. Then they’ll work on fixing any possible conflicts and bugs.
The Jelly Bean code changes are not that big, which means it shouldn’t take another 6 months before we see a stable CM10 release; but they are still big enough that they need to be integrated manually. The CM team foresees the following issues with the merger, which will give them the [...]
The most well-known and stable custom ROM, CyanogenMod, is finally nearing its formal Ice Cream Sandwich release, version number 9. The CM9 build will be a speedy minimalist build of Ice Cream Sandwich, with all of the usual and tasty Cyanogenmod tweaks.
The Cyanogenmod team has branched their mainline repositories, ready for the code freeze that leads to the eventual release of a new version. In an official blog post, the team said:
“There are still a number of technical and organizational issues that need to be resolved very quickly, the plan is to quickly iterate through a series of release candidates over the next few weeks. We are still accepting [...]
One of the biggest advantages of Android is its open-source nature, giving manufacturers, users, and enthusiasts endless possibilities for customization and optimization. While manufacturer overlays such as HTC’s Sense UI, Samsung’s TouchWiz, or Motorola’s Motoblur are increasingly considered bloatware (especially with the release of the beautifully designed Android 4.0 ICS), custom ROMs have been steadily gaining in popularity.
CyanogenMod, probably the best known custom ROM, enjoys massive popularity, thanks to its well-thought design and carefully optimized code. The various flavors of CyanogenMod provide a more flexible user experience, increased [...]
The Ice Cream Sandwich craze is all over town and it seems that almost every Android smartphone already had its own share of Google’s frozen treat. With CyanogenMod 9 (CM9) making its way to the Samsung Galaxy S2 Epic 4G Touch, it’s about time the device gets some serious upgrade in terms of its software. Considered as the holy grail of custom ROMs, CyanogenMod 9 promises users pain-free installation of Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS).
CyanogenMod 9 features full customization of Ice Cream Sandwich minus the TouchWiz UI and other Samsung bloatware. Although CyanogenMod 9 for the Epic 4G Touch is still under heavy development, expect to see this ROM with some bugs [...]