Rejoice all HTC HD2 owners! A few days ago the HD2 got its first NAND based Android 2.2 ROM and today, the first WP7 based ROM for the handset has been released. The DFT (Dark Forces Team) has released the first WP7 ROM for the HD2 for public consumption. HD2 owners can install this WP7 ROM on their handset and play around with WP7 to get a feel of it.
Nearly all the hardware of the phone is working smoothly on this ROM including Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth and multi-touch gestures like pinch-to-zoom. Users can also sync the handset with the Zune software bundled with WP7 devices.
The performance of the ROM is also very snappy with the first boot taking only around 20 seconds. There is a twist in the tale though. HD2 owners won’t be able to access the Windows Live services which can be a huge disappointment for many.
HD2 owners can download the WP7 ROM and read the steps on how to flash it on their handset here.
Update: HD2 owners can now get Live services working under this WP7 ROM. Click here to know more.
Many people had hoped that the Nexus S will be equipped with a dual-core processor but sadly that did not turn out to be true. The Nexus S uses a 1 GHz SoC (Silicon-on-Chip) Hummingbird processor. The same processor is used across the different variants of the Galaxy S line-up. Now, an XDA member morfic has released a new kernel Trinity – for the Nexus S which overclocks the processor to 1.2GHz.
The developer of the kernel has also tweaked the voltages for a better battery life. However, this kernel is still a work in progress as the Bluetooth still does not work. The kernel is compatible only with Bionix NS1 custom ROM for the Nexus S.
The 1GHz processor inside the Nexus S is no slow-couch. However, I hope this kernel will satisfy the thirst of speed for all those people who were disappointed with the Hummingbird processor.
Getting Android 2.2 up and running on the HTC HD2 is no big news. Until now, HD2 owners had to run the Android 2.2 build on their HD2 using the microSD card. Due to this, the phone used to slow down sometimes and this also reduced the life span of your microSD card along with hogging up some precious space on it.
However, today the DFT team has released a new ROM for the HD2 which runs completely of the NAND. Due to this, this ROM will run comparably faster on the handset compared to other Froyo ROM out there.
Also users will no longer need to boot into WM6.5 to get Android 2.2 running on their handset. They can directly boot into Android 2.2 on their HD2. This ROM is based on the stock Desire HD ROM so users will find the popular HTC Sense UI overlay on top of Android 2.2 Froyo.
HTC HD2 owners can find the full guide on how to install the NAND based Android ROM on their handset here.
The modding community has done it again! The popular NIITDroid team has managed to port Android 2.3 Gingerbread on the Nokia N900. While the N900 runs on Maemo out-of-the-box, the phone has a huge modding potential. Due to this, various OS’s including Android 2.1, Android 2.2 and MeeGo OS have been ported to it.
Most features of the phone including Wi-Fi, Sound and 3G are working on Android 2.3. However, the Android 2.3 ROM for the N900 still contains some major bugs which make it unstable for a day-to-day use.
As of now, the ROM is not yet out for public consumption. The developers of the ROM have promised to release an experimental Android 2.3 Gingerbread ROM for the N900 before the end of this year. They have also promised to release a fully stable Android 2.2.1 ROM for the N900 by Christmas.
It was nearly a month ago that the Nexus One got a minor Android update to 2.2.1. Hopefully, the Motorola Droid will also be getting the Android 2.2.1 update soon. However, impatient people – like me – can head over to My Droid World forums and download their just released Android 2.2.1 based ROM for the Droid.
Droid owners need to make sure that their handset is rooted. Both, deodexed and odxeded version of the ROM available for download. The ROM is a pretty basic one and is pre-rooted with Busybox installed. If Droid owners want to try Android 2.2.1 on their handset, they should have a look at CM6.1 RC3 ROM as it is also based on Android 2.2.1
The folks over at Phandroid have managed to get their hands on a video of Gingerbread running on the Nexus One. The video is only ten seconds long and shows an animation which occurs when the screen is turned off. The animation is something similar to the effect which happens when users used to switch off their old tube TVs back in the 80-90s.
Here is the Gingerbread Screen Offanimation video I am talking about -:
Of course, the above animation is nothing stellar but nevertheless it does have a cool’ factor to it (at least, I do). As of now, no version of Android or any Custom ROM has this sort of animation when turning the screen off.
With Gingerbread announcement around the corner, I am sure more videos of it in action will be popping up on the Internet.
At the beginning of this week, we reported that the Desire HD ROM has been ported to the HTC HD2. Now the Desire HD ROM has been ported over to other popular HTC devices which includes the EVO 4G, the Droid Incredible and the GSM version of Desire. Users of these handsets should thank the folks over at XDA-Developers for their hard work. The Desire HD ROM brings with it the new Sense UI, some clever new features and the ultra-fast boot-up time to these devices.
However, there are still some niggles in running this ROM on any of the handset stated above. This ROM makes the camera of all the three devices totally useless – the camera application just refuses to work. Both, Wi-Fi and 4G does not work on the EVO, thus severely limiting its connectivity options. The dialer application also looks a bit weird on all the three Droids.
However, I am pretty sure that with time the above issues will be sorted out and soon owners of the above three handsets will be enjoying all the Desire HD software goodness on their phone.
Nokia phones were not popular among the modding community until a few months ago. However, from the last few months Nokia modding has reached an all new high with Custom ROMs being released for various devices and the C6 firmware being ported to 5800. Now, the folks who have created the popular HX Custom ROMs for the Samsung Omnia i8910 have managed to overclock the Nokia 5230 to 800MHz. That’s nearly a 100% overclock!
Here is a video of the device in action with its processor running at 800MHz-:
All the Nokia Symbian 60v5 phones are powered by an out dated ARM11 434MHz processor. A nearly 100% overclock, if stable, will surely give a HUGE performance boost to all the slow touch based phones from Nokia.
As of now, this mod is still in testing phase but hopefully it will be released for public use soon.
Bad news for the Droid X owners who installed the custom Android 2.2 ROM on their phone. According to Motorola, if you have installed or you are planning to install the custom Android 2.2 ROM on your Droid X, then you will not get the official update of Android 2.2 on your phone. Motorola said that once custom ROM is installed, you will remain stuck with that leaked version.
Motorola at their support page clearly said, ” WARNING: Do NOT load the leaked 2.2 upgrade that has been floating around on the Internets. There is currently no upgrade path from that load to the official 2.2 load that will be released by early September. Unless you have some plan to flash your phone back to the current official load, you could be stuck on the leaked version.”
I have a inner feeling that even if this happens, developers will find a crack and solve this problem. But if any of you Droid X owners are planning to flash your phone with custom Android 2.2 ROM, then beware of this ‘Warning’ by Motorola.
When Verizon and Motorola launched the Droid X there was a big hype and hoopla over the locked down boot loader of the device. As days passed by, it emerged that the Droid X uses the same boot loader as the one of the Motorola Milestone. This was a bad news considering that the Milestone’s boot loader was yet to be unlocked for allowing custom ROMs. However, the modding community, especially Birdman, did not lose hope and have finally met with success.
Birdman has released the first custom ROM for the Droid X. This custom ROM is based on the leaked Android 2.2 update for the Droid X. Here are the features of the custom ROM :
*OptiPNG optimized apk’s
*Updated Superuser.apk (credits to chainsdd)
Kindle (market app)
Blockbuster (bankrupt company)
EMERGENCY (dial 911 for emergency’s…dont screw around with an app)
My Verizon (bad market app)
Maps (market app)
Voice search (market app)
Swype (removed for their constant anger towards rom devs)
Skype (market app)
Google search (market app)
Droid X owners can download the rom via ROM Manager. It is also recommended that users make a backup of their device before flashing this custom ROM on their device. Users also need to make sure that their Droid X is rooted. Keep in mind that this is not the final version of this ROM. This is only the Release Candidate 1 of this ROM. This custom ROM basically removes all those Verizon bloatware and improves the performance of your Droid X.