CM9’s Music Player Is Going To Be Highly Customizable; Will Also Support Themes!

The developers behind CyanogenMod are already hard at work on bring Ice Cream Sandwich, along with their own custom tweaks and enhancements to the public as soon as possible. While most of the handsets have already received a working CM9 base ROM, none of them come with any of the extra goodies which TeamDouche will be adding to CM9.

Now, one of the CM developer – Andrew Neal – told The Verge that there will be plenty of customization option in CM9. The new music player will also have a lot of customization options, including custom shake actions, custom notification area controls, the ability to search the Android Market for a particular song, set ringtones, swipe gestures through-out the app and much more. The developer is also working to add support for a full theme engine, which would allow theme makers and other developers to change the look of the music player by just applying a skin.

The Music player will come as the default music player on CM9, and the developer even plans on releasing a stand alone version of the app on the Android Market sometime as well.

CyanogenMod 7 (Android 2.3 Gingerbread) for the Amazon Kindle Fire is Almost Here

The Amazon Kindle Fire, which was launched earlier this quarter, has been huge hit. It is expected to sell tens of millions of units in 2012, with its sales second only to the iPad. Unlike Apple, Amazon is taking a loss on each sale though, but hopes to make money on content.

Anyways, my point is that the Amazon Kindle Fire is the best possible tablet you can get in $200, at least when it comes to the hardware. It comes with a heavily modified version of Android, which has been pretty much locked down by Amazon to run only its authorized software. There’s the Amazon App Store, of course, but it isn’t as good as the Android Market.

Ever since Amazon launched the Kindle Fire, I have been wondering how quickly the CyanogenMod community would come out with a ROM for it. CyanogenMod 7 on the Kindle Fire would be the perfect combination; I have used it on my Nook Color, and I’ve been really impressed.

Today, JackpotCalvin from XDA posted that he has managed to get a build of CyanogenMod 7 to run on the Kindle Fire. There are still a few bugs, but they should be ironed out soon. We can expect to see a working CM7 build for the Kindle Fire soon. Here is a link to the thread – [ROM] CyanogenMod 7 for the Kindle Fire

Development of a CyanogenMod 9 ROM (Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich) for the Amazon Kindle Fire is also underway. I’m drooling already.

Amazon Kindle Fire CyanogenMod 7

Install Android 2.3 Gingerbread (CyanogenMod 7.1 Alpha) on HP TouchPad

We all know the great HP TouchPad saga. It had great hardware, and a decent OS, webOS, but was priced at exactly the same price point as the Apple iPad 2, which ensured that it had negligible sales.

HP then announced that it would be discontinuing webOS development, and then it offloaded all its TouchPad units in a fire-sale, pricing them at $99 a piece.

All of its existing inventory was completely sold out instantly, and it was, at least for a few hours, the best selling tablet on the planet.

The CyanogenMod team, among others, announced that they were working on porting Android to the HP TouchPad. They also posted a video of Android 2.3 running on the HP TouchPad, with a few kinks.

Android 2.3 Gingerbread (CyanogenMod 7) on HP TouchPad

They just launched an alpha build of Android 2.3 Gingerbread (CyanogenMod 7.1) for the HP TouchPad. It’s still not a final release, so install it at your own risk.

Here are some instructions on how you can install it on your TouchPad: Tutorial and Instructions to Install Android 2.3 Gingerbread (CyanogenMod 7.1) on the HP TouchPad .

Download it here: Android 2.3 Gingerbread (CyanogenMod 7.1 Alpha) ROM for the HP TouchPad

Here’s the official thread at CyanogenMod forums for any queries or support. You will find everything you need there: [ALPHA] CyanogenMod 7 for the HP Touchpad

CyanogenMod 7.1 Based On Android 2.3.7 Released; Now Supports 67 Devices!

It was more than two months ago, that the CyanogenMod team released CM7.1 beta. Since then, the team has rolling out nightlies daily with new features, bug fixes and many enhancements. But the team did not release or even talk about a stable CM7.1 build.

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Today, the CM team has finally released a stable CyanogenMod 7.1 build, based on Android 2.3.7, for a bunch of devices. The new stable build contains some new features like a new lock screen style, support for Bluetooth mouse, FM support in many devices, touch to focus in camera, and an improved DSP Manager. There are lots of other changes as well, which I have not mentioned here.

With the release of CM7.1, the CM team now supports a whopping 68 devices! The stable CM7.1 release adds support for a bunch of new devices. Below is the list of all the new devices supported by CM7.1-:

  • HTC Desire S
  • HTC Incredible S
  • HTC Incredible 2
  • LG Optimus 2X and T-Mobile G2x
  • Motorola Backflip (Motus)
  • Motorola Cliq / Cliq XT
  • Motorola Defy
  • Motorola Droid 2
  • Motorola Droid X
  • Samsung Captivate
  • Samsung Fascinate
  • Samsung Mesmerize
  • Samsung Showcase
  • Samsung Vibrant
  • Samsung Galaxy S
  • Samsung Galaxy S2 (multiple carriers)
  • Sony Ericsson Xperia X8
  • Sony Ericsson Xperia Mini
  • Sony Ericsson Xperia Mini Pro
  • Sony Ericsson Xperia Neo
  • Sony Ericsson Xperia Play
  • Sony Ericsson Xperia Ray
  • Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc
  • ZTE V9

As you can see, the CM7.1 stable build is now also available for Sony Ericsson’s Xperia range of handsets. Thanks to Sony Ericsson’s support, the TeamXperia developers were able to solve the camera issues, and the team managed to release a stable build for these handsets.

Right now CM7.1 for many devices is in beta stage, including the HTC Sensation, LG Optimus 3D and the HP TouchPad. The team will release a stable CM7.1 build for these devices, as and when all the major issues are solved. The full change log for CM7.1 can be found here, and the download link can be found here.

Sony Ericsson Supports ‘FreeXperia’ Developers By Giving Them 20 Handsets and More!

Last year, Sony Ericsson was criticized heavily for releasing a sub-par high-end Android phone, the X10. To add to their woes, the company took ages to update the handset to Android 2.1 Éclair, and decided not to upgrade the handset to Android 2.2 FroYo. For developers, the locked boot loader on SE’s handsets made things tough for them.

However, since the beginning of this year the company has changed for good. The 2011 range of Xperia handsets have decent specs, and most important ran the latest version of Android Gingerbread. The company has also been providing timely software updates to its Xperia handsets, with every new software update adding new features. The company also released a boot loader unlocking tool for its handsets, and wrote a guide on how to build a Linux kernel, showing their support to the developers and their work.

Today, in a bid to support help the developers more, the company has decided to assist the FreeXperiagroup of developers. The FreeXperia’ group of developers have played a major role in bringing CyanogenMod 7 to all Xperia handsets. However, the CM7 ROM for all Xperia handsets have one major issue the camera does not work properly. This is because Sony uses some proprietary drivers for their camera module, making things tough for developers to reverse engineer them.

Now, Sony Ericsson has decided to help the FreeXperia’ team of developers on many issues, including the camera, where they will be providing debugged and rebuilt library binaries to them. SE will also be supporting the devs. by providing them with approximately 20 devices.

Earlier this year, Samsung also supported the Team Hacksung’ developers by providing them with a Samsung Galaxy S II. However, while the developers have been successful in porting CM7 to the device, there are still some major issues to be resolved, including Bluetooth audio (A2DP). Hopefully, Samsung will learn something from Sony Ericsson and help the Team Hacksung developers with the Bluetooth Audio issue.

CM7 Nightlies Finally Rolling Out; Optimus 3D Gets Alpha CM7 Build

CyanogenMod 7 users and nightly flashers, here is some good news for you. Around a couple of weeks ago, kernel.org got hacked, due to which CM7 nightlies stopped rolling out. The source code of the Linux kernel, and various other distros’, including Android’s kernel, is hosted on kernel.org.

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While kernel.org is still not back up, the CM team has shifted its source code to GitHub, and has finally started rolling out CM7 nightlies, so as to make sure people with ROM flashing Syndrome don’t lose their sanity.

In other CM7 related news, the CM team has released a very early alpha build for LG’s first ever Android powered 3D phone, the Optimus 3D. Being an early build, there are still a lot of issues like HDMI does not work, and camera app will crash if a user tries to take a 3D picture. Optimus 3D owners can download the alpha version of CM7 for their handset from here.

There is some good news for Desire S owners as well. Beginning from today, the CM build bot will also roll out CM7 nightlies for the Desire S (Saga).

A new alpha build of CM7 for the HTC Sensation was also released today. The new alpha build solves most of the issues, including audio issues. Sensation owners can download the build from here.

Android (CyanogenMod 7) for the HP TouchPad is Almost Here!

The HP TouchPad, which no one wanted to even touch with a barge-pole, became an instant hit when HP slashed its price fown to $99, in a fire-sale for clearing all TouchPad inventory before discontinuing all webOS development. Not even the iPad must have sold as fast as the TouchPad did in those days. The TouchPad is still being sold on eBay at over a 100% premium.

I’ve already posted why I would love to buy the HP TouchPad, if I could get my hands on one. First of all, the HP TouchPad sports some killer hardware, which is probably among the best in tablets right now. Secondly, even if you aren’t a huge fan of webOS, you should soon be able to install Android on it, thanks to the efforts of the CyanogenMod and Touch-Droid teams.

Soon after the fire-sale started, these two developer teams announced that they were working on an Android Gingerbread port for the HP TouchPad already.

Here’s the first video of CyanogenMod 7 running on the HP TouchPad.

Today, the CyanogenMod team posted yet another video of Android running on the HP TouchPad. They seem to have ironed out a lot of the kinks in the previous ports.

It now supports Wi-Fi, audio and the Android Market, as well as the accelerometer. There are still a few issues, but a working Android port for the HP TouchPad by the CyanogenMod team seems imminent, considering the speed at which they have made progress.

CM7 Boots On The Motorola Droid Bionic

The Motorola Droid Bionic was one of the most hotly anticipated phones of 2011. Announced at CES, the Bionic was going to be the first phone to support Verizon’s 4G LTE network, and sport a dual-core processor. However, due to some unknown reasons, the phone was delayed indefinitely.

Motorola got back to the drawing board, and finally released a new re-designed Bionic around a week ago. However, the major problem with the Bionic, like all other recently announced Motorola phones, the Bionic also came with an encrypted boot loader.

Nevertheless, this has not stopped one of the members of CyanogenMod to port CM7 to the Bionic. cvpcs got the Bionic, thanks to the donations from the community, and in less than 48hours booted a CM7 build on the handset.

Below is a video of CM7 in action on the Bionic-

This not only proves how much the community as a whole appreciates the work of the developers, but also how much the developers work hard.

Since CM7 on the Bionic is still on the early stages, there are still some major issues with it. Most of the stuff including audio, camera/camcorder, and radio issues are among the most prevalent ones. Looking at the way things are going, Bionic users should get a stable build of CM7 pretty soon.

Can The Samsung Galaxy S II Survive A 15-Foot Fall?

I got my first phone nearly 5 years ago. It was the sleek and sexy Moto Razr V3i, which nearly everyone must have owned at one point of his or her life. I clearly remember that I started modding and flashing that phone the very next day. Since then, I have owned many phones including SE W580i, Nokia 5800, Galaxy S, Desire Z, Arc, and now the Galaxy S II, and I’ve modded and flashed every one of them.

In fact, I flash a new ROM on my Galaxy S II nearly every night. You see, I still need to use the phone for calling, messaging, emailing, and tweeting etc. during the daytime, so all my modding activities usually start when everyone is sleeping soundly. Last night, I decided to flash CM7 on my SGS2. There are no decent AOSP based ROMs for the SGS2 except for CM7, and I was pretty bored with the ones based on Samsung firmware. After installing CM7 and playing around with the phone for around 20 mins, I decided to check out the GPS performance of SGS2 on CM7.

I stood near the window in my room, and fired up GPS test. However, after a minute or so, the phone found around 10  satellites  and connected to 8 of them, but the accuracy was a terrible, 180 feet. Then I changed the modem/baseband of the phone, and again decided to check out the GPS performance. This time, the GPS test showed an  accuracy  of around 100 feet. That’s a pretty decent improvement, but still not good enough. Finally, I decided to stretch my hand outside the window to see if the GPS performance would improve when the phone was in clear sky.

As I stretched my hand, something went wrong and the SGS2 slipped from my hand. Everything went into a slow-mo. mode as I saw my precious phone fall down from my window, which is on the 1st floor. The bottom part, i.e. the part where the microUSB port of the handset is located, hit the ground first, and the phone bounced back up, nearly 3 to 4 feet. After that, the phone hit the ground a couple of times before finally lying still. I was horrified! I had absolutely no hope that my Samsung Galaxy S II would survive a 15-foot fall.

I ran downstairs and quickly picked up the phone. To my surprise, the phone was still in one piece with just one of the latches of the back cover partially opened. I quickly checked the screen, and to my surprise, the screen was working fine as well. If anyone from Corning is reading this, you guys just got another feature to boast about for your popular Gorilla Glass.

The steel rim surrounding the phone was not covered by the Zagg InviShield, and thus got some minor scratches

I checked the phone thoroughly, and there were absolutely no issues with it. Everything was working just as it was before the fall. The only physical damage was on the bottom part of the phone, which had hit the ground first. There are some small scratches on the bottom of the steel rim surrounding the phone, but it’s noticeable only if closely inspected. The phone could have got more scratches, if I was not applied the Zagg InviShield on my phone.

After this incident, my confidence regarding the build quality of the phone has increased. Sammy may have made the SGS2 with plastic, but it surely did not compromise on the physical strength of the phone. So, the 7million+ SGS2 owners, if you are reading this, next time someone cribs about the poor build quality of the phone, you just need to point them to this article.

 

CyanogenMod 7 (Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread) Running on the HP TouchPad

There were many reasons why people rushed to buy the HP TouchPad, whose price was slashed to $99 after HP discontinued webOS. The most important reason was the ridiculously low price. Who wouldn’t want to buy that type of great hardware for just $99? However, there was another very important incentive for people to buy a TouchPad – Android.

Soon after HP announced the TouchPad fire sale, some Android developers announced that they would start working on an Android port for the TouchPad. Since Google hadn’t open-sourced Honeycomb, they announced that they would be bringing Android 2.3 Gingerbread to the TouchPad.

Today, the CyanogenMod team announced that they have had some minor breakthroughs, and showed us some videos of CyanogenMod running on the TouchPad. They compiled Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread from source and have managed to get it running on the TouchPad. However, a lot is yet to be done. They haven’t been able to get the touchscreen working, but rest assured, the best Android developer team on the planet is working on it.

Here’s the video of CyanogenMod 7 (Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread)running on the HP TouchPad:

Here’s the official announcement by the CyanogenMod team on RootzWiki:

Hey Internet/RootzWiki–

Here is some (older) touchpad progress from Friday. The Cyanogenmod team wanted to share it with the public as a blatant publicity stunt to bring attention to our need for a few more touchpads (for developers currently working without them).

As you can see from this quick demo, we’ve been working hard and have made progress. Since this video was created last week, the build has been more “tabletized” (tablet tweaks added, etc.), lvm support has been added, and 2d hardware acceleration should appear very soon.

The touchscreen driver issue is now the focus of our attention.

Our ultimate vision is to create a *multiboot* solution where the end user will be able to boot into WebOS, Cyanogenmod, and/or other OSes. This appears to be very possible, and we have discussed several potential implementations with our new friends in the WebOS development community to make it easy for an end-user to set up.

For the moment though, we need about 4 tablets, as we have talented and experienced developers who cannot contribute effectively due to a lack of hardware. If you have an extra touchpad and are willing to help the cause, please let us know in the comments below.

A BIG CAVEAT– PLEASE DO NOT ASK FOR ETAS. For the uninitiated, this is the #1 rule for Cyanogenmod. It will certainly be a long while before our goals become reality. Our goals incidentally are not connected with any bounty– we are motivated to do it right, not do it fast.

And now the obligatory shout outs– Thanks to rootzwiki and all the devs and everyone else who are collaborating and contributing to this project. You know who you are, you.

The CM team
www.cyanogenmod.com

PS- Yes, this is gingerbread (Android 2.3.5). Everything you see, except for bootie the bootloader (a great kid’s show btw), was compiled from source.