David Ruddock
David's phone is an HTC One. He is an avid writer, and enjoys playing devil's advocate in editorials, imparting a legal perspective on tech news, and reviewing the latest phones and gadgets. He also doesn't usually write such boring sentences.

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Jun
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It’s probably going to be a little messy, and it certainly isn’t going to be perfect. That said, CyanogenMod 6 Alpha 1 is available for Nexus One users now. Download it below…

Disclaimer: This is an ALPHA release (PRE-Experimental Release) and will likely have numerous glitches, app compatibility issues, and all sorts of fun quirks that haven’t been ironed out by the CyanogenMod team yet.

CyanogenMod 6 Alpha 1

FRF85B Google Apps Package (Needed for proper install, flash this FIRST)

If you are on 2.1 or a version of CyanogenMod PRIOR to 5.08, you will need to flash your radio to FRF50 before either of the following.

30
Jun
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TV and movie geeks alike are bound to be giddy with joy today as IMDB has released their official (and free) Android app to the Android Market. We’ve provided a few screens for you take a look at below.

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Overall, the app appears fully functional, and actually quite useful. You’re able to look up TV recaps, schedules, box office results, local showtimes, and movie reviews. Pressing your phone’s search button will bring up the search bar set for IMDB, eliciting results just like IMDB.com’s web-based search.

30
Jun
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A leak provided by Mobile-review’s Eldar Murtazin has confirmed some concrete system requirements for Android 3.0 Gingerbread. His information confirms what has been expected; Gingerbread is going to be a major release for the Android platform. Here’s the summary, translated from Murtazin’s podcast “Digestiv” by unwiredview.com’s Staska…

  • Android 3.0 Gingerbread will be released in mid- October (around 15 -16th), 2010. First handsets shipping in November/December – for the Holiday Season.
  • Minimum hardware requirements for Android 3.0 devices are: 1GHZ CPU, 512MB of RAM, displays from 3.5” and higher. 
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    Jun
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    Last Updated: June 5th, 2012

    In an AndroidPolice exclusive, a tipster has provided us reliable information that Eric Schmidt, CEO of Google (GOOG), has recently become an investor in the 3rd party mobile app distributor PocketGear. What does this mean? It seems most likely that Schmidt, and perhaps Google itself, are looking to see if PocketGear can provide a suitable distribution platform for Android apps. It looks to be classic Google strategy; invest early, foster growth, and if all goes well, acquire.

    29
    Jun
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    Cyanogen of CyanogenMod posted an update to his website earlier this evening on that status of and potential timeline for CyanogenMod 6. Key points below:

    • Will support Nexus One and Droid first, Dream/Sapphire shortly thereafter, and Slide a little later
    • Desire, Incredible, and EVO 4G will all be supported eventually (read: No ETA)
    • First experimental build expected to be available this weekend
    • Small incremental update to CyanogenMod 5 will also appear this weekend

    This is big news, as CyanogenMod 6, a custom ROM, is based on the Android 2.2 Froyo source code.

    29
    Jun
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    An unnamed source at Boy Genius Report today provided a tip that Verizon is planning to begin its 4G LTE network rollout in 25 markets on November 15th, 2010. Some interesting details emerged from the tip - most of them good. To summarize:

    • 4G LTE data plans will be tiered by data caps, but will not add a premium to your bill. Presumably this means the caps will be combined 3G/4G usage (you listening, Sprint/EVO/$10?).
    29
    Jun
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    Cisco announced earlier today that they are in the process of developing an Android-powered tablet, dubbed Cius, for the business market.

    Cisco was careful to assert the tablet’s role as a tool for professional users, rather than a media-oriented consumer device. Clearly Cisco is attempting to get to the office before the iPad gains traction in this sector, and by the looks of the Cius, they may succeed. The mock-up of the device, shown below, is fairly interesting.

    29
    Jun
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    MyDroidWorld founder p3droid is reporting that he has obtained an official Google update of Android 2.2 dubbed FRF84B. The version proximity to the Nexus One’s official Froyo update (FRF85B) is certainly uncanny. Based on the large file size, it appears to be a full ROM. Unfortunately, no official Google link for the client is available, only p3droid’s rooted (read: now technically unofficial) version. The update comes with superuser permissions for root only apps, as well.

    28
    Jun
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    Last Updated: May 11th, 2011

    Google has officially confirmed it: Android 2.2 is now available for the Nexus One, and will be pushed to devices starting today. The press release below from Google:

    Monday, June 28, 2010

    New Android 2.2 Software Update for Nexus One phones

    Starting today, Nexus One users will begin to receive the Android 2.2 (codenamed Froyo) over-the-air software update on their phones. This update provides some great new features including support for making your handset a portable hotspot and support for Adobe Flash within the browser.

    28
    Jun
    Amazon Kindle App For Android To Launch On Or Before July 21st

    Update: The Kindle for Android app is now available to the masses, and can be found via a simple market query for “Kindle”or the QR code below.

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    The app appears as it does in the preview; upon booting it offers up a registration/sign in screen. Upon sign-in, the app pulls your purchased books from Amazon’s Kindle Bookstore servers and transfers them to your device. A link to a mobile-optimized version of the Kindle Bookstore is available by a press of the menu button while in the app.

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