If you are an owner of an HTC EVO 4G, it's possible that one the contributing factors to your buying the popular smartphone may have been the HDMI output feature. After hearing that it can produce said capabilities, maybe your mind began dreaming up all kinds of situations where showing your phone's display on a TV in HD resolution could be very handy. If so, then chances are you were a little bit deflated as you saw the fine print that only Gallery and YouTube apps would work with this handy feature (is that a yawn I hear?). Today all of that has changed as FullHDMI for HTC EVO, previously in beta and requiring custom kernels, is now in the Market and can utilize most features with any kernel (cue the applause).
There's no doubt about it - we've come a long, long way since the HTC Dream (whose relatives include the G1, myTouch 3G, and DoCoMo HT-03A) was released. Since that fateful October day, we've seen all kinds of crazy Android-powered gear, from snow goggles to handsets sporting more raw horsepower than a netbook. We've also been treated to heaps of community-created mods, including custom ROMs like CyanogenMod and MIUI as well as mind-blowing hacks of other sorts, such as 1.5GHz overclocks and apps that essentially manage your phone for you.
Unfortunately, all good things must one day come to an end, and for the world's first Android phone (the HTC Dream), today is that day - CyanogenMod, the most popular AOSP ROM in the business, has officially dropped support for the device (as well as the Magic/MT3G).
We learned a couple of months ago that Bluetooth had been unlocked for Nook Color on a developmental level, but not until today has it been available for users. Developers fattire and verygreen have collaborated on a CM7 SD card bootable ROM that will let you sync your Bluetooth keyboard or headset to the "eReader." As trusted dev dalingrin noted earlier in our comments, the Bluetooth functionality has also been committed to the CyanogenMod 7 nightlies and is now available.
It has hardly been perfected yet, as early reports are saying that the Bluetooth range is currently ranging from one to five feet, but the fact that these ambitious devs have taken this eReader one step closer to having full tablet functionality is quite impressive.
It appears that a major glitch like the recent SMS bug can help spur on support even for an ancient (in Android years at least) phone. The original Motorola Droid will start receiving an OTA update today, sporting several crucial messaging-related bug fixes. Update FRG83G brings the Droid's Froyo version up to 2.2.2.
Released over 16 months ago, the OG Droid has actually been fairly well-maintained by Moto, launching with Android 2.0 'Eclair,' and now running an updated build of Froyo. In addition to several property space exploits (like rageagainstthecage) that were patched with 2.2.2, the SMS-related changes to this update include:
- Sporadic issues with unintended recipient list corrected for text, picture, video and audio multimedia messages
- Correct message populates when messaging application is opened and quickly accessed
While this may not be the Gingerbread update some have been hoping for, there is always CM7 for that, right?
Looking for the previous week's roundup? Find it here: 45 Best (And 2 WTF) New Android Apps, Games, And Live Wallpapers From Last Week (2/22/11 – 3/1/11)
Cyanogen has just announced via the CM blog that CyanogenMod 7 Release Candidate 2 is rolling out now for supported devices. The team has managed to work in the changes found in Android 2.3.3, and this is the first RC to pack WiMAX for the EVO (previously it was only found in nightlies). CM7 has been feature-frozen with RC2 as well, meaning the team will focus on fixing bugs from this point on.
- Common: Android 2.3.3 (Gingerbread) - Google
- Common: Fixes and changes from AOSP master - Various
- Common: ClockworkMod Recovery 3.0: Koush, Cyanogen, Zinx
- Common: Themes engine - T-Mobile
- Common: Performance enhancements for Qualcomm hardware - Code Aurora
- Common: New boot animation - 73v1n - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mYXiKWwp0DQ
- Common: Fix readahead values for NAND/MMC devices
- Common: Revamped notification widget - cvpcs
- Common: Updated various graphics for GB style - blunden
- Common: DSPManager updated for 2.3 - alankila
- Common: Restyled music app and forward-port of features - Jason Asher
- Common: Rotary answer in Phone app - James Peterson
- Common: BT VoiceDialer fixes - Matthew Sparby
- Common: Calendar enhancements - James Peterson
- Common: Stagefright fixes for 7x30, 8x50, and 7x27 - Zinx, arcee, Cyanogen
- Common: Pacman package manager - Kmobs
- Common: Workaround for unknown phone number - Jiri Tyr
- Common: Trackball answer/hangup - Juan Rodriguez
- Common: CMParts reorganization - Robert Burns
- Common: Optional screen on/off animations - Diogo Ferreira
- Common: New browser incognito mode - optedoblivion
- Common: New trackball/trackpad wake - Zinx, Cyanogen
- Common: Legacy sensor/GPS support - arcee
- Common: Customizable overscroll - arcee
- Common: Torch cleanup - defer
- Common: 2D compositor backwards compatibility - arcee
- Common: OpenGL backwards compatibility - Zinx, Cyanogen, Sileht, ezterry
- Common: SMS templates using gestures - Riccardo Ciovati
- Common: Phone Goggles - David Bidorff
- Common: Option to always show battery percentage on lockscreen - Robert Burns
- Common: CPU frequency/scaling control in CMParts - Robert Ramiega
- Common: Option to pause/play music with camera button - cvpcs
- Common: Allow SIP User-Agent configuration - arcee
- Common (non-HTC): Fixed mobile connection suspension - arcee
- Common: New music widgets - Jason Asher
- Common: Updated FLAC support - cvpcs, Cyanogen, kroot
- Common: Updated wallpapers - Fitsnugly, Prash
- Common: Customizable search/long-press search - Sven Dawitz
- Common: New lockscreen styles - Rotary Revamped (default) and Lense - Sven Dawitz, Stefano Pignataro
- Common: Customizable app launcher on rotary lockscreen - Sven Dawitz
- Common: Now playing and album art on lockscreen - kmobs
- Common: GPS fixes - CodeAurora, arcee
- Common: Breakfast/Brunch - arcee
- Common: Statusbar battery percentage with mini icon - Sven Dawitz, design by Jazz Kalsi
- Common: SMS split for braindead carriers - Mike Wielgosz
- Common: CMParts cleanup - Sven Dawitz
- Common: Notification profiles - Martin Long
- Espresso/Legend: Enabled native WiFi tethering - Cyanogen, OMAPZoom.org
- Z71: Enabled MPEG4/AAC video recording - arcee
- Z71: Enabled native WiFi tethering - arcee
- Passion/Bravo/BravoC/Supersonic/Inc: Kernel 2.6.37 - Google, Cyanogen, defer, Kali-, toastcfh, slayher
- Vision/Glacier/Espresso: WiFi calling compatibility and optimization - Zinx
- Vision/Glacier/Ace: Unified kernel - HTC, Cyanogen, Zinx, Kali-, defer
- Vision/Glacier/Ace: Fix FM radio on 2.3 - Zinx
- Vision: Only install WiFi calling on TMUS devices - attn1
- Espresso/Legend/Liberty: Unified kernel - HTC, Cyanogen, attn1, jznomoney, Alex Hofbauer
- Supersonic: WiMAX support - HTC, Shinzul, toastcfh, shift, #teamwin, Cyanogen
- ONE: Enabled native WiFi tethering - arcee
For those who don't know, CyanogenMod is the largest and most popular custom ROM for Android.
In last weekend's (non-)poll, I asked for your three favorite Android apps. You did your part, and nearly 100 people took the opportunity to vote. Now it's my turn, so I've compiled the results and I'll list them below along with details and a brief description of each app.
1. Launcher Pro (+ Plus) - 20 Votes
Given just how not-so-attractive Android 2.2 and below is, it's not really surprising that a launcher should take the top spot. What is a bit more surprising - at least to me - is that it really dominated ADW (which came in second, below) with more than twice as many votes.
If you've been dying to imitate the Honeycomb UI on your device, things have certainly been looking up for you lately. First we saw the digital and analog clock widgets hit, and shortly after, Honeybread was released. Then, just a few days ago, the stunning Honeycomb boot animation dropped. Now, XDA members have come through again with a LWP inspired by the stock Honeycomb wallpaper.
Developers nemuro and Xaffron teamed up to create the LWP, and are offering it for free for the time being. The catch: it's essentially in trial form; some features will only work for a limited time.
While rooted Android users have been taking screenshots on their phones for a while now, stock, non-rooted owners have been left out of the fun (there are some notable exceptions to this rule, like the EVO 4G). No longer, according to Paul O'Brien, one of the visionaries in the Android community, who posted the following in reply to Cyanogen (aka Android god):
We haven't been able to confirm what exactly changed in 2.3.3, but according to Android Central, screenshots are now possible without root "because of some changes in the way the SurfaceFlinger service handles what it captures from the framebuffer."
This newly uncovered fact means that all phones running Android 2.3.3 and above should be able to take screenshots regardless of whether they're rooted or not.