It seems the question of whether Google will be staying in the business of designing flagship Android phones has been definitively answered, and by none other than the man in charge: Google CEO Eric Schmidt. While there has been speculation for some time that a Nexus Two may never happen, Eric Schmidt has effectively confirmed that this is the case…(emphasis ours)
UPDATE: Updated download link for Alpha 3 below. We don’t currently have a change log, unfortunately.
An alpha of CyanogenMod 6 for the Droid has been released, and is up for download. The link, along with the link for FRF85B’s GApps (Google Apps) package, is below.
Yesterday, we broke the news that CyanogenMod 6 Alpha 1 was released to the public. Having successfully installed it on an AT&T Nexus One, we can now give you the lowdown on what this release (so far) contains.
Essentially, users can expect an experience that will not stray too far from what CyanogenMod 5.08 changed in terms of the UI. An updated version of ADW Launcher does provide a few enhancements, though.
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…
FRF85B Google Apps Package (Needed for proper install, flash this FIRST)
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.
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:
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.
The latest version of the popular CyanogenMod has been released, offering bug fixes and various improvements over the previous version.
Available to download for the Nexus One, Droid, Dream and Magic, CM 5.0.8 sees some great speed increases on older devices that were still a little sluggish under the previous version.
A particularly noticeable addition to 5.0.8 is ADW Launcher, a home replacement app, which is now included in the ROM by default. Accompanying this is 720p video recording support, which we first saw appear in CM5.0.8-test3 earlier this month.
At the time, speculation abounded as to whether or not this was the official OTA. It wasn’t until a few days later when we received word that this was actually a release candidate, intended for a small group of testers and not consumption by the general public.
Nexus One is still alive and pretty much kicking, especially thanks to the community. Since Google won't push new features to it, the community has to.
First Cyanogen added support for 802.11n WiFi in CyanogenMod, and now about half an hour ago, an xda-developers forum member by the name of charnsingh_online announced that he made a patch for CyanogenMod which enabled 720p video recording in the Nexus One.
One thing is certain - the official Nexus One Froyo release will not include FM radio support, told me one of the core Android engineers at the Google I/O conference a couple of days ago.
I went to Android Office Hours where everyone had a chance to ask core developers anything they wanted (I managed to grab 2 Android dev books there too - awesome!).