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CyanogenMod 6 To Bring Froyo To Nexus One, Droid, Dream/Sapphire, Slide, Desire, Incredible, and EVO 4G - Experimental Builds For N1 and Droid This Weekend

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.

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UPDATED: Kindle for Android App Now Available On The Android Market

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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Motorola Droid X Eye Live Wallpapers Up For Grabs - Install On Any Eclair (2.1) Or Froyo (2.2) Phone

Obtaining Your Droid X Live Wallpaper

A savvy XDA forum user has taken the initiative to decompile the Droid X’s live wallpapers and provide them to the Android masses. At the moment, 6 live wallpapers of the Droid X “Eye” are available on the thread - 5 from the phone and 1 modified by one of the forum members. Links for each below:

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Installing

To install your Droid X Eye live wallpaper, simply

  • download one of the .apk’s linked above straight from your phone's browser and click on it to install or
  • move it to your phone from your computer, open using Astro File Manager or another install-capable file manager, and select install

Once installed, the Droid X wallpaper is selected like any other live wallpaper:

  • go to your home screen
  • hit the settings key
  • select wallpapers > live wallpapers
  • the installed .apk should appear as “DROID X.”

The wallpapers should be installable on any 2.1 or 2.2 Android device, with or without root.

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Developers: Pre-Order Unity3D Pro Game Engine For Android – Get A Free Nexus One

Unity3D recently announced that pre-sales are going on for their Android version of their great 3D engine. Game developers who are still on the border as to whether or not they want to make the jump to Android or, if you already are developing for Android making the jump to Unity 3D, have a little more incentive now. Unity3D will give the first 500 Unity Pro for Android pre-sale orders a free Nexus One.

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Droid X's Sexy Software Keyboard Ripped Out, Now Available For All Phones

Earlier today we reported that the Droid X internals were leaked out and provided to developers to play with. It didn't take long at all - Droid X's software keyboard is already available for everyone to download.

This keyboard should work for any Android phone running 2.1 Eclair (it reportedly force closes for most on Froyo). It looks very clean, mostly due to the absence of most non-alphanumeric characters which can be accessed using a familiar looking button on the bottom left.

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Get The Beautiful Samsung Galaxy S Live Wallpapers On Your Own Rooted Phone (Nexus One, EVO, etc)

Samsung Galaxy S comes with 4 absolutely stunning live wallpapers, exclusive to Samsung. User persiansown from xda forums was able to port all of them to his Nexus One, and I don't see anything technically stopping any other phone supporting live wallpapers from using them too - EVO 4G was already also confirmed working.

There is only one caveat - you have to be rooted and flash the provided .zip file from recovery.

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Google Maps 4.3 Update Rolls Out 3 New Awesome Features

Today Google released an updated version 4.3 of its popular Google Maps Android application. The update brings the following features:

  • reviews for places now contain more detailed ratings of individual qualities, such as food, service, selection, atmosphere, value, and more
  • public transit stations now contain schedules, making half of the public transportation apps out there instantly obsolete, especially considering that Google Maps on Android supports getting directions via public transport
  • adding friends in Latitude, which is Google's version of foursquare, is now very easy - in fact some of you (*cough* @Stericson *cough*) have been doing nothing but adding Latitude friends all day

Overall, excellent update, Google!

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No More Invites - Google Voice Opened To Public

Great news for those of you in the US today, as Google has now moved Voice out of private and into public beta. The service, among other things, allows users to:

  • choose a phone number and then funnel all calls through this new number
  • have multiple phones ring simultaneously
  • manage a variety of rules, treating each contact differently (sending straight to voicemail, playing an out of service message, etc)
  • transcribe voicemail messages straight to their inboxes.
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Sling Player Mobile For Android Goes Live Early - Available On The Android Market Immediately For $30

The long awaited Sling Player Mobile application is now officially available on the Android Market, with download numbers <50 (i.e. moments ago).

Sling promised the app would go live tomorrow but pulled the trigger early and launched it today instead (though I guess it is tomorrow in some time zones).

Update: their Android page is now live.

Things are looking good - so far all 3 reviews are 5 stars, though this may change when we get more installations.

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Play DivX, H264, MKV, and AVI Files On Your Android Device Using RockPlayerBase

One of Android’s major shortcomings is its lack of compatibility with many audio and video file types. Fortunately, doubleTwist stepped in to fix the audio problem, but what about video playback? That’s where RockPlayerBase comes in!

Compatible with a plethora of video formats, including MKV, AVI and DivX, RockPlayerBase combines great compatibility with a simple interface. Controls are overlaid on the screen, so you can still see the video track whilst using the controls.

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