We've seen Fennec (or Firefox for Android as it's now called) gradually progressing over the last few months, reaching a state of real usability in the last couple of weeks. There are many excited by Fennec's journey and the ability have a browser with near-full-desktop functionality, but it seems that even more struggle to see a place for another browser on their phone. After all, the stock Android browser is lightning-quick and works well enough for a pretty satisfying web experience.
Well it isn't CyanogenMod 6, but according to our tipster, it's close - one of the Epic 4G's first ROMS has just gone live on xda-developers, and it looks... promising, if nothing else.
While we haven't had a chance to test this ROM out ourselves, the forum post states that the ROM's standout features include:
- Sprintware Removed
- Modified MMS/SMS app
- Bootup/Shutdown sounds ported from the Samsung Galaxy S I9000
- Changed shutdown display screen
- Choice of 4 launchers
- ADW Launcher
- Launcher (Vanilla)
- Car Home
- GenieWidget (News & Weather)
- AOSP Lockscreen
- EVO YouTube App
- Spare Parts
- Google Maps & Google Street View are up to date
- Pandora Compatible
Live Wallpapers ported from the Samsung I9000 & Samsung Fascinate:
- Blue Sea
- Layers Of Light
- Ocean Wave
As with most other ROMs, a full wipe of both the data and cache partitions is required, but since one of my wife's main gripes with the Epic has always been its lack of an option to play YouTube videos in HQ (something my EVO is capable of), I think the Epic Experience ROM might just be worth a try.
The fact that it is actually running on the device is encouraging, but we could still be pretty far away from a testable version: no downloads are available yet, and if you look at the notification bar, you'll see a pretty significant bug in this build.
SwiftKey Keyboard, which was already one of Android's best third-party keyboards, recently shed beta status, and BlindType is starting to look interesting now that Google's bought the company, but the fact remains that for diehard typists, nothing beats a full computer keyboard.
DoMobile, the developers of ShareKeyboard, must share that mentality, for the app they've produced allows users to pair the keyboard they usually type with when using their computers with their phones.
In case you were afraid that your sexy new T-Mobile G2 wouldn't be able to run custom ROMs or take screenshots when it arrived, fear not - hendusoone, xda-developers forum member is here to save the day.
This is what happens when you try to one-up the open-source community. Just when we were beginning to think HTC Sense might have come up trumps with a real killer feature in their Fast Boot, CyanogenMod creator Steve Kondik's right there with a cheeky "Yeah, CM6 "does" too :)". Tweeting that the feature will be committed to the CyanogenMod source soon (possibly with the arrival of version 6.1), Cy noted that the Nexus One would likely last in this hibernation state for about a week.
Surprising as it may be that Android, which is now a major player in the mobile operating system game, does not ship with support for any right-to-left languages such as Arabic, Persian, or Urdu, there's no denying it; languages were never one of Android's strengths.
People like Android because they like openness and because they like choice. The ability to boot a second, open-source operating system on your Android device is then a pretty compelling proposition. Following a flurry of activity around various fora, some progress has been made in booting the Linux-based Maemo 5 successor, MeeGo, on select Android devices. These devices, namely the Nexus One, Streak, and Desire are all based on the Snapdragon QSD8250 and it is that chipset the development community is focusing on.
As I mentioned in the last edition of Modder's Column, one of my favorite things about Android is how customizable it can be, even for novice users who would rather not spend all day hacking their phone.
Last night, flipz, the author of Fresh ROM, sent out a test version of Fresh ROM 3.3.0 to all the donors/testers, and we did our job well. We nitpicked every tiny little bug, and the result is that tiny little .1 at the end of the public release flipz announced this morning, with fixes for all known bugs.