Early Android adopters will soon be able to use Android 2.1 on the G1 and MyTouch 3G thanks to Cyanogen, with the release of CyanogenMod 5.0.7.
The latest version of the ROM should be available to users in no time at all, with a public beta arriving at some point today according to Cyanogen’s tweet:
Some compromises may need to be made to allow Android 2.1 to fit on the G1 and MyTouch 3G due to limited available space on the devices - in fact, this is what is causing the delay before the release is live.
Nevertheless, this is still Android 2.1, and therefore a vast improvement with or without some extra features. Read More
If you haven't heard yet, HTC has been developing a new flavor of its own flavor
of another flavor of Android called Espresso.
Espresso is an interface built on top of HTC's flagship Sense UI and is expected to make its first appearance in the wild on the upcoming T-Mobile myTouch Slide. We covered the phone and the UI when both of them leaked online.
Espresso Build Leaked Online
Yesterday, GamerCore from AndroidAndMe.com got his hands on an Espresso build leaked by Binary100100 from xda-forums and loaded it onto his G1 after zachattack052 and Domenuk ported it to the myTouch/G1. Read More
If you are interested in the discussion around this release, head over here.
What Is OpenEclair?
OpenEclair is a community ROM based on the AOSP (Android Open Source Project) 2.1 source code (with lots of Cyanogen mixed in).
The goal of OpenEclair is to bring to the community a fast and stable Eclair 2.1 ROM, with contributions from numerous ROM developers.
To clarify what may not be obvious on the OpenEclair site, the ROM is aimed at 2 devices specifically:
- HTC Dream - T-Mobile G1
- HTC Sapphire - T-Mobile myTouch 3G
OpenEclair is actively developed (just look at the number of filed and fixed bugs), maintained, and tested by the community which means frequent releases, attention to users and testers, $0 price tag (of course), and all the great stuff open source software development brings with it. Read More
We've looked through all the boring stuff and pulled out the interesting highlights (you all like highlights, don't you?).
Here are the highlights that we've cherry picked out of it for you (the data is year-over-year where applicable):
- AdMob currently serves over 15,000 mobile websites and applications and has received 14.1 billion (!) requests worldwide in the last year
- The number of smartphones went up 13% from 35% to 48%
- Smartphone traffic overall went up 193% (data transferred, number of requests)
- Non-smartphone phones share went down 23% from 58% to 35% (yup, soon everyone is going to have an PreiDroidberry of sorts)
- Android was the fastest growing operating system, up 22% from 2% to 24% (!!!)
- The top 5 Android devices by traffic were:
- Motorola Droid
- HTC Dream (G1)
- HTC Hero
- HTC Magic (MyTouch 3G)
- Motorola CLIQ
- Among the number of requests from smartphones, all non-Android devices posted a decline while all Android ones were up (except for the G1, which was the first generation Android and doesn't really count).