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Google Music Coming In Gingerbread…. Says Questionable Source

I want to say up front that I don’t have much faith in this. In fact, I only agreed to do it if I could clearly indicate how dubious I am in the article. So, I’m opening with a screenshot of just how sketchy this is:

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If you haven’t read the article in the image (which I’m hoping you haven’t), here are the important details (according to the article):

Gaurav Jain, Google Android Product Manager, has said, “Google will combine music download service next version of Android launched for the U.S.

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Android Internal Version Distribution Updated; Fragmentation Dissipating

Right on schedule, Google has yet again updated their Android version distribution charts.

chart

Immediately one notices that Android 2.1 now controls 53.1% of the Android device population. This is in stark contrast to mid-May; when 2.1 accounted for little over 30% of the operating system distribution. The major changes, summarized below:

  • Android 1.5 and 1.6 have shrunk to a combined 44.8% of the Android population; Android 2.1 and 2.2 devices now represent the majority of the distribution.
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Gingerbread “Minimum” Specs Fake, Say Android Engineers

Given that everyone in the Android blogosphere is chomping at the bit for information regarding Google’s next Android release, codenamed Gingerbread, it was only a matter of time before someone took advantage of this appetite.

We reported a couple days ago that a rumor regarding the minimum specifications for Gingerbread was floating around via a certain mobile news website. It seems now, though, that Android engineers #romainguy and #morrildl have both lashed out at the author whose podcast broke the “leak”.

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UPDATE: CyanogenMod 6 Alpha 3 for Motorola Droid Now Available For Download

DISCLAIMER: This is an alpha release. This means it is buggy, and might have some minor (maybe even substantial) issues upon installation. Download and install at your own risk.

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.

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Who Wants More Froyo? Yet Another Nexus One ROM Leak (FRF91)

Here we go again:

http://android.clients.google.com/packages/passion/signed-passion-FRF91-from-FRF85B.db99fdf1.zip (1MB)

You must have FRF85B installed to upgrade. Presumably, ANY Nexus One (AT&T or T-Mobile, etc) that has FRF85B can use this upgrade

See our post about FRF50 for instructions on doing a manual upgrade.

Source: Google, XDA

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CyanogenMod 6 Hands-On: First Impressions

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.

User Interface

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.

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CyanogenMod 6 Alpha 1 For Nexus One Now Available For Download

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…

Disclaimer: This is an ALPHA release (PRE-Experimental Release) and will likely have numerous glitches, app compatibility issues, and all sorts of fun quirks that haven’t been ironed out by the CyanogenMod team yet.

CyanogenMod 6 Alpha 1

FRF85B Google Apps Package (Needed for proper install, flash this FIRST)

If you are on 2.1 or a version of CyanogenMod PRIOR to 5.08, you will need to flash your radio to FRF50 before either of the following.

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Rumor: Minimum Specs For Android 3.0 Gingerbread; Aims For Complete Break From Android 2.1/2.2

A leak provided by Mobile-review’s Eldar Murtazin has confirmed some concrete system requirements for Android 3.0 Gingerbread. His information confirms what has been expected; Gingerbread is going to be a major release for the Android platform. Here’s the summary, translated from Murtazin’s podcast “Digestiv” by unwiredview.com’s Staska…

  • Android 3.0 Gingerbread will be released in mid- October (around 15 -16th), 2010. First handsets shipping in November/December – for the Holiday Season.
  • Minimum hardware requirements for Android 3.0 devices are: 1GHZ CPU, 512MB of RAM, displays from 3.5” and higher.  (We all, of course, heard that Android handsets with 2GHz CPU’s are coming)
  • New 1280×760 resolution available for the devices with displays of 4” and higher.
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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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    Newest Android 2.2 Froyo For Droid Allows Update From Rooted Eclair 2.1 Droids, Older Froyo Builds

    MyDroidWorld founder p3droid is reporting that he has obtained an official Google update of Android 2.2 dubbed FRF84B. The version proximity to the Nexus One’s official Froyo update (FRF85B) is certainly uncanny. Based on the large file size, it appears to be a full ROM. Unfortunately, no official Google link for the client is available, only p3droid’s rooted (read: now technically unofficial) version. The update comes with superuser permissions for root only apps, as well.

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