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.
Only a day after @PaulOBrien, the founder of MoDaCo.com, defeated HTC's new protection techniques and successfullyrooted HTC Desire, he strikes again with a successful root of HTC Legend, using pretty much the same methods.
Wirefly.com loves posting useful phone videos, and the latest one is no exception.
In this video, Wirefly compares the new HTC Droid Incredible (which you can get here for a better price than your Verizon store) to the Motorola Droid in a series they like to call "Schmackdown" (we won't even mention the cheesiness of the name here).
Here are the highlights from the video that I annotated in my favorite bullet point format:
Motorola Droid is thicker and heavier
Motorola Droid has a physical keyboard while the Incredible doesn't
Both have a virtual keyboard
Speech-to-text on both phones
Both have a dual LED flash
1GHz and 512MB RAM on the Incredible and 550MHz and 256MB RAM on the Moto Droid
The Incredible has an 8MP camera vs Motorola Droid's 5MP
No MicroSD preinstalled on the Incredible, though it comes with an 8GB internal storage while the Motorola Droid comes with a 16GB MicroSD card
Same buttons on the outside of the phones but the Incredible has a trackpad on the front while the Motorola Droid has it on the inside
Both have a 3.7" display but the Incredible has a 480x800 px resolution while the Motorola Droid has 480x854 px
Droid Incredible has an AMOLED display
Battery life on the Incredible is not as good as the Motorola Droid
Both are running Android 2.1
Incredible has HTC Sense (with additional apps and widgets) on top of Android while the Motorola Droid has vanilla Android 2.1
Incredible has Scenes which are like presets for your home screens while the Moto Droid doesn't have this feature
Incredible has some Flash support while the Moto Droid doesn't (though full Flash 10.1 support is going to come with Android 2.2)
Incredible seems to have a faster browser, probably due to hardware (both are on Verizon data network)
Guys, we have incredible news (didn't expect me to start this post so originally, did you?).
Update: VZW.com is currently sold out of the Incredible but you can still get it from Wirefly.
Buy It With A Discount
Starting immediately, Wirefly.com, one of the biggest online mobile phone retailers, is opening up the sale of the HTC Droid Incredible for a low, low price of … well, unfortunately we can't tell you due to certain restrictions but here what we can tell you:
Well it is about time for another Android phone leak, it has been almost a week or so since the last one.
This time we have a new HTC phone with a slide-out QWERTY keyboard, the standard navigation buttons and also an optical trackpad. Everything looks pretty standard about this phone aesthetically speaking. As for the hardware hidden inside, not a lot is known about it yet.
Model name PC70110, HTC’s new phone has a 4 row QWERTY keyboard which, if you are coming from something like the G1 which has a sexy 5 row keyboard, is a bit of a bummer.
Paul notes that HTC made it much harder to access key partitions and write any data to them, compared to, say, the Nexus One. This made the process of rooting extremely complicated and left it a quite crippled (he's still working on uncrippling it).
Andy Rubin, VP of Engineering at Google, recently gave an interview to the New York Times, touching on topics ranging from Flash to North Korea. With Google vying for top place in the smartphone market, Rubin seemed confident that Android devices can overtake the number of iPhones, saying
I don’t know when it might be, but I’m confident it will happen. Open usually wins.
When commenting on the number of Android devices that are currently on the market, Rubin said that the driving force behind Android taking off is the fact that it’s open and available to so many manufacturers, commenting on how
Mozilla’s mobile version of Firefox, codenamed Fennec, is now available to download for Android 2 users.
Vladimir Vukićević, a developer at Mozilla, posted an update on his blog yesterday informing users about the progress that the project is making. Although this is still a pre-alpha build of Fennec, it gives a good idea of how the browser will look and feel as it continues to mature. Firefox fans should definitely try this out, although Vladimir did note a few potential issues in the post
We've only really tested this on the Motorola Droid and the Nexus One.