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Key Android Engineer Weighs In On Manufacturer Contributions To AOSP And Update Rollouts - You Might Be Surprised Who's On Top

Key Android Engineer Weighs In On Manufacturer Contributions To AOSP And Update Rollouts - You Might Be Surprised Who's On Top

If you follow AOSP code drops long enough, you're eventually going to hear about JBQ (as well as a ton more acronyms). Jean-Baptiste Queru, Technical Lead of the Android Open-Source Project took to Google+ today to talk about Android update rollouts, as well as to praise one of the manufacturers that he sees as leading the pack in aiding the AOSP: Sony.

It took Sony only about 5 months to ship this [Android 4.0 for the Sony Tablet S] after I released the code in the Android Open Source Project at the very end of last year.

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CyanogenMod 9 Nightlies Drop For Sony Xperia Arc And Neo

CyanogenMod 9 Nightlies Drop For Sony Xperia Arc And Neo

CyanogenMod (CM) has long been the modding community's custom ROM of choice, and for good reason: it takes the goodness that is basic Android (AOSP) and adds a hearty dose of all-around improvement. The list of devices supported by CM is quite a long and impressive one (truth be told, they do a better job of supporting devices than the manufacturers do), and last night, cutting-edge nightly CM9 releases dropped for the Sony Xperia Arc (Anzu) and Xperia Neo (Hallon).

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[The Android Police Podcast] Episode 4: Bluestacks, Yakjus And Tweener Spots

[The Android Police Podcast] Episode 4: Bluestacks, Yakjus And Tweener Spots

The Android Police Podcast is back for another week of... whatever it is we do. Let's get down to it, this week's topics are:

  • Carrier 411
  • Rumor Roundup
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    Public Beta Of FullHDMI Released, Lets You Mirror Your EVO's Screen On Your HDTV

    Public Beta Of FullHDMI Released, Lets You Mirror Your EVO's Screen On Your HDTV

    Fellow EVO 4G owners, were you envious when Sony Ericsson demoed the Xperia arc's full HDMI capabilities? Fear not - once again, the developer community has come to the rescue!

    Android Central Forums user Orrebmas has developed a "limited time" public beta of FullHDMI, an app that lets you output any content on your EVO's display to your HDTV. Yep, that means you can finally get your Angry Birds on in full, 50-inch mode.

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    CyanogenMod 6.1 Final Released, Brings Android 2.2.1, Bugfixes, And New Features Galore

    CyanogenMod 6.1 Final Released, Brings Android 2.2.1, Bugfixes, And New Features Galore

    After spending over a month in the release candidate stages, a final (stable) release of Android's most popular ROM has just been pushed out. Cyanogen himself tweeted the news, but also mentioned one small caveat: Samsung devices (read: the Galaxy S line) are left out of the fun, with no ETA. (Update: not available for the HTC Wildfire either.)

    cm6.1_1

    cm6.1_2

    What's new in 6.1, you ask? Oh, just a few things:

    6.1.0
    • Common: Update to Android 2.2.1
    • Common: Various bugfixes from AOSP and CodeAurora
    • Common: ADWLauncher 1.3.3 - Ander Webbs
    • Common: Configurable audio focus for music app - Jonas Larsson
    • Common: APN cleanup (fixes many issues with GPS and MMS) - Cyanogen
    • Common: Use ARMv6 optimizations for DS/Hero targets - Ninpo
    • Common: AudioDSP updates - Antti S.
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    [UPDATED] CyanogenMod 6.1 RC1 Is Here, Download It Now

    [UPDATED] CyanogenMod 6.1 RC1 Is Here, Download It Now

    After celebrating CyanogenMod 6.0 hitting the final release version for a multitude of devices, the CM team got right back to work on the next version of the largest Android ROM on the planet. 2 months worth of sleepless nights paid off, as minutes ago, Cyanogen announced a new major milestone - CM 6.1 Release Candidate 1. According to the team, the release is definitely good enough to be a daily driver, and the remaining bugs will be quickly squashed, so go ahead and fearlessly hit up the download links below.

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    Editorial: Google’s Open Handset Alliance A Myth… Are We Really Surprised?

    Editorial: Google’s Open Handset Alliance A Myth… Are We Really Surprised?

    Some interesting leaked news are hitting the airwaves today: according to a former high-level Open Handset Alliance executive from Google, the said Alliance was "nothing more than a myth".

    The one-time company head called the group “oligarchical” and revolving solely around Android:

    "The power is concentrated with the Google employees who manage the open source project"

    The Open Handset Alliance

    The Open Handset Alliance, founded and led by by Google in 2007, contained 34 large and small companies related to the mobile business, and this number only grew over the years, currently standing at 65.

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