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Although many of use are still waiting for the much anticipated Ice Cream Sandwich Android update, there might be an opportunity for some of you to get it early. CyanogenMod has developed their own version of Ice Cream Sandwhich and is offering it to certain mobile phones right now.
CyanogenMod is an aftermarket firmware for Android phones. Essentially it’s a ROM that brings all kinds of new features and controls to Android, along with a slick interface. The members of CyanogenMod have been working hard these last couple weeks building “CyanogenMod 9”, which is based off of the open source code for Ice Cream Sandwich that Google just released.
The builds have been available for about a week now, and the chatter on the user and developer forums has been mostly positive, with the exception of a few persistent bugs involving MMS and a few other things.
BE WARNED. The downfall here is that there’s always some risk associated with modding or rooting and it’s possible to end up with a bricked phone. Be sure to use an app like Titanium to backup everything on your phone before attempting to install CyanogenMod.
Just recently, the Battlefield 3 blog has snapped screenshots of hacked Battlefield 3 beta servers, which has been given a somewhat aggressive name.
Since the beta has been released, players have been able to play multiplayer multiple maps (The Operation Metro and Rush maps). These maps are made to support 32 players. However, recent sightings have shown these severs being hacked and “overloaded” with 64 and even 128 players.
EA has warned players not to join hacked servers via Battlelog, threatening users with EA account bannings.
Earlier today at the GigaOM Mobilize conference, T-Mobile announced the forthcoming of two new smartphones running on the 4G network.
Cole Brodman, chief marketing officer for the company, revealed that the Samsung Galaxy S II and the HTC Amaze 4G soon will be available on T-Mobile’s 4G network, which is based on HPSA+ 42 technology. He said users of the two smartphones could expect download speeds of 8 Mbps on average and 20 Mbps peak.
Both smartphones are scheduled to be available on October 12. A week ago, AT&T said it would offer the Samsung Galaxy S II on its network on October 2.
Along with these two smartphones, Brodman also introduced T-Mobile’s new 4G Mobile Hotspot which allows up to five devices to connect to the internet.
Samsung accidentally leaked photos of an upcoming Android smartphone for Verizon on Flickr this morning. The device is called the Samsung Illusion and it’s very much a reality now that the company inadvertently posted a public preview of the device via Flickr, but then quickly set the image to private.
You might know the device as the Samsung Viper. Some of the specs of the device include 1GHz processor, with a 3-5 megapixel camera, 320 x 480 resolution, as well as running on the latest version of Android (Gingerbread).
Most of the details on the handset have not been confirmed except that it will be a eco-friendly device with a Sustainable Product Certification. It is expected to arrive on Verizon around September 29, priced at $100 or less with a new two-year contract.
Earlier today, AllThingsDigital reported that the rumored fall iPad update is looking very unlikely. Along with this, the iPad 3 shouldn’t be expected until next year.
“In recent months, there has been rising investor speculation that a new iPad 3 would be launched for the holiday season,” Moskowitz wrote in a research note to clients. “Our latest research continues to indicate that there is no such device slated for production this year. … There are prototypes in the supply chain related to the next-generation device, but our conversations with industry participants suggest that a new device will not be available until sometime in calendar 2012.”
The iPad 2 launched in March now holds a 68.3% market share of the tablet market. Without much competition to upset that percentage, it is easy to see why Apple is not rushing around to get the iPad 3 out.
Can’t get Windows 8 off your mind? Want to mess around with it and see the new features? Worry no more because at 8PM (Pacific Time) tonight, you will be able to download a copy of the Windows Developer Preview to your 32- or 64-bit x86 machine (no activation required) from dev.windows.com. It is recommended that you make the change on a separate partition (or a spare machine altogether) in order to prevent unforeseen conflicts, and we’d also suggest having a stiff glass of patience waiting nearby. Something tells us Redmond’s servers are going to be hammered.
GameStop, which has recently announced their intentions of becoming a technology company, has officially chosen Google’s Android OS for its upcoming tablet-based gaming platform. The video game retailer’s prexy Tony Bartel relayed the news to GamesIndustry.biz, and plans to sell the slate alongside offerings from industry heavyweights. Rumors say that a pre-production design has already been selected for the tablet. You can expect the tablet to come pre-loaded with a handful of games and for it to be a cloud-based gaming platform. Consumers in Dallas were the first to get a hands-on with the beta device that should sport a custom designed inbuilt controller at launch. The tablet could also be seeing third party exclusives head to the platform.
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People may not think of “jelly bean” as a good tasting desert anymore as rumors say that it may be the name of Google’s next Android update after Ice Cream Sandwich.
Tech site “This Is My Next” cited a trusted source as saying that “Jelly Bean” will continue Google’s tradition of naming Android builds after sweet treats in alphabetical order.
“We’re hearing from another well-regarded source that Jelly Bean is in the running for the name, but that the choice hasn’t yet been finalized by Google; for what it’s worth, the pickings are fairly slim for desserts with ‘J’ names, so Jelly Bean seems like a solid choice,” it said.
According to the site, there will be some major architectural, design and functional changes since the release of Google’s last update, Ice Cream Sandwich.
Also, it said that with rumors of the Ice Cream Sandwich-powered Nexus Prime from Samsung hitting fever pitch lately, it seems likely that an announcement is imminent.