CyanogenMod 9 and later won’t support Google Nexus One, similar devices

Google Nexus One with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich

The CyanogenMod team is taking a page out of Google’s book and announcing that it’s kind of dropping support for the Google Nexus One (and other devices with first-generation Qualcomm Snapdragon processors). While CyanogenMod 7.x will continue to be available on these devices, CyanogenMod 9 and later will not… at least not officially. CyanogenMod makes aftermarket firmware based on Google Android. Basically, if you don’t… Read more »

Qualcom releases ICS graphics drivers for older phones, custom ROM builders rejoice

Nexus One Android 4.0

Google has no plans to release an official version of Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich for the Google Nexus One. Even though the first phone to wear the Google Nexus name is just over two years old, Google claims it doesn’t have the hardware to support the newest version of Android. That hasn’t stopped independent developers from building custom ROMs for the Nexus One and… Read more »

HTC to start rolling out Android 4.0 updates in March

Ice Cream Sandwich

HTC has unveiled some more details about its plans to launch Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich for some of the company’s most recent smartphones. In March, the HTC Sensation 4G, HTC Sensation XE, and HTC Sensation XL should get software updates. Later this year we’ll also see updates for these phones: Amaze 4G Desire HD Desire S EVO 3D EVO 4G Incredible S Rezound Vivid… Read more »

Android 4.0 coming soon to the Nokia N9 (unofficially)

Nokia N9 with Android 4.0

The Nokia N9 is one of the only phones ever to ship with the MeeGo Harmattan Linux-based operating system. Pretty much the only reason to choose the N9 is if you want to give the dead operating system a try. But if you don’t want to be stuck¬†with MeeGo, it looks like an alternative may be on the horizon. A group of developers have been… Read more »

First look at HTC Sense 4.0 with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich

HTC Ville

HTC Sense is a custom user interface designed to run on HTC’s Android phones. The company is preparing a new version of Sense designed to work with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and it’s reportedly called HTC Sense 4.0. Last week the folks at PocketNow described some of the new features we can expect to see in Sense 4.0, but at the time no pictures… Read more »

Android 4.0 ported to the original Moto Droid (unofficially)

Motorola Droid CM9

The Motorola Droid was one of the first really popular Android smartphones. But at this point the 2009 era device is considered pretty ancient. Motorola has no plans to update the Droid to Google Android 4.0, and even the hackers at CyanogenMod have announced the plan to drop support for the aging smartphone when CyanogenMod 9 (based on Android 4.0) is released to the public…. Read more »

CyanogenMod 9 music player available for Android 4.0

Cyanogen9 Music

Developer Android Neal has been working on a new default music player for CyanogenMod 9. While CM9 isn’t ready for public consumption yet, the music player is ready to go and you can download and install it on any device running Android 4.0 or up. That includes devices running alpha or beta versions of CM9. CyanogenMod is a custom version of Android based on the… Read more »

Holo theme means Android 4.0 apps could look the same on all devices

Android 4.0 Holo theme

One of the things that sets Google Android apart from other mobile operating systems is the fact that dozens of phone and tablet makers can load the open source OS on their devices. And Google doesn’t stop them from customizing the look and feel of the operating system, which is why phones with Samsung TouchWiz, Motorola Motoblur, and HTC Sense can look so different from… Read more »