Posts Tagged ‘AOSP’

Galaxy Nexus Day 3

Friday, June 8th, 2012

Well on Tuesday (5th June) I finally got my mitts on the Galaxy Nexus (i9250) This now brings about retirement of my HTC Desire (A8183) this was my launching into the world that is Android! and once my contract was up I knew that I wanted the development phone from this point forward.

Ice Cream Sandwich is a nice layout from that I'm used to with earlier versions of Android 2.1 – 2.3 and as I've used Cyanogenmod for about the last 18 months I prefer the native android look and feel over the stock version of HTC Sense that originally came with the Desire. The Nexus had a slightly modified release of ICS 4.02 (Telstra customised with Australian English) that I replace with the current (at the time of writing) 4.04 development build of Yakju and I've added SuperSU (root)

One of the main issues with the HTC Desire was its lack of storage space (a total of 148Mb with stock Hboot) but now with the Nexus that's no an issue as it has a comfortable 13Gb to play with. The only part that I didn't realise was the lack of an SDcard slot, but I don't see that I'll need to add more storage to it anyway.

With the lack of any hardware buttons this gives a nice smooth appearance but I was at a small loss as I tended to use the optical pointer, so I've found myself floundering a little if I need to change the cursor or place but I soon learnt that by holding you finger down on the screen you get an arrow that you can the move about any text. This will take a little getting used to but I suppose I was a little spoilt with that feature on the Desire!

So after only having the nexus for 3 days I'm very happy with it! You can expect more posts about my journey with the Nexus as I discover new things. At this point I'm sticking with Jakju, but I will no doubt experiment with other custom roms in the future… 🙂

GingerBread AOSP now available!

Saturday, December 18th, 2010

A week or so back I mentioned that the SDK (Software Developer Kit) had been released and that the AOSP would follow ( see that blog post here ) Well the moment that all Android uses have awaited for… the official release of AOSP 2.3 GingerBread has now been made public for all to download, however there was a note attached to the release asking for people to refrain from getting the source immediately but to consider both the servers and other users as to not cause a DDoS!

So no glossy pictures in this post, but there will be once some ROM's hit the web to show off the new functions of Android!

Android GingerBread hits town!

Tuesday, December 7th, 2010

In the early hours of this morning Google released the much anticipated update for Android, version 2.3 code named GingerBread. This release has had so many predicted release dates it was kind of like a game of cat & mouse as to when it was going to actually happen! Well it's now out there for developers to start playing with. I've set-up the SDK for Android and I'm able to provide simulated images of what this update looks like, but as yet I don't have it on my HTC Desire to test.

Please note all images are click-able to make them bigger…

Obviously the grey panel to the right of the screen it to control the function keys whilst testing and the actual image is the screen image on the left. Although this is pure Android AOSP the ROM's that will become available soon will either feature the ADW Launcher, Launcher Pro or Zeam Launcher (amongst others) I am keen to see how this compares to the current ROM that I'm using (Oxygen by AdamG)

So who will be the first to update their ROM to Gingerbread, and who's going to miss out all together? (branded tel-co ROM's)

Our thanks goes out to all who contribute in some way to make the Android OS what it has become and where it's going to go…

Broken 1600 Barrier with Oxygen!

Monday, December 6th, 2010

When I'm doing tests on a ROM I tend to run Quadrant (Advanced) 3 times to get an average rather than just a one off result.

Well I've just broken the 1600 points barrier! no other ROM that I have used since getting my Android HTC Desire has come close to this score.

So what ROM's have I tried?

* Stock HTC Sense (Telstra)
* OpenDesire Team HTC Sense
* LeeDrOiD HTC Sense
* T-mod HTC Sense (LeeDrOiD mod)
* Cyanogenmod nightly (AOSP)
* Oxygen (AOSP)

Ok so you say but that's only 6 ROM's… well yes, but for each of them there's been a learning curve as I've gone from HTC Sense to AOSP. As much as I like some features of HTC Sense, AOSP has proven to be the fastest and stable, where Sense is rather sluggish by comparison!

Now that proof of life shot…


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Oxygen ROM by AdamG (froyo 2.2.1)

Sunday, December 5th, 2010

On my quest to seek out new ROM's for my HTC Desire I've recently stumbled across Oxygen, created by AdamG (creator of Opendesire) So on first impressions the download size is only 48mb! yes that's right only 48mb. So if you're aware most AOSP ROM's are around the 70mb size so what's missing? well I'm not exactly sure! but I did notice that the Gapps (Google applications) package that you need to flash with Cyanogenmod includes both Facebook & Twitter however they are not included in Oxygen.  I suppose that because these are updated regularly it's better to leave them out as not everyone wants the social networking applications!

I ran Quadrant just to compare the figures that I had from using Cyanogenmod nightly (build #205) and well I'm just scratching my head because the result from Oxygen is close to 300 points higher than Cyanogenmod and that is without any CPU overclock or manipulating of the results.  Just to prove that I'm not misleading you here is a screen capture of the Quadrant score…


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Back on the Cyanogen (mod) train!

Monday, November 8th, 2010

I know I change Android ROM's like underwear! But it's because there are features in both the HTC Sense UI and the AOSP UI that appeals to me. I wish that I could have the speed of the AOSP with the eye candy of Sense!

The truth of it is that you get a better battery life (per recharge) from the AOSP ROM because it's not as heavy on CPU usage to render where with Sense it's all about visual appearence not battery efficiency.

So let's see how long I last this time! 😀


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