MicroMod777, the unofficial ROM supports 3G data and SMS messaging, but still lacks support for WiFi, the camera, sound and SD card access, among other things. It also lacks the official Google apps and USB mounting support. Certainly not the sort of ROM you could live with every day, then; it remains to be seen whether the hacked installs or Google's official Gingerbread 2.3 release for the Nexus One - tipped for release in the next few weeks - comes first. [Thanks Judeaism!]
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custom ROM for the Advent Vega Tegra 2 tablet has been released, adding in Android Market support along with Car Home, Calendar, Contacts, Genie (News and Weather), Gmail, Maps with Street View, Market, Talk, Voice Search and YouTube. The handiwork of MoDaCo's Paul O'Brien, there's also an optional "performance pack" which promises to speed up the tablet. PC World has said that they expect more Vega stock by the end of this week, though the tablet is still currently unavailable.
MIUI ROM. Currently wowing with its combination of slick icons, straightforward multitasking and general visual niceness, the new ROM completely overhauls the UI. More information at xda-developers together with download links, and the Android Community guys are already talking about MIUI here. Anybody tempted? [youtube Or-9T44Bt7M] [Thanks Ewdi!]
wrote yesterday about Motorola's confirmation that the DROID X, DROID 2 and - most likely - all future Android handsets from the company would come with a locked bootloader and thus make hacking pretty difficult, we didn't realise quite how difficult it would actually be. According to MyDroidWorld, Motorola's locking system uses a so-called eFuse chip that verifies the handset's firmware (i.e. the ROM), the kernel and the bootloader version. If it detects that a non-Motorola ROM has been loaded, then that's when the problem starts. If any of those three elements have been modified unofficially, the eFuse "blows" and the handset is bricked to the user. Now, the eFuse can be reset but that can apparently only be done with specialist hardware that Motorola themselves had; in other words, you'll have to test quite how happy the company is with you loading third-party ROMs and then trying to claim under their warranty. Considering yesterday's information, we're guessing Not Happy At All is the answer.
xda-developers, the new ROM requires FRF50 to be installed first, and so far there have been no significant changes noticed by those who have tried it out. If you're feeling brave and experimental, however, you can download it yourself from http://android.clients.google.com/packages/passion/signed-passion-FRF72-from-FRF50.bc033f9e.zip; we're not sure how long that link will last, though there are mirrors linked here. Instructions for installing the new beta are here. As ever, installing beta software can leave your phone less than stable, though there are multiple people who have tried FRF72 and supposedly experienced no issues as yet. [via Android Police]
Over at XDA-developers arch-modder Sim4996 has been working on getting the Google OS running on the ageing WinMo devices, and with just a few remaining issues it's all working well. Bluetooth is proving unstable, and the camera doesn't currently work, but otherwise Android 2.1 plays nicely; WiFi, GPS, standby and - most importantly - the phone all work. Of course, it also erases Windows Mobile in the process, so don't attempt the install if you were hoping to flip between the open-source OS and Microsoft's. [via Hack a Day]
biggest differences between the Google Nexus One and the HTC Desire is that the latter comes with HTC Sense, but as predicted the homebrew ROM community has already addressed that. The Desire isn't even on shelves yet, but already there's a custom Nexus One ROM - albeit heavily in alpha stage - which adds Sense together with Flash 10.1 to the Google-branded smartphone. There are a few drawbacks - the camera is locked at 3-megapixels, rather than its native 5, and can't shoot 720p HD video like the Desire - but things like the active noise cancelling microphones still work, even though that's absent on the Desire. Obviously you'll need to root your Nexus One, and there's the risk of a) bricking it and b) running into ongoing stability problems from an alpha build, but this is still likely to make a lot of Nexus One owners happy. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tL60j3iDgLk[/youtube] [via Redmond Pie]
released new firmware for the Orange version of the HTC Hero. The software - version 188.8.131.52 for Orange - is available to download from HTC's support site; however it looks unlikely to be the much-anticipated Android 2.1 firmware update. The previous ROM for the Orange version of the Hero was 184.108.40.206, meaning this is likely a very minor update. However HTC do not indicate what particular changes have been made, so we'll have to wait until an Orange Hero owner updates and lets us know any differences. [via CoolSmartPhone]