Tricky title, eh? Looks like the tireless Developers over at XDA have a semi-solid build of Honeycomb available for the Original Droid. No, you can’t make calls on it, or use GPS, or use WiFi, but every passing day it seems that those features shall become reality for our old dear friend. We should all be so optimistic to think that developers will continue to pump out work like this, long after these devices have been declared dead by their carriers, and manufacturers.
After the jump, I’ll show you what is working, and the video the developer has posted up! (more…)
Our boy Peter Alfonso released an updated Stock Gingerbread ROM for the Original Droid over the weekend. This one is entitled GPA15 and from Pete’s words is supposed to be the best. We can never get enough love for our beloved DROID.
Link to download and instructions after the jump! (more…)
Just two weeks in after the official release of CM7 and we’ve got an update that fixes some of the bugs you may have encountered. It also is the first official “stable” version of 7.0 that we’ve seen for the original DROID. Nice work guys. Now, if only everyone in this business would act this fast on bug fixes…
Downloads: DROID | Incredible
Cheers Keith and blackcatroad!
You know we’re getting close to a final build of the new CyanogenMod 7 when the original DROID is starting to see release candidates. RC3 for CM7 was released just a few days ago without the OG, so since it has been included in this latest mass drop, you should probably go grab it. The Incredible also has an RC4, but the jump from RC3 to 4 isn’t going to mean much to you and really just includes bug fixes.
All CM7 DROID builds can be found here. Rest of the devices here.
If coming from another CM7 build, you might not need to wipe data and cache, but it never hurts. Flash in Clockwork like you would any other ROM.
Yesterday, a new batch of CyanogenMod release candidates went out for devices like the Incredible, but it wasn’t until late last night that CM7 RC2 for the original DROID was released. Built from the latest 2.3.3 source with a bunch of classic CM tweaks tossed in, this is your Gingerbread. Well, there are other Android 2.3 ROMs out there, like this one from Pete, but you get what I’m saying.
Download links and installation info at the CM forums.
We made mention of Pete’s new Android 2.3.3 ROM (GPA13) for the original DROID yesterday alongside the news that Google Music syncing went live in Gingerbread, but wanted to make sure you all really knew that it was available. This is the latest build in his quest to bring the OG the newest versions of Android currently available. And since we’re pretty sure that this phone will never receive an official build, know that this is as close as you’ll probably ever get.
For those new to ROMs, be sure to check out our entire guide for rooting your DROID.
More info can be found at Pete’s site. Follow him on Twitter.
Remember the “Honeycomb” music app that leaked out back in December? You know, the one that included a broken option to “Sync Music”? It’s back in the spotlight today and for a good reason. It appears to be finding a way to sync music to a mysterious Google Cloud on devices running Android 2.3.3. This new active syncing was discovered over at XDA through user WhiteWidows who tested out the music app while running the latest CyanogenMod7 2.3.3 build. Just after installing it, he received a permission request from Google Music and started digging deeper to see what was actually happening.
Once accepted, and the “Jumper” app that comes with the Honeycomb music app has been configured slightly, your phone will indeed start syncing your music…to somewhere. WhiteWidows went as far as waiting for his entire music collection to sync, then removed his SD card and swapped it out with a blank one to see if he could still play his music. Sure enough, he could. From the cloud.
There’s no telling where your music is going, but this gives some hope to the idea that Google’s Music service is just around the corner. And after all, we are just 2 months from Google I/O, so hopefully the final bugs are being ironed out now and we’ll see some sort of epic unveiling on the 10th or 11th.
To test it out for yourself, grab either the latest CM7 nightly from ROM Manager or the new Bugless Beast that just came out today and give it a go.
After that, re-grab the “Honeycomb” music app here. As you can see from the screenshots above, my original DROID running the new Bugless Beast GPA13 is indeed syncing right now.
Yesterday we put together our guide on how to wireless tether your DROID X to your Motorola XOOM, but wanted to make sure we covered all of the original DROID members out there as well. And since the original DROID creates an ad-hoc spot rather than infrastructure like the DX or various other phones, a standard wireless tether won’t work, so we have to go with Bluetooth instead. Luckily, the Wireless Tethering app from the market has a Bluetooth option, and that’s exactly what we’ll be using here. I should also point out that this method does require that you root your original DROID, but for those of you with a DX, D2 or Pro, you can apparently do this without rooting. (more…)