The locked bootloader on Verizon’s Galaxy S3 hasn’t stopped development much to this point. Last week, we saw the device receive an unofficial CM9 port, but over the weekend, things turned up another notch. Two unofficial ports of AOKP and CM10 popped up, with each either being as close to fully working as possible or with a couple of minor bugs that will soon be worked out.
AOKP Milestone 6 appears to be ready for prime time and a daily driver without any known bugs. CM10 is definitely still being referred to as an “alpha“, however, data and all of the other most important features are working. If TouchWiz is too painful and stock Android is your saving grace, you may want to consider looking into either one of these.
As a reminder, these ROMs are possible thanks to CVPCS’s kexec boot sequence and will appear to boot twice during bootup. That’s normal and is simply the kexec doin’ work.
Via: DroidHive (CM10) | RootzWiki (AOKP)
Cheers Jon and Steve!
The Jelly Bean Easter Egg that we first unearthed back at Google I/O has quickly become one of our all-time favorites. It’s interactive and a great time waster should you find yourself needing to kill 5 minutes without having to think or blink. Who would have thought that flicking Jelly Beans and wondering what’s up with the random Candy Cane could be so fun?
The CyanogenMod team must share similar feelings, as they decided to spend some extra time in CM10 to customize Jelly Bean’s hidden fun. CID’s head replaces the beans, but the flicking is just as addicting as you would expect it to be. It can be accessed in the same way that you would any other Easter Egg in Android – tap multiple times on the Android build number in your device’s About screen, then long press when you see CID’s face. (more…)
We have seen working builds starting to pop up of CyanogenMod 10 based off of Jelly Bean code, but the team is still hard at work to make a final release of CM9 at some point soon. Release Candidate 2 is now being cranked out by the build servers and adds support for a few new devices, one of which is the international version of the Galaxy SIII:
- Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 (all variants)
- Samsung Galaxy SII on AT&T – Skyrocket
- Samsung Galaxy SII on T-Mobile – Hercules
- Samsung Galaxy Note on AT&T
This RC2 includes bug fixes and translation changes that the CM team says put them in the right direction for their final CM9 build “which should be just around the corner.” As always, you can get the downloads for your device at Get.CM and if you’re lucky your phone might have a nightly build of CM10.
If you just can’t wait to get your hands on CM10 and need to know what to expect already, then this may keep you happy for at least the next few days. The CyanogenMod team posted some of the custom features that have already been committed to the CM10 build and they are as follows:
- Power menu Reboot
- Power menu screenshot
- Lock screen Calendar
- Lock screen Weather
- Notification light customization
- Battery light customization
- IME Selector notification toggle
- and a few more things to support Settings
Well, this is starting to sound awesome. This is already a good start, but you can rest assured that there will be even more custom features added before we see an official release candidate. Is there a certain feature that didn’t appear on this list that you want to make sure gets into a final release? My fingers are crossed for toggles in the notification bar. Exciting times for the Android hacker in all of us.