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CyanogenMod 7.0 now stable, released for over 30 Android devices

It's official, folks! CyanogenMod 7 is now deemed stable enough to be called, well, stable. The ROM is available now for your flashing pleasure on over 30 devices -- including some tablets. Don't worry, it doesn't disappoint; I've been using it through the development process for months and it's well worth the wait. If you haven't been following the updates on its progress, here's a quick...

Adobe Flash 10.2 for Android available today, improves performance, adds hardware acceleration for Honeycomb

Adobe Flash Player 10.2 will land in the Android Market today, bringing with it modest performance improvements for Android 2.2 and 2.3, and hardware acceleration for 3.0. Flash 10.2 is also the first version of Flash to work on the Motorola Xoom tablet. Engadget says that they "saw a slight but noticeable boost in framerate when playing a YouTube trailer at 480p" on their Droid 2, and that...

Android 2.3.3 hits latest CyanogenMod 7 builds, expands NFC capabilities

As if getting Android 2.3 Gingerbread out to the public months (or years) ahead of carriers and manufacturers wasn't enough, the CyanogenMod team just upped the ante. The latest nightly builds of CyanogenMod 7 now come packing Android 2.3.3 heat, less than a month after Google announced the update itself. At this point, most users wouldn't notice the difference between Android 2.3.3 and...

Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread allows screenshots with no root required

Up until now, all the Android app screenshots you've seen floating around have been taken using either the Android SDK or third-party applications which require root access. That's because Android -- unlike webOS and iOS -- hasn't provided a simple way for users to capture images on their devices' screens. According to Android Central, that has changed in Android 2.3.3. Rooting will no longer...

Adobe AIR for Android updated to 2.6 supporting tablets

Adobe has just released an update for its Adobe AIR runtime for Android bringing it to version 2.6. The update adds support for Android 3.0 Gingerbread, meaning AIR on tablets like the Motorola Xoom is a go, plus a series of performance improvements. Highlights include up to 20% faster scrolling, H.264 video decoding at 30FPS, and GPU-accelerated animation or gaming at up to 50FPS. Greater...

Android 3.0 Honeycomb SDK now available for all

Right now's a pretty exciting time for Android users, but even more so for tablet-lovers. Google's finally released Android 3.0 Honeycomb's SDK, which means that not only will we soon see a whole new round of slab-centric apps make their way to the Android Market, but also that the toolset used by Android developers and enthusiasts alike has been updated with a few goodies and improvements as...

Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread comes to Nexus One with WebM, disables Facebook contact sync

Google has pushed another minor update to its tandem of Android flagship phones, the Nexus One and Nexus S. Apart from officially rolling out Android 2.3 Gingerbread to the Nexus One nearly two months after it was released, the update also brings with it support for Google's WebM video container. Changes in Android 2.3.3 also include fixes for a random reboot issue on the Nexus S and...

Android '2.4' Gingerbread will arrive in April, will support dual-core Honeycomb apps

No, that's not a typo: an update to Android 2.3 will arrive in April to allow single-core smartphones to run Honeycomb's dual-core apps. The news comes from hardware manufacturer Viewsonic, which insists the new version will be numbered 2.4 -- and it won't be called Ice Cream as expected; it will just be an updated version of Gingerbread. Apparently the only change between 2.3 and 2.4 is the...

CyanogenMod 7 is testing in the wild, bringing Gingerbread to 14 more Android devices

It's no secret that Android users are getting a bit testy these days when it comes to OS updates for their phones -- but who can blame them? Only half of them are running recent versions, and Gingerbread is only officially running on one phone. It sounds pretty dire at first, but where the carriers fail, the Android community tends to pick up the slack. CyanogenMod, one of the most popular...

Android 2.3 Gingerbread running on iPhone 3G (video)

Nick Pack, an iDroid developer, has just posted a video of an iPhone 3G running Android 2.3 Gingerbread (video embedded after the break). It's pretty sluggish, and the video quality is poor, but the proof of concept is clear: it's certainly Android 2.3 on an iPhone. The same developer went on to add that it's still very early days for the port, and that the "iPhone 4 port is under way and...

Cr-48 Chrome OS netbook hacked to run Android 2.3 Gingerbread

Hexxeh, who recently released a Cr-48 tool to boot any OS, including Windows or Mac OS X, has now successfully got Android 2.3 Gingerbread to run on his Cr-48 netbook. All we have right now is a single photo (above), but you can click it for a super-high-res (cellphone camera?) photo if you like. According to unnamed sources close to Hexxeh, it is indeed Gingerbread running on Cr-48, but...

Android 2.3 source code now available, you can now bake your own Gingerbread

Not even 2 weeks after the official unveiling of the Nexus S, Gingerbread's source code is now available to the public. Jean-Baptiste Quero, an engineer at Google's Android Open-Source Project (AOSP), posted the announcement early this afternoon on a Google Groups message board, making Android devs the world over a very happy group of people. Quero had warned that it would take several hours...

YouTube 2.1 for Android updated and unbundled with in-page playback

Yesterday, Google released an updated version of the Android YouTube app, a major update that continues the unbundling of the app from the Android OS. YouTube 2.1 has been re-written from the ground up to mirror the desktop experience more closely. New to the Android platform is in-page playback, allowing you to read the video description, scope out related videos, or rate videos without having to...

Use the Android 2.3 Gingerbread Launcher on your Froyo device

While you may not want to hack your Froyo smartphone to install the semi-wonky Gingerbread keyboard, there's a much more tame mod you can now download directly from the Android Market. MoDaCo's Paul O'Brien -- who did a stint here at Download Squad -- has released the Gingerbread Launcher. It's a snap to install; just grab the Launcher from the Market (the QR code is after the break), install...

Hack brings Android 2.3's improved keyboard to rooted 2.2 phones

The Android 2.3 SDK has just been rolled out -- and that means it's time for the hacking to commence! The crew at Droid Life has already backported one big chunk of the Gingerbread release to a Froyo device: the improved on-screen keyboard. Certain functionality is missing at this point -- most notably auto-complete -- so it may be worth holding off for a more polished release before...