If you’re an Android user, then I bet you love to customize your device, because that’s one of the most impressive things about the Android OS. And if you’re such an user, you must’ve heard of CyanogenMod. They’re like the best Custom ROM developers for Android phones, and are trying to make the world a better place by including the latest Android OS in their ROM’s, even if they’re unofficial.
Most of the mobile phones aren’t treated well, they’re just made and then forgot about. Some phones still run on Android 1.6, when Android 2.3.7 is where the world currently is at. CyanogenMod understands that and tries to do the best they can on this matter. So, the team from CyanogenMod have released version CM 7.1 based on Android Gingerbread 2.3.7 and it is now available for download for 67 devices.
Here’s the complete list of all new devices that have been added to the growing list:
HTC Desire S
HTC Incredible S
HTC Incredible 2
LG Optimus 2X and T-Mobile G2x
Motorola Backflip (Motus)
Motorola Cliq / Cliq XT
Motorola Droid 2
Motorola Droid X
Samsung Galaxy S
Samsung Galaxy S2 (multiple carriers)
Sony Ericsson Xperia X8
Sony Ericsson Xperia Mini
Sony Ericsson Xperia Mini Pro
Sony Ericsson Xperia Neo
Sony Ericsson Xperia Play
Sony Ericsson Xperia Ray
Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc
However, other independent developers who can be found at various forums all over the internet will be cooking Custom ROMS for even more devices. So, if you’re device is not in the list, then you can do a Google search to find out other places where you can get a ROM for your device. Remember to root your Android device before you try any of this and take a backup.
Android 2.3.4 was released a while ago, but not for all Android phones. It was first released for the Samsung Nexus S , the Nexus One and then was distributed to a few others. However, because of the complete code being open source, developers started developing Custom ROMs for devices that were not given this update. Android 2.3.4 brings some new features such as Google Talk Video Chat. That’s one of the main reasons why people want to try this build and also for other bug fixes.
Since then, Android 2.3.5 has also been released and like it’s previous update, it wasn’t rolled out to all the phones. The only way to try out these latest builds were to root your Android phone and then install a custom ROM such as CyanogenMod.
Android 2.3.4 also came with Sense 3.5 on the HTC Bliss, which was released recently. It’s beautiful, we all have to admit, and has paved a path to all the latest home screen widgets and customization’s. It was leaked last month along with the Bliss and it showed some new improvements in the UI, such as two dedicated buttons to the Menu and Dialer just below the enlarged weather app. Sense 3.5 was also made to run on mid range HTC phones, as opposed to normally being made for high-end smartphones. Check out the screenshots after the break.
No worries you HTC owners, specially if you happen to have the Desire HD/S or Evo 4G. All three of these HTC phones have been introduced to Sense 3.5 by some special geeks over at XDA developers. Like always. If you’re not afraid of flashing your phone, then you should certainly give it a try.
You can visit the thread over at XDA developers and try this new version of Sense out. It should soon be available for other HTC phones as well. We’ll keep you updated.
Do you prefer the Sense UI or the Windows Phone 7 Metro UI?