While Hickson’s move to toss time out was probably premature, there are nevertheless some problems with
I’m just glad to have the time element back. HTML5Press uses the time element in a number of places, pretty much every place a time or date is shown. I was not looking forward to going through and replacing time with data. Looks like I won’t have to now!
Yesterday we saw the debut of Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0) on the Samsung Galaxy Nexus. Google also released the SDK for Ice Cream Sandwich, which contains some neat graphical goodies developers can start using to create Ice Cream Sandwich themes for ADW, Cyanogenmod, or whatever else really.
sonnysekhon has also included an “extras” zip file that contains wallpapers from Ice Cream Sandwich, as well as icons. Both downloads (the extras and the CM7 theme) can be found attached to his thread.
A new font, Roboto, is the default in Ice Cream Sandwich. Android Police has details on how to set it as your font on your current (rooted) Android phone. They recommended using the Font Changer application, however I used Font Installer and was able to get it installed without any problems.
In the screenshots below I’m using the Ice Cream Sandwich CM7 theme and the Ice Cream Sandwich ring lock mod. The ADW theme is ADW Faenza and the wallpaper is from Ice Cream Sandwich.
I’ll keep this post updated as more Ice Cream Sandwich theme items are released.
UPDATE 10/23/2011:sonnysekhon released alpha 3 of his Ice Cream Sandwich Theme Chooser theme for Cyanogenmod. I sent him a message a few days ago asking what his future plans were for the theme. He says that he plans to have the Ice Cream Sandwich theme released to the Android Market within a week. So it’ll be much easier to install and update that theme once he gets it on the Market.
UPDATE 10/24/2011:AChep has released an Ice Cream Sandwich Cyanogenmod theme. He’s even got a version with a transparent status bar, which is a feature I’ve come to like a lot lately. I couldn’t get it to work on my Defy though, probably because it’s for MDPI devices only.
Lots of new devices are supported by Cyanogenmod 7.1. Other than the Motorola Defy, some other supported devices are the Motorola Droid 2, Motorola Droid X, Motorola Cliq / Cliq XT, Samsung Galaxy S, Samsung Galaxy S2, and many others. There’s also a number of devices in beta, those include Pyramid, Doubleshot, Shooter, HP Touchpad and Optimus 3D. A list of all the newly supported devices can be found at the end of this post.
I flashed 7.1 to my Defy last night. Prior to Cyanogenmod 7.1 stable, I was running a nightly from a couple weeks back. The nightly build was extremely stable and I didn’t have any issues other than the proximity sensor not always working correctly. With the 7.1 update the proximity sensor seems to be fixed. The screen turns on when I move my phone away from my head.
If you’ve got a Motorola Defy, I really suggest you give Cyanogenmod 7.1 a try. It’s very much worth it, and getting it onto your phone is a lot easier than it may seem at first. The benefits are too many to list. I’m just amazed at how much smoother my Defy runs than it does on stock T-Mobile/Motorola Froyo. Animations and screen transitions are incredibly smooth and fluid.