Samsung Fascinate: Where are we now?

Good morning! In case you didn’t notice, it’s been a while since I posted anything. Well, to make up for that I’m posting a wrap up article here bringing you up to speed with everything that’s been going down for our beautiful little device. And boy has there been a lot!!!

  • CM 7.1.0 Goes Stable – The ubiquitous Cyanogenmod achieved “stable” status courtesy of an official post by the Cyanogenmod team in XDA. It’s not perfect by any means, but it really is a solid stable daily driver. All sensors work, the only finaggly detail is wifi fails to load at boot if it was enabled at shut down requiring an airplane mode toggle to restore. Other than that its a terrific place to start for anyone looking for their first custom ROM. Thread Link HERE
  • JT’s Vanilla Gingerbread AOSP Builds – Just updated last night, these build share a base with Cyanogenmod so are 99% stable but remove the options in exchange for a more streamlined pure AOSP look and feel. Several mods and themes are available for this ROM over at RootzWiki. Thread link HERE
  • EI20 Unofficial Gingerbread Build Breaks Cover – Nothing has been officially released OTA as far as Gingerbread goes, but the some users have managed to pull in a new build (newer than the leaked EC09) on select phones. They have kindly released this to everyone and the base is available to download as well as a number of TW based custom ROMs such as a TSM Resurrection build. Voodoo and OC accompanying kernels are available as well.  Thread Link HERE
  • Cyanogenmod 7.1.x Nightlies Available – In case stable just ain’t your thing, nightly builds have been around for some time now to help keep you and your Fascinate on the cutting edge. Newer features (beyond the “stable” build) include fixes for auto brightness, the 3-finger recovery, and higher version numbers. Thread link HERE, mirrors HERE.
  • Glitch Kernel for MTD Based ROMs – The terrific Glitch kernel is still at V12 and should be updated to V13 very soon. It brings much more OC/UV options, different CPU governors, and many extra enhancements to your CM/MIUI ROM. It’s crazy fast at any frequency and is highly recommended. There is also an app available in the Market for $5 to get early access to RC of V13. Thread link HERE
  • TSM PoolParty ROM (CM base) – This ROM is somewhere between JT’s plain Jane vanilla GB build and a full CM build. It uses JT’s base, but has TouchWiz parts built in (part of TeamSbrissenMod’s goal) as well as some extra lock screens and such. There are also several themes built for this ROM, although they may have to be update for the latest build pushed out last night. Thread link HERE
  • ICE CREAM SANDWICH!!! – This is by far the most exciting thread out there for me right now, even though the phone/SMS/3G/camera aren’t even fully working yet. If any of you were even slightly ecstatic after seeing screenshots and hands ons with the Galaxy Nexus, none of that can compare with the awesomeness of actually using and playing around with Android 4.0.1 on a real device. Not just any device, our Samsung Fascinate too! It’s surprisingly smooth being an SDK build lacking any graphical drivers at all and can only get better once the source code gets dropped. I would highly recommend at least making a backup and giving this ROM a shot at night just to mess around with. I cannot wait for more progress to be made and enyo over on XDA is just the guy to keep chugging away. Even without source, the list of things functional on this ROM is impressive. I will be keeping close tabs on this build for sure. Thread link HERE (Also, the thread is a little “lulzy” at the moment, don’t feed the trolls! 😛 )
That’s about it for now! Hopefully if you lost track of where things were at for the last couples of months (has it really been that long???) you’ll at least be kind of up to speed. I’ll be posting new articles about recent developments or anything related to ICS probably. I’ve got a fever; and the only prescription, is Ice Cream Sandwich. 😛
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Hands On: AR Blitz for Android (Free)

Got a video for ya, the first I’ve ever uploaded here. Yes sir, that’s me down there getting my grubby little fingers all over my pretty white Fascinate in the name of science. And science isn’t science unless it involves testing and cubes (Thank you Cave Johnson). Thusly, you can see both as I test out shooting virtual cubes around the desk in my living room. That is, until my untimely ending of the video. You’ll see.

Source: XDA App Thread, Android Market

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ROM: CM7 on the Fascinate Heads for the Bleeding Edge (Update: Download Lynx!)

Hey guys, I know its been a while. No, don’t look at me that way! You know I still love you!!!

Anyways, after all the drama that’s been caused because of my lack of “dedication” and “hard work” I’d like to formally announce the single greatest thing to happen to my phone (and yours too) since getting any kind of CM7 build at all: We’ve already beat out every other phone besides the Nexus S for 2.3.5. That’s right ladies and germs, the Samsung Fascinate, courtesy of his majesty himself Mark Diets (better known as imnuts07) we now have a CyanogenMod 7 nightly already based off the 2.3.5 source code.

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Official: Milestone 3 in China, Not Here… Yet

Motorola sucks at launches almost as much as Sony did with the Move for the PS3. You’re right, that’s not accurate. Sony did WAAAAY worse. But still, we’ve got more than enough press shots, leaked documents, and even some official Verizon employee tutorial videos to make our own launch. Still, the time must come when a new device is official. Well, today is that day. Thanks to Motorola’s own site, we have confirmation that the Droid 3 (Milestone 3 when oot and aboot) is now available (for reals) in China via China Telecom’s CDMA network. All the confirmed specs are there, but here’s the short list of the stuff you’re too lazy (really?) to look up yourself:

  • Dual Core at 1ghz (Confirmed Tegra 2)
  • 8MP Rear Camera with 720p (at least) Video Recording
  • 16GB Internal Memory
  • World phone (CDMA/GSM)
  • 4″ qHD Screen
  • FFC
  • And of course that gorgeous new 5-row keyboard

What I’m most interested in (being the kind of Android user I am) is whether or not Motorola is living up to its promise of unlocking those pesky bootloaders. Time will only tell, especially considering this phone will be on Verizon here in the states and they’re notorious for restricting their phones. Here’s to hoping you Motorola faithful!

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Droid 2: Your Patience has Paid Off!

Custom Gingerbread ROMs are abounding over at! Yes, none are final but they are (in my humble opinion) finally ready enough for the real world. That means a featured post here on ADB! Both of the main ROM creators for the Droid 2/X have finally released some very decent, stable, and custom Gingerbread ROMs for your Motorola phone. Already got the OTA? No problem, these are just here to enhance your experience. Especially the Apex 2.0. His ROM had to be one of my favorites when I had my Droid 2. That favoritism continues with version 2.0 based on the latest Gingerbread available. His latest (RC2) build is really, truly 100% AOSP Gingerbread. No Blur whatsoever. This makes the pure Google experience of the Droid 1 totally possible and in my opinion is the ROM we’ve been waiting for. So long as there is at least one pure AOSP ROM for every phone, it will be a beautiful world. Bootloaders be damned, you can get a pure Google experience on your Droid 2 right now via the Apex forum hereContinue reading

Wanted: Gingerbread on your Galaxy S Phone

Solved: root it and install the CM7 ROM or the latest MIUI ROM. The CM7 one is actually a little more usable (accelorometer and compass sensors working for example). Neither have the proximity or light sensors working, so you’re kinda stuck there. But other than that the pure (enhanced) Google experience on the Fascinate is amazing as I can attest to with my short 3 days with it. Super fast, totally worth the few bugs. Only real sacrifice is the lack of GPS. So long as you don’t depend on it for daily travel, this shouldn’t be a total deal breaker. I can’t confirm myself if its the actual GPS system (I’m assuming) that’s not working so maybe some location based services will still work with the cell network.

Fans of MIUI from other handsets won’t be dissapointed with that ROM either. It looks to run really well (according to the forums) but I’ll be posting a comparison between the two ROMs as soon as my phone gets here. Could be tomorrow, Monday at the latest. Either way, it’s gonna be a long weekend. Hit up the source links to check out the respective forums and download these sweet ROMs yourself.

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Promise: New Posts are Coming!

I know, I know. Promises are like nickels. They’re actually 75% copper! And easily lost. But I promise my promise is more of a promise than a transition metal. My phone is coming in Friday or Monday (here’s hoping to the former more than the latter) and as soon as its here I’ll be posting all about my second experience with this phone. I also did manage to obtain a white one (yay eBay!) and will allow you to live vicariously via all my random posts. If you happen to own one, let me know in the poll below, I’m curious to see how many of you are still here after the whole Droid 2 debacle. You guys enjoying the OTA Gingerbread? I’m gonna enjoy CM7.

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