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.
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.
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
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!
Custom Gingerbread ROMs are abounding over at DroidForums.com! 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 here. Continue reading →
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.
Oh yeah baby! Purple and black and looking fiiiiine. Not much going on now, I know I’ve been a little (read: a LOT) lax in getting this thing updated, but I’m kinda starting to get into a groove with work and should be able to add new posts more regularly. I also know I’ve said this several times before, so take this with a grain of salt. 😛 Anyways, my sexy white Fascinate really did seem to have seriously erratic 3G/radio behavior. Texts and calls worked fine, but signal strength was all over while standing still and 3G just seemed to cycle on and off every 15 seconds. The inconsistent data pretty much rendered the phone useless, so I’m getting a replacement hopefully sometime this weekend. I will definitely post when I get my next one. Hopefully we’ll have some breakthroughs for the bluetooth or camera drivers from Samsung. Stupid proprietary PITA’s. I did get a chance to run CM7 on it before I returned it and it was glorious. This phone really feels like the super phone it is. If only this thing had a front facing camera (“FFC” from here on out) it would be perfect. Love the 720p video, just kinda need that stable 3G connection. Hopefully this next one will be better. Any hints, tips, tricks guides to what NOT to do with ROM/kernel/radio flashing? Leave a comment, help a brother out!
Believe it or not, I’m abandoning my Droid 2. Yes, I know tearful. But it had to happen. Why? To be perfectly blunt, Motorola is royally messing (like to use another word…) their phones with this locked down bootloader bologna. Samsung and HTC have taken the stance of being open to development and it was Motorola that even got this ball rolling! I don’t know what got into their heads (I’m looking at you Verizon) but I don’t like it. The inability to access core functions of a phone at the kernel level is crippling the ROMs available for the Droid 2/x. In all honestly, the fact that they have the incredibly customizable (Froyo) ROMs at all is amazing considering what they’re working with. I’ll still keep on the development side of things from time to time (a la Twitter) and post some significant things to happen here. But it will be significantly less, I’m sorry.
But then again I’m really not because my new phone is…