Excuse my infantile behaviour but this is simply nothing short of exciting and totally insane.
About a week ago I wasn’t even able to compile the Gingerbread branch of Android and today I’m using it on my Legend with only minor glitches. OK, they are not really minor but they don’t affect me that much.
There are still a few problems that definitely scream “FIXMEFIXMEFIXME”, like the .32 kernel HTC released a few weeks ago (which is a complete mess in every single way), but you can rest assured the gods in #teamdouche (cyanogen, arcee, zinx, …) will fix these problems eventually.
Yeah, this is so exciting.
Yes, you might already know: the CyanogenMod project is nearing release 6.1.
Looking at the changelog from 6.0 to 6.1 one has to say that teamdouche did an outstanding job. Officially supporting the Legend is only a very small part of it.
I’m actually quite proud that everything is working perfectly by now, no bugs or annoyances. CM nightly builds (from my own machine – that’s openness!) have been the main and only operating system on my Legend for three months now.
If I can get my hands on the Aria/Gratia 2.2 update and test the camera libraries then 6.1 will most likely ship with those (provided they work correctly) and I’ll try to port the kernel as well (once HTC releases it, which normally takes some time).
Exciting days to come…
For some of you this might be rather old news but just to make sure it’s recorded in the eternal books of Google: I’ve become the official maintainer for the HTC Legend in the CyanogenMod project.
This basically means official support and official nightly builds. It also means that I have to get all my changes into CM or adapt them accordingly. This I’ve been doing for the last couple of days and only the correct support for non-rgb notification lights is missing (a rather big change).
It’s also nice that the new CMStats app seems to be enabled by some Legend users already. This will render my statistics in the android section of this site quite useless at some point.
After some weeks of heavy development and testing I released Azure 1.0, codename for my port of the famous CyanogenMod 6.0.0 for the HTC Legend.
Bringing you Froyo faster than HTC with nearly all the features you might expect (except for FM radio of course) feels really amazing.
Google’s Android platform is mostly great, but it does have a serious problem:
Manufacturers can’t keep their fingers off the interface.
This produces systems that do not even look like Android (and, as with Sony’s, annoy everyone), sometimes even worse than that.
Apart from awful Android skinning there is a new trend and light in the darkness for us purists: Android vanillaizing!
It’s software dermatologists devoting their precious nights and sleep to finding the cure to Android acne. In the case of the HTC Legend (comes with Sense) I was able to compile and tweak the Android Open Source project. Later I decided to start porting (and patching, where necessary) the famous CyanogenMod, which I’m using on my phone right now.
Find first beta versions of my port called “Indigo Bean” and updates and bug reports on xda-developers.
Since we’ve got support by koush’ outstanding ROM-Manager the recommended method to install it (after rooting your phone) is getting this app via the Android market and downloading “Indigo Bean”. Just a few clicks (taps!) and you are set to enjoy.