Did you watch Apple's VP draw on his wrist during the Apple Watch announcement and wonder "why can't my Wear watch do that?" In typical XDA fashion, one enterprising forum member has brought similar functionality to Android Wear with a twist; it works on phones and watches alike, with other platforms on the way! The app is called Pinsy, and its release debut is a strong proof of concept with plenty of room to grow. You may remember the developer behind this project, XDA...
HTC Droid Eris Receives Jelly Bean
A few days ago, we reported on the HTC Hero receiving both Ice Cream Sandwich and Jelly Bean ROMs. As if this wasn’t enough proof that Jelly Bean can run on practically anything, the Hero’s rebranded sibling, the HTC Droid Eris has now also received the same treatment.
Though the device has only a measly 528MHz processor and 288MB RAM, yet again, the talented developers on XDA prove that there are no boundaries when it comes to ROM development on older devices.
The Droid Eris, a Verizon branded HTC Hero with minor variations, has been given a taste of Jelly Bean by XDA Senior Member MongooseHelix. The ROM is of course a work in progress, and does have a number of issues:
- camcorder & panorama
- headphone jack
- other things no doubt as this is a preview build
There will also be some inherent lag due to the hardware limitations of the device, but the ROM is functional and gives Droid Eris owners a taste of Google’s latest Android revision without having to splash out on a new device.
If you want to give the ROM a try, head over to the ROM thread.
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