More and more smartphone manufacturers have been moving towards on-screen buttons, with Google really pushing for it over the physical button alternative. However, there are still a few OEMs (we're looking at you, Samsung) that have preferred to keep things a bit more traditional. Tell us which way you prefer and why.
Ice Cream Sandwich CM9 Progress Revealed
Cyanogen has been hard at work to bring you the perfect customisation of the latest Android iteration, Ice Cream Sandwich. Almost a month ago the team announced their two month hardcore-development period to put the basic framework in place for ICS to work. They’re succeeding mainly with OMAP4, MSM8660/7×30 and Exynos-based handsets, so if you own those look forward to trying CM9 first. Support has also been boasted for the Galaxy Tab 10.1 and ASUS Transformer.
Despite issues developing the new Android framework for camera and graphics drivers, the team is confident they can work around this.
“There are a number of challenges that we are up against. Google has made some pretty major changes to the Android framework that break compatibility with older proprietary camera and graphics drivers in order to achieve some pretty insane performance, but I am confident that the team will be able to overcome these issues like we have in the past.”
If you’re unlucky enough to own the original Motorola Droid, Cyanogen says they’re “dropping support for you. Time to upgrade.” I’m lucky enough to own devices Cyanogen is developing CM9 for first, so when Beta builds are released, I’ll be able to showcase them. I’m looking forward to seeing how CM9 runs on the ASUS Transformer.
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