MiniCM9 Matures

This weekend I had the pleasure of testing a new build of MiniCM9 for the developer nobodyAtall on my X10 Mini Pro.  I’d already been using the first release of MiniCM9 (3.0.1) but decided it wasn’t there yet to use as my daily driver; I even worried if the 2010 devices were just too old for ICS so reverted to MiniCM7 (which is rock solid and fast).

I was really surprised when flashing 3.0.2; The speed and responsiveness of it struck me straight away.  I used it quite heavily and had no noticeable lag and even after installing a number of apps didn’t notice any slow down.  Pretty impressive for 3 year old hardware.

I’ve now got a Class 10 SD card so partitioned it to have 256Mb swap and 512Mb for apps2sd and then ran the a2sd install script from terminal.  There are, as there always is on the ldpi screens of the  x10 mini/mini pro, times when things don’t fit quite right but ICS wasn’t designed for ldpi at all so a real achievement by nobodyAtall.

The XDA threads for the X8, X10 Mini and X10 Mini Pro are as follows, respectively;

April Showers

As I still don’t have a decent interent connection at home I’ve not been able to post during the month so here’s a collection of news items from the month.

It’s no Joke!

At the start of the month there was a post over on the CyanogenMod Blog announcing a new mascot, Cid.  I didn’t post about it as I was convinced it was an April Fools prank and am still waiting for the ‘fooled you!’ follow up post; Yes, you can tell I’m not a fan of the new mascot but to be honest I’m not a fan of Andy the bugdroid either.  Perhaps I’ll come to like it…

2011 Xperia official ICS updates

It’s taken taking longer than was originally announced but Sony are pushing out the official ICS update to the 2011 Xperia range of devices.  It all started near the middle of the month with releases in Nordic countries.  The Mini/Mini/Pro/Active updates are expected from late May and into June.  Over on Xperia Blog you can read some first impressions of the ICS update on an Arc S and already there are guides out there to get root access on the ICS firmware.  The last word on the Sony Mobile Blog doesn’t really tell us anything new..

Xperia Active’s successor

If you’re a fan of the Active (I certainly am and would love to get one if it were available on contract in the UK) then you’ll be interested in the rumoured ST27.  Predictably the screen size had grown but only to 3.5″ so hopefully bucking the huge screen trend!  Again, more details over on Xperia Blog.

Sony ST21i ‘Tapioca’

It seems that Sony have throw all their sleek designs out of the window and gone for a budget phone with a budget look as the pictures of the chunky ST21i/Tapioca have recently leaked.  With a 3.2″ display it’s a pretty small device although there’s quite a bit of bulk added to the phone with a large bezel.  It will be launching with ICS and the specs, while modest, aren’t too shabby!

Other news

Retro gaming fans might be looking forward to a slew of Prince of Persia (PoP) variants as the source code for the original PoP on the AppleII has been recovered and released.

For those with no shame or sense you can now pick up an Android Hoodie over on the Google store, I’d be more than happy to post pictures of anyone brave enough to buy one and wear it in public!

It’s the last day of April, in the UK it’s been really wet with heavy rain to get us to the end of the month, I hope the weather’s been better wherever you are!

No Carrier IQ on Xperia handsets, especially if you run CyanogenMod ;-)

With all the recent buzz about carrier iq Xperia Blog has just reported that Sony Ericsson have released a statement that no Xperia device (outside the US) comes with carrier iq.  Great news and this is another great move from SE to appease past trangressions.

Of couse those of you who keep up with the news will know that this follows the reassuring news from CyanogenMod that the CM code will never include ciq from a few days back.

Sony Ericsson Xperia Support | CyanogenMod

Hi all, sorry about this. I thought that I’d posted this very important update but it was sat in the drafts. A super sized fail for me :-(

Guys, important and fantastic news: we’re going official!

It’s particularly important as they state that SE are involved so should open the door for all sorts of updates and longevity for our handsets.  A big woo hoo all round!