A new custom ROM for the Samsung Galaxy S, MoDaCo Custom ROM, has been released. This Custom ROM is based on official ROMs. This ROM can be cooked and then can be downloaded from the Online Kitchen. In simple words, it means that you can select what you want, and the custom ROM chosen by you can then be downloaded.
Before you can use the ROM on your device, you have to make sure that the JFB is running on your device (You can download it from here, see the link under requirements title). The optional Google applications available are AllShare / DLNA, calculator, Daily Briefing, Email, Live Wallpapers, Maps (unmodified Google Maps 4.3.0), Memo, Mini Dairy, My Files, Samsung Apps, Samsung IME, Social Hub, Voice Dailer, Voice recorder, Voice Search, Write and Go and Youtube.
The third party applications available are Beebplayer, Fancy Widget, ThinkFree Office, Swype and WaveSecure. You can select whatever you want, then cook your desired ROM and after that you can download it. This is the initial release, more updates will come gradually.
Sony Ericsson just announced that a new software update for the Xperia X10 has been released. However, the software update won’t bring Android 2.1 yet. This software update will improve performance and stability on the X10.
Sony Ericsson also said that they will be providing a free backup application along with the update, which will help in storing the phone’s settings and information in itself. Sony Ericsson also announced that, in select markets Play Now will be added, from which applications and games can be downloaded. Sony Ericsson said that, there are speed improvements in messaging tasks and camera UI.
The update can also be downloaded OTA on your mobile by the mobile connection or Wi-Fi. The update is still not available in India. We will keep you updated about its availability. So, X10 users keep looking for the notification bar to report for an update.
Update, 5th July 2010, 8:15PM: I have not been prompted for an update on my Xperia X10 in India (Kolkata). As far as I know, there has been no report of any update in India. The users like me in India, will have to wait a bit longer.
Update, 7th July 2010, 9:12PM: The update is now available in India for download. I can see improvements in the UI of the Mediascape application. The audio quality has also improved a lot. The Backup and Restore application is also available now, it will help in backing up everything on your sd card.
Nokia released a firmware update for the S40 OS Nokia 6700 classic phone. The most highlighted addition via the update is the free, voice-guided, turn-by-turn navigation. The S40 series phones were the only ones left out in the free navigation considering S60 phones.
The maps in the 6700 classic is also updated to verion-14. The update also improves the camera feature, for example, one step auto focus has been added. Also, the menu switching to landscape to portrait or vice-versa while taking photographs is added. The Bluetooth audio connections has been improved as well.
Overall, the new update for the 6700 classic improves performance and stability. The update can be downloaded from the local Nokia support site. The update is available in most regions and if it is not, then it will surely arrive within a week.
Google Nexus One users can now upgrade to Android 2.2 via the official OTA update from Google. There had been speculations earlier about the update but this time it is real and official.
The T-Mobile Nexus One got upgraded from Android 2.1 build ERE27 to FRF85. For updating via OTA update, wait for the notification bar to report for an update. So, what are you Nexus One users waiting for? Go and enjoy the Froyo on your Nexus One.
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The world’s smallest Android phone with QWERTY keypad, the Xperia X10 Mini Pro, is now launched. The Xperia X10 Mini Pro has the same features and hardware, as in Xperia X10 Mini. The only difference is the physical QWERTY keypad in Mini Pro.
The Xperia X10 Mini Pro has a 2.6″ capacitive touchscreen of QVGA resolution. The X10 Mini Pro has 2G and 3G network connectivity. Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g is also present. The Bluetooth version is 2.1 with A2DP support. The internal memory is of 128MB and the external microSD slot is expandable up to 16GB (2GB included).
The camera is of 5MP with LED flash. The video is recorded at VGA resolution @30fps. A 3.5mm slot is also present. The Android version is 1.6, which will be updated to Android 2.1 on Q3, 2010. The processor inside is Qualcomm MSM7227 with a clock speed of 600MHz. Stereo FM Radio with RDS support is also there. GPS with aGPS support is also there. The battery power is of 970mAh.
The Xperia X10 Mini Pro is available in black and red colors. The price is supposed to be around $346 (INR 16000). Here is a retail video of X10 Mini Pro:
Note: The pricing is not 100% accurate, it will be revised soon.
Finally, the wait for the Xperia X10 users is over. As we reported earlier, that Jerpelea, biktor_gj and Bin4ry from xda-developers have been successful in getting access to the root of X10. Yesterday, they posted the guide for others to Root their X10s.
After rooting your phone the internal values of the phone changes to:
Model number- SO-01B
Baseband ver.- 1.0.24
Build number- R1EA025
After rooting you will lose the Mediascape application along with Play Now, but they can be manually added later. All Xperia X10 users, root you X10 at your own risk. I would suggest you to go through the entire thread before Rooting, so as to avoid bricking your X10. Here is the link.
Update: It seems that there is some problem in getting back Mediascape after rooting. I suggest to go through that entire thread and there is an option posted by a member by which you can avoid losing Mediascape.
Right now, Nokia is having a tough time in the market because they are not able to come up with remarkable high end gadgets. They announced the N8 but it is yet to come. The latest addition in the upcoming handsets from Nokia is the N9, which has just been spotted at Negri Electronics.
The Nokia N9, maybe sport the Symbian^3 OS. The N9 is also predicted to have a 3.5″ screen and a full QWERTY keypad. The N9 will also have a 8MP camera and dual LED flash. The possibilities of Wi-Fi, GPS is also very certain. The screen resolution will also predicted to be nHD (640 x 360).
We will come up with more details when we get access to it. The N9 will surely be Nokia’s next flagship smartphone. Nokia desperately needs to come up with something remarkable this time because the N8 was very disappointing in terms of innovation.
Few weeks ago, a news broke out that the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 has been rooted, which unfortunately turned out to be fake and disappointed the fellow users. Now the developers have claimed along with a proof that the X10 has been finally rooted. The image shows the first production unit which has been rooted.
The Xperia X10 users can now unleash the full capabilities of X10, which was hidden beneath the preloaded Android 1.6. The possibilities of loading Android 2.2 on X10 can also be possible(have to wait for it), but Android 2.1 will definitely come on the X10 before Q3. The root has not been publically released yet. But the developers have said that, they will release it when they are sure it is ready to roll out.
When a new Android device is released, a bounty is set by the developers for the first person to get access to the root. The bounty amount on the X10 rose up to $1650 last month, which is finally achieved by jerpelea, biktor_gj and bin4ry of the xda forums. Now, all the X10 users have a reason to cheer because they will not be bound with the outdated Android 1.6 on their device anymore.
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The latest member of the Sony Ericsson Xperia series, the X8 has been caught in a hands-on video. The Xperia X8 will be filling the gap between the gigantic Xperia X10 and the tiny Xperia X10 mini. The Xperia X8 has a 3″ capacitive touchscreen with HVGA (480 x 320) resolution.
Despite having a bigger screen than X10 mini, the X8 sports the same X10 mini UI. The X8 has the same four corner shortcuts and widgets pane as in X10 mini. The onscreen QWERTY is better on the 3″ screen. The X8 will have Android 1.6 at the time of release in Q3 2010, but it will be upgraded to Android 2.1 sooner than later.
The Xperia X8 has been confirmed to have a price below EURO 200 ($248 & INR 11,350). The price tag could be a big advantage for X8 because there is hardly any good low range Android device in the market. Below is a hands-on video of X8, the video is small but answers the basic questions regarding the X8. More info on Xperia X8 is here.
It looks like, the Apple iPhone 4, will be the highest selling device ever made by Apple. The pre-orders of Apple iPhone 4 has brought so much pressure on Apple and AT&T, that the pre-orders are now being cancelled randomly. Many people have reported that their orders are cancelled by AT&T and later Apple stopped accepting pre-orders. Gizmodo has reported about the issues faced by many, who pre-ordered iPhone 4.
The problem is caused because of the huge numbers of pre-orders, which caused trouble to the AT&T servers (which was obvious to happen). The AT&T stopped the pre-orders page after many complaints by the customers. People were reporting that they were charged more than once for pre-ordering, privacy breaches and many more freaking complaints.
The Apple store is linked with the AT&T servers, later, the Apple store also went down. Now, Gizmodo has reported people who are complaining that their pre-orders have been cancelled. Below is an image showing a message sent to a customer by AT&T:
A person who called himself a AT&T representative replied Gizmodo, that the pre-orders has not been cancelled, the error messages were shown because the customers hit the submit button more than once.
The issue has became ugly because both Apple and AT&T are playing blame games. I hope within few days the issue will get solved and the people get their pre-ordered iPhone 4. But if it doesn’t then it will be embarrassing for Apple.
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