The AT&T Captivate got its promised GPS fix from Samsung last week. However, many people reported that the update only marginally improved the GPS performance of the device. Now, T-Mobile is all set to roll out the GPS fix for its Galaxy S variant the Vibrant. In fact, T-Mobile had already released the GPS fix as a firmware update over KIES but later pulled it back for unknown reasons. Nevertheless, T-Mobile’s Twitter account did tweet that an OTA will be announced soon.
People over at XDA-Developer forum who managed to update their Vibrant with the new firmware (JI5) were happy with the GPS performance. Nearly everyone saw a very huge boost in the GPS performance of the device. Along with the improvement in the GPS department, this new firmware update also fixes some other bugs which bugged Vibrant owners.
Vibrant owners should keep in mind that this update will not bring Android 2.2 to your device. I wonder what happened to Samsung’s promise of delivering Froyo for the Galaxy S handsets by late September? There were rumors that the update has been pushed back to late October and I guess they are true.
Google has just rolled out a new version of their highly popular mobile navigation application Google Maps. The new update adds Weather support to the Live Maps wallpaper. Apart from this, there are no other noticeable changes in this version. Of course the Maps Live Wallpaper is going to be a BIG battery drain so users are recommend to use it sensibly. As usual with any update, we also expect Google to have fixed some bugs and improve the performance of the application.
The last Google Maps update brought with it some pleasant UI changes, Voice search and Walking Navigation. Android phone owners can download the update from the Android market. Other OS based handset can download the latest version by visiting m.google.com from their mobile’s web browser.
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Nokia has rolled out a new firmware update for one of its popular business phone the Nokia E63. The E63 is more popularly known as the cheaper variant of the highly successful E71 with a downgraded camera and a plastic body. The new firmware update is numbered V501.21.001. The firmware updates some of the inbuilt applications of phone like the Music Player and the Comes With Music application.
The update also fixes some bugs with the backup and restores application and the clock application. E63 owners can update their firmware either by OTA (Over-The-Air) or by using Nokia Software Updater. Users are recommended to make a backup of their data before proceeding with the firmware update as the handset does not support UDP (User Data Preservation).
Nokia will roll out this new firmware to various regions of the world in the coming few days.
The folks over at BGR have managed to get their hands on a bunch of photos of the next Droid from Verizon the HTC Merge/Lexikon. From the pictures, this Droid from HTC looks similar to the Motorola Droid 2. The full slide-out QWERTY keyboard on the device looks very impressive as well. The handset will be powered by a Qualcomm MSM7630CPU and will sport a 4-inch screen. The phone will also sport a 5MP camera at its back along with a microSD card slot.
The device will be running on Android 2.2 with the newer version of HTC Sense UI on top of it. However, Verizon is seriously going to cripple this new Droid by removing all the Google applications usually found in an Android phone with Bing suite of applications.
BIG thumbs down to Verizon for this! I seriously don’t know why Verizon is replacing the Google suite of applications from a phone running on Google’s own OS with Microsoft’s services. LAME!
Motorola has just announced in a press release about the limited edition R2-D2 Droid 2. The special edition Star Wars branded Droid 2 will look like the iconic Astromech Droid from the Star Warsâ„¢ Saga’. This special edition Droid 2 will come in a custom box with a Star Wars media dock and a wired stereo headset. It was also rumored that the R2-D2 Droid 2 will come with the OMAP processor being clocked at 1.2 GHz. However, the phone’s processor will be clocked at 1GHz only like its normal’ sibling the Droid 2.
The handset will also come pre-loaded with some exclusive Star Wars content which includes 4 live wallpapers, a R2-D2 clock widget, Star Wars special ringtones, “The Best of R2-D2″ video and an exclusive Binoculars app.
The handset will be available from 30th September at some selected Verizon Wireless stores and online at www.verizonwireless.com. The R2-D2 edition Droid 2 will cost $249 after a $100 mail-in rebate on a two-year contract.
Ever since its launch, many people groaned about the lack of a FM radio on the Droid 2. There was a lot of speculation over at XDA-Developers forum that the FM radio hardware is present on the Droid 2 only that it needs to be activated. This was because the internal hardware of the Droid 2 is similar to the Droid X and the latter features FM radio.
Now over at XDA-Developers forum, a guy with the username slayher has managed to get the FM radio hardware on the Droid 2 up and working. Here are the step by step instructions on how to get FM Radio working on your handset. According to me, the steps are pretty complex and I will recommend newbie’s to wait until an easier automated method comes out. Nevertheless, Droid 2 owners who want to go ahead and try this mod should make sure that their handset is rooted with SuperUser installed.
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The folks behind the popular iPhone jailbreaking application PwnageTool have released a video which shows a demo of a jailbroken iOS4.1 running on an iPod Touch 4G. This new jailbreak technique is based on the SHAtter’ exploit. This exploit was developed’ by @pod2g, a former member of the Chronic Dev Team, which was originally found by @p0sixninja. This exploit is a low-level one which means that a simple firmware update from Apple won’t be enough to patch this exploit.
Below is the video of an iPod Touch 4G running a jailbroken iOS4.1 -:
The SHAtter’ exploit will also iPhone 4 users to update their firmware while preserving their baseband and carrier unlock. In their blog post, the iPhone Dev-Team has also confirmed that they are already working on faster jailbreaking tools for the iTouch family.
The iPhone-Dev Team did not mention any timeframe within which they will release the updated version of PwnageTool. So iPhone 4 and iPod Touch 4G users running on iOS4.1 need to be patient until then.
Google has always advertised Android as an open’ OS. The same stands true for the Nokia’s Maemo/MeeGo OS. Both the OS are very open towards hacking/exploiting and the modding community surely loves them due to this. Now, modders have even started porting the MeeGo OS from Nokia to some of the popular Android phones. These phones include the Nexus One, the HTC Desire and the Dell Streak.
The Nexus One leads the pack in terms of development pace and success. The MeeGo port to Google branded phone has been making a lot of progress and the developer @vgrade posted pictures of the OS running on his device. There are still many issues before Nexus One owners can dual-boot between the MeeGo OS and Android OS. The major obstacle in the development is the closed nature of Qualcomm’s 3D driver and this means the UI is not hardware accelerated. This results in very slow response time, high CPU usage etcetera.
Via – AndroidPolice
An updated version of sn0wbreeze the popular jailbreaking tool for the Apple’s iTouch family was released last night. Sn0wbreeze 2.0 allows iPod Touch 3G, 2G and iPhone 2G, 3G and 3GS owners to jailbreak their iOS 4.1 installation.
Users should keep in mind that the latest version of Sn0wbreeze won’t be able to jailbreak iPad, the iPhone 4 and the iPod Touch 4G.
All iTouch models should be running on jailbroken iOS 3.1.2, except for the iPod Touch 2G (MC-Model) and iPhone 2G. The iPod Touch 1G/2G (Non-MC) and the iPhone 3G must be running a jailbroken version any iOS firmware. The application does not update your iTouch’s baseband, thus preserving your unlock.
Soon after the release of sn0wbreeze 2.0, many users reported an Error 37 in iTunes while restoring a custom firmware. The application since then has received an update to fix this issue. Click here to download sn0wbreeze 2.0.1.
At the beginning of this week, we reported that the Desire HD ROM has been ported to the HTC HD2. Now the Desire HD ROM has been ported over to other popular HTC devices which includes the EVO 4G, the Droid Incredible and the GSM version of Desire. Users of these handsets should thank the folks over at XDA-Developers for their hard work. The Desire HD ROM brings with it the new Sense UI, some clever new features and the ultra-fast boot-up time to these devices.
However, there are still some niggles in running this ROM on any of the handset stated above. This ROM makes the camera of all the three devices totally useless – the camera application just refuses to work. Both, Wi-Fi and 4G does not work on the EVO, thus severely limiting its connectivity options. The dialer application also looks a bit weird on all the three Droids.
However, I am pretty sure that with time the above issues will be sorted out and soon owners of the above three handsets will be enjoying all the Desire HD software goodness on their phone.
Amazon has just rolled out an update for their Kindle application for Android which adds many new features to it. With this update, the Kindle application now supports search for e-Books using words and phrases, lets them know more information about a book on Shelfari etcetera.
Other new notable features in this update include :
* Search within the book: Customers can either type or speak a word or phrase to search within a book.
* Add, Edit and Delete Notes and Highlights: Kindle for Android is the only reading app for Android-based devices that allows readers to add notes and highlights to books, and have them automatically synchronized between devices.
* Wikipedia Lookup: Look up words and phrases in Wikipedia simply by selecting text.
* Shelfari Book Details: For the first time, customers can view additional book details from the books-focused social networking site Shelfari. Readers will find a description of the book, synopsis, summary, cast of characters, and many more features, and be able to view real-time discussions that the Shelfari community is having about the book.
* Orientation Lock: Choose to lock the orientation of their screen in landscape or portrait mode to allow for comfortable reading in any position.
The Kindle application for Android gives it users’ access to over more than 700,000 eBooks which includes nearly all the popular books including New York Times Bestsellers. The app also lets you sync your notes and text highlights between multiple devices.
Android users can download the new updated Kindle App from the Android market. Here is the link to the full press release.
Sprint in collaboration with HTC has rolled out OTA (Over-The-Air) updates for two of its handsets the EVO 4G and the Hero. No, the Hero OTA update is not a Froyo update. Its just a minor update which fixes some important bugs including the sluggish Dialer issue and the GPS reboot issue. The EVO 4G update fixes quite a few important bugs as well including the GPS reboot issue. This update also removes the 30FPS cap that has been plaguing all EVO 4G owners from the start.
Along with this, the multiple GMail account sync and Calendar Event edit bugs have been fixed in this update as well. A rooted and de-oxed version of this OTA update is already available for download at XDA-Developers forum. Sprint is also working on releasing a software update for the Samsung Epic 4G which will remove the 150kbps upload speed cap of the device.
The successor to the original Droid Droid 2 was released hardly two months ago. Now, rumors are floating around that the Droid 2 will soon be replaced by a Global’ version, which means that the handset will have both GSM and CDMA antennas. The folks over at Droid-Life managed to get some exclusive pictures and benchmark of the device. The new Droid 2 Global will sport a new color combination of white and silver rather than the usual black or blue.
Apparently, the Global’ version will be running a 1.2 GHz OMAP processor instead of the 1 GHz processor found in the Droid 2. On its first run, the Droid 2 Global edition managed to score 1581 Quadrant score while it scored a whopping 1709 in its second run. That makes this device one of the fastest Android handsets ever. Impressive!
The Droid 2 Global edition will sport the same 5MP camera, 512MB of RAM, same keyboard and Moto Blur UI as its U.S only sibling Droid 2.
On September 15th, HTC announced the Desire HD and the Desire Z. The HTC Desire HD is the worldwide version of the popular HTC EVO 4G with updated hardware. The HTC Desire HD features a 4.3-inch S-LCD screen, 768MB of RAM, 8MP camera with dual-LED flash and a Qualcomm 8255 processor running at 1GHz with Adreno 205 GPU. The phone also features an updated version of HTC Sense.
Now, HTC has released a video on their official YouTube channel which gives us a closer look to the HTC Desire HD. The video is 7 minutes 35 seconds long and gives a brief overview of the various features of the device including Offline Maps, HTC Sense and 720p video recording etcetera.
The production quality of the video is just top notch and so is the device. After watching the video, I am pretty inclined on buying the Desire HD. Kudos to HTC for making such an awesome video!
Samsung and AT&T have just announced that they will be releasing a software update for the Samsung Captivate. Earlier today, Verizon had also announced a software update for the Samsung Vibrant. Both the Samsung Vibrant and the Captivate belong to the Galaxy S series of handset from Samsung.
This software update from AT&T is aimed at improving the performance of the device and will also include QuickOffice. The OTA update is 12MB in size.
However, many of the popular tech blogs including Engadget are reporting that this update (JH7) is also aimed at improving the GPS performance of the device.
An update to improve the Samsung Captivate’s GPS performance is now available. Captivate customers will receive a notification on their device that an update is available and will simply need to download the file to update their phone. The updates will be pushed to customers’ devices over the next few weeks.
The update for the Captivate will also improve additional device functions, such as media scanning time, add the full version of Quickoffice and address Microsoft Exchange 2003 policy support.
Surprisingly, I am unable to find the link to the above press release in AT&T’s website. Even Captivate owners on XDA forums are reporting that this update did not fix the GPS issue for them.
AT&T only mentions about this software update at the bottom of this page and it does not mention anything about the GPS performance fix. It looks like someone has spread a rumor about the GPS fix here or maybe someone from Samsung’s PR sent wrong information to these blogs? It might be also possible that AT&T forgot to mention about the GPS fix in their change-log.