All posts by Rajesh Pandey

Rajesh is a 19 year old nerd, currently pursuing B.Com Hons from Bhawanipore college in Kolkata, India. He loves everything tech, especially Android. You can follow him on twitter @ePandu or mail to him at [email protected]

Fix Samsung Galaxy S Stalling Issue

The Samsung Galaxy S is one heck of an Android phone. For me, it is without a doubt the best Android phone in the market right now. However, the phone has one irritating problem. If you guys had read our Samsung GalaxySamsung Galaxy S S review, you would have read about the stallingissue the phone suffers from. However, the stallingissue was considerably reduced in the latest firmwares. Nevertheless, the modding community started working like crazy to fix this stalling issue. Mimocan’s lag fix solution was quite a popular one until now. His lag fix uses a modified kernel to move the /data files into the ext3/ext4 partition on an external microSD card. Without his lag fix, the Galaxy S scores anywhere between 800-900 points in Quadrant benchmark. With his benchmark, this scores jumps to 17xx points!

Nevertheless, the modding community was still not satisfied with this solution. Now a new lag fix solution has come up which pushes the Quadrant benchmark score to a whopping 22xx points! This new lag fix does not even require an external microSD card to work with. This new lag fix is pretty complicated to work with, so folks like Chainfire and RyanZA came up with one click lag fix applications. In fact, Galaxy S owners can now root and fix this stalling issue in just one simple step. Here are the two is the link to the different lag fix applications.

Samsung Captivate Overclocked to 1.2Ghz

The Samsung Galaxy S is one of the best Android phones in the market right now. The phone has a 1Ghz Cortex A8 based Hummingbird processor, and 512MB of RAM. The Galaxy S features the best combination of CPU + GPUSamsung Captivate on an Android device. The Galaxy S is sold in the U.S under different operators and under various names like Captivate and Fascinate. With the various lag fixes available for it, the Galaxy S beats all other devices in Quadrant benchmark irrespective of their Android OS.

However, for some developers this was not enough and they have gone ahead and overclocked their Galaxy S to 1.2 GHz. The Hummingbird CPU inside the Galaxy S can be overclocked to 1.6 GHz safely. Interested readers need to flash a modified kernel to overclock their CPU to 1.2 GHz. They also need to download SetCPU from the Android Market. Here is the link on how to overclock Samasung Captivate to 1.2Ghz .

Keep in mind that the above link is valid only for Samsung Captivate owners. Samsung Galaxy S owners need to check this thread on how to overclock their CPU.

TweetDeck For Android Leaked

It was just last night we told you that a beta version of TweetDeck for Android is coming soon. Now, a very early build of the TweetDeck Beta application for Android has been leaked on the internet. The folks over at Gizmo Fusion haveTweetDeck put 4 different download links for the application. Someone managed to find a download link of the pre-beta build of TweetDeck from the official TweetDeck blog.

However, TweetDeck CEO Iain Dodsworth commented on the Android Police article saying that this is a pretty early build and users are recommended to avoid it. Nevertheless, this should not stop people from giving this pre-beta build a shot once. To install TweetDeck for Android, just download the .apk file and transfer it to your phone. Then install the application using ASTRO file manager or any other similar software.

Hopefully, this should force TweetDeck to release the beta version of TweetDeck for Android as soon as possible.

HTC Droid Incredible Source Code Released

The HTC Droid Incredible is a very popular phone in the US. The phone features a 3.7-inch AMOLED screen with a WVGA resolution. It was a month ago that the Droid Incredible was rooted. The Droid Incredible wasHTC Logo comparatively a tough nut to crack than other Android phones. Custom ROMs for the Droid Incredible are scarce as well. The reason behind this is that HTC did not release the source code of the Droid Incredible’s kernel.

However, today HTC released the kernel source code of the Droid Incredible. The kernel source code also contains bits and pieces of Froyo code which should help developers. This will help the developers produce some quality and bug free ROMs for the Incredible. Along with the Droid Incredible, HTC also released the kernel source code of the Desire, Wildfire, Aria and the EVO 4G. Here is the link to download them.

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TweetDeck For Android Coming This Week

TweetDeck is a very popular twitter client on Windows and on iOS. Now, the folks behind TweetDeck are soon going to launch a beta version of TweetDeck for Android. According to the official TweetDeck blog, a public betaimage version of the application will be released sometime this week for some serious device testing.The TweetDeck for Android application has been built from the scratch for the best Twitter experience possible.

Here is the full press release :

Android TweetDeck – Beta Test

To get straight to the point, we’re nearing completion of Android TweetDeck and we’ve really been pushing the limits of what Android can do. Hence we will be opening up a public beta testing period this week for some serious device testing. But before all that happens I wanted to briefly explain what Android TweetDeck means to us because it’s more than just TweetDeck on Android.

First off, we’ve built Android TweetDeck from the ground up to be true multi-stream, laser focused on showing you all your friends’ cross-service activity in one app. Multi-column is still the order of the day but now columns are blended based on the type of activity rather than the service. And all this whilst retaining the most powerful functionality from each included service.

We’ve spent an inordinate amount of time making the app silky smooth from the column scrolling to the custom views – so much so that one of Google’s Android Developer Advocates recently described it as “a thing of beauty”. So look out for the beta test later this week and please do get involved.

Interestingly Android TweetDeck also represents the future of our iPhone and iPad applications. We’ll have a few bug fix releases shortly (awaiting approval in the app store) but in the background we are working on porting Android to iPhone in as quick a time as possible. Finally, it won’t be long before most of the new concepts in Android TweetDeck make it to the desktop and web – we’re also working on this now.

Speaking of the desktop, we have a new build available now which contains a workaround for a Facebook bug which caused TweetDeck to order updates incorrectly.

Android has quite a few Twitter clients like Seesmic, Tweetcaster and Twidroyd. However, none of them stand a chance against the awesome tweeting applications available for Apple iOS. Hopefully, the launch of TweetDeck for Android will change this.

Motorola Droid 2 Officially Launched

Finally! After numerous leaks Motorola has officially launched the Droid 2. There is hardly anything left to be known about the Droid 2. The Droid 2 is powered by a 1 GHz OMAP processor, along with 512MB of RAM. The phoneDroid 2 has 8GB of internal memory and an 8Gb microSD card is also included in the retail box. The screen size of the Motorola Droid 2 remains the same as in the original Droid at 3.7-inch. The camera at the back of the phone also remains the same at 5MP. However, the keyboard of the Droid 2 has been improved over the Droid.

The slide-out QWERTY keyboard on the Droid 2 has 4-directional arrow keys instead of the heavily criticized 4-way D-pad found on the original Droid. The Droid 2 will also be the first phone to launch with Android 2.2 on board. The phone will be available for order on the official Verizon website from 11 August. The phone will hit the retail stores on August 12.

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Motorola Droid Is Officially Out Of Stock

The Motorola Droid is one of the best selling Android phones in the market. The popularity of Android can be to a certain extent credited to the Motorola Droid. The strong ‘Droid Does’ marketing campaign by Verizon andDroid 2 Motorola led to this device selling like hot cakes. However, with time the Droid has become old and it’s time to bid adieu to the device. Motorola and Verizon have now officially phased out the original Droid. Consumers can no longer order the Droid from the Verizon website.

Nevertheless, they can still try websites like eBay.com and Amazon.com to get their hands on the handset. The Motorola Droid is all set to be replaced by Droid 2. Rumours suggest that the Droid 2 will be launched by Verizon and Motorola on August 12.

The Droid 2 will feature a 1 GHz processor, along with 512MB of RAM. It will also be the first device to be launched with Froyo on board. The only thing left is Motorola and Verizon officially announcing the Droid 2.

Sony Ericsson “Smarter Is Coming” Countdown

It looks like Sony Ericsson have something up their sleeves. The Japanese company has put a countdown timer on their website with the Smarter is comingtagline. Below the countdown timer is the image of a mysteriousSony Ericsson Xperia device. According to GSMArena, this mysterious Xperia device is none other than the Xperia X10.

The folks increased the brightness of the image in a photo editing software, and compared the picture to an Xperia X10. The similarity between the two devices were more than enough to confirm that the mysterious device is the Xperia X10. Maybe Sony Ericsson is talking about the Android 2.1 update for the Xperia X10 here? After all, the update to the Android 2.1 OS will bring with it tons of new features to the X10. The Android 2.1 update will surely make the Xperia X10   smarter.

Sony Ericsson has already promised 720p HD video recording, DLNA and improved Timescape and MediaScape with the Android 2.1 update.   The company promised to release the update sometime in Q3 of this year. We will come to know about this in 13 hours from now. Keep patience until then folks!

Nokia 5530 Firmware Updated To v31.0.005

Its raining firmware updates for Nokia phones. Just a couple of days ago, Nokia released a firmware update for the Nokia 5800. Today, Nokia has rolled out a new firmware update for the Nokia 5530. The new firmware version isNokia5530 numbered v31.0.005. This firmware update is a pretty minor one and mainly aims at fixing the bugs and improving the performance of the phone.

The change-log of this firmware update is as follows :

* Browser improved
* Fixed issues with Chinese characters
* Menu improved
* Fixed Dictionary application can’t be activated by voice command
* problem solved: phone hang when listen radio
* Fixed some date & clock problems
* FOTA feature improved

Users can update the firmware of their phone either by using Nokia Software Updater (NSU) or via FOTA (Over-The-Air). The Nokia 5530 features UDP (Users Data Preservation) so users don’t need to make a backup of their data before updating the firmware of their phone.

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iOS 4.1 Beta 3 Supports FaceTime Using Email IDs

The Apple iPhone 4 allows its users to make video calls over Wi-Fi to any iPhone 4 owner. At the time of the launch of the iPhone 4, Apple dubbed this technology as FaceTime and called it revolutionary. The iPhone 4 was the first iPhone from Apple to featureclip_image001 video calling. Sadly, the ability to make video calls only over Wi-Fi was a huge disappointment for many. Currently, users can make a FaceTime video call only using the phone number of the other user.

However, in iOS 4.1 Beta 3 Apple has added an option to call users using their email id as well. The inclusion of this feature suggests that the next generation iPod Touch from Apple will feature a front-facing camera for video calling.

Hopefully, this also means that the next generation iPad will feature a camera for FaceTime as well.

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Motorola Droid 2 To Launch On August 12

The Motorola Droid 2 is the hottest thing on the internet right now. Nearly all the information is available about the device, except for its launch date. The Motorola Droid 2 is powered by a 1Ghz OMAP processor, and packs inDroid 2 512MB of RAM. The Droid 2 will be the successor to the original Droid. The original Droid was and still is one of the most popular Android phones in the market.

The Motorola Droid 2 features a 3.7-inch TFT LCD screen, and a slide-out QWERTY keyboard as well. According to leaks, and mini-hands on review, the keyboard on the Droid 2 has been greatly improved as well. The keyboard also features 4 arrow keys, instead of a D-Pad found on the original Droid. The Droid 2 will be the first Android phone to hit the market with Android 2.2 (Froyo) on board. Rumours say that the Droid 2 is going to be launched on 12 August.

Now, BGR has received some information from one of their Best Buy sources that the Droid 2 release date is indeed pegged at 12th August. The only thing left is Motorola confirming this piece of news. The Droid 2 launch will be pretty quiet compared to the Droid X launch.

Motorola Droid X To Get Android 2.2 (Froyo) By Early September

The Motorola Droid X ranks among the high-end super-Android phone currently available in the market. The phone was launched by Verizon on July 15th, and the device has been selling in decent numbers since then. A fewDroid X days after its launch, the device was sold out online as well as in the retail market. The Droid X features a massive 4.3-inch TFT LCD screen, with FWVGA resolution. The phone is powered by a 1 GHz OMAP processor, and packs in 512MB of RAM as well.

The only downside of this phone for some users is that it still runs on Android 2.1. Many users cribbed that Motorola should have launched the Droid X with Android 2.2 on board. At the time of its launch, Motorola did promise that the Droid X will be getting the Android 2.2 update by late summer.

Earlier, it was thought/rumoured that the device will get the update by end of August. However, a Motorola employee while answering a problem with Exchange 2003 email that the Droid X Froyo update is “scheduled for deployment by early September.” This news surely won’t go down well with the existing Droid X owners.

Facebook 1.3 For Android Drains Battery Like Crazy

It was after ages that Facebook released an update for the Facebook mobile application for the Android OS to make it less crappy. The latest release of the application boasted of tons of new features like Photo Reel, SupportFacebook for events etcetera. You can read about the change-log here.

However, I will suggest our readers not to download this application. What’s the reason you ask? According to Flipz the guy behind Fresh ROM’s the updated version of the Facebook app has a wake lock bug. This bug uses/wastes the CPU and the RAM/ROM power even when the phone is in sleep mode. This has a huge impact on the phone’s battery life and drains it in no time.

According to the Android Developer website :

Device battery life will be significantly affected by the use of this API. Do not acquire WakeLocks unless you really need them, use the minimum levels possible, and be sure to release it as soon as you can.

If you hold a partial wakelock, the CPU will continue to run, irrespective of any timers and even after the user presses the power button.

Flipz has discussed about this problem in-depth on his blog. Here is the link to it. Hopefully, Facebook will release an update to fix this WakeLock bug sooner than later.

200,000 Android Devices Sold Everyday

Yesterday, we told our readers that Android is the leading mobile OS in the US market. Today, Google’s CEO Eric Schmidt said that 200,000 Android based devices are sold all over the world from the different manufacturers.Android Logo This means that on a monthly basis around 6 million (!) Android devices are sold. However, this figure is not even close to the iPhone 4’s launch figure of 1.7 million in 3 days.

In May, around 100,000 Android devices were sold daily, while June this figure was pegged at around 160,000 devices. In the latest survey from NPD, Android managed to grab 33% market share in the U.S, followed by RIM at 28% and Apple at 22%. The high growth rate of Android OS can be credited to the launch of high-end handsets like the HTC EVO 4G, Samsung Galaxy S, Motorola Droid X etcetera in the recent months.

With Android making its way into the low-end phones, the growth rate of Android is surely not going to slow down anytime soon.

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Root Samsung Vibrant/Captivate In A Single Click

Last week we told you about an application which lets you root the Motorola Droid X in just a single click. Now, TGA_gunnman over at XDA-Developers has developed an application which allows Samsung Captivate users toSamsung Galaxy S root their handset in a single click. The application offers the ability to both root and un-root the phone in just a single clock.

The Samsung Captivate is the AT&T version of the Samsung Galaxy S. The application will work on any firmware for the Captivate, but only on an Android 2.1 based ROM. Here is the link to the thread. Another version of the application is also available for the Samsung Vibrant. However, none of the application will work for the European version of the Samsung Galaxy S and the Samsung Fascinate.

Hopefully, the developer will soon release an updated version of the application which will allow users to root the Fascinate and the Galaxy S in just a single click.