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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]

CyanogenMod 7.0.2 Released; Fixes Tons of Bugs And Supports Motorola Droid Now!

It was during the middle of this month that the CyanogenMod team released the final version of CM7. CM7 is based on AOSP Android 2.3 Gingerbread with some nifty tweaks and features pre-baked.

Now, just a couple of weeks later on, the CyanogenMod team has released a CM v7.0.2, which fixes a lot of bugs, and brings support for the Motorola Droid. The bug fixes include some GPS issues and proximity sensor issues, which most of the CM7 users were facing.

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Here is the full change-log :

CHANGELOG

7.0.2
  • Common: Fix issue with missing built-in themes
  • Common: Update bundled ROM Manager to latest version
  • Supersonic: Actually fix GPS
  • Supersonic: Fix proximity and light sensor
7.0.1
  • Common: Fix fling velocity of status bar and ADW swipe – Sven Dawitz
  • Common: Fixed webview layout bug (issue 3229) – Zinx
  • Common: Fix GVoice-opens-twice bug – Zinx
  • Common: Fix issues on all devices with DNS resolution failure after some time – Zinx, various
  • Common: RTL improvements – Eran Mizrahi, Eyad Aboulouz
  • Common: Fix crashes in Arabic locale – Eyad Aboulouz
  • Common: Add Arabic keylayout – Eyad Aboulouz
  • Common: Improve ADWLauncher scrolling/zoom performance – Pavel Kucera
  • Common: Fix excessive memory use when appending to textviews – Cyanogen
  • Common: New wallpapers from the CM community (CC License, see app for credits)
  • Common: Option to disable vibration while in-call – Evan Charlton
  • Common: Add long press option to status bar widgets for settings – Alex Avance
  • Common: Compact carrier and status bar tweaks – Nihanth Subramanya, rorifree
  • Sholes: Fix connectivity loss bug – cvpcs
  • Speedy: Fix keyboard lights – JD Horelick
  • Glacier: Fix backlights – Zinx
  • Glacier: fix GPS issues – Zinx/QCom
  • msm7x30: Fix bugs during video resume – Zinx
  • qsd8x50: Fix 720p video playback
  • qsd8x50: Unified 2.6.37 kernel – Cyanogen, toastcfh, slayher
  • Espresso, Legend: WiFi fix (HTC)
  • Supersonic: Fix GPS issues (HTC)
  • msm7227: Fix GPS issues – Alex Hofbauer
  • Click: Fix recovery kernel and compilation. Now works well with latest code – KalimochoAz
  • Click: Speed up internet connection – KalimochoAz
  • Blade: Update kernel to match Gen2 Radio – kallt_kaffe
  • Blade: Update libaudio to fix SIP audio routing and microphone mute – Tom Giordano

For Android users who are unaware of CM7, it is the best AOSP Custom ROM for Android handsets out there. At the moment, CM7 is available for a variety of handsets including some tablets like the Nook Color. Users can find out more about CM7 over here.

Sony Announces The ‘Sony Tablets’ – S1 And S2

Remember the Sony S1 Honeycomb tablet, which leaked a couple of months ago? Well, Sony has finally gone ahead and announced the S1, and the S2.

Both the tablets, S1 and S2, are running on Google’s Android 3.0 Honeycomb OS and support 3G/4G.

The S1 sports a 9.4-inch screen with a resolution of 1280*800, and is powered by the Nvidia Tegra 2 chipset. The tablet has a curve at the top, when held in landscape orientation, and an off-center gravity form-factor so as to give it a magazineshape.

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The second tablet the S2 sports two displays, each measuring 5.5-inches with a resolution of 1024×480. The two displays can be combined to be used as one large display for web browsing etc. The tablet can also be folded, so as to make it portable. The Sony S2 is like the bigger version of the Kyocera Echo.

Sony has also modified the UI of the tablet to their liking, and integrated Qriocity’ with it. Both the tablets are also PlayStation Certified, which means users will have access to Sony Ericsson’s PS Suite for a variety of PS1 and PS2 games.

According to Sony, the S1 can also control majority of their home entertainment devices including AV devices, thanks to Infrared. The S1 and the S2 are the codenames of the Sony tablet’, and Sony will be assigning these tablets a new name before it’s launched sometime this fall.

Barnes & Noble’s Nook Color Gets The Android 2.2 FroYo Update

Barnes and Noble’s have started rolling out a new software update for their popular Android based eReader the Nook Color, which also doubles up as decent Android tablet when modded.

The new software update (v1.2.0) brings with it some much need changes including an update to Android 2.2 FroYo.

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Below is the full change-log from Barnes & Noble’s :

  • Access to shop a broad collection of popular NOOK Appsâ„¢ to enjoy great games, stay up to date on news and weather, and more
  • Full-featured free email to check and send web-based email (i.e., Yahoo, Gmail, Hotmail, AOL) all from one in-box
  • NOOK Color’s update to Android OS 2.2/Froyo offers system improvements, browser performance and a more complete Web experience giving customers access to enjoy even more video, interactive and animated content. NOOK Color now includes support for Adobe ® Flash ® Player
  • NOOK Kidsâ„¢ exciting new Read and Play titles that bring animation, activities and stories together
  • NOOK Books Enhanced offer in-page video and audio in a growing number of titles
  • Enhancements to magazine navigation making it easier to enjoy even more of the growing selection of magazines in NOOK Newsstand
  • NOOK Friendsâ„¢ (beta) to see your friends’ reading activities, swap books with LendMeâ„¢, share recommendations and discover new titles

The software update is an OTA one, and will be automatically pushed to your Nook Color within a week from now.

Sadly, this update still does not bring Android Market access to the Nook Color officially. Unofficially, Nook Color users can always flash CyanogenMod 7 on their device, and enjoy Gingerbread along with Android Market access.

Nintendo Wii’s Successor Coming In 2012; Demo To Be Shown At E3

Nintendo released its motion based video game console the Wii way back in late 2006. Since then, the console has shipped in huge volumes, and has met with huge success.

However, 4 years is a long time in the general consumer electronics field, and the Wii has definitely become old now. The graphics of the console look dated and frankly, the lack of gaming at HD resolution in this age is downright embarrassing.

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Nintendo realized this, and has announced that they will be releasing the successor to the Wii sometime next year. The company has also stated that they will have a playable model’ available for demo at the upcoming E3 in Los Angeles.

Sadly, the company did not mention anything about the changes the Wii’s successor will sport. Hopefully, the company will reveal more juicy details about the Wii 2 before E3 (7th June).

The Wii 2 will surely have a tough task matching the popularity of the original Wii. Nintendo managed to sell a whopping 86.01 million units of Wii, between its launch and March 2011.

Motorola Defy Android 2.2 FroYo Update Rolling Out Now

It was around a week ago that Motorola and AT&T started rolling out the Android 2.2 update for the Bravo.

Now, T-Mobile has also started rolling out the Froyo update for the Motorola Defy the carrier’s version of the Motorola Bravo. The update is a manual one, and is available via OTA (Over-The-Air).

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Defy owners are recommended to use Wi-Fi to download the OTA, since it weighs in at a whopping 122MB. The new software update (v34.4.9) will bring it support for Flash Player 10.1, performance improvements, an improved web browser, ability to install apps on the memory card and better voice-to-text input.

Along with this, Motorola has also added Profiles feature, a Task Manager, Wi-Fi hotspot support, smart dialing and a new Gallery app, with an updated UI.

The full change-log of the software update can be found here. Motorola will also soon start rolling out the Android 2.2 Froyo update for the Defy owners, in Europe.

In all probability, the Android 2.2 FroYo update for the Defy will be its last major software update.

Motorola Droid Pro Software Update Rolling Out Now

Motorola and Verizon have started rolling out a new software update for their business oriented Droid the Droid Pro.

The new software update (v2.26.60) is brings with it hosts of enhancements and bug fixes. The software update will improve the Bluetooth performance, voice call quality and the general performance and stability of the handset.

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Here is the official change-log from Motorola :

Enhancements:

  • Improved audio on voice calls.
  • Improved stability and performance.
  • User interface display now refreshes when user switches from GSM/UMTS communication to Global Mode.
  • Device now prepends 011 to Country Code to send SMS messages.
  • Global Mode no longer resets when connecting to a USB charger.
  • Visual Voice Mail now detects airplane mode while Wi-Fi is active.
  • Prompt return to full screen brightness after wake-up.
  • Upgraded Bluetooth firmware.
  • Improved interoperability with Microsoft Internet Application Gateway (IAG) configurations.
  • Device string format for Exchange changed to include device name and version number.
  • Upgrade to Google applications Release 7.

Other Improvements:

  • Improved audio during voice calls.
  • Reduced user interface lock-ups.

Droid Pro users can manually check for the update, by going to Menu->Settings->About Phone and selecting the System Updates option.

Hopefully, Motorola will also release the Android 2.3 Gingerbread update for the Droid Pro sometime in the future.

Samsung Galaxy Ace Android 2.3 Gingerbread Firmware Leaks

Samsung is quite popular for poor software support of their Android smartphones. The company only committed to releasing the Android OS updates for the Galaxy S handsets, and never mentioned anything about other Galaxy branded handsets.

The company did release the Android 2.2 FroYo update for the Galaxy 3, but has kept mum on the Galaxy S L and the Galaxy Ace Android 2.3 Gingerbread update.

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However, it looks like the Galaxy Ace will get the Gingerbread love from Samsung. The folks over at SamFirmware have managed to get their hands on a leaked Gingerbread firmware for the Ace.

Users who flashed this firmware on their handset did report some performance and stability issues. The leaked ROM has quite a few bugs as well. Other than this, the ROM features some updated items and the new goodies brought about by the Android OS update.

This leak does confirm that the Galaxy Ace will get the Gingerbread update from Samsung. Hopefully, Sammy will also release the Android 2.3 Gingerbread RM for the Galaxy S L. Nevertheless, it’s still nice to see Samsung releasing Android OS updates for a mid-range phone.

Interested Galaxy Ace owners can head over to SamFirmware.com and download the leaked Gingerbread firmware for their handset.

Palm Pre Gets Android 2.3 Gingerbread Port

The Palm Pre was among the first handsets in the market to run the new webOS. The OS may have never gained considerable market share, but webOS is pretty good and in some respect better than iOS or Android.

Original Palm Pre owners must be feeling left out since developers hardly care about webOS, and thus there is a lack of apps for the platform. However, one awesome Palm Pre developer k3dar – has managed to get Android dual-boot on his beloved Pre.

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k3dar has managed to get AOSP build of Android 2.3 Gingerbread to dual-boot on his Pre. Sadly, the port is nowhere near usable and people have even managed to brick their Pre, while flashing this ROM. The touch screen only detects single touches for now, and the Wi-Fi and the hardware keyboard are working properly. Otherwise, Camera, Bluetooth and all other important features are not working on this port.

Palm Pre owners should head over to this thread for more information.

Ironically, most people want webOS to be ported over to some latest Android handsets and not the vice versa. Hopefully, some developers will take this challenge and work on it!

Sony Ericsson Announces Its First Android Powered Walkman Handset – W8

Before the advent of Android and iOS world dominance, Sony Ericsson was popular among the general users for its Walkman and Cybershot range of handsets.

When Android started gaining ground, Sony Ericsson started focusing on its Android powered handsets available the Xperia brand. The company still released some Walkman branded phones, but there were below par.

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Today, Sony Ericsson is going to change all that with the release of its first Android powered Walkman phone the W8. The W8 is similar to the Xperia X8, except for some fancy colors and the Walkman logo.

The W8 features a 3-inch touch-screen display with HVGA (320×480) resolution. The phone is powered by a 600 MHz processor, and packs 168MB of RAM. The back of the phone sports a 3.2MP camera.

Sadly, the W8 will run Android 2.1 Éclair which is downright disappointing! I highly doubt Sony Ericsson will treat this handset with some Froyo or Gingerbread love.   The specs of the handset are nothing to write home about, but hopefully the audio quality of the handset will make up for it.

The Sony Ericsson Walkman W8 will be available in India, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan and some other regions of the world by Q2 of 2011, in a bunch of colors. Here is the official product page of the W8.

Sony Ericsson Xperia Play, Arc And Neo Rooted!

It was just a few days ago, that Sony Ericsson released details on how to unlock the Xperia Arc, Play and Neo handsets boot loader.

Now, in just a matter of days the talented developers over at XDA forums have managed to get root access on all the above said handsets.

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The method to get root access is a pretty simple one Users first need to unlock their boot loader, and then flash some required files using fast boot. However, at the moment this method works only on the UK firmware of the Arc and the Play.

The developers behind gaining the root access Bin4ry and zdzihu are already working on rooting the global firmware.

Xperia Neo and Arc owners should head over to this thread, while Play owners should head over to this thread for the required steps and file.

Hopefully, Sony Ericsson will soon release the Android 2.3 Gingerbread source for the the latest bunch of the Xperia handsets. This will help the developers in cooking custom ROMs for the Xperia Arc, Neo and Play.

Via – Xperia Blog