There has already been a huge controversy surrounding the Galaxy S series of handsets Android 2.2 update in the United States.
Samsung started rolling out the Android 2.2 update for the Galaxy S back in September (2010). However, it was only in the 2nd month of 2011 that the company started rolling out the Android 2.2 update for some of the Galaxy S handsets in the United States.
These handsets included the Sprint’s Epic 4G, AT&T’s Captivate and the T-Mobile’s Vibrant. Now, Verizon has also decided to release the Android 2.2 update for its Galaxy S handset the Fascinate.
The update to Android 2.2 will bring with it some welcome features including support for Flash 10.2. The general system performance and the web browser performance have also been improved significantly.
Samsung and Verizon have also taken this opportunity to load more bloat ware on the handset, in the form of V Cast Apps and the Samsung Media Hub. The update also aims at fixing tons of bugs. The whole change-log can be found here.
For Fascinate owners, who are cursing Samsung for the delay in the update Please blame Verizon! Samsung has already started rolling out the Android 2.3 Gingerbread update for the Galaxy S in Europe. Whereas, it is still unconfirmed whether the Galaxy S handsets in the United States will get the Gingerbread love or not.
Microsoft started rolling out the NoDo update bringing the much awaited copy & paste feature to all WP7 handsets, at the end of the last month.
However, some carriers decided to delay the release of the NoDo update for WP7 based handsets including AT&T.
Nevertheless, AT&T has finally started rolling out the NoDo update for the Samsung Focus and the LG Quantum. The HTC Surround will get its NoDo update sometime in May, due to some software issues.
Samsung has also taken this opportunity to roll out a firmware update for the Focus. The new firmware update incorporates some useful changes and bug fixes.
The capacitive buttons on the Focus are temporarily disabled, if an app is open and a user drags his finger from the screen to the buttons. This will definitely be appreciated by all Focus owners, and will help in reducing all those accidental touches. No more going back to the previous screen, while playing Fruit Ninja!
Another nifty change brought by this firmware is the anti-shake setting being enabled by default for the Camera. Most users don’t really bother to check out the camera settings before clicking a snap, and this small change will definitely come in handy for them.
WP7 is a closed OS, still users need to wait for sometime before they can update their handset to the latest version of the OS. So much for being a closed OS!
It was just a few days ago that the leaked HTC Sensation ROM was ported over to the Desire HD.
The HTC Sensation runs on Android 2.3 Gingerbread with the latest version of Sense (v3.0) running on top of it. The Sense UI in its latest version packs a very nifty lock screen with widgets, and new animations.
Now, rmk40 a popular developer over at Desire Z modding community, has ported the Sensation ROM for the T-Mobile G2/Desire Z.
The ROM is a highly experimental one and rmk40 recommends general users to stay away from it.
One of the major problems with the ROM is that most of the UI elements are not rendered properly. The reason behind this is the difference in the resolution of the devices. The Sensation has a qHD (960×640) resolution, while the Z/G2 has a WVGA (800×480) resolution screen.
At the moment, the developer has no intention to work and make this ROM fully-functional on the Z/G2. The Desire HD developers are also on the same boat.
If developers of any of the devices are able to solve this problem, the changes could be easily ported to the other handset. Intersted developers can download the ROM from here.
It was just a few days ago that Samsung started rolling out the Android 2.3 Gingerbread update for the Galaxy S handsets in some regions of Europe. The company even released the Gingerbread source code, soon after.
Vodafone U.K. also started rolling out the update for the Galaxy S handsets just a couple of days ago. However, reports are flying in that Vodafone has now pulled back the Gingerbread update.
The reason cited by Vodafone for the update being pulled back is that the update has been suspended by Google. However, one of the most popular developers over at Galaxy S modding scene – supercurio – states something else.
He states that the update was pulled back because the Gingerbread update released by Vodafone U.K.was not the final build. The update was not supposed to be released by Vodafone U.K., but the carrier still pulled the plug and released the update.
Hopefully, Vodafone U.K. will get its act together and soon release the final build of Gingerbread update for the Vodafone branded Galaxy S handsets in the U.K.
Readers should not blame Samsung for this update being pulled back. The main culprit is Vodafone U.K, who released the update without any confirmation from Sammy.
The folks over at Tinhte, who have earlier managed to get their hands on many of Apple products before its release, have come up with something again.
This time, the folks from Tinhte have got their hands on a white iPhone 4 which is arguably running a test version’ of an upcoming iOS build. The white iPhone 4 has 64GB of on-board storage capacity.
The video uploaded by Tinhte suggests that the next version of iOS will feature a new multi-tasking UI.
Below is a video of the new multi-tasking UI in action :
The new UI shows all the open apps in a similar way as HTC’s Leap View, with an X’ icon for closing an app.
This leak from Tinhte more or less confirms that Apple won’t be launching the next generation iPhone at the upcoming WWDC. Instead, the company will announce a new and over-hauled version of iOS.
Sadly, this video does not show a new notification system or widgets for iOS. The notification system and the icons-only home screen of the current iOS version are heavily criticized by its users.
Hopefully, the final version of the next generation iOS will feature a new notification system and a home screen as well.
Apple recently rolled out iOS 4.3.2 for the iPad 1/2, iPod Touch 3G/4G and the iPhone 4. The update was a minor one and was mainly aimed at fixing bugs, and improving the battery life.
Thankfully, Apple did not patch the exploit used by hackers to untether’ jailbreak iOS 4.3.1. Now, @i0n1c has made changes in his jailbreak code so as to make it compatible with iOS 4.3.2.
The iPhone Dev. Team has also released an updated version of redsn0w incorporating the code. This means iPhone 3GS, iPod Touch 3G/4G and iPad 1 owners can now jailbreak their device running iOS 4.3.2.
There is some problem jailbreaking the iPhone 4 with this version of redsn0w, so users need to wait until the Dev. Team releases a fix for it. Until then, they can use redsn0w to tether’ jailbreak their iPhone 4.
iPhone 4 users who have unlocked their handset using Ultrasn0w are recommended to stay away from updating to iOS 4.3.2. They should wait until an updated version of the app supporting iOS 4.3.2 is released.
iDevice jailbreaks can download the latest version of redsn0w from here.
Nokia has recently released a new firmware update for its ageing business communicator in a candy bar form-factor the Nokia E72.
The new firmware update carries the version number 54.005 and weighs in at only 1MB. The update brings the usual performance and stability improvements.
Here is the official change-log from All About Symbian :
- SIM Lock 3.0 and B2B Certificate, phase 1 added
- Startup settings baseline updated (wk47, 2010) (new dates etc.)
- After a hard reset or on first use, Camera shortcut is replaced with Ovi Store shortcut in the Home screen
- Removal of Ovi Files (service is now outdated)
- Vlingo application removed
Some E72 owners who updated to firmware v52 are also reporting improved camera performance, especially in Auto-Focus.
Since the E72 features UDP (User Data Preservation), users don’t need to make a backup of their data on the phone. The firmware update is being rolled out via OTA as well as via Nokia Software Updater/Nokia Ovi Suite.
The AT&T branded Motorola Bravo is all set to receive a major software update from Motorola. The Bravo is similar to the Motorola Defy, except for the difference in radio bands.
Motorola will start rolling out a software update (v37.4.0) for the Bravo, which will update the Android OS of the handset to FroYo (Android 2.2).
While FroYo may not be the latest version of the Android OS, the OS update does bring with it some notable changes. After installing this update, Bravo users can enjoy Flash videos on their handset thanks to Flash 10.1.
The handset can now also act as a Mobile hotspot’ for up to five devices, and can USB tether to a Windows or a Linux desktop via an USB cable.
Along with all this, support for installing apps on the memory card, profiles features, a new task manager, an updated gallery, a bunch of new applications (Files, Latitude, Places, and News etc.) and smart dial function for the dialer are also onboard. The full change-log can be found here.
The update is an OTA one, and will be pushed to all Bravo handsets out there in due course of time.
The Samsung Galaxy S was one of the most popular Android handsets last year. Samsung managed to ship a whopping 10 million Galaxy S in less than 7 months of its release.
However, the phone has had its share of controversies including a non-functional GPS, and the Android 2.2 delay especially in the United States. However, now it looks like Samsung is really working hard to on improving its image by keeping its loyal customers happy.
The folks over at XDA forums are reporting that Samsung has started rolling out the official Android 2.3 Gingerbread update for the Galaxy S. The firmware number is XWJVB, and has a build date of April 8th.
As of now, the update is being rolled out only to Galaxy S handsets with the NEE product code i.e. Galaxy S owners in the Nordic countries. Galaxy S owners need to use Samsung’s KIES software to update the firmware of their handset.
Alternatively, they can download the firmware file from here and flash it via ODIN, by themselves. The firmware has already been rooted, and a lag fix is already in progress for it.
This makes Samsung the first manufacturer to roll out the Android 2.3 Gingerbread update for its handset, before other big guns like HTC and Motorola. Kudos to Samsung for this!
The HTC EVO 4G was announced last year by Sprint and it still is one of the most popular Android handset in the United States.
The handset launched with Android 2.1 on-board, but received an Android 2.2 FroYo update pretty quickly. HTC recently confirmed that the EVO 4G along with a bunch of other handsets, will be tasting Gingerbread by Q2 or Q3 of this year.
Now, one of the XDA member wdfowty has managed to get his hands on the leaked RUU of the EVO 4G Android 2.3 Gingerbread update. The leaked RUU has already been rooted, zip-aligned and de-odexed by another fellow XDA member.
Users who have flashed this ROM on their EVO 4G are reporting improved responsiveness, and increased free space in the internal storage of the device.
Sadly, the ROM comes with Sense v1.0, which means that the Sense version on the EVO 4G will remain the same even when the final version of Gingerbread comes out.
HTC EVO 4G owners should head over to this thread to know more about the leaked RUU.