HTC Desire Z owners can get a taste of Android 2.3 Gingerbread on their handsets, thanks to a RUU leak of the Gingerbread test ROM from HTC.
The leaked RUU is based on Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread with HTC’s Sense UI running on top of it. The leaked RUU also brings with it a new radio which improves signal reception and 4G’ download speeds, but at the expense of higher battery consumption.
One of the developers rmk40 has already gone ahead and released a custom ROM based on this leaked RUU with root access and busybox installed.
Sadly, unlike the Nexus S which uses the ETX4 file system, the Desire Z Gingerbread ROM uses the EXT3 file system. Users who flashed this ROM also reported ultra-quick boot-up times and improved battery life.
T-Mobile G2 owners can also flash this leaked RUU on their phone, since the handset is similar to the Desire Z. HTC Desire Z or T-Mobile G2 owners can download and install the leaked Android 2.3 Gingerbread RUU on their phone from here.
Motorola has started rolling out a software update for the Atrix 4G. The software update version is 4.1.57 and weighs 17MB in size.
The first ever software update for the Atrix 4G will bring with it a host of performance improvements and bug fixes.
The software update will improve the multimedia experience of the Atrix 4G with Bluetooth accessories and improve compatibility with additional Bluetooth headsets. The performance of the Car Dock application along with the Fingerprint reader at the back of the phone has also been improved.
The display of the handset will also turn off when plugged into the charger. Motorola also states that the battery life of the phone will be improved after installing this software update. The general stability and performance of the Atrix 4G will also improve after the software update.
Sadly, the software update won’t enable HSUPA on the Atrix 4G. AT&T has apparently disabled HSUPA on the Atrix 4G and the Inspire 4G, frustrating its users with very slow upload speeds.
The company has promised to release a software update sometime in the future, which will enable higher upload speeds on the handset.
The folks over at XDA-Developers have been tipped by an anonymous tipster with a bunch of pictures of the upcoming HTC Pyramid.
Earlier leaks of the HTC Pyramid did not provide much information, except for a 4.3-inch screen with qHD resolution.
The Pyramid will be powered by a 1.2 GHz dual-core processor from Qualcomm along with an Adreno 220 GPU for handling the graphics department, and pack 768MB of RAM. The handset will sport a 4.3-inch display with qHD (960×540) resolution.
The back of the handset will sport an 8MP camera with dual-LED flash, which is capable of recording videos in 1080p HD resolution. There is also a VGA camera in the front for video-calling.
The usual Wi-Fi b/g/n, GPS with A-GPS, Compass and a 3.5mm audio jack are also present. The Pyramid will run the latest version of Android, Gingerbread v2.3.2, with the latest version of Sense UI on top of it.
The HTC Pyramid is similar to the recently announced HTC EVO 3D, without the 3D feature. Readers can find a bunch of pictures of the handset over at XDA Developers.
The Nokia E series have always been about phones sporting a full-row QWERTY keyboard in a candy-bar form factor.
While the Nokia E71 and the E63 were runaway success, the Nokia E72 was a mediocre hit. Now, pictures of the next E series handset has leaked on the Internet the E6-00. One guy over at Nokiotecha Forums managed to get his hands on the E6-00, and took it for a test drive.
The Nokia E6-00 sports a 2.6-inch touch-screen display with VGA (640×480) resolution. The back of the handset sports an 8MP EDoF camera with dual-LED flash, while there is front-facing VGA camera in the front. The camera at the back is capable of shooting 720p HD videos as well.
The handset seems to be running a modified version of Symbian^3 OS, which will be adapted for the 4:3 aspect ratio.
Below is a video of the E6-00 in action :
More pictures and video of the handset in action, along with some camera samples can be found here.
Nokia has launched a new competition to celebrate the launch of the next-gen communicator from Nokia the E7.
The E7 sports a 4-inch CBD (ClearBlack Display) with nHD (360×640) resolution. It is powered by an ARM11 680 MHz processor and packs 256MB of RAM along with 16GB of internal memory. The device also packs in a four-row slide-out QWERTY keyboard and runs on the latest version of Symbian.
In this competition, viewers need to submit a story on YouTube about what success means to them. The best entry in the competition will get a whopping $10,000 in cash so to allow them to achieve their success story.
Below is the success story of Matthew Wilson, who is a wrestler and a thinker :
Users, who are interested in entering this contest, can do so from here.
Sony Ericsson had a pretty miserable 2010. The high-end Xperia branded Android powered handset from the company the X10 received a lot of flak due to the lack of multi-touch support, and running an nearly extinct version of the Android OS.
However, Sony Ericsson is determined to make 2011 better for them and their loyal users. First, the company announced a bunch of tempting XPERIA branded handsets including the PlayStation phone the Xperia Play. Now, today Sony Ericsson has announced that they will allow developers to unlock the boot loaders on some of the the latest Xperia handsets in a secure and legalway.
There is a small catch here though. The handset must meet certain requirements so that its boot loader can be unlocked like an unlocked, un-branded handset. There are many other requirements as well, including your region and original configuration of the phone.
The original Xperia X10 modding capability has been severely limited due to its locked down boot loader. Even after numerous tries, the talented developers over at XDA have been unable to unlock the X10’s locked boot loader.
Sony Ericsson also states that even though they support the unlocking of the boot loader, the warranty of the handset will be deemed void if its boot loader has been unlocked. Also, Sony Ericsson may charge a user a handling fee’ if they flash a Custom ROM on their handset and send it for repairing.
Readers can find more information about Sony Ericsson official statement regarding boot loader unlock here.
After numerous months in beta testing and a couple of RC releases, Mozilla has finally gone ahead and released the final version of Firefox 4 for Android and Maemo.
Firefox 4 for Android features a streamlined interface, support for more than 150+ plug-ins, themes to change the look of the browser and the ability to sync your data with your desktop FF browser.
I have been using Firefox 4 since its beta version, and I must say that the final version is much better than the betas, which were bloated, slow and took ages to load. Compared to the stock Android 2.2/2.3 browser, Firefox is still slow and takes more time to start-up.
Another major disadvantage of FF4 for Android is that it does not support Flash 10.1, which might be a deal-breaker for many. The text rendering of the browser is not up to the mark as well!
The only advantage FF4 for Android has over its major competitors Opera Mobile 11 and the stock Android browser is the support for plugins.
The desktop version of Firefox is popular among the users because of its high level of customizations offered by the plug-ins. The same holds true for the mobile version of Firefox 4.
It was just a few days ago that Apple released the iOS 4.3.1 update to the general public. The latest update of iOS is aimed at fixing some bugs found in iOS 4.3.1 including some graphical glitches on iPod Touch. The update also improves the battery life of all iPod Touch devices.
The iOS 4.3.1 update is applicable for the iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPod Touch 3G, iPod Touch 4G and the iPad and iPad 2.
iPod Touch device owners can download iOS 4.3.1 by connecting the device to their PC and then starting up iTunes, and click on the Check For Updatesbutton.
Alternatively, iPad 2 (Wi-Fi model) owners can download iOS 4.3.1 from here (607.5MB) and iPad 2 (3G+Wi-Fi, AT&T version) owners can download the iOS update from here. AT&T branded iPhone owners should head over to this link, while iPod Touch 4G owners should download the iOS 4.3.1 IPSW file from here.
Once you download the iOS 4.3.1 IPSW file, you can follow our earlier instructions on manually upgrading iOS 4.3.1. on your device.
Verizon and HTC recently released the first 4G LTE capable phone on the big red’s network the HTC Thunderbolt.
The Thunderbolt is powered by a 1GHz MSM8255 processor and packs 768MB of RAM. The handset runs on Android 2.2 FroYo with the beautiful HTC Sense UI on top of it.
Even though, the Thunderbolt runs on the latest version of the Sense UI, it lacks the HTCSense.com integration which the Desire HD and the Desire Z enjoy. However, the folks over at XDA have found a way to enable the HTCSense.com integration on the Thunderbolt.
First of all, Thunderbolt owners need to download and install this APK. Once done, they can simply add an HTC Sense account by navigating to Settings > Accounts and Sync > Add Account > HTC Sense.
All the goodies offered by the Sense integration works like a charm including text message forwarding, remote GPS location, Remote ring, remote lock and backup of user’s messages and contacts. Only the remote wipe and forwarding calls option don’t work at the moment.
The original Samsung Wave was a total VFM (Value-For-Money) phone. The handset shared the same internals as the Android powered Galaxy S, including the display albeit of a smaller size at 3.3-inches. The Wave was the first phone from Samsung to run its own home-made OS Bada.
Now, more than a year after its release the folks over at Bada-World have managed to get Android 2.2 (FroYo) up and running on the Bada powered Samsung Wave. The developers have managed to get Android 2.2 to boot on the Wave.
Most of the stuffs don’t work and the build is quite buggy. However, Wi-Fi and GSM antenna works pretty well. The overall performance is slow, but the build is very stable.
One major problem with this build is that if a user tries to launch any application on the phone, the phone will restart. Due to the reboot, some changes are made in the file system of the phone which leads to the CPU burning itself!
The developer also states that the Wave’s successor the Wave II has a higher probability of getting a stable Android 2.2 or Android 2.3 build than it.