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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]

Motorola Droid X And Droid 2 Android 2.3 Gingerbread Firmware Leaks

A few days ago, rumors were floating around on the Internet that Motorola will soon be releasing the Android 2.3 Gingerbread update for the Droid X and the Droid 2.

Apparently, the update was then delayed because Verizon did not approve the update for some reason. Now, the folks over at MyDroidWorld have got their hands on a leaked Android 2.3 Gingerbread SBF (Firmware file of Motorola phones) files for the Droid X and the Droid 2.

As of now, the firmware is not rooted. Droid X and Droid 2 owners need to wait for some more time until someone manages to get root access.

Beside the bump in the Android version and the goodies brought by it, the update also incorporates a new version of MotoBLUR. Surprisingly, the new version is much better, functionality and performance wise, than the current BLUR version found in the D2 and DX.

The folks over at Droid-Life ran Quadrant on the Droid X and scored a commendable 1796 points! Yes, that’s more than the Nexus S score.

Both the firmwares are pretty good and bug-free. Droid 2 owners should head over to this thread, while Droid X owners should go here, to download and install Android 2.3 Gingerbread on their handset.

Cydia 1.1 Released; Is Faster And Sleeker Than Before!

Cydia, the App Store for all jailbroken iTouch device owners, was recently updated by its owner Saurik – and his team members.

Cydia 1.1 is faster, sleeker and, consumes less RAM than the previous version. One of the major problems with Cydia was that it does not support multi-tasking. Even the latest version of Cydia does not support multi-tasking, due to some root related issues as explained by Saurik here.

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However, the developer has added a resume where you left-offfeature, as a workaround for the lack of multi-tasking. The new version will also allow users to run and operate Activator, libstatusbar, and SimulatedKeyEvents, when Cydia is running.

The app start-up time and package loading times have also been reduced drastically. Compatibility with older packages has also been improved along with an improved search algorithm and support for more local languages.

Readers can know more about the changes in Cydia 1.1 here. iTouch owners, who have jailbroken their device, can install Cydia from within Cydia itself.

Tethered Jailbreak For iPhone 4 and iPad Running iOS 4.3.1 Released

Apple released the iOS 4.3.1 a couple of days ago, to address battery life issues and graphical glitches with iPod Touch.

Now, within a day of its release, iOS 4.3.1 has been jailbroken by DjayB6. Sadly, the jailbreak is a tethered’ one at the moment. This means iTouch device owners will need to jailbreak their device, every time they reboot it.

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As of now, the iOS 4.3.1 tethered’ jailbreak will only work for the iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPod Touch 3G/4G, Apple TV 2G and iPad.

Owners of the latest generation Apple’s tablet, iPad 2, will have to wait for some more time before a jailbreak comes out for their device. Until then, they are recommended not to update their iOS version to 4.3.1.

Also, iPhone 3GS and iPhone 4 owners who have unlocked their handset using Ultrasn0w are recommended not to update to iOS 4.3.1. If they do so, their baseband version will be upgraded and they will lose the network unlock. The tethered’ jailbreak is only available for Mac OS X based PCs.

Hopefully, a Windows version will be released soon. The steps to jailbreak your iTouch device running iOS 4.3.1 can be found here.

Apple Releases iOS 4.3.1

It was just a couple of weeks ago, that Apple released iOS 4.3 for the iPhone and iPad. Today, the Cupertino based company has released a minor update for the iOS bumping the version number to 4.3.1.

The update aims at fixing graphical glitches which some iPod Touch owners were facing, after updating the device to iOS 4.3. Other bug fixes include authentication issues with some enterprise web services, and image flickering when using the AV digital Adapter with your HDTV.

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Hopefully, the update will also fix the battery life issues which reportedly some bunch of iPhone 4 owners were facing, after updating it to iOS 4.3.

iTouch device owners, who have jailbreak’ed their devices running iOS 4.3, are recommended not to upgrade at the moment. It is unconfirmed, whether Apple has fixed the security hole, used for jailbreaking iOS 4.3, with this small update or not.

Apple iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPod Touch 3G/4G and iPad/iPad 2 owners can update their device to iOS 4.3.1 using iTunes.

RIM PlayBook Will Run Android Apps; But You Should Not Get Excited About It

RIM announced its tablet, the PlayBook, back in September last year. The PlayBook is based on QNX Neutrino microkernel architecture and is powered by a dual-core 1GHz processor.

Late last month, rumors popped up on the Internet that the PlayBook will be capable of running Android applications along with apps made for it.  Today, RIM has confirmed that the PlayBook is capable of running Android apps as well as BlackBerry Java apps.

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The company will launch two optional app-playerswhich will provide run-time environment for BlackBerry Java apps and Android v2.3 apps. The company will also release the tablet’s native SDK so as to allow developers to start making apps for the tablet OS.

Now, this piece of news may have got a lot of future PlayBook customers pretty excited. However, there is a very big problem here. The PlayBook will provide a run-time environment for Android apps made for the mobile version of the OS (Gingerbread/FroYo), and NOT the tablet version of the OS (Honeycomb).

This means that the Android apps may not run properly, may appear stretched out and pixelated and will not be able to make use of the extra real-screen estate offered by a tablet. Until and unless, an Android app has been made keeping in mind both the tablet and the mobile version of the OS, users will face the above said issues.

Ultimately, users who will be using Android apps on a regular basis should buy an Android Honeycomb based tablet, and NOT the PlayBook.

Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 To GET Android 2.3 Gingerbread Update!

Sony Ericsson had earlier said that the Xperia X10 will not get Android updates beyond Android 2.1 Éclair. The company did decide to support’ the X10 with software updates.

Now in a surprise move, Sony Ericsson has announced via their product blog that the Xperia X10 will get the Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread update! Yes, the Xperia X10 will get a direct update to Android 2.3 Gingerbread from Android 2.1 Éclair. This news is definitely going to please a lot of Xperia X10 owners out there.

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However, X10 owners will lose some functionality compared when they upgrade to Android 2.3 Gingerbread. Sony Ericsson aims to provide the X10 Gingerbread update with the stock Android camera interface, which means features like face recognition and smile shutter will be lost.

Sony Ericsson’s proprietary MediaScape app will also be replaced by the new media experience widgets found in the new Xperia products.

The Gingerbread update will be released via SEUS (Sony Ericsson Update Service and not via OTA. The company will release the Android Gingerbread update for the Xperia X10 by the end of Q2 or early Q3 of this year.

However, the update is only for unlocked and un-branded X10 handsets. For network locked X10 owners, it all depends on their network provider whether they will release the update or not.

Xperia X10 owners can read more about the Android 2.3 Gingerbread update for their phone here.

HTC Thunderbolt Easy Root App Released; Root’s Your Handset In Three Simple Steps

Less than a week ago, we reported that the recently released HTC Thunderbolt has got root access, along with its first custom ROM.

The problem with the root method was that it was pretty complex and newbies could get easily confused. Now, an XDA member dbzfanatic has released an easyroot application for the Thunderbolt. The rooting app will only work with firmware version 1.12.605.9 or lower.

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As of now, the application is available only for Windows based PCs. The application does have a few bugs, which should be hopefully sorted out soon. Users should keep in mind, that the one-click root app weighs in over 800MB!

The app will also take some time to root your phone since it has to push’ some heavy files to your phone’s memory card, which takes time. Thunderbolt owners can find more information about the Easyroot application from here.

Also, quite a few custom ROMs have popped up for the Thunderbolt including an un-official CM7 port and some custom kernels. Thunderbolt owners need to root their phone before flashing a custom ROM on their handset. Users can check out the various ROMs available for the Thunderbolt here.

Via – AndroidPolice

Firefox 4 RC For Android And Maemo Released

Yesterday, along with the final version of Firefox 4, Mozilla also released the RC version of Firefox for Android and Maemo on the Android Market.

According to the Mozilla blog, the RC version of FF4 for Android and Maemo is faster and more responsive than the previous Beta release. There are improvements to Firefox Sync and UI as well.

I have been using the latest RC on my Desire Z running CM7 (Android 2.3.3.), and I am pleased to say that the performance of the app has improved considerably. I called the last beta release of Firefox for Android more of a bloat ware, but the RC version is fast and snappy! The start-up loading time of the application has been reduced significantly as well.

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One major advantage of Firefox Mobile over the Stock Android browser and Opera Mobile 11 is the support for extensions. Right now, there are more than 150 add-ons available for Firefox Mobile.

The only downside of Firefox Mobile is that at the moment it does not support Flash. This is quite a major letdown considering Flash support is a very big plus of the Android OS over iOS. In fact, Opera Mobile 11 for Android also supports Flash.

Hopefully, the final version of Firefox will include support for Flash. We will also be doing a Firefox 4 vs. Opera Mobile 11 vs. Stock Android browser comparison, once the final version of Firefox Mobile is released.

HTC EVO 3D Announced; Sports A 3D Enabled qHD Display

HTC and Sprint have just announced the successor to the highly successful EVO 4G the EVO 3D. As the rumors suggested, the EVO 3D packs a 4.3-inch qHD (960×540) glasses-free 3D display.

The handset is powered by a 1.2GHz dual-core Qualcomm MSM8660 processor and packs 768MB of RAM. The back of the handset sports dual-5MP cameras with dual-LED flash, which are capable of recording 720p HD videos in 3D mode (glasses free), and 1080p in 2D mode. Like the EVO 4G, the EVO 3D also supports Sprint’s WiMAX network.  HTC_EVO_3D The handset will launch with Android 2.3 Gingerbread on-board, with the latest version of Sense running on top of it. The usual Wi-Fi, GPS with A-GPS, Accelerometer and a 3.5mm audio jack are also present. The handset also sports a mini-HDMI port and DLNA capabilities.

Users can connect their EVO 3D to their 3D enabled HDTV and enjoy 3D content. Sadly, the kickstand found at the back of the original EVO 4G is nowhere to be found on the EVO 3D. HTC also states that they have improved the battery life over the EVO 4G, and will ship the phone with a 1730mAh battery.

The EVO 3D will be available starting this summer. Sadly, HTC and Sprint did not mention anything about the pricing of the EVO 3D.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 Announced; Slim, Sleek And Fast!

Samsung announced a smaller version of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 at the CTIA as well the Galaxy Tab 8.9.

As its name suggests, the Galaxy Tab 8.9 sports an 8.9-inch screen with WXGA (1280×800) display. Like its bigger sibling, the 8.9-inch Tab will be powered by a dual-core 1GHz processor and pack 1GB of RAM.

The back of the tablet sports a 3MP camera with Auto-Focus and an LED Flash, along with a 2MP camera in the front. The tablet is also insanely thin with at only 8.6mm!

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Like its bigger sibling, the smaller Tab will support HSPA+ and will pack the usual Wi-Fi b/g/n, Bluetooth, GPS with A-GPS, microSD card slot etc. The Galaxy Tab 8.9 will pack a 6000mAh battery and will weigh only 470grams!

Unlike the iPad 2, the Galaxy Tab 8.9 will sport stereo speakers. The Tab 8.9 will run on Android 3.0 Honeycomb with Samsung’s TouchWIZ UX on top of it. The tablet will also feature hardware-based encryption for both internal and external storage, like the Galaxy S II.

The Galaxy Tab 8.9-inch is coming to the United State early this summer, and the 16GB Wi-Fi version will cost $469, while the 32GB version will cost $569.