Sony PlayStation Suite Coming To Tegra 2 Based Devices

At MWC this year, Sony Ericsson announced the PlayStation Suite along with a bunch of Xperia branded handsets. At that time, Sony Ericsson announced that more PS certified handsets will launch as the year goes by.

Today, Nvidia announced via their Tegra Zone app that Sony will be bringing the PlayStation Suite to Nvidia Tegra 2 based handsets and tablets.   They also revealed that PS Suite will bring not only PlayStation 1 based games to Android handsets and tablets, but popular PlayStation 2 games as well.


As of now, Sony has not mentioned which all game titles are coming to PS Suite except for Wild Arms, Cool Boarders 2 and Syphon Filter.

However, readers should keep in mind that it may be possible that not all Tegra 2 based handsets and tablets will be certified as PS certified. Up until now, there is only one PlayStation certified phone – the Xperia Play.

With the Nvidia Tegra Zone, and now the PS Suite, the gaming scene of the Android ecosystem has definitely improved by leaps and bounds compared to last year.

Flash Player 10.2 For Android Coming Next Week!

Motorola started rolling out a software update for the Xoom just hours ago. Many Xoom owners hoped that this update would bring Flash 10.2 to the tablet.

However, according to Motorola this update will prepare the Android 3.0 Honeycomb based tablet for Flash 10.2. Now, Adobe has finally broken its silence and announced that Flash 10.2 is coming to Android based tablets and handsets next week!


Flash 10.2 will be available for all the Android handsets running 2.2 (FroYo) or Android 2.3 (Gingerbread), which meet the minimum system requirements. For the Honeycomb version, Flash 10.2 will be released with a beta’ tag, and will be available only if users have installed the v3.0.1 OTA update.

Flash 10.2 will bring with a number of performance enhancements including enhanced performance and support for Nvidia Tegra 2 based handsets and tablets. Flash 10.2 will also bring these changes :

  • Improved scrolling of web pages;
  • Uncompromised viewing of rich, immersive content in the way intended by the page designer, including support for instances where HTML and other web content is composited over Flash Player rendered content.   Flash Player rendered content will continue to be placed in a separate window on top of HTML in the Android 2.2 and 2.3 browsers, as these browsers do not support the new Android 3.0 browser rendering model.

Flash 10.2 will also be able to hardware accelerate H.264 videos for Android 3.0.1+ based tablets and improved scrolling of web pages as Flash content will be rendered as a part of the web browser, itself.

Adobe will release Flash Player 10.2 for both mobiles and tablets, next week on March 18th.

Motorola XOOM Gets A Software Update

It has hardly been a month since Motorola released the first Android 3.0 Honeycomb based tablet to the consumers in the United States, the Xoom.

Today, Motorola has started rolling out a new software update for the Xoom, which includes ‘numerous enhancements’ and will prepare the tablet for the future Flash 10.2 update as well. The update also improves the daylight savings time feature on the device.

Keep in mind, that this update will prepare the Xoom for Flash 10.2, and not actually install it!


Xoom owners, who have rooted their tablet, must restore it back to its original state so as to receive the OTA update. The OTA update can be downloaded either via 3G or via Wi-Fi. The update will be gradually rolled out in phases to all Xoom owners beginning from today.

Xoom owners who have rooted the device, can flash it back to stock by following these steps.

Hopefully, Adobe will release the Flash 10.2 update for the tablet soon now. When released, Xoom owners can download Adobe Flash 10.2 from the Android Market.

Life Without An Android Smartphone

Last July, I purchased my first ever Android phone the Galaxy S. Since then, I have shifted from one Android phone to another after every few months. My Android based smartphone had become a very integral part of my life. I need it for tweeting and checking mails on the move, trying out new apps etc.

I never thought how my life would be without my Android phone. Then one fine morning the microphone on my Desire Z stopped working. I had to give it to the service center for a replacement. HTC promised me that I will get a replacement phone within a week, but it was only after 15 days and tons of phone calls that I got a replacement phone.


Nevertheless, when I gave my Desire Z to the service center, I was totally devastated! I had no idea how I was going to spend the upcoming days without my beloved Android handset. Since I did not have any spare Android handset with me, I had to use a Nokia 6681 for the time being. I had all my contacts backed up to Google Contacts, and the 6681 had no option of syncing with it. The only option I was left was with, was to save some important numbers in the phonebook of the handset.

For the next week, what I went through without my beloved Zee phone was nothing short of torture. More than the phone’ itself, I was missing apps like Remote For iTunes, TweetDeck, My Tracks, Google Maps and RunKeeper which I use on a day-to-day basis. The thing I missed the most? Push email and calendar entries reminder!


The basic and the most important feature of a phone, the calling part, was something which I did not miss at all. The Nokia 6681 was as good as the Z in network reception and the call quality was above average as well. I do understand that the Nokia 6681 is a smartphone’ in its own right, and I could have simply pimped the phone to make my life a little less miserable.

However, after using phones with speedy 1 GHz processor and tons of RAM, the 6681 felt downright slow! I felt pity on the poor soul, and decided against pimping it for my needs.

All this just proves that with time we, the users, have started expecting much more from our smartphones, than just fulfilling our basic telephony and messaging needs. We need a small device in our hands that can help us find our way through unknown roads, let us know what our friends are having for breakfast, make our day-to-day life much better, and in the end help us to connect to our near and dear ones via phone calls and SMS’s.

Increase Nokia N8 Home Screens To Six With A Custom Firmware

Nokia’s first Symbian based touch OS S60v5 features only one home screen unlike many other touch based OS like Android. With Symbian^3, Nokia increased the number of home screens to 3, which users could fill up with a total of 18 widgets.

However, most of the Android phones ship with up to 7 different home screens, which a user can personalize according to his or her choice. Now, the Symbian modding community has cooked up a custom firmware for the N8, which increases the total number of home screen on the device to 6.

Below is a video of an Nokia N8 in action with six home screens :

The custom firmware also includes the latest version of all the system applications including the music and video player. The custom firmware also includes the available camera mods for the N8 including the continuous Auto-focus in video recording along with 30FPS. The jpeg image save quality has also been increased to 100%.

N8 owners can flash this custom firmware on their handset by using Phoenix. The full steps and change-log of this custom firmware can be found here (It’s not in English though).

HTC Desire Z/T-Mobile G2 Gets An Android 2.3 Gingerbread ROM With Sense UI

The HTC Vision a.k.a the T-Mobile G2 in the United States, and the HTC Desire Z in the rest of the world has got its first Android 2.3 Gingerbread based ROM, with HTC’s beautiful Sense UI on top of it.

TeamVillain have released a new custom ROM for the Vision SenseGinger which is based on Android 2.3 with the Sense UI running on top of it. The ROM is based on the Wildfire S ROM that leaked a few days ago.

As usual, the ROM does have some bugs including the Bluetooth function not working.


Here is the full bugs-list from the official SenseGinger thread at XDA :

* Camcorder hangs when pressing record
* Bluetooth does not work
* HTC Hub fails to log in
* The “card” mail widget does not work
* Landscape mode in Sense is bugged (thanks to HTC for this), I would advice against using this too often
* Question mark doesn’t work on hardware keyboard

HTC Vision (G2/Desire Z) owners need to make sure that they are using ClockWorkMod 3.0 so that they can flash this ROM on their handset. I expect TeamVillain to squash most of the bugs in this ROM in the upcoming few days.

Motorola Droid Android 2.2.2 Update Rolling Out Today!

It was in late January that we reported about the original Motorola Droid Android 2.2.2 update is under testing from Motorola. Today, Droid-Life is reporting that Motorola and Verizon are done with all their tests, and will be releasing the OTA update to Droid owners today itself.

The FRG83G OTA update will update the Droid Android OS version to 2.2.2. The Android 2.2.2 was released by Google so as to fix the famous ‘SMS’ bug.


Here is the official change-log from the big Red itself -:

* Sporadic issues with unintended recipient list corrected for text, audio, picture, video and audio multimedia messages.

* Correct message populates when messaging application is quickly opened and accessed.

It is more or less certain that the Droid won’t get the Android 2.3 Gingerbread update. However, it is nice to see Motorola still releasing minor Android OS update a handset which is more than a year old now.

The Droid is the first handset in the market to get the Android 2.2.2 update, excluding the Nexus One. Other manufactures should learn from Motorola and release the Android 2.2.2 update for all their Android handsets.

The FRG83G update for the Droid weighs in at 3.4MB, and will be pushed to all Droid handsets beginning from today.

HTC HD7 WP7 ‘NoDo’ Update Leaks!

Yesterday, we reported that the WP7 NoDo update for the HTC Mozart leaked on the Internet. Today, a new RUU/ROM containing the NoDo update for the HD7 has surfaced over at XDA-Developers forum.

Microsoft will be releasing the NoDo update for all the WP7 handsets in the next couple of weeks. The NoDo update for WP7 will bring with it copy and paste functionality along with some other new features. The apps and games loading time have also been drastically reduced.


The ROM is apparently the final build, which will soon be officially released by Microsoft. The ROM is meant only for unbranded, generic HD7 handsets. Users who have a carrier branded version, can flash this ROM by converting their microSD card into a gold card.

HD7 owners who flashed this ROM reported improved overall performance and some sound improvements as well. HTC HD7 owners, who are interested in flashing the leaked ROM/RUU on their phone, can download it from here.

TELUS Updates The Curve 9300 And Bold 9700 To BlackBerry OS6

RIM rolled out its next generation mobile OS for some BlackBerry handsets the BlackBerry OS 6 – quite some time ago. However, many users who own a carrier branded BlackBerry handset have to wait impatiently, until their network operator releases the OS6 update.

Today, TELUS has started rolling out the BlackBerry OS6 for the TELUS branded Curve 9300 or the Bold 9700. Yes, nearly 6 months after it was officially released by RIM.   The latest version of the BlackBerry OS will bring with a host of new features including a faster web browser.


The UI of the OS has also been spiced up, including a new revamped home screen, so as to make the OS look modern. The new OS now also features a universal search capability.

BlackBerry OS 6 also comes pre-installed with a YouTube client, new camera modes and a revamped music player for a better multimedia experience. The new OS is also much faster and stable compared to its predecessors.

BlackBerry Curve and Bold handset owners can find the steps to update their handset to OS 6 here.

Samsung Corby II Goes Official!

Yesterday, along with the Samsung Galaxy Pro, Samsung also announced the successor to the highly successful Corby the Corby II.

The Corby II sports a 3.14-inch touchscreen display and has a completely new design. The handset also features Wi-Fi b/g/n, Accelerometer, quad-band GSM/EDGE support (No 3G, Sadly), Bluetooth 3.0, FM Radio, microSD card slot and a 3.5mm audio jack.


The phone runs on Samsung’s custom UI TouchWIZ and also features Microsoft Exchange support.   The back of the phone houses a disappointing 2MP fixed-focus camera. The Corby II will be powered by a 1000mAh battery which is quoted at a talk time of 9.5 hours!

Corby II will also feature the QuickType’ keyboard from Samsung, which is similar to the popular Swype’ keyboard. It will be available in White, Pink and Yellow.

The Corby II will hit the retail stores of Germany by the end of March, followed by Europe, Asia, China, India and Africa. Samsung did not mention anything about the pricing of the handset.