The Samsung Galaxy S was one of the most popular Android handsets last year. In some aspects, it still is. The handset did have its fair share of controversy with a non-usable GPS and the Froyo update delay.
The back of the Galaxy S sports a 5MP camera with Auto-Focus and face detection. Earlier, the Auto-Focus used to work only while clicking pictures. However, recently Samsung released an app on the Samsung Apps’ store called the Camera Firmware Update.
The application updates the firmware of of the camera and enables continuous auto-focus while recording videos.
Below is a video shot from the Galaxy S which shows the auto-focus feature :
The picture and the video quality taken from the camera remains the same. Galaxy S owners can download the application from here. Users are warned not to uninstall this app once they update the camera firmware of their handset. The app works on rooted Galaxy S handsets, as well as one running on Custom ROMs.
It is nice to see Samsung still adding some handy features to the Galaxy S.
Nvidia Tegra 2 chipset based handsets and tablets owners rejoice! Nvidia has released the highly anticipated Tegra Zone app for your Tegra 2 based device.
The new Tegra Zone will provide users with the best games available for Android, which will be optimized for the Tegra 2 chipset. The app ties into the Android Market itself, thus providing users with quick access to the Tegra optimized games. It will also contain high resolution screenshots and video of the games on offer.
We’re working with game developers and publishers to turbocharge mobile gaming for Android super phones and tablets. Our goal is to bring a console- class gaming experience to super phones and tablets and bring the generation of gaming to the future of mobile devices. Tegra Zone is a free app we’ve built so gamers can find great games for Tegra in one easy place.- Tony Tamasi, Senior Vice President, Content and Technology at NVIDIA
The launch titles have some impressive games including Dungeon Defenders: First Wave Deluxe HD, Samurai II, Fruit Ninja and Galaxy On Fire 2. Dungeon Defenders is the first game to be released for Android to be based on the popular Unreal Engine 3.
Nvidia is also working closely with more game developers to add more titles to the Tegra Zone. All the games available on the Tegra Zone will feature richer graphics and improved performance. Users can download Tegra Zone for their Tegra 2 based handset or tablet from here.
The dull gaming scene on the Android ecosystem has surely picked up pace with a bang thanks to Nvidia!
Samsung Galaxy S owners who frequently visit the Galaxy S sub-forum on XDA know that firmware leaks are a pretty common thing. Up until now, we have only had firmware leaks based on Android 2.2 or 2.2.1.
Today, an Android 2.3.2 Gingerbread based firmware for the Galaxy S has leaked on the Internet. Samsung proprietary TouchWIZ UI (v3.0) also runs on top of it. The new firmware (XWJV1) is not an official one and is an early beta firmware.
Galaxy S owners who flashed this firmware on their handset report that the browser is super smooth and super quick. Like in Android 2.2 based firmware, the browser rendering is hardware accelerated. Sadly, the awesome screen-off animation as seen on the Nexus S is not present in this firmware.
The firmware has already been rooted by the awesome developers at XDA. However, one major disappointment with this firmware is that it still uses the RFS file system. The RFS FS is the major culprit behind all the lags and stalling issues which majority of the Galaxy S owners face.
Users should keep in mind that since this is a beta firmware bugs and crashes are to be expected.
It was late last month that Nokia released the PR 1.1 update for the latest Symbian based handsets including the N8, C7 and C6-01. The PR 1.1 update hardly brought any noticeable changes to the end users.
Nokia has stated that the PR 2.0 update for the latest Symbian handsets will improve some of the heavily criticized aspects of the phone including the web browser and the text input mode system. Now, the folks over at MyNokiaBlog have managed to get their hands on a video which shows an N8 running on PR2.0 firmware.
Below is the video of a Nokia N8 running PR 2.0 firmware :
The video shows an updated version of the in-built mail client on the N8 along with an updated browser. The new browser has an updated UI and also supports tabbed browsing.
The new portrait QWERTY keyboard which will be included with the PR2.0 firmware is also shown on the video. The Timed Profile’ feature has also been made a bit more accessible and users can select the option right from their homescreen.
The PR 2.0 firmware is expected to come out sometime in March or early April, so Nokia still has time to add new features and improve the performance of the device.
Google rolled out the Android 2.3.3 update for the Nexus S at the beginning from this week. The OTA update not only brought bug fixes and NFC read/write capabilities, it also featured a new display driver. The new display driver was aimed at adjusting the color temperature of the Super AMOLED screen on the Nexus S.
However, many Nexus S owners are disappointed with this update since the colors on their phone’s screen became too washed out or had a yellowish tint, after the update. In fact, many users are already asking for a fix over at XDA forums and on Code Google as well.
One of the most talented developers over at the Galaxy S and the Nexus S modding scene supercurio has come up with a very detailed explanation behind the color tint issue. According to him, the frame buffer driver of the screen has been updated in the 2.3.3 update.
The new driver is capable of reading’ information from the screen hardware and then it accordingly adjusts the screen temperature. Previously, the driver just used to send data to the S-AMOLED screen from a pre-defined gamma table.
The new driver may not be to everyone’s liking, but according to supercurio, it is better, in fact smart! However, the screen calibration went wrong during the coding of the driver which has led to this problem. Nexus S owners can read more in detail about the issue here. The stuff written there is a bit geeky so please proceed with caution.
There is a twist in the tale here though. While some users are not pleased with the color temperature after the 2.3.3 update, some users report a massive improvement in compared to 2.3.2.
As of now, supercurio does not have any fix’ but he is already working on Voodoo Color’. He will also publish a new custom kernel which will allow Nexus S owners to manually control the color temperature using an app.
Last year, Sony Ericsson confirmed that even though the current line-up of Android based Xperia smartphones will not get the Android 2.2 update. However, the company did state that they will release several updates which will improve the functionality and the overall user experience of the phone.
These several updates’ brought many new features to the biggest member of the Xperia family the X10 including partial multi-touch support, improved performance and updated version of TimeScape and Mediascape. However, Sony Ericsson had also promised that the X10 will get D-LNA support with one of these updates.
Sadly, Sony Ericsson has confirmed on their Product Blog that the X10 won’t be getting DLNA feature, officially at least. The reason behind the DLNA feature not making it to the handset is as follows :
Q: Wasn’t DLNA supposed to be in the latest update for Xperia X10?
A: That was our plan, as stated here back in May last year. However lots of things has changed since then like splitting the update into two parts, changes to timing, adding Pinch Zoom touch etc. One of the consequences of all those changes was unfortunately that DLNA had to be de-scoped. I know that there are 3rd party apps available that enables DLNA though so hopefully you can enjoy one of those.
The blog post also contains some useful information about the upcoming XPERIA handsets from Sony Ericsson. Readers can read the whole blog post here.
Rumors are floating around on the Internet that the Samsung Galaxy S will get Android 2.3 Gingerbread update sometime in March. The rumor of this source is this tweet from @m4gic. Apparently, the guy went to the Sammy’s European headquarter in Frankfurt where he got this piece of news.
Now, I know rumors spread like fire on the Internet but this is a bit too much. I own a Samsung Galaxy S and am a more than frequent visitor of the Galaxy S sub-forum over at XDA. Now, firmware leaks are a very common thing over the Galaxy S forum on XDA. In fact, the first Android 2.2 based firmware for the Galaxy S leaked nearly 8 weeks before the official’ firmware was released by Samsung.
If Samsung does intent to roll out the Android 2.3 Gingerbread update for the Galaxy S by March then at least one Gingerbread based firmware for the handset must have already leaked. Sadly, that is not the case here! Many people may argue that firmware leaks are no big deal and it may happen that a Gingerbread based firmware for the Galaxy S won’t leak.
However, I personally feel that Samsung does intentionally leak some of these firmwares so that it can get the feedback of the modding community about the firmware. Samsung has in fact incorporated some of the changes which the modding community suggested it!
So according to me, the Samsung Galaxy S won’t get the Android 2.3 Gingerbread update in March. If by any means it does, it will be either via CM7 (unofficial), which is progressing very nicely and can be easily used on day-to-day basis, or via a leaked Gingerbread firmware.
In less than 4 hours of being released to the general public, the Motorola XOOM has been rooted. Along with full root access, a custom clockwork recovery has also been successfully installed on the device. The credit of all this hard work goes to Koush the developer of ROM Manager.
ROM Manager is one of the most popular ROM managing apps available for the Android OS. According to koush, rooting the XOOM was easy since the tablet is Google experience device, and thus ships with fastboot support (limited though!).
The steps to root the Motorola XOOM can be found here. Koush has not made the custom recovery available to the public since the SD card slot on the XOOM does not work.
He will release the custom recovery once Google releases an update which will enable the microSD card slot, or once the developers somehow manage to get it working! Once the microSD card slot gets working, koush will update his app ROM Manager to support the tablet as well.
It was just a couple of days ago that Apple sent an invite to the media, inviting them to the unveiling of the iPad 2. The event is scheduled to take place next week on Wednesday i.e. on March 2.
Now, one of the highly reliable sources of Engadget reports that Apple may also preview the next version of iOS (v5, in all probability) and may even release the SDK to developers. At the moment, it is unclear as to what all changes the next ‘major’ version of iOS will include, but hopefully a new notification system will be on-board.
Apple will release the new iPad with iOS 4.3 which will feature new four or five fingers based multi-touch gestures for easier multi-tasking. Along with the new multi-touch gestures, iOS 4.3 will also bring mobile hotspot to the iPhone and the iPad (hopefully).
Engadget also reports that due to Engineering issuesthe iPad 2 won’t ship with a higher resolution screen. The microSD card slot has also been shelved from the iPad’s successor.
With a slew of Android 3.0 Honeycomb based tablets being released to the public, the iPad 2 sure needs to have more than beefed up specs to attract consumers.
It was just a few hours ago that we reported about the leaked specs of the upcoming 13-inch MacBook Pro. Now, Apple has updated its online store with the next generation MacBook Pros.
As rumored, the new MacBook Pros sport a faster Core i5 or Core i7 Sandy Bridge processor from Intel. While the 13MacBook Pro sports an Intel 3000HD graphics card, the 15and the 17MBPs sport an AMD 6490M or a HD6750M graphics card, depending on the configuration you pick.
The hard disk storage capacity has been bumped across the range with SSDs of varying capacities being optional. Sadly, the number of USB ports remain the same as found on the older MBPs 2, and no they are not USB 3.0 ports. Apple lists the battery life of the new MacBook Pros at 7 hours. The ‘iSight’ camera has been renamed to Facetime HD’ as well.
As reported earlier, the new MacBook Pros sport a Thunderbolt’ I/O port, which is Apple’s implementation of Intel’s Light Peak technology.The new Thunderbolt port incorporates a Native Mini DisplayPort and can output videos to DVI or VGA using the suitable adapter. The port can also be used to hook up the MacBook Pro(s) to an HDMI monitor/LCD.
Along with the new MacBook Pros, Apple also released a developer preview of the next version of OS X Lion. Users can have a look at all the new features OS X Lion’ will bring here. OS X Lion’ is expected to be released sometime in summer 2011.