Motorola Droid And Nexus S Software Update Imminent

It was nearly a week ago, that Google released the Android 2.3.2 update for the Nexus S and the Android 2.2.2 update for theNexus One. The 2.3.2 and the 2.2.2 update was a minor one and were mainly aimed at fixing the popular SMS bug. Now, it looks like Motorola is already working on the Android 2.2.2 update for the original Droid.

The company sent an email to a group of beta testers for a pre-launch soak’ testfor a minor software update before releasing it to the general masses. The company has not confirmed whether this update will fix the SMS bug or not, but I am pretty sure it will.


It is really nice to see Motorola already working on releasing an update for such an old handset the Droid. Hopefully, the company will also release the 2.2.2 update for its other Android based handsets like the Droid 2 and the Droid X. I hope other companies like HTC and Samsung will also release the Android 2.2.2 update for their handsets.

The Google-branded-Samsung-manufactured Nexus S will also be getting another OTA update in the next couple of weeks. This update will be aimed at fixing the random reboot issues which some of the Nexus S owners are facing (bug #13674).

Sony PSP 2 Officially Announced; Sports A Quad-Core CPU

The successor to the Sony PSP the PSP 2 has been finally unveiled by Sony. The next generation PlayStation Portable 2 carries a codename of NGP and is powered by quad-core Cortex A9 processor while a quad-core PowerVR SGX543MP GPU handles the graphics section. The screen of the PSP2 has been upped to a 5-inch O-LED display with a resolution of 960×544.

It also sports Wi-Fi, 3G, GPS, Bluetooth, an accelerometer, a gyro-scope, an electronic compass and dual-analog sticks.


The back of the portable console also sports a touch-panel which will provide gamers with a better gaming experience. The portable console has an oval design which will allow it to fit comfortably in the gamer’s hand. The back and the front of the handheld console also sport a camera, each. The PSP 2 also sports stereo speakers and a microphone.

With the PSP 2, Sony has dumped UMD for a new type of flash memory especially for NGP. The PSP2 will have a new LiveArea’ UI where gamers can interact and compete with other gamers out there. At their live event, Sony also demoed some popular games like Killzone, Resistance and Uncharted. Readers can read the full press release from Sony here.

The PSP2 is definitely one of the most powerful handheld consoles in the market with a quad-core CPU and a GPU. Sony did not mention the pricing of the console but the device is expected to hit the retails stores by the holiday season of this year.

Android 3.0 Honeycomb Platform Highlights Released

During the CES 2011, Google’s latest version of Android meant for tablets Honeycomb grabbed the limelight with its awesome UI and features. Now, today Google has released an Android 3.0 Honeycomb platform preview which lists some of the major changes which will be brought about by the OS.

First and foremost, the UI of Honeycomb has been developed from the ground up for tablets unlike iOS, where the OS was ported from the iPhone to the iPad. The highly appreciated and loved Notification bar’ has been re-vamped to System bar’ in Honeycomb and is now located at the bottom of the screen.

Along with this, the internal applications like the Browser, Gallery, Camera and Email have been updated to sport new features and to take full advantage of the bigger screen. The text selection, copy and paste method along with the Keyboard have been improved in Honeycomb as well.


For developers, Honeycomb includes a new animation framework that will easily allow animating the various UI elements. It also includes a new DRM framework, support for HTTP Live streaming and support for digital media transfer. One major change in Android 3.0 is that the 2D graphics will be hardware accelerated. This will not only help in improving the system performance but will also help the developers to create much better graphics intensive applications.

Android 3.0 will also bring in support for multi-core processors and support for new enterprise policies like encrypted storage, password expiration and password history etc. Readers can read the whole Android 3.0 Honeycomb platform highlights here.

I hope that some of these changes will be incorporated in the future version of Android for mobiles as well especially the hardware accelerated 2D graphics feature.

Along with this, Google has also released a new version of their SDK which includes the new API for Android 3.0 and other enhancements. This will allow developers to make sure that their apps are compatible with the latest tablets running on Honeycomb.

5 Tablets To Look Forward To In 2011

While 2010 was supposed to be the year of tablets, it did not turn out to be. The only two noteworthy tablets that launched in 2010 were the iPad and the . iPad went on to become a runoff success for Apple, just like the iPhone.

However, 2011 will see a lot more new tablets coming into the market and the iPad will definitely have more competition. So which are the tablets that you can look forward to in 2011? Here is a list of top 5 tablets which you can buy in 2011.

Apple iPad 2

Well, iPad was a run-off success; however, it did lack quite a few features including a camera. In 2011 (most likely in April), Apple will announce the . It is rumored to do away with the home button and replace everything with multi-touch gestures, similar to what you would see on a Mac.


iPad 2 is also rumored to have a camera which can be used to record videos and video chat using Facetime. Rumors also suggest that the next generation of iPad will feature a Retina Display’. Users should also expect the iPad 2 to sport a dual-core processor which should be easily able to play back 1080p videos.

What users should not expect the iPad 2 to feature is the support for Adobe Flash. The iPad 2 will be running on a new iOS version which might include some basic photo and video editing capabilities as well. Expect Apple to set the bar so high with the iPad 2 that rest of the manufacturers will be playing the catch-up game for the rest of the year.

Nokia 5230 Firmware Updated To V40.0.3

Nokia has released a new firmware update for its low-end touch phone the Nokia 5230. The new firmware update version is numbered V40.0.3 and is apparently the last firmware update for the handset. The firmware update improves the general performance and stability of the handset along with some bug fixes.

No official change-log of the update is available at the moment, but early reports suggest that the battery life of the phone has improved especially when running Ovi Maps.


Other bugs relating to creation of a new profile and network connection issues were also solved. The Nokia 5230 features UDP (User Data Preservation), so users can update the firmware of their phone without making a backup of their device. Users can update the firmware on the device either by using Nokia Software Updater (NSU) or via OTA (Over The Air).

Nokia is slowly rolling out the firmware in different regions of the world so the update may take time before showing up in your region.

Samsung Galaxy Ace S5830 Unveiled; Runs On Android 2.2

After a couple of leaks and special appearances, Samsung has finally unveiled the Samsung Galaxy Ace S5830. The Indonesian website of the Korean company was silently updated to the Ace S5830.The Ace packs a 3.5-inch display with a HVGA (320×480) resolution. The handset is powered by an 800 MHz processor and packs 158MB of internal memory and 512MB of RAM along with a microSD card slot.

The usual Bluetooth 2.1, GPS with A-GPS, Wi-Fi b/g/n, 3G with HSDPA (7.2 Mbps), FM radio and a 3.5mm audio jack are also present.


The back of the phone sports a 5MP camera with Auto-Focus which is aided by an LED flash as well. Sadly, the phone is capable of recording videos at a disappointingly low QVGA (320×240) resolution. The handset is powered by a 1350mAh battery and Samsung quotes a standby time of up to 640 Hours (!) in 2G mode and up to 420Hours (!) in 3G mode.

The Ace runs on Android 2.2 with Samsung’s proprietary TouchWIZ UI on top of it. The phone also comes pre-installed with Samsung bloatware like Social Hub. Swype is also pre-installed on the device.

Sadly, Samsung did not announce anything regarding the pricing and the availability of the Ace. Hopefully, the company will provide more information about the device in the coming days.

Download The Best Music Player For Your Android Phone

Thanks to the awesome folks over at the Droid-Life, I have got my hands on what is arguably the best media player for Android out there. This awesome music player from Motorola is bundled with the rugged Motorola Defy and it sports a plethora of features including TuneWiki integration.

The interface of the player is pretty decent but it’s the features it supports which make it a killer app. The integration with TuneWiki means that the app can display the lyrics of the song.   The player has built in support for FM radio, and SHOUTcast as well!



Another awesome feature of the app is that it can help you identity a song using SoundHound. If all these features are still not enough for you to try this app, then the last feature definitely will! This music player from Motorola is the first Music Player I have found in Android to feature an in built Music Sleep’ feature.

For some people, this may not be important but this feature is nothing but a necessity for people who have a habit of dozing off while listening to music.

Even though this awesome music app is made by Motorola, it worked flawlessly on my HTC Desire Z and the Samsung Galaxy S, both of which are running on a custom ROM based on Android 2.2.1. Readers can download the app from here.

Nokia’s MeeGo Based Handset Pictures Surface

The Finnish giant Nokia is currently on a sinking ship Symbian. In the last year, Symbian was the most criticized mobile OS despite its market leadership. Many Nokia loyalists all over the world are eagerly waiting for the next generation of Maemo to arrive, namely MeeGo. Now, the folks over at GSMArena have dug out a picture from the Mobile-Review forums of what is apparently a handset running on MeeGo.


The handset shown above in the picture can very well be the Nokia N9 which will hopefully be announced by Nokia at the upcoming MWC (Mobile World Congress) in Barcelona. From the leaked pictures, the screen size of the handset looks to be around 4-inches. The handset also sports a 3-axis gyroscope along with an accelerometer. A few days ago, rumored specs of the N9 popped up on the Internet suggesting that the handset will be packing a 1.2 GHz Intel processor.

Hopefully, Nokia will announce a MeeGo based handset at the MWC thus killing all these rumors. In fact, Nokia must announce a MeeGo based handset at MWC. Right now, most Nokia loyalists have pinned their hopes on the MeeGo and delaying the launch of a handset running MeeGo will not help Nokia at all. MeeGo is also being touted by some as the comeback vehicle for Nokia.

Only time will tell whether MeeGo will help kill all the negativity surrounding Nokia/Symbian or not.

Google Nexus One And Nexus S Get An OTA Update To Fix The SMS Bug

Remember the SMS bug in the Android OS which erroneously sent your text message to the wrong contact and all the hype surrounding it? Few weeks ago, Google said that they have managed to re-produce the bug in their test lab and are trying to fix the bug. The big G promised to roll out an update to fix the bug ASAP as well.


Well, today Google has rolled out the Android 2.2.2 and Android 2.3.2 OTA update for the Nexus One and the Nexus S, respectively. However, the change-log of the update does not mention whether it fixes the SMS bug or not. However, we are guessing that these two updates are aimed at fixing the SMS bug only.

Nexus One owners can download and install the update manually from their handset from here. Hopefully, other manufacturers will also soon start rolling out this small but important update for their Android based handsets.

Nexus One owners must be feeling disappointed as they are still impatiently waiting for the Android 2.3 update to roll out for their handset. At the beginning of this month,   Google had promised to release the Android 2.3 Gingerbread update for the Nexus One in the coming weeks’.

Sadly, since then Google has not mentioned anything about the update. Hopefully, Google will release the Android 2.3 update for the Nexus One before the end of this month.

Best Mobile Apps Of the Week for iOS, Android and Symbian – #6

Welcome to the sixth edition of Best Mobile Apps Of the Week for iOS, Android and Symbian. In this edition of BMATW, we will introduce our readers to a clock application for the iOS platform, along with a very popular messaging client for the Android platform. Also, we will introduce our Symbian users to an application which will change the wallpaper of their phone by simply shaking it.

Night Stand (iOS)

Night Stand is the most popular third’ party clock replacement app on the Apple App Store. The app features nine visually stunning clocks including a digital and a retro one. The app also features the usual clock’ functions like Alarm and Stopwatch. Night Stand is also able to display the local weather information, if the user so desires to.


Users can also use any song from their iPod library as the alarm tone as well. The Alarm function of the app has a very nice feature as well Math Puzzles. When users will try to stop the alarm on their iTouch device, they can do so only by solving a math puzzle. Users can setup multiple clocks for their convenience as well.

A Pro as well as a Lite’ version of Night Stand is available on the App Store. The paid version of the app costs $1.99. Here is the link to download Night Stand.

Shake n Screen (Symbian)

Shake n Screen is a nifty application the Symbian platform which will allow users to change the wallpaper of their phone by just shaking their phone. Users first need to specify the folder where they have kept all their favorite wallpapers.

After that, users can play around with the various settings of the application including the auto start, auto hide and sensitivity option. The Sensitivity’ option will allow users to set the sensitivity of the shake’ on which the wallpaper of the phone will change.

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The app also has a Power Saving Mode’ which will automatically stop changing the wallpaper, if the phone is found to be inactive for some time. As of now, the application works only on the Symbian S60v5 and Symbian^3 based handsets. The application is available for download on the Ovi store for $1.99

GO SMS (Android)

GO SMS is an awesome SMS app for Android. For me, GO SMS is able to beat other big third party messaging applications like Handcent. The UI of GO SMS is pretty simple, fast and pleasing to the eye as well. The app also supports themes which will allow users to change the UI of the app from time to time.


The app notifies the user of a new SMS with a popup, which also contains some nifty options like Quick Reply and delete. However, I would have personally preferred the app to use the Android style notification style instead of this popup one.

GO SMS also has other useful features like Backup/Restore, Security Lock, Batch mode and Individual contact information. Users can find out more about GO SMS here.