Just after a week of its launch, the Google Nexus S is getting its first software update over the air. The OTA (Over-The-Air) update weighs in at 1.9MB and carries the build number GRH78, up from the previous GRH55 build number. There is no official change-log but looking at the size of the OTA, don’t expect wonders. Apparently, the update mainly fixes some bugs and Maps fixes’.
MoDaCo owner Paul posted on XDA with regard to the OTA update :
Super quick GRH78 analysis – changes to framework.jar, kernel and Maps.apk. That’s about it.
Nexus S owners can either wait for the update to be pushed to their phone or enter *#*#checkin#*#* manually and get the update.
The modding community has done it again! The popular NIITDroid team has managed to port Android 2.3 Gingerbread on the Nokia N900. While the N900 runs on Maemo out-of-the-box, the phone has a huge modding potential. Due to this, various OS’s including Android 2.1, Android 2.2 and MeeGo OS have been ported to it.
Most features of the phone including Wi-Fi, Sound and 3G are working on Android 2.3. However, the Android 2.3 ROM for the N900 still contains some major bugs which make it unstable for a day-to-day use.
As of now, the ROM is not yet out for public consumption. The developers of the ROM have promised to release an experimental Android 2.3 Gingerbread ROM for the N900 before the end of this year. They have also promised to release a fully stable Android 2.2.1 ROM for the N900 by Christmas.
LG recently unveiled two new entry level phones, A155 and A120. Both the handsets comes with basic features such as speakerphone, Music player, Dual-SIM (GSM+GSM) capability, FM Radio, GRPS/EDGE and so on. Sadly, none of the handsets comes with Wi-Fi and 3G connectivity.
LG A155 is a simple candybar phone featuring a small 2 inch TFT display wihh 144 x 176 pixels resolution, Music player, FM radio, Bluetooth 2.0 with A2DP, MicroSD card slot, 2 GB expandable memory, Alarm, Calendar, up to 200 hours standby time, up to 3 hours 30 minutes talktime and a 900 mAh battery. LG A120 comes with a 1.77 inch display with 128 x 160 pixels resolution, FM radio, Dual SIM, dual speaker, integrated flashlight, up to 1300 hours of standby time, up to 13 hours of talktime and so on.
The price of LG A155 is not announced yet, but it is expected to cost less than $100. LG A120 comes with a price tag of 1690 rubles (approx.$55) and it is currently available only in Russia. Both the handsets are expected to launch soon in India and other Asian and European markets.
Remember the Gameloft Twitter Advent promotion under which the company made Dungeon Hunters for Android available as a free download for 24 hours? Today, continuing their Twitter Advent promotion Gameloft is giving away Hero Of Sparta game for Android as a free download for the next 24 hours. While the game is available for free download, the official page of the game still lists it for $4.99.
Users who want to grab their copy of Hero Of Sparta for free need to visit this link from their handset to download the game. On visiting the link from their handset, users will be prompted to download and install a 22KB 100% Free HD Game’ apk file.
The app then opens up a webpage, which looks exactly like the page from where you downloaded the 22KB apk file, from where users can download the apk file of the game for free. The apk file of the game is 3.07MB big and after installing the game it downloads another 66MB of additional game data.
Here is a video of Hero Of Sparta in action :
Trying any other method/link to download the game may not prove successful given Gameloft’s crappy store. There is another twist to the tale as well here. Not all Android handsets are capable of running Hero Of Sparta. The selected handsets which are capable of playing Hero Of Sparta includes the Google Nexus One, Samsung Galaxy S, Motorola Droid and the HTC EVO 4G. Readers can find the whole list of compatible devices here.
The team behind the popular desktop browser Firefox Mozilla has released an updated beta of Firefox for Android and Maemo. The new update brings with it number of bug fixes and features including copy/paste in URL bar and new style menus. Firefox for mobile is based on the same platform as Firefox for desktop.
Here is the list of the new features introduced in Firefox 4 Beta 3 for Android -:
- Improved support for Android keyboards, both hardware and on-screen
- New Android-style menus
- Fixed a bug in opening links from other apps
- Support for uploading files
- “Save as PDF” command in the site menu
- Fixed rendering of Arabic and Farsi text (on devices with Arabic/Farsi fonts installed)
- Firefox Sync
- New UI for simpler setup
- Support for custom Firefox Sync servers
- Full-screen open video
- Improved audio performance
- User interface
- Copy/paste in URL bar
- Search engines appear in the awesome screen as you type
- Browse recommended add-ons through the add-on manager
For developers -:
- localStorage API
- orientation events (new on Android)
- Crash reporting for crashes in web content
I had tried the previous beta of Firefox for Android and was left totally unimpressed. The application was slow, took forever to start and by the time it loaded the desktop version of Engadget on my phone I was able to finish a level of Angry Birds. I am yet to try to the new beta but I hope that the Mozilla team has solved these issues.
Android and Maemo handset(s ) owners can download Firefox for their handset from here.
As we enter a new decade, web-apps are shaping up to challenge traditional system dependent applications. Google is possibly at the forefront of this change with its highly anticipated Chrome OS. However, several other players are keen to leverage the benefits offered by web apps. Back in October, Opera joined the Wholesale Applications Community, while Mozilla announced its new Open Web App platform. Now, Opera has released a preview build of its Widget runtime for Android, which is based on the Wholesale Applications Community (WAC) 1.0 specification.
WAC is an alliance of the world’s leading mobile operators and OEMs, such as Vodafone, Verizon, AT&T, Samsung, Huawei and others. Its fundamental aim is to promote the use of web technologies to enable developers to write an application which can execute on a web runtime upon multiple mobile device platforms. The benefit of using WAC specification is that the same widget will be able to run on multiple phones, irrespective of the underlying operating system. This makes things easier for both developers and publishers.
The Widgets runtime released by Opera allows you to download and run existing widgets from widgets.opera.com. Opera’s widgets are platform independent, and already work on all popular desktop platforms including Windows, UNIX and Mac. With WAC Runtime, they will now run even on your mobile phones.
WAC 1.0 devices and storefronts are scheduled to launch at the Mobile World Congress 2011.
[ Download Opera Widgets Runtime for Android ]
The Motorola Droid is one of the most popular Android handset out there. The unlocked bootloader and the vanilla Android experience made it a favorite in the United States. Motorola did launch a European version of the Droid the Milestone. However, that phone was destined to meet doom right from the word go.
Unlike the Droid, the Milestone had a locked down bootloader. This meant that modding the phone was a very difficult job and it still is. While the original Droid got its Android 2.2 update right after a few weeks of Google announcing it, European Milestone owners are still waiting for their share of Froyo love.
Now, the European division of Motorola has posted on their Facebook wall that the company is still working closely’ with operators and carriers to deliver the Android 2.2 update for the Milestone. The company says that they expect to roll out the update by Q1 of 2011.
With Motorola set to launch some killer handsets and tablets based on Nvidia Tegra 2 at the upcoming CES 2011, I wonder if the company will actually find it useful’ to work on the Android 2.2 update for the Milestone.
Milestone owners can vent out their anger on Motorola Europe’s FB page.
With CES 2011 right around the corner in January, it should come as no surprise that HP/Palm are gearing up to release a slew of new devices; included in that list should be the PalmPad. Detailed to have a 9.7screen, USB 3.0 port and an HDMI-out port, the PalmPad is one of many new tablet-style devices running WebOS. The sketch image shows off an optional docking station can that be attached to the device, as well as what looks to be an SD card slot, volume toggles and a multi-function switch.
Everybody is jumping on the bandwagon for tablet devices, and WebOS is sure to be a big hit with better hardware. Let’s hope that HP/Palm really do make this official for CES.
The Droid Incredible is a very popular handset in the U.S and among the modding community. Now, after the Samsung Galaxy S and the original Motorola Droid got its fair share of Android 2.3 Gingerbread love, the Incredible joins the list. In the case of Galaxy S and the Droid, the Gingerbread ROMs were far from usable on a day to day basis.
However, the Droid Incredible Gingerbread ROM has only a few bugs like a non-working GPS and camcorder. All other functions of the phone like camera, web browser and accelerometer work properly.
Here is a video of Android 2.3 running on the Droid Incredible :
HTC Droid Incredible Running Android 2.3 Gingerbread
Kudos to the modding community for such an awesome work! It will take HTC months before they are able to release the Android 2.3 update for the Incredible i.e. if they plan on releasing an update at all.
Droid Incredible owners can read this thread over at XDA on how to flash the Android 2.3 ROM on their handset.
If a trademark filing showing Xperia Playis to be taken seriously and talk from Pocket-Lint about a big launch in February, it would seem that Sony Ericsson’s Playstation phonemight get official and be announced at CES 2011 or the equally as important, Mobile World Congress.
The device features a dedicated gamepad sporting the famous Playstation shapesthat slides out from under the screen. It’s said to be powered by a 1GHz processor with 512MB of RAM and 1GB of on-device storage. Provided it’s well received, unlike the PSP Go, Sony Ericsson might be on their way back into the mobile game.